Once there was a time when Theropods simply were divided into „Carnosaurs“ (the big ones such as Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus) and „Coelurosaurs“ (the smaller ones such as Coelophysis or Compsognathus). Then along came Deinonychus, an irritating new predator who did not really fit into this concept. When it was discovered in 1969, no one could guess it was the herald of a radically different approach to looking at dinosaurs, eventually leading to a new theory of bird ancestry.
AAA dinosaurs are rough vinyl figures. This Deinonychus is no exception. On its belly it says “Dromaeosaurids”, not going closer into a certain species. The figure can nevertheless be identified as a Deinonychus easily in my eyes. It is 14, 5 cm high and 19, 5 cm long.
The detailed scaled skin is of a brown / tan colouring, only the eyelids are blue while the eyes are yellow. A fleshy lappet reaches from the lower jaw down to the breast. The overall look of the figure is somehow clumsy, yet I like it.
It is the perfect opposite of how Dromaeosaurs are seen today, a different and old-fashioned interpretation of the skeletons of the “running lizards”. Compared to the highly popular, agile and quick raptor interpretations of nowadays, nearly everything is wrong with this figure: The posture showing it leaned on its broken tail, the “we do not know where else to put them” – position of the arms and the overemphasized claw. The skull is more frog style, not really respecting the way the skull bones were attached to each other.
Yet I refuse to regard this figure a complete failure. As mentioned above, it perfectly represents both an obsolete approach to Dromaeosaur build and the confusion about the Dromaeosaurs after their discovery.