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Tyrannosaurus rex (Extreme Damage)(Jurassic World by Mattel) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

Assessment and images by Dilopho, edited by Suspsy

Hey, DinoToyBlog readers! Again in 2018, I took a take a look at the then brand-new Extreme Chompin’ Tyrannosaurus rex from Mattel. Now, six years later, I return with a take a look at considered one of its now quite a few variants. There have been over 20 completely different T. rex toys produced by Mattel within the time between, a lot of them featured right here on this weblog!

This specific T. rex is the Excessive Injury model from 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion line. How completely different is that this determine to the unique model? Is it an enchancment? Let’s have a look!

The general sculpt is identical because the Excessive Chompin’ one, however let’s take a minute to understand it as soon as extra, because it’s a fairly lean and agile wanting Tyrannosaurus. It’s been posed taking a step ahead with its left leg, with the physique and tail curving to match the movement of the step, and it’s very fluid wanting. Irrespective of the way you take a look at it, it appears prefer it’s in movement, bringing a slightly lifelike high quality to it. It measures 19 inches lengthy and stands 7 inches tall.

The neck and head are articulated, permitting you to have the T. rex wanting round in fairly just a few alternative ways, however I discover that the “striding forwards” pose of the determine tends to at all times give it the sensation of wanting round and scoping its setting out. It appears curious concerning the world round it. Is our T. rex selecting up a scent?

In latest instances, Mattel have took it upon themselves to offer their dinosaurs and different species extra precisely proportioned toes, equivalent to the brand new Hammond Collection Carnotaurus and Giganotosaurus and the mainline Poposaurus. It’s slightly exhausting to return to figures like this Tyrannosaurus, which have monumental, cartoonish toes. Positive, it offers them some good stability, however they actually do look ridiculous.

The limbs all transfer with fundamental articulation. The arms swivel and hinge, so you possibly can nearly get them right into a non-pronated look, however they’re sculpted in a “reaching out” place. The legs transfer on a ratchet joint, with an outwards hinge. What’s unlucky about this determine is that the leg joints appear extraordinarily resistant; mine makes an terrible squealing, T. rex-claws-on-a-shipping-container-wall noise once they’re moved, and so they actually really feel fairly fragile. My authentic Excessive Chompin’ toy doesn’t do that, despite the fact that it has aged by six years and developed a squeak to the neck. It’s not a very good sound for a youngsters’s toy to make (or any toy, for that matter) and makes me marvel what number of of them have damaged from forceful dealing with. And talking of the Excessive Chompin’ T. rex, let’s deliver it in for a comparability:

One distinction is straight away obvious: the color scheme! This one is a beautiful darkish brown, with black striping operating from the pinnacle to the again, sadly stopping earlier than the tail. It’s a extra lore-accurate search for a Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus. The eyes are going through outwards, which could appear sloppy, nevertheless it’s surprisingly correct to each the film animal and the true factor. Though the paint solely goes midway down the determine, there’s a further factor right here to assist fill the remaining out which is type of a “Marmite” amongst Mattel followers within the sense that you simply are inclined to both adore it or hate it. That characteristic is the colored swirls added into the plastic of the determine. Personally, I’m on Crew “Love It.” It not solely provides some color element, nevertheless it makes each toy that has it distinctive. You may find yourself with a dinosaur who has a colored patch on their face, or their thigh, or their tail, and also you’ll by no means discover two precisely the identical! Different folks, nevertheless, have discovered these patches to look extra like stress marks on the plastic, and discover it garish and cheap-looking. I assume it’s all right down to your personal tastes.

Mine has a really wispy marking on the thigh. Maybe we might name this T. rex “Smokey.”

Satirically sufficient, although, there are precise stress factors within the plastic. There are even just a few shallow holes within the plastic. That’s not good. I feel that this plastic appears a tad fragile, so that you shouldn’t go, say, throwing it down the steps.

It nearly appears like bullet holes. This T. rex could have had a run-in with an ornery cattle rancher on the mainland.

One a part of the determine that actually is completely different to the unique in two methods is the pinnacle sculpt. Firstly, the element is definitely rejuvenated, with the scales wanting much more crisp than the unique’s. That is very welcome! It’s widespread to see a sculpt turn into smoother and extra worn down over time, so it’s good to see they’ve refreshed the face and introduced these scales out.

And that’s not all. It’s slightly delicate, however T. rex-eyed readers may be capable of spy one other sculpting distinction. There are scars on the neck, simply behind the pinnacle! It’s a small contact that provides so much, and so they’re not the identical scars as seen on the Thrash and Throw T. rex. This can be a distinct particular person to “Rexy” in spite of everything! They’re positively the three-clawed wounds dealt by a theropod’s hand, although. Extra on that topic in only a minute.

The mechanism of the mouth is completely different; it’s been “de-gimmicked” and now articulates usually. There’s no obnoxious tongue, both. As an alternative, the tongue of the unique Excessive Chompin’ toy makes it in order that the determine can’t really chew down on or maintain different figures in its mouth with out some cautious manipulating.

Having the jaw be simply articulated usually and never tied to a button feels actually liberating. It’s one thing far more of the Mattel figures ought to do. Each the decrease jaw and (slightly surprisingly) the higher jaw articulate individually, so it may well open tremendous large, and the pinnacle is simply large enough to carry an entire human figure- with the limbs dangling out of the edges. That’s a recreation changer for images and show. The one downside to that is that the jaw doesn’t utterly shut. It will get so near being absolutely shut, however can’t fairly attain.

Now, let’s speak concerning the elephant within the room: the titular Excessive Injury of the determine. You’ll be able to already discover the most important sculpting distinction between the 2 figures: this one has huge, deep scars on the facet, the place the ribs lay beneath. They’re just a bit bit ugly, however I don’t suppose it stands out an excessive amount of. The slashes are giant, and so they actually seem like claw marks greater than anything. Possibly it has had a run in with the dreaded Therizinosaurus? While you press the button on the again, the aim of the scars is revealed: they flip into open, pink gashes!

The way in which this mechanism works is actually easy and fairly genius. The within of the determine is a rolling barrel! It has 4 sides: injured, regular, injured, and regular as soon as once more, and the button press merely rotates the barrel by 90 levels, with the open scars appearing as a window to the injuries. Designing the varied gimmicks and motion options of motion figures have to be a really tough job, and I’m fairly impressed by this one. It occurs nearly immediately if you press the button, too. I haven’t had any points with it but, like with the barrel stopping midway between quarters or one thing.

You’ll be able to really use some light persuasion to hook the fingers of smaller dinosaurs into the injuries and have them hanging off the T. rex in an assault pose. This could be excellent for a Jurassic Park show, recreating the ultimate dinosaur scene of the film the place a Velociraptor assaults the T. rex on this manner.

It additionally makes for a half-convincing T. rex corpse. However to be particular, it’s solely the entrance half that’s convincing. The again half, not a lot due to the way in which the legs stick out. It’s definitely no CollectA T. rex corpse. If this determine had articulated knees, you’d be capable of deliver the legs down and have it lay extra naturally. There really was a mainline T. rex determine with articulated knees, too: the 2019 Dino Escape one. Evaluating these two figures reveals simply how small this sculpt’s physique and particularly its head are subsequent to the Dino Escape one. I suppose it might make for a convincing grownup and subadult pair.

“Psst . . . smile extra. You’re making the image look dangerous.”

The sticker that was once adorning the only real of the foot is gone; now it’s positioned on a pull-out tab on the toy’s again. The tab on mine is weirdly each flimsy and robust in that it takes some ox-like power to tug it out, however then it retains sliding again down earlier than I can scan it. It’s sort of an odd system, and the tab is a barely completely different color to the remainder of the again, which is fairly distracting, however I’ll take this over the foot sticker any day. Don’t you understand how many second hand Mattel figures have their foot stickers worn away by time, water, and sponges?

Scanning this sticker presently lets you place an roughly life-sized T. rex into any restaurant of your alternative:

T. rex is uncovered to an entire new world of meals. That is way more attention-grabbing than rotten meat!

General, I’d say this can be a strong enchancment over the unique Excessive Chompin’ T. rex. The colors are higher for a Jurassic Park rex, the straight up articulated jaws are a easy but large distinction, and the Excessive Injury is fairly attention-grabbing. The one factor that the unique has it beat in is high quality; the tremendous tight and squeaky legs right here and fragile-feeling plastic aren’t good. On the finish of the day, this is likely one of the cheaper choices for a JP T. rex, and it’s confirmed to be fairly well-liked with youngsters. I’ve seen many cease movement movies from them making use of the articulated jaw. It’s additionally value noting that there was one other, easier and repainted model of an Excessive Injury Chompin’ T. rex from the unique 2018 line. It’s reviewed here on the weblog, so have a look. That’s all for now. Thanks all for looking at this determine with me, and will you all keep Mildly Undamaged!

This determine really appears slightly scary at the hours of darkness!

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