“If you should wonder through the jungles of Colombia, watch out. If you see a quick object move through the brush, lose hope as you are in the realm of…….TITANOBOA!!!!!! See it’s 42 foot long body lunge from the water!!! Quake as it’s thick body constricts the life out of it’s prey!!!! Fear as it swallows them whole!! This summer, watch and beware…..TITANOBOA!!!!!!!!“
What I said above may sound like a cheap but enjoyable B-monster movie, but it does describe the genuine animal enough. Titanoboa was found in Colombia, existing in the mid to late Paleocene, hunting ancient mammals and reptiles in the swamps and jungles of the age. It is, as of this review, the largest known snake ever found. It was likely a constrictor, given the size of the species. This is the first figure made of this species, courtesy of Rebor. He is called Monty (Monty Python, gotta love that nod!)
Before I look at Monty, I want to look at the other figure of this set: a crocodillian. It has no name, but given the set, I shall call it Lunch. Identifying Lunch is tricky, as it just looks like a crocodile. With it’s short, slim snout, I would say it was Cerrejonisuchus, as it is considered a food source for Titanoboa and they are both from the Cerrejón Formation. It’s a decent size, measuring 7.4″ long and 1″ high, meaning it can fit in with larger lines. The pose is mainly there for being constricted, it can also work for a swimming pose, which works well. The detailing is incredible, sculpted beautifully, though can mask the teeth at times. The colour scheme matches a modern crocodile, which works really well.
As one might expect, Monty is something to behold! The colour scheme matches well to modern constrictors, especially the Green Anaconda, fitting for an animal that would need to hide in swamps and jungles. It measures an impressive 25.5″ long when stretched out and 0.8″ high, being appropriately long for this giant. It’s mostly made of a flexible rubber with a wire in the middle, meaning that possibility is only limited by your imagination. The only part that isn’t rubber is the jaw, which is a hard plastic, able to pose in an open or shut manner. It connects to the end of the wire, so isn’t too loose, but I do get a little nervous of using a small piece on a figure that is otherwise rubber. The sculpt is really good, especially inside the maw, which looks very similar to modern snakes.
Accuracy is a little tricky to gauge, as the main parts of the fossil that are preserved are vertebrae, showing this snake to be a constrictor. Most of the present features are based on modern constrictors like Boas and Anacondas, which works well, given the large size of the serpent. Not much to say, just that this is a brilliant sculpt.
Rebor has done a fantastic job recreating this monster snake and it’s dinner, being unique and utterly brilliant. Fossil snakes are unfeasibly rare, the only other one I can think of being the Giant Wonambi by Yowie. This figure is available on sites like Minizoo and BigBadToystore, and I highly recommend you grab it when you can. Between the beautiful sculpt and endless possibility, it really doesn’t disappoint.