Today we are going to take another look at the Beasts of the Mesozoic toyline, but this time we are going to examine the amber colored version of the raptor nestlings. I purchased the nestlings through Kickstarter and paid $20 for them (not including shipping with my order).
The Amber Nestlings box includes:
1:6 Scale amber colored raptor nestling (sitting pose)
1:6 Scale amber colored raptor nestling (standing pose)
1:6 Scale amber colored raptor nestling (running pose)
3 ball peg bases
It is easiest for me to explain the articulation of the nestlings 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 their joints work:
Each of their jaws hinge open, although this hinge does not work very well on my standing nestling when compared to the other two.
The heads are attached to the torso by a ball peg that gives tilting movement to all sides.
There is a joint mid torso that seems a little unnecessary to me because it barely wiggles.
The arms are attached to the body by a hinged peg so they can lift away from the torso and then rotate all the way around.
The legs are attached by a ball peg so they can swing out from the sides a small amount and also rotate all the way around.
The tail is attached by another ball peg and it can rotate, tilt up and down, and tilt to the sides a small amount.
The tail is made out of flexible plastic with a wire inserted that allows it to hold various positions.
Included with this set are three bases. Each base has a ball peg inserted into it that fits into a hole in the nestling’s foot. The three bases are made out of a clear plastic topped with painted details and they all share the same sculpt. The pegs were hard to insert into the raptors feet until I softened up the plastic of the foot for 10 seconds with my hair dryer.
The nestlings are smaller than microraptor, but not by much. The standing nestling is a little under three inches tall.
Where to Buy:
You can purchase this set and other dinosaurs at the Creative Beast Store at: http://creative-beast.com/
These nestlings are cute, but out of the two Beasts of the Mesozoic sets I have I prefer Microraptor. All Microraptor’s accessories are just more fun to photograph and Microraptor feels like a more unique figure.
However, I must note that Microraptor’s set is now $50 and these nestlings are only $30. That makes the nestlings seem like a much better deal if you are just wanting the figures and are not interested in the environment diorama pieces that Microraptor is bundled with.