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Vault Review: Walking
With Dinosaurs Troodon

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Troodon’s articulation is basic for an animal.  His hind legs are swivel joints.  The shoulders are swivel hinges, which I’m definitely glad they included.  The head is on a ball joint, while the jaw is hinged.  The jaw on my figure is too weak to stay closed, so I guess mine’s always making noises or biting.  The other issue is that real life Troodons balanced on their hind legs.  With his tiny feet, heavy upper body, and lack of articulation, this little guy unfortunately can’t do that.  So without a stand to prop up his chest, he’s going to either lean on his tail or wings for support.

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Troodon doesn’t have any accessories, but he does have an action feature.  When you press the button on his back he will emit one of four sounds.  There is a couple chirping ones, a growl, and an extremely loud shriek which is actually a bit startling.  All four sounds feel pretty realistic, and they get us more towards bird noises and farther away from the lion-esque sounds of the old days.  (Hopefully I’ll be able to get a video up to demonstrate these noises, but I’m having a bit of trouble with it.  So we’ll see what happens.)

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This figure retails for about ten dollars, and I’m pretty happy with the results when compared to the price.  His articulation could have been a bit better, but it also could have been worse.  I could easily see them cutting the swivel/hinge shoulders for just swivels, but they didn’t and that articulation really helps with the figures personality.  I don’t know how this character is in the movie, but if you’re a dinosaur fan then I really do suggest this guy.  With his raptor-like posture and feathered body he makes a nice addition to any prehistoric shelf.

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11 comments to Vault Review: Walking
With Dinosaurs Troodon

  • He-Mullet

    And if one dares to repaint it in zany colors, one could have a generic Beast for Beastman to control.

  • Brainlock

    ME BRAINLOCK LIKE!

  • dayraven

    that weird colored raptor from the new jurassic park stuff? i don’t think i’ve seen him before. in fact, my last trip to my TRU i don’t recall seeing any of the walking w/ dinos stuff either… i hate my TRU. but as i have a roadtrip into the eastern portion of the state next week, i may well have to sojourn to my favorite TRUs see if i can lay eyes on this pimp myself. you’re are mucho correcto about not getting feathered dinos often… still would murder a family of five for a feathered raptor or a triceratops with color changing frill.

    • That is the Allosaurus from the new JP stuff. He’s got some really nice articulation and a good sculpt. He also comes with a repainted GI Joe poacher. There’s also a Pachyrhinosaurus that comes with another Joe. They’re a bit on the expensive side at around $30, but you’re basically getting a small vehicle and a figure. I picked mine up with a coupon too, so it wasn’t as bad.

      There’s definitely a lack of feathered and frilled dinos on the market.

  • Sweet £#+%ing arse crackers!!!

    More dinosaur toys! Must have!

    Just went on Amazon.co.uk and ordered some, including the giant Gorogsaurus. Thanks for alerting me to these! Huzzah!

  • jabberwokka

    What is that gorgeous build your own robot t-rex in the penultimate picture?

    • That is a Tyrannotron from the Metasaurs line. It’s an amazing line of figures that are made of foam board that you assemble. They’re pretty sturdy and well articulated because each segment is connected with a ball joint. Unfortunatly the line came out about 2005, and is a little hard to track down. But there are a few on ebay for a decent price.

      They’re also pretty big. http://www.itsalltrue.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/stegatron-motu.jpg

      Someday I’ll get a review of them up…

      • jabberwokka

        Thanks! I tracked one down for a crazy good price! Now if I like it as much as I’m sure I will, I’ll have to track down the rest!