Between marauding packs of Deinonychus and the hulking Acrocanthosaurus, the nodosaurid Sauropelta lived in extremely dangerous times. Fortunately, the “lizard shield” was more than capable of defending itself.
The 2015 Wild Safari Sauropelta measures 19 cm long from nose to tail tip. Its body is coloured sandy brown with grey for its beak, underbelly, claws, and the small scutes running along its sides. The larger scutes are grey with blackened tips and the teeny tiny eyes are light orange.
This individual is sculpted in a walking pose with its head looking to the left and its tail swinging slightly to the right. One can almost hear the clicking of its spikes as they come together. There is an air of determination and purpose about it. This is an animal that knows danger is always afoot, that it must constantly be on alert, yet it presses on like a brave knight of old. If necessary, it will dish out as much punishment as it receives. Possibly more.
The Sauropelta‘s back is completely covered by an intricate network of scutes. The ones over the front half of the animal are very bumpy while those over the hip region are smoother. The neck is protected by two rows of large, sharp spikes, with a giant pair jutting out from above the shoulders. Smaller spikes run along the animal’s sides, and in twin rows down the length of the tail. Although there is no bony club (as is the case with all nodosaurids), a blow from that prickly tail would still be quite painful. The legs and underbelly are unarmoured, but their sculpting is no less impressive, with countless scales and a few wrinkles for defining the musculature. The feet have the correct number of toes.
In terms of appearance, accuracy, detail, and play value, the Wild Safari Sauropelta simply shines. This is one of the best ankylosaur toys I’ve ever come across. Get it if you can!
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