Review and Photographs By Sketchy, edited by Suspsy
While Jurassic World popularized the idea of genetically modified dinosaur hybrids, Kenner beat them to the idea over 17 years prior with the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect line, a mix of crazy hybrids and similarly crazy repaints of old figures. Although at the time they were an underselling line, some figures have now been considered classic such as the Alpha Velociraptor.
In terms of sculpt, this figure is the exact same as the original Jurassic Park and Lost World Velociraptor. It also shares the same action feature, with its mouth opening and head lowering the more you squeeze on its legs. However, the action feature is rather flawed on mine, as I have struggled to use it. The picture below is the furthest its head can open without assistance. Also, the more I press on the legs, the more I’m concerned for them warping.
This toy measures 4 1/2 inches tall and 10 inches long. For the color scheme, the back is black with tons of stripes that are either blue or yellowish-green. The lower half of the body and the limbs are blue with black stripes. For some, this color scheme looks silly and over the top, which it is, but I quite love it. The colors just pop so much and I find them more interesting than the original Velociraptor. It also shares the two screw holes on its belly that the Lost World version has. For accuracy, it’s obviously far from what an actual Velociraptor looks like, but this is a Jurassic Park toy.
For my final thoughts, it’s a figure that has the same cool sculpt as the original Velociraptor, but with colors that are way more interesting. It’s not for everyone, especially people who like more grounded and realistic dinosaurs, or anything remotely scientifically accurate. This figure may not be for them. It’s for fans of the Jurassic Park franchise, and specifically the Chaos Effect line. If you want to buy this guy, then eBay is your best shot. On eBay, it can cost between $25-$40 out of package (and in varying conditions), but one that is mint in package can go up to $100.
Found a real animal with that color scheme:
Absolutely love the tacky 90s gaudiness of the Chaos Effect line. Raptor Alpha was one of my favorites from that line. I love the line so much I’ve been repainting the Mattel toys into Chaos Effect. Great review!!
Thanks Dino Scream thats means alot coming from you. Also thanks to Suspsy for helping me all the way through writing and photographs of the review.
glad I could help by submitting my review, can’t wait to see my Compstegnathus review come up soon.
There are still a few other reviews ahead of it, but it will definitely be going up in the near future. Keep up with the Chaos Effect submissions.
Ridiculous colour scheme, poor production design (screw holes etc.), complete disregard for anything resembling scientific accuracy. Hard pass and I have no idea how people enjoy this.
Scientific accuracy? Why on Earth would you expect scientific accuracy from a 1998 repaint of a 1993 toy?
Because we knew what Velociraptor looked like in 1993.
The original Velociraptor toy was based on the movie design. Had it not been, fans of all ages would surely have been disappointed. Again, nobody should hold a 1993 Jurassic Park toy to be scientifically accurate.
The colors aren’t actually far off from a blue-tailed skink.
I’ve always liked this colour scheme. It’s something different.