Papo Dilophosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Papo Dilophosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Papo, the France based manufacturer of figures and replicas have added a Dilophosaurus dinosaur model to their prehistoric animal model range and very good it is too. A member of the coelophysid group of Theropods, this lithe, agile hunter was probably the apex predator in early jurassic environments. Scientists have estimated that this carnivore could have reached lengths in excess of six meters. It may have weighed over five hundred kilograms, that's twice as heavy as an African lion ( Panthero leo ).

Almost a Quadrupedal Pose

Although most definitely a biped, Dilophosaurus did have relatively long arms. The arms were much longer than those of later Theropods. The Papo figure has been balanced on its hind legs but as the body is bent forwards the right hand with its three-fingered claws is also touching the ground. This is a more than acceptable stance for a dinosaur model and it permits the design team to keep the hind feet of their replica in proportion to the rest of the animal whilst still permitting it to balance.

Lots of Detail and Beautiful Painting

Papo have made sure that they include lots of fine detail. Individual scales can be picked out along the flanks and the patterning continues onto the belly, which is not found in cheaper dinosaur models. There is a row of triangular scales running from the top of the head down the slender neck and there is even a tiny, white-painted row of scales running down under the jaw. The famous double head crest of this dinosaur has been painted a vivid crimson color. Obviously, the artists at Papo believe that this thin crest served no defensive or aggressive role, but that it was probably used for visual communication amongst Dilophosaurs. The rest of the model is painted a dark tan color with flashes of blue set out in a stripe pattern across the legs, the flank and along the back.

To Scale with Other Replicas

The model measures around 14cm in length, but as the tail curls around the body, it is actually much bigger than that, measuring around 18 to 19 centimetres in length. As Dilophosaurus ( D. wetherilli ) is estimated to have reached lengths around six and a half meters, we estimate that this figure is in approximately 1:34 scale. Size wise it fits very well alongside two other Papo Jurassic dinosaur figures, the Allosaurus and the plant-eating Stegosaurus.

Details Around the Mouth

Unlike other predatory dinosaur models made by Papo, the jaw is not articulated, it does not open. However, this is more than made up for by the superb details that can be seen around the mouth. The distinctive curve in the premaxilla of this dinosaur is present and individual teeth have been skilfully painted – all credit to the production team.

This is an excellent dinosaur model, one that will prove popular with collectors and young dinosaur fans – highly recommended.

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Papo Archaeopteryx Model Reviewed

Papo Archaeopteryx Model Reviewed

Papo, the French based figure and model manufacturer have introduced into their dinosaur model range a replica of Archaeopteryx ( Archaeopteryx lithographica ), a bird whose fossils have been found in the fine-grained, famous limestone strata associated with Solnhofen in southern Germany.

When Archaeopteryx was formally named and described back in 1861, this was just two years after the first publication of the "Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin, the book that introduced the world the concepts of natural selection and the evolution of life. Here was a bird-like creature with feathers and a wishbone, but the animal also retained features that betrayed its reptilian ancestry. The magpie sized creature had teeth and a long tail, just like a small Theropod dinosaur. The discovery of Archaeopteryx was heralded as evidence in support of Darwin's theories and it has been described as a transitional fossil.

Brightly Colored Replica

It is fitting that such an important bird from the fossil record should be included in a prehistoric animal model range. Ironically, this is the first prehistoric bird figure attempted by Papo and it does differ from the company's other sculpts, in that it is very brightly painted. Papo tend to use just one or two main colors to paint their models and figures, but in the case of the Papo Archaeopteryx the design team have opted to give their "dino-bird" feathers that are painted bronze, light gray and even white. Other feathers are painted a stunning azure blue color, making this figure a very colorful replica indeed.

Fine Details on Archaeopteryx

There is a lot of fine detailing to be seen on the figure. The mouth is posed in the open position and individual teeth in the tiny jaws have been carefully painted. There is even a crest of brightly painted red feathers on the top of the animal's head. This gives the impression that this Upper Jurassic specimen is wearing a swimming cap. The three-fingered hands, with their sharply curved claws, can be seen on the model and the sculpting team have done a lot of research to ensure that their figure is the known fossil material.

Approximately 1: 5 Scale Replica

As the model measures a little under thirteen centimetres in length and the head is about seven centimetres off the ground, it has been estimated that this figure is in approximately 1: 5 model scale. This calculation is based on the assumption that this Jurassic bird was indeed about the size of a magpie.

All in all, this is an excellent figure and one of the most accurate and reasonably priced Archaeopteryx models currently available. Highly recommended for homeschoolers, teachers and for dinosaur model fans.

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