Review and photos by Philsauria, edited by Suspsy
Tyrannosaurus rex is without a doubt one iconic animal, one of the handful of dinosaurs that most of the general public can identify on sight, and as far as prehistoric animal toys are concerned, there wouldn’t be too many making dinosaurs that didn’t have this guy in their lineup. Hardly a year goes by without new versions coming out from existing companies or new manufacturers kicking off their product selection with one. You’ve gotta have a T. rex.
Now, I’ve no idea who the manufacturer of this one is – there’s no maker’s brand on it and no mention on the listing where I saw and ordered it from. This figure has been reviewed elsewhere online recently and that reviewer also failed to come up with any info on this impressive piece of plastic of unknown origin.
It has a very commanding presence: large, heavy and quite menacing as it looks back over its shoulder at you with one of those highly detailed eyes. I knew that I wanted one of these as soon as I saw the image accompanying the listing. The price does vary and will fluctuate, so patience can pay off if you strike at the right point in the cycle as I did. This figure also comes with a base which you can buy separately. I didn’t buy it myself, but the figure stands okay without it. The base has a broken tree in one corner with exposed roots snaking out over the grassy, rock-strewn piece of landscape. Foot impressions are provided as an aid to standing this guy in the right place.
Getting back to the size, this T. rex measures 40 cm (15 and a half inches) from nose to tail and stands 17 cm (7 inches) to the top of the arch in its wrinkled and scaly neck. It’s larger than the Rebor version and overshadows the original Papo version.
There are no feathers on this T. rex for those who still like a scaly version and the arms are very small in keeping with the actual animal. It looks impressively naturalistic and alive, striding along as it is with its tail raised and its head turned, although certain elements of its appearance may owe more to Stan Winston and ‘Crash’ McCreery than anything currently standing in a museum.
The colour scheme puts you in mind of the T. rexes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park with its dappled green markings and stripes. The paint application in general is nicely done, especially on the head. White is cleanly applied to the individually sculpted and very sharp teeth and the eyes are cream coloured with orange irises and black pupils. That’s a pretty small area to receive so much detail on a mass-produced figure. There is abundant detailing: small scales all over, ridges, wrinkles, and bumps from one end to the other. Jaw articulation on theropod figures is, of course, a given these days and so it’s no surprise to find that we have it here as well.
A lot of work has clearly gone into this T. rex, so it’s just odd that nobody seems to want to take credit for it by slapping their logo on the underside.