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My Spawn Collection at 300

As of Spawn #300’s release–September 4, 2019–my Spawn collection isn’t all that large.

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But it includes #s 1-19, 25, 30, and 257-300! Granted, in this photo, I have the 2019 Free Comic Book Day edition of #1 on top. I also have the Image Firsts edition. And the homage to Ultimate Spider-Man #1 edition of the Director’s Cut in there.

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I have my real, actual #1 framed alongside the #1-homage cover of the Director’s Cut hanging on the wall down to the basement.

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At a glance it disappears into a sea of framed stuff, but it’s still there! It’s how I like displaying the occasional variant that I do buy for the art!

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Then I have a shelf of miscellaneous stuff that hasn’t been rehomed elsewhere as yet. Several bust banks, a Kotobukiya Professor X, the Neca Shredder…and Spawn figures I got a couple years back.

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In this photo are a couple of early-ish (maybe not FIRST wave, but certainly from an early one!) Spawn action figures. These are standard-size; I’m not sure exactly what scale…they just are what they are. I also have my ORIGINAL Medieval Spawn figure minus its cape elsewhere, but when I had the chance to buy one that had the cape (and the sword) I jumped on it! Of course, with the originals, I do remember it being quite cool having a figure that also came with a "full-size" comic book. (And this was before Marvel Legends, even!)

While I don’t know if they were originally with either of these figures, I do have a couple issues that I think had originally come with some figures.

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And there’s this oversized statue-size figure. I loved the price, and its size. I may not be willing to pay several hundred dollars for a statue, but a couple comics’ price for a plastic figure? Great by me!

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My two original Spawn figures on a shelf of miscellaneous figures…

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A bit of a closer view. Though…wow. Batman is REALLY rather prominent, there!

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OK…there we go. The Spawn figures!

So that’s Comics and toys.

"But what about the movie?!?" you might ask. "Wasn’t there an animated series?"

Got those, too.

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The original film, as well as a "box set" of the animated series (from HBO, at least originally, I think?)


I probably have a handful of other Spawn things around. But other than getting the individual issues the last almost-4-years, I’ve really only dabbled in the character/property. (As I type, I recall I also have at least one of the Spawn/Batman issues…but if I jump up for every memory to add a photo, I’ll never finish this post and get to bed at a decent hour!)

I suppose this is a bit more than I thought when I first started typing tonight…and surely "more" than many people have.

I have roughly 70 issues of the main Spawn title…leaving me 230 issues to have the full series. Whether I’ll seek to attain that, I don’t know. A couple years ago, I hunted down 100 issues of Savage Dragon in barely a month. I don’t see THAT happening again.

But time will definitely tell!

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NECA Aliens: Alien Queen Deluxe

This shows just how far behind I’ve gotten in producing content for this blog! I got this about FIVE WEEKS ago! But only just now getting around to sharing/posting about it!

I’d seen this several years ago in a Toys R Us, but at the time it was wayyy outta my price range. Of course, I spent much of 2018 contemplating stuff in the price range, and finally pulled the trigger on the most expensive toys I’ve ever bought: the NECA Baby Turtles, a (non-NECA) Power Rangers Legacy Megazord, the NECA 1/4-scale Raphael, the Gamestop-exclusive 7" 1990 movie turtles, the 1/4-scale Leonardo & Michelangelo, the 1/4-scale Donatello, and the ’80s 2-packs.

And so it just made sense to (finally) get this Alien Queen, as well!

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Like the other figures, this one has a window on the front for you to see (part of) the figure itself, and a nice dioramic image on the rest of the box.

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One side of the box is another window to see in to the Queen, while the other side shows the typical photo/rendition of the figure…in this case, with another figure for some scale, though that figure is not actually something included in this box (and that fact is noted: "Marine Figure Sold Separately").

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The back of the box is the Queen herself and a brief overview of what she is.

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The figure is very "top-heavy," and in many poses–especially at her most "natural" and menacing, she won’t stand on her own…so a base with two rods is included to allow for various poses and balancing. The TMNT Donatello figure is a standard Ninja Turtle figure for size comparison…it was what I had handy when I was taking these photos back in March!

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I like the Queen raised up a bit more to show her height. She TOWERS over the other figures…as she should! While the 1/4-scale TMNT figures are amazing…they’re really only "in scale" with themselves (and the baby turtles). This Alien Queen is in scale with other NECA Aliens products, so they can all stand together and look awesome in the same scale!

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And here’s–as of this writing–my Aliens shelving. The Queen and other figures are on top of a bookcase, with the books on the shelves immediately below.

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The Aliens/Predator comics stuff doesn’t fit the newer shelving the figures are part of, so the comics and such are still in the midst of the graphic novels collection area…which is definitely plenty appropriate!

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NECA TMNT Quarter Scale: Donatello

It’s been a few weeks–maybe a month or so, now–since I got the last of the NECA TMNT quarter-scale figures I’ve been after.

I believe there’s also a Foot ninja and a Raphael-in-trenchcoat…but I’m really not interested in either of those. I prefer Raph as-is without the trenchcoat…and a lone Foot ninja makes little sense to me, and at this scale and price I’m NOT investing in 3-5+ of the things to justify the "generic minion/bad-guy" thing.

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I didn’t have the patience at the time to get a better shot of the front of the box…a bit of glare, as such.

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The sides of the box…

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The back of the box.

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I’d neglected at the time–due to other things going on in my private life–to get a solo shot of Donnie. Right now I don’t really have open space to properly get a good shot, so here he is towering over the Gamestop 1990 Movie Mikey and a Target 2-pack Foot ninja.

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And here’s the current (at least as of this posting in early April 2019) shelf of my NECA TMNT stuff with Raph, Leo & Mikey, and of course, Donnie…as well as the Baby Turtles that I started this crazy-expensive collecting ride with.

I may still try to get the ooze cannister prop and Casey Jones mask prop…but after a number of extremely-expensive (for me) purchases across a number of paychecks, and other stuff I’m trying to get…expensive NECA stuff is on hiatus for me at the moment.

(One more expensive NECA purchase from several weeks ago yet to share, though!)

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NECA TMNT ’80s Cartoon Two-Packs

Life’s been its own brand of crazy the last couple months. So I’m only now–a MONTH after the fact–getting around to sharing these cool purchases!

I’ve been AWARE OF the NECA brand since 2010 or 2011…whenever they did the Mirage Comics-style turtles, before the 2012 line for the Nickelodeon 2012 show was out from Playmates.

Having recently (finally) bought the Raphael and then Leo & Mikey 1/4-scale figures, these 2-packs from Target were not a terrible stretch…though it was a LOT to spend in such a short time-frame. But they served as a sort of "retail therapy" or such.

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I’m not the greatest fan of the 1980s cartoon. For a time, I actually held a fair bit "against" it, though as the IDW comics have continued and have incorporated elements, stuff has been somewhat "redeemed" and I’ve come to appreciate its place in history–in general and of the TMNT property in general. And these 2-packs made for a decent "set" of figures…that’s certainly one thing about the TMNT stuff–it’s totally geared for sets of 4 with the main characters!

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Leonardo and Shredder make for a good pairing here. All the 2-packs are one turtle and one villain. So of course, matching the "leaders" up works quite well on a number of levels! 

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While the front of the boxes are showing off the figures themselves, the backs show a staged photo, a short description, as well as the other 3 boxes available for this "wave" of figures! 

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Donatello and Krang are the "brains" of their respective groups…Krang pretty literally so. That makes these a good matchup as well. The walker contraption Krang rides in–from the earliest episodes of the ’80s cartoon–is roughly the same height as the classic Playmates figure…though Krang himself is a lot smaller here and more proportionate. 

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Back of the box showing Donnie poised to tip Krang right on over… 

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Though Raphael has come to be my favorite turtle as an adult, his 2-pack has him and "just" a Foot ninja. I’ve never been overly keen on this version of the Foot–mindless robots just seem like they shouldn’t be a threat whatsoever. And generally they were not MUCH of one, just a delaying tactic. Still, the poseability on the NECA figure(s) makes this far, FAR superior to the classic Playmates iteration! 

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Cliché as it is, there IS the classic line from Raph’s first encounter with the Foot bots. "Klang?!? Did you say–‘Klang’?"

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Michelangelo also comes with a Foot bot, that seems basically the same as the one with Raph. Though it would seem a someone generic thing to have half the packs come with these…it also actually, truly makes sense as the Foot bots ARE generic and to just have one is to defeat the point of having generic minions. And as these are a much better quality, I’m glad TO have two, although I’d have also been rather happy if these came in their own 2-pack, so that their slots could be filled with other characters!

Of course, I believe I saw stuff coming out of the one toy convention that NECA has upcoming plans for Bebop and Rocksteady. And if they come in 2-packs like these…I’d be grateful to get the pair as their own pack. But if there’s to be more hero vs villain foolery to further induce buying of multiple packs…I’d take April and Splinter with them, and/or Casey Jones! 

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Here we have the back of the pack with Mikey gut-kicking his Foot bot.

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I like the sides of the packages. One side shows each of the turtles…

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…while the other side shows the villain that turtle’s paired with!

The packs are definitely quite attractive as-is. But these being TMNT, I "couldn’t" just leave them in their boxes. So I did get them out. However, the photos of the unboxed figures will have to wait for another post!

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NECA TMNT Quarter Scale: Leo & Mikey

I’m not a toy speculator. I’ve never sold toys–not for any profit, anyway–and I can only vaguely remember ebaying some Heroclix minis 15+ years ago.

But I do like collecting toys in the sense of following certain lines or getting certain sets/subsets of toys…and it REALLY bugs me when there are convention-only exclusives of figures, PERIOD–I’m more ok with certain slight variants that I don’t tend to care for, but if it’s the existence of the figure/character AT ALL, I have a problem with the exclusivity. But that gets into another topic/post entirely.

While keeping an eye on the NECA quarter-scale TMNT 1990 figures and checking options…I noticed that the cheapest price for the Michelangelo figure was some $40 more than the others, on Amazon. Since Big Bad Toy Store did me right with the Raphael figure a couple weeks earlier, I both went with them again…and went with TWO turtles this time!

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As I’d said before, Leonardo was always my favorite turtle of the four as a kid…but as an adult, I’ve found that Raphael’s tended to be my favorite moreso, including being the first turtle I went with for this line.

But Leo was not far behind, as here he is!

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The sides of the package give some images of the figure.

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…and the back shows even more, as well as having a brief text blurb about the character/figure.

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Then there’s Michelangelo. As mentioned above, I saw this one listed on AMAZON for around $40 more than the others, but since he was the same price as the others at Big Bad Toy Store, I opted to double-up for this order and include him, to hopefully avoid overpaying for any of the four turtles!

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Here are the box sides for him…

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…and the back of the box.

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Finally, here’s the NECA shelf at present. Three quarter-scale turtles, all four 7"-scale turtles, the quarter-scale Baby Turtles, and standard-TMNT-figure size "movie star" turtles (my vintage Donatello, and 3 unofficial replicas for the other turtles).

The NECA figures are by far the superior figures, nostalgia or otherwise.

And for the sake of checking it out, I immediately swapped hands so Michelangelo has the spinning weapon variant hand/weapon that came with the Baby Turtles!

I’m leaning toward ordering Donatello on my next paycheck, though also half wondering about seeing if I can find him at a convention I’ll be going to.

Time will definitely tell!

That said…I’m missing Donatello, the Ooze Cannister replica, and the Casey Jones facemask. I’m MOST interested in these turtles themselves…and THEN there’s several two-packs apparently due to be showing up in Target any time now, that I’m very interested in.

As I said regarding these on Twitter the other day: definitely "midlife-crisis" purchasing!

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NECA TMNT 1990 Movie Turtles (Gamestop Exclusives)

Last week I posted about finally getting the NECA quarter-scale Raphael figure I’d wanted for over a year.

The day after I ordered that, I had communication from Gamestop regarding a pre-order I’d placed way back in August 2018…for 7"-scale versions of the movie turtles. I’d completely forgotten about the pre-order, that the figures were even going to exist.

And–long story short–an ordering snafu and a 70+ minute phone call to customer service and several days, and my order arrived.

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The TMNT seem to be an excellent property to me for stuff like this–one rarely would want just one turtle, as there are four primary characters…but there aren’t necessarily SO many characters that it becomes a hopeless thing. And of course, I went with all four here!

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As a kid, Leonardo was always my "favorite turtle," for his color–blue–and being the leader (which seems odd to me as an adult with little interest in leadership). In more recent years I’ve found Raphael to be a "new favorite," as also demonstrated with opting for Raph as my first of the quarter-scale turtles. 

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The back of the package has the turtle’s name and several images of the turtle, as well as a brief paragraph describing stuff, and a static image common across all four packages.

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As said, Leo was my favorite; though Raph has overtaken him, he’s my "second favorite," and it’s interesting to me to see the two characters’ interactions; especially in the 1990 film where they butt heads and Leo is so relieved to be able to apologize to Raph for saying they didn’t need him. 

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It’s interesting to me to compare the 1990 film to the comics as it drew so heavily…though as a kid, I remember being a bit surprised when I discovered that in the comics it was Leonardo who was badly beaten by the Foot, and not Raphael…though the beaten turtle being tossed through the window to April’s apartment was consistent between the iterations.

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In some ways, Mikey’s my least favorite of the turtles…as a kid, I never cared for that notion of the "party dude"–though moreso with the ’80s cartoon, it was the surfer dude aspect I never cared much for. The film version was more to my liking, and some "iconic" lines that stand out for me to this day…"Pizza Dude’s got thirty seconds!" And of course, the infamous "God, I love being a TURTLE!" 

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I also recall even as a kid noticing that in the movie, it was Splinter who had the phrase "Cowabunga!" at first, though obviously the turtles adopted it quickly as the film closed. 

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While Raph and Leo are my favorites, Donatello is one I can identify with in other ways–especially his trying to join his brothers in exclamations while not quite fitting. Bossa Nova? Chevy Nova? And of course his friendship with Casey Jones and repairing the vehicle at April’s farmhouse. 

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In retrospect I also quite appreciate this 1990 take on the character…though Donnie may be the "geek" of the bunch, I don’t care for the "stereotype" of the heavy/thick glasses that they saddled the character with for the 2014 & 2016 films. And of course, it’s those films that by comparison make these look all the better in my mind, though the nostalgia does plenty of good in that regard on its own. 

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Here’s the Raphael figure on a (sold separately) NECA action figure base. 

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Above is a look at the shell of the 7" Raphael figure. I’ve long REALLY liked the shell pattern of these movie turtles over pretty much any other iteration. And as these figures do such an excellent job of looking exactly like the film costumes, I’m quite enamored with having figures with the shell pattern duplicated, and that I can see it so clearly myself "live" and "in person" without just pausing a film on a screen or such.

I’d wondered about how similar this scale would be to the quarter-scale, and based on the "battle damage" on Raph’s shell, it seems–if not a shrunken mold, certainly an extremely detailed match, if one looks closely at the various slashes! 

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Here’s a photo of the shell from the quarter-scale figure, and to my eye, I’d say they’re identical in detail, just different in size

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Here are all four turtles out of the packaging and on NECA-brand bases. 

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And here’s a look at the quarter-scale Raph, 7" scale Raph, and a "regular size" TMNT figure for scale (a reproduction of the "Movie Star Raphael" figure). The angle partially distorts the exact scale of the figures, but I still like seeing just how massive the quarter scale figure is, and these 7" figures are also significantly taller than the old standard figures! 

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The NECA turtles get their own shelf for display for present–quarter scale Raph, 7", and "baby turtles" that I posted about a few weeks ago.  The miniature figures on a wall rack behind are Mini-Mates if I recall correctly, as well as Mega Bloks (now Mega Construx) minis.

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Finally, since I have them, I’d added the Movie Star Turtles reproductions to the shelf because why not? I don’t even need risers or such for everything to be easily seen on the shelf!


I’m NOT keen on chain-exclusive toys, and count myself extremely lucky that I happened across some announcement SOMEWHERE of these GameStop figures. The TMNT have long been–and continue to be–an exception to most of my personal "rules" and "principles" with stuff. I wasn’t about to boycott these or ignore them once I knew of them…even though I did then–with having pre-ordered–forget about them. (I was confident in the preorder and thus no reason to worry about missing them, so it was out of sight/out of mind).

At the same time, I figure at least there are a lot of GameStop locations around. I have four within a 20 minute driving radius, with two more extending to the half hour, and several more within an hour and near places I get to fairly frequently. So at least for me, the chain is actually more common and accessible to me than Walmart!

And though these are GameStop exclusive…that sure as heck beats San Diego Comic Con exclusive, or ANY convention-exclusive! I did see a YouTube video where someone compared the two versions–the SDCC from a couple years ago and these GS and there was no appreciable difference.

I’m sure QUITE happy with what I’ve got out of it, and since I want them out in the open on display and not just as toys in a package anyway, I’m actually probably "happier" with these than much rarer, MORE-exclusive, MORE EXPENSIVE versions!

Of course, issues with GameStop itself–the preorder snafu, waiting on hold from an automated system for 70 minutes to talk to my first human, the "handling" AND shipping-cost-per-item-but-all-four-came-in-a-single-box–were less than ideal. But I got these within a couple days of their official release, I didn’t have to deal with calling around or driving around to various GameStops looking for these or stewing over whether or not to trust their website’s accuracy of something being in-stock or not, etc.

And having them…it certainly desensitizes me to anyone ELSE’s plight. I have these, I’m happy with them, I’m glad I got them…and within individual reason, I definitely would recommend them as themselves (can’t blame NECA for issues with GameStop, short of the exclusivity and such to begin with).

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Primal Clash Wave 1: Dino-Riders Nostalgia

Several weeks ago, I happened across some figures in a Walmart toy aisle that I’d never seen or heard of, but caught my attention.

Though I initially just bought the Raptor, I ended up going back for the other three.

And then last week, came across the two larger figures.

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I was “just” going to get the Triceratops…but went ahead and also got the Mammoth. I reasoned–I’d wind up wanting it anyway, and with my luck, if I didn’t get it then, I’d be hunting a bunch of Walmarts just trying to find the thing, and that’d be a waste of time and gas. (So of course, now I’ll see it every time I’m at a Walmart…)

These figures are from Lanard, a company that apparently has been producing toys for some time. They apparently did the Rampage toys that were out last year for the movie, and they’ve been producing a line called The Corps. I’d seen that line in the toy aisles of Walmart before, and thought it was just some generic cheapo-thing; a low-end GI Joe to capitalize on there NOT being regular GI Joe (specifically A Real American Hero-variety) toys at present (shame it’s not brought back the way the Transformers have been! But that’s another post entirely).

I’ve also figured out that Lanard has produced this particular line outside of the U.S. for at least a couple years, though under other names. The most frequent reference I could find was Jurassic Clash…but that would be obviously “problematic” given Jurassic World having toys and such out.

These figures REALLY spark my nostalgia for Dino-Riders (an ’80s toy line that many folks probably don’t remember or never knew about, but has a definite high-scale collector community, at least on Facebook).

Being able to get these for $7 for a “full size” rider and dino, and only $15 for the larger…that’s a steal! Just the human figure would be $15+ from most other companies, and probably be in the $20-25+ range having the dino; the larger ones would likely be $30+!

I’m definitely onboard for any other figures that show up in Walmart for this line. They’re presently marked as “Walmart exclusive,” but given I have two Walmarts I get to regularly within a 15-minute drive, with a couple more in a slightly broader radius, and 2-3 others that I’m fairly regularly “in the area,” I’m not personally all that bothered by the “exclusivity” since I have the easy access. Chain-exclusive toy lines are generally their own issue to me, though, and the subject for some other post.

Here are the figures individually in their packaging (out-of-package will be another post sometime!)

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The Raptor most caught my attention, given the prominence of the Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park/World films. I also remember having the Dino-Riders velociraptor (or deinonychus, whatever the case, essentially the same visual).

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Titanis is a creature I’m unfamiliar with…whether that’s the name of this one as a creature or as a specific character, I’m not sure. I saw some references to it as a “Terror Bird” or such; and I do like the sculpt!

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The Sabretooth Tiger kinda speaks for itself. I like the sculpt, and it fits the Primal Clash name. May not be a “dinosaur,” but tends to get lumped in with them; certainly doesn’t bother me seeing it in this group.

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I don’t know what a Trimetrodon is, though I’m pretty sure I remember a similar fin/sail-backed dinosaur as a dimetrodon. Given the looks of the riding gear, this could be a “variant” on that…whatever. It’s not a horrible sculpt, but of these first four, it’s probably my least-favorite.

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Apparently for the toy line, there are the Dino WRANGLERS…and Dino COMMANDERS. The wranglers apparently have smaller dinos, while the wranglers have the larger ones.

I really like the Triceratops sculpt!

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I’m less impressed with the Mammoth sculpt…perhaps because the headgear is such a similar color to the tusks, making it look like “just” a hairy elephant with headgear, to me. Once I get it out of the package, we’ll see how my thoughts on it change, though!

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Here’s the card-back for the four. I definitely REALLY like that the entire basic “wave” is shown, so that even if there’s only one figure handy/in-stock, one can see what other ones exist. I’d be even more enamored with it if the larger ones were also shown…but c’est la vie and all that.

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Here’s the card-back for the Mammoth and Triceratops. Same deal…it’s nice to see both represented, though a shame that the other figures aren’t also shown.

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Finally, here’s the text of “the story” behind the figures. While it’s not much it’s better than nothing at all! I’d really enjoy something more in-depth to “support” these toys…such as individual bits for each rider/dino, if not some sort of publication (novel/comic book/something). And a cartoon series would be quite interesting, especially as an alternate narrative to the Jurassic World side of humans/dinos existing together.

This would be the sort of thing that would be ripe for “fan fiction” or other online content at a site, even if nothing was officially published “in print.”

Stories of the small group of Raiders and their dinos having to survive and fight back against the Final Impact, while looking for a means to take out the “mastermind” Evolution supercomputer…you’ve got your “good guys,” “bad guys,” and “big bad” right there. Plenty of room to fill in with specific characters. Who’s the leader of the Wranglers? The Commanders? Would these be “factions” or “sub-factions” of the Raiders? Do they get along, or is there bickering? How rigid or formal would the titles be?

Are these ones that we have right now–these first six–are they all “good guys?”

This “story” seems almost like an “elevator pitch” for a wider world…and though I know there are several further human characters and another “Dino Commander” dinosaur as well as a couple of larger creatures–a Tyrannosaurus and some sort of giant ape–i’d be curious about additional dinos and riders.

To say nothing of the fact that–as far as I can tell–we don’t have actual names for these humans, and though I questioned Titanis above, that’s likely not a unique/specific/character name…so there’d be room for us to have specific characters in both the humans and the dinosaurs.

Given I only JUST discovered these in January 2019, and know there are several more that could come this year, it’ll be interesting to watch and see what else comes out, and if or how popular these might be.


For whatever it says, though I’ve long been a fan of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, I did not buy any toys from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and had only bought the Indominus Rex, Tyrannosaurus, and a 4-pack of the main Velociraptors back in 2015.

While perhaps not as pose-able or as specific characters and all that…I find these a lot more interesting than the Jurassic World toys available over the past year or so, not to mention a superior price point! (Especially as figures I appreciate but are bound for display more than “play”!)

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