Hey, interested in robotic dinosaurs from China?

It's apparently true; you can get anything you want cheap from China. Today, I got an e-mail offering deeply discounted life-size animatronic dinosaurs. And here they are.

Eat your heart out, Spielberg. Alex from China

So if you look just below the end of this post, you'll see my bio. All of us here at Crave have similar bios, including contact information. Consequently, we get a ton of e-mails. Some are from readers (and I'm sorry I don't have time to respond to them all). We also get e-mails from manufacturers in China.

Take this one I got this morning from what appears to be a Chinese manufacturer of dinosaurs named Alex. Here's the copy:


I am China dinosaur factory .Hope that you know our product more .Also hope that we can establish long-term cooperative relation.

Thanks, Alex, sounds fun! But that's not the great part. The great part is the photos, one above, and the rest included below.

Herbivores! Alex from China

Imagine a "rawr" sound in your head. Yeah, he's doing that. Alex from China

As I said, life-size, right? Alex from China

Just last week I was talking with a friend about where I could find some life-size animatronic dinosaurs, and just like that, boom! Right into my inbox. Alex also included information about the control panels, which apparently include a microphone. My dino will recite Mark Twain, I think.

Sadly, I don't really have a budget for robot dinosaurs, and I'm actually quite afraid that they'd malfunction, go crazy, and eat me and everyone I love alive. I'm sorry, Alex, but it's just not worth the risk.

But that's me. Maybe you need giant robotic dinos? If so, Alex has a Web site where you can see them in action and even order your own. Maybe you can establish a long-term cooperative relation!

About the author

    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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