OCEAN PROTECTOR MOSASAURUS
JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS (MATTEL)
You know how I don’t review dinosaurs much around these parts? Well, sometimes, I go against the norm. I know, it’s weird, right? This time, I’ve definitely got a good reason, though. I can assure you of that. Also, this one might not strictly be a dinosaur. I no longer have a resident marine biologist on hand to give me the solid facts, so I make do with what I can find online myself.
The Mosasaurus, or “Lizard of the Meuse River,” is an aquatic reptile which inhabbited the Atlantic Ocean and seaways adjacent to it 82 to 66 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous Period. Though extinct now, they can be traced to modern day reptiles, with either monitor lizards or snakes being their closest relatives, depending on who you ask. Though reptilian, scientific evidence suggests that these creatures were actually endothermic, or warm-blooded. Pretty nifty. And, hey, look, it’s a Mosasaurus toy. How about I review that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ocean Protector Mosasaurus is part of Mattel’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous toy line, which is meant to tie-in with the Netflix spin-off of the same name. I’ve got it on pretty good authority that the show’s not really worth it, but if it means more toys, I guess that’s not so bad, right? The figure is about 8 1/2 inches in height and measures a whopping 17 inches in length. Based on the Mosasaurus’s average length being between 23 and 33 feet, that makes this figure about 1/18 scale, so it would technically fit with your 3 3/4 inch figures. Of course, it’s sheer size means it’s not going to look exceedingly out of place with most common figure scales, since it’s always going to be really big by comparison. The figure has 11 points of articulation, which includes an articulated jaw, flippers, and tail. Not super posable, but also not a bad set-up. While the majority of the line is just fairly average toy dino fare, the Mosasaurus, being an “Ocean Protector” and all, has a fun quirk to his construction. He’s actually made from a pound of recycled ocean-bound plastic, which is plastic waste that is at risk of ending up in the oceans. The plastic for these was recovered from within 31 miles of waterways in areas lacking in formal waste collection systems. Plastic waste is a pretty big issue all around, but is especially bad for the oceans, and I’m all for any venture that does something to help stave that off. The quality of the plastic doesn’t seem to be that far removed from what you see with other items in the line. It’s slightly softer, so the details aren’t quite as intense, but what’s there looks pretty solid. There’s a slight shift in detailing between different parts, as some of the plastic is a little more rubbery, but this all feels pretty by design. I’m kind of curious to see how it holds up long term. The actual design is a little more fearsome, I think, than most renditions of the creature, but that fits the style of the franchise, and it looks nice enough. The paint work on this figure is pretty nice. There’s some variance to the creature’s skin tone, with some cool flecks of color in the plastic, as well as some solid accenting and work on the lighter portions of the skin. There are no accessories included with the Mosasaurus, apart from the potential satisfaction of doing your part to help protect the ocean. And really, isn’t that an accessory enough?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jess was a marine biologist, something that I don’t think was too much of a secret. She really liked the ocean, and even had an internship at the National Aquarium not too long before the pandemic shut things down. She fully intended to return once she was able to, but never quite reached that point. Teaching others about the ocean and the creatures within it was one of her very favorite things, and she was also very devoted to conservation efforts, even more so after starting her work with the Aquarium. She liked to bring others into the conservation thing when she could, and she certainly worked at that with me. For Christmas this last year, she got me a pair of Wall-E and EVA Pop!s that were made using some recycled plastic, and she was so excited by them. When I heard about this toy, I knew it was the sort of thing that she would have absolutely tracked down to give to me, because it was very important to her that we find the places where our loves overlapped. So, when I found this figure just a few days after my birthday, I has a hard time not getting it, as a little gift to myself, in memory of Jess. Of course, my mom was with me at the time, and decided to beat me to the punch on that one. I may not be the biggest fan of dinos, but I’m a big fan of what this toy represents, both personally and on a larger scale. And I love it for that.