Taller than an elephant and the length of about three hippos, the “lion” of the Jurassic Period was hands down, Allosaurus. Though not as large as it’s yet-to-evolve cousin, T-Rex (nor its less famous closer relative, Acrocanthosaurus), this animal was a bit quicker on its feet and may have even hunted in packs. While it’s uncertain just how many species existed, the bulk of Allosaurus fragilis has been found here in the United States. In fact, it’s the most abundant predator excavated from the Morrison Formation and had likely been a stegosaurus’ worst nightmare. Though not as famous as the Cretaceous’ Tyrannosaurus Rex, it’s still a fairly well known dinosaur with several companies having issued replicas; the best of which I’ll be discussing today.
Of course, I may be a bit biased as it was Papo’s Allosaurus that got me serious about collecting in the first place. I saw it standing on a gift shop shelf during an unexpected pit stop I took with a friend of mine during a southwest road trip. Until then, I’d never seen a dinosaur “toy” with so much detail and couldn’t help but pick it up and run my fingers over the ridges of its back. It was at that moment I realized that the dinosaur “toys” I grew up with had since evolved into “models.” Now, with several companies competing to issue rarer prehistoric animals and with as much scientific accuracy as possible, there was clearly no better time to start decorating my shelves with dinosaurs. Although this is not a new model (issued almost ten years ago), it’s still available and deserving of acknowledgement.
Papo is known for making Jurassic Park style dinosaurs better than Hasbro (who actually holds the license) and this one could easily pass for one. I’m sure we can all agree that it has the JP “look.”
As mentioned, it also has a lot of great texture. The ridges on the back are very distinct and with lots of variation in size which adds to its realism.
The coloring seems pretty basic but, at close inspection, does have a variety of hues which would have surely aided in concealing this predator from potential prey.
While it’s unclear whether or not it’s stalking prey, it’s definitely “on the move” and in perfect theropod form.
Now on the stats…
General Appearance: It caused my mouth to drop on a gift shop floor!
Size: Not as large as Papo’s T-Rex’s and Spinosaurus (which makes sense since it wasn’t as large as they were anyway) but, at nearly nine inches long and 5.5 inches tall, still great for display.
Articulation: The jaws open and close
Display or Diorama worthy: Whatever you have to do to make room for this stunning model on your desk or shelf, DO IT!