Is the Papo Acrocanthosaurus Repaint Worth It?

Papo is not shy about re-releasing some of their dinosaurs with fresh new looks. That being said, I was still caught off-guard by this year’s revised version of Acrocanthosaurus. It seems like only yesterday I discussed their “new” model of the beast while pitting it up against Rebor‘s version – which ended up being revealed as a counterfeit which I discussed soon after. Back then, one of my gripes about Papo’s model was the color scheme and I’m guessing I wasn’t alone. This year we have an all-new variation and I think it’s a winner. Let’s take a closer look…

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Get your claws on Papo’s new Therizinosaurus!

The bizarre-looking Therizinosaurus has been rendered by several model companies and I’ll be darn if they don’t all look like completely different animals. I have Schleich’s original version which will always have a special place in my heart since it was the last model I bought at “Toys R Us” before they went out of business. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Everything Dinosaur, it’s no longer my lone Therizinosaurus as Papo’s version finally made it to my doorstep!

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PAPO’s 2016 Feathered Velociraptor Dressed to Kill!

There’s always a bit of excitement when model companies announce their prehistoric offerings for the coming year. Starting in November, many of us methodically check their websites while making room on our shelves for the ones we just know we’re gonna get. One such figure was the PAPO’s 2016 feathered velociraptor. I’d already had a couple of their previous raptors which looked as if they’d just walked off the set of JURASSIC PARK (sorry, Hasbro, PAPO does JURASSIC PARK better than you do). This new feathered addition, however, was a completely new take and a welcomed one at that. It was about a full year later when I was finally able to add this to my collection, but definitely worth the wait! Continue reading

Papo’s Allosaurus is a Jurassic Jewel!

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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.

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Rebor vs. Papo: Battle of the Acrocanthosaurus!

You may not be as familiar with Acrocanthosaurus as you are with Tyrannosaurus Rex but perhaps you should be. This large theropod actually predates T-Rex by 45 million years; thriving in the United States during the early Cretaceous (110 million years ago) and was likely the apex predator of its day. Its name means “high-spined lizard” which highlights its most prominent feature; a row of large neural spines jutting from its vertebrae. Aside from its awesome appearance, I also love this dinosaur because every time I think of it, I’m reminded of an inspirational story tied in with one its discoveries.

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Papo’s Kaprosuchus is a Prehistoric Masterpiece!

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Outside of what was available in museum gift shops, I wasn’t too savvy on dinosaur model collecting, nor of all the amazing products that were becoming available. Things would change after I started following some amazing YouTubers out there who took the time to share their input on products from the top dinosaur model companies; most notably Papo, Schleich, Wild Safari Ltd, and CollectA. With adult dinosaur fans demanding more accurate models, as well as depictions of rarer and newer discoveries, the competition between them would result in a now golden age of animal representations.  Many are so detailed they make my ’90s Carnegie dinosaurs (considered cream of the crop back then) look downright childish. Now I find myself stalking their websites in anticipation of new releases, not unlike when I was growing up in the ‘70s and the department store Christmas catalogs would start coming out. Seeing these new dinosaurs online are great but (this blog notwithstanding) there’s really no comparison to holding them in your hands and seeing them with your own eyes. Needless to say, I had a bit of skepticism when I ordered my 2016 Papo Kaprosuchus, for surely it could not be as good as it looked on YouTube. Boy was I wrong!

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