Archaeopteryx (Soft Model by Favorite Co. Ltd.)



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In 2017, Favorite Co. Ltd. surprised collectors with two new figures for their soft model collection. I reviewed the first figure, a new quadrupedal Spinosaurus, previously on this blog. Today let’s look at the second model, Archaeopteryx. Despite its legendary status as the “first bird,” (its true cladistic position has been debated several times in the past), there aren’t very many Archaeopteryx toys on the market today, much less many that strive for real scientific accuracy. Favorite’s new model is an exception.

The Favorite soft model Archaeopteryx measures 4.5 inches (12 cm) long and under 2.5 inches (6 cm) tall at the head (the tail is raised a little higher). It is posed in mid-leap, as if it is running across the group or preparing for flight, which is a more dynamic take on the stereotypical “bird with wings outstretched” pose most figures of this species get stuck with. I find this a welcome change. The figure is held in position with a small clear rod and rocky base.

The anatomical proportions on this toy look very accurate to my eyes. The toy is fully covered in plumage, with broad wings and a fanned tail, long legs with feathery “trousers,” and the hyper-extended second toe displayed. If anything, perhaps the wings should be more rounded at the ends, and the legs should be slightly longer still (Archaeopteryx had very long legs). For a bird, the quantity of feathering on the neck and body might also appear slim.

The textural detail of the feathers is impressive, featuring multiple feather types on the body, and even capturing the individual vanes on the large flight and tail feathers. I’ve tried to capture this detail in the photos, but the best way to appreciate it is to actually feel it in one’s own hand.

Archaeopteryx is presented here in alternating black-and-white(light gray) coloration, with a speculative red crest and yellow throat patch. It’s been speculated that Archaeopteryx‘s head would have actually been bare of feathers, but this has yet to be confirmed. The head aside, the color scheme seems within reason of what is known from fossils; black coloration is known from certain feathers, while the possibility of light-and-dark patterning has been speculated (if less well supported).

The Favorite soft model is, by my measure, a very nice representation of a classic (if underrepresented) dinosaur genus. If you’re looking to add one to your collection, there aren’t many international sellers offering them at this time, but you should be able to find some on eBay for reasonable prices.

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Comments 5

  • It looks like it’s basically just an Anchiornis

  • Nice photos and review! I really like this Archaeopteryx, even if it could be a bit fluffier and have darker plumage.

  • I love Archaeopteryx and of course had to get this figure. My figure doesn’t have it’s feet painted in this (greenish) brown color like in the photos, but they’re the same colour as the base/main body. I’m guessing it’s some kind of painting mistake? I’m thinking of getting this figure again and hopefully get one with painted feet. Other than that it’s an awesome looking figure and looks great on my desk.

  • I absolutely adore the wings. The chosen colours, markings, and sculpt compliment each other wonderfully.

  • Favorite archeopteryx is a paleoartistic work along with his great spinosaurus swimmer of the year 2017 and is undoubtedly a star figure in the world of prehistoric animal toy collecting (in this case dinosaurs) and like all toy dinosaurs of a Japanese company in this case of the great company Favorite a figure that is more aimed at collectors than children is a figure in any case very educational and above all highlight the beauty of the plumage of Archeopteryx fully detailed.

    It supposes an ostensible improvement that figure with respect to the dinosaurs of toy that the Favorite company did in the past without that it removes that they are very good figures all of them, but the said the figures even of PVC or vinyl of Favorite I believe that they are rather intended for a collector (for example the office of a scientist) that for the infantile consumption.

    I congratulate Favorite in my case because for me it is the first archeopteryx that is not in a sedentary position but preparing to fly and supported by that plastic barilla. Very cool

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