Japan has a prolific industry for collectibles and merchandise, although it is a fairly insular market that western collectors might find tricky to break into. There are always new surprises to uncover from riches of new releases each year. One such item which caught my attention in 2022 was a set of minifigures produced by The Access, a company dedicated to planning, manufacturing, and wholesaling a variety of in-house products for multiple age ranges.
Abelisaurus, which joins the distinguished likes of Ankylosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Mosasaurus, Plesiosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex in having an entire group of animals named after it, is presently known from only an incomplete skull. But based on what we have learned about other abelisaurs such as Rajasaurus, Majungasaurus, and, of course, Carnotaurus, we have a reasonably good idea of what Abelisaurus looked like: a stocky brute with a boxy head, muscle-bound legs, and itsy-bitsy arms.
Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy
With only two weeks left for the Beasts of the Mesozoic ceratopsian series campaign (as of this writing), it’s about time I got to writing perhaps the last of my reviews of these figures. either until I acquire more of the raptors or until I can get my hands on the ceratopsians.
The Battat Acrocanthosaurus is almost impossible to find nowadays. But there’s a good reason for that: it’s a beautiful replica that puts to shame almost any other version. Chronologically speaking, the Acrocanthosaurus is an appropiate choice for Battat. In 1996, the first reconstructed skeleton of this early Cretaceous theropod (known as ‘Fran’) was unveiled.
A lot of new figures have come out in 2017 [vote for your favourites here – Ed], but perhaps none have become more controversial than the Acrocanthosaurus that Schleich have created for their ‘Conquering the Earth’ dinosaurs collection. Sure, other Schleich models made for this year (like the Allosaurus) have their issues, but this one seems to bear the brunt of the scrutiny when it comes to the reception from dinosaur toy critics.
Acrocanthosaurus was a theropod that lived in the Early Cretaceous, in what is now Texas and Oklahoma. Its most distinctive feature is the tall neural spines that run down its back. These most likely supported large muscles, like in present day bison. Of the few Acrocanthosaurus figures out there, the FameMaster version is one of the better ones.
When most people think of large predatory dinosaurs from North America in the Cretaceous period, they usually think of Tyrannosaurus rex. Fair enough. He’s big, he’s mean, and he’s been well known for a long time, allowing many different models to be made of him.
As for Acrocanthosaurus itself, it lived in the early Cretaceous of North America, alongside some other well-known dinosaurs like Deinonychus, Utahraptor, and Tenontosaurus.
Like diamonds to a woman, Papo is a dinosaur lover’s best friend. While they tend to fall short in terms of scientific accuracy, their models are renowned for being packed to the brim with detail. Their offerings are pleasing to look at, even if it’s a slightly less enjoyable viewing experience for a trained eye.