Hasbro Jurassic World Pachycephalosaurus Action Figure Hasbro, 2015
Day #1,472: June 24, 2016
Pachycephalosaurus Bashing Attack!
Jurassic World Bashers and Biters
Item No.: Asst. B1271 No. B1829 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:n/a Action Feature:Tail moves neck and tilts skull Retail:$10.99 Availability:April 2015 (May 11, 2015 street date) Other: Not bad, not big either
Easy for you to say! The Pachycephalosaurus is a go-to for most of Kenner's Jurassic Park outings, skipping the third movie (like so many fans). You might have a bone-headed dinosaur already, as it's a popular creature even though they didn't appear in the first movie. Despite being a traditionally popular creature, this particular one didn't sell well - as I write this, Walmarts near me have pegs of him (and just him) all over town for a mere $5. He's totally worth the $5, and it's unfortunate that he didn't move out sooner. He stands, and he's got a nice bony head.
Standing at roughly five whole inches tall with a slightly longer tail, with a paint job that's on the happy side of acceptable. The bony head gets most of the love and attention, with a cream colored skull and horns with some dark coloring around them. The eyes are small and squinting, so you won't find a ton of personality there. Thankfully, he has this wonderful little sneer sculpted into his mouth.
The body is similarly good, but lacks paint. None of his claws are decorated, but Hasbro was pretty generous with a ladder of black stripes down his back. There are some bony spines coming out of his side, plus the usual skin folds and creases that you've come to expect and completely deserve in a fine dinosaur toy. Since it's a licensed Jurassic product, there are no feathers - and I assume at this rate, there will never be feathers. You do get the obligatory JW cutie mark and a bloody gash in his side, albeit not as big as some others. On the opposite side is a mostly clean creature, but there are a few holes for screws to keep it together.
The toy's action feature is a sensible one - a bashing head attack. If you turn the tail left or right, the head moves side-to-side. If you move the tail up and down, the neck actually extends out to butt into another toy. It's a neat idea, but it doesn't move a lot. The tail also upsets the toy's balance, so as an actual play feature goes it's merely novel as a packaging gimmick. If you're a kid, you'll just take the whole toy and slam it into its opponent - it's much more effective that way. Otherwise you'd have to get right up next to another toy to tap it slightly. A button-activated spring-loaded gimmick might work better, but also look goofy. This one looks perfectly acceptable.
The toy is clearance fodder, and totally worth it. Given the vastness of inflation since the original film, it's not a bad deal at regular full price either. I had no problems getting mine standing upright, so I'd say it's arguably worth your while if you don't have other bone-headed dinosaurs in your toy box. I got my money's worth, but I would argue it's a better value as a cheap thrill.
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