When you think of the toys made for Jurassic World by Hasbro, there are probably a lot of colorful adjectives that pop into your head . I warn you not utter them out loud as there are preschool toys present. One word I did not hear many people say about the toy line was “fun”. Well today I am going to present a fun toy from the Jurassic World line. Yes that’s right, I said fun! You might be wearing a look of disbelief but I assure you sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun.
I present the Playskool Heroes Ankylosaurus. The Jurassic World line of Playskool Heroes are designed with smaller kids in mind as the toys are stylized with bigger feet, simple articulation, and with cute expressions. You might ask if the dinosaurs in this line are scientifically accurate? Of course not! Its a kids toy inspired by a movie. Maybe your thinking, is the toy at least accurate to the dinosaurs in the movie? Not even close, though some people might say that’s a good thing.
About the toy: It is quite the diminutive figure at 4 in (10 cm) long and just barely 2 in (5cm) high at the center. The toy is made from a hard plastic and has some articulation, more on that later. The head is very cute with overly large eyes. Interestingly, the one feature that is normally correctly on an Ankylosaur toy is completely wrong. There should be two horns pointing backwards from the back of the head and two horns below them that pointed down and to the back. On the toy the two lower horns are were you expect them to be, but the other two are not. They can be found on the top middle of the skull. Looks kind of strange in my opinion.
On its armored back there are outlines of plates with a huge spike coming out of the middle of each one. The tail is curved and ends in a club. The legs are short and also have a few small bumps on them. It is painted in a light blue with a dark yellow for the spikes and club. The upper beak is painted in purple and a small red tongue is visible inside the mouth.
The toy does come with some articulation and an action feature. The legs can move forwards and back. If you wanted to pose it like a flying superman, you can. Also the tail can rotate 360 degrees which is really useful with its action feature. On top of its back, the center six spikes all form a push button. When you press down, the tail will swing to its left, and the head will move to the right. It is a simple gimmick for sure but a very fun one. What kid (or adult) can resist pushing the button and watch its tail swing. It is actually a durable and well made little figure. The paint will wear on the tips of the spikes on the action button, but let’s not be too harsh as that’s to be expected.
Overall: It is a adorable, durable, fun toy for children. Ok. ok, it is also fun for adults who are still kids at heart. I could easily see a child grab this toy and use it during play. Maybe they would use it for an epic dinosaur battle royale, or in a sweeping adventure were this little Ankylosaur is looking for the lost valley while avoiding a murderous Sharp tooth. Even in a gentler style of play, I could see this Ankylosaur being the life of a tea party, swapping stories, sipping tea, and eating macaroons. What fun!
Is it worth getting? It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want scientific accuracy, than no. What about the collectability? For people who like Jurassic Park and Ankylosaurus, than maybe. As a gift for a child, definitely go for it! It is really affordable as it can be found at a low price, but they are disappearing from regular and online stores. By 2018, I would expect Ebay will be the main location to find one.