Swift, maneuverable, and equipped with narrow jaws full of sharp teeth, Dolichorhynchops was a pitiless predator of Cretaceous fish. But size counted for a lot back then, and this short-necked plesiosaur would have been a delicious dinner for large sharks and even larger mosasaurs. Indeed, one mosasaur specimen discovered in 1918 had the remains of a Dolichorhynchops in its stomach!
At only 13 cm long, this 2012 toy is easily the smallest sea monster in the CollectA line. Its head is turned slightly to the left, its mouth is open, and its four flippers look tensed. It’s easy to envision this animal paddling swiftly through the ocean blue in a manner similar to a penguin or a sea lion, chasing hungrily after prey while simultaneously trying to avoid becoming prey!
The Dolichorhynchops‘ colour scheme is fairly bland compared to other CollectA figures: brownish-grey and tan with a white underbelly, black eyes, white teeth, a dull pink tongue, and brown shading around the cloaca. Certainly not what you’d call gorgeous, but satisfactory.
Like most sea monster figures, the Dolichorhynchops‘ skin is almost entirely smooth save for the faint outlines of bones in the flippers and supratemporal fenestra behind the eyes. The small teeth feel nice and rough and the profile and proportions appear to be scientifically accurate. One complaint I do have about this little fellow is that, aside from the tongue, the interior of the mouth is undetailed and unpainted. As well, the fenestra outlines look a bit crude. The toy would have looked better without them. The front flippers are probably angled a little too far forward than was possible in real life. And finally, the entire head is too large for a proper Doli.
Overall, the CollectA Dolichorhynchops is a well-sculpted, affordable, and adorable little toy. Given that most prehistoric sea monster toys are along the lines of giant elasmosaurs, mosasaurs, and pliosaurs, this is a welcome touch of variety.
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