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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.

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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