“It stinks!” — Jay Sherman
Most of the toys reviewed on this blog have been purchased by the reviewers. There are rare exceptions, and while I can’t speak for other reviewers, I’m always careful to disclose if I’m reviewing a complimentary copy. But by and large, they’re figures we liked enough to spend money on, and so reviews tend to be more positive than negative. Not today! I bought this toy, and it is total garbage.
Earlier this year, Rebor, with its predilection for pop culture rip-offs, released a Carnotaurus designed in the style of the one from Disney’s 2000 Dinosaur movie, but with a few tweaks to make it a little more monstrous and excessively textured. Then they cut off the horns, repainted it, and called it Ekrixinatosaurus, which is one of the many, many abelisaur genera that no company has ever seriously attempted to depict, because they’re all too busy making umpteen Carnotaurus figures. Ekrixinatosaurus was not an especially close relative of Carnotaurus, living 27 million years prior alongside Giganotosaurus. The two abelisaurs were separated by more accumulated evolution than, for example, a caribou and a muntjac. Imagine cutting a caribou’s antlers down to nubbins and calling it a muntjac, and you have a pretty good idea of what Rebor has attempted here.
Is this an accurate figure? No. Is it a well-made figure? Also no. Let’s start with the feet. Making bipedal toys stand is a genuinely difficult problem, because a toy can’t make the constant fine adjustments that actual bipedal animals make to stay upright. I’m pretty tolerant of the various approaches that toy makers take to this problem: I don’t mind bases, permanent or removable; I don’t mind poses stabilized with a forelimb or tail, provided it’s within a plausible range of motion; I don’t even mind leaning a figure with correctly-sized feet against a more stable figure or a piece of scenery. My least favorite solution is oversized feet, but I’ve been known to overlook even that, if it keeps the figure standing. This figure has wildly oversized feet, which is at least partly defensible because the Disney design that Rebor has stolen also has oversized feet. But in the six months or so that I’ve owned this figure, the toes on the leading foot have warped so much that it no longer stands unaided. This is at 41°N latitude, in a cool room with only north-facing windows, in the corner at the farthest possible point from any heat source. You’d think that after seven years in this business, Rebor could have figured out how to make their bipeds stand.
The tail is a detachable piece and made of a bendable material. I’m not sure if this is the same material as in their infamous Titanoboa, which some collectors have been reporting develops cracks and splits after less than a year. So far I haven’t seen any sign of damage, but I’ve been pretty careful not to adjust the tail’s position much.
The figure features Rebor’s trademark overwrought texturing, the comical apotheosis of the detail-for-detail’s-sake pioneered by Papo. Companies keep trying to outdo each other’s extraneous detail, and a certain strain of collectors keeps conflating it with realism, in a tragic feedback loop of ignorance.
There are three points of articulation on the figure. The jaw opens, but only a bit, exposing the teeth. The teeth actually look really nice; it’s too bad they’re surrounded by such a hot mess. The arms also pointlessly rotate.
Rebor sells this as 1:35 scale, but based on known remains of Ekrixinatosaurus, it’s about 1:18, fully twice the purported size. It scales well with the Beasts of the Mesozoic ceratopsian line, but I find that the ceratopsians recoil from it, probably because of the stench of failure.
All in all, this is a pretty bad figure and I’d advise you to skip it. If it weren’t for the detachable tail, I could recommend it as a light melee weapon, but a good swing would just send the rest of the body flying, so it’s more like a single-use atlatl. If you try it as a missile, maybe you’ll get lucky and it will fly into a garbage truck or a bonfire. Then you can use the tail to gouge your eyes out.
Parts of this review were adapted from a post in my collection thread on the forum.