Review and photographs by Takama, edited by Suspsy
The Jurassic World line is arguably one of the worst dinosaur toy lines I have ever seen. When you must pick through the different models at the store just to find one that is not broken, then you know the toy line is unworthy of existence. Just like the Indominus Rex.
In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t like the I. Rex itself. The reason is because a new generation of kids have been shown that real dinosaurs are no longer cool, and you must make a fake dinosaur to make everything fresh again. It really pains me when I see people on Facebook and our own forum requesting a I. Rex to be made by the likes of Papo and Rebor when there are plenty of REAL dinosaurs that deserve a toy more than this abomination from the minds of Hollywood. So when Hasbro revealed that they were going to make a I. Rex figure for their Bashers & Biters line, I was expecting it to be as bad as the rest of the B & Bs or even worse, as I feel that the folks at Hasbro might think that, with it being the coolest new dinosaur ever, kids would buy it even if it is a bad toy.
When I first saw this figure on a store shelf, I was shocked at how well the function worked on the toy and that this model seems to be made out of a denser material than the rest of the B & Bs. To my surprise, the gimmick worked flawlessly on the first specimen I handled at the store. With most of the B & Bs, you manipulate the figure by moving the tail up and down to move the neck or pulling the tail to the side to operate the head. One model(Ankylosaurus) has you operate the head and tail by moving the leg, and two others only allow up and down movement on the tail.
The B & B I. Rex is one of those two models (the other one is the Velociraptor I covered in another review). The resulting function is one of the most satisfying gimmicks I have seen in the entire toy line. When you pull down on the tail, it makes a snapping sound (that’s not bad) as the head looks to the side with its mouth open. And it does not feel like it could break from overuse like the other B & B figures.
The toy also seems to be covered in a thick coating of whitish-grey paint. In terms of film accuracy, it is very faithful to the monster depicted in the film, and it seems like they put a lot more effort into the aesthetics of this model than all the other B & B figures. The limbs are articulated, but the toy cannot stand in a horizontal pose. Instead, you must angle the body upwards as if it’s looking towards the sky.
Overall, if you must get one figure from the Jurassic World Bashers and Biters line, this is the one to get. However, this is one of the rarest ones. I have only seen it twice in stores and the asking price for one on Amazon is outrageous for a toy of this quality.