The last two reviews dealt with a Jurassic Park – inspired dinosaur and a new Schleich release. So here is your perfect synthesis, a review of Schleich´s new Velociraptor. It is way better than their last Velociraptor, but this was not difficult to achieve, to be honest. First Schleich Veliciraptor looked goofy and clumsy. It was an unlucky attempt of a company that does so well with recent animals but mostly fails with extinct ones.
To put it bluntly: They Schleich did better with their new raptor, but this is not due to their own creativity. They just boldly copied Papo and awkwardly covered the traces…
Thinking of my next paragraph, I start to yawn, so I simply do not write it. It would be about all the boring “JP Velociraptor was not a Velociraptor” stuff and I could also list all the similarities and differences between Schleich´s and Papos interpretation, but I don´t want to. The pictures speak for themselves. Very often I would also write “see Tyrantqueen´s excellent former review”.
But I don´t want to bore you. So just a few facts:
• It is exactly as long as Papo´s Velociraptor, but a little smaller for it´s not in an upright pose.
• Yes, it has got a moveable jaw. Good idea, fits Schleich neatly, too.
• Very light material, unusual for Schleich, reminds me rather at Bullyland.
• Skilfully Schleich managed to hide this “Velociraptor” is tripod.
• Yes, this Velociraptor bears feathers, but only at the arms. The skin pattern is not clear about what it wants to represent, small feathers or scales.
This Velociraptor is not too bad, honestly I like it. It´s quite good, compared to the many sculpting crimes Schleich commited. Unfortunately it is not a raptor. And Schleich has to take the responsibility for their latest bold copying politics.
It is way better than Bullyland´s latest Deomaeosaurid or the Collect/A hasty reaction.
All this plusses and minuses aside, my opinion becomes clear after I have told you the following story. On the price label it said “4,49 €”, and I thought “That´s value for money” and bought it. At the cash it said “8,79€”. I was surprised; I would not have bought it for this price, had I known it before. But did not want to make a fuzz, so I bought it, however. Out of the shop it came to my mind that the price label I had looked at could have referred to the first, goofy Schleich raptor that stood on the shelf, too…