Review by Mihnea Nicolae (aka Wildheart). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Psittacosaurus (parrot lizard) was a small ceratopsian that lived during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Eastern Asia. A number of species have been recognised so far based on the shape of their skulls and the area in which they were discovered. In contrast, many other dinosaur genera are monospecific, containing only a single known species.
Introduced in 2009, the CollectA Psittacosaurus was a great addition to the already interesting lineup. The figurine is 11 centimeters long and 5 centimeters high, making it perfect for those that have space issues. It is also a great piece for us collectors because of the anatomical flawlessnes and realistic look: There are only four fingers present on each hand, which is the correct number. The tail has the right length, and the recently discovered integument is also present. The rest of the body is covered in scales. The head suggests that the species is Psittacosaurus mongoliensis.
The colour scheme isn’t one of the greatest, but it tends to look realistic on this figurine.
Psittacosaurus species lived in semi-aquatic enverionments, so a light brown body covered with black and dark brown stripes goes well. The tip of the parrot-like snout is grey and the eyes are brown with black pupils. The tongue is pink, as usual.
All in all, this tiny ceratopsian is one of my favourite dinosaur toys. The price tag is undeniably small for such a great toy. It is available at any decent shop carrying the CollectA lineup for nothing more than a few bucks.
Available fromeBay here