Started a second job at Gamestop and basically sucked up my first check with these two.
The raptor's feet are bigger than they are in the movie, but it allows it to stand without having to use the stand. The hands are a tad odd, they're kind of flat. More like the Beasts of the Mesozoic - Raptor series hands/claws than what's in the movies and previous toy incarnations. I am not a fan of bendy wire tails, but it does have a familiar texture, like how the original JP toys that had "realistic skin". Still, I'd rather have hard plastic articulation segments instead and with the Indo-Raptor from Fallen Kingdom getting a mildly segmented tail and the prototype of Blue having one I had hope that was the route they were going, but I guess I won't get that articulation unless a Japanese company creates a 6" scale line of Dinosaurs/Jurassic Park monsters.
The painting is good, but basic. Dark on the top, and a lighter underside with not much in between. It doesn't have the "tiger stripes" that I usually associate with the raptors due to the toy lines and the more prominent striping and orange/black coloring of the male raptors in TLW. There's some shiny dark striping on the rubber tail but that's about it. They could release recolors for all the movies(although they'd have to do some retooling for the JP3 raptors and their two distinct paint jobs), and you know what, I'd probably buy them. I wouldn't even be surprised if they do some con exclusive packs, like all 4 of the JW raptor pack with more accessories than an amber stand for over $100.
Malcolm is good. Not quite up to the level of a SW Black series, but it's a good step forward for Mattel. The sunglasses are glued/molded onto the head and can not be removed, which is mostly fine but every now and then I think they might be crooked on his face but glancing at him on my desk, they look fine. He can't swing his leg behind him, so no running poses, but other than that the articulation for the legs are good. He comes with an amber stand, a lit flare, a glass of water and two sets of hands. Two relaxed hands and two holding hands, the right one for the flare and the left for the cup of water.
Apparently, Nedry and the Dilophosaurus have been hinted at and those are must gets, especially the dilo. If they're sticking to the 6" scale there's not too many dinos they could do in scale with the figures without getting big and pricey. All I can think of is the baby rex aside from the raptors and dilo. They could do a pack of multiple compys but I assume there wouldn't be much articulation with figures so small. But I'll gladly take a Dr Grant and Dr Sattler, and hope they come out with an open shirt "battle damage" Malcolm. Can't wait to see what else is going to be in the Amber Collection!