HALFTOYS DINO SERIES (HALFTOYS)
“T-REX is part of a family of unique creatures that live in a place called Halfworld. They roam freely in search of new friends. Help bring the family together by collecting them all!”
I don’t talk about dinosaurs super often on this site. In fact, I’ve only really talked about them once before. Believe me, if certain other writers for this site had their way, I’d definitely be talking about them way more often, but alas, here we are. Still, as a mark for good toys, dinosaurs do come up with at least a bit of frequency, since you certainly can’t deny their inherent toyeticness. Yes, “toyeticness” is totally a word. Anyway, I’m going to be doubling my dino-themed output today, and taking a look at the king of all dinos, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose proper given name appears to be “T-Rex” here, is figure 002 in the Halftoys Dino Series. The line is produced in China by Halftoys, and distributed in the US by LearnPlay. As of right now, there are six dinos available, covering most of the basics. The figure is about 2 1/2 inches tall, and doesn’t have any real articulation, in the traditional sense at least. These guys are sold as “model sets” moreso than traditional figures, so they’re just slightly outside of my usual area. That said, T-Rex himself comes assembled in the package, so he’s a pretty basic figurine in that respect. He’s constructed from seven pieces. There’s an outer shell gives us a friendly, cartoon caricature of the classical depiction of the T-Rex. It’s downright adorable. This shell splitsin two, right down the middle, befitting the “Halftoys” monicker. When in place, the two halves are held together by magnets, which is a nice, sleek, clean way of handling it. Beneath this shell is T-Rex’s skeleton, which, like his exterior, is a friendly caricature of the real thing. It can be disassembled into five different pieces, which all go back together like a small 3D jigsaw puzzle. Since there’s only one way for everything to go back together, there isn’t any confusion or frustration when trying to reassemble, and all of the parts are large enough that they shouldn’t be very easily lost. And, at every stage of the process, the figure remains a solid little toy, which I quite liked. In addition to the main figure, you also get a buildable diorama to go with him. It’s just a paper-crafted item, so it’s not anything revolutionary, but it does make for a nice extra touch. Assembly took about 30 minutes for me, and it’s mostly pretty intuitive. Some parts are a little trickier than others, and I had some stability issues with the tree once I’d assembled it, but for paper-craft, it’s not too shabby.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Full Disclosure: the T-Rex reviewed here was provided to me in exchange for a review by LearnPlay.
Prior to being contacted by LearnPlay, I wasn’t familiar with anything from Halftoys, but after checking them out, I was certainly intrigued. This little guy is certainly a lot of fun. Sure, he’s not your traditional action figure, but they’re certainly going to be appealing to a younger dino-obsessed crowd, and I can definitely see myself lining up a bunch of them on my desk at work. The figure is solidly constructed, and should hold up to some sustained play. Plus, I just find him a lot of fun to sit and fiddle with, which is honestly the most appealing thing for me in any toy I pick up. I will definitely be getting some more of these for myself. If you’re a dino-fan, or are looking for a cool gift for your favorite dino-fan, I can heartily recommend this guy and his compatriots. For more information, head on over to LearnPlay’s site here.