Scelidosaurus (Collecta Deluxe)

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Scelidosaurus was a Lower Jurassic Tyreophoran from England. Discovered in the middle of the 19th century in Dorset and described by Richard Owen himself, this 4 m long, bird hipped dinosaur is standing at the changeover from small bipedal Ornithopods to quadrupedal Ankylosaurs or Stegosaurs.

Collecta Scelidosaurus is a nice figure to have, if it wasn´t for the cost/performance ratio. I payed 19,99 € for it, while some Schleichs of similar size are much cheaper. (“Dollecta?”) Maybe it is this expensive because it is declared as a “Deluxe” dinosaur.
To be honest, this is a promise Collecta Scelidosaurus can´t really live up to, although it is really neat.
Collecta Scelidosaurus is 23 cm long, 7 cm tall and of a really heavy touch. The back and the many shales and spikes of different sizes are all painted tan and beige. The shoulder spines make an exception: These eye-catchers are light red. The belly is grey.

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The animal has been caught at quick pace, mouth open. It seems as if it´s running away from a predator.

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The head and neck reveal some cool details: The neck is laced with overlapping scales, the head has horns who face backward, making them look like ears, which is a little annoying, I must admit. Also annoying is the fact that the front legs´ outer toe points backwards. I´m also not sure if the number of toes was really five.
All in all I recommend Collecta Scelidosaurus to every collector with a wider span of species and companies.
Two questions remain unanswered: Did Collecta exaggerate by providing the animal with so many scales and horns? And isn´t the overall approach too clumsy? Lookig at this figure, one could think Scelidosaurus was 10 or so metres long. But it was much smaller and probably more slender and agile.

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Bonus:
As far as I know, currently there are only two Scelidosaur figures out there: This one and the Invicta, dating back to 1975. You can´t really compare these two to each other. They each represent a different period of regarding dinosaurs generally. The Invicta the “tail-dragging reptile” – time, this one the “erect tail cow – style” time.

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5 Responses to Scelidosaurus (Collecta Deluxe)

  1. Starlux also has one

  2. There is actually a third Scelidosaurus figure available. It’s a funny toy that’s sort of like a Transformer, in that it transforms from an egg to a dinosaur and back. It’s status as a Scelidosaurus is incredibly dubious, though, because it’s a mould repurposed from an older toyline, in which it was a crocodile!

    So it looks nothing like Scelidosaurus.

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  4. I want to like this, but it’s got those softened cutesy lines and the slightly ‘gumdrop’ translucency of the plastic working against it.

  5. I wish it actually looked like a Scelidosaurus. I have no idea where those giant spines came from:
    http://web.me.com/dinoruss/jim-robins-art/Scelidosaurus.gif
    http://www.dinooption.co.kr/img05/Scelidosaurus01.jpg

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