Review and photographs by Paleona
Before the advent of “Indominus rex“ in Jurassic World, a horde of “genetically mutated dinos gone bad” rampaged the 90’s. Scientists tampering with dinosaur DNA created horrific, “ultra-ferocious” hybrid dinosaurs! Or so the tag line for this crazy toy line states. The Chaos Effect line was released in 1998, following the Lost World: Jurassic Park toy line. They feature original sculpts, vivid color schemes, and electronic gimmicks. When looking at them, it’s hard not to think of descriptions such as, “radical” and “totally awesome”. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular designs from the line: the clever and deadly “Velocirapteryx.“
Meant to be a splice of Velociraptor and Archaeopteryx, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s got feathers! I find it ironic that the only raptor to sport feathers in the Jurassic Park toy line is a fictional hybrid. Of course, the feathering is not what a real Velociraptor would sport. It has a bit of a feather mohawk, some tall back feathers, a fan at the tip of its tail, and some very odd long feathers attached to an elongated third finger. Pulling back the right leg makes the arms lift up and the head shoot down. Apparently, this is also supposed to activate a screech, but mine does not have any fresh batteries. The action feature doesn’t work very well, as the arms are held very close to the body and often get stuck on the creature’s face.
The base color for this abomination is a sickly, yellowish-cream. It vaguely reminds me of the facehugger and chestburster aliens of Hollywood fame, and in that regard gives it a creepy, monster-like look. The top of the animal features long red and black stripes, like the detailing of a fast car. It’s described as being “bred for mobility and ferocity”; this is apparent in the sleek physique and massive claws. Speaking of massive, this is also a large figure, at about 11″(28cm) long and 6″(15cm) tall.
It’s not even worth mentioning scientific accuracy here, as this is a fictional animal with a highly stylized design. I do find it interesting, though, that the tip of the snout is upturned, more like a true Velociraptor than any shown in the JP films.
The artists from Hasbro must have had a blast designing these beasts, and they really do look like cartoon illustrations come to life. While fun to look at, this “Velocirapteryx“ doesn’t really excel in playability. The action feature is faulty and it’s quite awkward to pose. If you’re a fan of monster toys, or you just like how it looks, you can find it most easily on eBay.