Of all Wild Safari Ltd’s new 2017 offerings, the feathered T-Rex was the one I most anticipated. While the presence of feathers on dinosaurs has become elementary in the last twenty years, some older enthusiasts have a harder time accepting it in relation to the most notorious dinosaur of all. Perhaps in our minds, the presence of quills detracts from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s image; seeing it more as an overgrown chicken rather than a fearsome meat-eater. However, the type of feathers and its disbursement is the real question and their presence need not make the animal less impressive in that regard. Scales, feathers, and smooth skin are all seen in their descendants, birds, and are sometimes even all exhibited by the same organism.
So the real question isn’t if T-Rex had feathers but rather what kind of feathers did it have?
In this regard, Wild Safari did a great job keeping the feathers more subtle, downy-like, than having it look like a giant dodo bird.
The figure is highly detailed with the majority of feathers downy until getting to the head area. Like modern flightless birds (ratites) the feet are scaled and bare of any plumage.
Unfortunately, this model is hard to stand up and mine had to use its tail like a tripod. I ended up using hot water to make the hard plastic more pliable and allow me to bend the offensive foot into place for most of these shots. It worked for awhile before slowly curved back to its original state. Not wanting to fire up the kettle again, I used a folded paper towel to keep him standing for my final pictures.
So let’s review the stats…
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Great details and, at this date, illustrative of the kind feathers many scientists believed it had.
SIZE: 1 full pound! 12.6 x 5.8 x 4.8 inches!
SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY: As mentioned, Wild Safari did a phenomenal job keeping this model as close to what scientists believe a feathered T-Rex would probably have looked liked. They also did a subtle, yet effective job of coloring this model.
DISPLAY/DIORAMA WORTHY? As long as you glue it down or come up with a creative way to securely stand it, definitely!
BEST IN SHOW? This is by far my favorite looking feathered T-Rex model though if it came with a stand it would be even better!