Review and photos by Paul Carter, edited by Suspsy
Chilantaisaurus (Ch’i-lan-t’ai lizard) was a large late Cretaceous neovenatorid theropod related to Allosaurus. It is estimated to weigh between 2.5 metric tons and 4 metric tons and was probably 11 m (36 ft) to 13 m (43 ft) in length. It probably hunted local species of sauropods and ornithopods.
This 2018 figure by Vitae is the first ever done for this species in toy form as far as I know. It’s very small at about 7.5 inches long, which puts it nearly on par with the Wild Safari Allosaurus. Unlike that figure, however, Vitae’s Chilantaisaurus stands perfectly balanced on just its two feet, even though one of them is raised in the process of striding forward.
Speaking of which. I’ve had this figure almost two months now and it hasn’t fallen over. It’s very light, made of a PVC plastic that feels both soft and very sturdy at the same time. It is also well-proportioned, with normal-sized feet, a long tail, non-pronated hands with the correct claw length. Also, there’s no shrink-wrapping on the skull.
The figure is nicely painted in a basic brown that fades to a pale tan underneath. There is darker brown on the limbs, the top of the head, and running down the length of the spine. The mouth and the nostrils are decked out in fleshy pink, the teeth are well-painted, and the animal is striped in a lovely contrast of teal with a darker teal core that really adds a nice contrast to the earthen hues. The eyes are simple glossy black dots.
At its small size, the Chilantaisaurus‘ skin detail is almost non-existent, with some hints of skin wrinkles and scales. There there are prominent scales and scutes running the length of the vertebrae, though. I understand that some collectors may be put off by the small size of this toy, but I am pleased with my purchase of it. Especially as it sizes up so nicely with my smaller sauropods, as you can see in the photos. This to me is a plus when doing my photography. It also makes this figure a fine choice for diorama artists.
Overall then, I recommend Vitae’s Chilantaisaurus. It’s well made, very accurate, and fits in nicely with various other toys.