Another Pachyrhinosaurus is not something I needed in my collection. I already have five of them. But Pachyrhinosaurus is a favorite ceratopsian of mine and none of the figures I own quite nail the look of it for me. Safari’s comes close but it’s a bit too svelte for my tastes, and while Battat’s has the bulk that I desire its paintjob holds it back from true greatness. Thank goodness then for Haolonggood and their 2023 Pachyrhinosaurus, which finally delivers a Pachyrhinosaurus that nails it all on every front.
Perhaps the only major criticism one could laud at the Haolonggood Pachyrhinosaurus is that it represents P. lakustai, the same species that every other Pachyrhinosaurus figure represents. There are two other Pachyrhinosaurus species, P. canadensis and P. perotorum. They each have their own unique skull anatomy and come from their own separate formations. So, for example, if you wanted to recreate the Horseshoe Canyon formation you would need P. canadensis, and there isn’t one, so you’re SOL. P. lakustai is known from the Wapiti Formation.
Haolonggood advertises this figure as being 1/35 in scale. It measures about 7” (17.78 cm) long and stands 3.5” (8.89 cm) tall to the top of the frill. P. lakustai is estimated to have measured 16.4’ (5 meters) so the figure actually comes out to be 1/25-1/28 in scale.
The figure is presented in a static pose with the head lifted high and right hindfoot pushing off the ground with its toes. Overall, the figure has a burly, bulky appearance that I really enjoy. The neck is thick, torso robust, hips wide, calves muscular, and thighs ample. Only the Battat figure comes close to approaching the robustness of this figure. PNSO’s is a sturdy animal too but other features, like the rough skin texture and unique approach to the keratin on the head, put me off to it.
Speaking of a rough skin texture, Haolonggood has quickly refined their figures, as the scalation on this figure is much finer than on their Nasutoceratops, their first ceratopsian that was released only a few months ago. The fine pebbly scales that cover most of the body are appropriately small and interspersed with larger feature scales over much of the body and rows of small scutes along the back. Five digits are sculpted on each forelimb and four on each hindlimb. Digits 4 and 5 on the forelimbs are clawless, as they should be, but are supporting the animal’s weight when they shouldn’t be. A cloaca appears to be sculpted on the underside but it’s hard to discern.
The head sculpt is exceptional and another major selling point for this figure overall. It has a somewhat laterally compressed look when viewed head on or from above but the skull itself is deep. The keratinous beak has a layered texture to it. Where the skin transitions to the nasal boss there’s a nice pebbly texture and stretched skin growing up along the sides, making the boss look like part of the animal instead of a tacked-on afterthought.
Two supraorbital bosses are sculpted above the eyes and behind those you have the three small horns that make the figure identifiable as P. lakustai, and probably the reason it’s the most popular of the three species. Atop the frill are two horns that hook inwards and two larger horns that hook outwards. Additional scutes, scales, and small horns adorn the head and frill. Nostrils and ear openings are sculpted on the head, but the nostrils are not highlighted at all and easy to overlook. A touch of shading inside the nostrils would have helped make them more obvious. A small horn should be present on the end of each jugal bone but they are not, the bones are just covered in skin and scales.
Like all Haolonggood figures this Pachyrhinosaurus comes in two different color schemes. This green one and a brown one. The green variant seems to be the favorite among collectors and it’s my favorite of the two as well. Patterning on both figures is about the same, and even the paintjob on the head is about the same too. The main difference is just the body color. This one is a pale, almost pastel green overall. The face is pale yellow with pink along the edges and bases of the horns and bosses. The beak is brown and there are some brown speckles around the face. The frill is green with brown speckles and splotches. The fenestra and tops of the supraorbital bosses are painted bright orange. The back of the frill is yellow and pink, and it abruptly transitions to green on the neck. I would have preferred some blending of the colors here but it’s not really noticeable unless you’re looking for it.
A bright orange stripe runs down along the back to the tip of the tail. The orange fades to brown that bleeds down the flanks. Dark brown tightly clustered spots overlay the brown on the back and additional brown splotches, speckles, and bands decorate the rest of the body. The underside is pale orange, and the hands and feet are a dark brownish pink. The claws are gray. This is an extraordinarily complex paintjob, and my description doesn’t really do it justice.
Of particular note are the eyes, which are yellow with black horizontal pupils. Many extant herbivorous animals, like goats, have horizontal pupils like this. In grazing animals, horizontal pupils allow for a panoramic view of their surroundings. It’s not something normally attributed to dinosaurs, but the Pachyrhinosaurus in Prehistoric Planet had them. Some people dislike this design choice, but I think it’s unique.
If I had to offer a criticism over the paintjob it would be that the figure is somewhat pale overall, giving it a hazy appearance and making finer details (like the nostrils) harder to notice. A dark wash over the figure would have helped bring out these fine details and I’ve seen some collectors do that to great effect. The colors themselves, the application, and the patterning, are all exquisite though.
For me the Haolonggood Pachyrhinosaurus is the definitive version of this animal and I do not foresee myself ever acquiring another Pachyrhinosaurus for my collection unless it’s one of the other two species. It’s also sure to make my top ten of 2023 list, which will likely be dominated by Haolonggood figures this year. The Haolonggood Pachyrhinosaurus is widely available online for varying prices, but I got mine for about $17 through My Online Toy Store on Aliexpress. For that price this figure is an absolute steal. Through them you can also choose to forego the box which knocks off a couple dollars and the figure still comes nicely packed in the box’s foam insert. Additionally, Aliexpress offers various coupons that you can use to save some money too.