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Tyrannosaurus rex (Breakout Rex by Chronicle Collectibles)

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

Continuing on with Chronicle Collectibles’ offering of high-end JP items, today I have the highly anticipated Breakout Rex, which obviously is a reenactment of Rexy breaking out of her paddock in the first Jurassic Park. For those of you who have been following the development of this piece via social media, you may recall there was some controversy regarding the final product in terms of its paint job, with some people claiming Chronicle pulled a bait-and-switch on them because the final product was a complete 180 from what the promo shots advertised. I’ll touch on all that in this review. This statue is approximately two feet long and when assembled, weighs around 30 pounds.

I know the packaging may seem like a pointless part of discussion, but given how much a collectible of this nature sells for, I think it’s important to highlight the respectable and tightly packed nature of the shipment. Let’s be honest, when you buy something from eBay for instance, you rate the seller based on how well they packaged an item amongst other things. This one here is snug and tight. If you’re wondering where the fence cables are, they are located in a separate compartment located on the reverse of the styrofoam. It’s easy to miss and almost made me think I was missing pieces until a friend of mine who also bought one pointed this out to me.

Well, there she is, in all her glory! Please do note that the photos you are seeing here are not filtered and as such, are presented in natural lighting. This is important because, as I said at the beginning, the paint job was a point of contention for a lot of people, so let’s talk about that. But by all means, do take in her glory before we start an analysis. She stands proudly, free of her constraints, ready to take on the world. Even if you’re not entirely sold on her, it’s hard to take your eyes off her. She fits squarely into the base via pegs on the underside of her feet.

So, the paint job. I hate to admit it, but it is a tad underwhelming. It’s more leopard-y than I’d like and based on shots of Rexy in the film, she wasn’t quite so spotted. When I compared the shots of my model to the ones featured on Chronicle’s product page, I saw where the difference lay. Those images featured a slightly darker underbelly and fewer spots.

On to the head. This is really where people started freaking out when the retail images began to surface. Again, same story as the underbelly. In the promo shots, it was darker around the neck with fewer visible stripes. The eyes were also darker. Both of them, in the final release, look like they were painted brighter. For me, this isn’t a deal breaker, but it makes one wonder what the heck happened during production. The teeth are painted, but beyond that, there isn’t much detail to them. They’re pointed, but serrations aren’t noticeable on them, like the Lost World Rex Bust.

This is what the base looks like when fully assembled. It’s very easy to put together. You just need to slide the wire poles into their respective holes, and (I only discovered this after the fact) the middle pole with the lighting fixtures (which do not light up) has small circlets in which you insert the wires from the pole on the left and twist them accordingly. The wires do not feel flimsy, but loose enough that you can twist and turn them to your heart’s content. I had a lot of fun with this part. I tried to make it as “screen accurate” as possible.

And there she is, fully assembled! The night falls, the power fails, and the Queen will once again mark her mark on this primordial world. Overall, I say it’s an impressive piece to look at and can certainly be a conversation starter but the paint job could’ve been better. From what I understand, Chronicle outsourced the final phase of production to a company called Toynami and after the complaints started to come out, Chronicle took matters into their own hands and pulled most of the figures back prior to shipment to touch them up. That said, it’s not nearly as bad as some people claimed it to be. Lord knows some people were ready to tear Chronicle apart, calling them scam artists and such (can you imagine?). A few more touch ups would have been nice, but I would still recommend this piece for any Jurassic Park lover. I look forward to the next one!

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.