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 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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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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