The unusual theropod Cryolophosaurus is the largest carnivorous dinosaur from the Early Jurassic and the most complete dinosaur known from Antarctica. This fascinating dinosaur is one of two new additions to the Carnegie Collection line in 2010. Their second offering, the first ever Carnegie ichthyosaur, is another figure to look forward to this year.
The most distinctive feature of Cryolophosaurus is the transverse fan-like crest situated above the eyes. There are also two low ridges formed by the nasal bones, that run along the top of the narrow skull in front of the crest. These cranial characteristics are beautifully an accurately restored in the Carnegie figure, clearly based on the fossil skull material. In-keeping with its probably function as a display structure, Safari have chosen a bright blue colour for the front of the delicate ridged crest.
The front of the skull is unknown for Cryolophosaurus so some conservative artistic license has been used to fill in the missing portion. The open mouth is finely detailed with sharp teeth of many sizes and a fleshy sharp-tipped tongue.
The figure is about 24cm long. The overall pose is relatively static with both feet widely spaced and placed firmly on the ground. The body is held horizontally, but the long tail sweeps gently downwards to support the figure with its tip, in a tripod pose. The three fingered hands are reaching forwards and the head is raised up and to the right.
A golden brown hue forms broad stripes along the neck, flanks and tail. A darker brown runs along the top of the spine and the (unpainted?) underside is a very light green. The throat region has a nice dewlap that adds character to the model. This is highlighted in light blue, very much like the recent Diplodocus in the same line. The eyes are gold with black pupils, the mouth is pink and the teeth are white. The claws, including the hallux on the inside of each foot, are picked out in beige.
The sculpt gives a nice indication of the underlying bony anatomy – the hips bulge out a little, as do the scapular regions. The skin is rough and wrinkled, in particular, a line of wrinkled skin runs along each side of the tummy between the base of the arm and the leg. This seems to be one of the signatures of Carnegie sculptor Forrest Rogers and has been noted in the vast majority of Carnegie figures.
Is summary, this is a awesome rendering of a really interesting species – a great addition to the Carnegie Collection line. It should be available to purchase shortly and I’ll add links here when the time comes. I’d like to thank Safari for sending an early sample of this figure for The Dinosaur Toy Blog to review.