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Allosaurus (Antediluvia Collection)(David Krentz)

Photos by Dan and Jeremy

Although David’s 1:72 scale Antediluvian series has been graced with a few exotic species, he’s giving plenty of love to the classics as well. His considerable talents often present the animal in a new and exciting light, such as the rare uplifted Stegosaurus or surprisingly common closed-jawed theropods.

The beloved Allosaurus fragilis receives a special treatment in his line, as well. Rearing in alarm, with his tail in a flourish, one might be reminded of the tyrannosaur “mating dance” suggested in his instructional DVD. While this carnivore could certainly be attacking another animal, this unusual posture seems decidedly more boastful in nature. It is not hard to imagine a lingering group of females, contemplating the Allo’s fitness while his robust voice echoes through the Jurassic forest.

Granted, the narrative details are left largely to the individual, but to convey such drama from a single tiny sculpt is surely a testament to the ability of the artist. As with most resin models, a small amount of cleanup might be required to remove excess bits of resin. In the photo above, one may notice a small “twig” of resin between the Allo’s claws, which can be easily extricated using a decent utility knife.

The base is fairly important for the dancing Allo, as he teeters on a single foot and would find even more difficulty standing unassisted than his fellow theropods. It features footprints for the performer’s feet to find purchase, though a model builder should be able to position the star just about anywhere he likes. In the buildup photo below, it has been mounted on a custom built base by Martin Garratt.

This buildup was constructed as a diorama, and also features the Antediluvian Apatosaurus. This extends the scene quite a bit, but if you want to display the Allosaurus by itself, it won’t even consume four inches of space on your crammed shelves. Given the quality of the piece though, it probably deserves its own pedestal of sorts.

One obvious question might be, “Can I get this to look like the Allo from Dinosaur Revolution?” Given the stunning level of detailed paint application that Martin has managed to work into this model, I can honestly say that it sounds feasible. Observant viewers may even notice the rows of bumps along the back of his neck, which the series’ European Allo does share. The trickiest part will probably be the mandibular modification, but I expect a skilled builder could still pull this off. At the time this review was written, no known efforts have been made in this respect.

Of course, given the prevalence of other Jurassic denizens in David’s line, one could pair this figure with any number of other critters. While the Kaiyodo Dinotales figures aren’t crafted to a single scale, it would also be possible to use a few of them as companions for this Allo; as I recall, at least one Kaiyodo Allo was about the same size.

While I openly admit to finding excessive favor with Allosaurus, I must say this is one of my favorite pieces in the Antediluvian line. It perfectly demonstrates David’s ability to refresh our image of a classic creature, offering not just another dinosaur, but a unique character with a life of its own.


Stegosaurus (Antediluvia Collection)(David Krentz)

Rounding out David’s acclaimed line of 1:72 models is this 3 inch long reconstruction of Stegosaurus stenops. The upright posture will be one of the first things to draw the eye. It’s a refreshing twist on what is otherwise a very traditional dinosaur. Some may be skeptical as to whether this pose was anatomically feasible. What can be said for certain, is that it demands strong faith in your choice of adhesive – or at least a good quality of adhesive. The bulky herbivore definitely needs your help in order to maintain this position on his hind legs, and an unexpected collapse is particularly risky for this animal, given the delicate nature of his plates.

As always, the base comes with guide prints for easier placement. The feet, like much of the body, may require some careful cleaning to remove excess resin. This will allow a more snug fit on the base, and you really don’t want any resin rods stretching between the plates, do you?

Of course, if you are planning to paint your Antediluvian Stegosaurus, that is something best done before base attachment. Since the base is fairly open, it allows installation of various habitat elements, such as water, dirt, and leaves. For buildup king Martin Garratt, dried crushed leaves work wonders for a base, and he likes to introduce new flora as well. In this particular buildup, he has provided a Walking With Dinosaurs coloration for the animal, which can be seen in many restorations of the species today.

Resin version (left) and bronze version (right)

David offers further fluidity to the animal by curling its neck and tail to the left. It’s not hard to imagine this is a primal response to an incoming threat, so this is certainly an option for pairing with the Antediluvian Allosaurus. As far as accuracy, this is about the best you can get with Stegosaurus. His hind limbs are appropriately larger than his front limbs, the signature spikes are nice and pointy, and the plates appear to number a proper 17 (counting the tiny neck plates is a rather tricky task, but possibly part of the fun). And yes, the back feet have three toes each.

Painted by Martin Garratt

At this scale, it’s nearly impossible to see if the throat pouch is included. I think it would be a forgivable omission for a three inch replica, but Martin has actually painted a few ossicles on the neck anyway. It’s worth noting most Stegosaurus figures in this price range don’t have the accuracy to hold up to a model like this. They typically have greatly reduced tails, plate problems, or something weird with their proportions. This is a great, affordable way to introduce your current collectibles to a proper Stegosaurus.

Painted by Steve Riojas

 

Tenontosaurus (Antediluvia Collection)(David Krentz)

The grand history of paleontology puts quite a bit of emphasis on Iguanodon. As a child, I could never understand why people failed to recognize this dinosaur, especially when all the books lavished it with so much attention. It was almost as though they weren’t reading the books at all. Possibly the most attention Iguanodon has ever received was in Disney’s 2000 film “Dinosaur.” One of the major artists working on this film was David Krentz, who would later design this little Tenontosaurus for his 1:72 scale Antediluvian Collection of resin models.

Small coincidence then, that this iguanodontid bears such a close resemblance to the protagonist of the Disney film. Some differences are obvious, of course. This is a realistic reconstruction rather than a puppy-eyed Disney character, so the head bears quite a bit more menace. The tail of this animal is considerably longer than Iguanodon, just as it should be. Best of all, it’s not carrying a family of anachronistic lemurs on its back.

Photo courtesy of forum member "postsaurischian"

Being pretty obscure compared to Iguanodon, the Tenontosaurus is generally not a popular sight on the mass-produced figure market. The only exception I know is the CollectA Tenontosaurus of 2009, which was one of the manufacturer’s best efforts at the time. That reign was short lived however, as David released this model just one year after the CollectA version. Several sculptors have created Iguanodon models since that time, but it definitely can be argued that this piece gives you the most bang for your buck.

Shown with Papo Pachyrhinosaurus for scale

Anyone who has purchased one of David’s Antediluvians probably understands the meaning of “quality over quantity.” Produced at 1:72 scale, this spectacular sculpture is just 4.5 inches long. It was originally crafted digitally in three dimensions, so quite a lot of detail has been packed into its design.

Original model (top) and original digitally-constructed model (bottom)

David tends to dress his dinosaurs in all manner of fancy adornments, though rarely does he push the boundaries of paleontological study in doing so. Fossilization of substances like keratin and soft tissue is extraordinarily uncommon, so we often see reconstructions that look very smooth, thin, and plain. Skeletal frameworks do not always reveal the sheer bulk and complexity of the animal’s appearance; just look at any modern animal’s skeleton, which may prove unrecognizable to the untrained eye. Here, we see David’s artistry filling the animal with texture, mass, and life.

Fine rows of dermal spines line the back, and the dangerously thin tail flourishes beautifully in the air. The bulging of muscles, folding of loose skin, and what appear to be ancient scars provide a more lifelike quality. At the neck is a little wattle, another fleshy feature that one wouldn’t expect to be preserved through the ages. The dressings all contribute to a rather iguana-like appearance, possibly as a clever way of paying homage to the first thoughts people had concerning the discovery of Iguanodon.

As with most Antediluvians, this model ships with the character and the base. The base is identified on the bottom, with the artist’s name and the species name – this can save a lot of trouble if you buy multiple Antediluvians and get the bases mixed up.

Observant readers will notice the base on this buildup looks quite different from the photo of the unpainted kit. Martin Garratt was responsible for this particular buildup, and his modifications include a larger, sloped base with an arrangement of flora and dirt across the surface. This reinforces the animal’s position within a living, dynamic environment, something that is difficult to convey with a standard figure in an empty vacuum.

Once painted, it is recommended that you avoid excessive handling of the model. This may hold particular weight for Tenontosaurus, whose long and slender tail might be more prone to snapping if dropped or mishandled.

Behold the fingers of Martin Garratt. It is said that if you stare too long at them, you will be turned into resin.

Thanks to the gnawed skeletal remains and nearby Deinonychus fossils, we tend to think of Tenontosaurus as little more than a mobile raptor buffet. Whether you’re watching Jurassic Fight Club or just browsing for artwork on the Internet, that’s typically the role Tenontosaurus is given. One of my favorite features of this model is the highly aggressive posture of the herbivore. His muscles are tensed, his jaw is wide, and he’s clearly not about to take crap from anyone. Granted, you could interpret this posture however you like. That is one of the joys the resin medium, after all.