Review and photos by ‘Tyrantqueen’, edited by Plesiosauria.
Here we have a new figure for 2012 from the company that so many love to hate, German manufacturer Schleich. This new Tyrannosaurus rex is part of Schleich’s new “World of History” line, which contains some familiar looking dinosaur sculpts, but also some brand new ones. Since Papo arrived on the dinosaur toy scene a few years ago, their popularity and success seemed to spur other companies, such as Bullyland and Schleich, to strive for greater detail and quality in their figures. Schleich appear to have heavily been influenced by Papo’s Tyrannosaurus rexes here, which in turn were heavily influenced by Jurassic Park.
Let’s start off with the positives. Although it’s on the short side, the tail is held off the ground, unlike nearly all of Schleich’s past Tyrannosaurus figures. The articulated jaw (another popular trend initiated by Papo and later copied by Bullyland, and now Schleich, is nicely implemented. The figure is a bright emerald green, with yellow-ish brown highlights on the feet, forearms and belly.
The pose is static and unimaginative, but I suppose this makes the toy easy to animate for a young child’s imagination.
The head is well detailed, although the teeth are too uniform in length. The Papo influence here is painfully obvious. Like most Jurassic Park influenced replicas, the crests above the eyes are absurdly large. I like the wrinkling of skin around the neck and shoulder area though. The back of the neck and the front of the knees are covered with small yellow pimples. This could be an attempt at sculpting scutes, but in the end, they just make the Tyrannosaurus look like it’s suffering from a nasty bout of acne. The surface of the skin is covered with small round scales, very much like the detailing on Safari Ltd’s Acrocanthosaurus and Ceratosaurus toys.
The forearms are pronated and rather too long (probably another influence from Papo’s running Tyrannosaurus, which was also sculpted with overly long arms)
The musculature is sculpted well and bulges in the thighs and legs. Much like the Schleich Allosaurus, this figure has oversized feet to ensure it stands on its own. The claws are actually sculpted well, are uniform in length, and show very little sloppiness of paintwork. The ankles and lower legs are probably sculpted too thinly, but at least the sculptors made an attempt to make the feet bird-like.
Is this figure worth considering? It is a step in the right direction for Schleich at least, even if it is a Jurassic Park rip-off. The overall sculpt detail is good, although nowhere near Papo’s level. Unfortunately, at the end of the day the new Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex feels very much like a poor man’s Papo. This figure should be available at most toy retailers within a few months.