Review and photos by Nathan ‘Takama’ Morris, edited by amargasaurus cazaui and Suspsy
Ah, Allosaurus! What dinosaur line is complete without the “Lion of the Jurassic”? The reason it appears in many toy lines is because Allosaurus is a well known dinosaur that has appeared in many dinosaur books and movies. In 2012, Schleich released their third version of this Jurassic predator, four years after their previous attempt for the Replicasaurus line in 2008. Being a part of the then-new World of History line, this model is a shrunken version of that last Replicasaurus model. It has been improved upon by adding an articulated jaw to make it more play friendly, and to compete directly with the Papo release.
This model is not very good. The head is too boxy and the wrists are pronated. The feet are too big and I think the legs could be a little thinner. If the legs were not made the way they are, the model likely could not stand on its own two feet, but that doesn’t excuse the boxy head. It resembles the head of the Allosaurus from the original Walking With Dinosaurs series, but it is just too short. This is especially noticeable when compared to the actual Allosaurus skull. The only thing that makes it resemble an Allosaurus, are the bony crests that jut out to the sides of the head.
In terms of detail, the model could be better. The torso and tail are covered with large flat scales while the neck reveals the muscles underneath the skin. As with most of the new WoH carnivores, the jaw is articulated. Getting the jaw open proved to be difficult when I got mine. It seemed almost as if it were glued shut. Eventually it did open for me, but after all that, the model looks ridiculous with its jaw open. There is absolutely nothing interesting inside the mouth, except a big flat tongue that covers the entire inside of the lower jaw.
The color on this figure is decent, as it has no dark shades like the older Replicasaurus models. The primary color is a medium sand color with brown stripes hugging the back, and the bottom part of the figure is grey along with the tip of the snout.
This is not worth getting if you are into accurate models, or if you prefer your models to be appealing to the eye like Papo’s. If you ARE interested in getting one, you can find it wherever Schleich dinosaurs are sold, and the figure averages around $20 (although you can get it is available online in some venues less spendy).