Pteranodon (CollectA)

Pteranodon is not only the most famous pterosaur, but also the best known. More than 1,000 fossil specimens have been uncovered, including both male and female individuals. Males were larger and possessed the familiar blade-shaped crests while females were smaller, had short, rounded crests, and wider hips for laying eggs. This means, sadly, that every single Pteranodon toy ever made is a male. Someone needs to give us a female!

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Anyway, here is CollectA’s Standard class Pteranodon figure, released all the way back in 2006 when the company was called Procon. It’s a small figure at only 9 cm long with a wingspan of 15.5 cm. It’s sculpted in what I like to call the “M-bird” pose, with its wings open and gently curving downwards. Personally, I much prefer my pterosaurs in a standing pose with the wings folded, but I know others will enjoy swooshing this little fellow through the air.

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The main colours on this toy are light orange and medium brown with dark brown patches on the wingtips and upper bill, black for the eyes and claws, and a red mouth. The wings have a wrinkled leathery texture while the main body features minimal but visible pycnofibers. The upper bill is slightly curved downwards, but that’s probably due to warping. The crest is too chunky and covered with wrinkles, which was unlikely to be the case in real life. It kind of looks like a carrot! The wing elements are fairly accurate though, and the hind limbs are attached.

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Despite the fact that this Pteranodon hails from CollectA’s earliest year, when their prehistoric toys were more lamentable than laudable, it’s actually decent. It’s not going to make anyone’s mouth water, but it’s reasonably well-sculpted and accurate. Recommended for those looking to bolster their pterosaur ranks.

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