Contrary to its appearance in Jurassic World, Mosasaurus was not a blue whale-sized leviathan capable of effortlessly dragging giant genetic freaks to a watery grave. Still, at an estimated 60 feet in length, it was definitely one of the largest and deadliest marine predators of all time.
Released in 2010, this Mosasaurus is one of the larger beasts in Wild Safari’s prehistoric line, measuring 24.5 cm long from nose to tail tip. Its main colour is a rather dull blue with an airbrushed white underbelly, white markings around the brown eyes, dark pink for the mouth, and white teeth. It’s certainly not an exciting colour scheme, but it works quite well for a marine predator.
Unlike most other marine reptile toys, which rest on their bellies, this Mosasaurus is balanced on three of its flippers. Its tail is undulating to the left and its head is craned upwards, as though the enormous lizard has just sighted potential prey swimming above. Due to the timing of its release, the Mosasaurus‘ tail has an outdated paddle shape as opposed to a shark-like fluke. Viewed from above, it also looks far too thin.
The Mosasaurus‘ flippers have faint digit impressions on the inside and there are wrinkles at its joints, jawline, and all over its underbelly. The rest of the body has a slightly rough texture, but it’s not nearly as elaborate as that of the Elasmosaurus or the Liopleurodon. The teeth lining the mouth are fairly sharp, but they’re too small and too numerous. And there’s no forked tongue. This really feels more like a generic mosasaur toy rather than the mightiest of them all.
Inaccurate dentition and tail make the Wild Safari Mosasaurus a mixed bag. It’s easily superior to the Carnegie Collection’s archaic version but it fails to capture the essence of the mighty marine squamate the way CollectA’s does.
One year ago today, yours truly saw his first review posted on the Dinosaur Toy Blog. This one is my 70th. Needless to say, it’s been quite a fun ride! Thanks for reading and stay tuned! 🙂