Review and photos by EmperorDinobot, edited by Suspsy
Welcome to another review by Emperor Dinobot! Today we’ll take a closer look at the Carnage ReSaurus Tyrannosaurus rex! This legendary figure is the easiest ReSaurus figure to find, and it fully delivers!
Those who know me know that I appreciate a fully articulated dinosaur figure. However, this leads me to a discussion about the things I don’t like about this figure, so we will start there. Most Carnage dinosaurs are high quality, but they aren’t always durable. Their joints tend to degenerate over time, with their pins falling out and so forth. I’ve had several of these break down on me. Another thing I don’t like is that their feet are posed, which makes them impossible to stand. What’s the point of having articulated legs if the figure is going to be stuck in a running pose anyways? It also looks terrible. Another prevailing problem with this figure is that seams form very easily around the base of the rubber tail. Same problem goes with the Giganotosaurus. But there you go, those are the low points, and I think the positives outweigh the negatives, especially since this figure was released all the way back in 1997. I do not expect a lot of these to be in good shape since they are now vintage.
The Carnage T. rex has an amazing paint scheme. At first glance, it may look boring since it’s just “green with black stripes,” but it is really well done. That’s the thing I love most about the Carnage dinosaurs: the detailed paint! It’s very well applied, and while there is an obvious separation between the body and the tail, it works flawlessly since the tail takes on the colour of the animal’s belly, which is a pleasant yellow-olive green.
The figure comes with a footprint fossil bed base which is nicely sculpted, and a pin that keeps it from falling over. This is definitely needed for the bipeds in this collection. The other side of the base features a name plate, and on some releases it holds information about the animal. The jaws and neck are articulated. Notice how the figure is outdated and the hands are pronated a la Jurassic Park T. rex. Forgivable since it is vintage.
While the articulated legs are still posed, the figure can hold a variety of poses, such as the one above, chomping down on an unfortunate prey. The base really helps in this case, as it will hold the figure while posing. The tail is rubbery and has a wire running through the length of it, which allows you to pose and articulate the tail however you desire. This has always been one of my favorite things about these toys.
Again, this is an impressive figure, despite its vintage feel. It was far ahead of its time, and I wish we could see a fully articulated feathered T. rex figure in the future that was this impressive and well done.
I think this figure is worth it all the way, regardless of condition. The drawbacks are forgivable and fixable. It is also the most commonly found. I have had a lot of trouble finding used samples of the others, but never with this one. I sincerely hope you enjoyed this review. Happy hunting!