The Pachyrhinosaurus by Papo is easily one of the most (if not the most) anticipated figures of 2010. This is one of the first times where papo has released one of their figures so early in the year; I’m glad I got mine so soon!
Pachyrhinosaurus, despite being a very funky ceratopsian, is very obscure, and has been largely looked over by toy companies. The only other plastic renditions of this animal I can think of are the largely inferior tyco and procon Pachyrhinosaurs.
The sculpt on this is great, if not a little small. The skull is very true to the real thing, and the mass of bone on the snout is the right shape and has no odd horn sticking out from it like some renditions have on them. The tail is very small, which is good – ceratopsians like Pachyrhinosaurus had relatively short tails, but many toy makers and paleoartists alike give them tails that are far too long. The limbs are correct in size and proportion and have absolutely fantastic muscle detail. There’s also nice folds of skin connecting each limb to the body which is a very realistic touch. The horns are very nice. Papo finally decided to give a ceratopsian non-fossilized horns (the horns on the triceratops are horribly cracked and look more like the fossils than what you’d expect on a living animal!). The horns at the very back of the frill aren’t correctly shaped though – they look more like deer antlers than the horns of a Pachyrhinosaurus!
This is very small compared to the Papo Triceratops. There are very nice ornamental scales on the ridges of the skull and on the ridge down the back. The enitre body is covered with irregular finely sculpted scales. The front feet seem a little off though, isn’t the toe placement incorrect?
The colors are mostly shades of grey and brown. I’d imagine a reptilian rhinoceros to be colored like this. It isn’t anything exceptional, but it isn’t anything grotesque either. The coloring of the claws has me a little puzzled, though; the claws on the feet are black, while the horns and beak on the head are grey, and the small horns on the sides of the frill are the same color as the rest of the skin! I wish they would have made them all more uniform in color.
(papo Allosaurus head for scale purposes)
All in all this is the best Pachyrhinosaurus replica on the market. The price, however, is a little off-putting – it’s the same size as the Wild Safari Triceratops but it’s triple the price! For that I think they could have made it the same size as the Papo Triceratops, but this is still one of the best ceratopsian toys ever produced and it is still very worth owning.
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