Stegosaurus (Field Museum Mold-A-Rama)

Finishing off our reviews of the Field Museum Mold-A-Rama collection is the Stegosaurus. Older original Mold-A-Rama dinosaurs exist as well but they aren’t currently being produced at the Field Museum and the only way to really obtain them is through eBay. It has come to my attention that the Stegosaurus machine was recently removed from the Field Museum so if you don’t already have the Stegosaurus then try to find one on eBay before they become scarce. The “retired” figures include the Ankylosaurus, Edmontosaurus (Trachodon), and Corythosaurus. All of the Mold-A-Rama dinosaurs were offered up as souvenirs at the World’s Fair Dinoland back in the 1960’s.  To the best of my knowledge the only place that still has working Mold-A-Rama machines are those located at the Field Museum in Chicago. For a brief history of Dinoland and the World’s Fair check out the review of the original Tyrannosaurus written by Foxilized.

The Stegosaurus is presented as you would expect it to be in a pre-renaissance era. It’s low to the ground with a dragging tail, sturdily built but obviously dim and slow moving with a considerable amount of bulk. True to Stegosaurus the plates at least alternate but aside from that there is little in common with modern depictions.

There is a good bit of detail on this dinosaur but the painfully yellow color makes them difficult to see. Circular scales adorn the body, loose skin hangs from the neck, and skin folds sag along the flanks. The plates are unusually small but vertical striations are etched along them. Although lacking cheeks the mouth does have a thick set of frowning lips which only accentuate the plodding demeanor of the mold.

Personally this Stegosaurus is my least favorite of the Field Museum molds. It lacks the same charm and character that even the oddball Tyrannosaurus possesses. The yellow color is a bit of a turn-off too but that’s just my personal preference and he certainly stands out on a shelf of conventional dinosaur toys.

Caution must be exercised with this particular mold. All of the molds are fragile, made of hollow waxy material but the Stegosaurus seems particularly prone to breakage along the tail. Mine came to me broken but it was easy enough to just glue it back on.

This is the kind of figure that only dinosaur historians might find interesting. The history of the Mold-A-Rama machines, Dinoland, Sinclair Motor oil, and the World’s Fair are all fascinating bits of American history that make seeking this and the other Mold-A-Rama figures worth the effort. Get this Stegosaurus while you can and good luck!

7 Responses to Stegosaurus (Field Museum Mold-A-Rama)

  1. Merry Christmas , hope you get plenty of gifts from Santa[ which you asked and more 2017 and other dinosaur models LOL] 😀 Happy New Year 2017, long life to you. Prosperous life and progress in your life.


  2. I have questions: Is this model a stegosaurus stenops or a stegosaurus armatus?
    Scientists believe that stegosaurs and ankylosaurs evolved from Scelidosarus[ FAll family of thyreophorans] Is this real or not?

  3. Let me know which is your favourite Thyreophoran family member, your favourite stegosaurus model, the brand according to you which make excellent stegosaurus models, your favourite Late Jurassic dinosaur.

  4. This model reminds me when the world was in black and white, Vintage, Retro and vintage dinosaur books, models, reconstruction, when dinosaurs were first known to Science, when Richard Owen coined the word ”dinosaur” for terrible lizard, Georges Cuvier, specialist in animal anatomy, Charles Darwin, evolutionist, botanist, naturalist, poet. When dinosaurs were described as ”Sluggish and low moving creatures, ”those great reptiles that once ruled the earth.” Thanks to palaeontologist Robert Baker, he was the first to argue seriously that small dinosaurs were agile, swift, intelligent creatures and not the slow, sluggish creature often depicted at that time. People thought that dinosaurs were giant dragons, even the Chinese people that used ”dragon”[ I MEAN DINOSAURS] fossils in medicine.

  5. It looks like the Invicta [now retired] natural history museum model sculpted by Charles Knights trial of reconstructing a stegosaurus.In the Battat stegosarus model; there were four pairs of spikes which make eight spikes in total but I am not sure if this is accurate or not. Although I am not familiar with vintage, retro palaeoart and books and models, I have grown a liking for this one although I like more modern models and accurate models but this does not matter because I am a proud dinosaur fan and I do not care about accuracy and I can bare a few innacuracies in my models. Accurate or innacurate, I collect all models.

    My favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus, it belonged to the family of thyreophorans and had two pairs of plates running along the back. 😀

  6. About the dragging tail; Scientists think that dinosaurs kept their tails most of the time in the air as balance and they think that the pose[dragging tail] with the reconstruction of fossils is now an outdated pose[ they learnt this when they reconstructed the dinosaurs’ fossils and anatomy.
    Innacuracies with this model: The dorsal plates; First of all, the plates are too thin like the dorsal plates of a Tuojiangosaurus; a Chinese stegosaur.[ This may be a Stegosaurus Armatus and not a Stegosaurus Stenops, who knows?] In the Battat figure also there were thin plates in their Stegosaurus models.] in a stegosaurus normally, I think there are 17 plates and this one’s plates should be larger. The animal’s dorsal plates in life would be covered in Keratin and blood vessels and also veins which probably made the plates very colourful; Either as a warning to predators or for display to make the animal more inpressive.
    Secondly, The head should be smaller; Stegosaurus had the brain about the same size as that of a walnut.[ It probably lacked intelligence, LOL]
    Thirdly, It lacks the throat armour [In stegosarus fossils, there is a kind of armour covering/protecting the throat.
    The only positive side/ accuracies are; the front legs are shorter thatn the hind legs; which is correct and the Famous thagomizer; There are correctly two pairs of spikes on the tail which makes four spikes in total.
    I think this figure is based on Charles Knight’s famous Retro vintage palaeoart [ The other paintings that I know from Charles Knight’s Tyrannosarus battling a triceratops and his allosarus battling a stegosaurus.

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