Friday, October 5, 2018

Toy Review: Gyrosphere (Battle Damage) from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Just a few days ago I reviewed the first of the five "Battle Damage" vehicles from the Jurassic World Matchbox line and today I'm checking out the second: The Gyrosphere from Jurassic World. Exclusive to Walmart, the Battle Damage vehicle series includes the same five vehicles that were originally released in the Island Transport Team back in late spring only now with some new paint applications to give them a more weathered look. The Gyrosphere played a pretty substantial role in Jurassic World and was destroyed by the Indominus Rex. This version of the Gyrosphere seems to show off the mud and damage it sustained during that attack, although in the film the Gyrosphere eventually is completely destroyed. Let's check out this new Matchbox offering after the break...

 The Facts:

Model Number: FMX08

Length: 1 1/4ths inches

Non-Scalper Price: $1.00

   * On the left is the Battle Damage Gyrosphere while the original model is on the right. Other than the battle damage painted onto the translucent frame, there really is no other difference between these two models.
 The Positives:

* The Gyrosphere is definitely a memorable vehicle from the Jurassic Park series but the Matchbox vehicle itself, while a fairly faithful recreation isn't the most exciting. The paint apps really improve this one, though, as there is mud and a crack on one side and some more spattered mud on the opposite side. It's a cool look and with the correctly sized Indominus Rex toy would make for a cool display piece. 
The Gyrosphere isn't my favorite Matchbox offering but I think the effects on this one actually improve things just a bit. This is a Good vehicle and while it may seem small for $1, it does have the cool feature that allows the interior seats to sit upright. If you're picking these up remember that the Battle Damage Island Transport Set is available as well, so you can get all five vehicles at one time. Of course, that was actually more expensive than picking them up individually. Weird, huh?

If you're interested in the Gyrosphere, remember I reviewed the standard Gyrosphere as part of the Island Transport Team set.

For more Jurassic World Matchbox vehicles, check out the following:

Matchbox: Jurassic World (2018)
'10 Textron Tiger (Battle Damage)
'10 Textron Tiger (Green)
'93 Jeep Wrangler #9
Armored Action Transporter
Armored Action Truck
Island Transport Team 
Land Rescue Convoy
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5020
Off-Road Rescue Rig 

Matchbox: Jurassic World: Legacy Collection (2018)
'93 Jeep Wrangler #12
'97 Mercedes-Benz ML320
Island Explorers


  1. Saw the five-pack at Walmart. The battle-damaged Armored Action Truck in it is green. Is the singly-packed one green too?

    1. Yes, the single packed Armored Action Truck is green, too.

    2. Awesome. That means I don't need to get the five-pack to get the third version of it. So does this mean the Battle Damaged Island Transport Team is the only five-pack without an exclusive deco vehicle in it?

    3. Yup. No exclusives at all in that set so far as I can tell.


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