Hasbro Jurassic World Ankylosaurus Action Figure Hasbro, 2015
Day #1,216: July 2, 2015
Ankylosaurus Bashing Attack!
Jurassic World Bashers and Biters
Item No.: Asst. B1271 No. B1273 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:n/a Action Feature:Leg moves neck and tail Retail:$10.99 Availability:April 2015 (May 11, 2015 street date) Other: Not bad, not big either
It seems that fate deems me to be someone to buy a large number of Ankylosaurus toys. Dino-Riders, Tim Mee, Imaginext, and others plop in my lap somehow, and darned if they aren't neat. This new one has a nifty mechanism that can be accessed while still in the packaging. Shift around his leg, and it'll move his tail or his head. He can head-butt things. This means he's a winner.
This particular creature didn't get a ton of play with previous movies - sure, we got the Ankyloranadon and the die-cast metal one plus a hatchling, but not a lot else. Posed to attack, or perhaps present itself to a mate, the big shell looks pretty sturdy but I assume you could crack it with a rock. (So don't do that.) Three of the four legs are jointed freely, with the back left leg activating a nifty dual-purpose mechanism. Swing it forward, and you get a head-butt. Swing it back, and the tail comes down to bash things.
The detail is pretty good, as we have painted spots and a nice enough head. The eyes and mouth are painted nicely, and the claws are left undecorated. Having two brownish-grey shades helps the figure look more lively than some of his casemates, and at first glance this may be the best-looking figure. He's also seemingly larger, thanks to a shell. This would probably put him more in scale to 3- or 3 3/4-inch figures than the others, but he should still be able to fight some of the other dinosaurs in the line.
Given the nature of the toy's pose, the leg articulation seems kind of pointless. He's going to stick his butt in the air, and that's all you can do other than head-ram or tail-bash with it. Thankfully those two options are a lot of fun, otherwise this would be just another non-articulated statue of a dinosaur toy. As it is, it is reasonably fun.
Tiny non-articulated figures are sold at Walmart for a buck or two, which means at $10 this is a better value. I expect I'll see these in thrift stores in a few years, and since I don't have enough head-ramming toys I'm going to say this is worthwhile. The dino damage wound is tough to see, but you still get the exposed meat and bone that you monsters crave. I could do without this sort of thing, but I guess the kids must dig it? I never did. At least it looks pretty cool from just about any angle, so snag one if you're so inclined.
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