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Dilophosaurus Rex (Jurassic World Hybrids by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

When you read the title of this review, what do you expect to see? If you’re expecting some sort of new species of Dilophosaurus, then you’re giving the minds at Hasbro way too much credit. In reality, it’s a retool of their Bashers and Biters T. rex with a pair of crests and a frill. Honestly, I have nothing against the design of this toy, but to see Hasbro name it with an already established genus name is a little disheartening when 80% of the model does not look like a Dilophosaurus at all. Frankly, I thought the Stegoceratops and Carnoraptor had more original names then this when compared to their designs. I guess “Tyrannolophosaurus” or “Dilophotyrannus” did not have the same ring to it, or the designers were just too lazy to think of a more original name. So they just went with “Dilophosaurus rex,” thus fooling little kids who may not yet be as knowledgeable about dinosaurs as we older folks are.


Since this is another JW Hybrid made from Hasbro, you can expect to find screw holes, bright colours, and a sensitive gimmick function that is operated by the tail. As a retool, this model is basically the same as the old version, only with a new head sculpt. One improvement is that the head is an awful lot better now; it is actually symmetrical, has longer teeth, and the jaws can close evenly. It really is a lot better than the original’s—if only it did not have crests and a frill. To operate the gimmick, you push the tail down to raise the head in the air, and pull it to the side to makes the jaws open.


In terms of detailing, there is not much to talk about due to the cheap nature of the toy. There are some large scales on the thighs and the rest of the body is covered in wrinkles, but that’s about it. The toy is around nine inches long (give or take) which might make it about 1:50 scale, which is not very common in the world of dinosaur toys.

​The colours on this toy are so bright that I cannot get them to appear correctly on my camera, and I lack the tools to get ideal lighting (it’s too cold for me to get outdoor shots at present). The toy is made out of bright orange plastic, and its back is washed over with a shiny gold paint and black stripes. This all gives this figure a tiger-like vibe, which I’m sure is what the intention was. There are also black stripes painted along the head, and and another two painted along the outside of the crests. The teeth and claws are white. The eyes are yellow and the frill is painted in the same golden colour that adorns the back. Gold also covers the entire bottom half of the figure.

Overall, this is another review done for the DTB for the purpose of completing the Jurassic World section. Like all the other Hybrids, you can only find it at select stores like Target and Walgreens. If you’re a diehard collector of JP toys and merchandise, then this would be a no-brainer, but for those of us who want real dinosaur toys, there are plenty(and I mean PLENTY) of superior options on the market. And if you really want a hybrid dino, then I suggest seeking out some of the original JP Chaos Effect toys, as they were constructed a lot better than this.

Carnoraptor (Jurassic World Hybrids by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

What’s this, another Hybrid? Yes, indeed it is, and the reason I keep buying these is because I wish to see the Jurassic World page complete with all of the Bashers and Biters models. Apart from the Indominus Rex, no other hybrids appeared in Jurassic World (though I fear the same can’t be said about its upcoming sequel), so I am happy for now that we will not get any clueless mothers or rabid fans requesting the likes of Papo or Rebor to create something like this.

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Carnoraptor (which means “Meat-Eating Thief”), which reminds me of some dinosaurs I saw in an Asylum film called Asylum’s Age of Dinosaurs, where the animals are given real life genus names, but were far from accurate. The main enemies in that film were not raptors, but CGI Carnotaurus instead. They looked like a cross between the real thing and a JP-style Velociraptor, with the latter’s genes being dominant.

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​As you can see from that movie image, the toy I’m reviewing looks an awful lot less like those things, but I can’t help but be reminded of them every time I look at it. To make this review short and sweet, all you need to know is that this model is the same sculpt as the Bashers and Biters Velociraptor toy without any removable gear, except with a brand new head sculpt and paint scheme. This new toy’s play feature works exactly the same: pulling down on the tail makes the head look to the side with its mouth open.

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The head undoubtedly looks like a Carnotaurus, but I can see a little JP raptor mixed in. One of the things I do like about these toys is the colour schemes. Yes, they are very unrealistic, but I think they are still pretty to look at. Besides, I’m not taking this as seriously as the I. Rex because this thing never appeared in a Jurassic Park/World film yet, so I do not have to worry about it making any kid ask one of our beloved companies to create one for their collection instead of the 700+ realistic dinosaurs out there.

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The colours on this thing are a bright red with dark purple stripes outline in yellow painted on the back. The head is coloured with some yellow and the claws are all black. If you look inside the mouth, you will notice that the tongue is the same purple colour that adorns the back of the creature. Since this model is part Carnotaurus, there are a pair of horns sticking out of its head that are painted purple as well.

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Overall, this really is not worth the money that it is being sold for. Like I said, the only reason I buy these things is because they are official JP merchandise that could be worth something in the future, and I wish to see all of the Bashers and Biters be reviewed on the blog no matter how awful they appear to be.

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Spinosaurus and Velociraptor (Jurassic Park 2009 by Hasbro)

Nearly all of the Jurassic Park 2009 toys were repaints of older toys save for the Allosaurus and the Pachyrhinosaurus. These included the miniature two-packs such as this one, containing hatchling versions of the famous Spinosaurus and Velociraptor.

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The Spinosaurus measures 12.5 cm long. It is posed in a crouching stance with its left arm outstretched, as though it’s reaching for some food or fighting with its nestmate. Its colour scheme appears to have been inspired by the common iguana: bright green with moss green for the head, sail, hands, and feet, a pale underbelly, and dark green stripes on the tail. The eyes are yellow, the inside of the mouth is maroon, the teeth are yellowish white, and there are some pale green spots on each flank. The JP logo is painted on either thigh in white.

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The sculpting on this toy is fairly good, with lots of scales, a few folds and wrinkles, and well-defined muscles in the limbs. Unfortunately, this Spinosaurus, like all the JP renditions of this animal, has a snout that’s far too short and broad, even for a hatchling. As well, the feet are so thick, it looks like it’s wearing boots. And of course, if the much-disputed Ibrahim/Sereno reconstruction is indeed accurate, then the limbs on this toy are all wrong too.

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The Velociraptor hatchling is 10 cm long. Its pose suggests that it too is confronting a hostile nestmate or some other threat. Stands rather well for such a small bipedal toy. Its main colour is orange with pale yellow and light orange stripes, pale yellow for the underbelly, black hind claws, red eyes, a maroon mouth, yellowish teeth, and white JP logos on the thighs.

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The Velociraptor is more wrinkly than scaly, and again has well-defined musculature in the arms and legs. As you can see, it suffers from all the glaring inaccuracies of a +20 year old movie design: lack of feathers, pronated wrists, a head and neck that are too beefy, and a curled tail.

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Overall, these little dinosaurs will probably be appealing to JP fans, but for anyone who prefers their dinosaurs up to date, they can safely give this set a pass.