Today I am very excited to be looking at the toy which I have been most looking forward to from the 2019 Mattel line – another beautiful Sauropod. After seeing the Brachiosaurus in person, I appreciated it, but was more excited about another figure along a similar vein which would have a similar but smaller style, and more articulation. The figure I am referencing is, of course, the stunning Amargasaurus – and this figure really does live up to every single expectation I had for it.
This toy is genuinely beautiful in every sense of the word. If you want one quick takeaway from this review – go and buy this figure right now. You will not be disappointed. The sculpt alone on the Amargasaurus feels so rich and well-visualised, with a truly phenomenal level of attention paid to some of the intricacies here. The highlights of the figure – like the unique spines which extend along the creatures back – are captured perfectly, but the smaller details are also perfectly recreated here too. Of note to me is the sheer attention which has been paid to folds and texture within the skin of the animal, particularly within the stomach and the legs. The level of detail here makes this figure feel dynamic and hefty, allowing the designers to really communicate visually the sheer weight and scale of this incredibly impressive figure. Combine this with the beautiful paintwork – which is applied incredibly well – and you have a figure which really feels more akin to the centrepieces of this line, and not a Mega Dual Attack figure.
The play features on this figure are fantastic too – with the moving neck being one of the largest mobile elements I believe I have seen on any of these action figures from Mattel. The neck movements feel hefty and weighty, as you would expect from a figure of this scale, and that only lends further to the wonderful illusion which this character creates. We’ve seen some fantastic figures in this line – with Quetzalcoatlus pushing the boundaries of scale and scope, but this figure is in an entirely different ballpark. I never thought we would get more Sauropods beyond the release of the Brachiosaurus – but this figure proves that we will, and my imagination is now running wild with possibilities. I could easily see something like a Juvenile Apatosaurus landing within the Mega Dual Attack price bracket, and that really excites me as someone who appreciates when we get more variety with our figures overall.
This figure may be my favourite figure Mattel have produced so far. We’ve seen a lot of hits, and a few miss steps, in the line so far, but this truly feels like a masterclass in what is possible with this line. Buy this toy.
If you want to see just how excited I was to get this toy in hand – you can also check out my review for The Jurassic Park Podcast, found below: