As much as we all love Tyrannosaurus rex I think even the most diehard tyrant lizard fans among us will admit it, T. rex is overdone. Even if you don’t agree, you must surely acknowledge that Rexy’s popularity comes at the expense of other large theropods, especially other tyrannosaurids.
Albertosaurus (Jurassic World: Massive Biters by Mattel)
Repaints have been a mainstay of every single Jurassic Park and Jurassic World toyline since the very beginning, but retools are much less common. Probably the most famous and popular retool is the 2009 Tyrannosaurus rex by Hasbro that was created using Kenner’s Lost World Bull from more than a decade earlier.
Alioramus (Jurassic World: Wild Pack by Mattel)
By now, I think it truly is safe and reasonable to say that Mattel has done better with the Jurassic Park license than any other company. Granted, outshining Hasbro was hardly difficult given what a substandard job they did, but what about Kenner? They may no longer around, but back in the glory days of the 1990s, they bestowed on us collectors a slew of awesome dinosaur toys, plus humans and vehicles if you were into that sort of thing (I never was).
Allosaurus (Dino Escape: Roar Attack by Mattel – 2021 ver. 1)
The star of ‘Battle at Big Rock’ is back to bat under Mattel, with a slight makeover in play features and paint job.
Allosaurus was once a king of dinosaur media, second only to Tyrannosaurus in books and film. Featuring in multiple major productions such as The Lost World, One Million Years BC, and (debatably) The Valley of Gwangi, the “other lizard” ended up getting overshadowed during the 90s and 2000s with the advent of the Jurassic Park franchise and its more novel assortment of “villain” theropods like the cunning Velociraptor and the gigantic Spinosaurus.
Allosaurus (Dual Attack)(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)
Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy
Back in May 2019, the Dual Attack Allosaurus and Nasutoceratops toys began showing up on shelves at Walmart, which caught people by surprise, as no images of these had been revealed online beforehand. The packaging for these two toys in particular was different from the rest of the Dino Rivals assortment, not only with the purple colors used on the packaging, but also the distinctive “Battle at Big Rock” logo on it, with a note saying “as seen in.” Months went by with speculation on what this “Battle at Big Rock” could be, and what role these two dinosaur species would serve in it, as well as for why the Allosaurus seemed to have such a drastic redesign.
Allosaurus Roarivores(Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, by Mattel)
When ever I hear the theme from Jurassic Park it send chills down my spine and puts a smile on my face. That is the power of music combined with the nostalgic feelings that I have for the original Jurassic Park movie. Ever since the original movie release, the franchises movies, music, and toys have had there ups and downs.
Ampelosaurus (Jurassic World: Dominion, Massive Action by Mattel)
Confession time. I like ugly sauropods. In fact, my favorite sauropod is widely regarded as one of the ugliest, Camarasaurus. And I’m one of the few collectors that likes the Schleich Barapasaurus, which I reviewed for the blog upon its release. Most folks like their sauropods elegant and graceful, and so do I, but I also like the big ugly bruisers, the kind that know how to throw their bulk around and smash a theropod or two.
Ankylosaurus (Bumpy) (Jurassic World Dino-Escape, Roar Attack by Mattel)
They grow up so fast! It was just over 13 months ago when I reviewed the bouncing baby Bumpy for the DTB and now here I am again with another Bumpy review. Only this time, Bumpy isn’t a baby anymore. When I reviewed that baby Bumpy, the animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous hadn’t even premiered yet, but I knew I had to have Bumpy in my collection because she was just so stinkin’ adorable.
Ankylosaurus (Bumpy) (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous by Mattel)
By now, everyone reading this entry should be aware of the animated Jurassic World series coming to Netflix, titled Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Just a few days before this writing the trailer for the series dropped and the show will be airing next month. Although I’m not terribly excited about the show itself I am certainly excited by the wave of toys we’re getting that tie into it.
Ankylosaurus (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mini Action Dinos By Mattel)
Ankylosaurus (Roarivores)(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)
Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy
In 2001, “cinematic genius” Joe Johnston introduced Ankylosaurus to the Jurassic Park film franchise in one of the worst scene transitions in the series (remember, this is the same franchise that thought going from a screaming mother to a yawning Jeff Goldblum was a good idea).
Apatosaurus (Jurassic World Legacy Collection, by Mattel)
It has now been two years since Mattel released their Legacy Collection Brachiosaurus, a highly anticipated toy that fans had been pining for since 1993. During much of that time between then and now people had wondered, “will we get an Apatosaurus too?” In my mind the likelihood of Mattel making an Apatosaurus was directly tied to how well the Brachiosaurus sold upon its release and I suppose the Brachiosaurus must have sold well, because Mattel has indeed given us an Apatosaurus.
Baryonyx (Hammond Collection by Mattel)
Before we get on with the review, let’s all have a moment of silence for the now extinct Amber Collection. Honestly, I always had my reservations about the Amber Collection and never bothered to get invested in it. I always thought that Mattel should stick with the 3.75” line, and that it was unlikely that anything larger than a Velociraptor would ever be seen in a 6” line.
Baryonyx (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mini Action Dinos, by Mattel)
With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom now available on home media, I decided to review another mini dinosaur from the film’s toy line. This time it’s Baryonyx, a dinosaur I grew to like thanks to its big screen debut in the movie.
Baryonyx (Roarivores)(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)
They’re here! They’re finally here! The long awaited line of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom figures by Mattel! Ever since the first pictures to emerge, fans of the franchise and of the toys have been touting them as “better” than Hasbro’s much criticized line of JW dinosaur figures.