Predasaurs: DNA Fusion

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Hey guys, Ridureyui is back with a review of a lesser-known line of dinosaur toys!  Take it away, R!

It's a great time to be a kid. 

It's hard to tell sometimes.  You know, while we collectors are going on about Hot Toys and other high-end collector's stuff, children seem to have nothing but Redakai and whatever new Bakugan...YuGiOh...Pokemon rip-off is around.  But you know, this isn't really the case!  There's a whole world of cheap toys out there that the collector market is missing out on!

Predasaurs: DNA Fusion is actually a German toyline (Originally called Predasaurus).  In Germany, they are on Series 2: Insect Invasion, which I hope we get here.  The main gimmick with Predasaurs is that each figure is a mix of two dinosaurs - like a Stegosaurus and a T-Rex, or a Deinonychus and an Ankylosaurus, or who knows what else.  They have glow-in-the-dark teeth, and they also come with weapons.  This is just as awesome as it sounds.  The second series, which just might show up stateside, also adds insect and arachnid DNA to the mix, so imagine  Tyrannosaurus-Stegosaurus-Scorpion with an axe.

As I said, it's a great time to be a kid.

Predasaurs are sold with trading cards and figures, in Target and Toys R Us.  In Target, you get blind foil packs, and in TRU, you can also find non-blind two-packs as well as a special collector's tin.  So, let's have a look at these guys!

Packaging - **
I didn't include any packaging pictures because it's mostly inconsequential.  The foil packs are...well, disposable foil packs - it's kind of easy to feel out which dino is inside (or at least get an idea).  The two-packs are a blister card, which shows off what you're getting nicely, and the collector's tin comes with two foil packs and an exclusive resculpt of the triceratops/allosaurus hybrid.  They're nothing special, except for that tin.  The tin is too small to hold all 26, though, so make of it what you will.  It's all serviceable, and the foil packs at least have a minimum of waste, so this is good!










Sculpting -****
Somewhere, a paleontologist is crying.

There are 26 figures in series 1, so forgive me if I don't go into too many specifics about each and every one.

These are GREAT!  Seriously.  You combine two dinosaurs, add gigantic glow-in-the-dark fangs, and then go have fun!  I LOVE the sculpts in this line!  Sure, a few are a little similar (there are two guys with dome heads who look almost identical), but overall there is tremendous variety.

Do you want a sharp-toothed stegosaurus to get into a knife fight with a carnivorous brachiosaur/ankylosaurus?  Sure!

Wanna pit Godzilla against ANOTHER T-Rex with stego plates?  Okay!

Two-legged triceratops with sharp teeth?  There are TWO!

As for specifics, the figures are all roughly 2" tall, although some are a little taller.  The "Rare" one, Vulltarex (The Stegosaurus/T-Rex with massive fangs) is a little taller than most, but not enough to be very noticeable.  There is an occasional amount of warp from the packaging (foil packs have no padding), so some of them might have trouble standing, but it's not a very big issue. Sometimes some parts (limbs, tails, teeth) might be glued in crooked, but it's also not a big thing.  The dinos are detailed, and very cool for their price.

Paint - ***1/2
It's funny how these little $3 figures have better paint than many $10-$15 toys.  Each dino has some paint washes and detailing, and each has a specific hide.  They also have great paint on the eyes, better than most stuff twice their size!  There is occasional slop here and there, but it's very minor, and honestly adds character to the figures.  Also, the teeth glow in the dark.  The Teeth.  Glow.  In.  The.  Dark.

Articulation - Bukis!
These are static mini figures, like most dinosaur toys.

Accessories -****
These little guys are $3.  Each one comes with a weapon, a trading card, and a flyer showing all the figures in the line.  The two-packs also come with some metallic-blue silly putty (not pictured), and you can count the metal collector's tin as an accessory, too.

The weapons are awesome!  Each of the three tribes (Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous) has its own weapon theme - Triassic has spears and swords with wooden handles, Jurassic has axes and picks with green handles, and Cretaceous has maces and hammers with stone handles.  Each tribe has a "Leader" whose weapon has a little sparkly gem on it (black, blue, and red, respectively), and Vulltarex (the hidden figure) has a special huge gold-and-silver axe with a rainbow-colored gem on the side.  The effect is great, especially Vulltarex's gem, which changes from red to yellow based on angle.  They hold their weapons well, too.

The trading card contains some cool artwork, as well as stats for the "Game" - you pick a dino, choose one of his stats, and see if it beats another.  It's kind of unbalanced, in that the Jurassic Tribe can cover perfect 10s in all categories, and none of the others can, but what are ya gonna do?  Silly Putty is Silly Putty, always fun, and the tin, while not big enough to hold all 24 figures, is good for what it is.

There are also some reports of playsets (a volcano and a cage), and possibly vehicles coming down the line soon, so keep an eye out!  This is a lot more than you usually see with miniature toys.

Design/Quality - ***
A few of them have some QC issues - I've seen some eyes mis-painted, some loose teeth, and one figure that came without its weapon, but for the most part, they're fine.

Fun Factor - ****
Dinosaur hybrid monsters with weapons and glow-in-the-dark teeth.  These things will make you feel like you're nine years old again.

Value -****
$3 each.  That's a lot of bang for your buck these days.  Sure, it would be nice to go back to the days of $1 for a 4-pack of MUSCLEs, but those are long past.  A lot of toys with no paint (or tiny weapons) cost way more than these dinos do, although the two-packs and tin do cost more.

Things to Watch Out For -
There are occasional QC issues, like the placement of the eye paint, and something like one out of every  couple of hundred might be missing their weapon.  But for the most part, there's nothing really wrong with these guys.

Overall - ****
It's a great time to be a kid.  These are AWESOME!  Sure, they really aren't very educational as far as real dinosaurs go, but who needs it?  They're just so cool... every time I look at Vulltarex, all I can think of is that he needs a little motorcycle to ride around on.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Bupkis!
Accessories - ****
Design/Quality - ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ****
Overall - ****

Where to Buy -
For some reason, you really can't find these figures online.  You can search ebay  if you want, but your best bet will be to go to Target or Toys R Us and look.

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This product was purchased by the reviewer. Photos and text by John Morey.

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