Despite a superficially similar product line, Dinostoreus of the United States manages to distinguish itself from its former sister company, Favorite of Japan, with a few exclusive pieces. This diorama is one such piece. Constructed in fragile polyresin and just shy of five inches at its highest peak, this scene offers a glimpse of every dino-nut’s fantasy. A pair of fully grown tyrannosaurs clash for the claim to a fresh Triceratops carcass.
The simple, muddied terrain of the base is decorated with the bare bark of flora that has certainly seen better days. This hints at the dry and desperate conditions in which this confrontation takes place. The ceratopsian carcass appears largely intact. Blood pours from its wounds and pools rather impressively in the transparent water beneath its body. This suggests it was brought down fairly recently, perhaps by one of the carnivores occupying the present scene. Above the gore, a fresh round of violence erupts between the tyrannosaurs.
Fossil evidence has given us considerable cause to believe that tyrannosaurus engaged in head-biting behavior such as this. This demonstrates considerable effort on the part of the artist, crafting a scene that is altogether too grisly and “real” to be misconstrued as a child’s collectible. It is this sort of unadulterated violence that Sideshow would later capitalize on for the production of their Dinosauria statues.
Some may notice the uppermost tyrannosaur’s resemblance to the highly sought-after Battat rendition. Of course, these animals could not appear more different from Battats, with very drab coloring throughout. Collectors should also note the compatibility of this scene within 1:40 exhibits. Flocks of tyrannosaurs from most any manufacturer could occupy the periphery of the scene, as could any other appropriate species. This also allows the piece to fit in nicely among other Dinostoreus “flesh-on” desktop models, though its distinct lack of wood base and nameplate may stand out.
Naturally, this diorama does not feel quite as cutting edge today as it did during the year of its original release. Many mass produced and inexpensive figures contain comparable – even superior – levels of textural detail and neater paint application. Paint is often a problematic area for these desktop models, which can appear naturalistic in some spots and rather sloppy in others. This could be disconcerting to collectors looking to get more bang for their buck, as this diorama isn’t cheap.