Review and photos by Conrad (AKA neovenator08). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Well, I’m no expert in dinosaurs or dinosaur toys compared to most, but I feel obliged as this toy is the pride of my (tiny) collection and there is no review so far. So, from what I can see this is quite a good representation of one of the most well-known dinosaurs out there. For starters, the scales are sculpted brilliantly and really give a good feel of how the creature might have appeared. They have even sculpted a few wrinkles of flesh on the flank, which adds to the realism.
On the head, the eye is painted in a glossier paint than the rest of the body which gives a sense of character to it. However, the head also has some of the main drawbacks of the figure. The decision to paint the nostrils red makes it look a bit like it’s got a nosebleed, and although the teeth are sculpted well, the open mouth makes it look a bit too smiley – not to mention the tongue that is only half red.
This figure is a tripod, balancing on its tail which bends on the ground, giving the dinosaur an old-fashioned look. But the colour scheme is not old-fashioned – they’ve gone for an orangey brown, with a green wash over the top of the animal. This gives a different appearance depending on what angle you are looking from.
The last point I want to make is the size. It is massive! The Dalek in that picture is 6” tall, and it is half as tall as the Tyrannosaurus, which would make the height about 12”. In length, I’d say it was about a foot, which means it towers over all the rest of my dinosaurs, and that isn’t a bad thing…
I’m not sure what company makes this dinosaur, and I’ve yet to see it available in any shops, online or otherwise. I got mine on eBay for just under £10 but I don’t know if that’s good or not! If anybody knows which company produces this figure, please leave a comment!
EDIT – This figure is available on Amazon here