If this figure looks familiar that’s because it has been reviewed here before! The original review of the Schliech Baryonyx was one several really interesting blog entries by former dinosaur toy blogger Tomhetleere. Sadly, Tomhet left the Dinosaur Toy Blog earlier this year and to everyone’s dismay, removed his valuable dinotoyblog contributions with his departure. If you have noticed a review missing here or there, this is the explanation. I’d like to start the process of updating the blog with brand new reviews to replace those now missing, and where better to start than with the Schleich Baryonyx? Say “Cheese”!
The Schleich Baryonyx is one of many discontinued replicas from Schleich’s lines. Baryonyx has received considerable fame and attention in toy form since it was first released as a replica in Invicta’s Natural History Museum London line, a beautiful series now out or production. Following that Invicta offering of Baryonyx, the genus has been produced by Safari Ltd (Carnegie Baryonyx here), CollectA, Kenner (Jurassic Park), Toyway (a replacement for the Invicta), and the recently reviewed version of Baryonyx by Wild Republic.
Baryonyx has been interpreted as a piscivore, a fish-eating dinosaur, and is often reconstructed in a quadropedal stance (or supported by at least one arm), sometimes with a fish in hand. The Schleich Baryonyx is typical in this regard, with both hands planted firmly on the ground, but no fish this time around. The pose is pretty uninspired with almost no movement whatsoever. The mouth is closed but the grinning teeth remain visible.
In terms of anatomical accuracy, the head is quite reasonable. The short midline crest in front of the eyes, the slightly retracted nostrils, and the elongate snout are correct, but it lacks the distinctive notch in the tooth row and the skull is rather broad. There are errors on the postcranium too, each hand has four digits, that’s one too many! The claw on the first digit (thumb) of Baryonyx was enlarged, however, in the Schleich version the second digit is wrongly enlarged. The feet are far better with the correct number and position of toes. There is also a slight indication of a hump on the back, which may or may not have been intentional, and the tail is especially long and sweeping.
The colouration is particularly dull, basically it is brown, brown and brown, with the claws highlighted in brown. The teeth are white though and there are nice white rings around the tiny black eyes. Despite the anatomical flaws it is still a charming replica and remains recognizable as the genus Baryonyx. This toy is also highly sought after and can sometimes fetch quite tall prices on Ebay, where it is occasionally available individually, or might be a hidden bonus as part of a larger lot of chinasaurs. Luckily, the latter is how I found mine! Overall this is quite a pleasing figure, and given the quality of some of Scheich’s other offerings over the years (and to this day in fact), it could have been a lot worse.
Sometimes available on eBay here