Review and photos by Suspsy.
With their deadly jaws, great size, and powerful tails, mosasaurs were the marine equivalent of the tyrannosaurs during the Cretaceous Period. And the most fearsome mosasaur of them all was Mosasaurus itself.
One of CollectA’s greatest strengths is their dedication to reflecting the latest paleontological discoveries in their products. Mosasaurs were long thought to swim in an undulating manner similar to that of eels and sea snakes. But in 2008, a particularly well-preserved fossil of a juvenile mosasaur revealed the outline of a fleshy, triangular fluke at the end of the tail. This indicates that mosasaurs propelled themselves swiftly through the water like sharks. Hence this Mosasaurus, released in 2014, features a fantastic tail fluke. To the best of my knowledge, it is the first figure to include this feature. The tail is made of relatively soft plastic, allowing one to simulate a swimming motion.
Like any good marine predator, the Mosasaurus is dark on top and pale underneath. More specifically, its main colour is blue-grey with an attractive pattern of faint white stripes and spots, similar to those on a whale shark. Its underside is cream, its beady eyes are black, its small teeth are pearly white, and the inside of its mouth is pink. From snout to tail tip, it measures around 29 cm long, the same length as the Carnegie Tylosaurus. Mosasaurus, however, was far more robust than Tylosaurus, and the same can definitely be said for this bad boy. It looks like a real powerhouse, easily capable of outmuscling anything it chooses to attack.
The roof of the Mosasaurus‘ mouth features the distinctive pterygoid teeth that enabled it to better grip struggling prey. No forked tongue though, sadly. The tail and the flippers have faint grooves to indicate the bones beneath the tissue and there are some fine wrinkles patterns around the neck and along the flanks, but for the most part, this figure feels pretty smooth to the touch. A real 50-foot Mosasaurus would have felt scaly to the touch, but given the scale of this figure, we can certainly overlook that fact.
CollectA has hit yet another home run with this Mosasaurus. Great sculpting, attractive paint job, a scientifically accurate tail, and most importantly, fun to play with!
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