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Acrocanthosaurus Skeleton (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

While most of us prefer to collect dinosaur figures representing living animals there is something to be said about skeletal reconstructions as well. After all, we don’t really know what most dinosaurs looked like, almost everything we know about them comes from the ancient bones we’ve dug up and reassembled. Dinosaur reconstructions require a great deal of speculation and artistic license to bring the animal to life. But when you stop and look at a skeleton you’re not looking at something speculative, you’re looking at the real deal, the bare bones if you will excuse the pun. This is as close to the real animal as you’ll ever get. The bones are real, no imagination required. Obviously there are very few of us who can collect actual dinosaur bones, let alone complete skeletons. But for those who want to appreciate the internal architecture of these long dead animals there are several affordable options, including this Acrocanthosaurus by Kaiyodo.

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Now obviously something like this is a far cry from the actual skeleton of this animal, just in scale alone. That said Kaiyodo has done an amazing job at faithfully reconstructing dinosaur skeletons in miniature. The majority of them are spot on matches for their larger counterparts and when the figurine measures less than 4” you can really appreciate the detail work that goes into them.

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The Kaiyodo Acrocanthosaurus skeleton is a companion piece to the wonderful little Kaiyodo Acrocanthosaurus, which for a long time was the best Acrocanthosaurus produced in plastic. In pose it is identical and actually resembles the skeleton on display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. All of the hallmark features of Acrocanthosaurus are here. The skull is long and narrow with prominent antorbital fenestra. Tall neural spines run down the length of the back with more narrowly spaced spines above the hips. Along with these hallmark characteristics of Acrocanthosaurus the rest of the skeleton looks faithfully reproduced as well with proportions correctly conveyed and even the smallest bones discernable.

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The bones are all painted a nice golden color, with spaces between the ribs painted black helping to accentuate the individual bones. The model stands on a gray base and the pose can be adjusted somewhat. The legs slide into the hips on small pegs and the figure can be pivoted up and down as desired.

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The Kaiyodo Acrocanthosaurus skeleton is a great piece to display with their live reconstruction and other Kaiyodo dinosaur skeletons. It’s an easy to find little figurine as well, selling on eBay for less than $10.00.

Acrocanthosaurus (Hercules by Rebor)

Review by Galen “Shadowknight1” Hesson and photography by tyrantqueen

When most people think of large predatory dinosaurs from North America in the Cretaceous period, they usually think of Tyrannosaurus rex. Fair enough. He’s big, he’s mean, and he’s been well known for a long time, allowing many different models to be made of him. But lately, another North American carnivore has been making his presence known among the figure collecting world: Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. Today’s review will be taking a look at one of the latest figures of this beast, REBOR’s 1:35 scale Hercules.

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This figure was a long time in waiting for me as I love Acrocanthosaurus and have since I was first introduced to it by Warpath: Jurassic Park. While not a completionist collector of REBOR models, I knew this was going to be one to get, and in my opinion, it’s well worth it. But let’s talk accuracy(briefly). I’m not an expert on dinosaur anatomy, but I do know enough about this one to say it’s a very accurate model, if not 100% spot on. The feet are too big, though that is admitted by REBOR to be for stability.

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The crests above and before the eye are flared out and rather subtle along the midline of the skull, but it manages to still look like an Acrocanthosaurus skull. And, in a completely unsurprising note, the first digit on each hand does not possess an enlarged claw similar to Allosaurus and other members of that family. But, most companies forget this feature even on Allosaurus, so let’s move on to the base before hitting the figure proper.

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The base represents a dried up lake bed, likely drawing inspiration from the tracks attributed to Acrocanthosaurus along the Paluxy River in Texas. There are also a few small rocks scattered along the base. Overall, it’s a good looking base, with nice detail showing the sedimentary layers, though somewhat disappointing after the amazing base that REBOR put out with Ceratosaurus. On the bottom of the base is an illustration of Hercules along with the name.  A small effort, but appreciated. Now back to the figure at hand.

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Simply put, this is a great looking dinosaur. The colors are vibrant and have a nice pattern, especially along the acro’s trademark sail along the tall neural spines. Mine has a few tiny paint flaws that are really only noticed when really looking for them. Some customers have reported standing issues, but I have had no issues with Hercules standing, either on or off the base. The only time I have trouble is if I try posing him with his included snack, a piece of a Tenontosaurus that REBOR has dubbed Ceryneian Hind.

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This took a bit of doing to keep him balanced with the prey in his mouth. I’ll briefly say that, for what is essentially an accessory, the Ceryneian Hind is also very well detailed. Especially the bite marks on the neck and the ripped out section past the shoulder which exposes a very wet looking inside.

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Just this little bit gives me hope that all of those who are tired of all the meat eating brutes will get their gentle herbivores soon. Now, how well does this guy scale against other dinosaurs? Well, at least among my collection, fairly well. He seems to be in scale, or at least close to it, with Papo’s Running T. rex, and actually looks quite nice beside it.

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Honestly, I think REBOR’s is my favorite Acrocanthosaurus and definitely the better of the two models offered in 2015 with CollectA having the other. It’s just my opinion, but I think that Hercules is probably the best Acrocanthosaurus figure on the market. He’s accurate, well built, and has a lovely paint job that will make him stand out on any shelf, especially if you can pose him with his snack(which can be put into the jaws of other dinos, such as Papo’s Allosaurus).

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All in all, I’d give this guy a 9.8/10, docking a few minor points or some paint flaws. I hope you all enjoyed my first review!

Acrocanthosaurus (Terra Series by Battat)

The wait is finally over folks, and the triumphant return of Battat is underway. Late last summer we were both shocked and thrilled to learn that Battat was back with a new series of dinosaur figures sculpted by Dan LoRusso for the Terra line, exclusive to Target stores in the United States. But the excitement didn’t end there; we also learned that the original Battat models so long coveted by dinosaur collectors everywhere were being re-released with shiny new paint schemes. Well now they’re here, or at least some of them are. Collectors across the country have been waiting with anticipation for these models to show up in their local Target stores and as each week passes, more and more of them are being found. Folks, the only news more exciting than this would be if the actual non-avian dinosaurs themselves came back from extinction!

Among the first of these re-releases was the formally very rare and often expensive Acrocanthosaurus. Now although this model has technically been reviewed already the long span of time between this and the original release, the new paint scheme and its introduction under the Terra banner among other things make this model (and all the re-releases) worth revisiting. Tomhet reviewed the original Acro during the blog’s infancy back in 2007. Even back then, 8 years ago, the original was a hard to find model. Just checking eBay today I see that there is an original going for $130 U.S. dollars. Unless you’re a completest though, I think it’s worth just going to Target and getting this gem for $9.99. We no longer have to break bank in order to access some of the best dinosaur toys ever produced and it feels great.

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According to Tomhet’s review the Battat Acrocanthosaurus was originally released in 1996. With almost 20 years between releases, how does this new one compare and hold up? The most obvious difference between the two will be the paint scheme. This new model is mostly green, much like the original, but the overall patterning is much more appealing in my opinion. The belly is mint green in color with small blotches overlapping the dark green body color along the sides, face, neck and turning into rings along the tail. Although I’m normally put off by green dinosaurs this one is unique enough to grab my attention and I find the addition of the mint green tone, as terrible as it sounds, refreshing! Inside the mouth the odd purple color has been replaced by a more natural looking pink and the red eyes have been replaced by yellow. Overall the patterns and color choice are very pleasing and most importantly, cleanly applied. While many Battat models (new and old) seem to suffer from thick and sloppy paint application that is not the case here. There is only one distinct spot on my model where the paint application suffers and it’s on the lower jaw, honestly it’s barely noticeable.

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The changes in color and pattern are only the most obvious difference. There are more subtle changes as well. Many of the original Battat theropods are notorious for their inability to stand for very long on their own. Despite this flaw it appears that Battat has not taken any significant steps to improve the stability of their models. The material used in this Acro is quite pliable and as one forum member appropriately put it, like the consistency of chewed gum. As a result, this model cannot stand on two legs. In fact, it appears as though Battat has slightly altered the model by bending the ankles so that it would lean on its right forearm. The original was intended to stand on its feet only but often failed to do so. While some may lament that this model must rest on its hand it still offers a level of security for a very front heavy model that probably couldn’t have stood on its two feet anyway, even with a stiffer material. Although it can be tipped back on its tail this position makes the model look more awkward and less stable too. Another issue worth mentioning is that on my model at least there is some extra plastic along the seams on the inside of some of the toes. This is hardly an issue though and those skilled with an X-Acto Knife could easily fix it.

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The attention to detail is top notch, nothing from the original sculpt has been lost. The head in particular is a work of art. Each tooth is individually sculpted and cleanly painted. The openings for the ears and nose are there. Tiny scales are sculpted around the eye sockets, the ridges above the eyes are painted with their own shade of dark green and there is a small line of osteoderms running up the snout. Keen observers will notice that on the underside of the model the raised text that formally read “Boston Museum of Science” has been blurred out. The company name, genus and species and “made in China” are still there. And for those concerned about accuracy it truly is amazing how well these Battat models stand up, they were truly ahead of their time and the Acrocanthosaurus is no exception. The only obvious inaccuracy is that it’s leaning on a semi-pronated hand. Not bad for a model from 1996! This ol’ dog still puts much younger models to shame!

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It truly is an honor to be able to not only own this beautiful sculpt, but to have an opportunity to review it as well. Although the tripod pose can be lamented you’ll be hard pressed to find a better model in this price range. The Battat Acrocanthosaurus is a stellar figure that every collector should add to their collection. Personally, I’m still a bit in shock that I was able to walk into a department store and buy this guy for what is honestly a ridiculously cheap price. Unfortunately the good fortune now presented to American collectors is of little solace to those outside of the United States as these models are still exclusive to Target stores. That said, they’re still worth seeking out either through online sellers, eBay here, or American members of the Dinosaur Toy Forum. Let’s show our support for the return of Battat, hopefully they’ll be releasing their models both new and old for years to come!