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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!

Giganotosaurus (Carnage Collection by ReSaurus)

The late 1990s saw the release of a particularly unique line of figures known as the Carnage Collection by ReSaurus. Eight (that I’m aware of) boldly patterned and articulated dinosaur models were produced before the line ended. The models seem very much aimed at kids, all representing flamboyant and mostly carnivorous dinosaurs. Oh, except for Protoceratops, they made one of those too for some reason, maybe to compliment their Velociraptor. Anyway, none are terribly accurate but they’re all fun looking and interesting models. Only one other figure from the line has been reviewed here, the Styracosaurus. Now that I’ve run out of new Battat models to review I’ll tackle the only model from this line I currently own, the Giganotosaurus.

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If you’re looking for an accurate model you’ll have to look elsewhere. Though not terrible and probably better than it ought to be, this model does have a couple issues. Most obvious would be the pronated hands but the entire head of the creature is a bit off. Far from the long shallow skull that we’re used to on Giganotosaurus this one has a shorter boxier head. It reminds me a lot of the skull illustrated in James H. Madsen’s 1976 monograph on Allosaurus. You know the one, it’s a classic. In fact, I’ll admit that is a feature that drew me to this particular model. It gives the model a nostalgic quality. Aside from those flaws, there really is not much to complain about, not bad for an action figure from the 1990s!

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The details are particularly good here; lots of wrinkles, bumps and appropriate musculature adorn the body. Some of the skeletal elements are visible through the skin; ribs and the scapula in particular. The head in particular is detailed with bumps, hornlets and bulges. It’s almost overkill as the combination of details on the head almost makes it look like a piece of burnt meat. It’s a bit shrink wrapped too which is a little off putting, all the fenestra are visible. While the color choices may not have been the best, the paint application is pretty good with little bleeding of the paint. The model is mostly a strange combination of purples along the back that runs down the sides in a series of stripes overlapping a green body. The head is black with a green lower jaw. The feet, hands and tip of the tail are black as well. All the teeth are individually sculpted and painted. A series of black spots can be seen on the neck. The tongue and pallet are pink and the claws and teeth are crisp white. The eyes are a bit unnerving and have an undead look to them; they’re pink with white pupils, probably meant to look more menacing than undead. The model itself is a hard plastic while the tail is a softer rubbery material. Unfortunately it seems the paint chips easily away from the rubber portion, especially where it meets the rest of the body. Care should be taken when acquiring this model if you desire this toy in mint condition.

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At 14” the model is a hefty one which puts it almost in the 1:40 scale range but that was no doubt unintentional as all the figures in this line are about the same size. There are several points of articulation here; the upper legs, knees, ankles, arms and jaw can all be moved and posed as desired. The joints in the knees and ankles mean this biped has a very difficult time standing. Though the model comes with a base and support rod it is hard to make it stand right and impossible to do so without some kind of support. The base itself is pretty cool though; a theropod track covered in dirt, rocks and bone with a name plate on the front.

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If you’re into action figures, retro dinosaurs or novelty type figures this would be a model worth seeking out. It’s large, detailed, well made and just fun to have around. That said, it’s a bit inaccurate, has difficulty standing and the paint chips off pretty easy. All of the Carnage dinosaurs are now out of production so you’ll have to do some dino-hunting on eBay for this guy.