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Allosaurus (Nature World by Boley)

Review and photos by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy

Allosaurus became my favourite dinosaur after I saw it in the Natural History Museum and the BBC’s Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special. Yes, I have been in love with it ever since.

Allosaurus is often pictured alongside Tyrannosaurus rex in pop culture, almost as a sidekick. Although they are superficially similar in appearance (and the similarity is sometimes exaggerated in depictions of Allosaurus), Allosaurus lived tens of millions of years before T. rex and belonged to a different family. It was noticeably smaller, but the arms were larger in proportion to its body than those of T. rex. Also, Allosaurus had unique crests over its eyes. Although these crests are not particularly prominent in this figure, they are present and especially noticeable when the head is viewed from the front.

As you can see, Boley got away from the tripod stance on this one. If the figure is standing properly, the tail inclines toward the ground, but sweeps up short of actually resting on it. The plastic is also of great consistency and is very soft to the touch. The body is painted green with a tan underbelly and a black stripe running down the top of the body from the nostrils to the tip of its tail. This Allosaurus is also fairly heavyset, but the musculature evident on the haunches prevents this from seeming unrealistic for the strength of the legs to support. The neck muscles are also nicely detailed, with a curve to them, as the animal is looking slightly to the left. This figure won’t hold up for scientific accuracy if it is compared to the ones produced by Safari or Papo, but it is a nice vintage if you will portrait of how Allosaurus was classically perceived. The one complaint I have about this figure is that it portrays Allosaurus with five fingers on each hand, even though we know that it had three.


Despite this inaccuracy, I really like this figure for its uniquely reptilian version of Allosaurus. You can find it at virtually any Walmart.

Allosaurus (Walking With Dinosaurs by Toyway)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

Before Tyrannosaurus was discovered and became a palaeontological superstar, there was another theropod that filled the role of the quintessential prehistoric predator: Allosaurus. Featured in early dinosaur media (such as being the main predator in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, The Lost World), Allosaurus has still been able to gain some of the limelight, helped by very complete remains with some incredible injuries (Big Al). As a result, the species featured in the second episode of Walking With Dinosaurs and a special, The Ballad of Big Al, where it was the central species. As a result, it had a figure made in the Toyway line.

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The Allosaurus itself is 11” long and 4.4” high, making it a fairly large figure even in comparison with other members of the line. Again, it suffers from a stoic pose, which is a shame, but that is the result of being based on the in-show model. The colour scheme is fairly close to how it appears in show, with predominate grey all over, dark stripes, and red crests, although it does lack the tan featured in the show, and the red is less prominent on the figure. Maybe it’s a youngster. It also has a very clear cloacal opening. That’s all I have to say on that.

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Accuracy is very good on this figure, as should be expected. The proportions of the limbs, tail, and torso are correct, and the hands and feet have the correct number of digits. It does feature an overbite, which some may dispute over whether or not it is correct. The crests are featured, but seem a little small (on a slightly small head overall). Maybe this really is a juvenile after all.

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This is a great figure all around. Accurate and well detailed, it is well worth buying. As the line is retired and highly collectable, it is hard to find and expensive when you do. This is one of the harder figures of the line to find, much like the other predators in this line (only beaten in rarity and expense by the marine reptiles), so best of luck if you do wish to add this to your collection.

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Allosaurus Assault (Jurassic Park by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Paul Carter AKA Carnosaur, edited by Suspsy

In 2011, prototype images of an Allosaurus, a Carnotaurus, a Pachyrhinosaurus, and a Stegosaurus for the Jurassic Park toy line began floating around the web. Sadly, only the Allosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus would make it to production in the summer of 2013. Even more disappointing was the fact that they did not make it into the Jurassic World toy line that Hasbro would release two years later.

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A human Dino Hunter figure equipped with weapons was included with each toy. These were basically G.I. Joe action figures with new head sculpts.

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Overall, the 2013 Allosaurus kind of resembles the Papo Allosaurus, but it’s larger, roughly about the same size as the old JP Allosaurus toy that Kenner released in 1997. Its legs are more bent, giving it a more natural posture, and it can stand fine without a tripod stance. It features a lot more articulation in the shoulders, legs, neck, and head, and it also has the “Dino Damage” feature. The skin piece that covers the wound hides it pretty well.

The sculpt of the figure itself is nice and detailed, and would lend itself well to a custom paint job. Hasbro’s actual paint scheme, on the other hand, is kind of frustrating. While the colour palette itself is interesting, it falls way short of the paint seen on the image on the box. The paint on the dinosaur’s head, feet, and underside are nicely if simply blended. But the bold markings running down its back look like a afterthought, and detract from the figure in my opinion.

Also, the fact that the orange crest doesn’t continue down the length of the tail reminds me of the cheaply painted Chap Mei dinosaurs from the Toys “R” Us Animal Planet line. Come on, Hasbro, at least try to make the toy look as good as the sculptor did. The only other detractor for some collectors would probably be the pronated hands that lack the huge claw on the first finger.

Overall though, I think its a great though hard to find figure and worth adding to your collection. Especially for fans of the older Kenner figures or the JP line in general.