Triceratops (CollectA)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

It is amazing to see how far CollectA has come over the years. Nowadays, they make some of the best and most diverse ranges of prehistoric figures out there, using the most up to date research to create figures that are as accurate and dynamic as possible. In the past, however, they were making lower quality figures with far less accuracy in their Procon line. A few figures did occasionally show signs of future promise, though. Today’s offering is one of those that showed a little promise: Triceratops.

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As one of the most popular and famous dinosaurs of all, there is a lot of pressure to make any figure made of old Three Horns to be as good and accurate as it can possibly be. Before I get onto accuracy, lets talk general features to this figure. At 7.2” long and 3.2” high, it’s quite a squat figure, but it works for Triceratops. The detail of this figure is astonishing, with a highly textured skin consisting of folds and wrinkles all over, really making it pop. The skin is a mix of greys and greens, which is quite natural, along with beige for features like the horns, epoccipitals, and toes. One odd feature is the array of the black spots on the back. They aren’t applied in any certain way, they’re more randomly placed. It’s really odd.

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One of the downfalls of this figure, however, is the pose. It is really dull, on the level of Walking With Dinosaurs figures level of stoic. It really isn’t doing anything, even saying it’s about to rut is really pushing it. There are many possible poses they could have done, but they really dropped the ball with this.

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Accuracy wise, it’s not bad, all things considered. The skull is pretty good, the horns are the right size, and the beak is well done. There is a problem that the frill is a bit too flat and straight, not quite curved enough. The rest of the body is good, the legs have the correct lengths, the feet have the right number of toes, and the tail is the correct length. Overall, fairly accurate.

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While this has a few noticeable flaws, it is a fairly good Triceratops figure, worth picking up if you can find it. It is from 2006, so it has long been retired, hence why a newer figure was made. In spite of the stoic pose, I do recommend this figure. It is best to search eBay for this figure if you want it.

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2 Responses to Triceratops (CollectA)

  1. I think this figure isn’t retired as it’s listed in CollectA’s 2016 catalogue: http://www.collecta.biz/en/e-catalogue

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