Sinraptor is a small theropod from the Late Jurassic of China, named and described in 1994. Despite the name, it is not a member of raptor family (Dromaeosauridae) and it is actually related to the allosaurs, it is considered to be close to their ancestral form.
A particularly pleasing aspect of this figure is the raised tail – the body is held horizontally and stands on two feet without requiring support from the tail. This shows that it is possible to do, so it is a shame that many recent Carnegie Collection sculpts have been seemingly restricted by a ‘tripod’ pose, in which the tip of the tail descends to contact the ground – the Carnegie Spinosaurus (both versions), Giganotosaurus, Deltadrmoeus, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus, T. rex, and it looks like the upccoming Cryolophosaurus, are all guilty as charged. But the Sinraptor (and also the Albertosaurus, to be reviewed soon), show that it should be possible to buck this trend and reconstruct theropods in a more natural pose.
This small Sinraptor figure is 17 cm long and quite slender with a long swiping tail. The staggered legs and arms and open mouth give the figure a modest energetic feel, as if it’s wandering the Jurassic landscape, on the prowl. The teeth and tongue are neatly done and the surface of the skin is rough. The colouration is quite conservative merging from dark shades of brown above to paler sandy shades and white below. There are some nice dark spots on the sides of the torso. It’s nice to see a more obscure species available and because of its small size it is also very affordable.