Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy
Vitae was a company that, much like PNSO, busted onto the dinosaur toy scene with some fantastic figures only to disappear entirely after a couple of years. Unlike PNSO, however, Vitae hasn’t made a comeback. After only releasing a resin model of Teratophoneus last year, Vitae now seems to be completely defunct as a company. This sad fate was only compounded when almost their entire figure catalog (which, admittedly, isn’t much) was bootlegged into oblivion. Despite all that, I think it would be worth looking back at the figures they actually did give us.
Released in 2018 as part of their smaller series of PVC figures, the Sinraptor is an impressive rendition of this Chinese metriacanthosaurid. Measuring 10” (25.4 cm) long from head to tail (taking curves into account), this figure’s roughly 1:30 scale.
In terms of accuracy, this figure’s pretty much perfect. The skin’s maybe a little too wrinkly-looking, but I guess it was either that, a figure with oversized scales, or no skin texture at all. There’s also a row of thin spikes that stretch from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail. While purely speculative, they do help this figure stick out among other theropods.
Unlike the spikes, one thing that really doesn’t help this figure stand out is the coloration. This figure is the victim of another tragic case of “Oops, all brown!” The paint apps aren’t bad at all; I just wish there was a bit more color variation, something to give the figure a bit of contrast.
Like most dinosaur toys, this guy is made of PVC. The Vitae figures just feel different: there’s a certain rubbery, springy feel that’s unlike any other figure I own. It’s not bad by any means, just something I’ve noticed. The only time I feel this material is an issue is when it comes to the jaw. This figure is the only one of the Vitae PVCs with an articulated jaw, and I can’t say that it feels that good. There’s never a time when I open it that it doesn’t feel like something’s being stressed. I’m sure the plastic is strong enough to deal with it, but I’d be careful either way.
Still, this Sinraptor is a beautiful toy. I didn’t really see that until I looked at it from [whatever you call the midpoint between a front and top] view. Really, I’m serious. There’s a certain life that this figure’s pose has that is really beautiful. So I’d highly recommend this figure. It’s a fine figure with great detail and accuracy, and it’s affordable, usually costing less than $20.