Pteranodon (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Sound Strike by Mattel)

2.4 (20 votes)

Review and photos by EmperorDinobot, edited by Suspsy

The thing that strikes me, Emperor Dinobot, as both creative and boring, is Mattel’s never-ending releases of the same mold with only slight differences. These Pteranodon toys are all the same, and the Camp Cretaceous Primal Attack Sound Strike version is no exception. It does have some differences from the first release, the Roarivores one seen here, but in reality, they are just small features that build up on the existing mold.

This toy measures 8 inches by 16 inches and is the second “Bananahead,” which I have named so for the yellow crest. The body is cast this time in brown, and has darker brown painted on top of the wings. The beak and the crest are yellow. As usual, the underside is not painted, but that is where you can find the DNA code for the phone app.

Neither the neck nor the legs are articulated. The only articulated parts are the wings at each shoulder, but their range of motion is stunted due to the flapping mechanism, and the wings can fold inside as seen in the next picture.

This particular mould, however, has an extra set of hinges midway through the wings, allowing them to also fold downwards, but it seems to exist only to allow the flapping mechanism to be more . . . realistic? It does not work very well, to be honest.

Finally, the toy comes with two buttons. One activates the aforementioned flapping mechanism while the second one causes the lower jaw to open. The buttons produce different loud and realistic sound effects, but all in all, this toy is a bore. From the colors to the stunted flapping mechanism, it is better left for the completists like me. I kind of like the colors, but I only see this pterosaur up in my aerial display adding strength in numbers. That’s pretty much it, and that’s all I have to say about it. My next review will be of the non-Camp Cretaceous Primal Attack Pteranodon and it is going to say the same things I am writing about here, with the addition of the colors being different.

This Pteranodon is a bit harder to find than the others. They get increasingly rare as the lines and sublines drag out. Like I said, this one is best left for the completists.

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