Review and photos by Brandon. Edited by Plesiosauria.
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, the “Egyptian Spine Lizard” is the largest known theropod that ever existed to be known thus far, surpassing Giganotosaurus at both weight and length! The “Spine Lizard” is one lucky dinosaur, it was once found in 1912 and named three years later by Ernst Stromer Von Reichenbach but its remains were destroyed during bombing in World Ward Two. During this time of its first unearthing was terrific but the finding were slim and the reconstructions were poor depicting the animal like a sailed-backed Tyrannosaurus in classical form and there was no legitimate family entry to place the specie with so it was similar to a misfit and didn’t belong anywhere except excerpts, articles and the like unless you’d consider it to be a close relative of the Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus and the Megalosaurus and just place it with these carnosaurs but as time would go people would find out that none of this was true. Like Carcarodontosaurus, The Spinosaurus was lucky because it was rediscovered in 1996 and further on into the new millennium and thanks to these outstanding discoveries of this specie as well as its close cousins like Baryonyx and Suchomimus we know that the Spinosaurus was much different from previously thought that belongs in its own family of the Spinosauridae and most of all was the largest of all the ancient beast! Over the years the Spinosaurus has become one of My all-time favorite dinosaurs of all is presented in Kabaya’s Dinosaur set in fantastic modern form depicting the ancient animal in an accurate way and sculpting it greatly.
In figure size, the Spinosaurus is slightly thinner than both Tyrannosaurs in the set but mind you that none of these figures are in scale with each other so that is acceptable. The figure has tremendous sculpting depicting a modern appearance and not the upright stature of Von Reichenbach’s original reconstruction that is sometimes seen in dinosaurs figures not is it depicted as a quadruped like some companies intend the specie to be. It is clearly a bipedal sauroscian with the unique crocodilian skull and its great, however, the fish trap at the end of the snout seems absent and takes the Jurassic Park /// depiction instead but it does however seem like it wants to be there with the hint of a thinner section near the end of the ball of snout. The teeth in the mouth are conical and a tongue is visible. the eyes are set to each side of the skull and there is a small ridge point in between the eyes on the cranium. The nostrils are located in the middle of the skull over half ways in front of the eyes. The body is large with the huge and tall distinctive sail on the “Spine Lizard’s” back and its excellent as you can see many bones hinting themselves through the skin and looks like the height it should. On the sail small points of the spine is poking out front the skin that is like osteoderms and similar spikes are present on the neck as well as the tail. The arms are long, much longer than both figures of the Tyrants and has three fingered hands with big claws. The figure has dangerously awesome thumb claws that are much thicker and longer than the finger claws, this is one of the reasons why the Spinosaurids is one of My favorite dinosaur families and this part is sculpted to quite a decent effect!
The legs are muscular with three large toe claws with a dewclaw on each side of the foot. The tail is slender and starts to turn down toward the tip. The skin of the giant beast foot is similar like the Tyrannosaurs, clearly reptilian but also clearly aged and this effect is pulled off quite nicely which I’m impressed about it. The stand is like the other figures, its peggable and rocky. The overall stature of the Spinosaurus is menacing but it makes the creature appear very terrestrial and not aquatic and while most believe that it was a piscivore, I personally believe is it was both, a feared predator on land and in the water and this figure is convincing of that theory.
The paint is applied well, the eyes are painted good but the right one isn’t painted as carefully as the left. The eyes’ pupils are thin oval shaped like a crocodile sporting a possible nocturnal life style. The mouth, like the tongue and teeth seems to be painted with care with no bleeding. From the head to the tail is black and orange where the black is of a line design and the orange is in between the lines. Below this painted section is a tan colored neck, arms, stomach, legs and under the tail. The hand and toe claws are painted a good color that looks like an actual nail not some silvery scheme. Like I said the paint is good and all that is an issue is just the right eye being more lazy than the order. The scale is small yes but even something this small there should be a more careful technique that what is present.
The overall of this figure is great, the sculpting is absolutely top notch and clearly shows you that its a Spinosaurus. To someone whom is not familiar with the specie this figure would look very odd to them but to those who is very, very familiar with the animal such as I then the figure is a pure treat to behold because its portrayed almost completely accurate yet it differs from other figure depictions. I purchased the Kabaya set of five on Ebay and it is sometimes available but can be scarce.
Rarely available on Ebay here