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Orpington man brings T Rex back to life

PUBLISHED: 09:04 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 13 April 2016

Dexter with Mr Coulson and his partner Anna Littler

Dexter with Mr Coulson and his partner Anna Littler

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The 9ft-tall dinosaur is helping to liven up parties and events

An Orpington man is giving people the chance to come face-to-face with dinosaurs after designing a 9ft-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex.

IT consultant Chris Coulson was inspired to create the beast after watching an online clip of an animatronic dinosaur, and he is renting out his creation to help liven up parties and events.

The replica, named Dexter, comes complete with a fully articulated head and neck, and is operated by special creature actors.

Mr Coulson, a self-styled dinosaur wrangler, told the Bromley Times: “I saw a Youtube video of Walking with Dinosaurs and thought, that is amazing - what a shame I won’t see one!

“Then I did some research and found out that there are special effects companies in China that make them, because they are one of the biggest places for finding dinosaurs and fossils, and these companies are starting to move over to the western world.”

Mr Coulson, who attended Darrick Wood School and confessed to being ‘a bit of a geek’, wanted to ensure the T Rex was as realistic as possible, so the dinosaur differs slightly from the more familiar depictions of the creature seen in films such as Jurassic Park.

“I wanted him to have feathers because that is the new thinking in paleantology, but not to be completely covered - no-one wants a nine-foot chicken,” he explained. “The feathers on the heads give it an organic feel and make it feel more real.

“Whenever people see him, their first reaction is ‘wow’! He is 9ft tall and when he looks down at you, because of the skills of the actors, it is real - a bit like War Horse.

“The dinosaur has a camera in his nose, but the actors do not know what it looks like from the outside, so they have to imagine what is going on and it is a really skilled thing to do.”

Dexter is already proving popular - he made his debut at the Opportunity Orpington Business Show 2016 and has already been booked by a national zoo and three other corporate events.

He can be booked by visiting www.rentadinosaur.co.uk

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