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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.

 

 

Ankylosaurus (2011 Imaginext by, Fisher Price)

Warning:  If you are a serious collector and only interested in dinosaur toys that are prime examples of their species with impeccable accuracy, amazing detail, colors, and are brilliant works of paleo art, you may want to skip this review, as this figure is lacking in those key areas. For all of you who are going to stick around and want to find out more about this toy, sit back, grab a beverage of your choice, and let me entertain you  with stories and facts about 2011 Fisher Price Imaginext Ankylosaurus.

I found this prehistoric door knocker while at a block sale with my kids. While looking around I notice a box on the ground at the end of one of the tables. It was marked that everything in the box was one dollar. I curiously walked over to the box even though I did not expect to find anything interesting in it.  I figured it was just full of broken toys.  Laying on top of all the toys in the box was this Ankylosaurus.  As a animal toy designed for little kids it is a figure that I would normally pass on due to it being so cute and inaccurate.  Yet in that moment a strange, unexpected, and extraordinary thing happened.   I was standing there looking down at this poor little toy, that was slightly buried with only its head and front legs being able to be seen above the rest of the worn toys in the box.   It seemed so vulnerable and there was a certain  innocence to it.  We shared this incredible eye contact.  I could almost hear it calling out in a soft voice, “come, come here and save me”.  How could I resist.  I reached into the box and pulled it out and noticed that it was in great condition.  A moment later and one dollar lighter, I walked away with this Ankylosaurus.

About the toy:  This toy was designed for kids 3-8 years old.  Obviously the Ankylosaur can be played with as a regular dinosaur, but since the dinosaur toy also features armor and other high tech futuristic gear that snaps on, the dinosaur can gear up for different types of adventures.  The one that I found did not have any of the accessories.   A brand new one still in the packaging  will feature high tech futuristic armor with movable pickaxe arms  and a helmet.  It also comes with a figure that has a drill tool.

This figure is generically styled so do not expect scientific accuracy on this toy.  Both the skull and body are wide and are connected by a short neck.  The body is squat and low to the ground.  On the back there are alternating rows of spines with a row of scute armor down the middle.   The legs are short and muscular and have some articulation as they are able to move forward and backward..  The short tail ends in a smooth club.  The top half of the body is a dark green, with rows of spines that are cream in color.  The bottom half of the body is a light brown that is speckled with tiny dark brown spots.  The figure does have an interesting  action feature.  The tail is spring loaded and when you pull it up and then let go, it will hammer and smash whatever is beneath the club. The toy is made from a durable hard plastic.

Overall:  This is a kids toy that was well designed to be played with.  It is durable, has simple digging accessories that can be removed, a spring loaded tail, and a cute expressive face.  For younger kids what’s not to love.  They will have countless hours of fun playing with this toy.  For older kids, educators, and collectors it will lose some appeal as it is not an accurate toy and has a cutesy childish look.  If it calls out to you as it did for me, it has been out of circulation for awhile so E-bay or thrift stores are probably your best bet.

 

 

Prehistoric Tube B (CollectA)

Time again to downsize with CollectA’s second tube collection. Like the previous set I reviewed, this one came out in late 2015 and contains no fewer than ten teeny toy dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters, a couple of them making their debut with CollectA.

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First up is a bantam Amargasaurus, based on the Deluxe version. Measuring slightly over 7 cm long, it’s light green with maroon stripes, yellow for the underbelly, black for the eyes, and dark brown shading on the feet. It is posed in a walking stance with its head held high and the tip of its tail curled. The teeth in the mouth, the twin rows of spines on the neck, and the sails on the back are well-defined and the pitted skin has tiny osteoderms as well as thick wrinkles. In terms of accuracy, this animal looks pretty good, although the neck could probably be a little shorter and the tail could be longer.

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Second is a diminutive Ankylosaurus, coloured dark brown on top and fading to light brown on the underside. The tiny eyes are black and maroon is used for the stripes running parallel down the animal’s head, neck, and back and for the two bosses on the mighty tail club. This 7.5 cm long figure is posed in a defensive stance with its legs planted and its tail raised and swinging from side to side, ready to rumble. I had assumed that this toy was virtually identical to the Deluxe version, but in a number of ways, it’s actually superior. The rib cage is proportionally wider, the limbs are smaller, and there are more osteoderms comprising the armour. The nostrils are still too close together and there are too many toes on the feet, though. The back and limbs have a pitted skin texture while the underbelly is covered in wrinkles. The osteoderms are keeled and the tail club has a knobby feel to it. This is quite a cool little ankylosaur!

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Now we have one of the newcomers to the world of CollectA, a bitty Apatosaurus! At 4 cm tall and 9.5 cm long, it’s the biggest figure in this set. Its main colour is dark grey with a pale pink underbelly, black shading on the feet, and black eyes. The Apatosaurus is sculpted in a classic museum pose with its neck turning to the left and its tail swinging to the right. The tail could afford to be longer, but on the whole, the toy looks reasonably accurate. The skin is pebbly with spiny plates running down the vertebrae, two rows of osteoderms on the back, and wrinkles on the neck and flanks. Despite its size, this Apatosaurus looks beefy and strong. I do wish that it had been Brontosaurus instead (it really is wonderful to have the thunder lizard back), but I think it’s one of the best in the set.

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Next up, a runty Brachiosaurus. Not surprisingly, it’s the tallest figure in the set, standing 7 cm tall and measuring 10.5 cm long. Based upon the second Standard class figure, it’s standing rather stiffly with its head raised to maximum elevation. The main colour is greenish-grey with a light grey underbelly, dark grey shading on the feet, and black eyes. The skin is pebbly all over with a few thick wrinkles around the flanks. The limbs and tail look correctly proportioned, but the neck needs some beefing up. Overall though, it’s an okay rendition of Brachiosaurus.

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Here’s the second newcomer, a pocket-sized Giganotosaurus! Mounted atop a rocky brown base, it measures 9.5 cm long and is coloured light green with a yellow underbelly, dark grey stripes, black eyes, and a pink mouth. Unlike the Tyrannosaurus rex from the other miniature set, the teeth on this carnosaur are painted the same colour as its mouth, which is disappointing. And despite the name printed on the bottom of its base, it is clearly based on the Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus. Perhaps CollectA originally intended to release it as the shark-toothed lizard, but then decided to introduce the giant southern lizard instead. Unfortunately, while Carcharodontosaurus and Giganotosaurus are closely related, there are noticeable anatomical difference between their skulls. As well, this little fellow has inherited the Deluxe’s shrink-wrapped skull and overly wide hips. And to top it off, the paint on the feet has been poorly applied, making it look like the toy is melting. On the positive side, the sculpting itself is undeniably impressive, with sharp teeth and claws, lots of scales and wrinkles, rows of triangular osteoderms, and thick muscles. It’s a ferocious-looking monster in spite of its faults.

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And now here’s a mini Liopleurodon. At only 6.5 cm long, it’s the smallest figure in this set. Like nearly all plastic renditions, its main colours are very dark blue and pale yellow, a result of the animal’s exaggerated appearance in the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs. There are also some very faint airbrushed pink patches on the flanks, but the eyes and teeth are unpainted. A pity, but it would have been very difficult to apply paint at this scale. While the front flippers are angled beyond the real animal’s range of motion, on the whole, it’s a pretty accurate pliosaur, with a pitted skin texture and thick wrinkles around its joints. And as with the Mosasaurus in the other set, this little swimmer makes a perfect baby for its Standard class parent.

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Our seventh toy is an undersized Quetzalcoatlus. Standing almost 5.5 cm tall and measuring 8 cm long from the tip of its bill to its heels, this largest of azhdarchids is coloured dusty brown with grey wings, pale yellow on its throat and chest, a black head, yellow crest, pink eyes and mouth, and light blue on the back of its neck. Its head is raised high and tilting to the left, but unlike the larger version, there’s no baby Alamosaurus struggling helplessly in its bill. The neck and body are covered in pycnofibres and the folded wings are wrinkled. The bill is slightly warped, but overall, this is a very good rendition. As I’ve said many times now, I love walking pterosaur figures.

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Behold, a wee Spinosaurus, only about 9.5 cm long. Based on the famous and controversial Ibrahim/Sereno reconstruction, this finned fish eater is striding slowly along on all fours, its left paw raised and its long tail swinging well to the right. The main colour is sandy beige with faint patches of bright green, black stripes on the sail, airbrushed grey on the front claws, black eyes, and a pink mouth. Like the Giganotosaurus, the Spinosaurus‘ tiny teeth lack paint detail, but at least they’re not pink. The sculpting detail is excellent, with fine scales and osteoderms on the body, ribs on the sail, long, sharp claws on the hands, and a crocodilian-like tail. This is definitely one of the best figures in this set.

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A scrubby Torosaurus is our ninth toy. The perforated lizard is just over 3 cm tall due to its mighty frill and just over 6.5 cm long from the tips of its brow horns to the end of its tail. The main colour is pumpkin orange with dark brown accents on the head, horns, and body. The frill features white wash and black “eyes” shaped like inverted teardrops. The tiny eyes are black as well. Aside from the smooth horns, the entire animal is covered in fine pebbled scales with just a few wrinkles around the joints and belly. Unlike the Standard class toy, this Torosaurus‘ brow horns are correctly curved instead of straight. But sadly, the little fellow has all the same issues as his big brother: a snout that’s too long, a lack of epoccipitals on the rather flattened frill, and limbs that are far too lanky for any chasmosaurine.

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Finally, I give you this Lilliputian Velociraptor. It measures nearly 7 cm long and is quite possibly the blandest-looking dromaeosaur figure I’ve ever seen. It is coloured beige all over with darker patches on its tail, limbs, and head, as well as black eyes and a pink mouth. Due to its size, it is moulded onto a small earthen base. On the plus side, despite the fact that it is based on the aging Deluxe version, it’s got more accurate proportions, with a smaller head and a longer tail. The head, hands, and feet are scaly, but the rest of the Velociraptor is nice and feathery, complete with a large fan at the end of the tail. The wrists are properly aligned and the claws and teeth make this animal look like quite a savage predator. Of course, any dinophile worth his or her salt knows full well that this raptor doesn’t have nearly enough plumage. Still, any feathered dinosaur is welcome in my book.

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Overall, while I like the other miniature set better, this one is still quite good. Granted, some of the figures have accuracy issues, but they’re all rather endearing little toys. And considering that you’re getting ten of them for a relatively low price, I can’t see many people not enjoying them. Plus as I mentioned in my other review, the durable plastic case means that you can easily and safely take this set on the road with you. Recommended.

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This marks my second year anniversary as a reviewer for the Dinosaur Toy Blog! As always, thanks go out to Dr. Adam S. Smith and everyone who’s been enjoying my work. Here’s to another year! 🙂