By now most of you should know my preference for sometimes strange dinosaur models, alleged outsiders, often being sadly overlooked.
I would like to introduce to you the Bullyland “Micro Tiere” Apatosaurus. I don´t exactly know about the release date, even Randy Knoll´s site doesn´t give any information. But it must have been somewhere in the 90s. Bullyland released a confusing diversity of dinosaur toy lines, such as their minifigures, a midsized line and the popular museum line. And the “Micro Tiere” (Micro animals) series this little fellow belongs to.
It is only 7 cm long and 2 cm tall. And although it is that tiny, the overall sculpt represents a heavily built sauropod. Enlarged to a “usual” dino figure scale it would rather resemble Schleich new Apatosaurus with a compact build than a slender interpretation such as the new Safari Apatosaurus. Bullyland Micro Tier Apatosaurus is of a dark brownish colour, with an even darker brown/black tone on the ridge of its spine. Of course one can not expect much sculpting or skin detail, yet there are two wrinkles on each side where the belly begins and a correctly formed head with eyes, nostrils (!) and a muzzle.
Quality is not a question of size. Overall I must say I like this one very much. It obviously differs in style from the myriads of tiny chinasaurs. It could pass off as a hatchling of the “usual size” dinosaur models in dioramas. It could even be that it is a to scale “island dwarf sauropod”. But of course it can stand alone, being a neat little fellow every collector should have. Try your luck on flea markets or huge lots on ebay.