Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy
While the award goes to the Carnotaurus for my favorite new theropod in the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom line (if not counting the new hybrid Indoraptor), the award for my new favorite herbivore has to go to the Stygimoloch. Even prior to seeing the film, there was just something charming (and promising) about this little herbivore having a ‘heroic’ role. And after having seen the film, its role has not left me disappointed, but that’s all I’ll say for now without spoiling. Moving on to the matter of the Mattel toys, several figures of this Stygimoloch, nicknamed “Stiggy,” have been produced for the 2018 line, all of which have different gimmicks (except the Attack Pack). This review will focus on the Battle Damage version.
This figure is about 7 1/2 inches (19 cm) long and a little over 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) tall, which puts it slightly out of scale with the rest of the line, especially compared to the Attack Pack and Story Pack Stiggy figures, which are slightly smaller. The figure has articulation at the head, which can turn around and move up and down, and at the arms, which can move up and down as well as outwards. The legs can also swivel in and out, and can rotate around slightly, but have some resistance there.
The coloration of the figure is sort of a brick reddish orange color, with some dark mauve striping. There is also some cream color on the belly, the underside of the legs, and the head. The beak and horns are grey and the dome on the skull is a light grey/off white color. The irises in the eyes are actually a dark brown color, and the pupils are tiny black dots. The sculpt has many fine details in it, and the head itself is probably the most impressive, with the horns and tiny scute-like scales on its head surrounding the dome. The toy’s action feature is the Battle Damage flesh, which can be activated and displayed by pushing on the skin piece, then using the little ‘hatch’ to close it.
As a Jurassic World toy, the figure doesn’t offer much in the way of scientific accuracy, at least in regards to its head and the number of horns, of which there are too many. The scute-like scales on the toy’s head don’t really reflect the positioning of the tiny spikes on the animal’s skull either. The proportions seem alright, except the oversized feet, although the hips could perhaps be wider, which is a trait shared by pachycephalosaurids. The number of digits on the hands is correct, but the wrists are pronated (I am however unsure if that is something that would be incorrect in pachycephalosaurids).
While I enjoy this figure, if you prefer something more in scale, or without the Battle Damage feature, you should perhaps look into either of the Attack Pack or Story Pack (with Mercenary) Stygimoloch figures, that should be showing up in stores relatively soon. Also, the Battle Damage version is a Walmart exclusive, at least in North America.