As Styracosaurus is to Triceratops, Kentrosaurus is to Stegosaurus. This thorny little thyreophoran would have been a risky meal for any Jurassic predator.
Chap Mei’s electronic Kentrosaurus figure measures just under 28 cm long and stands 15.5 cm at the tip of its back plates. Very light grey is the main colour with medium and dark blue running down the back, black markings on the sides, green eyes, a magenta tongue, beige spikes, and translucent red plates with black tips. An unusual colour scheme, but certainly good for catching the eyes of children in a toy store. As with other Chap Mei toys, the mouth and hooves are unpainted. The screw holes are on the left side.
The Kentrosaurus‘ plates, spikes, and hooves have a realistic grooved texture while the skin is a combination of round scales, thick wrinkles, and some rather large osteoderms tossed in for the heck of it. Combined with the vibrant colours, this looks like a very impressive dinosaur indeed!
Unfortunately, anyone who has actually seen a proper restoration of Kentrosaurus knows full well that the inaccuracies on this toy are legion. The head is too large and wide, the neck and tail are far too short, the plates are too few (only a single row of two on the neck), and the shoulder spikes are absent. Although interestingly, the feet have the correct number of toes.
The Kentrosaurus‘ limbs have a limited range of rotatation. Pressing the osteoderm on the right thigh causes the tail to swing, the plates to light up, and a high-pitched roar to emanate. Battle time!
Overall, the Kentrosaurus is another mixed bag from Chap Mei. Great for children who enjoy play value and a fearsome appearance, potentially horrifying for the adult collector.