With its distinctive nasal horn and osteoderms, Ceratosaurus is certainly one of the more well-known theropods, making appearances in such films and documentaries as Fantasia, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic Fight Club. Yet for a dinosaur with such great media exposure, this species does not appear very much in toy form, with figures from Kaiyodo and Safari being the only other plastic versions. Luckily this offering from Battat is more than good enough to satisfy any fans of this peculiar theropod.
Unlike the other Battat theropods, the Ceratosaurus has a calm pose, looking off into the distance with its jaws closed and both feet planted on the ground. Indeed, this lends the figure a sense of elegance that is far too rare amongst theropod figures. Furthermore, the sculpt is very detailed, with well-executed wrinkling and scales covering natural-looking musculature. All this lends the dinosaur a sense of mass and grandness, despite the figure only being 7″ (17 cm) long. Another plus is the fully bipedal stance, which is maddeningly rare among theropod toys. Luckily this figure stands quite well on its two feet. However, like other Battats, the plastic is susceptible to warping, so make sure to avoid placing this figure in areas of high heat.
The Battat line is reknown for its exceptional accuracy despite its age, and this figure is no different. All of Ceratosaurus‘ defining anatomical traits are present: the distinctive nasal horn and lacrimal ridges feature prominently, the row of osteoderms running down the spine is also clear, and the hands have four fingers. The tail is appropriately muscled unlike many other theropod toys with too-skinny posteriors. In particular, the sculpt captures the deep tail this genus had – Ceratosaurus‘ tail was rather crocodilian in appearance, being both heavily muscled and tall.
However there are some small accuracy issues. The painted on teeth seem rather large compared to the skull. While some specimens of Ceratosaurus possess large teeth, these are usually juveniles, not adults like the animal portrayed by the figure. Furthermore, the figure’s left hand is pronated (facing backwards), which would be impossible without the animal breaking its wrist. Finally, the arms and hands are somewhat large in proportion to the rest of the body – though powerful, Ceratosaurus‘ arms were rather short.
The aspect that really sets this figure apart is the color scheme. Unlike many other Battat figures, which feature strongly patterned and somewhat garish paint jobs, this Ceratosaurus features subdued, natural tones. Most of the body is a forest green with maroon striations and a lightly colored underbelly. The head has patches of light green over the antorbital fenestrae and on the nasal horn, suggesting that the head (and horn in particular) had some display purposes, a popular theory amongst paleontologists. The paint application is detailed and well executed, though this figure is prone to paint wear like many other in the Battat line.
With its relatively high accuracy, pleasant stance, and outstanding and natural color scheme, this is definitely a figure worth getting. Traditionally this was one of the rarer and pricier Battats (it took me over 3 years to locate mine), but the recent news of the upcoming Battat line reissues nullifies that problem. Furthermore, it is possible that the sculpt will be slightly tweaked for the reissue, meaning that there is a chance of even greater accuracy for this figure. Whichever version you end up with, this is definitely a piece that deserves a place in your collection.