Review and photos by stargatedalek
This is my third review for the Dinosaur Toy Blog and I feel honored to be reviewing this absolute gem from CollectA for 2015! I would like to apologize beforehand about the state of the room, my regular office was in use today. I didn’t have a ruler on hand for scale in the photos but at approximately 10.5 inches tall the scale of the the Guidraco is about 1:4th, as advertised.
This really has been a golden year for CollectA, as was last, and the Guidraco is a beautiful example of the best CollectA has to offer. The head (including the jaw) are made of a hard yet flexible plastic, the same most CollectA figures are made from. Whereas the main body is made from a slightly softer material. Accuracy wise I can’t spot any faults, I’ve had people ask me about the crest and while its definitely a speculative choice I don’t see anything objectively wrong with it. Stripes are used in display by animals that want to appear bright up close for display but also need to break up their outline from a distance (IE: many tropical coral reef fish), so perhaps Guidraco had something to hide from. Whatever that might have been it sure wasn’t me because its a clear stand out amongst my collection, even alongside 1:1 modern animals this is one majestic towering figure.
The sculpting and paint app on the entire body is amazing, from the gloss on its eyes to the scales on its toes, everything is superb. The details on the face are especially well pronounced, my camera really does not do justice to the wonderful flow the pycnofibres have to them. The wings are a lot less detailed and have a feeling to them almost like chalk, but I think that’s really in line with what we know about pterosaur wings (at least, those who’s wings are not covered in pycnofibres). I give the CollectA Guidraco an easy 10/10! The piece is accurate, beautiful, and its size demands a certain majesty you don’t normally find in pterosaurs! I’m gonna need a bigger bird cage.