When considering the family Oviraptoridae, the first species that comes to mind is probably Oviraptor itself. But despite its fame, Oviraptor remains a very poorly known animal. Much of our understanding of these unique dinosaurs comes from a close relative, Citipati. Indeed, by all rights, Citipati really ought to be the most famous oviraptorid.
It always seems that whenever you start collecting something where you don’t know what is in the packaging, be it a blind bag, booster card pack etc., there is always a certain figure or card they are specifically looking for, such as a rarity or favourite. This review will cover the figure I was hunting for, and eventually got: Gigantoraptor, the giant oviraptor of the Gobi Desert.
Oviraptor is a genus of small theropod dinosaurs, discovered in Mongolia. This figure belongs to the now extinct Carnegie line by Safari Ltd. It is seen by many fans as the “female” counterpart to the newer 2007 version, due to its more subdued plumage, but it really was never intended to be.
Normally I prefer to write about noble fishes, but occasionally I must sully myself with filthy theropods. Today is such an occasion. Join me for a look at Schleich’s Oviraptor. Schleich has earned a lot of derision for their sometimes hilarious depictions of dinosaurs. Their 2018 slate of releases has plenty to mock, but there are several figures that are not too bad.
The Kaiyodo Dinotales Oviraptor displays all the usual qualities the manufacturer is well known for: up-to-date anatomical accuracy and beautiful craftsmanship all united in one tiny, commercially produced model. It is in fact one of the scarcer figures in the line, originally released in Japan as a promotional item accompanying a bottle of lemon drink.