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Ankylosaurus (Playskool Heroes Jurassic World, by Hasbro)

When you think of the toys made for Jurassic World by Hasbro, there are  probably a lot of colorful adjectives that pop into your head .  I warn you not utter them out loud as there are preschool toys present.  One word I did not hear many people say about the toy line was “fun”.  Well today I am going to present a fun toy from the Jurassic World line.  Yes that’s right, I said fun!  You might be wearing a look of disbelief but I assure you sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun.

I present the Playskool Heroes Ankylosaurus.  The Jurassic World line of Playskool Heroes are designed with smaller kids in mind as the toys are stylized with bigger feet, simple articulation, and with cute expressions.  You might ask if the dinosaurs in this line are scientifically accurate?   Of course not!  Its a kids toy inspired by a movie.  Maybe your thinking, is the toy at least accurate to the dinosaurs in the movie?  Not even close, though some people might say that’s a good thing.

About the toy:  It is quite the diminutive figure at 4 in (10 cm) long and just barely 2 in (5cm) high at the center.  The toy is made from a hard plastic and has some articulation, more on that later.  The head is very cute with overly large eyes.  Interestingly, the one feature that is normally correctly on an Ankylosaur toy is completely wrong.  There should be two horns pointing backwards from the back of the head and two horns below them that pointed down and to the back.  On the toy the two lower horns are were you expect them to be, but the other two are not.  They can be found on the top middle of the skull.  Looks kind of strange in my opinion.

Side by side with the Jurassic World Bashers and Biters Ankylosaurus.

On its armored back there are outlines of plates with a huge spike coming out of the middle of each one.  The tail is curved and ends in a club.  The legs are short and also have a few small bumps on them.  It is painted in a light blue with a dark yellow for the spikes and club.  The upper beak is painted in purple and a small red tongue is visible inside the mouth.

The toy does come with some articulation and an action feature.  The legs can move forwards and back.  If you wanted to pose it like a flying superman, you can.   Also the tail can rotate 360 degrees which is really useful with its action feature.   On top of its back, the center six spikes all form a push button.  When you press down, the tail will swing to its left, and the head will move to the right.   It is a simple gimmick for sure but a very fun one. What kid (or adult) can resist pushing the button and watch its tail swing.   It is actually a durable and well made little figure.  The paint will wear on the tips of the spikes on the action button, but let’s not be too harsh as that’s to be expected.

Overall:  It is a adorable, durable, fun toy for children.  Ok. ok, it is also fun for adults who are still kids at heart.  I could easily see a child grab this toy and use it during play.  Maybe they would use it for an epic dinosaur battle royale, or in a sweeping adventure were this little Ankylosaur is looking for the lost valley while avoiding a murderous Sharp tooth.   Even in a gentler style of play, I could see this Ankylosaur being the life of a tea party, swapping stories, sipping tea, and eating macaroons.  What fun!

Is it worth getting? It all depends on what you are looking for.  If you want scientific accuracy, than no.  What about the collectability?  For people who like Jurassic Park and Ankylosaurus, than maybe.   As a gift for a child, definitely go for it!  It is really affordable as it can be found at a low price, but they are disappearing from regular and online stores.    By 2018, I would expect Ebay will be the main location to find one.

 

 

Spinosaurus (Jurassic World Hybrids by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

If I’m going to be truly honest, I kind of regretted buying this figure at first, but it kind of grew on me after a while. What we have here is a repaint of the 2015 Bashers and Biters Spinosaurus, which I reviewed here on the blog last year. And to cut to the chase, nothing about this figure is an improvement over the previous version, except for the colours.

The packaging is everything we come to expect from this toy line. The model is tied onto a display platform without a window, so that shoppers can test (or break) the toy if they so desire before buying it. The back of the box shows a lovely graphic of the dinosaur in question that bears little to no resemblance to the actual product due to the fact that it’s essentially a Photoshop painting.

Once the model is out of the packaging, it becomes apparent that all of the issues that plagued the first version are still present with this one. The head looks like that of a Spinosaurus, complete with a tooth notch, but it is still too wide when viewed from above, just like the JP3 model. The arms are pronated as usual, and still lack the signature fish hook claw that should be present on all spinosaur toys. But perhaps the biggest thing Hasbro failed to correct with this figure are the feet. They did not change the design flaw at all, so when the feet are evenly aligned, the three toes on the left foot are still raised up.

Since this is exactly the same sculpt as the 2015 figure, its gimmick operates the exact same way. You pull down the tail to make the head go up, and pull it to the side to make it open its mouth.

The only difference between this model and the old one is pretty obvious, and that would be the colour scheme. In all honesty, they looks a whole lot better then the awful ensemble of the original. The base colours are bright blue while the bottom parts of the body are a light metallic brown. The back is painted red, with some purple being visible in between the red and the blue, and the the model is also complimented by some black stripes. The claws on this figure are white like the teeth, and the eyes are the same shade of red as the one used for the back. Since this model is painted in brighter colors, it does not look as zombie-like as the original, with its open flesh wound. And while the original had an unpainted tail, this figure’s tail features a pattern that matches those on the torso and neck.

Overall, this is another step closer to completing the Jurassic World page. And I will say that, out of all the Hybrid figures, this one is actually my favourite. The colours, while not realistic, are still very attractive and an improvement over the original version. Despite being poorly made, I find myself playing with this toy a little more each time I am at my desk. If you can find enjoyment like that in them, then this Spinosaurus is worth every penny. Otherwise, it’s best to just save your money on something more detailed and accurate then this.

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.