Photographs and review by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy
Nearly two years ago (tempus fugit!), I posted a review on the Discovery Kids smart animal four set and mentioned there were other sets released along with the four pack. Today, we look at the Cretaceous two pack, containing two species from the Late Cretaceous, the famed Tyrannosaurus rex and the ceratopsian Protoceratops. Let’s dive right in.
First, the Tyrant king itself! The Smart Kids take on this mighty theropod measures in at 3.7” high and 6.4” long, making it small compared to most other lines, but fits well with the Discovery Kids line. The all-over orange colour with brown spots and stripes is quite nice, not too flashy, but far from dull. The pose is extremely dynamic, as if it is chasing down a swift prey item, though I question whether T. rex could hold its arms in the position they’re in. Anatomy is pretty good all over, save for those arms (possibly), and I like that it does stand out of a tripod pose despite the small size of its feet. Overall, a pretty good attempt, even with the annoying scan section on its leg.
Now, if T. rex is going to be accompanied by any dino species, it should be a ceratopsian. However, I can’t say I was expecting THIS species: Protoceratops, which became extinct at least five million years prior to the appearance of T. rex. Oh well! Onto the little guy proper. And little is right, at 2.8” long and 1.4” high, this is a tiny figure, but still in scale. It’s in a plain pose, perhaps just about to feed or try to intimidate a predator by snapping at them; it’s up to your imagination. The colour scheme of beige with dark brown stripes works well for a desert/scrub-dwelling animal. What I will say is this is a very plump, squat animal, very rounded where it shouldn’t be, like the frill. The body comes off as wider than it should be, making the animal look like it needs to go on a diet. It also appears to have too many toes on its hind legs, which is also the area of the scan section for the Scannepedia. An okay figure at best, but not without its charms.
Ultimately, this two pack is an okay grab if you can ignore or cover over the scan sections. While it will certainly keep kids quiet for a bit, collectors won’t be bowled over by it, save for some of the good points of the T. rex. If you want it, best to hunt eBay, otherwise, it can be skipped over.