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Monday, May 28, 2018
Something Has Survived!: Pteranodon from Jurassic World: Legacy Collection by Mattel
Dimensions: 5 inches long, 9 3/4ths inch wingspan
Articulation: Hinged "flapping" wings, balljointed neck, hinged lower jaw.
Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
* The headsculpt is great. Maybe it's because of their frightening appearance in the novel Jurassic Park but I've always found Pteranodon's to be quite creepy looking. This one has a great headsculpt with beady eyes and a long beak that opens. The paintwork is excellent and the opening jaw is fun to play with.
* The wings have a nice detailed texture to them. The paint scheme isn't terribly exciting but the sculpting adds a lot of character.
* The Legacy Collection dinosaurs in this scale all have an action feature and the Pteranodon has flapping wings. Push down on the button on the pterosaur's back and the wings flap back and forth. It works pretty well and makes sense for a flying creature.
* While most of Mattel's dinosaurs are not super articulated they at least have a few usable points of articulation besides the head. The Pteranodon really could have benefited from a bit more playability and a few more joints, probably in the legs or even a joint or two in the wings. There really isn't even a good way to pose this figure on a shelf without using a stand or something.
* While all of the Jurassic World figures I've reviewed thus far have features this symbol on the bottom of a foot, the Pteranodon's is on the bottom of its wing. It's a bit of an eyesore.
* The head is pretty cool, especially the opening jaw, but the balljointed neck has a very limited range of motion keeping the Pteranodon from being able to look forward. These guys were so scary in Jurassic Park III and I'd love to be able to have a figure that could pose like the ones in that scene.
This is the first Pteranodon I've reviewed in the Jurassic World: Legacy Collection line. For more figures from the series, check out the following: