Let’s all be honest, most of us would love to have our own trained raptor just like Chris Pratt’s character in the Jurassic World movies. Well, now you can, sort of.
Mattel has just released an interactive Alpha Training Blue Velociraptor. Yes, now you too can train your own raptor without the fear of it violently ripping off a limb because it was in a bad mood.
The toy comes in at about 12″ tall and 24″ long, which is obviously much smaller than it’s on-screen counterpart, unfortunately. So, how does one go about training a force of nature such as a raptor? Well, using snacks of course. The toy also features a mood selector which can be set to friendly, neutral or hostile (aka it will rip off your arm mode). Along with the mood selector, the toy also includes a few modes such as guard, total control, training and prowl.
As with the real thing (I would guess), training your raptor can be difficult at first as you have to win its trust. So, it might tend to be a tad hostile towards you at first. However, with some perseverance and patience, you’ll have your little raptor doing all kinds of tricks.
While training your toy lizard with sharp teeth does involve feeding it snacks, there is also a fair amount of petting involved. As with real live pets (and I would think raptors as well), your toy raptor needs to be taken for walks and given quite a bit of attention. Neglect it for some time and it might once again become hostile towards you. As a side note, just like the raptors seen in the movies, the toy can never be fully trained, because no one can fully train a raptor, not even Chris Pratt.
If all this sounds like its quite advanced that is probably because, according to the lead designer of the toy Michael Kadile, this is one of Mattel’s most complex toys ever created. Now, obviously, this means that the toy doesn’t come in cheap. At around $249.99 it’s quite an expensive toy. Although reviews have stated that this is one of the best remote control products currently on the market, plus who wouldn’t want a robotic raptor prowling around their home.
The toy is set for release on the 1st of October, so you better start saving up those dollar bills. Below is a video from Cnet detailing some of the toy’s features.