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Tyrannosaurus rex (1/5 Scale Bust by Chronicle Collectibles)

Review and photographs by Sammy Allouba (aka JurassicGeek09), edited by Suspsy

It had to happen sooner or later and by that, I mean high-end Jurassic Park/World collectibles for us serious JP fans. After the extremely lacklustre offerings by Hasbro in the past year, someone had to lift up our spirits. Cue Chronicle Collectibles. Today, I am proud to present the first of their offerings in this area, their 1/5th scale Tyrannosaurus rex bust. This was first announced in the later part of 2015, if memory serves correctly. It’s cast from the original Stan Winston Studios mould and is pretty much what you’d expect in a JP T. rex, but I’ll save those comments for later in this review.

The size took me by surprise when I unboxed it. Don’t kid yourself, this guy is massive. It’s a solid 20 lbs and is two feet every which way you measure it. I was also taken aback by the level of detail which might sound surprising to some, given both the cost of it along with the company that made it, but for a guy like me who’s never owned a high-priced collectible like this until now, I was stunned to say the least.

The one flaw that some are talking about is that the colour seems to be a bit off. Depending on whom you ask, the colouring of this piece is either 100% screen accurate, or too green. I recall the promo shots for this piece gave the impression that it was a much darker green with a few hints of brown. After looking up some still images of the film, along with the T. rex models in broad daylight, I’d say the colouring is pretty spot on. For the more finicky among us who prefer the advertised colouring, remember the golden rule of “Final product may appear different from prototypes” and all that jazz.

The finer details on this piece are incredible. From the wrinkles in the neck, to the creases above the eyes, to the bumps on the tongue, to the serrations on the teeth which you can totally feel, Chronicle spared no expense in really bringing this guy to life. I feel at this point I should mention that obviously, scientific accuracy is not something to look for here. It’s a Jurassic Park piece and as such, these animals were not designed with 100% science in mind. This T. rex head is boxy, short-snouted, and looks downright angry, as JP Rexes go.

The wall mount portion is heavy, firm, and feels extremely sturdy. There really is no other way to display this behemoth aside from putting it face up like you see in these photos but that doesn’t command the same level of respect and awe something like this demands. Included in the package are the necessary mounting screws and struts. I really don’t recommend mounting it on your own because it’s just that heavy so do it with someone lending a helping hand.

I’m a huge Jurassic Park fan so it’s very hard for me to unbiased here. That said, because it’s based on a movie design and not the real Tyrannosaurus rex discovered by Barnum Brown that we see in museums the world over, I’m going to give it a 10/10. It’s menacing, it’s imposing, it’s huge, it’s downright gorgeous, and I haven’t been able to take my eyes off of it since I took it out of its box. Chronicle Collectibles has very clearly demonstrated their ability to produce high-quality movie-based products and I cannot wait to see what comes next. If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, you owe it to yourself to invest in this line up of exquisite models.

Tyrannosaurus rex (Version 1 by CollectA)

CollectA nowadays is widely considered one of the top makers of high quality prehistoric toys, as demonstrated by their very awesome 2017 assortment. But that certainly wasn’t always the case. For this review, I’ll be taking another trip back in time to 2006, the year of CollectA’s humble beginning. Back then, of course, it was known as Procon, and its first wave of toys was . . . well, not exactly what you’d call spectacular.

Feast your eyes on the very first CollectA/Procon Tyrannosaurus rex. Measuring about 19 cm and slightly under 10 cm tall, it is posed in the much-reviled tripod stance with its massive head turned to the left and its mouth wide open. The main colour is pine green over dirty brown with darkened stripes, a pale underbelly, very dark grey claws, gold eyes, a pink mouth, and white teeth. This same colour scheme would later be reused for the Deluxe version and the titanic 1:15 scale version. And yes, it also bears a suspicious resemblance to the original Papo T. rex that came out the year before it.

The sculpting on this T. rex is decent if unremarkable. Its skin is scaly all over with thick wrinkles on the neck, belly, and flanks. The inside of the mouth has minimal detail and the tongue is barely more than a slab. The very high brow ridges give the animal an enraged appearance. The forward-facing orbits are sunken, but the fenestrae are actually not that visible beneath the skin.

And now let’s tackle the many inaccuracies on this poor fellow. First, of course, there’s the upright tripod stance. Then there’s the stumpy, too-short tail. The hind limbs look stiff and elephantine and the feet and claws are chunky. The arm are too long and the wrists are pronated. The neck is also too long. The lower jaw is too wide and the teeth are little more than generic rows of bumps. And perhaps most glaring of all, this poor T. rex is missing its nostrils! Oh, and the legs on mine are warped to boot.

Probably the best thing I can say about this T. rex is that, when compared alongside CollectA’s more recent toys, it certainly illustrates how much the company has improved over the last ten years. Truth be told, I bought this one strictly as a novelty, and because my ambition is to someday see the DTB’s CollectA page completed. If you don’t already own it, then seriously, don’t bother. Not unless you’re a die-hard T. rex fan like me.

Tyrannosaurus rex (Adult and Baby)(Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

With Wild Safari having released an absolutely stellar assortment for 2017, I thought it would be both amusing and humbling to take a trip back in time to when the line was widely perceived as being strictly for kids and inferior to the now-defunct Carnegie Collection. Behold, I present these two outdated Tyrannosaurus rex figures.

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The adult T. rex is a repaint of the 1996 figure. Its main colours are medium and light green with dark brown claws and nostrils, black and yellow eyes, a pink mouth, and slightly greenish teeth. Hardly what you’d call exciting, but more realistic than the previous version. The figure has a height of 10.5 cm and a length of 21 cm.

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The T. rex is posed with its head tilted to the left, its mouth wide open, its arms flailing, and its tail swinging to the right, in the much-reviled tripod stance. The sculpting is a far cry from the masterpieces that Doug Watson turns out nowadays, but it’s still reasonably good. Lots of heavy skin folds and wrinkles, round osteoderms on the back of the neck, rows of scales on the hind feet, and visible musculature.

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Unfortunately, this T. rex‘s head is a world of wrong. First off, anyone who’s up on their tyrant lizard anatomy knows that the skull has a distinct T-shaped profile when viewed from above, which allowed for the animal’s eyes to face forward. By contrast, the head on this figure has more of a V-shape, with the eyes facing out to the sides. The hornlets sprouting above and in front of the eyes are too prominent. The premaxilla should be rounded, not sloped like it is here. And the teeth ought to be longer. This looks much more like the head of an Allosaurus than a T. rex. In addition, the arms are not small enough.

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The baby T. rex, which is also a repaint, shares the same colour scheme as the adult. It stands about 6 cm tall and measures 9 cm long. It is posed in a tripod stance similar to its parent’s, albeit with a closed mouth. It also have the same style and level of sculpting.

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Now, to be fair, this figure was made before any juvenile T. rex fossils had been discovered (aside from the highly dubious Nanotyrannus). Since then, paleontologists have determined that young tyrants had proportionally longer legs and smaller, narrower skulls than the adults. And they were very likely decked out in feathery plumage. By contrast, this figure has oversized arms, puny hind legs, and a huge, blocky head that would probably be impossible for a real animal to hold up. I’m sure the sculptor was going for a cute appearance, but this T. rex ends up reminding me of a bullfrog.

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Honestly? If you don’t already own these toys and you’re not a completist, then don’t bother getting them. The misshapen heads on both the adult and the baby ruin them, at least for me, and there are many newer, far superior Safari toys available for you to spend your hard-earned money on. Still, if you do want them, they are still readily available at various stores, including Michael’s.

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