The carcharodontosaurid family contains some of the very biggest flesh-eating dinosaurs known to science: Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus, Tyrannotitan, Acrocanthosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus itself. But it also includes a much smaller and stranger-looking member: the humpbacked and possibly feathered Concavenator.
In honour of this theropod’s homeland of Spain, PNSO has named their 2019 miniature Carlos. Measuring 9 cm long and 5 cm high at the tip of his raised tail, Carlos is standing alertly with his head glancing to the left, as though he has just caught sight of something intriguing, or perhaps good to eat. Like nearly all the miniature PNSO theropods, he is mounted atop an earthen base to ensure stability.
There is considerable ongoing debate as to whether or not Concavenator possessed any integument on its body. For a general overview, I suggest reading its Wikipedia entry. In any case, PNSO clearly opted to go the way of integument by giving Carlos a shaggy coat of feathers on his body. Only his head, hands, underbelly, and lower legs are bare. Small but prominent wings are visible on his arms and there is a large tuft at the tip of his tail. Sharp teeth can be seen lining his closed mouth and his signature raised vertebrae have been sculpted as a thin sail as opposed to a fat hump.
Carlos’ colours are very reminiscent of a tiger’s. His body is light orange with a deeper shade of orange on his neck and tail and plenty of black stripes. Dull beige is used for his underbelly and very dark brown for his arms and head. His eyes are gold and a fiery orange streak is running down his skull. Finally, his feet are painted in the same muddy beige as his rocky base, which is disappointing, but not majorly.
Carlos the Concavenator is one of the more visually striking and meticulously sculpted of the miniature PNSO theropods. As long as you’re fine with feathers, you’ll like him.
Nice figure I hope a bigger version of this endearing theropod from PNSO. It is very beautiful although perhaps I like the Carnegie one better despite the criticism.