Hasbro Jurassic World Hybrid Dilophosaurus Action Figure Hasbro, 2016
Day #1,721: June 8, 2017
Hybrid Dilophosaurus Growling Action!
Jurassic World Growler
Item No.: Asst. B1633 No. B8636 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Spit projectile Action Feature:Wound lights up when pressed, move tail for spit and sound Retail:$14.99 Availability:September 2016 Other: Lean, Green
Another tribute to the The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect dinosaurs is the Hybrid Dilophosaurus. It's just a bright green and orange redeco of an existing toy - which as of right now, is more expensive on the secondary market - but I like neon. I do bright. All night.
The mean green lean spitting machine actually stands on my desk as I type, which his surprising. Now getting his goofy frill to stay in place, that's a challenge - they're jointed and loose, not spring-loaded and seemingly not controlled by anything but gravity and friction. Its arms and legs also move, but the out-of-the-box pose on mine was defaulted to "stands well." So I'm happy with that. This is by no means an amazingly articulated figure, but it's on par with most of what Kenner and Hasbro have Jurassic-ed out to us during the nearly year run together. And now it's all gonna go to Mattel. If the rumors are true, Mattel's got some neat stuff on the docket. But I digress.
As a redeco, color choice matters - and boy howdy, did Hasbro deliver. The oatmeal tan color is gone, and instead you're getting every exotic fruit at the grocery store slapped on a spitting dino mutant. There's a metallic orange on the frill, back, and face. The yellowish green has metallic, darker green shading to bring out the sculpted folds and other details. A brown color is used to accent the figure with a swizzle all over his back. If that weren't enough, the mouth, teeth, and claws are also painted. As is the exposed flesh wound. Hasbro basically made sure you got your $15 worth here. It's pretty.
The main gimmick on the toy is poison toxic yellow phlegm in rocket form. It fits in his open mouth and shoots a short distance when you move his tail. It works. It looks goofy. Your kids, they're going to love it. If that weren't enough there's a light-up open wound where if you push on his meat and bones, it screams. I have the same functionality.
With the license going to Mattel, Hasbro is in what is sometimes called a "selldown" period - they can't make a lot of (or any) new stuff sometimes, and the old stuff is being slowly pushed through the system. Maybe at clearance, maybe at full price, but it's still out there and I'm still seeing this one in the wilds of retail. At $15, I think it's a beautiful piece and while I would hope Mattel does some like it, I wouldn't bank on it for year one. It's bonkers and a great creature, so if you see it for retail price or less I do advise that you buy one.
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