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Review of the Papo Running T Rex Dinosaur Model

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 343

New Papo Running T. rex Model (Green Tyrannosaurus rex)

Hot on the heels of other Papo replica releases in the company's "Dinosaures" range comes the eagerly anticipated running T. rex model. This is the fifth model T. rex that Papo, the French figurine maker has produced and in our opinion; the best.

Posed Open-Mouthed?

Like the standing T. rex models, this replica has an articulated lower jaw. This permits this dinosaur model to be posed either mouth open or closed. It is remarkable how many models are made showing the prehistoric creature with its mouth open. Theropod models such as Allosaurus, Abelisaurids and of course the Tyrannosaurus are particularly susceptible to this trait. However, having studied carnivores in Africa such as lions and cheetahs, readers can be assured that these animals when running, hardly ever run with their mouths agape. Still the head of the running T. rex model is well made and, like the rest of the model; very well painted.

Does this T. rex Model have the same Head as Previous Replicas?

The head does superficially resemble the skulls of previous Papo replicas of Tyrannosaurus rex but the dentition (teeth) is very different. The teeth in the new model are much more irregular than in earlier sculpts. Some individual teeth, particularly those posed along premaxilla are very large - giving this T. rex replica a considerable over-bite.

The model measures approximately 33cm long, this gives a representative scale of around 1:42 scale, although the company designers would propose a scale of more like 1:40. The model stands 13cm high at the head and the forelimbs bow out slightly in what we term a "pinching posture", reflecting current thinking about the width of the furcula (wishbone) and its placement in alignment with the shoulder girdle.

How was the Running Pose Created?

The running gait is obtained by providing this replica with robust legs, the toes of which are splayed out - a natural running pose if this animal was charging across soft ground perhaps, but more we think to do with helping to spread this model's weight and permit it to stand upright. The thick tail helps to counterbalance the animal but the real secret behind this stance can be found when the undersides of the feet are carefully examined. The pads of the feet and the toe joints have been thickened and flattened out by the model makers. This lets more of the foot underside remain in contact with the ground, thus aiding the replicas stability.

Inspired by "Sue" the Chicago Field Museum's T. rex Exhibit

One of the inspiring images behind this representation of T. rex is the huge, mounted skeleton of the robust Tyrannosaurus rex, known as "Sue" to be seen in the Chicago Field Museum (Chicago, USA). This forty-two foot long skeleton is mounted as if this fierce predator is running - the new T. rex from Papo reflects this stance too.

Well-painted, well-crafted another asset to the Papo figure and model range and we are sure this is going to be a favourite amongst dinosaur fans and model collectors for many years to come.

Everything Dinosaur is a company run by parents, teachers and real dinosaur experts. It specialises in developing educational dinosaur toys, models, clothing and games and strives to help young people learn more about science through their fascination with prehistoric animals. Many of the items featured on the Everything Dinosaur website http://everythingdinosaur.com/ have been designed and tested by the teachers and real dinosaur experts in the company.

To learn more about the products and services we offer at Everything Dinosaur click on our website links.

Our aim is to help young people learn more about Earth sciences through their fascination with dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Team members are happy to provide advice and support supplying free quizzes, drawing materials, puzzles, games even recipes for dinosaur themed biscuits and birthday cakes. With something like 600 products on line including dinosaur party supplies, Everything Dinosaur http://everythingdinosaur.com/ has built up a strong reputation assisting parents, guardians and fellow teachers, helping young people to learn more about science through creative play.

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