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.