Tuojiangosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

What an impressive debut PNSO has made this year! From huge resin statues ranging from $500 to $2000(yowza!) to large vinyl figures and to a variety of finely detailed miniatures, it looks like this Chinese company is going to be causing us dinosaur collectors much joy and much lighter wallets in future!

Today we’ll be taking a look at an adorable little Tuojiangosaurus going by the name of Rahba. Hailing from the Late Jurassic period, Tuojiangosaurus is the best-known of all the Asian stegosaurs, and at 7 metres in length, it was one of the larger members of the family.

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Rahba is posed in a walking stance with both her head and her thagomizer turning to the right and her right front leg raised in mid-step. Her main colours are sea green and beige with dull brown for her plates and spikes and orange for her eyes. Dark brown is used to accent the many wrinkles on her skin.

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From nose to tail tip, Rahba measures a mere 8 cm long. As I mentioned above, her body is covered in a network of thick folds and wrinkles. Her plates and spikes are grooved and there are even small, rounded scales on the underside of her jaw and her throat. Her head, neck, limbs, body, and tail all look very well-proportioned. No easy task when sculpting such a small toy.

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Rahba has three toes on each hind foot and at least three on each her front ones (it’s difficult to tell at this scale). Her thagomizer is made up of four long, curved spikes. No complete thagomizer of Tuojiangosaurus has been found to date, but all the skeletal reconstructions I’ve found online have depicted it with four spikes. The two small row of plates running down the back are also in keeping with the available fossil material. But the same cannot be said for the large spikes projecting from Rahba’s shoulders. For some reason, there is an abundance of paleoart depicting Tuojiangosaurus with shoulder spikes, but no such feature is known to exist in the fossil record. Nor do any mounted skeletal reconstructions include them.

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Tuojiangosaurus is not well-represented at all in the world of dinosaur toys, so it’s a real shame about those shoulder spikes. Nevertheless, Rahba’s impressive sculpting detail make her a lovely little toy in spite of her inaccuracy. Recommended.

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Thanks to PNSO for this and many other products!

3 Responses to Tuojiangosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

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  2. Sorry but I couldn’t not notice this: Rahba has three feet on each hind foot. I think this should be corrected.

  3. It is reminiscent of Huayangosaurus (Dinotales series 7 by Kaiyodo) featured in this blog.

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