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