Thylacine (CollectA)

For millions of years, the modern thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), also known as the marsupial wolf and the Tasmanian tiger, was one of Australia’s apex predators. But thanks to overhunting, habitat destruction, and sheer callousness on the part of human beings, this magnificent animal has gone the way of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts.

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CollectA’s 2016 thylacine figure measures about 11.5 cm long. The main colour is a dull light brown with a cream underbelly and dark brown for the stripes on its back and the pads and claws on its feet. White is used around the eyes and mouth and inside the ears. The eyes, nose, and mouth lining are black, the inside of the mouth is pink, and the teeth are white. This is all in keeping with field descriptions and the few existing pelts and mounted specimens.

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The thylacine is sculpted with its mouth wide open, either in a yawn or a threat display. Thylacines were actually capable of opening their mouths to an incredible 120 degrees, although they possessed a very weak bite. The proportions of the figure’s skull, body, and limbs are all correct and the muscles and the sleek fur are superbly sculpted. Despite the superficial resemblance to wolves, thylacines were not capable of running at high speeds and it is thought that they employed ambush tactics rather than open pursuit while hunting.

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And now for the most interesting and endearing feature. Like most marsupials, female thylacines kept their young in pouches. And indeed, the tiny tail and rump of a joey can be seen protruding from this figure’s pouch. The joey is coloured exactly like its mother, complete with dark stripes. Very cute, very cute indeed. This toy would be a very good tool for teaching children about extinction and conservation. Now what we need is a male thylacine figure.

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This thylacine is a superb toy: accurate, beautifully sculpted, and cleverly conceived. It’s definitely on par with the version from Mojo Fun. I would really love to see CollectA do more recently extinct animals such as the dodo, the moa, and the massive Steller’s sea cow. They all serve as grim reminders of humanity’s terrible capacity for death and destruction. Unless we all actively work to change and improve our ways, we will only see more animals join the thylacine in the halls of extinction.

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Thank you once again for the advance sample, CollectA, and keep up the excellent work!

7 Responses to Thylacine (CollectA)

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  2. The baby in the pouch is a nice touch.

  3. I hope it’s ok to ask, what is that elephant like creature in the last photo? Thanks!

  4. Superb review and I really appreciate the call for protection of all those living things that share this planet with us, their fate may be ours in the very end!

  5. The figure is in my opinion much more realistic than the thylacine Mojo view.

    It is a very well prepared, but hopefully not to talk about it in the forum and said animal other had not been extinguished (in this case because of humans) figure. A sad story thylacine like so many species in the world that are now disappearing among others the infamous tortoise Pinta Island Galapagos.

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