Triceratops (Desktop model by Favorite Co. Ltd.)

This year Favorite have released this resculpt of their ‘Desktop’ Triceratops, and from an anatomical perspective it’s a huge improvement. The ‘Desktop’ models are freestanding resin statues that also come with a wooden plinth to look all grown-up like. Since the plinth isn’t attached you are free to discard it and display them alongside your less worthy plastic toys, for consistency’s sake. Unfortunately, while this new sculpt is certainly very shiny and nice, the Desktop Triceratops appears to have shrunk in the wash.

Still, this is definitely one of the more impressive Triceratops models I’ve seen, admirably conveying the animal’s stocky, muscular frame. The old model – detailed as it was – looked a little skinny and weedy. No such problems here – posed walking forward, with one forelimb raised and muscles (and gut) bulging, this Triceratops looks every bit as formidable as one would expect an elephant-sized horned beast that had to deal with Tyrannosaurus to be.

Some people have a problem with the particularly large beak. Doesn't really bother me.

In terms of fine detailing there are few better models available. The lengths of the nose horn and frill clearly identify this animal as Triceratops prorsus, possibly an immature individual. The body is covered with large, pebbly scales, corresponding with known skin impressions, while the hands are exceptionally accurate, with the palms facing strongly inwards and the four reduced fingers not contacting the ground. Favorite have made a small slip-up in this area – these smaller digits should not have claws or nails. It may seem like a churlish complaint, but the prices these models are sold for raise the stakes when it comes to nailing every tiny detail. Admittedly they have also included not only nostrils, ears and eyes that aren’t oversized but, yes, a cloacal opening. (I check these things so you don’t have to.)

The colour scheme isn’t exactly striking – given how inventive artists have been with ceratopsians’ heads in the past, particularly their frills (which were probably there for display/showing off), this seems a bit of a waste. The blend of greens is acceptable enough but, again, when people are paying £40+ (approx 60 USD) for these 20cm-long models they tend to expect a little more than ‘acceptable’. It also seems a bit of a swizz that, while the new sculpt is far more accurate than its predecessor, it’s also somewhat smaller – and yet they ain’t chargin’ no less. Why has the Desktop range suddenly shrunk to 1:40 scale (from 1:35)? I think we should be told.

Shown with the larger Mk 1 Desktop Triceratops (background).

All said, however, this is still a lovely – if somewhat overpriced – Triceratops. If you’re earning the kind of salary that has allowed you to stockpile Sideshow statues then I wouldn’t hesitate in picking it up (I must admit that, cough, I got it as a Christmas present). If you’re currently spending your spare days running around busy shopping centres carrying a net to collect the change that falls from people’s pockets then, well, you might want to think twice unless you’re a big ceratopsian fan.

16 Responses to Triceratops (Desktop model by Favorite Co. Ltd.)

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  3. A ceratopsian model with correct forelimbs, wow!

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  5. Seijun – as far as I’m aware, it’s just a matter of speculation as to how far the horny sheath extended.

  6. Sorry marc, missed it! I am also wondering though, is their a scientific basis for the overly large beak?

  7. Marc (Horridus)

    Seijun – as I mentioned in the opening paragraph – they’re resin!

  8. What are these desktop models made of?

  9. Interestingly, this appears to be a fleshed-out version of Favorite’s new Triceratops skeleton model.

  10. Megaraptor: T. prorsus is one of the two species of Triceratops according to the current consensus view (the other being the type species T. horridus). The one definite species of Torosaurus is Torosaurus latus.
    Griffin: Interesting info. I remember reading somewhere that the two reduced digits didn’t contact the ground, but, well, I can’t remember where! Need to look into that…

  11. This and the new kinto T.rex desktop model were sold as a set for less than $80 (holiday special sale) from a local model collectibles store but I lost the opportunity since I found out about it after it was sold out 🙁

  12. Anatomically, the front feet of ceratopsians work best when all five digits hit the ground. In tracks digits 1, 2 and 3 hit clearly and digits 4 and 5 hit more lightly but are still there. The 4th and 5th digits were fully functional despite how they didn’t have claws.

    I love this model though. The scales are awesome.

  13. Sin embargo aunque está muy bien hecho me gusta mucho más el modelo anterior. Lo digo por propia experiencia de haberlo comprado y como dice en el Blog son asequibles

  14. Surely [i]porosus[/i] is the species name for Torosaurus. Great figure and even better review, Horridus.

  15. He looks a little like he’s not feeling great, compared to the older model?

  16. I like it very much, for the palms most of all. And curiously enough, I rather like that huge overbite of a beak. But I’m still undecided as to actually wanting it for some reason.

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