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Tyrannosaurus Rex w/articulated jaw (Prehistoric & Extinct by Mojö)

Ever since Tyrannosaurus rex was described back in 1905, this amazing animal has captured our imaginations.   Its not hard to see why. It was one of the largest land carnivores of all time and it had a huge skull with bone crushing jaws.  It is so recognizable that toy makers just can’t help themselves on trying to capitalize on their popularity by making as many as they can.  For 2017 Mojo released three new Tyrannosaur Rex toys and they are a vast improvement over their previous releases, which were tail dragging, piano playing monstrosities. Overall Mojo has improved their range of products.  By no means have they caught up with Safari or CollectA but they have taken a step in the right direction.

About the toy:  Of the three tyrannosaur’s that Mojo released for 2017, the articulated jaw T. rex is the smallest.   It is 7.5 in (19.05 cm) long and 3 in (7.62 cm) high.    It terms of size and pose the sculpt is similar (just a little smaller) to the striding Wild Safari 2011 sculpt.   It legs are not spread out as far as the striding Wild Safari version, instead they are closer together in a fashion that makes it look like it is creeping up on its prey.  Combine that with scientific inaccuracy, exaggerated rugosity on the skull,  a softer rubbery plastic feel that you would expect from a Schleich WOH toy, and suddenly this toy looks like the Schleich T. rex met the 2011 Safari and they had a baby.

Red Schleich T. rex side by side with 2017 Mojo T.rex

The pose is dynamic enough to make the toy look like it is on the hunt or it is just curious about what is on the other side of a river.   The figure is very steady on its feet without any assistance and this is due to the exaggerated size of both feet.  Unfortunately it does detract from the toy but I guess that’s the price for stability without a base.  Unless some new information has come out that I am unaware of, there is another error that plagues this T. rex, and that is the position of the arms.  The arms are pronated, with the claws facing down, which is inaccurate and every toy maker that wants to be taken seriously should know by now to have the claws facing inward.  I guess old habits die hard.

One of the most important features on a Tyrannosaurs rex is the impressive head.  One of the important things to look for is the position of the eyes.  The orbits are set in a way for the eyes to face foreword.  The back of the head should be expanded so that is in the shape of a T, with the snout being thin and long.  When we look at the head on this figure, it has those characteristics.  There is a clear antorbital fenestrae on the sides of the face in front of the orbit.   Also present on this figure is rough rugged bumps on the nasals that spread backwards and spouts a little flaring horn above the eyes.  This line of bumps continues going back on this toy until both sides meet at a point on the back of the skull. The seam for the head is visible despite attempts to blend it in along with skin folds on the neck.

Inside the mouth there are over thirty five teeth present.  That’s double than what you would normally find inside a T. rex mouth.  The teeth are individually sculpted and despite appearances, when you look closely you will notice they are different sizes.  Inside the mouth is a sculpted tongue.

As for the rest of the body on this figure it appears to be on the thin side.  There should be a little more heft to the toy.  On its back you can see a small bump from the dorsal vertebrae and at the hips you can see the ilium sticking out.  Above the arms you can see a bulge of muscle over the scapula.  There are similar muscle bulges on the legs.  There are some small skin folds connecting the torso and the legs.  The overall texture on the sculpt are lines of wrinkles running horizontal and vertically across the figure.  There are some scales on the antorbital fenestrae and on top of the head.

The colors are safe.  The head, torso, arms, legs, and tail are green.  The underside is in cream. There is some black wash in the skin folds that make them stand out a little.  Along the back all the way to the tip of the tail are dark blue triangle stripes.

If you are wondering were the feathers are, sorry but this is a scaly version.   Not trying to pick a fight but feathers are still speculative.  Yes it is highly likely that Tyrannosaurus rex had a liberal coating of feathers, it is also not impossible that it had a considerable coverage of scales on it as well.   Maybe feathers could have only been on youngsters.  The reality is we do not fully know yet, though there are some good ideas on what it could have looked like.   If you are interested in great feathered Tyrannosaurus rex toys both Safari (Hardbit)* and CollectA (Firestreak)* have made great versions with feathers, but lets take it easy on this figure as you can’t really take points off this toy for the lack of a feathery down.

Playability:  It is durable and has a moveable jaw.  Those are two important qualities for a dinosaur toy.  It is safe to use as they are no sharp edges and the material is bendy.  The toy is stable so it can be used on different surfaces with an increased chance of standing wherever it is being played.  The only problem is the size.  When you have a Tyrannosaurus rex toy, you want it to inspire awe and fear, unfortunately this is a smaller toy.  I guess it could be a juvenile that would accompany a parent on the hunt.

Overall:  Mojo has stepped foreword and released an improved product compared to their previous tyrannosaur releases.  It checks a few positive boxes but it does fail in other areas.  If you are looking for a gift for a child, well look no further as it is a really good toy for kids under eight years old.  For collectors it is not a must have,  as it is average at best when compared to all the other tyrannosaur toys that are available.  For educators , you should pass on this figure as it has too many scientific inaccuracies.  There is one more positive thing about this toy.  The cost.  It is an inexpensive figure.    As always, if you like it go for it, and happy hunting.

 

*Disclaimer: Both the 2017 Tyrannosaurus rex by Safari Ltd and Feathered Deluxe T. rex by CollectA do not go officially by the names Hardbit and Firestreak, those are names that were given to the toys by the reviewer Suspsy and used in this review as a reference to the reviews done for those figures.

 

Tyrannosaurus rex (Hunting) (Collecta)

Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Deluxe’ feathered Tyrannosaurus, Collecta have seen fit to update their smaller scale range with a similarly enfluffened tyrant. And its corpse. Happily – alive or dead – the miniature feathered T. rex has just much charm as its larger, leggier cousin.

Collecta Hunting Tyrannosaurus

As it stands, the toy is about 21cm long. Correcting for curly parts, it reaches around 24cm, or approximately 1:50 – 1:55 scale. Matters of scale are complicated by the fact that this toy has a tail that is a tad on the long side, although not as much so as in the Deluxe model. The tail aside, it’s a handsomely proportioned beast – the short arms are actually, bless ’em, very short indeed (quite right), the torso is nice and barrel-shaped, and the head boasts that characteristic T. rex narrow snout and binocular vision. And a winning smile.

Collecta Hunting Tyrannosaurus

That the head is so well modeled is testament to how much Collecta continue to improve – just compare the handsome face on the figure above to that of their T. rex with prey’ from four years ago. (Shudder.) It’s also quite wonderful that Collecta have fully committed to feathered tyrannosaurs across their range, in spite of the continued appeal of movies filled with less-than-convincing scaly beasties enhanced with frog DNA. Properly feathered, too, with a decent distribution of plumage all over the body, complemented by scales on the belly and legs. Great work.

Collecta Hunting Tyrannosaurus

While the overall colouration is similar to the Deluxe and the corpse, this ‘hunting’ Rexy is somewhat less vibrant, most notably lacking the big red clown wig. In my book, it’s an improvement. The majority of the creature is covered in simple brown feathers, broken up with darker stripes, which is suitably subtle and plausible. The green patch with white ‘blaze’ remains – exactly how plausible the green feathers are, I’m not sure (curse you, Matt Martyniuk!), but they help liven things up a bit without looking too outrageous. The eyes are dark windows to a cold, unfeeling, tormented reptilian soul that only knows hunger, destruction, and death. Also, they’re lovely and glossy.

Collecta Hunting Tyrannosaurus

Detailing is top-notch – in spite of its considerably smaller size, the feathers on this figure are just as finely sculpted as on the Deluxe, and details like the claws, teeth and eyes are painted with extraordinary care. In some places it is, if anything, too detailed – individual fenestrae are visible on close inspection that would almost certainly have been covered with flesh in life. Other negatives include the slightly peculiar posture, which places the animal on tiptoes. Rexy might have been digitigrade, but he was also a great big lump of a theropod and would’ve walked on a larger portion of his toes. Further, there should be a fleshy ‘heel’ backing up the foot, the better to support Rexy’s wide load.

Collecta Hunting Tyrannosaurus with Corpse

These are minor points, however, and do little to detract from overall quality of this figure, which (incredibly) can be picked up in the UK for a measly four pounds (5.66 USD at the time of writing). The base may also be off-putting for some, but as long as it allows for lovely, detailed, well-proportioned toys like this, I shan’t be complaining. Grab one of these, grab a Deluxe, grab a corpse, and complete the Collecta fluffy Rexy set!

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Jurassic World Basher and Biters by Hasbro)

The basher and biter Tyrannosaurus Rex is an important part of the legacy and impact of the Jurassic World toys that came out in 2015. This was the first toy (brown version) that I saw from this line, and for me, it really set the tone for the rest of the series. Hasbro in many ways failed in this toy line up, including this toy, which represents a dinosaur that many people know and love. This T-Rex highlights many of the things that people were unhappy about with the Jurassic World toys.

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 2

About the toy: The T-Rex Basher and Biter is the smallest in size and cost of the three main T-Rex’s made for the line up. The original came out with the same brown color of the other two, which would make it the female.(if I am correct on Jurassic Parks gender color schemes) The second repainted version is the exact same sculpt of the female but it is in the green male color. Some people are referring to the color of this version as Mountain Dew. It is actually two toned green, with an medium shade of green on most of the body and a slightly brighter yellowish green on the underside. There is also some black striping on the head that looks nice. It is pink inside the mouth and the teeth are white. The toes claws are black, while the hand claws are unpainted.

The anatomy on this sculpt is ridiculous, but then again, it is Jurassic Park “World”, so what do you expect.

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 6

The texture on it is ok, with varying patterns, bumps, and skin folds. The skin texture underneath is more of a crocodiles skin, the upper legs have a rounded pattern, while the lower legs have lines. I am not sure why it was sculpted with so many different styles, but you really don’t notice it, unless your really paying attention. The torso, neck and head are made up of hard, light, inflexible plastic, while the legs, tail, and arms are made with a denser and more flexible type of plastic. The seam lines from the action ability are easily seen, and on the right side are the amazing, “I don’t think anyone will notice” screw holes. Yes that was sarcasm! On the left side there is the typical dino damage that shows a patch of skin that has been ripped off, showing the off white ribs and red muscle.

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 3

The articulation is ok, with the arms and legs able to move up and down. It is actually quite stable in multiple poses. The action ability works just fine, you move the tail and the mouth opens and closes, while the head moves. This action ability works really well, but it can vary from toy to toy. When at the store, I have had fun trying out the action feature, and on some of them, they worked great while on others, not so much. It looks like this feature can wear or break easily.

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 5

Green Basher and Biter with the Medium Chomper T-Rex

This is a toy that kids from ages 2-8 will have fun with, but the older the kid, the more they notice all the flaws with it. With decent articulation and stability, along with a working action feature, it can find play time in a kids imaginary adventures. Due to the questionable quality of the toy, I am not certain how long it can stand the test of time before it breaks.

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 4

Overall Appraisal: This T-Rex was the negative trend setter for the entire Jurassic World release, which has seen more misses than hits. In complete honesty, I did not like the original brown version. It looked horrible to me when I first saw it, and it still does. The problem is, when the green version came out, I was drawn to it. Since it is the exact same toy, all the same flaws are present. Such as the anatomy, screw holes, the dino damage, and the questionable quality of the toy. Had I been beaten down by this toy line to the point were my expectations are so low, that something as simple as a different paint job was enough to draw me in?

Jurassic World T-Rex B&B 9

Original Brown Color

 

While I ponder that question, do not feel bad if you like it, as with anything in life, if you like it, go with it. If you are interested in it, there is good news. Many of the basher and biters can be found at low prices. The T-Rex can be enjoyable for small kids, but it’s play ability goes down the older the kid is. I can only imagine what this toy would have been if Hasbro took it more seriously, unfortunately that is not the case and we are left with a rather cheap T-Rex toy with a JW logo on it.

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