Somehow, even in my deep love for dinosaurs, I’ve avoided Jurassic Park toys/the franchise apart from the original movie. This is ironic, because the two biggest factors behind my dinosaur love, at least in childhood, were The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park. The latter was the first “really scary” movie I ever watched which at the time felt like a milestone. It still gives me the same thrill today.
I think I wanted to make my affection for dinosaurs more… pure? Lol. As in free from brands? But the result is that I’ve missed out on amazing things, like Jurassic World Evolution, the original novel (which I own but never read) and stuff like Camp Cretaceous and of course the AMAZING figures in the toy line.
The most recent change to this was getting the raptor and T. rex figures I named Bangers and Mash. I was so pleased with them that I began to look for more in this line –both the Imaginext and “normal” lines, honestly I’m not familiar with the specifics, but I got a few new dinos, and now most of them have arrived.
It’s also very unlike me to get toys that have movements or make sounds. I generally dislike this. But Jurassic World toys are so unbelievably cool in this regard, that I couldn’t help it and do not regret it.
The first two I want to show off are these Indominus Rex and Carnotaurus:
Their chibi proportions make them appear irresistible cute!
The Carnotaurus “Toro” is by far my favorite. He can blink, which I wish worked better (you really have to push) but he is so adorable and lifelike:
Here is his chomping action:
Even more adorably, he can look from side to side! This is truly excellent toy design.
Indominus Rex is a little fiercer-looking. You can feed her, but she will get mad if you touch her while she is eating:
This is another Indominus Rex, of the cheaper Imaginext line. I saw this at Walmart while I was with Mwako and found the concept of it hilarious. A little dino goes on its back, and supposedly Indominus Rex should fiercely and easily shake this cheeky hanger-on right off.
Instead, it is a rather futile effort, as the little guy just will NOT LET GO.
I have to admit, I was not bummed out by this failure. I like that the little dino won’t be easily lost, since he’s determined to stay on, and Indominus Rex just hangs its head so dejectedly after the failed attempts that I found it hilarious.
Those are actually poses I like to keep them on, but if you keep his head at the lowest setting, he looks SUPER sad. 😂
Finally, I was able to find a differently-colored pair of T. rex and raptor in the ridiculously affordable XL Imaginext line. Bangers and Mash were from Walmart and sold separately for a very reasonable price, while these two come as a set on Amazon, for even less money:
And yes… I do expect to name all my dinos and give them some sort of flair. That’s what all my toys get! 😁
I have just one more coming –actually, she already came (it’s Baby Blue) but I wasn’t too pleased with the paint job so I’m having her replaced. And there are two more, massive dinos I want, and I truly mean massive, but they are $50 each. I put those in my wish list for now. 😅 Maybe for Christmas? I’m not sure my mom will humor me that much. It’s not the cost, it’s just that a brachiosaurus that goes past my knee might be too much.
On a final note I am very excited for the Jurassic World Evolution game coming out in November. I hope I can get it. 🥺 I swear in no year of my life have they ever been so many games I wanted to play!