Photographs by Lanthanotus, edited by Dinotoyblog
Reading Horridus´ great review of the vintage Carnegie Deinonychus trio, another Deinonychus figure came into my mind. A base? Non–feathered? Dynamic, Bakker-inspired pose? Wait, yes – it’s the Bullyland Deinonychus!
It is tiger–coloured and striped, 14.5 cm long and 8 cm tall, with the typical Bullyland approach that can easily be recognized. Has anyone ever asked themselves how sculptors achieve that their companies can be quickly identified? Is there something like a “company code” for the figures’ layout? I am looking forward to a discussion at the Dinotoyforum!
However, the Bullyland Deinonychus is a great figure for many reasons. At first we have its pose. Obviously, the sculptors’ inspiration was the famous 1969 Bakker illustration – a heretic icon 40 years ago, yet obsolete nowadays. The animal looks like it is on the hunt as a part of a pack, maybe they’re after a Tenontosaurus. Bullyland required a pile of stones for the Deinonychus to rest its foot on. In case the Deinonychus is really running, this step would be his last one before falling. But let’s prefer the theory that the hunt is at a slowly prowling stage, a short pause before the actual attack begins. Our little friend seems to show the others the direction by pointing its finger. Its stiff tail will help it to hold its balance.
Yes, the figure reveals lips, yes, the arms are incorrect. And yes, the eyes look like those of a frog. But the figure reveals great detail at every part of its body. And it is a great missing link between the clumsiness of the AAA Deinonychus and the new, hasty and exaggerated Bullyland Velociraptor. Many people still prefer imagining dromaeosaurs like this one. And this Deinonychus is one of the figures they can cling to. And for more modern dino-maniacs, this is still a great figure to have in their collections.