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Spinosaurus (Unknown Company)

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

Behold Spinosaurus, a ‘marmite’ animal among dinosaur enthusiasts. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny how fascinating this beast is. It’s a creature still shrouded in mystery, much like the statue we’ll be looking at today. I’m not really sure what company produced this statue; all I can say is that I picked it up at the Kents Caverns gift shop in Devon, England. I’ve not found any information or images of this statue online, and statues that appear to be of the same style offer contradictory information about their origin.

Remember what I said about ‘marmite’? Well, that may be one’s interpretation of this statue as well. This model appears to be an older sculpt, perhaps early to mid-2000s’ when public perceptions of Spinosaurus were still being shaped by Jurassic Park 3. The posing on this figure is typical for the ferocious ‘rex killing’ monster that Spinosaurus was portrayed as. Mouth open with teeth on display, muscular arms baring flesh-tearing claws carelessly hanging, and walking among the bones of the fallen.

Measuring at 40 cm (15.7 inches) long and 25 cm (9.8 inches) tall, this is a decent-sized model. Inaccuracies aside, the sculpt is quite nice. The scales are individually sculpted with a life-like texture. Skin folds are also found throughout the model. The muscles aren’t too well sculpted, but in few places, such as the legs, there seems to be some evidence of musculature. The facial details are symmetrical. The teeth in the lower jaw are also individually sculpted and are also sharp. The same can’t be said for the teeth in the upper jaw, which are, in all honesty, slightly pathetic. While there are some teeth, they are found on the right side of the jaw only, and they take the form of random bumps. The left side of the upper jaw is devoid of teeth, save for a ridge that makes it look as if the sculpt is unfinished.

Part of this model’s sculpt did surprise me. A cloacal opening and non-pronated hands are unexpected on an otherwise very scientifically inaccurate model, but are welcome nonetheless. The sculpting on the hands and feet are good, featuring large and broad scales that give the hands and feet a bird-like appearance. The signature crest of Spinosaurus is also present.

The base is also interesting, but a little lacklustre. It’s littered with the rib bones of some long deceased (or recently eaten) dinosaur, a far cry from the river setting that Spinosaurus is often associated with. Personally, I welcome this base. I imagine that Spinosaurus would definitely wander further inland during dry seasons or drought. The base does allow one to question the circumstances that led this Spinosaurus so far from home. My only wish for the base is that it had more detail. While you can make out some rocks, the terrain this Spinosaurus is wandering through isn’t very clear. I’d say it’s desert, yet tall, healthy plants are present. I’d say marsh, but the Spinosaurus doesn’t seem to be sinking into the ground, and the sides of the base look very rock-like.

Now it’s time to list the flaws, of which there are MANY. First of all, no, that is not a camera trick, the tail really is that short. In reality, it would be incapable of balancing the animal, meaning it’d probably be falling forward onto those oversized hands all the time. The legs are also incredibly long, even if you’re comparing them to JP3’s Spinosaurus. The hands lack the enlarged killing claws that would have been used to fish. The torso section of the Spinosaurus is very robust; this guy (or gal?) has massive hips. The face and neck are incredibly shrink-wrapped and lack any sort of muscle definition. The neck itself is also very long, thin, and serpent-like, forming an ‘S’ curve that I’m not sure Spinosaurus was capable of achieving. The face is also quite rounded, short, and small, as opposed to long and narrow. A tooth notch is somewhat present, but it’s so subtly sculpted that it’s very difficult to see. The teeth, as mentioned before, are appalling and fail to represent not just spinosaur teeth but theropod teeth as a whole. The eyes are also incredibly large and the interior of the mouth isn’t sculpted at all.

Final verdict: this is not a statue that those who care for scientific accuracy. It’s nowhere near as bad as other dinosaur models, such as early Schleichs, but it’s no Sideshow Collectable either. Dinosaur model collectors may also have a hard time fitting this one in their collection. Those who like or appreciate vintage models may take a liking to this figure. However, to obtain one, you’d need to want it very badly, given that I couldn’t find any information (or even evidence of existence) about this figure online.

Spinosaurus (Jurassic World Hybrids by Hasbro)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

If I’m going to be truly honest, I kind of regretted buying this figure at first, but it kind of grew on me after a while. What we have here is a repaint of the 2015 Bashers and Biters Spinosaurus, which I reviewed here on the blog last year. And to cut to the chase, nothing about this figure is an improvement over the previous version, except for the colours.

The packaging is everything we come to expect from this toy line. The model is tied onto a display platform without a window, so that shoppers can test (or break) the toy if they so desire before buying it. The back of the box shows a lovely graphic of the dinosaur in question that bears little to no resemblance to the actual product due to the fact that it’s essentially a Photoshop painting.

Once the model is out of the packaging, it becomes apparent that all of the issues that plagued the first version are still present with this one. The head looks like that of a Spinosaurus, complete with a tooth notch, but it is still too wide when viewed from above, just like the JP3 model. The arms are pronated as usual, and still lack the signature fish hook claw that should be present on all spinosaur toys. But perhaps the biggest thing Hasbro failed to correct with this figure are the feet. They did not change the design flaw at all, so when the feet are evenly aligned, the three toes on the left foot are still raised up.

Since this is exactly the same sculpt as the 2015 figure, its gimmick operates the exact same way. You pull down the tail to make the head go up, and pull it to the side to make it open its mouth.

The only difference between this model and the old one is pretty obvious, and that would be the colour scheme. In all honesty, they looks a whole lot better then the awful ensemble of the original. The base colours are bright blue while the bottom parts of the body are a light metallic brown. The back is painted red, with some purple being visible in between the red and the blue, and the the model is also complimented by some black stripes. The claws on this figure are white like the teeth, and the eyes are the same shade of red as the one used for the back. Since this model is painted in brighter colors, it does not look as zombie-like as the original, with its open flesh wound. And while the original had an unpainted tail, this figure’s tail features a pattern that matches those on the torso and neck.

Overall, this is another step closer to completing the Jurassic World page. And I will say that, out of all the Hybrid figures, this one is actually my favourite. The colours, while not realistic, are still very attractive and an improvement over the original version. Despite being poorly made, I find myself playing with this toy a little more each time I am at my desk. If you can find enjoyment like that in them, then this Spinosaurus is worth every penny. Otherwise, it’s best to just save your money on something more detailed and accurate then this.

Spinosaurus and Velociraptor (Jurassic Park 2009 by Hasbro)

Nearly all of the Jurassic Park 2009 toys were repaints of older toys save for the Allosaurus and the Pachyrhinosaurus. These included the miniature two-packs such as this one, containing hatchling versions of the famous Spinosaurus and Velociraptor.

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The Spinosaurus measures 12.5 cm long. It is posed in a crouching stance with its left arm outstretched, as though it’s reaching for some food or fighting with its nestmate. Its colour scheme appears to have been inspired by the common iguana: bright green with moss green for the head, sail, hands, and feet, a pale underbelly, and dark green stripes on the tail. The eyes are yellow, the inside of the mouth is maroon, the teeth are yellowish white, and there are some pale green spots on each flank. The JP logo is painted on either thigh in white.

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The sculpting on this toy is fairly good, with lots of scales, a few folds and wrinkles, and well-defined muscles in the limbs. Unfortunately, this Spinosaurus, like all the JP renditions of this animal, has a snout that’s far too short and broad, even for a hatchling. As well, the feet are so thick, it looks like it’s wearing boots. And of course, if the much-disputed Ibrahim/Sereno reconstruction is indeed accurate, then the limbs on this toy are all wrong too.

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The Velociraptor hatchling is 10 cm long. Its pose suggests that it too is confronting a hostile nestmate or some other threat. Stands rather well for such a small bipedal toy. Its main colour is orange with pale yellow and light orange stripes, pale yellow for the underbelly, black hind claws, red eyes, a maroon mouth, yellowish teeth, and white JP logos on the thighs.

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The Velociraptor is more wrinkly than scaly, and again has well-defined musculature in the arms and legs. As you can see, it suffers from all the glaring inaccuracies of a +20 year old movie design: lack of feathers, pronated wrists, a head and neck that are too beefy, and a curled tail.

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Overall, these little dinosaurs will probably be appealing to JP fans, but for anyone who prefers their dinosaurs up to date, they can safely give this set a pass.