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Tyrannosaurus rex (Tyrannosaurus ‘Wilson’ statue by PNSO)

The PNSO produce everything from tiny miniature toys to giant life-sized museum sculptures, but this review is something in between – a sizeable 1:35 scale statue of Tyrannosaurus rex, dubbed ‘Wilson’. We previously unboxed him on our Youtube channel, now it’s time to take a closer look.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

With his menacing gait and devilish red eyes, Wilson has a lot of character. The dappled colour and detailed texture of his skin are both convincingly natural and, as far as accuracy goes, Wilson is basically faultless. The base is also excellent, adding to the realism of the scene. To be honest, the pictures will speak for themselves – this is an awesome model. The lower jaw articulates, so you can choose whether you prefer a roaring maw, or a slightly less dramatic pose. The articulation is completely invisible.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

The PNSO’s decision to omit plumage was intentional and is outlined in the accompanying book “The Making of Tyrannosaurus Wilson”. Not many (if any?) dinosaur models come with a book, let alone a glossy 75 page volume, lavishly illustrated – a collectors’ item itself. The book outlines the entire creative design process for Wilson, which was undertaken in consultation with palaeontologist Mark Norell.

A painting of Wilson in the book portrays him with feathers on his neck and tail, and another shows a juvenile with much more fuzz. However, after considering all the evidence, the PNSO summarise: “For our reconstruction of Wilson, we did not cover the body with a complete covering of feathers. Rather, Wilson’s entire body is covered with scales”. The book also indicates that Wilson is based on a specific skeleton of T. rex called ‘Stan’, and provides justifications for other design considerations, such as refraining from sculpting fleshy lips, and the amount of hornage (yes, I’ve invented a word) above the eyes. In addition to the book, the high quality box also contains an envelope of postcards featuring photographs and artwork of Wilson.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

The statue is composed of solid PVC. I’m used to statues being made of more brittle materials (e.g. resin) so I unpacked Wilson with great care, as anyone who watched the youtube unboxing can attest to. However, such care really wasn’t necessary – the PVC is durable, strong, and slightly flexible, so only the most serious accident will cause it any damage. This claim is backed up with evidence because I came home one day to find my beloved Wilson on the floor of my Kitchen. Perhaps dizzied by the height,  he had taken a a tumble and fallen more than two metres (6.5 feet) from his perch above the cupboards. The fall may have been ‘cushioned’ by the kitchen work top but, miraculously, Wilson survived without a scratch.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

The actual reason for this accident is the only issue I found with the model – stability. Wilson’s feet have holes on the underside that slot into circular pegs located in footprints on the base. In my statue, the feet don’t align completely. One of the legs must be slightly distorted, so he leans slightly over to the right. You can see this in the photos. It seemed stable enough, so I didn’t anticipate it falling over, but obviously the pegs were not long enough to stop him tumbling eventually. Perhaps this is just my figure but it is important to mention in a review like this. I fixed the issue by raising one side of the base up, so the dinosaur itself is in a more balanced position. It would also be possible to glue him into place to be certain.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

All in all, this is an excellent piece, which demands attentions. Wilson shows that PNSO are painstakingly serious when it comes to accuracy, but maybe they can review stability/production issues. At the moment, their figures are difficult to get hold of outside of China. They used to be for sale on Amazon but have been unavailable for several months. I undertsand that PNSO are going though a change in personnel, which might account for them being unavailable, but hopefully they’ll be in full force again soon and back up on Amazon.

PNSO Tyrannosaurus rex Wilson

Thanks to PNSO for sending us ‘Wilson’ for review. I should also note that PNSO provided me with two versions of the book, identical in every way except for the different language. So, make sure you order your preferred language version.

Wuerhosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

A wide variety of stegosaurs once inhabited North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, but Wuerhosaurus is the only one currently known to have survived all the way into the Early Cretaceous period. Unfortunately, few fossils of this intriguing Chinese animal have been uncovered to date.

Xana the Wuerhosaurus measures just over 8 cm long. Like many of her fellow PNSO miniatures, she is sculpted in a relaxed walking pose, her head turned to the left and her tail held high and swinging to the right. Looks like she’s just out taking a peaceful morning stroll. Her main colour is mustard yellow with a faded underbelly, dark red spots, dark brown on her plates and spikes, and black and white eyes. Not as vibrant as the Kentrosaurus or the Tuojiangosaurus, but decent enough.

Xana’s skin has a wrinkly texture all over. Most of the wrinkles are small, but there are thicker ones lining her belly and the underside of her tail. The muscles in her neck, limbs, and tail are visible beneath the skin and her plates and spikes are covered in fine grooves. There certainly can be no question that these PNSO figures are among the best sculpted miniature dinosaurs.

The plates on Xana’s back are short and rectangular, which is unlike all other known stegosaurs. Her thagomizer is comprised of four stout spikes. Her head and neck look to be of reasonable proportion, and her feet have the correct number of toes for a stegosaur. All this is in keeping with most artistic depictions of Wuerhosaurus, as any Google image search will promptly demonstrate. However, the truth is that we really don’t have a good idea of what this animal looked like. Even the shape of the plates is in question, as it has been demonstrated that what was thought to be a rectangular plate was actually a broken one.

Until more fossils are found (and that could well be never), we can say that Xana is a fine rendition of what we think Wuerhosaurus might have looked like. I’m really enjoying this line so far. Keep up the good work, PNSO!

Ampelosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Ampelosaurus was a relatively small sauropod that lived in Europe during the Late Cretaceous. To protect itself against predators, this titanosaur’s back was covered in an impressive array of armoured osteoderms.

Meet Lans, the little Ampelosaurus from PNSO. He measures about 9.5 cm long, although he’d be longer if his tail were held out straight behind him instead of curling fluidly to the left. His head is held high and his left front leg is in mid-step. Like so many other PNSO miniatures, he looks like he’s out taking a casual walk without any fear or concern, which is probably what a lot of herbivorous dinosaurs really did spend most of their lives doing.

The upper half of Lans’ body is coloured dark green while the lower half is light brown. Dark brown is used for the horizontal stripes on his sides and to accentuate the many wrinkles on his body. Finally, his tiny eyes are black. For a sauropod figure, this is reasonably colourful.

The most distinctive feature about Lans is, of course, his armour. A tapering row of triangular osteoderms runs from the base of his neck to above his hips and his entire back is covered in round plates. The rest of his body features thick wrinkles. His small head has a typical titanosaur shape and his feet are correctly shaped. My only criticisms are that his neck looks a little too short and his body is too wide and flattened.

Overall, Lans the Ampelosaurus is yet another pleasing and unique little figure from PNSO. Indeed, to my knowledge, the only other existing toy of this genus is the one from CollectA, which is also quite good. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what PNSO has in store for us dinosaur collectors in the future. Thanks go out once again to them for this and many other miniatures. 🙂