If you like retro marine reptiles, this one’s for you. The Carnegie Collection Mosasaurus is clearly based on some archaic paleoart, so it really shouldn’t be taken too seriously – if you try to focus on every wrong aspect with this figure surely you will give yourself a headache!
The sculpt – accuracy aside – is very nice. There’s tons of skin detail, and the “frills” are very nicely sculpted too (it’s funny though; mosasaurs were depicted long ago with these frills because some tracheal cartilage fossilized oddly and paleontologists at the time decided that what they saw was a frill that would end up running the entire length of the back!). There are larger crocodilian-like scales on the belly. The teeth are nice and individually sculpted. There’s a hint of tongue in the mouth. The eyes are very nicely sculpted. The pose is odd; the head is raised up and the tail is raised and curled much like a squirrel’s. The limbs are all flipper-shaped; most modern reconstructions have them more rounded.
The color scheme is nice, if not a little too bright. It’d done in all greens; light green on the stomach gradually turning into a dark leafy green on top. The mouth is a peachy color and the teeth are all white. The eyes are yellow with black slit pupils, and there is a dark green rim around each eye, making them stand out even more. There are nicely done diagonal stripes on the body and tail.
Overall this is a very classic and retro figure. If you are a fan of lines like Marx and Invicta, you will probably like this figure. It’s certainly a fun one to put by more recent mosasaur replicas! 😉 Sometimes available on Ebay here