Have I mentioned how much I love blind bags? I’m sure I have! Not only are they fun to open (because everyone loves a good surprise!), but most are great doll-sized accessories.
Shopkins and 5 Surprise Mini Brands look great in Barbie’s kitchen, while mini Breyers, Calico Critters, and Disney Doorables make super cute toys for larger dolls.
Finding blind bags in stores, though, hasn’t been too easy lately. The last time I visited Walmart, I was appalled at how bare the aisles were. No Mini Brands, no Shopkins (well, except for a few ripped open bags🙄), and no mini model horses.
I said there weren’t any in the stores. I didn’t say anything about Amazon😉.
I’ve been a dinosaur geek for as long as I can remember. As an 8-year old, my room was filled with Breyer horses and plastic dinosaurs from KB Toys. How the two species coexisted so peacefully, I have no idea!
So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Jurassic Park is one of my favorite franchises.
A few weeks ago, I started searching for a 1:6 scale Velociraptor to go with my Jurassic World Owen. Unfortunately, most of the dinosaurs available are 1:12 scale or smaller. I considered buying a 6-inch “Blue” figure but decided the size difference was too much.
However, as I scrolled through Amazon’s dinosaur toys, I stumbled across these Jurassic World Mini Action Dino blind bags.
At the time, they cost $14.95 for a pack of six. Although they were the exact opposite of what I was looking for, I couldn’t resist the idea of Jurassic World blind bags.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll work as newly-hatched eggs?
Here are all six bags waiting to be opened:
The bags are very simple. Each one has an eerie picture of a hatching carnivore on the front. Mini Action Dino is written underneath the picture. As I fiddle with the bags, I can tell that whatever is inside is a decent size. Definitely bigger than I expected.
Our first bag held a little Carnotaurus plus a catalog showing all the different species there are to collect. Let’s take a look:
According to the guide, there are 21 mini dinosaurs for us to find:
- Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Triceratops (red).
- Velociraptor (Blue).
- Stegosaurus (again?).
- Indominus Rex (exclusive).
- Indoraptor (exclusive).
- Stygimoloch (aka “Stiggy”).
- Tyrannosaurus Rex (exclusive).
Yes, I hope we find Blue too! I’d also love Stiggy, Rexy, the Indoraptor, and Indominus Rex.
But let’s focus on our Carnotaurus for now.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the first and only film featuring the Carnotaurus. One attacks Claire, Franklin, and Owen as they try to escape the island’s erupting volcano.
Later, a second one spars with Rexy over who gets dibs on Eli Mills.
Our Carnotaurus is reddish-brown with a grey belly and a dark brown stripe down his back.
And would you look at that–he has a hinged jaw and can open and close his mouth!
I was expecting a static figure with zero articulation, so this is a pleasant surprise for sure.
Unfortunately, Jurassic Park’s Pterosaurs aren’t cuddly like Petrie. These ancient avians first appear in Jurassic Park 3 during the famous “Bird Cage” scene.
We see them again in Jurassic World when a flock terrorizes (and eats) the park’s guests after the Indominus breaks into the aviary.
Still, I think we’ll call this little guy, Petrie. After all, we want a nice bird, not a flying menace.
Tiny Petrie is orange with brown highlights on his head, back, and wings. He is also articulated and can move his wings up and down.
It’s a Baryonyx!
The Baryonyx is a 33-foot long crocodile-like therapod. It’s mentioned by Billie in Jurassic Park 3 when he’s trying to guess the type of dinosaur they just encountered; but, we don’t actually meet Baryonyx until Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Thankfully, our Baryonyx isn’t as big and ferocious as the one in the movie.
The first thing I noticed after opening this bag is that it has a different catalog.
There are just fourteen dinosaurs listed, and the T-Rex and Indominus Rex are only available in a three-pack. So, I’m guessing this Baryonyx is from a different wave than the first two dinosaurs.
Our Baryonyx has a tan-ish underbelly and turquoise back.
And, like our Carnotaur, his jaw is hinged.
Alright, let’s see who’s inside our next bag.
Actually, it’s a Parasaurolophus.
The Parasaurolophus isn’t a huge player in Jurassic Park, usually only making appearances during a stampede or when In-Gen hunters wrestle one to the ground.
This Parasaurolophus is amber-colored with dark brown highlights on her head and back.
Our carnivores have articulated jaws, and the Pterosaur can flap his wings, but what about this girl? Well, she can raise and lower her head.
We only have two bags left, friends! Cross your fingers for Blue, Rexy, or the Indominus🤞.
Yay! We got a T-Rex!
Rexy is reddish-brown and, like the Carnotaur and Baryonyx, can open and close her mouth.
I’m so thrilled we found Rexy! Until Blue came along, this girl was the star of Jurassic Park. She alone ruled Isla Nublar, and she let everyone know it with her iconic roar.
Having been there since the beginning, Rexy is Jurassic Park’s oldest dinosaur and, in many ways, acts as the franchise’s anti-hero. While she’s not opposed to the occasional human snackrifice, she usually inadvertently saves the main characters by either taking out a couple of angry raptors or battling a monstrous hybrid.
Our final mini dinosaur is…
Since these blind bags came in a pack, I was hoping there wouldn’t be any duplicates. Alas, that was not the case. We now have twin T-Rexes.
Luckily, I have a plan to fix this😉.
You see, Rexy isn’t Jurassic Park’s only T-Rex. Jurassic Park: The Lost World introduces us to a family of Tyrannosaurs living on the neighboring island, Isla Sorna (Site B).
The family consists of Mommy Rex, Daddy Rex, and Baby Rex.
Since the male Tyrannosaur is slightly greener than the female and has more prominent stripes, my plan is to repaint our second T-Rex took like him. Problem solved!
What’s the verdict on these dinos? Were they worth $14.95 (which totals to about $2.50 per bag)?
For me, the answer is yes.
The sculpting and paint application on all the dinosaurs are quite good. No splotches or areas with missing paint.
Then, of course, we have the articulation–a pretty big deal for such a small toy.
Finally, the price was fair. At $2.50 a bag, these weren’t any costlier than a Shopkins Mini Pack.
So, yes, these Jurassic World Mini Action Dinosaurs get a thumbs up from me.
The only complaint I have is that I didn’t get Blue (yet😉). But, as we all know, that’s the risk with blind bags. You never know what you’re going to find!
Well, friends, that’s all for today. I hope you had fun opening these blind bags with us. As always, feel free to drop a comment, hit that like button, and share this post.
And be sure to check back next week because I’m already working on our next review. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! (Yes, it’s dolls—and they may also have a prehistoric theme😉).