Anhanguera (World of History by Schleich)

Review and photos by Nathan `Takama`Morris, edited by amargasaurus cazaui and Suspsy

Anhanguera was a pterosaur that hails from the Santana Formation in Brazil. It is recognized by two crests that were found on its beak (one on the top, one on the bottom). The overall look of this pterosaur resembles that of its cousin Ornithocheirus. Several species have been proposed for this genus, however, many have turned out to represent different members in the ornithocheirid family, with the only valid species being A. blittersdorffi and A.santanae.

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The species that the new World of History model is based on is hard for me to say, as I’m no expert on pterosaurs. The figure looks fine, and it is a slight improvement over the Anhanguera models that Schleich has released before. The previous models were made for the Replicasaurus and Junior lines, and were recognized for their perching posture that was rarely seen on pterosaur toys at the time. What those models lacked was a covering of pycnofibres. The new model for the WoH collection rectifies this issue with great attention to detail on the back and bottom of the torso. However, they ditched the perching stance in favour of a flying pose, and this is where the problems begin.
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To make the model displayable, the middle of the wings have been curved downwards. Schleich was probably trying to make it seem like the animal is flapping its wings, but the result looks unnatural. The wings are also too short to be accurate. The main thing that makes this model an improvement over the WoH Quetzalcoatlus is that the wings are a lot stiffer, not quite as pliable, and less flimsy.

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Another thing that sets this model apart from Schleich’s previous renditions of the species is the articulated jaw. The jaw can be opened and closed, and when the jaws are shut, the conical teeth interlock just like on the real animal.

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As well, the patterns on this model’s wings are more believable than those on the Quetzalcoatlus. There is a white pattern on both sides of the wings, and it looks good with the overly cartoonish color scheme of the model. The top part of the torso is blue with ruffled pycnofibres that give an appearance of spines, and the bottom part of the torso is white with smoother pycnofibres that go up to the middle of the jaw. Other colors include yellow on the hands, feet, and beak, black on the crest, pink on the flesh around the eyes and tongue, and green on the eyes themselves.

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Before I conclude this review, there is one more thing I must mention regarding the patterns on the wings. If you take a look at my photos, you will notice that the patterns are different on each part of the wings. This is probably due to carelessness at the manufacturing level. To me, this is not a deal breaker, but if you like your models to have consistent paint themes, then it’s something to consider when purchasing this model.

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Overall, this is not a bad figure aside from some anatomical hiccups that we have come to expect from Schleich. 

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