October 28 & 29 Dilophosaurus Blog - Plastic Surgery Update
This "Dilophosaurus Blog" update on Dinosaur toys plastic surgery techniques is brought to you by this very beautiful Dilophosaurus. A face, perhaps, that only a mother could love. But isn't that what mothers are for?
October 28, 2009
Bullyland actually makes two T-Tops that I have. The first is what they call the "Museum Line" which are (in this case) ~1/30 scale, very nicely shaped and well detailed. The other is about half the size and makes an excellent Triceratops baby. You can see the near tragedy that befalls this family of five at: Bullyland Triceratops. We also learned that these are not very good at housework, although they do try....We also dug deep into the Dino-inventory (of which this is about one tenth) and came up with the newest Safari, Ltd. Dilophosaurus. For some reason ever since the first Dilophosaur was produced for the Jurassic Park line by Kenner back in 1993 everybody seems to make this guy in an oddly upright position. Stay tuned and in tomorrow's "Dllophosaurus blog" you'll see how a little "plastic surgery" can put him into a much more "natural" pose. Without affecting his unnatural beauty. (Dilophosaurus blog alternative medicine.)
October 29, 2009
Our Diplodocus main page went up today and we have some gorgeous pictures of The Carnegie and Invicta offerings. We are looking forward to doing the Carnegie Diplodocus page tomorrow.
Today we created a "blog archive" page for our more memorable updates.
Now, as promised, our plastic surgery center.... To do that voo-doo that you do so well requires water at or near the boiling point. I use the micro-wave to achieve that end. Here we see our little Safari, Ltd. Dilophosaurus re-enacting his experience. (That's why we call this a Dilophosaurus blog, it's all about him.) The small container was used for the neck, the larger one fit the tail perfectly. In both cases time in the "hot-tub" was a ten-count, then a quick removal and careful pressure exerted to bend to shape. This has worked for any number of figures ranging from the "Big Red" Jurassic Park/Kenner T-Rex through every other manufacturer who produced a figure that just didn't stand upright, right. I suggest that you hold the figure and blow on it once it is in the position you desire. The paint is unaffected. The larger the figure and the thicker the part the longer it will take to cool.
This particular figure (our Dilophosaurus blog star) is very well balanced to begin with. He stood in a three-point stance initially, but when put on an edge the tail dropped below his feet level and he stood bipedally. That showed me that I did not need to do anything with the feet, only the tail, bringing it up a little. I also wanted the head to be in a more horizontal position so I bent it forward slightly. This required sticking him in head first, getting the neck to bend. Remember- for a figure this size ten seconds in near boiling water is plenty. The water will remain hot enough for several minutes, certainly long enough for the "operation" and any repetitions necessary.
You can see in the picture on the left how the figure is sort of stretching upward balanced on the feet and tail. In the second photo he is clearly standing on his own two feet, head held horizontally. (Dilophosaurus blog success!)
This Dilphosaurus blog update on plastic surgery techniques does not mean to suggest that whether part of a Dilophosaurus blog or otherwise, or any other of the Dinosaur toys, is anything other than perfect. Or nearly so. Nor do I imply that scalding water should be handled in any way other than with great care. So be careful out there. Okay?
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