“Jurassic World” toys, from Hasbro, have hit shelves in advance of the soon-to-be blockbuster release of the “Jurassic World” motion picture, starring Chris Pratt, on June 12. Hasbro, along with its preschool division, Playskool, have released a wide variety of tie-in toys for all age groups. The line varies from standard dinosaur figures, to ones with light and sound effects, to interactive games and mash-ups.
Arguably, the real star of “Jurassic World” is the Indominus Rex, a man-made dinosaur and subject of a large dinosaur figure. The “Jurassic World Indominus Rex” dinosaur features a “realistic” chomping action, thanks to a soft rubber head. Along with her bite, comes roaring sound effects and a light up back. “Indominus Rex” has a recommended age range of 4 and up, but the arm lowering trigger for this figure might be difficult for the low end of this range as the dinosaur is large and the required effort to pull down the arms may be too much for them. If the articulated legs were sturdier, this may have mitigated the issue. If this is a concern, then the next item may be more appropriate.
The “Jurassic World Tyrannosaurus Rex” dinosaur is perfectly aimed at the preschool age set of 3 and above. The chomping action is much simpler for smaller hands to activate, as it is just a matter of pushing down the head, and, since it has no articulation in the legs, the figure is very stable. The chomping action is combined with roaring sound effects and light up eyes. A human figure with capture snare is also included. While the figure has fewer points of articulation than most Playskool Heroes figures, it more than serves its purpose as a meal for the ravenous T-Rex.
What makes the man-eating “T-Rex” appropriate for ages 3, but the “Jurassic World Raptor” assortment only recommended for ages 4 and above is unclear. It must be the “realistic” appearance and, possibly, the pointedness of the claws. The “Raptor” assortment features three of the film’s Velociraptors. “Charlie,” “Delta,” and “Echo” are each sold separately and feature articulation in the shoulders and hips. Lightweight, no accessories and easy to grip make the raptors great for play around the house, in the car or out in the yard.
Having a toy that eats and claws humans and dinosaurs not personal enough? Them become part of the action with the “Jurassic World Dino Chomping Head” hand puppets or “Jurassic World Raptor Claws.” Choose between the Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptor heads or the Velociraptor wearable claws to become part of “Jurassic World.” Each is sold separately and recommended for kids 4 and up.
Perhaps the oddest items in the new “Jurassic World” toy line are the “Jurassic World Brawlasaurs.” Essentially, a glorified game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” the “Brawlasaurs” allow two players to choose a symbol on the bottom of the dinosaur (bite, slash or bash), then wind up the tails, lock up the magnetic gear on their chests and then watch the dinosaurs thrash around for a few moments before checking to see who picked the winning symbol. The “bite” symbol beats the “slash” symbol and so on and so forth. The actual thrashing pretty much comes to an end once one of the “Brawlasaurs” hits the ground, before ever expending its full charge. There is also a “Jurassic World: The Game” app that can be used to create digital dino battles. The “Brawlasaurs” come in a twin pack or singles and like most of the other “Jurassic World” toys are recommended for ages 4 and up.
Finally, there are the “Jurassic World Hero Mashers,” which allow children ages 4 and up to mix and match various dinosaur parts to create their own dino-amalgamations. For instance, the Triceratops “Hero Masher” comes with three parts to a Stegosaurus, which one can swap out parts of the base dinosaur to make a “Stego-ceratops.” Unfortunately, if one wanted to make a complete Stegosaurus, one would be out of luck as there is no full Stegosaurus currently available. This seems like a missed opportunity to have a chase figure. Scatter the parts of the Stegosaurus across three different “Hero Mashers” and, when all of them are collected, a bonus fourth dinosaur can be created. This would be much preferable to most “build-a-character” chase figures, as one would still be able to use the individual spare parts, even if the whole is never completed. One can even use the spare parts as the remnants of a fierce battle between dinosaurs and the victor’s next meal. Be aware that not all “Hero Mashers” figures come with additional parts, so be sure to look for one that does, if this is your little one’s first “Hero Masher.”
“Jurassic World” tie-in toys from Hasbro and Playskool are available now. The price points range from $9.99 to $34.99. They can be found at most national toy stores, as well as the Hasbro Toy Shop.