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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.

Indominus Rex (Jurassic World Hybrids by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

Well, thanks to the Indominus Rex’s unfortunate popularity with the current generation, Hasbro thought it would be a good idea to release an entire line dedicated to fully fictional dinosaurs, complete with ridiculous designs made to make the most rambunctious of children shout out the word “BADASS” before getting reprimanded by their parents for cursing.

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As I’ve said in the past, I do not think JW Hybrids belong on this blog. And I made my point by reviewing some models that were even more ridiculous than the Indominus itself. That being said, the reason I got the subject of today’s review was simply because it’s the only time in my life I would ever get to collect some JP-related merchandise hot off the heals of a major movie release. And you can expect more of these hybrids to be reviewed by me in the future because I know sometime in the future these toys will be worth something to make their existence seem worthwhile.

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Today’s review is not something brand new. In fact, it’s the exact same figure as the Bashers and Biters Indominus, with two pieces of detachable armour. Since this figure is the same as the original version, there’s no need to go over its biting function, as it works exactly the same. However, Hasbro did give it a new colour scheme. Instead of the original white and grey, this toy is washed over with a light blue with some yellow stripes painted along the spine. Unfortunately, the standing issues that plagued the first version are still present with this one. If you want the figure to stand on its two feet, you have to angle it upwards to make it look like it’s observing the sky.

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The main thing that separates this toy from the original release is the armour that comes with it. The armour is made out of a rubbery plastic and is very pliable. To attach it to the toy, you must slip the holes that are sculpted on the bottom of the pieces onto the scutes that adorn the monsters back. When you first buy this toy, the back armour is already attached, and the helmet is encased in a plastic shell on a pedestal that’s displayed right in front of the figure.

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Overall, I can’t recommend this for those who already have the original B & B Indominus. But if you’re a completist of JP-related merchandise, then this is a no brainer. Unlike the first JW waves from last year, these hybrid models are not as easy to come by. They are only available at Target and Toys R Us stores as well as the occasional Walgreen’s, which is where my specimen was obtained from.

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Allosaurus Assault (Jurassic Park by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Paul Carter AKA Carnosaur, edited by Suspsy

In 2011, prototype images of an Allosaurus, a Carnotaurus, a Pachyrhinosaurus, and a Stegosaurus for the Jurassic Park toy line began floating around the web. Sadly, only the Allosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus would make it to production in the summer of 2013. Even more disappointing was the fact that they did not make it into the Jurassic World toy line that Hasbro would release two years later.

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A human Dino Hunter figure equipped with weapons was included with each toy. These were basically G.I. Joe action figures with new head sculpts.

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Overall, the 2013 Allosaurus kind of resembles the Papo Allosaurus, but it’s larger, roughly about the same size as the old JP Allosaurus toy that Kenner released in 1997. Its legs are more bent, giving it a more natural posture, and it can stand fine without a tripod stance. It features a lot more articulation in the shoulders, legs, neck, and head, and it also has the “Dino Damage” feature. The skin piece that covers the wound hides it pretty well.

The sculpt of the figure itself is nice and detailed, and would lend itself well to a custom paint job. Hasbro’s actual paint scheme, on the other hand, is kind of frustrating. While the colour palette itself is interesting, it falls way short of the paint seen on the image on the box. The paint on the dinosaur’s head, feet, and underside are nicely if simply blended. But the bold markings running down its back look like a afterthought, and detract from the figure in my opinion.

Also, the fact that the orange crest doesn’t continue down the length of the tail reminds me of the cheaply painted Chap Mei dinosaurs from the Toys “R” Us Animal Planet line. Come on, Hasbro, at least try to make the toy look as good as the sculptor did. The only other detractor for some collectors would probably be the pronated hands that lack the huge claw on the first finger.

Overall though, I think its a great though hard to find figure and worth adding to your collection. Especially for fans of the older Kenner figures or the JP line in general.