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Allosaurus (Desktop model by Favorite Co. Ltd, sculpted by Michael Trcic)

Way back in 2010 I treated myself to a pair of statues and reviewed one of them shortly thereafter (Stegosaurus reviewed here) . The second model has spent the last half decade standing proudly in my flat, begging for the review that never seemed to come. That day is finally here.

Allosaurus Statue
Allosaurus Statue

Part of the reason for the delay was some damage the Allosaurus suffered in transit. It arrived with a cracked supporting foot, all the more worrisome because the statue balances gracefully on this one leg. One of the toes had fallen off. Thankfully, whatever wires are housed within the innards of the sculpture formed a strong enough skeleton to keep the statue upright, and a little glue fixed the lost toe in place, even if it the whole statue is a little bit wobbly. The crack is still visible but only if you’re looking for it. Such is the risk of ordering statues like this online. The damage was minimal enough that I decided to keep the model and the Ebay seller was kind enough to offer a partial refund.

Allosaurus Statue

This is a beautiful modern take on Allosaurus by sculptor Michael Trcic. The body is held horizontal and the tail arches upwards, the arms and legs are slim but muscular, and the palms face each other (and slightly outward) in a grasping gesture. There are no anatomical errors to speak of. The exciting pose also keeps the appearance current, leaning heavily to the side and balancing mid-stride on one leg. You’ll struggle to find a more dynamic portrayal of Allosaurus in model form and words can’t really do it justice. It looks delightful from every angle, to the extent that I had real difficulty selecting photos  from the many that I took. Aspects of the statue, especially the pose and texture of the skin, are somewhat reminiscent of a John Gurche painting. The essentially scale-less elephantine skin of both Gurche and this model is stretching believability, but even at this relative large scale (for toys and models) the scales would have been hardly visible.

Allosaurus Statue
Allosaurus Statue

The colour scheme is possibly unique. A bold orange streak runs along the flank from the lips to the tail, which contrasts with the dirty grey/brown of the rest of the body. It is an unusual choice and I’m not not entirely sure about it – aesthetically it is almost overpowering, taking away from the delicateness of the biological form. The clashing pink hornlets are also a little distracting but the other details of the skull are extremely nice.

Allosaurus Statue
Allosaurus Statue

The Allosaurus and Stegosaurus make great counterparts because they are to scale to each other and lived alongside each other during the Late Jurassic Period in North America. The rocky base of the Allosaurus also matches that of the Stegosaurus model and invites the two statues to be placed side by side (as I’ve done). Overall, this is a wonderful piece and one of the objects in my collection that I’m most proud to own. If you don’t own it you’ll be jealous of those that do, so get it while stocks last!


Tyrannosaurus rex (Dino Kingdom 2012 by Kinto/Favorite Co. Ltd.)

Review and photos by Patrick Bate (Pixelboy), edited by Plesiosauria.

Ah, Japan. A culture that seems to be equal parts tradition and progress. Fortuitously, when it comes to dinosaurs, progress seems to be their strong suit. If you’re looking for accurate, up-to-date dinosaur figures, Japanese companies like Kaiyodo, Kabaya, TakaraTomy, and Kinto/Favorite are often your best bet; and this Tyrannosaurus maquette from the 2012 Tokyo Dinosaur Kingdom Expo is no exception. Sculpted by Takashi Oda and based on an illustration by Raúl Martín, this unorthodox addition to the Favorite Desktop Model series is nothing if not striking.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

The tyrant king is here depicted in mid-stride, perched atop a rocky base with its mouth agape in what one might imagine to be a triumphant roar. Not a hugely inventive pose, perhaps, but certainly dramatic. Like all of Favorite’s desktop models, this guy gets a wooden plinth with a metal nameplate. For some reason,the scale isn’t engraved along with the name. At approximately 7 1/4 inches long and 4 1/2 inches tall, I would guess it’s a bit smaller than their usual 1/40 scale.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

Probably the first (okay, maybe the second) thing one notices about this figure is the unusual color scheme. It’s much like that of the previously reviewed Takara Tomy version – they were produced for the same event and based on the same artwork. The body is mostly grey, with a nicely subtle fractal pattern of dark stripes on the back and tail, shifting to a pale, almost white shade on the ventral surface and legs. Splotches of bright blue adorn either side of the face, with the characteristic ridges on the skull lined in red. I think the coloration strikes an excellent balance between bright patterns and more “natural”, subdued colors. It’s both interesting and realistic.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

Generally, the sculpting detail is quite sharp. The feathers – covering nearly the entire body – are etched intricately into the surface. Longer filaments cover the dorsal surface, transitioning to smaller ones toward the underside of the body and broad, birdlike scales on the feet and hands.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

The feet, unfortunately, are somewhat lacking in detail, but it is easy to see what kind of look the sculptor was aiming for. Muscles and tendons are more clearly defined here than in some Tyrannosaurus models, and remind me of the lower portion of the legs on an ostrich.

T. rex’s real claim to fame, of course, is its head – and Favorite clearly spared no expense when bringing it to life on this model. The skull is nicely fleshed out, with the fenestrae as invisible as they should be. There’s an unusual structure along the back of the mouth, a bit like the soft tissue behind the beak of a modern raptor. The feathery “mowhawk” may seem a little ostentatious, but looks a bit less silly here than on the Takara Tomy version, with the blue color limited to the tips of the feathers. The only thing that disappoints with regard to this figure’s head are the teeth – they aren’t sculpted as precisely as I’d have liked, and look slightly blobby on close inspection.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

Anatomically, there’s not much to complain about here – the legs are proportioned very well, with excellently birdlike musculature, the arms are correctly tiny yet powerful-looking, and the torso is wide and boxy. However, while I like the elegant look of this rex’s tail, it really should be quite a bit wider and more muscular at the base. It also seems a bit short.

Tyrannosaurus Dino Kingdom

I think it’s safe to say I’m a big fan of this piece, and not only for its forward-thinking design. It has a lot of life to it, and makes a unique and eye-catching addition to any dinosaur collection. Unfortunately, only 500 were made. They’re still available over at Clawmark Toys for a hefty $130.00 USD, but once their stock runs out, it’ll probably be tough to track down this Tokyo Tyrant. And no, you can’t have mine.


Triceratops (version 2) (Kinto/Favorite Co Ltd.)

Review and photos by Simon Foxx, edited by Plesiosauria.

This is the second version of Kinto’s “Desktop” dinosaur models Triceratops. It can be found on ebay, though at a large mark-up from its price in Japan, which is about 4300 Yen (around $53). Ebay auctions usually have it at about $100, plus shipping.

Triceratops model favorite

This desktop model is done in 1/40 scale, but it is a BIG 1/40 scale. The animal works out to be the size of the 2 largest known triceratopsid skulls, the Canadian Eotriceratops and BUY’s giant T. Horridus skull, both of which are nearly 9 feet (2.75 m) tall from beak to end of frill. The animal itself would be about 27 feet (8.2 m) in length, and likely exceeding 10 tons in weight. The figure is 8” (20cm) long, 3.5” (9 cm) tall, with a 3.5” (7.5 cm) long head. At 1/40 scale it is one big bruiser of an animal. A ‘one-in-a-thousand’ trophy bull.

Triceratops model favorite

This model features anatomically correct feet and toes, insanely detailed scales, and an iconic head. The horns are rendered very thick and large, as is the top of the beak.

Triceratops model favorite

Whether this stretches past the limits of accuracy (keeping in mind the individual differences within a normal range of features in any animal population) or not, it makes for an absolutely striking look – from any angle. (Sadly, there are no back quills, as this model was produced several years before the evidence for those was made public.)

Triceratops model favorite

This is the finest Triceratops resin reconstruction that I have personally seen anywhere, at any scale. For my personal taste, there is absolutely nothing I would change on it. It’s an A+ as a work of sculpting art, and an A in terms of accuracy.

For another take on this figure, see this older review by Marc too.

Triceratops model favorite

Triceratops model favorite