Review and photos by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy
Dilophosaurus has become very well known as a result of its appearance in Jurassic Park, where it approaches the would-be burglar Dennis Nedry in a friendly manner, but then becomes angry and spits venom at him, much like a modern cobra. The real Dilophosaurus, of course, is not known to have possessed a frill or venom. Nevertheless, in response to the more common knowledge of Dilophosaurus, a number of toy companies have begun to produce models of this dinosaur.
Boley is a lesser-known company that produces a line called Nature World, which includes dinosaurs. Their dinosaur line features Dilophosaurus, of which they have produced a decent model. The Boley figure is eight inches long and five inches tall. It reproduces the semicircular double crests that distinguish this dinosaur nicely, with a reddish-pink accent around their outlines. The detail of the scales is also very nice, and the animal accurately possesses narrow jaws with a slight dimple in the upper jaw toward the nose. The neck is longer than those of other theropods, much like Allosaurus. The toy also accurately portrays the hands as having three fingers. The neck is nice and long for a Dilophosaurus, although it is a bit thick. The figure does strike a tripod pose, which is often decried by connoisseurs for scientific accuracy, but it is possible that some theropods may have lowered their tails somewhat when standing still and rearing up. Thus, this dinosaur is probably not walking, but standing tall. Perhaps it is roaring at an Anchisaurus it had been watching in the distance. The hunt is afoot!
The plastic has a nice consistency. It is flexible, pleasant to touch, and light, which is attractive considering that some dinosaur toys are very hard and heavy. It almost has a slight, rubber-like consistency. This is good, as very hard plastic toys with very small or narrow parts may break. Safety fanatics may try to scare you with all the horrible phthalates that could be hiding in the toy, but since the toy is sold in the US, it must be phthalate-free, as they are banned in children’s toys sold in the US. So, parents may let their children play with this Dilophosaurus without fear. Also, unlike some cheap toy dinosaurs, the name of the dinosaur is printed on the stomach to prevent any confusion.
The only negative thing I might say about this figure is that it portrays the Dilophosaurus’ body and hind legs as being somewhat more heavyset than they probably were in life. The skeleton of Dilophosaurus appears to be very lightly built and gracile. This is an understandable oversight, however, because many of the better-known theropods were much more heavily built.
Overall, I would rate this toy with at least four stars; maybe even five. For only having one small inaccuracy that I can detect, I peg it as a decent figure for dinosaur collectors who may not be able to afford large quantities of the more expensive name-brand models. Dilophosaurus is one of my favourite dinosaurs, as it reminds me of playing a DK computer game called Dinosaur Hunter 2.0, where you could go hunting for dinosaur bones and reassemble skeletons to clone six dinosaur types. My favourite one to clone was Dilophosaurus, so I couldn’t resist this toy when I saw it. Plus, I like Jurassic dinosaurs. This figure may be more difficult to find online than the big name brands, but you may find it as part of a set. Or if you’d like to save money and improve your chances, Wal-Mart carries them for a very good price. You may even get one for a dollar!