For Jurassic Park fans, the news of a new toy line back in May of ’09 made many excited, and others indifferent. Hasbro was going to release another line of Jurassic Park toys that was only made out of repaints. Or so we all thought……
JP fans had come across a list of the toys in the line and their prices. There was a “large tyrannosaurus” slot with a $60 mark next to it. Most JP fans expected this “rex” to be a repainted issue of the “Ultra T-rex” from the Jurassic Park 3 toy line, because its inflated price matched up with the rest of the new prices of the 2009 line. So when pictures of this retooled “Bull Rex” came out, everybody was extremely pleased and everyone was also filled with shock and awe.
Why do I say retooled? Because this figure is very different from its “ancestor” from 1997. The back legs can move, the body is made of solid plastic with a button on its back, it can’t swallow figures completely, and the ankles are ball-jointed; all are the opposite in the original “bull rex” from 1997.
Luckily, those who have always had trouble finding an original “bull rex” can have essentially the same thing but have so much more. One plus is that it has ten different movie-accurate roars and it makes stomping sounds (because no dinosaur from jurassic park can walk around without registering on the richter scale), which make it much more fun.
The sculpt is very detailed, and this dinosaur toy is HUGE. It’s 29 inches long! It really is the biggest dinosaur toy out there, maybe aside from the definitely dinosaurs “Ultrasaurus” (which is a largely poor dinosaur toy). It is full of lovely wrinkles and different textures. I love the teeth in the mouth; some are big and strong while others appear to have been cracked off, as if he has been munching on some bones (the differing teeth also make this figure more of an individual as opposed to a regular mass-produced drone like some dinosaur toys are). The eyes look kind of walleyed though, because the pupils are painted on the surface of the eye rather than sculpted in the middle. The figure has huge, slightly posable feet that are perfect for stomping around in and they also help it stand.
The color scheme is very nice too. It isn’t one found in jurassic park, so that is another characteristic that makes this seem like an individual. It’s mostly greenish with darker green patches all over, with a greyish stomach; and, obviously, the slightly obnoxious orange and brown on the head and back. There is also some lovely blue stripes outlined in black on the head. I like to think of this as a tyrannosaur that is in the mating season trying to attract some females!
Overall, this is a fantastic dinosaur toy, but it’s seriously lacking in the accuracy department. Luckily, it is only half of its original retail price as of now, so if you are thinking about getting this beast now would be the time!
This dinosaur is available from here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3535365 (it will be less if you just go to your local store, though!) and Amazon.com (here)