If you’ve been paying attention to the news and trailers for Jurassic World, you know that the big bad antagonist is a genetically enhanced dinosaur cooked up in a lab. That tidbit leaked out and was later confirmed by director Colin Trevorrow, as well as the numerous looks we’ve had at this point. But if some new toys are to be believed, the Indominus rex as it is called, may not be the only new guy floating around.
Yep, when Jurassic World drops this summer, we may get a face full of Stegoceratops, which is exactly what it sounds like. If you look at this new toy and wonder why Hasbro took the head of one dinosaur action figure and slapped it on the body of another, you’re not alone. Granted, I used to do this as a kid, take apart my toys and rebuild new and horrifying creations, but I never made a blockbuster movie about them. Maybe I should have, that could have been fun.
This also feels like the kind of hybrid toy that would have had a short-lived run in the 1980s, maybe even a cartoon. But this definitely appears to be the only one. If you perfuse the Wind Designs website, you see Velociraptor, T-rex, and other toys, but this is the only mash up.
It is also possible that this is just some random toy that Hasbro just thinks they can sell. It wouldn’t be the first time a toy company has made action figures out of characters/creatures/whatever that don’t actually appear in a movie.
Both Stegosaurus and Triceratops show up in Jurassic World, as we’ve seen in the trailer, so perhaps if the money people at the now-open park of the title want to scientists to cook up a new attraction, this is a possibility. It certainly seems like a better idea than combining T-rex, Velociraptor, snake, and cuttlefish DNA. At least if this one escapes and goes on a rampage, it would likely just trample some things and knock a few buildings over instead of going on a vicious, tourist-devouring spree. Maybe you start with something like this before you create a perfect killing machine.
Who knows what the real story is with Stegoceratops, but it’s something that exists in the world now. Whether or not it exists in Jurassic World, however, we won’t likely find out until the movie opens wide on June 12.