Back in 2010 our own Libraraptor reviewed a little Apatosaurus, part of Bullyland’s Micro Tiere Collection released in 2005. Having found the same little figure in an eBay lot I was very curious about this small but seemly high quality figure. A search yielded his review but further research yielded the rest of the collection and a couple years ago I was able to procure the entire line. Though not on the same level of quality as say the Kaiyodo Dinotales these little figures are nicely made and have a lot of charm. Overall they’re very similar to the Safari toob figures, only smaller. The set includes 6 prehistoric critters; Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and a very cute but out of place woolly mammoth. Rather than treat them separately I’ll review them all here but there is not much left to say about the Apatosaurus since Libraraptor already covered it.
We’ll get the mammal out of the way first and start with the woolly mammoth. It’s a standard little mammoth. Brown and woolly with a pair of tusks and its trunk reared up. It is very cute though and quite accurate for its small size. The detail work is commendable. All his little toes are there, wrinkles are sculpted down the length of the trunk, individual hairs are sculpted and even the tuft of hair on top of the head is present. He has small black eyes meticulously painted and for such a small toy the paint application really is quite good, on all of these figures.
The Tyrannosaurus is also quite accurate for its size; at least it is a biped, with the aid of a base of course. It is mottled brown in color with a red throat and horns above the eyes. It looks quite menacing for a little rubber toy, although its mouth is closed it looks as though it is baring its teeth! The hide looks quite crocodilian with numerous bumps and scutes sculpted all over the body.
The Stegosaurus is a delightful little model; it is yellowish-green overall with orange along the sides on the back, although the plates are yellow too. The plates are more or less sculpted in a line down the back but some effort was made to alternate them which must be a challenge at this small scale. The neck for whatever reason is very thick, I think they may have tried to sculpt the throat armor on there but it didn’t quite work out. The hide is scaly with appropriate wrinkles along the flanks.
Old three-horned face is up next and is one of the best of the bunch. Quite accurate for its size it is overall green in color with a lighter colored underbelly. Little occipitals are sculpted around the frill and a line of bumps are sculpted along the back and painted black. Tiny scales are sculpted on the body and frill. Its head is slightly lowered and tilted towards the left with an open mouth. Five little digits can be counted on the hands, four on the feet.
Lastly we’ll cover the sauropods, starting with Brachiosaurus. It’s a pretty classic looking Brachiosaurus, or maybe it’s actually Giraffatitan? It’s green in color, dark dorsally and lighter towards the belly. The neck is craning towards the left, the tail upturned at the tip and swinging towards the right. Despite its small size it appears appropriately bulky and weighty. No scales sculpted here, just wrinkly hide as is typical with sauropod sculpts of all sizes. It has tiny black eyes and a mouth but I can’t quite tell where the nostrils are although they do appear to be on the nose and not the crest above the eyes.
Last but not least, the previously reviewed Apatosaurus. I’ll basically reiterate what Libra said by commenting on its compact and heavy build in addition to the attention to detail on an otherwise small figure. The neck is particularly thick and the hide wrinkly. The head has a classic Brontosaurus look to it which adds a lot of character. It’s brown in color, dark dorsally and lighter towards the belly.
Really there is no reason not to add this collection of little dinosaurs (and a mammal) to your collection. They’re quite detailed for their small size, fairly accurate, easy to display and affordable! You can buy the entire set for $3.00 over at DeJankins! They’re also adorable and full of charm. What’s not to love?