Just going to go over these fairly quickly of my latest purchases from my local ToysRUs about the new JW toys. This is to help you all to know what’s decent and what’s outright horrible and make some responsible financial decisions on your investment in these toys.
1.) Basher/Biters – Some are decent sculpts, some are just overall very crappy. It’s a hit or miss situation. Ones worth getting are the Ankylosaurus and Stegoceratops because we need more herbivores, this line suffers from theropod favoritism though. T. rex is boring and the Spinosaurus is very poor though.
2.) Electronics – Kinda reminded me of the JP3 Re-ak-atak assortment that’s been repainted a bazillion times, just with lights added. Scale is the problem here. Like the Dimorphodon won’t scale well if you got other Pterosaurs from JP/TLW/JP3 and even the Pteranodon in the Jurassic World Capture Vehicles assortment. Blue is a bit bigger than the TLW Electronic Raptor. I think these might be worth getting, they are kind of fun.
3.) Capture Vehicles – MEH! I took a chance on these and I’m not satisfied with either one of the ones I got. Frankly I want to return them, but I had to mangle the package to get them out. So fat chance of getting a refund. I regret it, and didn’t really have the money for it, but did it anyways. The humans are tiny and have like 0 articulation to them. The head moves, arms and legs move together as one piece. The paint apps on the humans are complete and total garbage from the looks and are cheap. The Indominus’ Dino Damage is pretty sensitive, and don’t even get me started on the Pteranodon’s dino-damage. It’s a bit twitchy as well. Both vehicles are cheap. Actually, the gyrosphere is beyond cheap, the guy doesn’t even stay seated in it! The disc launcher does shoot surprisingly far though, but looks stupid. The only good thing about that set is the Indominus, but even that’s really cheaply made. If you think “I’ll just use my previous figures with the vehicles.” Hah no. Fat chance. Playability is decent, but everything else about them stinks. I might skip out on the Mosasaur, but that and the “Indominus Rex vs. Gyrosphere” were the only ones I wanted from this assortment. I took a chance on the Pteranodon one when I did it. Just a warning, photos and being in the package these things look good in store. I wouldn’t waste the 20 bucks on them.
4.) Chomping Rex – For it’s price and size (about the size of the JP3 Ultra Rex/JP Young T.rex) it’s not too bad, the play gimmick is a bit cheap with the mouth. It does not even close all the way and sometimes you have to assist it. It’s a good stand in for the large T.rex coming out this fall though. Personally I’ve had on my desk as a novelty item. I don’t think it’s worth the price though. It’s nice to have a female T.rex with a semi-accurate albeit simplified color scheme to what’s in the films.
5.) Bad Boy/Indominus Rex – This wasn’t so bad. Actually it’s probably the best of the line and I hope the large T.rex is good like this. You can see the coloration change ability in varying light levels, except in direct sunlight. No batteries included, but that’s okay. It’s probably the best money I have spent on a Jurassic Park figure in years with exception to the “Allosaurus Assault” and “Pachyrhinosaurus Clash” Dino Showdown sets of JP2k13, and the large Tyrannosaurus retool of the Bull from TLW from the JP2k9 line.
General Thoughts: I think this line was over-hyped by the fandom and what not. People said these things are just like the Kenner days and frankly this is inaccurate and that’s an understatement. There’s some hits (electronics weren’t that bad, Large Indominus, two Basher/Biters maybe), but a lot of misses (The Vehicle versus packs especially). The question is up to you if you want to collect all of these or not. It’s changed my philosophy on being a completist when it comes to JP figures. The vehicles are the worst part, the paint apps there are cheap and the molding also is cheap. Those are like the equivalent of cheap dollar store toys, you guys know the type. Save your money, collect the big Indominus, Jada Toys, and the LEGOs.
Overall opinion: Feel free to develop your own here based on your own experiences, I’m just trying to save you some money in the long run. This line isn’t as good as JP/TLW’s lines, in fact it doesn’t even come close. There are some moments where it’s a bit better than JP3’s, but I actually overall will rate this line remarkably low because of how cheaply made it all looks when compared to the previous lines. Really the only high point are the electronic figures. I just did this because of my excitement for there being new merch/toys, which is reasonable. If not feeling somewhat misplaced and underwhelmed at the moment. I will say one thing it did get me back excited for Jurassic World, but the adrenaline rush of new merch does and will run out. Overall, I give this a D+ rating. I don’t rate these very high. JP3 line that we actually got repaints of countless times is bit better than these. I do hope the quality of the toys is not an indicative of the quality of the film.