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Tyrannosaurus rex (Carnage Dinosaurs by ReSaurus)

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 Notice how the figure is outdated and the hands are pronated a la Jurassic Park T. rex.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!


It’s on!

Triceratops (Carnage Dinosaurs by ReSaurus)

Review and photos by EmperorDinobot, edited by Suspsy

Hello! This is your friendly neighborhood EmperorDinobot with another review! As you saw from my previous review, I absolutely love ReSaurus’ Carnage dinosaurs. It took me ten years to find most of them, but I finally succeeded! I especially love their articulation, and this Triceratops is no exception!

First, let me begin by pointing out some obvious features. First, the base. The ReSaurus herbivores all use the same base, but they each carry a different label depending on the dinosaur’s name. And second, when it comes to the ceratopsians, the Triceratops, the Protoceratops, and the Styracosaurus all use the exact same body sculpt, with just have a different head. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t unique!

As it is with all Carnage figures, the body is very detailed. There’s lots of folds and scales to look at. They seem to be hand-painted, and they pull off all sorts of excellent-looking shades. The Triceratops‘ body has a healthy shade of light brown covered with some slate blue on top. The head has several colours in order to make it fancier. The scales running through the back are in a darker grey, which makes them stand out. The cool thing about the Trike (unlike the Stegosaurus) is that the limbs have the right number of digits on each foot.


The head sculpt is impressive. It has numerous details around the frill and is very well-painted, as you can see. The jaws are articulated and detailed. While not pictured, you can see its tongue. It’s so nicely detailed that the left side of the face has sculpted scars which are painted. This Trike has seen some tough days! The tail has an inner wire, so you can pose it in whichever way you want. Details like that truly make a dinosaur figure special.

As always, I’m thoroughly impressed with this toy, even though it was released more than 15 years ago. These Carnage dinosaurs are in good scale with my Jurassic Park ones, and articulated dinosaurs are always welcome.

I found this figure out of sheer luck. It’s not easily found anymore, but it is absolutely worth it. This may be my favourite Triceratops figure of all time, and that’s saying something given that this is is a dinosaur that has been made into about a million different figures! It’s not just the fact that the size and the articulation are perfect. It’s just a really good sculpt; a really great figure with excellent paint. Same goes with the Styracosaurus, which was linked to earlier.


The titanic battle begins!

Stegosaurus (Carnage Dinosaurs by ReSaurus)

Review and photos by Emperor Dinobot, edited by Suspsy

Hello readers! This is Emperor Dinobot, and those who know me know that I respect highly articulated dinosaur toys. So today, we are going to review one of my favourite dinosaurs, Stegosaurus, from my favorite line: Carnage by ReSaurus!

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This is an amazing figure, sporting a vivid colour palette, although it is perhaps stereotypical for a Stegosaurus. Stegosaurus figures are often painted in a yellow and red or orange mix, but this figure manages to make it interesting with a nice red back and a nice orange bottom with orange arms, separated by a striking black line and green spots. The plates also have four colours. The mix between red and black at the base of the plates gives off a dark wine colour, or burgundy, that looks extremely nice. Of course, the keratinous beak and claws are painted in grey, as is the thagomizer. The bases of each keratinous part has a nice black, sandy detail to them.

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This figure looks regal from any angle. Stegosaurus, the “roofed reptile” is known by its diamond-shaped plates. But I feel like the sculptor took the “diamond plates” aesthetic a bit too seriously, because these plates are almost symmetrically diamond-shaped, when we know Stegosaurus had plates in a sort of slanted, trapezoidal way. Diamond-shaped, but not literally. This is a very stereotypical figure of Stegosaurus, but it still manages to look amazing. Unfortunately, its digits are inaccurate. It should have five on each front foot and three on each hind one.

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Did I mention it is articulated? The tail has an inner wire that allows it to be posed in different forms, and it has shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee articulation. While the body is slightly rubbery, the neck is NOT articulated, so do not try to bend it! It can even carry out that famous standing pose. It has been suggested that Stegosaurus was able to raise itself up on its rear legs to munch on taller plants, and even walk around for a little bit of time.

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The belly has a nice paint job to it. It’s cream-coloured but also has a thin, transparent brown covering to it, giving off a nice effect. As the rest of the figure, this mould is extremely detailed, featuring skin folds, scales and more, which give it a reptilian yet elephantine look.

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Luckily, I still have the base. Every Carnage ReSaurus dinosaur came with a highly detailed base, though they are all the same mold depending on whether your dinosaur is herbivorous or carnivorous. The only difference is the name print.

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These toys were released and re-released throughout the 1990s’ under different company names. My history of them is quite muddled, and as expected, there are colour variations, such as this darker figure with a darker wine red covering its back, and with a slightly different black line. Every dinosaur was very clearly hand-painted.

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The best part of these figures is that, at least in the case of the herbivores (except for Protoceratops), they are in scale with my Kenner Jurassic Park toys. This allows them to blend in with my JP/TLW collection, and thus are part of the family. But they are not in scale with one another, as they are all roughly the same length.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if you have any questions!