Ouranosaurus is instantly recognizable by virtue of its tall neural spines, which supported either a sail or possibly a hump. Residing in Africa during the Late Cretaceous, it was long thought to be part of the iguanodontid family. However, it is now thought to have been a basal hadrosauroid.
CollectA released this little Ouranosaurus figure in 2008. It measures just over 15 cm long and has a height of 6.5 cm due to its sail. It is posed in a quadrupedal stance with its tail raised, its fingertips barely touching the ground, and its eyes wide and alert. Reminds me of a startled cat. Its main colours are pale orange and blue-grey with a splash of pale yellow on its head, yellow eyes, and black claws.
The neck and tail of the Ouranosaurus are covered in wrinkles while the main body features faint, rounded scales. There are also wrinkles on the hands and feet. The sail has a nice ribbed texture due to the vertebrae visible beneath the skin. The muscles in the hind limbs and tail are thick and powerful-looking, which would no doubt be necessary for fleeing from predators or fighting back.
The Ouranosaurus‘ hands have the correct number and alignment of digits, but like the CollectA Iguanodon, its thumb spikes look too much like regular thumbs. As well, the head bears an uncomfortable resemblance to that of a horse, with nary a sign of a horny beak. Plus there’s no low bump in front of the eyes. And while this isn’t a confirmed inaccuracy yet, as I mentioned in the introduction, it is quite possible that Ouranosaurus possessed not a sail on its back, but rather a fatty hump, similar to the one on a modern American bison. I’d really love to see a toy company tackle that rendition someday.
Overall, the CollectA Ouranosaurus is not exactly terrible, but it’s not all that great either. Still, if you’re looking to expand your plastic ornithopod collection, you may well enjoy this small and affordable toy.