The idea of genetically altering creatures for ulterior motives is a common thing in various stories, usually resulting in some big bad creature that our heroes must defeat. Dino media is no exception to this, and here we look at a model of one Tyrannosaurus that ended up bigger and stronger than others in it’s series: the Black T.Rex from Dinosaur King. Featuring in the card game and anime, it was altered to be much larger (being near kaiju sized in the anime), making it a perfect final villain for the show. It also provides a good extra figure for the vinyl line, which we will look at in this review!
This figure is a great representation of the Black T.Rex from the show, burning skin and all, the black and orange really working. Not natural, but eye-catching. It has three points of articulation, the legs and the tail, though the latter is frankly worthless as the tail is stuck outright, so would look odd as a result. The vinyl is translucent, thus holding it to a light source gives it the burning effect expected of this dino in the series. It’s fairly sturdy, so won’t break like translucent plastic in a socket joint, but will warp, as has happened to mine.
To accuracy. This does have a lot of good points, the head shape is good, the horizontal pose is spot on and the arms are decently sized. Really, there are only two major faults: the shrink-wrapped head and the pronated wrists. The teeth are uniform and not that close to the actually rex teeth, but that is common among mass manufactured models, so I won’t knock it too much.
Now the real downside to this model: the price. I was lucky to find it in a bundle on eBay, as individuals on eBay are horrendously over inflated, being into the hundreds of pounds. While a great figure, I don’t think it’s worth that amount. The line is long discontinued, and a lot of the figures suffer inflated after market prices. If you find this one cheap, definitely grab it, but don’t pay the extreme prices. It’s not worth that much.
Wasn’t aware of this version. Is it the same mold as the standard pink version?
More like the standard version than the pink version I’d say.
That’s a pretty cool figure! It’s nice to see more chunky tyrannosaurs. The translucent effect is quite impressive too!