Review and photos by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy
Few dinosaurs are as well known as the mighty Tyrannosaurus. It is also the only dinosaur commonly known by its binomial scientific name: Tyrannosaurus rex instead of just Tyrannosaurus. T. rex is my favourite dinosaur, and I love soft toys, so this one is a double favourite for me. I named my T. rex “Sue” after the one in the Field Museum. Recently, scientists have suggested that Tyrannosaurus had feathers, though I can’t personally imagine this. T. rex jaws are clearly crocodilian in their shape and teeth, and impressions have been found of their skin, showing it was indeed scaly and reptilian (Editor’s note: see my comment below).
Here is the Tyrannosaurus produced by Douglas Cuddle Toys. She is about 10 inches long from nose to tail, and about 4 inches wide. The fabric used in the construction of the toy is amazing, with its realistic reptilian scales. The stomach is stitched at intervals to give the feel of a somewhat wrinkled belly. The workmanship around the eyes and jaws is awesome. The ridges over the eyes are cleverly made and the jaws are stitched together with a printed fabric made to look like teeth in front, joining the two jaws together. She even has little thread nostrils if you look very closely! The eyes are alligator-like, with slitted pupils.
The pose of the dinosaur is admittedly a bit dated, but it would be extremely difficult to construct a plush T. rex in a horizontal position that would still stand up. Even her short little arms are accurate. A number of Tyrannosaurus soft toys depict them as having three fingers; effectively rendering it an Allosaurus. Not Sue. This beauty correctly show the two fingers and claws of a Tyrannosaurus.
If you need a Tyrannosaurus for travel, Sue is your gal. Her price is moderate for a toy of her quality and her small size makes her a perfect travel buddy. She is available on eBay, www.stuffedsafari.com, and Amazon.