Recently, part of my order of the 1:6 scale Beasts of the Mesozoic line that I purchased through Kickstarter arrived in the mail. I’ve had these dinosaurs long enough now that I had enough time to pose them and take plenty of pictures, and I wanted to share my thoughts about them starting with Microraptor.
The box is collector friendly and the lid slides off to reveal the interior. The interior of the lid of Microraptor’s packaging has instructions to assist in setting up the included forest diorama set.
The Microraptor & Forest Accessory Pack box includes:
1:6 Scale Microraptor Action Figure
A tree that you need to assemble
A fallen tree trunk
Nest of eggs
A loose egg with an attached hatchling
Small flight stand base
Long and short flight stand rods
2 top connectors for the flight stands
4 ball pegs that connect to the bases
The eggs included in this set are scaled more for the adult raptors, instead of Microraptor. The two adult raptors I purchased should be here sometime in May.
The tree branches come in two pieces and I had to heat these up with a hair dryer for about 10 seconds before I could get them to fit on the top of the tree.
The tree then plugs into one of three places on the forest floor piece.
The tree tends to lean toward one side no matter how you position it, but it has not fallen over, even with Microraptor perched in the top branches.
Microraptor is a different story though. He has taken a tumble from the tree a few times because those upper tree branches are a rubbery plastic that bend a little under his weight.
The ball pegs that come with this set can be inserted into the same holes as the tree. The peg fits in a hole in Microrator’s foot and allows Micoraptor to stand without his front wings touching the ground.
It’s easiest for me to explain Microraptor’s articulation in a video so please feel free to check out my review above, or you can continue reading to get a rough idea of how Microraptor’s joints work:
-Microraptor has a hinged lower jaw that opens a decent amount.
-It feels like its neck is connected to its body on a ball peg that allows rotation, but it really doesn’t allow too much movement when tilting to the sides or up or down.
-The wings are attached to the body with a hinged peg that allows the wings to move up and down, and rotate around.
-The back legs look like they are attached by a ball peg so they can move back and forward just fine, but the movement out to the sides is restricted so you can’t get that unique Microraptor flight pose where all four limbs are spread to glide.
-The tail is connected to the body on a ball peg that allows tilt to the sides, up, and down.
-The tail is soft plastic with a wire inside that allows it to be bent and holds the position.
Where to Buy:
You can purchase this set and other dinosaurs at the Creative Beast Store at: http://creative-beast.com/
I purchased this set because I really wanted a Microraptor figure and I’m quite pleased with it, but I also find myself enjoying the forest diorama more than I expected. I did not experience any trouble with stuck or fragile joints on Microraptor, and the whole set feels like a quality purchase.
There are three other environment diorama packs (desert, tundra, and mountain) that I am sure I would also enjoy owning, but the price of these sets has gone up quite a bit since I bought the Microraptor one on Kickstarter. I paid $30 and now they are $50 each. I understand that the production costs turned out to be much higher than the early estimates made during the Kickstarter, but it is still a bit of a sting to have to pay that much more. I think I will save my money for the next Beasts of the Mesozoic Kickstarter, which will feature Ceratopsians like Triceratops. That Ceratopsian Kickstarter is supposed to begin sometime later this year.