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Concavenator (Jurassic Hunters by Geoworld)

Concavenator was a carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that hails from the Las Hoya Plateau in Spain. This animal is very special to me because I have fond memories of seeing it being reported in the news back in 2010 when I was only a lurker on the Dinosaur Toy Forum. This lead me to my first ever review in 2011 (which I admit, is pretty cringeworthy to me now) which just so happens to be a Concavenator.

This Concavenator is of your typical Geoworld quality, meaning its accuracy is minimal. It is clear that the model looks like a dinosaur, but it does not really have the care put into it to be worthy of purchase. The first thing that’s wrong with this figure is the total lack of muscle in most areas of the body. Basically, the model is very shrink-wrapped all over. But perhaps the one thing that really sinks this figure down the drain is the head. It looks like no theropod I have ever seen replicated. It is triangular in shape and almost terminates in a beak. As a result, the head bears no resemblance to the skull of the real animal. About the only thing that makes this a Concavenator are the tall spines on its back, which are sculpted like a sail as opposed to being a hump.

The colours on this model are very basic. The main colour is tan and there are black stripes painted on the back. The claws are black too. The base that the figure is mounted on is a light teal and the eyes are yellow. The inside the mouth is mostly hot pink, but the mouth is not opened very wide, so you would really have to examine it in order to see. As usual, the teeth are white, but for some reason, the tongue is topped with some purple.

Moving on to the card, all I can say is I’m happy to report that I can now tell you whose artwork has been exploited for this piece of paper. One look at this image is enough to bring back memories of the one used by Raul Martin in most news outlets when Concavenator was first discovered. It is very clear to me that the image was photoshopped to make it seem different from the actual piece, but there’s no denying the fact that this is still a textbook example of plagiarism. Other than the fact that the image used on this card is clearly the one by Martin, I don’t see anything else worthy of pointing out on this card at all. The info on this card is basic, but the grammar is very iffy.

Overall, I say skip this toy in favour of the retired Carnegie Collection version, or even the CollectA one for the time being. If you still want one, your best bet is DeJankins, as he is the best source of these products within the USA.

Concavenator (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd.)

In recent years, the fossil beds of Spain have provided spectacular examples of dinosaurs, but perhaps the most famous is Concavenator. First revealed in 2010, this allosauroid’s distinctive physique made it an instant celebrity. The peculiar hump along the back does not seem as awe-inspiring as the humongous sails lining the backs of certain other critters, yet it has clearly made an impression upon us. This distinction is further bolstered by the presence of quill knobs on the forearms – not a new feature to theropods – but certainly piling on mounds of mystique to what might have otherwise been a forgettable, modestly-sized theropod.

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It seems that artists have found Concavenator corcovatus to be utterly irresistible. A simple image search online reveals a plethora of pictures for this animal, with many of them carrying quills all over the body. Not even in a Todd Marshall theropod orgy would one expect to find this much quill craziness (and don’t forget Sean Cooper’s amazing sculpt). Given the increasing evidence of theropods with feathery integuments, these reconstructions may not be as far fetched as one might think. While the Carnegie sculptor likely began working on the Concavenator model two years in advance of release, it is strange that this model does not seem to bear a single quill, not even on the forearms. I can only imagine that it was deemed too great a safety issue or manufacturing concern for final production.

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The signature dorsal hump has been assigned at least two possible functions. The first is thermoregulation, which is not a terribly easy feature for an artist to convey. The second proposed function is display, perhaps strutting about in courtship rituals. This is another opportunity that an artist simply cannot pass up, and Concavenator’s signature feature is almost always adorned in some sort of flashy color. In many reconstructions, it bears a reddish hue, contrasted with the more neutral tones of the body. In some cases, this can actually make the bulk of the animal look comparatively boring (see the CollectA Concavenator of 2011). For the Carnegie reconstruction, this is certainly not the case. The basic cream color becomes a more sand-like tone toward the center of the body, while the flanks are streaked in brown. This ensures that even without the hump, this model would still be interesting to look at.

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The display hump has also been given more than the typical splash of red. The red actually appears in a long band over what can only be described as a creamy middle. This effect helps the red stand out, to a greater extent than if the entire hump had been coated in a single color. It could also be a clever way to avoid the mistaken impression of a wounded animal (see the original Carnegie Miragaia sculpture, which had only red along the neck without the counterbalance of blue). My only gripe is that the colors seem duller than the original prototype stock photo. Given the strong visual impression of last year’s Carnegie Carnotaurus model, I had hoped for a slightly more striking appearance. It is difficult to argue with the choice of red for exuding sexual energy, of course. If Les Misérables has taught us anything, it’s that red is the color of desire, yes?

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Crafting this piece at 1:25 scale has enabled considerable detail to be filled into its 18 centimeter form, though it will no doubt continue to irritate Carnegie traditionalists yearning for the days of consistent 1:40 scale models. As with most Carnegie figures, this model does reveal the substantial research that went into its design, making it a very accurate representation of the animal. The head conveys the hatchet-like shape of a carcharodontosaurid, the arms are held in the proper position, and the feet are elegantly formed and not oversized “clown feet”. Hopefully these models will start getting attached to bases, so they will not require their tails as a third support leg. Otherwise, it is an excellent example of a very exotic dinosaur, and by far the best available on the mass market today.

Upcoming releases from Safari Ltd (New for 2013)

Although it’s only September, Safari Ltd have already provided information on the new figures they plan to release in 2013. The line up of prehistoric animals includes one new addition to the Carnegie Collection, several new critters in the Wild Safari line, and a new ‘toob’. Presumably information about the new releases from CollectA, Papo, and Bullyland will follow shortly. In the meantime, here’s what Safari Ltd have in store.

Concavenator, the newest theropod to be added to the Carnegie Collection. As was the case last year, only a single new Carnegie figure is on the table for 2013.
concavenator carnegie 2013

There will be five new Wild Safari figures in 2013:

Elasmosaurus, a long-necked marine reptile:
Elasmosaurus Wild Safari 2013

Diabloceratops, a fancy-frilled new horned dinosaur:
Diabloceratops Wild Safari 2013

Gryposaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur:
Gryposaurus Wild Safari 2013

Gastornis, a giant predatory bird:
Gastornis Wild Safari 2013

Dimorphodon, an early pterosaur with a long tail and a large head:
Dimorphodon Wild Safari 2013

The new toob for 2013 is a selection of Cambrian Era creatures:
Cambrian toob Safari Ltd 2013