*Disclaimer: “Indominus Rex“ is not a real dinosaur. It is a fictional genetically modified hybrid dinosaur created for the Jurassic World franchise.*
Jurassic World will be exploding onto screens in less than a month and many of us dino nuts are shaking in anticipation! I have slowly become more and more fond of the genetically modified “Indominus Rex.“ I have to admit I was very reluctant to accept a fictional dinosaur but as the trailers keep getting better and better she has won me over.
So I caved in and got one of the better (IMHO) looking Jurassic World toys from Hasbro: the “Indominus Rex“ vs. Gyro Sphere set. The figures come fastened onto a sturdy cardboard base. The artwork on the box, as well as the images and overall presentation of this toy are very pleasing. Once the “I. rex“ has been removed from the packaging the appearance takes a downhill plunge. On the other side of the creature are a series of nasty looking screw holes.
Despite the screws, “I. Rex“ still comes packed full of aesthetically pleasing details. She provides insight to what the creature in the movie may look like. The skin has been sculpted to contain the folds and bumps you’d expect in a quality dinosaur toy. The paint job looks natural except for the mouth where the teeth are a bit sloppily painted and the tongue which is a stiff slab with no detailing whatsoever.
The action gimmicks on the toy are simple and fun. “I. Rex“ tilts her head down and clamps her jaws shut when you crank her tail. The right side of her belly features the dino damage wound that evokes the ire of serious dinosaur collectors. Whereas all the other JW dinosaurs roam about with a deadly open wound, this creature has a sliding cover that can hide the wound for a healthier appearance. As far as I am concerned, this gesture from Hasbro is most welcome!
The Gyro Sphere featured in the movie and a generic military figure are also included in the set. The Gyro Sphere is true to the movie minus the weapon attached to a crate on its roof. The door opens at the press of a button. This pops open the side of the vehicle, ejects a pair of seats, as well as “shatters” some of the glass, leaving the passengers vulnerable to dinosaur attack. A blue disk, i.e. the weapon, which snaps into place on the roof, can be shot by squeezing the sides of the aforementioned crate. The disk has a long shooting range, so bad guys, beware!
Not only I, but also my six– and four-year-old kids, enjoyed the dinosaur and the rest of the set. My son was over the moon about the fact that the jaw snaps, by the moving arms and legs. The shooting feature of the Gyro Sphere appealed to my daughter(“Yeeeeeahh! I can SHOOT things!!”). All in all, this toy passed the scrutiny of at least three household critics, and scores high as a durable toy with lots of entertaining gimmicks. Unlike most dinosaurs in the line, “I. Rex“ is not an actual dinosaur – therefore potential anatomical errors don’t bother me in the least (apart from the unfortunate screw holes). As a proclaimed sucker for the JP franchise, I give the set a 7 out of 10.