Find That Prop!: Wash’s Battling Dinos

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A four part-look at the props of Firefly.washmainThe Prop

Wash’s Battling Plastic Dinosaurs, made famous by one of the show’s most popular…and certainly a favorite of Wash fans…moments. This scene, featured in the very first episode, not only gives viewers an instant indication of character Hoban “Wash” Washburne’s personality, but also of the fun and adventurous nature inevitablemarketingof the series itself.

For those who might not know, Wash, portrayed by Alan Tudyk, is playing with two of his toy dinosaurs, a Ceratosaurus and Stegosaurus to be exact, with the following playtime exchange:
Stegosaurus: …We will rule over all this land! And we will call it…this land!
Ceratosaurus: I think we should call it….YOUR GRAVE!
Stegosaurus: Aah. Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal.

Fox Television (whom Browncoats maintain issued their own “sudden but inevitable betrayal” by cancelling the popular series after just one season) listed the clip as an “all time favorite” of viewers when they announced the Blu-ray collection of the complete series.

Where to Find It

officialdinosetSince these are simply plastic dinosaurs, they are relatively easy to find. Some of the nicest dinosaur models are made by Schleich and Animal Planet, available at various retailers. Cheaper dinosaurs can be obtained from party supply sites like Oriental Trading Company for about $13 an assorted dozen.
However, for fans who want exact, “official” (and really cute) versions of these bickering prehistoric beasts, there is good news and bad news. Good news first. Yes, there are officially-licensed “Firefly Inevitable Betrayal Dinosaurs with Sound” created by ThinkGeek and suitable for ages 6 and older. They also feature“authentic voice” clips from the show. Whee!

Bad news is these retail for around $30 for two plastic dinos, and are consistently sold-out from many on-line sites like ThinkGeek and Entertainment Earth. They can still be found on eBay and Amazon, and lucky shoppers can run across them at comic and collectibles shops.

According to some fan sites, Wash’s entire dino collection toydinos(he has more than just the two), were amassed from different toy makers including Imperial, Safari. Ltd. and Hasbro’s Jurassic Park 3 line, so even Wash followed the collector’s practice of hunting and gathering from different sources.

Of course, capturing this iconic Wash moment doesn’t mean having to corral the dinosaurs themselves. The t-shirt, poster and collectibles market is flooded with inevitable betrayal-inspired products. Pop culture t-shirt sites like Tshirt Roundup, and Redbubble have more designs to choose from than any fan could want. Quantum Mechanix even made a popular maquette of Wash and his dinos as part of their best-selling Little Damn Heroes line. The maquette is sold out on their site, but can still be found, for now, on Amazon.

With moments like these, even Firefly’s short on-screen life couldn’t escape that “sudden but inevitable” fan marketing.

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