Review: Museum Quality Tyrannosaurus (T)Rex Dinosaur Polyresin 1/20th Scale Model Skeleton

Ed Steele April 19, 2005 3

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Nearly Three Feet Long!

Every single one of you reading this probably loved dinosaurs as a kid. I know I did, and in my day there were no cool dinosaur models to speak of. I would have stopped whining for probably about an hour had someone thrown a decent t.rex toy my way. That was 1970-something, but we’re in the 21st century now, and today you can get dinosaur anything (even dino toothpaste with real T-Rex DNA!) You’ve grown up too, which means you’ve left those childish toys from yesteryear behind, and now you want high-quality toys, toys made so well that they can pass as art, bad-ass office decorations, or toys just so freakin cool that they make your friends green with envy. Edmund
Scientific’s ScientificsOnline was kind enough to send us a museum quality, hand-painted Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton model made from acrylic resin, mounted on a solid wood base with a solid brass name plaque. Do dinosaur toys made for adults get any better than this?

What’s in the Box?

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The most badass Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton model to ever walk the face of this earth. More importantly though, is how what is in the box is packed. Once you open the shipping box, a bright yellow sheet with very specific unpacking instructions greets you. Unpacking your T-Rex is actually quite fun.
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Each model is individually hand-wrapped to ensure safe arrival in your home.
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What’s Good About It?

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Size: 28-3/4″ L x 13-3/4″ H, Wt: 4 lbs 15 oz
Asking what’s good about this model is like asking what’s good about sex. According to the manufacturer, this model is scientifically accurate and to scale, and is featured in the finest museums throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Field Museum (where Sue, the T.rex resides), Harvard University’s Natural History Museum, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Carnegie Museum and The Smithsonian. This is a museum quality piece at an affordable price.
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I emailed the company that designs and creates these models, and asked them what kind of effort goes into the creation process. Their response:
“Our dinosaur models are not modeled after any one specific finding, but are based on collective information from many different sources, and the latest scientific theories. As you may know, most dinosaur skeleton discoveries are rarely found complete and intact. In fact, most often only a few fossils are discovered, and require the missing pieces to be substituted from other findings during the reconstuction process. Our paleoartists will review many different sources and findings during the creation process. This helps to ensure a better over-all representation of what the dinosaur was like, rather then base the model off of only one specific finding that perhaps may have a deformity or some other abnormality and may not be a typical representation of the species.”
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Nice. If it isn’t obvious, the level of detail put into the t-rex skeleton is staggering. Each bone has little dents, crevices, and striations that add to the level of realism.

GadgetMadness Video – Click To See This Model in Video!

We’ve put together a video to show off just how cool this piece of prehistoric art is. Click here to see the GadgetMadness version of Jurrasic Park!
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What Could Be Improved?

The model itself is absolutely perfect, no complaints whatsoever. My only suggestion would be to add a booklet or DVD with information about how the model is created. I found myself so intrigued by my T-Rex that I was left wanting to know more about who created it, the molding process, how each is hand-painted, etc.

GadgetMadness Verdict: You Want It

“Dinosaurs and man… two species separated by 65 million years of evolution, have suddenly been thrown into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea of what to expect?”
—Jurassic Park
We know what to expect – in the future cars will fly, umbrellas will light up, and everyone will have a musuem-quality dinosaur displayed on their desk. This is the T.Rex model you always wanted as a kid. He doesn’t light up, he doesn’t have any electronic components, and he doesn’t even move. He’s bigger than a 10 pound cat and one bad ass extinct reptile. Back in the day he was the 7 ton “Tyrant Lizard King” who could run 40 miles an hour – today he looks amazing on your desk, in your home, or on your mantle. That’s good enough for me – I know I won’t be whining for another dinosaur model ever again.
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3 Comments »

  1. eric snith January 7, 2008 at 7:28 am -

    I could’t find the price of this beautiful rex skeleton. (?)

  2. N L May 8, 2008 at 5:48 am -

    can you post snapshots of the t-rex model from different view angles from head to tip of the tail? thanks!

  3. Rob June 10, 2008 at 12:03 am -

    I got one off of Ebay that came from a model designing enthusist near Tuscon, AZ. It’s almost 4 feet long and highly detailed. He designed and cast all the parts and has online instructions on how to assemble. It’s not cheap, a few hundred dollars, but is the most T-Rex for the money. I’m going to purchase another one I like it so much.