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Friday, June 15, 2018
Something Has Survived!: Mosasaurus from Jurassic World by Mattel
Dimensions: About 27 inches long!
Articulation: Hinged lower jaw, swivel hinge front and rear flippers.
Non-Scalper Price: $30 dollars
* First off... the Mosasaurus is huge! I measured her at a little over 2 feet, so maybe 27 or 28 inches long? She's a massive toy and it's insane that she costs only around $30 bucks. The Mosasaurus is not the most complex toy out there but the sheer size and wow factor of this piece cannot be denied. Even better, Mattel had managed to sell her in a smaller package so that she seems less threatening at retail. I love this!
* The Mosasaurus has swivel/ hinged flippers so you can get some fun "poses" out of her. Let's be honest. She's not the most well articulated figure, but it kind of wouldn't make sense to have much articulation here. I'm not sure how it would work or what it would look like. The flippers add some playability and they work great.
* The headsculpt is pretty solid. Most of the figure is made from a softer material, similar to some of the older Kenner Jurassic Park dinosaurs, so the sculpt isn't as crisp as on a figure molded in hard plastic. It isn't bad looking, though, and managed to capture the film models appearance as well as the "Jurassic Park look" of the dinosaurs from those films.
* The opening lower jaw is incredible. I really love this feature (I love the fact that so many of the dinosaurs in this line have opening jaws) and how fun it is to have the Mosasaurus attack different toys and/or pets and small children. I know my four year old is still a bit unsure of the Mosasaurus if I'm sitting around fooling with it but when she has it, look out! She loves to terrorize people with this thing!
* Like some of the older Kenner Jurassic Park figures, the Mosasaurus also has soft skin that's billed as being "authentic." The sculpting and paintwork on the main body isn't bad at all and definitely adds some more life to the creature. Plus, it's kind of soft and squishy.
* Remember how the Kenner dinosaurs had that little "JP" brand on them? Mattel's dinosaurs don't have that but they do have this cool little symbol (maybe some sort of DNA-like design?). Scan it with a smart phone and you can add new dinosaurs into the Jurassic Facts App. I borrow my wife's smart phone to use it (I don't have one) and it's kind of cool. It's a collecting/ trivia based game where you collect dinosaurs, learn facts, and take trivia contests.
* Since it is a separate piece that is constructed a bit differently, I do wish the tail had some articulation. Even a balljoint at where it attaches to the main body would have been welcome.
If you're looking for more Jurassic World toys from Mattel, check out the following: