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Pachycephalosaurus (Bullyland)

During this seasonal, festive, frenzy of reviews, lets take a small time warp back in time and bring forth a toy that has been left behind by the relentless march of time. In 2009, Bullyland,  the purveyor of  goofy eyed yet expressive figures, released a interesting looking Pachycephalosaurus. It wasn’t a perfect figure in the time it was made, but looking back at the era in which it was released, it was a whole different world of dinosaur sculpts for collectors to choose from.  Carnegie was still around, CollectA was still figuring itself out, and the dreaded tripod stance was popular.  Its amazing how far toy companies have come since 2009.  What passes as an average  figure now would have been a good to great figures just seven years ago.

On top of that, Pachycephalosaurus is a strange animal in dinosaur collecting.  I would doubt it would make many top ten popular dinosaur lists, but at the same time, it is easily recognizable to most adults and kids.  Due to that domed skull,  kids like to play with it as if it was Ram Man, head butting through obstacles and viscous predators.   In JP the Lost World there is a popular scene showing it ramming one of the Jeeps, reinforcing the popular belief that these animals just head butted their way through life.  In reality like many of the strange features we find on dinosaurs, like a Triceratops‘ frill, or Parasaurolophus’ crest, the domed skull was probably used as a display structure, sexual dimorphism perhaps, or other uses that we haven’t even come up with yet.

Size comparison: Carnegie Pachycephalosaurus on the left, Bullyland on right.

About the toy:  According to the print on the bottom of the figure it is 1:30 scale.  It is 4 in (10.16 cm) high and 9 in (22.86 cm) long.  The pose is active with the head down and eyes looking forward.  Pachycephalosaurus had a narrow face with a small muzzle which ended in a pointed beak. I think the head on this figure is too wide and big.  The dome-shaped head is present and looks quite thick.  All the way around from the snout to the back of the head it is covered by bumps and wart-like knobs, with a fringe of dull spikes. There is a bunch of small white teeth in the upper maxilla.  In actuality the teeth should be less numerous and should look different by the  beak.

The arms are short but beefy and spread out with the hands pronated.  Each of the hands have five fingers, which is accurate.  The legs are big and beefy and the figure stands on over-sized feet, in which all four toes touch the ground.  That’s right, instead of standing on a three toed foot, they made the forth one long enough to help with its balance.

Accuracy wise this figure ends up being so-so.  As it is thought that Pachycephalosaurus would have been similar to other ornithopods, this figure does have some of the features you would expect.  Some of the positives are: it does have forelimbs with five-fingered hands, a long, heavy, fairly rigid tail, and a neck that is short yet thick.  Its belly also appears to be enlarged and looks well fed.

This figure is painted as if it lived in an arid landscape with tan and black colors.  A yellow color is dry brushed over the main colors.  There is a little bit or orange mixed in the bumps around its head and on the under side of the tail and belly.  The teeth and eyes are white while the inside of the mouth is black.  Around the eyes it is very black almost like eye liner.  All the claws are grey.

Overall:  Bullyland figures tend to take a little getting used to.  It is true that many of their figures are not one hundred percent accurate, but they do tend to have more of an persona and charm.  It could be the goofy eyes, I am not sure, but they do tend to be expressive.

With that big head, beefy arms, thick tail, and those meaty thighs, it is quite a stout figure.  I think a T-Rex would have loved to have this girl for dinner.  This thick skulled Pachycephalosaurus toy does have some inaccuracies as I mentioned earlier.  When making a decision on this toy you cannot discount that fact. Despite that, it also has some charm along with a active pose.  I rate it as an average figure but one that I really like so maybe I’m a little biased.    If you like how this figure looks than in my opinion, it is worth it.  This figure is not for everyone and if you want accuracy you could check out the CollectA Pachycephalosaurus ,which is rather small, or the old Battat one if you are lucky enough to find it.

 

 

 

 

 

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.