“Jurassic World Raptors” and the Papo Velociraptor Replica
Some of the most exciting scenes in the record breaking dinosaur movie “Jurassic World” involve the pack of “raptors” and the various chase scenes. Velociraptors, at least over-sized ones anyway, have been a mainstay of the “Jurassic Park” franchise, ever since the first film came out way back in 1993. Pack hunting and some form of social behaviour has been ascribed to these types of dinosaurs, which as members of the Dromaeosauridae (swift lizards) family, are closely related to modern birds. In reality, the two species of Velociraptor described to date were much smaller than their movie counterparts, but even so, they would very probably have been aggressive animals and formidable hunters, much feared by even the largest of the herbivores that shared their Asian habitat towards the end of the Cretaceous period.
Which Dinosaur Model Most Closely Resembles the Movie Raptors?
This accolade, we think, goes to Papo for their Velociraptor replica. The Theropod dinosaurs in “Jurassic World” have been criticised for not reflecting some of the latest thinking with regards to meat-eating dinosaurs. For example, there is an absence of feathers and many palaeontologists now think that the majority of the Theropoda were at least partially feathered. The Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model is also not feathered.
Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and a Velociraptor
Picture Credit: Universal Studios with additional material from Everything Dinosaur
Papo, the French model and figure manufacturer, has built up a strong reputation for its excellent replicas. The company’s dinosaur model range was believed to have been inspired by the first film, “Jurassic Park” that was released in 1993. The current range consists of over thirty different prehistoric animal models.
To view the full Papo prehistoric animal model range: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models
In the film, animal trailer turned dinosaur behaviourist Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt, leads a pack of Velociraptors, describing himself as the “alpha” member of the pack, Owen is able to exercise some degree of control over the actions of his dinosaurs. How much control..? Well, that would be giving away details of the plot and since not all our readers have seen the film yet, we shall say no more.