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Plesiosaurus (version 2) (Soft Model by Favorite Co. Ltd)

Nope, you’re not seeing double. Ever since Favorite released their second wave of ‘Soft Models’, their line is starting to resemble an alternative retelling of the Noah’s Ark fable, in which the dinosaurs march along two by two. That’s because they decided, instead of creating new species, to redo and update their existing species list.

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Compare and contrast. Favorite Co. Ltd Plesiosaurus version 2 top, version 1 bottom.

After delaying my review of the original version 1 Plesiosaurus for far too long, my bad habits have diminished very little. This new version, essentially a replacement for the previous version, has been on my ‘to review’ list ever since I received it as a generous gift from dinotoyforum regular and all-round top bloke, Postsaurischian, back when the figure first became available a few years ago. For two representatives of exactly the same genus there are a lot of differences to note between this pair, which make the review ripe for a bout of ‘compare and contrast’.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison
Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

I’ll start with the proportions. It’s obvious at first glance that this new figure is more stocky than its predecessor, with a shorter neck, and broader shorter flippers. But let’s quantify this. To determine which figure is closer to reality I decided to take some measurements and here’s what I found. The neck of version 1 is 46% of the entire length of the animal, almost half, while version two is only 33%, a third. Based on measurement of the holotype specimen of Plesiosaurus I calculated that the creature’s neck is %41 of the total length of the animal. So, the version 1 figure is too long by 5%, while the version 2 has under-compensated in the opposite direction by 8%. Version 1 wins the battle of accuracy by a slim 2% margin, but it is not a spectacular victory, and neither figure is apparently correct.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

In my review of the version 1 figure I praised the head because it was obviously based on reconstructions from the literature (e.g. this one by Storrs, 1997). The head of the second version has no glaring anatomical errors, but isn’t as detailed and doesn’t match the skull reconstructions of Plesiosaurus quite so closely. The vacuum-packed appearance gives it a bug-eyed look and the post-temporal fenestrae are too sunken. The number of teeth has been correctly increased, but they aren’t well defined. The head is therefore a step down from the original figure.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

Kissy, kissy! Favorite Co. Ltd Plesiosaurus version 1 on the left, version 2 on the right.

The distance between the front and hind limbs (the torso) has been increased in the new figure. This is an improvement because this region was too short in the first version which gives it a mildly ungainly appearance. This new version is more balanced in this regard. The hind limbs in the new version are pointed backwards more, and the left hind flipper is notably curved along its length, as if resisting water during the upstroke. This works well.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison
Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

There’s nothing too exciting about the colour, which is grey all over and not particularly photogenic. The texture is similar to the version 1 model, with strong wrinkles – I’d expect the living creature to be smoother and more streamlined. A fold of skin on the flank of the body in version 1 figure is absent in the new version, and I prefer the updated version. This figure comes with a nice little stand that consists of a blue section of sea floor, which holds a transparent rod that fits into a hole in the belly of the beast. It displays really well. The previous version had a display stand that had to be bought separately.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

There are some points of similarity. Both figures have a strongly arched back. My research is showing that the spine in plesiosaurs was actually rather straight, so the curvature in this model is probably too pronounced, but that’s through no fault of the sculptor – this is an active field of research. The overall posture is also similar in the two figures, with the forelimbs raised higher than the hind limbs.

Plesiosaurs Favorite comparison

The relatively shorter neck and broader flippers in version 2, and the shape of the skull, are all closer to Cryptoclidus than Plesiosaurus, so I wonder if the sculptor  made a booboo and based this updated restoration on the former genus instead. Overall, this is a really nice plesiosaur model, although not a huge  improvement over the earlier incarnation. Certainly a keeper for the marine reptile enthusiasts.

Available new from ebay.com here and the whole new Favorite Soft Model set is available from Amazon.com here.

Plesiosaurus (3D Puzzle by Fame Master)

Hi folks! I´m happy to submit a brand new review, my first one for nearly a year. It is about the Plesiosaurus 3D puzzle, produced by Fame Master, which is being distributed by a company named Spiegelburg/Coppenrath in Germany.

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It’s a nice figure, very easy to fit and makes a nice contribution to every collector’s shelf or cabinet. It’s clearly a toy, however, but a cool one. There were two seasons and four animals of these 3D toys, covering the classic spectrum of the most famous dinosaurs.

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The colours of the Plesiosaurus are a classic choice for this animal, blue and white with a camouflage pattern. The pose is dynamic, classic as well. We see an animal after a lucky hunt, with a coelacanth in the chops.

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The small coelacanth is surprisingly detailed and has big eyes, which is no surprise since it´s the hapless victim of the elegant Plesiosaurus. Its bite marks fix it in the mouth of the Plesiosaurus. I do not know how likely an encounter of these creatures was, but it is cool to see some icons of palaeontology in one model. Something extinct together with something recent, what a nice and winking combination! The figure reminds me of the Kaiyodo plesiosaurs and resembles them in its pose. But it’s twice as big and a little rougher.

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Plesiosaur lovers around this world, go and get this model! You will not be disappointed!

Plesiosaurus (Soft Model by Favorite Co. Ltd.)

Favorite’s ‘Soft Models’ tend to receive acclaim on the Dinosaur Toy Blog and I’ve been promising to review the Plesiosaurus for…well, years actually. Certain members of the Dinosaur Toy Forum tend not to let me forget it! So it will be a weight off my shoulders to finally give this figure the attention it deserves. This review is also timely because of the impending wave of Favorite resculpts including a new Plesiosaurus, presently on the dinosaur toy horizon. One has to wonder if the resculpts are entirely necessary given the excellent quality of the originals, but it will be interesting to compare the old with the new as the fresh models are released. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

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The 1:30 scale original Plesiosaurus is excellent. As with all the models in the series it’s clear that a significant amount of research has gone into it. Most companies strive for accuracy, except for Papo who sometimes seem to revel in their disdain for scientific accuracy, and Favorite are one of the companies who have led the way. Notably, the Favorite Plesiosaurus has its neck in an anatomically correct horizontal position. The overall proportions appear slightly off – the neck is slightly too long, the tail and the trunk of the body a touch too short, but these are minor quibbles in an otherwise impressively accurate restoration.

Favorite Plesiosaurus

The beautiful slender wing-like flippers are perfect. The fore-flippers are raised slightly and the hind-flippers are lowered slightly, so the animal appears to be sculling slowly along on the hunt for fish. I have nothing but praise for the head, which is superb, especially for such a small figure. It is clearly based on recent reconstructions of the skull of Plesiosaurus, again illustrating Favorite’s serious attitude to scientific accuracy. I’m pleased to see a long-necked plesiosaur with the eyes in the correct position. The temporal fenestrae are delineated by a slight ridge but are still bulked out with muscles as they should be. The mouth is in a closed position with the ferocious teeth interlocked.

Favorite Plesiosaurus

The surface texture is generally smooth with faint transverse wrinkles. There is a prominent flap of skin running along the side of the neck and onto the torso between the flippers. I’m not particularly taken with this speculative detail but I don’t mind a little artistic license. The colour scheme is rather plain, dark brown on top with faint stripes on the flanks. It isn’t a slur to point out this Plesiosaurus has a yellow belly, because it is also yellow under the neck, flippers, and tail.

Favorite Plesiosaurus

Plesiosaurus is surprisingly underrepresented in toy form, especially given that it is the plesiosaur namesake. When it comes to long-necked plesiosaurs most companies plump for the more extreme body shape of the elasmosaurids (usually Elasmosaurus as default) over conservative types such as Plesiosaurus. Invicta produced a beautiful plesiosaur, which is quite obviously intended to be Plesiosaurus, but for some reason it has almost no details on its head, so comparison with the Favorite Plesosaurus isn’t possible. At only 14 cm long Favorite Plesosaurus  is diminutive next to its Safari, Bullyland, and Schleich plesiosaur friends, but the Favorite Plesiosaurus is a lovely little model and I highly recommend it. I hope the rescupt doesn’t undo any of the fine aspects present in this fine original.

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