Review and photos by Nathan Morris (‘Takama’), edited by Plesiosauria.
This familiar dinosaurian staple requires no introduction. Here we have CollectA’s standard-sized reproduction of this mighty horned hadrosaur, plus a baby for good measure. These CollectA figures were produced when the company was first venturing into the dinosaur toy market, so I’m willing to forgive many of its faults. Indeed, CollectA seems to have learned its lesson with their amazing line up for 2012.
The CollectA Parasaurolophus stands in the much-maligned tripod position with its overly short tail being used for balance. The forelimbs are also too short, and lack one of the digits present in the skeleton of this, and other, hadrosaur dinosaurs. One of the hind legs is striding forward and this gives the awkward impression that the animal is walking upright like a human. The rest of the body is not too bad, there is the distinctive duck-like bill and robust neck, and the back has an indention in the neural spines, much like the 2007 Schleich Parasaurolophus, as present on a specific Parasaurolophus fossil specimen. Also, a close look at the skin of the model reveals hundreds of little scales, another nice feature.
The adult comes in two colour variants, one bright neon yellow with green stripes and a red crest, the other more orange, with a very pale green underside, a dark red line that runs from the tip of its nose and down the length of its back, and a bright red that is reminiscent of its brighter colored counterpart.
CollectA released a baby Parasaurolophus the same year that they released the bright neon yellow one, but the baby has the same color scheme as the orange Para released two years later. The baby is suprisingly a little more accurate than the adult. It is posed on all fours, with its tail raised in the air, and it has the fourth digit on its forelimbs, that is missing in the adult. This little figure has many juvenile characteristic and might be worthy of a dedicated review in the future.
Overall, the adult CollectA Parasaurlophus is unsurprisingly anatomically flawed, while the little baby could be considered a little better. The newer one can be found on amazon here as well as eBay here for anywhere from 5-10 bucks, and the tiny baby is around 3-6 bucks.