Review and photographs by Shenuday the Great, edited by Suspsy
By now, most dinosaur fans have probably watched the new Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Like many viewers, it seems, I was pleasantly surprised by the show. I was, of course, equally excited by the new toys being produced by Mattel for the show. Among them was a repaint of the Control ‘n Conquer Carnotaurus meant to look like the ferocious “Toro” from the show.
Toro measures up at around 15 ½” in length, and 7 ½” in height. As is accustomed to the Mattel dinosaurs, the feet are disproportionately large to aid in stability. However this isn’t too big of a deal, as it isn’t very noticeable, and it keeps the toy standing.
The sculpt on Toro is very well done, with individual scutes, scales, and wrinkles sculpted all over the body. The head sculpt has some beautiful details, and the interior of the mouth has a very realistic look. I especially like the bird-like scutes on the feet. This is clearly the animal we see in the Jurassic World franchise.
As far as the paint job goes, Toro is basically just a much darker version of the normal Control ‘N Conquer version. Most of the body is covered in a dark brownish red. Running along most of the top of the body is a very dark grey, with splotches of the same color running along underneath. The underside of the dinosaur is a much lighter gray. The toenails are painted in a nice glossy dark grey, giving them a very realistic look. The fingernails are, of course, not painted due to their small size. The interior of the mouth is also painted using a glossy pink color. On the right side of toros face is his signature scar painted in red.
Toro’s feet can twist to aid in stability, but the range is very limited (though this could just be on mine). The arms can rotate 360° and are on a hinge, allowing them to move outwards. The legs can move both backwards and forwards, allowing the animal to either rear up or stare down towards the ground (the legs can only move at the same time, as they are connected).
Toro has the same action feature as the other large carnivores in the Primal Attack line. Twisting the tail of the dinosaur controls the movements of the head and neck area. Pressing the button near the base of the tail closes the mouth and activates the sound. Putting the figure in a rearing up position also activates the sound.
Despite only being a minor repaint of an existing figure, Toro still makes for a nice addition to Mattel’s Jurassic World collection. I rate this figure 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Thanks!
While based on a cartoon I still wish the scar would look more realistic, on some photos it looks like the scar was added in Microsoft Paint which is a bit unfortunate. The Snap Squad figure has the scar painted on in a better way. Normally I wouldn’t judge a figure for its paint job but as this is a specific paint variant that represents a certain character I am more nitpicky than usual. That said, Mattel could have done a better job with this one.