Review and photos by Raptoress, edited by Plesiosauria. Versions of this figure available on Amazon.com here.
2014 has brought us many interesting and downright awesome models, including CollectA’s beautiful Carcharodontosaurus and Papo’s somewhat inaccurate, but stunning and incredibly detailed Dilophosaurus. Every company has their new dinosaur models each year, so of course that means Schleich follows suit. A lot of people dislike Schleich’s models for their often blatant disregard of scientific accuracy, though Schleich’s good point, in my personal opinion, is their high aesthetic quality in their textural detailing and the quality of the materials. Today I will be reviewing one of their new models for 2014, the light green re-sculpt of the 2012 ‘World of History’ Tyrannosaurus rex. I received it for my 18th birthday and I like it a lot. But I’m going to be as honest about its flaws as much as I can despite my fondness for it.
Some things have been improved since the last T. rex Schleich made, but unfortunately there’s a lot of things that have gotten worse as well, which I will get to shortly. (See the comparison shots at the end of this review).
Let’s start off with the positives. Firstly, the head is well sculpted and I’d say this is the best aspect of this model along with the textural detail. But the head is nothing new, just exactly the same as the 2012 model. It has a hinged jaw which can be opened and closed to your liking. There are lots of details like small scales and wrinkles. I particularly like how the eye areas are sculpted. It’s very fine and animal-like with purely black, glossy eyes. The crests above the eyes might be a bit big for some, but I personally like the whole head just the way it is. The only thing I dislike about it is the teeth. They’re all the same length, whereas the real Tyrannosaurus had teeth of mixed sizes. When the jaw is opened, inside is a nicely sculpted tongue and the roof of the mouth is reasonably well sculpted, too.
The texture of this model feels similar to the 2012 T. rex with a slightly rubbery or waxy feel, but is still very solid and not flexible (unlike their 2012 Velociraptor). I don’t like the waxy texture much, as I prefer my mass-produced dinosaur toys to have a strong, solid plasticy feel to them. The rest of the body is also covered in small, fine scales and on the underside of the model from the neck are some lovely skin folds and wrinkles to which around where the cloacal area should be turns to square-ish scales ending all the way to the tip of the tail. Also, there is no cloacal opening, so this poor Rexie is constipated.
Jokes aside, the arms, which unfortunately are way too long and pronated, have smaller scales and where the hand starts, the scales are replaced by wrinkles. The hands have two digits, which is correct. The legs are similar, where the knee turns to wrinkles back down to fine scales and to the feet which have bird-like scales.
The 2012 Schleich T. rex model had yellow spots on its neck, which was usually disliked amongst collectors. I didn’t like it either, but in the 2014 model these spots are now gone, and it definitely looks better without them. Instead, you can now see faint little ‘bumps’ on closer inspection.
The colour scheme is decent, but not unique. The paint job is not sloppy at all in my model and the colour scheme is mainly blends of light and darker greens with salmon on the underside. The feet and hands are also salmon coloured.
Now on to the worst flaw of this model. The most glaring issue with this new T. rex is the horribly oversized feet. The 2012 model had oversized feet, too. But not anywhere near as bad as this 2014 T. rex. The feet here are almost as big as its head. This is obviously to keep the model perfectly balanced, which I admit works well in terms of stability, but there’s no excuse for this. CollectA’s Carcharodontosaurus proves that a model can stay with its tail parallel to the ground and still be able to balance without having oversized feet.
Overall, I really like this model despite the flaws, for its lovely textural detail, although I do prefer the 2012 Tyrannosaurus rex. But if you collect models solely based on scientific accuracy, you will probably want to pass on this model. I also received the Schleich Pentaceratops for my birthday, so I will also be reviewing that model as well.
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