For better or worse, Jurassic World toys are upon us. And while most of them, frankly, look worse to me, the iconic Ankylosaurus looked somewhat better.
This “fused lizard” measures 16 cm long and is just under 13 cm tall including the raised tail. Main colours are raw umber and khaki with black and brown eyes, a pink mouth, flat brown for the spots and the JW logo on the left thigh, and red and white for the seemingly obligatory and always silly permanent wound on the left flank. Actually, it wouldn’t look quite as silly if it weren’t for the white streaks. I assume those are supposed to be exposed ribs, but they’re at the wrong angle. Or are they supposed to be nerves? Either way, the toy would have looked better without. But the wound isn’t as ugly as the visible seam running down the toy’s back and the three screw holes on its right side. Ugh. Seriously, Hasbro? You couldn’t afford to cover those up?
The top of the Ankylosaurus is entirely covered in a heavy coat of scutes while the limbs and underside have small scales. The head has the right number and configuration of horns, but the body ought to be greater in length and wider in the midsection. The tail should also be longer, although the club looks nice and deadly. The scutes should be flatter and smoother, and absent is the series of fused scutes that formed a sort of protective collar over the real animal’s shoulders. Finally, the toes are too many. No fossils of Ankylosaurus feet are known, but it probably had three toes on each hind foot just like its better-known relatives.
The Ankylosaurus is sculpted in a battle-ready pose with its limbs crouched and its mighty clubbed tail raised impossibly high. Does that pose look familiar to some of you? Well, that’s because it’s virtually identical to that of the Papo Ankylosaurus. Indeed, this toy looks and feels like a bigger, cheaper version.
The Ankylosaurus is articulated at the shoulders and left hip. Pulling back on the right hind leg causes the tail to swing down to the left in a bashing motion. Pushing the leg forward causes the head to slide forward, just like a turtle coming out of its shell. I wonder if the Hasbro designer mistakenly assumed that Ankylosaurus was related to turtles.
It’s worth noting that this is the first full-sized ankylosaur to be released in any Jurassic Park line. A very cool-looking Euoplocephalus was slated for release in the 1998 Chaos Effect line, but sadly never came to be.
Honestly? Aside from the inaccurate armour, the ugly wound (which can be painted over), the screw holes, and the suspicious resemblance to Papo, this is not a bad toy. The extending neck gimmick is silly, but the bashing tail is simple, solid fun. And compared to the other JW toys I’ve seen, it looks like a museum piece. If you only get one of them, I say get this one.