As recently featured on the Plesiosaur Directory toys page, there is a new Liopleurodon toy on the scene. Considering the rarity of Liopleurodon toys, coupled with the huge popularity of this pliosaur, this Liopleurodon figure is sure to be a collector’s item. It’s part of the second series of Dinovalley, produced by Chap Mei. The Dinovalley series is similar to the 1990s Jurassic Park line by Kenner in that it includes all manner of human figures and vehicles. The Liopleurodon is accompanied by a boat, two human figures, a floating cage, and all sorts of accessories – in fact, the pliosaur is a relatively small part of the set – but it’s the only reason I bought it. 😉
The flippers are not posable (the only joint on the whole figure is the jaw joint) and both the fore and hind limbs are orientated downwards, the forelimbs slightly more so. The tail also points downwards so that at rest, the figure is supported by the two forelimbs and the tail, with the hind-limbs hovering n mid-air. The colour is nice, partly based on Walking with Dinosaurs, but there are unique areas too.
There are rows of raised light blue scutes along the animals back, and there is plenty of detail on the head (teeth, eyes, a lovely long pink tongue!). In contrast, the tail and hind limbs have no paint at all and appear as if they were stuck on as an afterthought. This seems to be common amongst Chap Mei figures. The figure is a substantial size at 26cm long.
The jaws have a snapping action, activated by a button on the back. The figure is rather cartoony but as cartoon pliosaurs go, it is pretty accurate. So, where do you get it? I found mine in a local Tesco, and also spotted it in the UK in the ELC. So far I have failed to find it on the web. As soon as I do, I will link to it from here. If anybody can help, please let me know…
Overall, a nice figure, but with a number of typical Chap Mei caveats.
Available from Ebay.com here
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This blog entry was updated on the 06/02/08, original post date: 21/11/07