Triceratops (Playmobil)


A Triceratops and her baby are munching on yummy plants. Suddenly the mother senses that something is wrong. Quickly she leads her baby to safety as the nearby volcano begins to rumble!

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Playmobil’s version of the número uno ceratopsid measures 23 cm long and stands 9 cm tall at the hips. It’s colour scheme is mustard yellow with brown spots, bone white beak, horns, epoccipitals, and claws, and brown eyes. Looks very reminiscent of a giraffe.

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The Triceratops’ mouth opens wide, its head can move up and down, and its limbs rotate. Despite its simple design, it looks rugged and powerful. I especially like the ridges on the frill and the many epoccipitals. The blunt horns are made of soft plastic and the tip of the tail is rounded to ensure no gruesome accidents during play.

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Here’s the sweet little baby Triceratops. It measures a mere 9 cm long and is coloured dull yellow with light brown spots, white beak, horns, and epoccipitals, and brown eyes.

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The baby’s little rounded head can swing up and down and its limbs rotate. It is positively adorable.

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Also included in this set are an orange and purple lizard and a dinosaur skeleton made up of nine snap-together pieces. The skeleton stands 11 cm tall, measures 18 cm long, and is articulated at the head, shoulders, hips, and ankles. As you can see, it’s pretty generic, but it appears to be the remains of a young tyrannosaur. Payback for that Triceratops skull that came with the T. rex set.

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And here are the two male SAURUS researchers, one with brown hair and one with black. I’ve named them Edward and Othniel. Their equipment consists of a camera, a map, a radio, a GPS, a tripod-mounted motion sensor (I think), a sidearm, a transparent cage that the lizard can be placed in, and a case containing a syringe, a scalpel, forceps, and surgical scissors. Um, should we be concerned for that lizard?

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The playset is by far the biggest in the 2007 line. It’s a volcano with a grassy patch around the base, assorted ferns, a large and beautiful flowering plant, a shallow pit with a sliding ledge that you can place the dinosaur bones in, and a cave entrance at the rear. The flowering plant and the orange fern are interchangeable. The primary play feature of this layout is that the volcano can erupt. Pressing down on a tab on the back of the volcano causes the red magma piece to pop up and send four large chunks of rock flying into the air! To reset the volcano, you simply need to push the magma back down and replace the rocks around the rim. Quite fun!

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The Triceratops set is guaranteed to appeal to dinosaur fans of all ages. Just keep in mind that it is one of the biggest sets, and therefore fairly pricey and space-consuming.

Available from Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk here.

Brachiosaurus (Playmobil)


The ground is shaking. Is it an earthquake? No, it’s just Brachiosaurus! This gentle giant is hungry and looking for his favourite fruit tree.

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Not surprisingly, the Brachiosaurus is HUGE. It stands nearly 27 cm tall and measures 51 cm long, making it the largest animal figure in any Playmobil line. Although its main colour is flat light grey, it’s adorned with an attractive pattern of green and pale yellow patches. The eyes are dark green and the teeth and claws are ivory white.

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Despite its great bulk, the Brachiosaurus is actually the most articulated of all the Playmobil dinosaurs. The mouth opens, the head rotates a full 360 degrees, the neck can raise and lower, and the four limbs move.

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In terms of accuracy, the Brachiosaurus is reasonably good. The head is far too large, but given that the toy isn’t quite in scale with the other dinosaurs, one could make the case that this is “just” a youngster. The teeth are all flat like molars, but that’s probably a safety measure. The nostrils have been placed in the outdated position on the forehead.

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Accompanying the Brachiosaurus are a light and dark grey lizard, a green frog, and a nicely sculpted black scorpion. Be sure to check your boots before putting them on!

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And here are two human figures: a blonde woman and an unshaven, dark-haired man whom I have dubbed Halszka and Barnum. They are equipped with a large camcorder and a machete for clearing through thick foliage. According to the logo on Barnum’s vest, they are members of a research team called SAURUS. Apparently, the Dinosaurs theme centres around a “lost world” where creatures from throughout the prehistoric times live together. Who wouldn’t jump at a chance to explore and study such a place?

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The playset is built around a rocky cave. It’s far too small to be of use to the Brachiosaurus, but it’s perfect for a Deinonychus or some other small dinosaur to live in. It even has a natural window and a skylight. Complimenting the cave are a small patch of grass and water, a tall palm tree, a leaning fruit tree, a large shrub, ferns, flowering plants, and some lily pads. The trees and ferns can be interchanged to decorate your cave as desired.

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Impressively large, elaborate, and fun to play with, the Playmobil Brachiosaurus set is an all-around winner.

Available from Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk here.

Indominus rex (Electronic chomping version from Jurassic World by Hasbro)


Review and photos by stargatedalek. Figure available from Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk here.

I’ve never done one but recently there has been a craze with “un-boxing videos”, so I decided to give it a shot (minus the video!). From what I can tell this is the first of this sort of review on the blog so first time all around. Indominus rex from Jurassic World has been a source of some degree of controversy amongst Jurassic Park and general dinosaur fans, and this extends unto the JW toy line as well. This is the only JW figure I’ve bought and while it probably won’t be the last, it is the only one that I’m particularly taken with, and I believe it’s well deserving of praise.

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The box art is fairly simple, but I find its aesthetically pleasing nonetheless. The box displays Indominus very well, the tail is packaged as a separate piece to save shelf space and packing materials. This is a choice which I am personally rather pleased with, since it saves materials and allows for Indominus tail to be sculpted relatively straight as opposed to twisting it up like the JP/// dinosaurs did. But be warned, the packaging somewhat deceptively manages to cover her screw holes. The box is straight forward to open and assembly is incredibly simple, I imagine kids wouldn’t need a great deal of assistance with assembly.

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Three concerns I’ve noted from the community were the seams on the neck and tail, the thickness of the rubber on the head, and the screw holes. I am very pleased with the seams, they are very well hidden even on the neck with the movement feature, hopefully my bad close-ups will suffice. The rubber was a concern that I had when buying it, but I’ve found it to be surprisingly thick. It also has lots of extra loose rubber to ensure that there is never much strain on it, even when fully extended. The screw holes definitely take away from the piece, and there really is no way to justify their even being present in the first place. That being said, they are definitely less obvious than on most of the smaller figures, and they are actually largely ignorable, could have been much much worse.

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The action works very well and is somewhat inventive (compared to the other JW figures, most of which are heavily underwhelming). It reminds me very much of the action feature of the Chaos Effect Paradeinonychus. Pulling down on either of the arms will cause I. Rex to open its jaws and lean forward, simultaneously activating one of several sounds and lights. There are several sounds which play on a loop, I would assume they are from the new movie because they aren’t stock dinosaur SFX that I recognize nor are they reused from the other JP dinosaur figures. When you activate the feature the lights initially appear in a yellow orange colour, and then they fade to red after a few seconds and then turn off.

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Overall I’m pleased with it. I can’t say anything as to scientific accuracy (even if it wasn’t a fictional dinosaur I wouldn’t with it being a Jurassic Park/World figure), but I felt the lack of pronation on its hands was noteworthy. The head is a little bit enlarged to accommodate the action feature but its not a big distraction, neither are the screw holes in my opinion. The only issue I’ve had with it is that it has some difficulty balancing, but even this is fairly minor. If you are going to get any JW figure I recommend you get this one, a solid 8/10 from me!

Figure available from Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk here.