Sinraptor is a medium-sized theropod from the Late Jurassic of China, named and described in 1994. Despite the name, it is not a member of raptor family (Dromaeosauridae) and it is actually related to the allosaurs, considered to be close to their ancestral form.
A particularly pleasing aspect of this figure is the raised tail – the body is held horizontally and stands on two feet without requiring support from the tail. This shows that it is possible to do, so it is a shame that many recent Carnegie Collection sculpts have been seemingly restricted by a ‘tripod’ pose, in which the tip of the tail descends to contact the ground – the Carnegie Spinosaurus (both versions), Giganotosaurus, Deltadrmoeus, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus, T. rex, and it looks like the upccoming Cryolophosaurus, are all guilty as charged. But the Sinraptor (and also the Albertosaurus, to be reviewed soon), show that it should be possible to buck this trend and reconstruct theropods in a more natural pose.
This small Sinraptor figure is 17 cm long and quite slender with a long swiping tail. The staggered legs and arms and open mouth give the figure a modest energetic feel, as if it’s wandering the Jurassic landscape, on the prowl. The teeth and tongue are neatly done and the surface of the skin is rough. The colouration is quite conservative merging from dark shades of brown above to paler sandy shades and white below. There are some nice dark spots on the sides of the torso. It’s nice to see a more obscure species available and because of its small size it is also very affordable.
Available from Safari.com (here) and Amazon.com (here)
I just got it today over 10 years after this review was put up
it seems to have the same body sculpt as the Albertosaurus
It doesn’t have the same body sculpt. The detail on the bodies of the Carnegie Sinraptor and the Carnegie Albertosaurus doesn’t match, and the Sinraptor is a much smaller figure than the Albertosaurus.
Cheers Sim. I’ve got a couple of reviews up too, and I might be on the ‘Authors’ page soon if Dr Admin approves of my dodgy biography. Should that happen you can gaze upon my hideous visage! Hooray!
My Giga most definitely is in a tripod pose – there’s no other way it’ll stand. My Spinosaurus will stand on two feet for quite a while, but eventually topples over; therefore it’s safer to leave it in a tripod pose to avoid damage to any nearby figures! I don’t have an anniversary Tyrannosaurus…yet.
How peculiar! I’m very glad my Giganotosaurus is in a tripod pose! 😀
Lol, your Spinosaurus sounds dangerous!
By the way, I’m not a member of the forums, though I find them intersting to browse, and I must say I really like your posts Horridus!
Regarding the Carnegie theropods in a tripod pose, I just got the Carnegie Giganotosaurus today and it most certainly is not in a tripod pose. The tip of its tail is 3.5cm away from the ground (heh I’m starting a dino tail height measuring spree).
Similarly, my Carnegie Tyrannosaurus isn’t in a tripod pose either. It’s the newer brick red one.
It seems some Carnegie Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are in a tripod pose and others aren’t? I think it’s the case for their new Spinosaurus too.
Their Allosaurus appears to always be tripod posed though.
I got this figure about a month ago, and I find it’s really good. The photos on here do it no justice, it looks a lot better in real life, the head in particular. I give it 5/5.
Also, regarding the feet on Sinraptor and Albertosaurus, I MUCH prefer this than the figure being on a yucky base or in the tripod pose which is really pushing the figure’s scientific accuracy. The extra padding is practically unnoticeable to me.
Albertosaurus and Sinraptor’s pose on the other hand is delightful 🙂
This model seems to have just been retired by Safari Ltd…
JEB4, where did you hear that?
The feet of this Sinraptor and the Albertosaurus have been slightly modified from their prototypes to make them able to stay balanced on it’s feet.As a result,the feet of this(and Albertosaurus)are too block-like.This is why I personally have no problem with the tail being curved down to aid in balance.
Yes, they do have a sort of pad or ‘heel’, but they are quite subtle and do not distract too much.
Still,given the choice between having the tail bent down or extra padding on the feet,I would prefer their usual method of having the tail aid in the balance as that would not take away accuracy as adding extra padding to the feet would.Or maybe they could have it on a base like some of their older models were.