Review and photos by Takama, edited by Amargasaurus and Plesiosauria.
Before I begin I want to state the obvious. Yes, Geoworld does make some terrible figures, but when it comes to their many fossil and skeleton replicas, we can see that Geoworld has potential. The ‘Tyrant King Skeleton’ is just one of many skeletal models that Geoworld has to offer, and it can be purchased in two different forms. The first is an assembly kit (also distributed by B.C.Bones in different packaging under the name ‘T-Rex skeleton dinosaur assembly set’), and the second is a pre-assembled model. The assembly kit might sound like a fun way to go, but the reviews for it on Amazon.com are terrible, with reports stating that the pieces don’t fit together properly, causing the finished product to be unstable. When I saw the model kit for sale in person, I knew not to purchase it, but found the same model for sale in a fully assembled condition on the shelf above it. I bought the pre-assembled model and this is the version I will be reviewing for the Dinosaur Toy Blog.
My fully assembled version of the skeleton was sealed inside clear plastic that required some effort to pull open. Upon opening the package I noticed that the skeleton was originally in pieces due to the seams that appear in some places, but I am happy to report that the end result has no stability issues and it stayed together as I freed it from the plastic enclosure. The model does have two metal rods which serve to keep the head and tail elevated but they are glued on tightly so they cannot fall out of place. The bones are made out of a flexible material, which allows the skeleton to bend in some places without falling apart. The skull is attached without glue and can be wiggled a little by hand (although I don’t recommend it, because there is no telling how much it can handle).
In terms of accuracy, this model has few to no issues because it is a skeleton and not a fully fleshed out animal. The flexible material (which I learned is made of ABS plastic) is alright, but it is not ideal for making skeletons. Case in point, some of the ribs are warped and are too close to each another. The skull matches that of the actual dinosaur, although I think that it could be a little larger than it is, since Tyrannosaurus rex is known for having a massive head. The model is posed in a horizontal position but the end of the tail curves downward and touches the ground. This is due to the weight of the plastic, and I imagine that if I removed the rod underneath the tail, it would become a tail dragger. The arms are very tiny and have the correct number of fingers, however, one of the arms has one finger longer than the other. I do not know if this is only an error on my model or if all these models are cast like this, but it does give an unnatural appearance to what is otherwise a good model.
At 1:10 scale it is by far the biggest dinosaur model in my collection, and it makes CollectA’s 1:15 T. rex look puny by comparison. [On Amazon the Geoworld kit is listed as 21 inches (=53 cm) long, while the B.C.Bones kit is listed as 45 inches (=114 cm) long. Since both kits are also listed as 1:10 scale, someone’s made an error somewhere!]. The model does have a base, which displays the dinosaur’s scientific name on a gold colored label.
Overall, this is a fine skeletal model that anyone young or old can enjoy. The only problem is that I cannot find any online stores that sell the skeleton pre-assembled. All I can find are those assembly kits by Geoworld and B.C. Bones that have received terrible reviews on Amazon.com. There is a chance you may find it offered at a museum, although the price can vary depending on the location.