Review and photos by EmperorDinobot, edited by Suspsy
Once Universal and Hasbro saw the potential in Jurassic World toys after great sales last year, they decided to bring it back as DINO HYBRIDS! The new line consists of repaints and retooled JW dinosaurs with features such as removable armor, spikes and so forth. The Tyrannosaurus rex is based on the Chomper T. rex mould, but with added electronics, pop-up spikes and a snazzy new colour!
The shiny sheen is wonderful. I probably like it because the Chomper was so bland. The colour scheme is detailed with several shades of green, and some goldish spray over the back, which really gives it a shiny look some scaly animals have.
The odd hexagonal pattern bits on the neck and belly are strange, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen them on a JW dinosaur. The other side has the dreaded screw holes, which is odd considering the Chomper was the only JW dinosaur that did not have screw holes!
Pushing the button makes the back crest pop up, and it makes a “fwip” sound. Pushing the button more causes it to roar. The crest’s scales are nicely painted, with streaks of gold. It is reminiscent of an iguana’s crest, and I think this is what they were going for: a T. rex with iguana-like features.
This toy is interesting because it produces several sounds, beginning with the “fwip” sound when the crest pops up. Opening the jaw for a short time causes it to emanate two different roars, and leaving the jaw open causes it to produce a longer roar. The sounds are very loud, and quite frankly, I love the sound effects on this toy. I think it’s far superior to the Chomper. They even corrected the standing problem, and it stands up just fine. The Chomper stood up for a while, but it keeps falling over now.
This figure can currently be obtained only at Toys R’ Us, as far as I know, but I think the rest of the line will be released everywhere. I highly recommend the figure, at least for morbid curiosity. Hasbro is still giving us sub-standard dinosaurs, and God knows this is not a dinosaur, but a theme park monster, and it should be treated as such. That being said, the figure is aesthetically pleasing and fun.
That is one odd looking sculpt! But the kiddies definitely love noisy toys – it’s like that proverb about buying your enemy’s child a drum.