My next Recur review will be that colossal tyrant of the deep, Mosasaurus hoffmannii. In stark contrast to its terrestrial counterpart, T. rex, Mosasaurus had both poor binocular vision and a poor sense of smell. This means that it probably restricted its hunting to the ocean surface, where it would have been easier to locate prey.
Released in 2015, the Recur Mosasaurus is now the largest prehistoric sea creature in my collection. It measures an gargantuan 40 cm long and has a flipperspan of 12.5 cm. The main colours are swampy green and light brown with a faint reddish tinge around the throat, yellow eyes, maroon for the mouth, and yellowish teeth. It’s a good colour scheme for a marine predator, one that would come in especially handy in kelp forests—assuming there were any back in the Maastrichtian age.
The Mosasaurus is in a swimming pose with its huge head turned to the right and its powerful tail undulating. Looking at it head on, the silent killer appears to be measuring you up with its left eye, trying to determine whether or not you would be good to eat. The skin is a combination of fine, lizard-like scales and wrinkles with round osteoderms embedded in the back and a row of dorsal spines running from the top of the skull to the end of the tail. The digits in the flippers can be seen and felt through the skin. Between this sculpting detail, the sheer size of the toy, and all those pointed teeth, this is one scary-looking sea monster!
Of course, there are a couple of noticeable errors here. First off, while those dorsal spines certainly add to the the toy’s frightful appearance, there’s no fossil evidence of such features, nor would they have been of any advantage for a fully aquatic reptile. And second, the pterygoid teeth are absent from the roof of the mouth. On the plus side, this Mosasaurus does have a fleshy fluke near the end of its tail. It’s not as big as I would have liked, but still, points go to Recur for being aware of this recent discovery. Points also go to them for the fact that, being made entirely of PVC, the toy is very light and nearly impervious to breakage. The fierce-looking teeth are quite harmless. Moreover, the Mosasaurus can float in water, which makes it perfect for playing with at the beach, in a swimming pool, or while taking a bath.
Overall, despite its inaccuracies, the Mosasaurus is my favourite Recur toy. It’s big and scary, it’s got some impressive sculpting, and there can be no question that it’s a lot fun to play with. If you only get one Recur toy, I suggest this one.
Thank you, Recur! Available from Recur’s AliExpress store