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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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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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Tyrannosaurus vs. Indominus (Jurassic World Limited Edition Gift Set)

Regardless about how you ultimately felt about the movie one of the most exciting prospects behind the release of “Jurassic World” was the toys and other merchandise that would inevitably be released alongside the film. The old Kenner “Jurassic Park” toys are some of the best movie action figures ever produced and although Hasbro dropped the ball on “Jurassic Park 3” there were still those that hoped they might do better for “Jurassic World.” But they didn’t do better, quite the opposite. Cheaply made and poorly designed, the “Jurassic World” toys have become legendary examples of how NOT to make a toy, no wonder Hasbro lost the license to the Jurassic Franchise. For those of us who actually enjoyed “Jurassic World” (and I’m among the few on the DTF that did) Hasbro’s failure was that much more devastating. While some just wanted cool dinosaur toys, there were actual fans of the movie that wanted something more.

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Enter the “Jurassic World” limited edition gift set. Two statues packaged alongside multiple formats of the movie.  Originally released for $120 there were those of us who wanted it, but not enough to pony up the cash. Recently, however, the gift set has experienced a dramatic price drop, now it sells on Amazon for $36.49. Is it still worth the price? Let’s take a look.

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We’ll start off with the film’s big baddie, the fictional hybrid dubbed Indominus rex. Measuring 9” from nose to curved tail and standing 5” tall this is an impressive and heavy piece. The packaging advertises that these models can be used as bookends and I believe that’s true based on their weight.

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The level of detail on the Indominus is stunning and if I had to compare it to a popular company I would say it compares well to Papo. It’s a faithful rendition of the movie’s character with a lot of bony scutes, prominent scales, and small quills along the arms.  The feet are nicely padded and bird-like and I particularly like the long, slender “Freddy Kruger” fingers. The teeth are individually sculpted, cleanly painted, and sharp! The inside of the mouth is impressive in its detail and painted with a glossy, wet looking finish.

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The two statues are posed in their battle stances with the Indominus supporting itself with one of its hands. In this posture, with its crocodile-like scales, I find that the Indomimus actually resembles a rauisuchian perhaps more so than it does a theropod. The model is painted in various shades of gray and although the eyes, teeth, and mouth are all painted the nails are not.

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Moving on to old Rexy we find that overall it’s not as well made as the Indominus. This is a pity because Rexy has long been a fan favorite of the franchise and has a pivotal role in “Jurassic World.” That said, this is probably still the best officially licensed depiction of this Tyrannosaurus that first appeared in “Jurassic Park” back in 1993. And it’s not a bad sculpt, just not as good as the Indominus and more similar to a toy than proper statue. The Tyrannosaurus also measures 9” from head to tail but is still a bit smaller than her nemeses. She’s less detailed overall but still movie accurate right down to the scars on her neck and shoulder.

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Rexy is posed in a tripod position with her tail touching the base. Why this is I’m unsure because with how well they’re attached to their bases I don’t think it was necessary. I suppose it does reduce the risk of breakage.  She’s depicted lunging forward, mouth agape, about to engage in bloody combat. She’s particularly intimidating when viewed head on, with her piercing forward-facing yellow eyes and darkened eye sockets.

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The paint application on Rexy is sloppier than on her counterpart. The teeth are particularly bad with quite a bit of white paint bleeding onto her mouth, much like toys by the likes of Safari and Carnegie. The statue is painted with various shades of brown like her character in the movie and although the nails are painted on this one the nails on the hallux toes are not.

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The bases are about the same size on the two models, between 7 and 8 inches. They’re flat gray slabs that resemble the setting of the fight in the actual movie and cushioned on the bottom with rubbery pads. Since the statues are on separate bases they can be positioned however you like but look pretty good facing off with each other.

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Considering how cheap these now are on Amazon I think these statues are absolutely worth the price, even if you already own the movie like I do. The highly detailed Indominus alone is worth the price and although the Tyrannosaurus is not quite as good it’s still a sufficient and accurate rendition of the movie character. Obviously this is a set that only true “Jurassic World” fans will appreciate. If, like me, you’re a fan disappointed in what Hasbro has produced then I recommend seeking these out. As of this review they’re still cheap on Amazon and although they’re marketed as limited edition, and come with a certificate, there is no production number on it. Although they might be around for a long time, I would get them while you can.