Can I get a "Hell yeah" for dinosaur minifigures?
Irwin Toys has brought another foreign toy line to us, in Predasaurs: DNA Fusion. I know they originally were released in Europe, where I am not sure. The gimmick is simple: They took two species of dinosaurs, and "fused" their DNA together to make a vicious looking hybrid.
The figures average 2" in height, with the chase figure Vulltarex standing at 3". They are made out of a firm rubber, and have a fairly substantial weight for their size. The rubber is weighty, and has just the right amount of give. Some of the figures are one solid piece of rubber, and some of the figures are two pieces glued together. Well, haha, maybe I should add that EVERY figure has their teeth piece glued in. Kind of necessary, though... The teeth are cast in glow in the dark rubber.
The paint applications are pretty nice, not the greatest in the industry, but miles ahead of a lot of the competition. The paint schemes are layered, and have metallic effects. With the standard earthy tones used on the base rubber of the figures, the metallic greens and maroons used really stand out... However are never distracting.
As far as accessories, each figure comes with a hand-held weapon ranging from clubs to axes. The weapons are also painted with metallic effects, and have a peg that goes into a discreet fitting on the inside of each figure's palm. The pegs are all uniform, making weapon-swapping an easy reality.
Several of the figures in the blind packs come with weapons that have a plastic "gem" embedded in them, for a nice effect.
The blind packs retail for $2.99, and I believe that they are worth that sum. Each figure is highly detailed, made out of a sturdy rubber, and comes with a weapon and a gameplay trading card.
There are also blister carded 2-packs available, with both figures in full view; the 2-packs also come with a putty accessory (blue, green, and metallic colors available).
I believe that these are worth the retail price, and the coolness factor is definitely there. There is no articulation to speak of, although that just adds to the "Little Rubber Guys" appeal (in my opinion).
Glow in the dark teeth, flexible rubber, nice paint, and a strong premise? I just hope these do well enough to substantiate bringing over the Insect Fusion subset.
Anyways, those are my two cents. I am interested in knowing what you folks think of them!