Review and photos by PhilSauria, edited by Suspsy
While there is no shortage of Baryonyx figures available if you are looking to add one to your collection, this guy and most of his relatives tend to be overshadowed by the species that gave their family its name: Spinosaurus. That was an unusual dinosaur that would have attracted attention anyhow, but really had its profile raised thanks to its appearance in a certain movie franchise. Interestingly, something like that may happen to Baryonyx by virtue of its inclusion in the latest installment of that same franchise. Another version of it in plastic already on its way as part of the associated merchandise.
But let’s get back to the subject of this review: CollectA’s 2008 Deluxe Baryonyx. Being part of the Deluxe range, it is quite a bit larger than the standard CollectA figure at 28 cm/10.5 inches from nose to tail and 11 cm/4 inches at the raised section of its arched back. This makes it a reasonably heavy figure in hand and a definite presence on the display shelf. One that your eye goes to at a quick glance. The sculpt, to my eye, leans more toward the stylised end of the spectrum than the more naturalistic. The oversized feet for instance, are much larger than they would be on the actual animal, but as is often the case with theropod figures, these are an aid to stability. And it certainly does stand well, so no worries about it toppling over in the night.
The colour scheme is almost monochromatic, being a dull brown all over with some darker stripes running along the spine from the tail to the neck, black claws, orange eyes, white teeth, and a pink tongue. A darker tone is drybrushed here and there to bring out the texture, especially on the somewhat shrink-wrapped head. The pose suggests the Baryonyx has stopped in mid-stride, one foot in front of the other, as though something has caught its attention. The head is turning to one side to check it out.
Both of the characteristic features of this species are there: the enlarged first claw on each hand (though the hands are in the wrong aspect and not facing palm to palm as they should be) and the long, crocodilian-like head, but with no notch in the jaw. It also has the raised section along the spine.
All in all not a bad figure to own, I picked mine up as part of a trade, but I believe it can still be found in the ranges of a lot of retailers.