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The Must-Have $350,000 Animatronic Triceratops

A 20-foot tall animatronic Triceratops.

A 20-foot tall animatronic Triceratops.  (Hammacher Schlemmer)

How cutting edge can you get? 

If you've got the bucks, there's a world of awe-inspiring gadgets and goodies out there for you. From hundred thousand dollar watches to speakers that sound so good they'll make an audiophile weak in the knees, The Big Ticket is your weekly peek into the best goods gobs of money can buy.

There isn't really a good way to describe this Animatronic Triceratops ($350,000). Looking to construct your own Disneyland boat ride? Have an obsession with childlike things? Don't have the money to pay for CGI on your indie Jurassic Park remake?

So, instead, we'll tell you that it's 20 feet long, weighs over 1,300 pounds, tracks your movements with its camera-eyes, has tons of digital tech and a 1,000 watt speaker inside to let it move and sound like the real thing, and totally won't grow cognizant of its surroundings and tear through your home like a bull in a china shop.

"Featured at museums nationwide as part of a traveling exhibit, this is the motion-sensing, 20-foot long animatronic triceratops that responds to onlookers with lifelike reactions and fortissimo bellowing," the makers promise.

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Motion-activated cameras installed into each eye work in unison with customized interactive software that enables the Cretaceous creature to recognize multiple subjects' facial features. Sounds good to us. 

A bargain at $350,000.