The Raptor Pack Day

April the 22nd, just like every 22nd since 2013 was Raptor Pack Day; a day where the Toy Dino Squad invite us to share our dinosaur photographs.

I’ve played along in the past. I’m a forgetful knucklehead and the 22nd either slips past me, or it’s on 22nd that I’m reminded by seeing someone’s dino post (usually the 22nd for them on the other side of the world so it’s the 23rd for me?), but when I do remember, or I’m reminded, I join in.

Raptor Pack Day : Oviraptorosaur

“Come at me bro!”
This Oviraptor was a lovely gift from @jagsaurus for winning last month’s Raptor Pack Day.

Chatting with Jaiken(@dinoczars), co-creator of @tds_rex and the #toydinosquad tag, I was shocked to hear that these monthly gatherings only amass around 5-10 participants nowadays.

Let’s go where the raptor goes
To the mountain in a cosmic glow
We’ll have a genuine terrestrial show
On a mountain, on a mountain

Bad Religion – Beyond Electric Dreams

There’s been a lot of talk lately about disappointment and disenchantment with Instagram. I’ve been one of those voices, disappointed with the current state of affairs; stories, algorithms, shadow banning etc. I long for the salad days.

So serious
About the stuff we lack
Dwell upon our memories
But there are no facts
Minor Threat – Salad Days

Save the Raptor

However, despite our current misgivings, Instagram has given us some truly wonderful things, and Raptor Pack Day is one of them. The guys behind these monthly gatherings have given us four years of connecting toy photographers from all over the world through dinosaurs. I’ve discovered some amazing toy photographers through the Raptor Pack Days’ tag; toy photographers that I would’ve never known about, like @jagsaurus,  if it weren’t for theses monthly gatherings.

Raptor Pack Day

“What do we want? Raptor Pack Day! When do we want it? ROAAARRR!”

The Raptor Pack Days don’t care what form these dinosaurs come in. The Raptor Pack doesn’t discriminate; LEGO, Safari Ltd., Schleich, Christmas cracker dinosaurs are all welcome.

The sky broke down
That rainy sound
Gotta save me
Dinosaur Jr. – They Always Come

For these reasons, and many more, we should be thankful. And we should be doing all we can to keep the Raptor Pack Days going!

How about we all jump on board and give this great day a much-needed injection of participation? I don’t ask for much, but if you could post your Dino photos on the 22nd of this month with the #toydinosquad tag (and every month after this one), and show the Toy Dino Squad some much deserved appreciation and love, I’d be grateful.


Let’s not let the Raptor Pack Day go the way of the dinosaurs!

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