Review and photos by Simon Foxx, edited by Plesiosauria.
This is the second version of Kinto’s “Desktop” dinosaur models Triceratops. It can be found on ebay, though at a large mark-up from its price in Japan, which is about 4300 Yen (around $53). Ebay auctions usually have it at about $100, plus shipping.
This desktop model is done in 1/40 scale, but it is a BIG 1/40 scale. The animal works out to be the size of the 2 largest known triceratopsid skulls, the Canadian Eotriceratops and BUY’s giant T. Horridus skull, both of which are nearly 9 feet (2.75 m) tall from beak to end of frill. The animal itself would be about 27 feet (8.2 m) in length, and likely exceeding 10 tons in weight. The figure is 8” (20cm) long, 3.5” (9 cm) tall, with a 3.5” (7.5 cm) long head. At 1/40 scale it is one big bruiser of an animal. A ‘one-in-a-thousand’ trophy bull.
This model features anatomically correct feet and toes, insanely detailed scales, and an iconic head. The horns are rendered very thick and large, as is the top of the beak.
Whether this stretches past the limits of accuracy (keeping in mind the individual differences within a normal range of features in any animal population) or not, it makes for an absolutely striking look – from any angle. (Sadly, there are no back quills, as this model was produced several years before the evidence for those was made public.)
This is the finest Triceratops resin reconstruction that I have personally seen anywhere, at any scale. For my personal taste, there is absolutely nothing I would change on it. It’s an A+ as a work of sculpting art, and an A in terms of accuracy.
For another take on this figure, see this older review by Marc too.