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Triceratops (Jurassic World Dino-Trackers, Habitat Defender by Mattel) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

Ever since Mattel began making Jurassic World toys collectors have been vocal about wanting a large-scale Triceratops. In fact they might, Triceratops was the biggest ceratopsian to ever exist and but, Mattel’s numerous Triceratops toys have been all woefully undersized. Dwarfed by just about each different ceratopsian that Mattel launched, regardless that these different genera have been a fraction of the dimensions of Triceratops in actual life. Then got here the Hammond Assortment Trike, and though nearer to scale with Jurassic Park’s Triceratops than most individuals understand, it appeared to verify that Mattel would by no means give followers the Triceratops that they actually needed. Then final yr, Mattel of their mercy heard our cries and delivered what we’d been wishing for, in what is sort of definitely an instance of an organization caving in to shopper calls for. It solely took about 6 years for the reason that line was launched.

Triceratops is a bigger animal than most individuals understand. I believe that as a result of it superficially resembles a rhinoceros that individuals assume it was about the identical measurement as one. The fact is that Triceratops was nearer in measurement to an elephant than a rhinoceros. Triceratops is estimated to have measured as much as 30’ (9 meters) in size, stood over 7’ tall (2.1 meters), and possessed a cranium that measured over 6’ (1.8 meters).  The Habitat Defender Trike measures 17” (43.18 cm) lengthy and stands 7.5” (19 cm) tall on the hips. The top alone measures 6” (15.24 cm). Utilizing physique size, the toy comes out to be 1/18 in scale, permitting children and collectors alike to examine how large this animal really was. For comparability, the Hammond Assortment Trike got here out to be 1/30 in scale when scaled down from that very same size.

This Triceratops is dubbed the “Habitat Defender”. In all probability as a result of it’s product of 60% recycled plastic, because the packaging repeatedly boasts. It’s a part of the Dino-Trackers line, and the packaging signifies that it lives in a desert biome. The complete toy is tough plastic aside from the pinnacle, which is mushy and rubbery however nonetheless agency. The torso is hole, however the plastic doesn’t really feel skinny or fragile, like on the Hammond Assortment Carnotaurus.

Though this can be a particular toy it’s nonetheless a part of the mainline and the restricted articulation displays that. The forelimbs are articulated on the shoulders and the hindlimbs on the hips. The tail, which is packaged individually and have to be inserted, rotates round and strikes up and down. The top articulation is unbelievable, with a higher vary of movement than the Hammond Assortment Trike.

Most notably, the jaw can also be articulated, which is a function that the Hammond Assortment Trike didn’t possess, inflicting a variety of outrage amongst collectors. The irony in together with it right here is that followers needed it for the only goal of recreating the sick Triceratops scene from Jurassic Park, however the restricted leg articulation and measurement of the toy stop it from getting used to recreate that scene. So, whereas the jaw on this one opens, it can not lay down, and whereas the Hammond Assortment Trike can lay down, it can not open its mouth for Dr. Sattler to look at its tongue. Such is life.

I have to admit that I used to be not initially going to purchase this toy. For me, the Hammond Assortment Trike was enough. It’s a pleasant sculpt that scales decently sufficient with the one from Jurassic Park and that’s all I actually wanted from a Mattel Triceratops. Plus, I didn’t need to purchase what I wrote off as merely being a bigger model of one thing I already had. It was solely when I discovered this one on sale for an astonishing $12 that I made a decision to get it. Being low-cost pays off typically. However wow, as soon as in hand I couldn’t imagine that I nearly skipped this toy. Photos and video evaluations don’t do it justice, that is considered one of Mattel’s greatest dinosaurs ever!

The element is second to none, each bit as intricate as that on the Hammond Assortment Triceratops. The whole lot of the toy is roofed in small pebbly scales, together with the again of the frill and underside. Even the bottoms of the ft have a wrinkled texture. The beak and horns have deep grooves and cracks. Wrinkles and pores and skin folds are sculpted across the orbits, horn bases, elbows and knees, leg joints and torso. Giant keeled osteoderms are current alongside the again and on the legs and tail.

The toy is a chocolate brown shade, very very like the one we see in Jurassic Park. The underside of the neck and stomach are gentle brown. Across the eyes and frill edge there’s some mahogany shade blended in. The osteoderms on the again and thighs are pinkish-brown coloured however these elsewhere are unpainted. The toenails are their very own darkish brown shade however usually are not painted, they’re solely separate items from the remainder of the determine! The beak and horns are khaki coloured, and the tongue is pink. The eyes are a burnt orange shade with the pupils being the identical darkish brown as the bottom shade. The attention shade and mahogany highlights give the determine an agitated and fired up demeanor.

I actually haven’t any complaints about this toy. Extra articulation would have been good however understanding that this can be a mainline toy, I wouldn’t subtract any factors over it. The remainder of the osteoderms being painted would have been good too however once more, that’s a nitpick. I suppose the jugal bones could possibly be a bit extra distinguished.

The scale, element work, paint utility, and head articulation are all on level and that is simply the very best Mattel Triceratops out there. And that’s coming from somebody that had excessive reward for the HC Trike too. This toy is just superb, imbued with an intimidating persona and possessing wonderful shelf presence. In the event you have been on the fence about it, like I used to be, I can promise that you simply gained’t be disillusioned in it. It’s price getting, regardless of what number of different Mattel Trikes you’ve got. The Habitat Defender Triceratops remains to be out there on-line and incessantly on sale, get it whilst you can and provides your Tyrannosaurus toys a formidable foe!

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