The Brachiosaurus is one of the few original Carnegie Collection sculpts, as far as I can tell, that has remained unchanged (with the exception of a new paint job) since it was released in 1987. As explained by Randy Knol on the Dinosaur Collector Site, the majority of figures from the original line have been tweaked or retired. The figure I’m reviewing is stamped 1988 so it’s important to bear this in mind when assessing the figure for scientific accuracy. The ‘Brachio’ part of the name on my figure is intriguingly raised relative to the rest of the text on the stamp, seemingly indicating that the figure was previously stamped as something-else-osaurus. Maybe one of our Safari Ltd collecting readers could check an original figure to clarify if this is the case?
This is one gargantuan figure and quite a significant hulk of plastic, ‘hulk’ being the operative word given the incredible green hue to the skin. The head towers above the rest of the figures in the Carnegie Collection – this Brachiosaurus stands 35cm tall. It is a heavy beast too, I don’t have any scales on me but I’d estimate it at a little less than a kilogram, worth keeping in mind for effects on shipping costs.
The anatomical proportions are good although the animal is a little overweight perhaps, and the posture of the legs is a little uncomfortable looking. The tail is raised (although the very tip touches the floor), the neck is almost vertical and the back slopes towards the hips. A ridge runs along the neck indicating the underlying muscle mass.
The skin is covered with large scales and is wrinkled, especially on the flanks between the ‘arms’ and legs, and at the base of the neck. The ‘hands’ possess five claws including an enlarged thumb claw. Brachiosaurus is now known to have only the large thumb claw so the figure is outdated in this regard. The cheery-looking small head has the distinctive macronarian ‘crest’. The jaws are open revealing a rather gummy looking mouth. The peg-like teeth are quite poorly defined, the sculpt is a bit poorly defined in several places but I think this is probably a result or the old age of the moulds?
The current colour scheme for this figure is green, with slightly darker green on the top and a grey wash, which highlights the surface details. The claws are black, the teeth are white, the mouth is pink and the eyes are yellow with neat black pupils.