When I first saw this figure in a leaked image online, I immediately thought of the “Primal Pal” Velociraptor Blue from last year. I automatically assumed that this would be a similar toy, only an Indominus version instead. However, the two toys are very different. Firstly, Blue is quite clearly a baby. This Indominus isn’t a hatchling, but more of a “chibi” version of the adult Indominus Rex.
This figure is adorable! With her short stature, gigantic feet, enormous head, big eyes, and stubby tail, she is very much a caricature of the Indominus. Despite her exaggerated features, Mattel certainly did an excellent job of keeping her faithful to her on screen counterpart! There is no mistaking her for anything other than the Indominus Rex. There is an amazing amount of sculptural detail packed on this one. Every bit of the figure is covered in scales, scutes, or quills of some sort! The level of detail is easily on par with the “Destroy and Devour” Indominus of the main line, and may actually surpass her in some areas of detail. Even her tongue, and the bottoms of her feet are highly textured.
Likewise, the paint scheme matches up perfectly with her mainline counterpart as well. Although, I have to give this one the edge when it comes to one area, and that’s the eyes. They have an appearance almost exactly like “Primal Pal” Blue’s eyes. This gives them a glassy appearance, and adds a to the realism of the eye. They’re painted wonderfully, and they have a nice shine to them. They also play a part in the action gimmick.
Articulations are very minimal. The legs can move forward and back, but click rather loudly. The arms can also move forward and back. Everything else is tied to her features.
Her gimmick is one that kids are going to love, but it can be a little tricky to get the hang of at first. The figure comes packaged with a little rack of ribs for her to “eat”. To do so, simply press down on her tail. Her mouth will open wide, and lock into place. When you place the ribs in her mouth, she will chomp down, and let out a mighty roar! Her eyes occasionally light up brightly as well. The tricky part is the triggering mechanism itself. You have to press the tongue in just the right spot to activate the chomp. It’s so particular that I thought I had a broken figure at first, but I eventually found the sweet spot, and you will too. There is also a button (cleverly disguised as the scutes on her nose) which activates sounds when you pet her snout. So cute!
As with the “Primal Pal” Blue from last year, this toy is made specifically for the younger crowd. However, there is a ton to love about this little one for older collectors as well, especially if you like caricatured figures.
I commend Mattel for continuing to innovate with the brand, and for expanding the line with wonderful figures that I never even knew that I wanted!