Release Date: May 2015
Meet the new queen of Jurassic World: Indominus Rex! She’s a dino-stomping monster whose color-changing skin will hide her until she’s ready to strike! One bite from this master of disaster’s mega-chomping jaw and it’s all over. Get a giant bite on your next adventure with the invisible terror of your Indominus Rex figure!.
Anyone of a certain age will remember Kenner’s line of Jurassic Park action figures with great fondness. That first wave, released in 1993, comprised of 5 human figure packs (with baby dinosaurs and accessories), 12 dinosaur packs, 3 vehicles & 1 Command Compound playset.
With the news that Hasbro was taking over the license for their 2015 Jurassic World line, the internet was aflutter with speculation and expectation. Toy images quickly surfaced of the ‘big bad’ from the movie; the Indominus Rex, and there was much excitement – but does it live up to the hype?
Firstly, this is the toy that any fan of the movie will want; much like the T-Rex was ‘the’ toy to have from the original movie. In principle, this is much of the same ilk and Hasbro have clearly built upon the success of its predecessor.
Whilst the Indominus Rex isn’t covered in the realistic dinosaur skin of the original T-Rex (instead utilising a hard plastic body with a soft head), it does boast articulated legs and a rather frighteningly realistic jaw opening movement, which, once the arms are pressed down, releases alternating Indominus sounds from the movie.
So far it’s neck and neck in comparison, with skin swapped out for articulation, but the Indominus Rex, much like in the movie, has a trick up it’s sleeve (or should that be back?). When you pull the arms down to open the jaws and release the sounds, the back also lights up in an orange or red glow (dependant on the sound alternation). Whilst it’s not a particularly essential feature, it does stand out and kids will no doubt be in awe of it.
The only added feature which could improve the toy further would be a stomping sound when the feet are pushed to the floor.
Overall it’s a great toy that delivers on the entertainment factor, and harking back to our initial question – YES it does live up to the hype!
What the kids thought:
(Amelia, Age 5)
“It’s scary! I like the way that they painted it and inside the mouth looks real – especially the tongue and the teeth. I like the sounds because it sounds like there is a real dinosaur in the room with you. I really like the way its back lights up – its fun to do when the lights are off.”