I loved dinosaurs as a kid, but I can’t remember the last time I bought a dinosaur. That is, until recently. With the new Imaginext Dino-Riders, it seems like I’m picking up a toy dino every week. And now Revoltech’s adding to my current collection with their new Jurassic Park T-Rex.
This figure’s been a long time coming. Scheduled to be figure #14 in the Sci-Fi Revoltech line, the Jurassic Park T-Rex’s original release date was November of 2010. But there were some licensing issues along the way and the folks at Kaiyodo had to shelve his production until now.
Rex here has been on my “to buy” list ever since his prototype debuted a couple years ago. I had grand plans to mingle him in with my growing collection of kaiju Revoltechs, giving him his own space on my makeshift Monster Island (i.e., my toy shelf). But with his licensing issues and the denial of more Godzilla Revoltech’s by Bandai, I was beginning to feel a bit hopeless about this new Sci-Fi line that I’d grown to love. Even though we’ll never get our Godzillas, I’m really thankful that Kaiyodo was able to follow through with production of Mr. Rex here.
Like the Sci-Fi kaiju, the T-Rex has an amazing amount of detail to his sculpt. But where their skin looked like a costume come to life, the T-Rex’s body looks real. Sculpted details like muscles and veins only add to the already realistic features of scales and textured rib bones. There are even sculpted bits of loose flesh that hang down under his jaw and around his neck.
The Rex’s paint job is also extremely complex and does an incredible job of adding to his realistic look. The figure itself is molded in the light tan color of his underbelly, then a dark brown wash was added to give more depth to the sculpt. There’s a very dark green added with stripes of military green color running along his back. Then there are the very dark brown tiger stripes that run along his sides. To top it all off this figure has a mostly glossy coating, making his flesh look moist and alive.
Like most Revoltech figures, the T-Rex has a wide range of movement. His head, lower neck, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and tail bone are all revolver joints. There’s a swivel about a quarter way down his neck, while his jaw and shin are hinged, and his tail has a bendy wire running through it. Continue to page 2…