Somewhere deep down inside, everyone has, at some point, wished for a pet dinosaur. So science hasn’t exactly made that possible yet, but remote-control toys have definitely evolved since Jurassic Park emerged in 1993.
Mattel has now come as close as humanly possible to bringing back a prehistoric creature outside of Dr. Henry Wu’s lab with its new Alpha Training Blue interactive raptor.
Yes, this is an actual remote-controlled baby velociraptor that stands 16” tall and will make the neighbors think (at least from a distance) that you hatched something fierce in your garage. She’s basically the same size as baby Blue from Jurassic World, with a remote control that looks exactly like Owen’s clicker from the movie. Even the cardboard box she arrives in is designed like a dinosaur cage.
Blue is eerily lifelike, from her blinking reptilian eyes to the roaring, chomping, and random tail movements that may momentarily convince you that you’re actually handling a carnivore that hasn’t been around for at least 65 million years. The only thing that’s slightly off is that she moves on feet with built-in wheels that are kind of like prehistoric roller skates—not like anyone who has ever wanted a dinosaur of their own actually cares.
You can put Blue into Training Mode, Guard Mode, RC Mode, or Total Control Mode. Training mode is like working on InGen’s Integrated Behavioral Raptor Intelligence Study. Blue’s controller is equipped with an accelerometer that give her the ability to mimic movements, meaning that she responds to motion commands and responds to you giving her treats or petting her. Keep up your raptor training program to level up and make behavioral advances. This is so much better than a Hatchimal.
"You can train Blue up to 90 percent with 10 percent of her activity still a surprise – similar to a real animal," says the official press release. "Alpha Training Blue features cutting edge robotic and animatronic technology, giving Blue unparalleled life-like movement and authenticity."
Oh, and she has over 100 sounds and movements.
Guard Mode taps into Blue’s predatory nature. If anything gets within a foot of this creature, it will activate her motion sensors, and the controller will vibrate. You’d better warn anyone or anything that may get in the way. RC Mode lets you control her movements with a joystick, kind of like the upgraded version of one of those RC cars you probably had as a kid, and Total Control Mode gives you the power to animate Blue into the closest thing to a bona fide dinosaur until someone’s DNA experiment goes wrong.
Go to Amazon to bring Blue home in her crate without the hassle of a trip to Isla Nublar.