It's been mercifully confirmed that our new, crazy hybrid dinosaur from [Jurassic World](movie:32752) is indeed called Indominus Rex. (Say it with me, "Down with Diabolus!") In a move that strangely seems to be all too common for big movies these days, the best look at the new creature came from the release of a new toy. At least it's an official and slightly better look than the one that came from the images of those party plates that leaked to the internet a while back...
Official Theme Park Attraction
Savvy followers of all things Jurassic World may have found the name being confirmed on the official website, which has been slowly adding to its Dinosaur page over the past couple months. Recently there has been the addition of Indominus Rex, and while the official website doesn't really give you a better look than the most recent trailer did, it does have some fun facts to browse through.
The DNA Mixture Thickens
Seemingly gone from the rumored genetic make-up of Indominus Rex is that wacky cocktail of T-Rex, Raptor and Cuttlefish. Instead the website tells us that Indominus Rex is a more reasonable, though still quite deadly, mixture of (deep breath) Abelisaurus, Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus.
The website points out a couple of special features that resulted from this fearsome bouillabaisse of dino DNA. The "ultra-tough bony osteoderms" that comes from the Abelisaurus DNA is highlighted as well as those horns above Indominus' eyes. Jurassic World's theme park promoters take note to mention that while the Indominus Rex can reach a running speed of 50km/h, this is of course while the monster is confined to its enclosure. So yeah, expect an even faster dinosaur when the thing gets loose.
A Bullet-Proof Dinosaur?
The ultra-tough bony osteoderms has me wondering... Does this mean Indominus is bullet-proof? Or maybe just overall bullet resistant? There is that great image from the second trailer of the guy with the machine gun about to get eaten - did his gun do little to slow down the oncoming beast?
The Cuttlefish Clues
But might there be a little bit of cuttlefish in this guy still? The Hasbro announcement of the toy gives some clues that there may be some fishy DNA in Indominus Rex. The description Hasbro gives of the toy says it will feature "chomping action" (natch), it will have some built-in roaring capabilities and, most intriguingly, "color morphing skin". What, is it possible that the folks behind the theme park aren't being completely transparent about their genetically modified dinosaur?
These Arms Were Made For Escaping
What I still love most about this creature is the arms. I feel like the folks behind the movie might have been inspired to create Indominus because they were simply tired of people making fun of T-Rex's tiny little appendages. In the process they appear to have gone a step further by giving Indominus spiky horn things along its arms. Hmmm... all the better to help one escape from an enclosure, don't you think?
Well, now that the name is official, how long before we can download the iRex app?