Ok, final round!
No7: Cold Ones
Oh no...not this...anything but this.
Alright, let's get this charade underway. What animal are we looking at? Well if it wasn't obvious, the Cold Ones are supposed to be a pack of Utahraptors.
But my god they are unrecognisable.
Let's start from the back. The tails are far too short and stumpy (barely the length of the torso, let alone the 50% of the body required). The leg proportions are completely off, with the lowest part of the leg jutting out at a weird angle and far too long. To add some hilarity to the mix...the sickle is missing; the single most identifiable characteristic of the animal is missing...mother of god. Also the toes are poorly sculpted, with the plastic actually fused together, giving little indication where one toe ends and another begins. The hips are also positioned far too widely and are too round, giving the thing a barrel-like look.
In the middle, the torso isn't bad, as most of it is covered by a saddle. But the arm joins have this weird block of plastic that joins them to the body...not sure if incompetence or weird design choice, either way it looks bad.
Then the are the arms and holy ****. I can't even give them credit for pronating the wrists properly, because only the right hand is doing it, while the left is not. The arms are angled straight like the creature is in a cast, with the fingers pointing in a T-shape rather than lined up next to each other. Also there are no finger bones at all, just a palm leading to a claw.
Moving on, the neck is just a line, not an S-shape. The head has a crest (which like the Carnosaur, gets a pass...but only for consistency, not generosity), which the animal lacks. The teeth jut out of the mouth like a crocodiles, and the half-open mouthed ones you can see the teeth zig-zag weirdly, also showing that the teeth on the upper and lower jaw would collide when it closes it's mouth.
I won't even give these models the benefit of saying "at least the riders fit on them" because they don't! On GW's webpage you can see them levitating enough that you can see gaps through them! As if even the riders don't want to touch these catastrophes!
And the cherry on top, no feathers.
Verdict: 0/10 Unsalvageable garbage, seriously nothing will save these. Only purchase to get the riders and then find something to do with the animals, because dear god these are a mess.
No7.5: Cold Ones
To actually give an alternative that's usable, I will go over these Cold Ones as well. Once again they are based on Utahraptor, so no need to re-post the image.
Honestly, these are one of the best models on this list, because wow the sculptor did a lot of work to make these look good and very accurate. However, they are not perfect.
For starters, the wrists are facing down, not together. This is the model's biggest sin and it is very difficult to fix without wrecking the entire wrist-area. Which is honestly a shame, as the model was looking so good otherwise.
Another issue is the lack of feathers. But I will give that a pass as a design choice, to make them look meaner to fit their riders.
As for the good, everything. But rather than bore you, let's go over some highlights.
The skin is very similar to actual dinosaur skin impressions. With larger scales arranged in a row down the body. The neck is long enough to show off the S-shape, and the spikes arc higher at the middle of the neck.
Verdict: 9/10 Only held back by the lack of feathers and the incorrect wrists. Otherwise...
Now before I tie a bow on this I will address the last two models in the range.
I have no idea what animals these are supposed to represent. The best I can do with the Salamander is some sort of Carboniferous-period Amphibian...but nothing comes to mind with legs like that or a head like that.
And the Razordon, again nothing looks remotely like that. The tail is nothing like any dinosaurs...or any other reptile for that matter outside of a modern Thorny Devil. And the clearly carnivorous head does not match the armoured body.
So honestly I cannot compare them to anything because...I got nothing.
I hope everyone enjoyed this little dive into the accuracy of GW's prehistoric reptiles, and if you learned anything about future models you wish to purchase...or not purchase, I am happy it helped :).
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