Raptor Series – A designer creates scientifically accurate dinosaur toys that aim to re-educate us on what they really looked like.
This is for my daughters who are completely fascinated by the Tyrannosaurus Rex ever since they saw Fantasia! And of course for other girls and boys who are into dinosaurs…and well for the big kids too!
We have known for a while now that dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptors did not look at all like what we thought, and even sported feathers!
The collective imagination rules, especially because of the many representations we have been inundated with, from the Jurassic Park movies for example. To counter this, New Jersey designer David Silva, an art toys and action figures specialist, decided to create Beasts of the Mesozoic, finally, scientifically accurate dinosaur toys, with his first series dedicated to the Raptors.
The one-sixth scale raptor series includes three species: velociraptor, atrociraptor, and tsaagan. Each action figure has 26 points of articulation and can move based on the most recent scientific discoveries.
Silva said he started this project after he realised how unimpressive current dinosaur toys were. He wanted to send a message to manufacturers, and he plans to do it with science!
“So this is your chance to send a clear message to the toy industry that collector dinosaur toys need to improve,” he said. “It’s time to see that these extraordinary creatures are represented as well designed and detailed action figures.”
As of now, the toys’ Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $175,000, surpassing its $125,000 goal. You can support the Beasts of the Mesozoic here.