I’ve had figures from QRF’s 15mm Triassic line for a couple of years now and have painted them a pack at a time over the course of those 24 months or so. Well, finally grouping them all together, I noted that I went a little heavy with green! The Plateosaurs, Coelophysis, Stagonolepsis-all ended up being primarily green. At some point I’ll have to improve them. I took pictures of the entire range, except I forgot to include the Phytosaurs. Overall the figures are pretty good and fill gaps by making Triassic animals not produced by anyone else.
The QRF dinosaur range was developed along with a set of rules “Try-to-Survive-a-Saurus”, that involves a prehistoric animal-only game of natural selection. Besides the animal packs, the range also has game markers, but I did not order these so I’m not sure what these marker sets contain. I did not have a chance to purchase the rule set either, but I would like to play a game sometime. My review is of the dinosaur, crocodile, and mammal-like reptile packs.
The first set is the Coelophysids-early theropod predators. These come in a 4 pack with various poses. A little careful bending of necks can produce more poses if you want. The models are roughly man-sized in 15mm-maybe 10′ -12′ long in 15mm scale. Still big enough to pose a threat to any intrepid exploreres of the Mesozoic.
Next up are the Cynodonts-synapsid mammal-like reptiles. These are about 15-18mm long and look like a cross between a dog and a lizard. The pack comes with 2 Cynodonts, a burrow, and a base of Cynodont puppies! I think the QRF Cynodonts are a bit bigger in 15mm than the real animal, but I prefer this as it is more dangerous to be attacked by a wolf than a cocker spaniel.
Again I forgot to take pics of the Phytosaurs, but I’ll add them later. The Phytosaurs are large ‘crocodilomorphs’-reptiles with crocodilian features that are not yet true crocodiles. You get 2 Phytosaurs in a pack. These would be 18-20 foot long in 15mm so a formidible predator, but from the look of the snout they probably ate fish-but mine will eat anything that comes near shore or falls in the water.
The fourth animal in the range is Placerias-the sheep of the Triassic. Placerias is another mammal-like reptile, this time a dicynodont. It is an ugly, beaked, hippo-like creature that lived in vast numbers all over the planet during the late Triassic. You get 4 in a pack, but you really need 40 since they were apparently so common that you could toss a rock at random in the Triassic air and it would fall and hit a Placerias. The QRF model is about 20-25mm long making them in the 8′-10′ range. I would gather that as theropods grew larger and more menacing Placerias was eaten up and went extinct, but according to Wiki recent fossils from Australia show dicynodonts survived until the Cretaceous!!
Back to the true dinosaurs, we next have two sets of Plateosaurus. Plateosaurus was a prosauropod, the granddaddy of the biggest land animals that ever lived-the sauropods. In the QRF set #1 there is a pair of adult Plateosaurs. These are identical models, but by gently bending the neck or tail the poses can be changed slightly. The figures are shown as quadropeds which is most likely the correct posture as opposed to the ‘begging doggy’ pose of the old plastic Marx and MPC plateosaur toys. One note is that the QRF model does resemble to some extent the old plastic sauropod toys of my youth, but current reconstructions tend to give the Plateosaur a much higher hindquarters with the back noticeably sloping toward the front. That being said, it is now known that there were several same-ish prosauropods spread all across almost all continents, so the QRF model might simply be one of the 99 varieties. Plateosaur pack #2 is a most useful set of 8 baby Plateosaurs. These little guys are great and can be used as almost any hatchling prosauropod or sauropod. The 8 figures are about 15mm long and all the same pose, but again the metal is flexible and the necks can be re-posed for variety. I think the hatchlings make an excellent game objective.
The Triassic was a time of Crocodilomania and the world must have been a Crocodilotopia since there were so many varieties of croc-like animals stalking about the landscape. Besides the mostly aquatic Phytosaurs, QRF makes a model of the Postosuchus, a large terrestrial predator. The model comes in a 2 pack and scales out to about 20′ long or so. Like all of this range, Postosuchus is obviously inspired by Episode 1 of the BBC’s “Walking With Dinosaurs” series. In the series Postosuchus is reconstructed with a more upright stance and the legs are shown as more closely equal in length. Other reconstructions allow for a slightly more splayed front legs and longish rear legs giving the croc a body that slopes slightly toward the front. Again, who knows, I’ve never seen a living one.
Last , and perhaps least, is the lowly Stagonolepsis. This is yet another crocodilomorph! This time nature has evolved a crocodile into a small armored herbivore that rooted around on the ground for whatever low-growing plants it could browse upon. This brings up an image of the modern armadillos that one sees lying dead along the highways of the southern USA. You get a 5 of the same figure in this pack of easily eaten Triassic vegetarians. In size the figure is not much longer than a 15mm human.
I will give the QRF dinosaur range two paint-smeared thumbs-up for the Prehistoric gamer. Many useful and unusual animals to encounter.