By now most of us who concern ourselves with such matters are aware that the Battat Company has launched a new line of dinosaur figures and naturally we’re all very excited about it. Forum member Takama has already reviewed their stellar take on the Pachyrhinosaurus but there are still three other new models that require our scrutiny. Here I’ll be tackling a dinosaur that up until the release of this model, I had never even heard of or rather, never took notice of if I had.
Nanshiungosaurus is a genus of late Cretaceous therizinosaur from China. Not much can be said about it as it is only known from much of the vertebrae and the pelvis. Suffice it to say it is fairly standard looking for a therizinosaur. Looking at the model you would be forgiven for thinking it was a proper Therizinosaurus. The nice thing about Battat is they make sure to assign the species name to their models. Two species of Nanshiungosaurus have been described, N. brevispinus and N. bohlini. This particular model represents the former and first described species, N. brevispinus. Described in 1979 by Dong Zhiming it was classified as a sauropod for many years.
Nanshiungosaurus is estimated to have measured about 17’ in length placing this model in the 1:40 scale range like all of the Battat dinosaurs as well as the fledgling Terra series. The model itself measures about 5” in length and was sculpted by Battat veteran Dan LoRusso. Like the Battat models of old, this is an expertly crafted piece. You’ll be hard pressed to find inaccuracies here but many will no doubt notice the lack of feathering on this creature. It is well known that members of the therizinosaur group were covered in a coat of feathers. While feathers have not been found in association with Nanshiungosaurus it can be inferred that it had them as well. The box the model comes packed in explains this, stating that since this was a larger animal it may have lost its feathers. I suppose we can let it slide given how great the model is otherwise but feathers would have been preferable here. After all, Yutyrannus was a tyrannosauroid that measured 30’ in length and yet has preserved a feathery coat of its own. But feathers don’t make or break a model in this case. CollectA has fully feathered their new Therizinosaurus and it doesn’t hold up to the quality presented here.
The paint job itself has a very familiar feel to it and if one were to compare it to others in the Battat Collection, they would find it has much in common with their Gallimimus. More or less the same colors are reproduced here. Most of the body is a sandy brown color with a darker brown running along the back, wrapping around the neck and trailing down the sides along the legs. The darker brown can also be seen on the feet and hands of the model. A red mask adorns the face and runs down the neck. The beak, claws and toe nails are black. A creamy white covers the underside and the legs from the knees down. Overall, it is a nicely painted figure; a little toy-like but hey, it’s a toy. The model balances with the aid of its claws but that is often necessary for therizinosaur models. The model it dynamically posed, striding forwards and towards the left.
The Battat Nanshiungosaurus really is a must have model. It is among the best therizinosaur models ever produced, for the price I dare say it is the best. Detail, accuracy, affordability…it’s all here. If only it had feathers! Right now the Terra series is exclusive to Target stores at $7.99 each. This should make them easy to find for our American readers but not all stores have received them as of yet. I’m sure in time you’ll find this line in the majority of Target stores. If not, or if you live outside the United States, you’ll have to look online. Some eBay sellers have them up for sale including our very own Dan of “Dan’s Dinosaurs,” if you’re hard pressed to find these new Battat models than I suggest dropping him a line.