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Dinosaur Studios strikes again (sculpture review)
(Note to Dinosaur List members: this is a review of resin dinosaur
sculptures and you may wish to delete now if you are not interested
in dinosaur art or modeling)
The two newest pieces from Dinosaur Studios prove that we can
continue to expect excellent, accurate dinosaur sculptures from Dan
LoRusso and Greg Wenzel. Better yet, they are commited to 1/35 scale,
which not only allows you endless diorama possibilities but affords
you the chance to display them all together ("Gee, Styracosaurus was
really *much* smaller than Triceratops, wasn't it!")
These new pieces are the first theropods from Dan and Greg,
an Albertosaur by Greg and an Allosaur by Dan. To those familiar
with the Dinosaur Studio's work, the Albertosaur is a scaled-down
version of Greg's justly-famous 1/10th scale piece on display in the
Tyrell. A scale 30 feet, it looks the same as the 1/10th scale
critter, losing none of it's charisma in the downsizing. Its mouth
is closed (go figure -- a tyrannosaur with its mouth closed! I didn't
know they could do that) and it's striding along looking for that
Pachyrhinosaurus it hunts in 1/10th scale (he may find it soon --
I've heard Dan is working on downsizing his amazing Pachyrhinosaur
as well). Not much more to say here -- a little gem.
New to my eyes is Dan's Allosaur. What a great item! At a scale
38 feet long, this is one of your larger Allosaurs, to be sure.
It's posed as per the Denver mounting (as is the stegosaur the
Dinosaur Studio released a month or two ago -- they will make a great
pair). Mouth is open on this guy, and all of the features we know and
love in the Allosaur are there -- a very true and convincing life
It's interesting to compare the Albertosaur and this
Allosaur -- the Allosaur is substantially larger (although I was
interested to note that much of the extra length was tail --
Allosaurus certainly had a tail on it).
There's a little cleanup of mold release stuff, etc., but we of
the figures list all have Dremels, don't we! No assembly (except
replacing the inevitable broken-off tail tip).
Highly recommended to the casual dinosaur hobbyist or the accuracy
stickler (now watch -- someone on the dinosaur list will pounce
because the angle of a foreleg is slightly off or something!)
The Dinosaur Studio has a Lambeosaur available as well.
At about 85 smackeroos a shot, the Allosaur winds up being a
better buy because it's bigger! I'm sure Dan and Greg will
eventually change their set price -- like when the promised
camarasaur comes out (I can't wait -- a run-of-the-mill sauropod!
Believe it or not a Camptosaurus may be in the queue as well. Bring
on the Average Joe dinosaurs).
In adition to what I've previewed above, expect to see the famous
T-pair, T. rex and T. horridus, from the Studio soon (rex will be
based on Sue, if I recall correctly). I believe an ankylosaur is in
the lineup too. I hope they do a Giganotosaur as well.
To summarize, they are nice, well worth the money, and accurate. If
you're interested, the Studio regularly advertises in Prehistoric
Times. Their phone numbers are:
They take plastic.
"I see your schwartz
is as big as mine."