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Acrocanthosaurus (Papo)

Review and photographs by Rajvinder “IrritatorRaji” Phull, edited by Suspsy

Like diamonds to a woman, Papo is a dinosaur lover’s best friend. While they tend to fall short in terms of scientific accuracy, their models are renowned for being packed to the brim with detail. Their offerings are pleasing to look at, even if it’s a slightly less enjoyable viewing experience for a trained eye. However, for 2017, Papo have brought out the big guns, with this Acrocanthosaurus arguably taking centre stage. Measuring at 28 cm (11 inches) long and 15cm (5.9 inches) tall at the tip of the tail, it’s a decently sized model. Just how good is this figure though? Well, let’s take a closer look.

The pose is an interesting one, but certainly not unique, with Battat’s Acrocanthosaurus and Safari Ltd’s original Carcharodontosaurus having used this stance before. While it’s not the dreaded tripod stance, the animal does not stand on its own two feet. Instead, it rests on the middle claw on its right arm. That being said, Papo has certainly made this pose their own. Through use of beautifully sculpted muscles, the figure gives off the illusion of a heavy animal shifting all its weight onto its left leg. While I feel this figure may have had a lot of potential being sculpted in a horizontal position, similar to Papo’s new Ceratosaurus, the impact of this forward-lunging pose can’t be denied. What makes this pose better for me is the ambiguity of the animal’s emotion; it doesn’t appear to be inherently passive or aggressive. Simply altering the position of the articulated jaw can turn this cautiously curious reptile into a predator striking at its prey.

In typical Papo fashion, the detail is superb. The face is adorned in small, individually sculpted scales. The teeth are also individually sculpted and are not uniform. The tongue and inner mouth are also worthy of merit, not only being well sculpted, but being wonderfully painted too. The lower jaw and neck showcase those signature Papo spines. The skin of the Acrocanthosaurus is sculpted beautifully, stretching to expose muscle and bone and bunching into highly detailed folds. The hands, which are not pronated, and feet are coated in broad, bold scales, giving them a very bird-like appearance. The hands are missing the enlarged claws that allosaurs are known to have, but given that I myself nearly forgot to talk about it, I can’t really blame Papo, especially since it’s not an obvious or iconic feature. The model is also very sturdy, and I mean very sturdy. On a flat surface, it’s nearly impossible to knock this figure over unless you were trying to, so you can trust that it will not accidentally fall off your shelf to its doom.

The paint job is another plus to this figure. Gray, orange, dark blue, white, gold and purple create this dinosaur’s skin. A very strange choice of colours, in my opinion, but definitely worth that gamble. The dark blue sail and thin purple line help to bring out the bright orange streak going along the body. White osteoderms also contour the animal’s neck, shoulders, back, and tail. The face and neck are also dotted with gold. Its small eyes, which feature yellow scleras with red irises and black pupils, are lined with a thin black that makes them pop. It’s also worth noting that this figure isn’t overly shiny, having a nice matte finish instead.

That’s all that’s great about this model, but does it have any flaws? While it does have some, they’re quite small, and if you’re not looking for them you may never notice them. First of all, while my Acrocanthosaurus was unaffected, I’ve seen other ones where the paint on the gums spills onto the lips. The spines that line the animal’s sail were also worn and unpainted on a few of them for my model. The tail also curves at the end, it looks nice but may not have been possible in reality given the stiff tail that we generally accept. I also have an issue with the pink paint on the cheeks, and that’s that it ends so abruptly, it looks like a mistake. It was probably intentional, but I feel it could have been blended with the grey skin better. There are also two large ‘canines’ in the lower jaw that tower above the other teeth. I don’t recall these canines being present in current findings or restorations of Acrocanthosaurus, but maybe I’m just out of touch. The temporal fenestre are also difficult to see. This figure also shares a flaw that was present in Papo’s Baryonyx. Namely, the head and neck are covered in small, bumpy, sculpted scales, but the body is covered in smoother wrinkles. It’s not a massive problem by any means, but the difference between the details in the head and the body are clear to see.

So, what’s my verdict? This is a fine model, a real beauty that any dinosaur lover should consider adding to their collection. While it does have its flaws, none of them should deter anyone who’s thinking of picking this figure up. And that’s it for my first review, thank you for reading!

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!