Warning: If you are a serious collector and only interested in dinosaur toys that are prime examples of their species with impeccable accuracy, amazing detail, colors, and are brilliant works of paleo art, you may want to skip this review, as this figure is lacking in those key areas. For all of you who are going to stick around and want to find out more about this toy, sit back, grab a beverage of your choice, and let me entertain you with stories and facts about 2011 Fisher Price Imaginext Ankylosaurus.
I found this prehistoric door knocker while at a block sale with my kids. While looking around I notice a box on the ground at the end of one of the tables. It was marked that everything in the box was one dollar. I curiously walked over to the box even though I did not expect to find anything interesting in it. I figured it was just full of broken toys. Laying on top of all the toys in the box was this Ankylosaurus. As a animal toy designed for little kids it is a figure that I would normally pass on due to it being so cute and inaccurate. Yet in that moment a strange, unexpected, and extraordinary thing happened. I was standing there looking down at this poor little toy, that was slightly buried with only its head and front legs being able to be seen above the rest of the worn toys in the box. It seemed so vulnerable and there was a certain innocence to it. We shared this incredible eye contact. I could almost hear it calling out in a soft voice, “come, come here and save me”. How could I resist. I reached into the box and pulled it out and noticed that it was in great condition. A moment later and one dollar lighter, I walked away with this Ankylosaurus.
About the toy: This toy was designed for kids 3-8 years old. Obviously the Ankylosaur can be played with as a regular dinosaur, but since the dinosaur toy also features armor and other high tech futuristic gear that snaps on, the dinosaur can gear up for different types of adventures. The one that I found did not have any of the accessories. A brand new one still in the packaging will feature high tech futuristic armor with movable pickaxe arms and a helmet. It also comes with a figure that has a drill tool.
This figure is generically styled so do not expect scientific accuracy on this toy. Both the skull and body are wide and are connected by a short neck. The body is squat and low to the ground. On the back there are alternating rows of spines with a row of scute armor down the middle. The legs are short and muscular and have some articulation as they are able to move forward and backward.. The short tail ends in a smooth club. The top half of the body is a dark green, with rows of spines that are cream in color. The bottom half of the body is a light brown that is speckled with tiny dark brown spots. The figure does have an interesting action feature. The tail is spring loaded and when you pull it up and then let go, it will hammer and smash whatever is beneath the club. The toy is made from a durable hard plastic.
Overall: This is a kids toy that was well designed to be played with. It is durable, has simple digging accessories that can be removed, a spring loaded tail, and a cute expressive face. For younger kids what’s not to love. They will have countless hours of fun playing with this toy. For older kids, educators, and collectors it will lose some appeal as it is not an accurate toy and has a cutesy childish look. If it calls out to you as it did for me, it has been out of circulation for awhile so E-bay or thrift stores are probably your best bet.