Review and images by PhilSauria, edited by Suspsy
I have to admit to being a bit of a lapsed amateur paleontologist; I know the basics about a core group of the more well-known dinosaurs, so when CollectA released this one, I had to hit the reference books and online sources to find out what I was looking at. It was not to be found in some of the older books on my shelf, but there it was in the more recent volumes, described quite recently in terms of published reference books. Well, the ones that I had anyhow. I was surprised to learn that Mapusaurus was a carcharodontosaurid and therefore related to the huge (and hugely popular at the moment) Giganotosaurus. The silhouette of the figure is a good match for the skeletal art I found, though I believe that some feel that the chest could be a bit deeper. Some also take issue with it being mounted on a base; neither are a concern to me. At least it stands well and the feet are not oversized to provide added stability. The base is a simple, one colour affair with no shading or vegetation and just a simple sandy texture to go along with the sandy colour.
The figure is part of CollectA’s Deluxe releases, although these terms are relative, as this could be a standard size for brands such as Papo, Rebor, or Recur for instance. As I like figures of what I call a decent size, this ticks that box for me, measuring as it does just under 13 inches (32 cm) in length (depending how much curl there is in that magnificent long tail of your specimen) and 5 inches (13 cm) in height at the top of its raised snout.
This thing is not short on surface detail, with densely packed scales of one shape or another all over it, rectangular on the underside and round on the upper surfaces along with some raised scales running down the body and a row of small triangular spines running from the top of its head to the tail tip. There are also ridges above the eyes that taper down to the nostrils, with a bit of a dewlap and some spines under the jaw. Bit of artistic license maybe, but adds extra interest to the animal’s appearance.
The colouration consists of a pale green underside and grey above with some subtle pale orange splotches dotted along the body and the accents of red on the throat and cranial ridges are quite striking. Solid black eyes with a touch of gloss look quite life like and have a slightly darker grey around them. The paint application on the one I have is very neat, with no paint from the white teeth bleeding onto the rest of the head and the black on the claws precisely where it is meant to be. The obligatory jaw articulation, seemingly just about compulsory for theropods these days, allows for a more relaxed or aggressive look to your specimen depending on it being open or closed. The interior of the mouth with its curled tongue is rendered in a deep pink. The animal is depicted walking along, one foot ahead of the other and head forward with a slight curve to the tail. Nothing overly dramatic but not Walking with Dinosaurs overly static either.
I really like this Mapusaurus and consider it a welcome addition to the collection. It is now positioned out in front so that I can get a good look at this new arrival whenever I’m looking over the steadily growing population of prehistoric animals in plastic that is crowding me out of my study.