Everything Dinosaur has received stock of the new Papo young Smilodon model. This sabre-toothed cat figure was one of two models scheduled to be introduced by Papo last year. However, like many manufacturers, the global pandemic and issues with logistics had delayed the introduction of this prehistoric mammal figure.
The Papo Megalodon (Otodus megalodon) * arrived in September 2021, the young Smilodon was subject to further delays, but this new replica has safely arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s UK warehouse.
Papo Model Colouration
The actual figures are slightly darker than the studio image supplied by Papo. The colouration of a figure can be influenced by the camera settings, the lighting and even the device on which the image is viewed. However, the young Smilodon figure does tend to be a little darker than the official Papo image suggests.
The image (above), is one of the official Papo product images. In contrast, the image below shows a studio shot of the model taken by a team member at Everything Dinosaur. The difference in colouration could reflect different lighting conditions and camera settings.
2109 – The Number of the Beast
The Papo young Smilodon, or to use the term most familiar with our French chums – “le Papo jeune Smilodon”, has the number 2109 stamped on the lowermost portion of the flank. We suspect that this is the batch number, it being a legal requirement so that production batches can be traced, if there ever was a need to recall them.
The Papo young Smilodon figure measures approximately 9.5 cm in length and the ears of this hand-painted figure stand around 5 cm off the ground. This is the third Smilodon (Sabre-toothed cat) replica figure to be added to the Papo “Les Dinosaures” range after the adult Smilodon (2011) and the maned, Papo roaring Smilodon (2017).
Papo Megalodon (Otodus megalodon) * – to read Everything Dinosaurs review of this prehistoric shark figure from September 2021: Papo The Megalodon Shark Model.
Papo Young Smilodon
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the figure was proving to be extremely popular with Papo model collectors, the black lines around the eyes of the model reminded team members of the eyeliner used in ancient Egyptian culture. Cats are among the most iconic animals in ancient Egyptian art and culture. The feline goddess Bastet is perhaps the best-known. Bastet is associated with wishes for family well-being and health as well as protection from danger.
To view the Papo young Smilodon and the rest of the prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Papo Prehistoric Mammal Models, Pterosaurs and Dinosaur Figures.