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Pachycephalosaurus (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Series 1 by Kenner)

Two Pachycephalosaurus toys would be released in conjunction with “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” the monstrously large adult “Ram Head” and this one, marketed as a juvenile. Seeing as how the genus features prominently in the movie it makes sense that it would feature in the toy line as well but in the case of the juvenile we’re looking at today it may seem somewhat familiar.

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This Pachycephalosaurus was originally produced for the “Jurassic Park” series 2 line and then recycled here for “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” The only difference between the two toys is the paint scheme. The older version was a striking combination of reds, black, and yellow and this toy is a bit more subdued, painted in various shades of green, green-blue, and red. The underside, head, tail, and limbs are all a lighter shade of green. The sides of the animal, up to the shoulders are a darker green, and the green blue color runs down the back and sides while bands run down the length of the tail. The knobs on the head are painted red with a white spot on the dome; in some figures this spot is yellow. The eyes are also red and have rounded black pupils. This differs from the original toy where the pupils are painted as slits.

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Although visually appealing the division between the two green tones is considerably jarring. Instead of a gradual change in color the colors terminate where the different pieces of plastic come together. Equally jarring is the giant button on the left leg that activates the action feature. When pressed the head jerks downward, essentially making this toy a true head-butter. To allow this feature to work the head looks quite odd where it attaches to the shoulders. It’s a fun toy to play with for sure, but it certainly doesn’t display on a shelf very well.  None of this is as off-putting as visible screw holes however.

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The toy is posed neutrally which allows for quite a bit of playability. In addition to the action feature the legs and arms also move. The hands are kind of odd looking though, with five human-like fingers spread out as if it were getting its nails done. When the arms are positioned straight out in front of the animal it looks like it’s auditioning for a dinosaur/zombie crossover movie. The feet are awkwardly large too, more theropod-like than what you would expect on this animal. Regardless of how you pose it the toy looks uncomfortable but this is an action figure and it succeeds well in that regard.

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The detail work is nicely implemented, with the head appropriately knobby and lines of scutes running down the body and tail. Bird-like scales run down the toes. The nails on the hands and feet are individually painted dark green and the overall paint application is well executed. While the toy as a whole is made of hard plastic the tail is made of stiff rubber. The toy measures about 7” in length.

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Although odd looking, this is a fun and dynamic toy to play with. This Pachycephalosaurus has stood up to the test of time as well, being re-released for “The Lost World” in 1997 it still functions like brand new, on my individual at least. Apparently the button has a tendency to stick on some toys.  Although pushing 20 years of age this toy is still readily available for a low price on eBay.

Pachycephalosaurus (UKRD)

Fans of the dome headed pachycephalosaurs are hard pressed to find toys representing this group with one exception, Pachycephalosaurus itself.  While not as popular as the likes of Tyrannosaurus or Triceratops this genus is unique enough to have been reproduced in plastic many times over, even by substandard companies like UKRD.  In fact, UKRD made at least a few pachys in their day, of varying sizes and color schemes. None of them were especially good mind you, but this one is particularly bad.

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All of the UKRD Pachycephalosaurus toys have the same basic pose, as far as I can tell. They’re bipedal tripods, with the head tilted down, and the hands randomly waving about. This toy fits that description well.  It’s one step above a generic Chinasaur, but literally only one step.

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If it weren’t for the head you would be hard pressed to identify this dinosaur as a Pachycephalosaurus. The body carries none of the hallmarks of the genus and it’s just a generic bipedal dinosaur. Without the head it could just as easily be substituted in for a theropod or ornithopod. That said the toy does have five digits on each hand, the correct number for a Pachycephalosaurus. That’s of little solace though because the hands look like oven mitts on this thing.

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The head on the toy is actually fairly well done with the characteristic dome and knobby skull. I suppose that in order to represent the genus you have to at least get that distinctive head right. Aside from those knobby bumps there is little in the way of detail work. Even the wrinkles are just lazily cut and crossed-hatched into the model.  There is a nice fleshy dewlap on the neck however.

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The paint scheme on this toy is just the worst. The body is bright blue, the underside brown, and the head, hands, and legs are green. Other Pachycephalosaurus toys by UKRD aren’t quite as off putting. This one really looks like something you would find in a dollar store bargain bin.

Despite his poor lot in life this toy looks like a happy little fellow and I suppose he’s probably good enough to make a few children happy too. That said I certainly cannot recommend this one to the majority of our readership. Unless of course you’re nostalgic for the UKRD line, this toy is after all approaching a vintage age at over 20 years old.

Pachycephalosaurus (Recur)

Thanks to Recur for the review sample.

Earlier this year I filmed myself unboxing a delivery of Recur figures on Youtube. The video received a whopping 5,000 views in two months demonstrating that unboxing videos really are popular, aren’t they! Suspsy has already reviewed some of these Recur figures on the Dinotoyblog, and he has more in the pipeline, so watch this space for more. In the meantime, I’ve picked out one of the models to take a quick look at myself.

PAchycephalosaurus by Recur

It may be difficult to comprehend, after all these years, but I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a pachycephalosaur on the Dinotoyblog! Astute followers may know otherwise, but either way, I can’t remember reviewing one! So, the Recur Pachycephalosaurus stood out as a natural choice for me.

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The head is bowed into that classic Pachycephalosaur head-butting pose, and there’s movement to the sculpt. The skull is particularly good and in most regards the proportions match the fossil evidence. All of the typical characters – raised dome, crown of spikes, armoured snout – are in the correct positions. There is just one feature that is distracting – two goofy incisors. Pachycephalosaurs do indeed have a heterodont dentition with smaller leaf-like teeth in the rear of the jaw, and three larger pointed teeth in the front of the jaw, but not quite to the degree depicted here. The large prong-like teeth in the Recur model endow the animal with an almost mammalian vibe – like some funny mutant rodent. If one reduced these blunt gnashers considerably you’d have an excellent Pachycephalosaurus head.

PAchycephalosaurus by Recur

Since Pachycephalosaurus is only known from skull material, the details of its postcranial anatomy are unknown. Our presumptions for this genus are therefore based on other pachycephalosaurs, but they, too, are poorly known. In this regard, the body of the Recur model has to be speculative to a certain extent, but it is accurate enough in all the major details… so far as is know. To my eye, the neck seems a bit long for a creature that purportedly uses its head as a battering ram. No hand is known for any pachycephalosaur, so the five digits is an educated guess, while we know the foot had three functional digits, so compliments on accuracy here!

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The colour is subdued and calming, but for some striking red stripes on the tail. This is the sort of special flourish that adds character to a toy. Suspsy has commented elsewhere on the squeezable soft material Recur figures are constructed from. This makes them well suited for play but differs from the vast majority of other major brand dinosaur toys, which tend to be produced in harder plastics. In this regard, Recur stand out as different. I guess it is a matter of taste which you prefer: my preference is for harder plastics. However, the material is sturdy enough to hold its shape and the Pachycephalosaurus stands perfectly fine with just a little help from its down-curved tail.

PAchycephalosaurus by Recur

Overall, I recommend this figure. Pachycephalosaurus toys are relatively thin on the ground, so this fills a gap, and it’s a relatively accurate depiction of a rather poorly known dinosaur.

Thanks again to Recur for the review sample. Check out the Recur website at http://www.recur.top/ and like them on Facebook here.

Available from Recur’s AliExpress store