JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Green Velociraptor
Papo Green Velociraptor Video Review
Those clever people at JurassicCollectables have made a video review of the new for 2016 green Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model that we sent them. In the brief video, it lasts a little under ten minutes, the narrator discusses the history of Papo Velociraptor model production and compares and contrasts the various versions made by the French manufacturer. Look out for the model line up, the “Raptor squad” as the narrator calls them or as we prefer, the “boy band from Hell”!
JurassicCollectables – Papo Green Velociraptor Video Review
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The Papo Green Velociraptor Dinosaur Model
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Very Informative Video
The video is extremely informative and points out some of the fine details on the model as well as subtle differences between this replica and the rare 2005 version. We particularly enjoyed the use of a Rebor hatching Velociraptor model to show the scale. For those who don’t have a hatching Velociraptor handy to assess the size of this new for 2016 replica, its vital statistics are – length 18 cm approximately with a head height of around 8 cm.
To see the range of Papo prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur (including the Papo green Velociraptor): Papo Prehistoric Animals
Don’t Get Confused Between the New for 2016 Green Velociraptor and the Original Brown One
With the introduction of this new replica, unscrupulous dealers might try and pass off this green version as one of the very rare and extremely valuable original brown Papo models. The brown Velociraptor was retired by Papo some years ago now, we sold out of our last stocks a long time ago, but we still receive enquiries from collectors hoping to pick up a bargain from us. After all, as model collectors ourselves it is against our company policy to exploit the rarity of a figure by charging exorbitant prices for it. A case in point is the Battat Terra Nanshiungosaurus. This figure has been retired by Battat and is getting rarer and rarer, but at Everything Dinosaur, it is priced exactly the same as the other nine models, that are roughly the same size in that range. We value our customers and don’t believe in ripping people off.
Tips to Avoid Getting Stung!
So how to avoid getting stung by an unscrupulous dealer who tries to pass off a new green Papo Velociraptor for the very scarce, brown Velociraptor figure? The colour scheme is quite similar, so your best bet is to insist on purchasing a model with the GTIN limb sticker intact. If the GTIN limb sticker ends 550585, it is a new model and not the original brown version (which we think had a GTIN number ending something like 55021).
Papo Models have GTIN Labels, Normally Attached to a Limb
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
The picture above shows one of our studio shots of the new for 2016 green Papo Velociraptor. The GTIN number is displayed on a white sticker that, in this case is attached to the left leg. Note how in our photograph, the green colouration of this model looks quite muted. It could easily be mistaken for the rare and difficult to obtain Papo brown Velociraptor.
The very helpful JurassicCollectables video also gives a few pointers on how to tell the two models apart. If you come across an amazing offer from someone on an on line auction site, in such instances, the old adage comes into play, if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t.