Schleich Theropod Models with Moveable Jaws for Late Spring 2012

Schleich the German figure manufacturer will be introducing a range of dinosaur models with articulated, moveable jaws in the late Spring of 2012.  The models all Theropods will have an articulated lower jaw so the model can be depicted with the mouth either opened or closed.  Five models will have this feature, they are all Theropods, namely T. rex, Spinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Velociraptor and Allosaurus.

The Schleich T. rex Model with Articulated Lower Jaw

Open wide please!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

The Schleich Allosaurus with Moveable Jaw

Fearsome Jurassic Predator

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

The Allosaurus seems to have had a similar paint job as the Brachiosaurus (see link below to Sauropod article), the extension to the bony crest that covers the back of the neck is interesting, we don’t recall seeing this in Allosaurid skull material.  The prominent eye flashes, painted an “eye-catching” red, (no pun intended) are no longer there.

Schleich New Sauropods article: New Sauropods from Schleich

Giganotosaurus Model (Colour Variant with Moveable Jaws)

Biggest Land Carnivore known to Science with a “Big Bite”

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

The new Schleich Giganotosaurus model will be available in May, it is a re-paint of the existing Schleich Giganotosaurus but with the addition of articulated jaws.  The Spinosaurus has been given a similar treatment too.  The Spinosaurus model has been re-painted in what team members at Everything Dinosaur have termed “desert fatigues”.  This is an interesting choice given that this dinosaur is particularly associated with coastal swamps and freshwater environments.

Schleich Spinosaurus due out in May

Spinosaurus in desert camouflage

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

A genuinely new model introduction for next year is the Velociraptor (V. mongoliensis).  Looking very much like the Velociraptors seen in the first Jurassic Park movie, this model also has an articulated lower jaw.  Note the resting position of the front forelimb, it is in approximately the correct position anatomically based on the lack of pronation of most Theropod “hands”.  The limb on the ground also helps to stabilise the figure.  As Velociraptors stood on just two toes of each foot making a balanced “raptor” model presents unique challenges.

New Velociraptor Model from Schleich of Germany (May 2012)

Velociraptor mongoliensis replica

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

It looks like Schleich have taken a pointer or two from Bullyland of Germany and Papo of France by introducing articulated models into their product ranges.

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