Acrocanthosaurus, in my opinion, is one of the coolest theropods ever. Many companies have tried and failed at creating a replica of this peculiar dinosaur, so it’s nice to see a respectable replica of one. This review will be focusing on kaiyodos attempt.
As for Acrocanthosaurus itself, it lived in the early Cretaceous of North America, alongside some other well-known dinosaurs like Deinonychus, Utahraptor, and Tenontosaurus. I suppose it could be called the T-rex of its day; it was probably at the top of the food chain and it could probably hunt and eat whatever it desired.
This figurine of good ‘ol Acro is very true to the real thing. The arms are held in a neutral position with the “thumb” differentiated from the rest with a large claw just like real Acrocanthosaurus had millions of years ago. The neural spines are tall (but not overly so) and it forms a nice, although thin, ridge with lovely scales and ornamental spikes sculpted on it. The ribcage and rippling muscles can be seen underneath the figures wrinkly skin, maybe this guy hasn’t eaten in a while? The fenestrae of the skull are all correctly placed and sculpted, although the end of the snout curves up too much.
The pose of this figure is a very active one. It’s kind of in an “S” shape, with its head and jaws swinging down to the ground to presumably snatch up a snack. The jaws are held open very widely , like the real Acrocanthosaurus was capable of.
The color scheme is largely an unusual one. The sail is red and black with yellow highlights on the scales, which isn’t exactly uncommon — but the body is all purple! You really could call this figure barney and get away with it. It starts out as a light greyish-pinkish color on the belly and toes that gradually fades into a darker greyish purple. The inside of the mouth and the teeth are — that’s right — purple too. Despite being almost (almost!) valentines’ day colors, Kaiyodo managed to pull it off well. The end result is a naturalistic color scheme that does look good. The only problem I have with the coloration is the coloration of the base- it’s vibrant yellow and contrasts way too much with the purple of the dinosaur. In my opinion it would have looked better either plain white or plain black.
If you are a fan of Acrocanthosaurus like I am, you will really be pleased with this figure and it’s definitely worth owning. To my knowledge there are 3 different color variations of this figure, so you can really choose the one that suits you best! This figure can be commonly had for under $5 over the internet and in some museums (but if you do find it in a museum somewhere it will probably be under “Dinomania” instead of “Dinotales”).
Sometimes available on Ebay here