Review and photos by Nathan ‘Takama’ Morris, edited by amargasaurus cazaui and Suspsy
Hi everyone! You have heard of Styracosaurus, right? If so, then you’re likely a regular member of our community. If you’re not (I know I wasn’t when I first found this blog), then you may have read about it in many different dinosaur books over the years. If you still have not heard of it, then a little background would be in order.
Styracosaurus was a ceratopsian dinosaur hailing from the late Cretaceous deposits of the Dinosaur Park Formation. It is recognized by a variety of spikes on its frill and a long nasal horn that would make Triceratops green with envy. When it comes to toys, almost every company has made one at some point. It’s no surprise that it is usually overshadowed by Triceratops in books. Styracosaurus has also appeared in some movies, the most recent of which being Disney’s Dinosaur, which had a ripple effect on the dinosaur toy industry as a whole.
The dinosaurs in the movie were for the most part natural and appeared to be based on the current fossil evidence at the time of the movie release in 2000. There were a few things that made some of the creatures stand out to some degree so that audiences could follow and identify the key characters. For the most part, these changes made the characters look distinctive while still being recognizable as their respective species. But there were a few inconsistencies and one example is the character named Eema, who was a Styracosaurus that looked nothing like the other ones in the movie.
“Dinosaur” had a wide theatrical release and has had some influence on the public’s perception of dinosaurs. As a result, some companies were prompted to tackle obscure creatures that appeared in the film. The most common dinosaur toy spawned by the film is Carnotaurus, which up until the film’s release, was seldom seen in toy form. Prior to the movie, it had only been released in the Carnegie and Battat collections .
Another dinosaur that earned notice from more companies was Pachyrhinosaurus, which was first made by CollectA, and later by Papo, Safari, and Battat. Even though the film prompted companies to make their own versions of dinosaurs that appeared in it, there are some models that were made based on the characters themselves. Case in point: Schleich’s World of History Styracosaurus.
When I first saw this model previewed in 2012, I immediately thought it looked like Eema. Everything about this model just screams at you that Schleich did little to no research on it. Rather, they chose to copy a character from a popular movie. Just like Eema, this model has a very short body and two pairs of stout legs. The feet on this figure are not accurate as they don’t face the proper direction and have too many claws.The only things that separate this figure from its movie counterpart are the long pointed horns, which on Eema were worn and sometimes broken. There are also also a bunch of scutes on the back and the frill.
The colors on this figure are little brighter than what Schleich used prior to 2013, but that does not mean it’s not realistic. The dark blue goes well with the blend of orange and green on the figure’s spine and frill.The only color I don’t like is the white on the horns, toes, and scutes.
Overall, this is a terrible replica of Styracosaurus. It just shows how ignorant a company can be of scientific accuracy, no matter how common their products are in today’s market. Despite this, the toy has a certain charm that only the WoH collection can bring. It’s one of Schleich’s laziest efforts, yet I still like it in the same sense that one would like B-movies. It’s just so bad that it’s good to me, and if you have the same tastes, then you might find it to be a interesting addition to your collection as well. If you’re looking for an accurate model, then I suggest you find something else because this model just won’t cut it for you.
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