Category Archives: Jurassic Park

Tyrannosaurus rex (1/5 Scale Bust by Chronicle Collectibles)

Review and photographs by Sammy Allouba (aka JurassicGeek09), edited by Suspsy

It had to happen sooner or later and by that, I mean high-end Jurassic Park/World collectibles for us serious JP fans. After the extremely lacklustre offerings by Hasbro in the past year, someone had to lift up our spirits. Cue Chronicle Collectibles. Today, I am proud to present the first of their offerings in this area, their 1/5th scale Tyrannosaurus rex bust. This was first announced in the later part of 2015, if memory serves correctly. It’s cast from the original Stan Winston Studios mould and is pretty much what you’d expect in a JP T. rex, but I’ll save those comments for later in this review.

The size took me by surprise when I unboxed it. Don’t kid yourself, this guy is massive. It’s a solid 20 lbs and is two feet every which way you measure it. I was also taken aback by the level of detail which might sound surprising to some, given both the cost of it along with the company that made it, but for a guy like me who’s never owned a high-priced collectible like this until now, I was stunned to say the least.

The one flaw that some are talking about is that the colour seems to be a bit off. Depending on whom you ask, the colouring of this piece is either 100% screen accurate, or too green. I recall the promo shots for this piece gave the impression that it was a much darker green with a few hints of brown. After looking up some still images of the film, along with the T. rex models in broad daylight, I’d say the colouring is pretty spot on. For the more finicky among us who prefer the advertised colouring, remember the golden rule of “Final product may appear different from prototypes” and all that jazz.

The finer details on this piece are incredible. From the wrinkles in the neck, to the creases above the eyes, to the bumps on the tongue, to the serrations on the teeth which you can totally feel, Chronicle spared no expense in really bringing this guy to life. I feel at this point I should mention that obviously, scientific accuracy is not something to look for here. It’s a Jurassic Park piece and as such, these animals were not designed with 100% science in mind. This T. rex head is boxy, short-snouted, and looks downright angry, as JP Rexes go.

The wall mount portion is heavy, firm, and feels extremely sturdy. There really is no other way to display this behemoth aside from putting it face up like you see in these photos but that doesn’t command the same level of respect and awe something like this demands. Included in the package are the necessary mounting screws and struts. I really don’t recommend mounting it on your own because it’s just that heavy so do it with someone lending a helping hand.

I’m a huge Jurassic Park fan so it’s very hard for me to unbiased here. That said, because it’s based on a movie design and not the real Tyrannosaurus rex discovered by Barnum Brown that we see in museums the world over, I’m going to give it a 10/10. It’s menacing, it’s imposing, it’s huge, it’s downright gorgeous, and I haven’t been able to take my eyes off of it since I took it out of its box. Chronicle Collectibles has very clearly demonstrated their ability to produce high-quality movie-based products and I cannot wait to see what comes next. If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, you owe it to yourself to invest in this line up of exquisite models.

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.

Velociraptor (Jurassic Park by Dakin)

Today we (or I should say, I) celebrate a small milestone in my personal “career” here on the DTB. For on this day we’re looking at the very last figure in the Dakin line of “Jurassic Park” toys issued in 1992. And although I am not a completest by any means the acquisition of this toy has completed my collection of these vintage oddities. We looked at the Dilophosaurus all the way back in 2011. It’s my favorite of the lot and the most widespread and recognizable it would seem. Skip ahead 3 years to 2014 and I finally got around to writing about the ghoulish-looking Tyrannosaurus and the Triceratops, perhaps the most well-made of the batch. Just this month I decided to see this thing through and finish what I started all those years ago. The uninspired Brachiosaurus and gangly Gallimimus made their DTB debut. Now it’s the Velociraptor that’s up for review. Let’s see how she stacks up against her peers.

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Any collection of “Jurassic Park” toys would be incomplete without the ever-popular film antagonist, the Velociraptor. The Dakin line produced a figure for every major player in the movie (they also made plush toys) but for many years I was unaware that they had even made a Velociraptor. That’s probably because what we’re looking at today looks nothing like the animal portrayed in the film. Missing are the elegant sleek body, the alert posture, the long stiff tail, and even the sickle shaped toe claw! I would speculate on why that last one is missing but Hasbro made the same mistake with their toys just last year. What this toy actually resembles is a generic theropod from a B-rate dinosaur movie. Think less “Jurassic Park” and more “Carnosaur.”

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Like the rest of the Dakin line this toy is plagued by a dragging tail, shrink-wrapped body, club-shaped feet, and pronated hands. The toy is painted dark purple, so dark that it almost appears black. The Tyrannosaurus was painted purple too and one has to wonder why that is in both cases. Whatever the reason, it only serves to further distance this toy from the Velociraptor we see on screen. The head looks like mummified skin stretched over the skull, the white, sunken in eyes. Ribs are visible on the sides and some musculature is present in the legs and tail but the toy is otherwise devoid of much detail.

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And so completes this series of reviews on the Dakin dinosaurs. This toy deviates most from the film in my opinion but it stands in well as a retro theropod, looking like something out of an old William Stout book. It also completes the set and is worth seeking out for that as well. As I, and others have also noted, the similarity to a zombie is quite evident. I don’t know anyone who has made a diorama depicting dinosaur zombies but if one felt so inclined, this and the rest of the Dakin toys would function well. This toy shows up on eBay now and again, typically for less than $20.

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