Wow. Where do I start? This is one fantabulous replica, and it is new for 2009. It doesn’t surprise me that Safari ltd. decided to make a Dilophosaurus for 2009– After all, the only other dilophosaurs they made were the peculiar Carnegie pair from over a decade ago.
This model is very nice. It’s main colorings are red, cream, bluegreen, and dark brown. The eyes and the inside of the mouth appear to have a “glaze” on them, giving a “wet” look to them. The teeth are white with a brown wash over them, it makes them look nice and rotten.
The sculpt, just like the colors, is very nice too. I love the detailing on the crests, the individually sculpted teeth(!), and the ear holes. His legs are long and thin; very bird-like. Like many birds, he also has large scales on his feet. The head seems rather odd is some spots though; The shape of the fenestra and the position of the nostrils could use some tweaking. He stands just fine on two feet, however, to accomplish that, you have to stand him on the edge of a table or desk— The tip of his tail extends below the bottoms of his feet, so when he stands on a flat surface, he is in the hated “tripod” or “kangaroo” pose.
Overall, this is a very fine replica, and it will look great in any collection. However, since this sculpt was released only a few days ago, it may be wise to wait a while so that any production problems can fix themselves.
Review, photos and diorama by forum member cordylus