That Papo Apatosaurus

What an absolute beast! If I didn’t already own their Brachiosaurus (which I refuse to call anything but a Brontosaurus, in honor the “Bronto Gun” in this game) I’d pick one up. Anyway I know this is late news since he was released over summer in 2015, but sometimes I forget to check the new releases :) I can’t wait to see what Papo will bring in 2016.

Updated Papo dinosaur collection


I decided to take an updated picture of my full dinosaur collection, since the last gallery was from 2011.
As you can see I’ve had a few new additions since then. I replaced one of the old Raptors with the new re-paint. I got the Ankylosaurs (hooray, my favorite childhood dinosaur). I also bought the Carnotaurus and Dimetrodon (“Fin”).

And I don’t know what it is, but my camera sure looks more washed out than it used to! Might be time to replace the venerable Canon Powershot A540. I imagine I’ve taken at least 20,000 pictures with it throughout the years.

Pictures of the Papo Pterodactyl

Finally got around to taking a few pictures of my new Pterodactyl (“Flapper”). I kept forgetting about him since he’s separate from the dinosaur box I keep the rest in.
Great toy though, very detailed, and it would look perfect hanging from the roof on some fishing wire.
I think eventually I’ll use him as an objective, such as escaping to a Flapper station while being chased or something.


Papo Dimetrodon and Carnotaurus

I briefly covered Papo’s 2013 new releases, which included the Dimetrodon and Carnotaurus. On paper I wasn’t super excited about either (not like the Ankylosaurus at least), until I actually bought the toys and saw how awesome they were.
The Dimetrodon might be the most detailed Papo dinosaur yet, between the extremely well painted “fin” on the back right down the veins down it’s side. Honestly the thing looks like a living lizard.
The Carnotaurus is smaller than I would have expected, but the pose is very dynamic even if a little hard to balance sometimes) and the perfect height to be teeth-to-face with a 28mm mini. Detail is great as always, even if the color scheme is a little drab.
Anyway in my latest game I took a few showcase pictures and thought I’d share (click for larger size):



Just gotta remember to take a picture of the Pterodactyl as well, since it sits by my window sill in the games room I often forget about it by the time I have my camera ready.

You can see more of these two new dinosaurs with some really great pictures in the Fight for the Flaming Gorge battle report.

New Papo 2014 Dinosaurs!

You know growing up I always figured I’d watch release news of video games, movies, and miniatures, but I never thought I’d be excited about when new dinosaur toys come out. I know that people make a career of just keeping up with the dozens of dinosaur toy making companies. But for me I like to focus on the known quality of Papo.
There’s been a bit of news about what the 2014 Papo dinosaur line up will include.
First of all the Dilophosaurus, probably best known from the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie as “the scary one that has cobra frills and spits acid poison stuff!). This model looks pretty cool, although I’ll have to see how it compares in size to some of the other carnivores. I think if it’s a bit smaller I could use it as a Raptor or even Ripper drop in. Since as we all know the actual Papo Velociraptor (even their more recent re-color) is drastically out of scale.

Next up is the Archeopteryx (yeah that’s right, only the highest quality Wikipedia links for you!), best known as the “bird dinosaur thing”. I’ve seen the Thermopolis Specimen fossil at a nearby dinosaur museum, and it looks pretty neat. Not really a fit for Dinosaur Cowboys (mainly because fluffy, feathery dinosaurs make me fall asleep), but if it’s small enough it could be cool.

And finally a Baby Triceratops. Similar to the baby T-Rex that came out all the way back in 2012, I don’t think this would see much use in Dinosaur Cowboys. It’s not like a cowboy would ride a young colt into battle, so why would they do the same with a dinosaur? What I CAN see it being super useful for is an objective marker, and indeed if the price is right and I see it in a local store I might just buy it.

What I’d really like to see are some small, thin herbivore dinosaurs that would suit the “Runner” role well for this game. Right now I’m using a non-Papo dinosaur, just because the scale is correct, but it’s not really my first choice.

See also: New 2012 Papo and New 2013 Papo.

New Papo 2013 Dinosaurs!

Well no one ever accused me of being in the loop, but luckily I was randomly doing a search for Papo today and found some absolutely awesome 2013 releases. I’ll cut right to the chase: Dimetrodon (Fin), Carnotaurus (Terror), Pteranodon (Flapper), and a Woolly Rhino.
Remember how I added the Fin dinosaur type a while back? Well it was actually March 2012 as a herbivore match for the Raptor. Since then I don’t know if the beast has ever seen the table. The main reason for that was no easy Papo purchase to match everything else! Well, that’s been remedied now and I’ll soon be buying the newly released Dimetrodon. The craziest part is Dimetrodon is not technically a dinosaur (which is why I put a disclaimer in the rulebook for people who thought the combination of dinosaurs available lived at nearly the same time).
The Carnotaurus also looks cool and would be a nice match to the Allosaurus, and to have a change of pace for the Terror type.
Even though Flappers aren’t used in combat having the dino could make for a nice objective or goal on a map.
The Woolly Rhino looks like a lower quality sculpt from their non-dinosaur line so I’ll probably pass on that.

Anyway the important part! Piiiiiiictures! I didn’t have much luck finding a really high resolution version, so I ended up cutting these out from their electronic catalog.

Update Sept 20th: So I ended up ordering all three of these dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur, since I didn’t have any luck buying them locally in stores. Now to just anxiously wait for the package to be shipped and delivered. I’ll get some better pictures and use them in a game as soon as they arrive!

Update Oct 1st: Dinosaurs arrived by Air Mail yesterday! Got them unpacked and they look great, especially the Dimetrodon. I’ll get some pictures this weekend, and I think I’ll also redo my out of date Papo Dinosaur Gallery post.

See also: New 2012 Papo and New 2014 Papo.

New Papo 2012 Dinosaurs!

I take a month off and look what happens, Papo announces 6 new dinosaurs! I couldn’t find any high res photos online so I pulled some from the announcement PDF (it’s in Russian).

Here’s the goods! They repainted the current t-rex from green to brown. I think Jurassic Park has forever made me consider t-rexes as green, so I’m happier having that color over this new brown one, but hey, variety is cool:

And then a REALLY cool new green t-rex that is running. Definitely going to be a hot item. This is one of the few Papo toys that instantly screams “conversion” as I could easily see molding a saddle and reins onto it.

And the mighty Brachiosaurus, standing 31.5cm high and 40cm long (1:55 scale or so). Definitely going to dominate the board, but boy does it ever look cool! Priced at around $45, but that’s pretty comparable based on the size.

I guess I’ll wrap up with the boring ones. There is a baby brown and green Tyrannosaurus, and the underwater Tylosaurus. Okay, “boring” might be too harsh of a term, I think they just don’t pop since the pictures aren’t that great. I do think the baby t-rex toys would make terrific capture-the-flag objectives.

Of course these are announced just as I get my Ankylosaurus and completed the old line. Can’t complain with such high quality toys coming from Papo (although one of these days I’ll check out other companies and production lines…).

See also: New 2013 Papo and New 2014 Papo.

Papo Dinosaur Gallery

I thought I’d post an updated picture of my collection of Papo toys. These are super detailed and durable toys that really it well with Dinosaur Cowboys. I’ve been hoping to find some inexpensive bulk collection for herd animals and the like, but I’m never happy with the quality of others. What I think would be fun would be modeling a saddle and other features onto a few of these, at the cost of durability since then I’d have to baby them just as much as miniatures.

Full collection as of September 2011:

Detail shots:

Say cheese!

UPDATE 2014: New collection picture viewable here.

Posse: The Utah Water Rustlers

Today is a really special treat, as a forum poster has completed his own Posse using the v0.9 rules. But he went above and beyond doing just that, and actually ordered and painted up a slew of cowboy figures to go with his Ankylosaurus figure. The creator is cody20 from the DakkaDakka forums, and I really have to thank him for his interest in the game and dedication to assembling a terrific looking Posse!

Without further ado (since most of you recent readers are probably coming from the DakkaDakka thread in the first place :)) I give you the Utah Water Rustlers:

I guess this means I really need to get on having a similarly dashing looking force available for my battle reports, instead of the hodge podge of figures I’ve used in the past. Anyways with luck this won’t be the last we hear of from cody20, so hopefully I can post some bonus battle reports from him in the future!