Since my last Spinosaurus model review in August, our concept of the animal has taken yet another turn. Thanks to recent discoveries, we now know that Spino was as much at home in the water as on land. It seems that in addition to its famous sail, it also had elongated tail spines giving it a paddle/oar shape perfect for aquatic navigation. This was big news in the paleontology world as it debunked the universally held belief that there was no such thing as a swimming dinosaur. In one fell swoop, all the spinosaurus models in our collection became fantasy figures; especially those resembling the one featured in Jurassic Park III. Personally, I love seeing new discoveries challenge old beliefs as it keeps the hobby dynamic (if not cost-effective). So for anyone stumbling on this blog in the future, bear in mind this crop of 2019 Spino models were based on discoveries made before the tail revelation. Our next model from Schleich represents my least favorite of the bunch.
Usually, dinosaur models look better in person than they do in photos but here the opposite is true. After their Diabloceratops debacle (featured in an earlier post) I can safely say I’m focusing my attention (and money) on other companies. For one thing, I dislike the glossy paint job and closer inspection of the pattern doesn’t make it any better – more on that later. However, I do like the color scheme.
The head looks almost turkey-like with red hues and what resembles a waddle. The jaw is articulated with a bright and detailed tongue. The teeth are a bit of a mess; sloppily painted and stubby. Admittedly, this was likely a safety issue. Although this figure is my last choice as an adult collector, I do think it’s ideal for play and gave mine to a co-worker’s seven-year-old son and he loves it.
The body and sail have lots of texture but, as mentioned, the paint strokes on one side of the body don’t match the other. Like the teeth, the first word that comes to mind is “sloppy.”
The tail is another source of contention as its so crocodilian you could cut and paste it off of this model and place it on a modern day croc model without skipping a beat.
Come to think of it, the underbelly is pretty crocodile-like too.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Reminds me of a line from the movie Clueless. “From far away it’s okay. But up close it’s a big ol’ mess!”
SIZE: About 12 inches long!
ARTICULATION: The jaws open and close
DISPLAY/DIORAMA WORTHY: Perfect for an eBay auction, or the bottom of some kids toy box.
Have no fear, two really amazing Spinosaurus models to be reviewed soon! (much sooner, I promise)