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Tyrannosaurus rex (2016)(Museum Line by Bullyland)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

This Tyrannosaurus rex is one of two medium-sized models released in 2016 for Bullyland’s Museum Line, and this year they will be joined by a Triceratops and an Archaeopteryx. One thing I have noticed people complaining about is that it seems like Bullyland is regressing when it comes to the accuracy of their models, but honestly, I’m not too familiar with the line to determine if this is true or not. What I will say is that this T. rex is definitely not a masterpiece.

From nose to tail tip, the T. rex measures about 7″ long. It is sculpted in a dynamic, horizontal pose, and stands perfectly fine on its two feet thanks to its dewclaws. However, as you can clearly see, this model is not going to win any awards for being the most accurate T. rex ever made. In fact, it seems like a downgrade from the previous model made for the line. Like some of theropods that preceded it, this model has an articulated jaw, but unlike those on Papo and Schleich, the jaw is not well-integrated on the figure. As you can see, there is a big gap at the front of the face, and you can still see the inside when the mouth is closed to its limit.


Other problems with this figure include the arms being way too big and the wrists being pronated. Also I think the skull looks very derpy and not like that of the real thing. If you really want to get nitpicky and speculative, it can be argued that the model needs feathers as well, but it’s clearly too late to change that.

Really, this is less of a museum model, and more of a toy for children. The silly look of the face and the overly soft features make me less likely to treat it as a serious replica, despite the fact that the model does come with an info tag which gives out facts about the animal that I’m sure we are all familiar with. For example, it states that “T. rex was at the top of the food chain, and hunted hadrosaurs and Triceratops, although some experts believe it was primarily a scavenger.” The reason I bought it is simply because it has a charm to it, and I look forward to getting the Liopleurodon, and the two new models slated for 2017. If you’re a stickler for accuracy, there’s no reason to buy this. But if you really want a durable toy for your child to play with, then this will fit the bill nicely.

Ammonite (Bullyland)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

Ammonites are one of the most iconic of all fossil groups. Once thought to be snakes turned to stone in medieval times, these ancient cephalopods are known throughout the world, and are important fossils for many purposes, especially in dating as they are exceptional index fossils. Despite this, they are rarely found in toy form, possibly as they may be less interesting to children or collectors in comparison to dinosaurs. Bullyland, however, has taken steps to change this, producing two ammonite models along with several other common species from the past. For this review, I will be looking at the smaller of the two models.

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‘Smaller’ may be the wrong word though! At 2.9” high and 4.3” wide, this is quite large for an ammonite, and would likely look out of place with marine reptile figures from most other lines in a display. The shell is predominately white with a yellowish-gold pattern, which is quite bright in comparison to the larger counterpart (perhaps this is a male). The tentacles are green and beige with grey on the suckers. This works quite well, looking similar to squid and cuttlefish. The tentacles are fairly dynamic, as if the animal is about to move off or catch prey.

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With ammonite figures, it can be very hard to discern the species, as they usual just have the generic name ‘Ammonite’ stamped on them. Based on the shape of its whorl, it may well be a species of Peltoceratoides or Cosmoceras. Either way, it is very accurate to the general shell morphology of an ammonite. As for the tentacles, they appear to be correct, with ten arms and a siphuncle. There is also a beak inside the mass of tentacles, but it is harder to see. The only real inaccuracy is the wedge under the shell, but this is purely to keep it upright.

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Overall, this is a really nice, well-made figure. It may not be as exciting as a T. rex or a Stegosaurus, but it is well worth getting, as it is often not very expensive, even relatively cheap. A great figure of a very famous group.

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Liopleurodon (Bullyland)

Kids perspective by William, edited by Laticauda

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My first experience with Liopleurodon came in 1999 while watching the original telecast of Walking with Dinosaurs.  I remember sitting in my dorm room with a box of thin mint cookies eagerly awaiting the next episode to begin.  It started with a scene showing Eustreptospondylus  standing by the waters edge, looking into the shallows.  Then suddenly, out of the water, the massive jaws of Liopleurodon latches on to its tail and drags it to a watery grave.   I thought to myself, “That was cool, what was that?”  I had never heard of this huge marine reptile before and by the end of the episode, I became a fan. It was a huge, apex predator, that made Jaws look like a guppy, what’s not to love.   Years later, I discovered that the proportions were extremely exaggerated by WWD and it wasn’t close to the monstrous size that was depicted on screen.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I found out, but at 20 feet long, it is still a impressive marine reptile.

Liopleurodon was a Pliosaur that prowled the Jurassic seas.  It had an elongated head, a relatively short neck, long flippers, and was relatively thick bodied.  It had four paddle like limbs in which their hind flippers were larger than their front flippers.  Liopleurodon had massive and powerful jaws that were filled with sharp, conical teeth.

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It came as a nice surprise that in 2016, Bullyland released the fearsome Liopleurodon into its museum line.  They also joined the growing list of companies that are making prehistoric toys with an articulated lower jaw.  Due to its popularity, there are few other Liopleurodon models made by different companies out there.  So how does this model compare to the competition?

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About the toy:  It is approximately 16 cm long from the tip of its snout to its tail. The head on this model is 5 cm long and since the skull of  Liopleurodon was actually about one-fifth of their total body length, that would mean that the head on this toy is a little too long when compared to the rest of the body.   In typical Bullyland fashion, the eyes bulge out of the head but  they are located correctly on the skull.   Just in front of the eyes are the nostrils. Interestingly, none of the fenestrae is visible on the skull.

The teeth in the mouth are splayed out in a classic, yet outdated fashion.  In reality the teeth were held vertically inside the mouth.  The teeth are in different sizes and interlock when you close the mouth.  Inside the mouth, the tongue is present and has a long, smooth groove down the middle.  While it is nice to be able to open and close the mouth, the seam line is very noticeable along with a gorget piece of plastic underneath.

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The pose is rather interesting.  The head is raised up and its front and hind flippers are in different directions, as it appears to be actively swimming.  I could be wrong, but with its short and stiff neck, I am not sure it would have been able to position its head that way.  The rest of the body is stiff and thick with a very short tail.

The paint job follows the Walking with Dinosaurs blueprint of colorization with black, blue, and white.  The pattern of the colors are more blended than some of the other companies especially on the flippers which are blue and faded in black. The inside of the mouth is pink and the teeth are gleaming white.    The skin is covered in small circular bumps and some subtle texture lines.  The ends of the paddles also have straight lines etched into the skin.

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Kids perspective:  To give a different perspective on the figure, here is what my five year old son thinks of the toy.

It is a fun toy but it has a silly looking mouth.  The teeth are  big and look good when open but when the mouth is closed they look weird.  The jaw is wiggly and jiggly, as it opens and closes.  When you shake it, the mouth looks like it is dancing, or singing.  I like how it looks real.  The flippers look like they are moving, it could really be swimming.  The color is ok.  It is colored in black, white, and blue grey color.  I really don’t like the blue grey color.  You can see and feel bumps on the skin.  It is OK to play with but I would recommend the Wild Safari one as it is better.

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Overall:  I think Bullyland missed an opportunity to break from the Walking with Dinosaur color mold that most Liopleurodon toys follow.  While I do like the pattern and colors on the model, it would have been nice to see a different color pallet and pattern variation.  The figure also has some scientific accuracy errors and when compared to the quality and rising standards of the other major brands, this model does fall short. That doesn’t mean this toy isn’t worthy of a space on your desk or shelf.   The articulated jaw is a nice touch, even though on mine it is a little loose.  The pose also looks nice and lends it to being easily displayed.   I would rate it as an average figure.