Review and photos by Bokisaurus
Hello dino fans! It’s been a while. Today’s review is a special one, it marks my very first post and review as an official blog author! To mark the occasion, I have chosen a special figure to review, hope you enjoy it.
When you reach a certain level of fame, it’s hard to get your fans excited. Being the most famous, overproduced dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex is suffering from overexposure.With so many figure of this species already flooding the market yearly, one can’t help but feel the fatigue when it comes to Rexy. I have to admit, despite reviewing a few Tyrannosaur, I’m not a big fan of the species although it dominates a good portion of my collection. That said, CollectA’s Tyrannosaurus series is perhaps my personal favorite due to the diversity and the interesting interpretations of the family and the species through the years. For me, to purchase another Rex, it has to have something new or different to offer. The options today is simply too much that one has to be selective unless you specifically collect Tyrannosaurs, which is not my case.
So, today, we take a look at another version of Mr. T, the latest from CollectA’s long list. But first, I figured instead of diving in right away, maybe it would be fun to travel down memory lane and take a quick look at the various version CollectA has produced over the years, and why, despite some flaws, I find this series one of the most interesting to collect and follow.
I have always wanted to do a writeup of the evolution of how a species is depicted in the toy market, and this is the perfect one to tell that story.CollectA, prior to this new figure had produced seven Tyrannosaurus versions. Today, we will look at the eight version ( sorry, I can’t include the ugly original baby!), the newest and part of CollectA’s 2018 offerings.
CollectA’s Tyrannosaurus series can be split into two different groups; the pre-feathers group and the feathered group. Each of these different version are like a time capsule that captures the various theories, past and current, about Tyrannosaurus rex. In addition, each of these figures also depict a glimpse of the lifestyle of Mr. T, something that is surely lacking in the majority of toy figures besides growling. Lets take a quick trip down memory lane as we take a short look at the evolution of CollectA’s Tyrannosaurus rex in chronological order, starting with the pre-feathered group.
First and original version (standard size) – This was the first figure that was released by CollectA in 2006, way back then it was still Procon. This version is the classic, old fashion pose that, unfortunately still can be seen in many figures today. The figure is posed in the typical horizontal stance, tail dragging, and bunny/pronated hands. This is the classic kangaroo pose.
Second deluxe version – Here we see the JP inspired pose, released in 2008. Like many companies, cashing in on the popularity of JP movies was expected. This version is much better than the first one.It has the unusual crouching pose/roaring pose, with the head held low to the ground.To be honest, I am very fond of this model despite it’s many flaws.
Third version: Tyrannosaurus with prey ( standard size) – Released in 2012, four years since the last version. In this Tyrannosaurus rex with prey version, a totally new look is quickly noticed. This figure surely is in response to the whole “ is Tyrannosaurs rex a an active hunter, a scavenger, or both”? In this figure, it captures Mr. T as a sleek, athletic looking predator. And just to prove it, the prey he is caring in his mouth is that of struthiomimus, one of the fastest dinosaur. Is Mr. T really fast enough to capture such prey? That is the big question.At the same time, this could also be interpreted as Tyrannosaurus rex has simply scavenged this prey, using his huge size to intimidate smaller, much fasted predators stealing their hard earned meal. This figure is also the last of the pre-feathered versions.
Fourth version: Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex ( standard)- The majority off baby dinosaur figures are often cartoony and caricature version of the adults. This is true of CollectA’s first baby rex.This time around, CollectA’s juvenile version is very much unlike anything we have seen before. Released in 2014, two years since the last. This is the start of the whole feathered rexes. In this figure, we see a small and very slender looking animal. It has a much longer legs and arms. It’s head is long and delicate looking. This look is consistent with the evidence of what a Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile looks like.With this new version, CollectA has “tested” the waters of the whole feathered Tyrannosaurus rex debate. It was a perfect way to test it as it was more easily acceptable to many to think of a baby being fully feathered than a large adult.This figure was met with great reviews as well as success, setting the stage for a fully feathered adult version.
Fifth version: Adult fully feathered ( deluxe )- Released in 2015, this is when CollectA finally jumped head first into the whole feathered Tyrannosaurus rex debate, they did it in a big way. This version represent this whole debate. This figure is in the deluxe 1:40 scale, so it is a good size figure. Here, we see a fully grown adult Tyrannosaurus rex with hair-like feathers covering it’s entire body, with the exception of the legs, arms, and the underside.The feathering is very much like what one would see in todays ostrich and other large flightless birds. Although it was not the first large feathered theropod from any of the major toy company, this is the first time we see a fully feather Tyrannosaurus rex from one of them.
Sixth version: Hunting Rex ( standard) – Released the following year, in 2016, after the deluxe version, a new, but much smaller feathered version. This one I would like to think of as representing a young adult .The proportions are more in line with a young adult, with it’s longer and more slender legs when compared to a full grown adult.
Seventh version: Tyrannosaurus corpse ( standard) – released the same year as the hunting one. This time, CollectA has gone to where no other toy company have gone before in how they depicted Mr. T! Here we have a dead one, it was long suggested by fan that the next corpse be of a predator, but no one expected it to be the tyrant king himself this time around.Beautifully sculpted and also fully feathered. Now, we have a figure that represents the death of this animal in all it’s gory details!
Now, we come to the latest, version number eight, released as part of CollectA’s 2018 lineup of impressive critters. So, what is new with this one that none of its predecessors has already offered?Well, first this figure represents the swing of the pendulum back to the middle of the whole fully feathered or non feathered image of Mr. T debate. Once the idea of a fully feathered adult Tyrannosaurus has gained wide acceptance, and after toy companies had finally started catching up with this image, the old idea of a partially feathered adult Tyrannosaurus has once again entered the spotlight.
This time, after fully embracing the fully feathered debate, CollectA has now embraced the partially feathers idea of how this animal may have looked. The whole partial-feathering debate is nothing new, but it has gained new attention over the last few years, this renewed debate offered CollectA the perfect excuse to release yet another Tyrannosaurus rex.
So this time, we get a figure that captures in plastic form this current favorite theory about how much feathering an adult Tyrannosaurus may have had.So since we are talking about feathers, lets start by looking at the difference between this one and it’s predecessors by looking at the body feathering and scaling first.The older version, was fully feathered, with sizes and shapes varying depending on where it is located in the animals body. Only a few places don’t have feathers, mostly the face, the legs, and the belly area.
This new version receded the feathering covering the body. Now, we see the feathers only adorning the top of the head area as well as the neck. These feathers looks more like long strands of hairs. This feathering continues down the figures back following the spine. It travels all the way down to the halfway point of the tail. This top area is pretty much the only place you will find feathering on this figure. Definitely much reduced that it’s predecessor, even the arms lost it’s feathering which is a shame.
This look is nothing new, we have seen this type of partial feathering in some of the Favorite series Tyrannosaurs before.Personally, I like the look, my only complaint is that the sculpting of these feathers could have been more detailed and refined so that it is consistent with the rest of the sculpting quality of the body. To me, these feathers looks like it was hastily added and in some areas the sizes looks too big. Usually the paint application obscure fine details, and usually you can see these details when you look close. Unfortunately, this is not the case on this one, truly unfortunate as it would have brought the figure to a whole different level if they put a little more care in the detailing. After all, its the difference in feathering that you are highlighting in this figure.You would think that with less feathers, these feathers that does exist would have received more careful details.
The older version has a much better, more detailed feathering and looks more natural in shapes and texture in my opinion.
Now that we covered the feathers, lets look at the scales. There are prominent scales all over this figure, and they range in sizes depending on the location. On the body, the scales are smaller, these grow bigger as it reaches the hip and tail area.The belly has square shaped scales that are bigger than all the other scales found on the body.
Now the head. The shape is nice and recognizable as a Tyrannosaur. Compared to the older version, this one has a narrower and slightly longer snout, and the head is not as deep or muscular. The teeth are detailed, but when compared to the older version, it looks less sharp and more uniformed in size, while the other had more varying sizes and more detailed and spaced out.The articulation is much better on this new figure. It looks more seamless and not as distracting as the older version which had a lot of very visible seams.This figure only have a small area of visible seams, on the neck area, but it’s not as visible.For those of you who like their theropods with lips, well this one has less of a lip than the older version.
The scales on the face is pretty much the same as the older version with the exception that this new version has less detailing on the eye area.Speaking of the eyes, they are painted simple black. The other obvious difference in the face is the coloring. This new version has the black bands receded to just outlining the top of the snout and the eyebrow. As you can see, the old version had the black banding almost encircling the eye and continues down to the lower jaw, Only a small black patch is seen on this new version’s lower jaw. Both figure have a splash of green on the tip of the snout, as well as the red feathers on the top of the head.
The colors on this one pretty much continues the series trend of brown, green, red, white, and black combination. Yes, I know, I’m not a big fan of the these color combination either, but unfortunately we are stuck with this. I can see why CollectA wanted to keep the same colors for the sake of continuity in their feathered Tyrannosaurus series, after all, this type of series is something that no other company had done.Unfortunately for those of us who are not a big fan of these color combo, well I guess we just have to wait for the day that CollectA decided to give the entire series a complete color makeover.I love what CollectA had done with their feathered Tyrannosaurus series, but it really is unfortunate, although not the worst, that they went with this color scheme.
For me personally, I think it’s the green color that really throws the entire combination off. Green is a difficult color to mix with, and this was not successful in this series.The red can work and it adds a splash of color on an otherwise subdued earth tones.
So what else is different, lets see. The body of the new figure is more slender, less bulky and muscular than the older one. More gym and less fast food I guess. The feathers hanging on the side of the older version is replaced with folds of skin.The tail is also shorter and more appropriate in length and does not have the whip-like curl on the tip like the older version had.The pose is not as dynamic as the older version. It’s supposed to be roaring or sniffing the air, depending on how you choose to pose the mouth. In an open pose, it does look like it’s roaring.
While keeping it close makes it look like the animal is sniffing the air for it’s next meal or on the lookout for potential rivals or mate.This pose, although not as dynamic, is done to give the figure more stability by shifting the weight and the center of gravity towards the middle part of the body. As you can see this figure comes without a base! Yes, CollectA did this to hopefully give their fans who are not happy with bases on figures something to be happy about.And it works, despite having a small, more proportioned feet, this figure is very stable. In fact, it is the most stable of all the biped figures with proportioned feet that I have that comes without a base. No easy task to accomplish for sure.
The figure is posed in mid-stride, with it’s right leg forward and left leg back. The legs is one piece and does not have the visible seams problems like the older version does. Since it is not covered in feathers, the muscle details is visible and well defined. As I mentioned, the feet is proportioned. It is nicely sculpted as well with lots of scale details.
In closing, this new partially feathered (roaring) Tyrannosaurus rex from CollectA is a nice way to end the feathered rexes series that started with the juvenile.It’s s good size figure that has a lot of character to it. It stands solid on it’s feet despite not having a base. The pose and articulated jaws allow a lot of flexibility and imaginative way of displaying it.Seen as part of the feathered tyrannosaurus rex series, the figure lives up to the standards of the other figures in the series.That said, seen as an individual figure, it falls a little short of being the best version of this animals that CollectA has produced to-date. It is mostly due to how poorly the feathers that exist on this figure that the figure falls short. I’m not sure if this is a different sculptor, but compared to the Mapusaurus and Ceratosaurus that came out at the same time as this figure, the difference in quality of sculpting really stands out.
I hope that when, we all know this is not the last one we will see, CollectA does another rex (years from now I hope!), it would be done by the same sculptor who did the Mapusaurus and give it the same level of quality and exquisite details that this tyrant deserves. And more importantly, that it will break away from the whole feathered series color schemes!When that day comes, I can say that we have seen the ultimate CollectA Tyrannosaurus rex!Until then, this one will have to contend.It’s a figure worth adding to any collection especially for those big fan of Mr. TThe pose is a nice break form the typical stance we usually see, and it has a lot of character.
One more thing, since my first reaction when I heard CollectA was releasing another Tyrannosaurus rex was ” Another one? Why not another species?” I’m sure I was not the only one who had that reaction. But looking back, CollectA balanced the Tyrannosaurus rex dominance by releasing other members of the Tyrannosaurus family as well. So to be fair, for each Mr. T they released, there is a different species of Tyrannosaur that goes along with it. This makes CollectA’s Tyrannosaur collection one of the most diverse of any company.
Well, that concludes today’s review of CollectA’s feathered Tyrannosaurus rex. I hope you enjoyed the review, thanks for reading. Till the next one, cheers!