Please join me in welcoming Southlands Replicas to the Dinosaur Toy Blog! Based out of New South Wales, this fledgling brand’s focus is on Australian wildlife, both past and present. Appropriately, their very first figure is the legendary and tragic thylacine.
This thylacine is meant to represent an adult male. It is sculpted in a threat display with its feet planted, its head raised, and its jaws open to the full 120 degree extent, exposing all its sharp teeth. Alternatively, it could just be letting out a very big yawn. Either way, it looks impressive!
At around 11 cm long, this male thylacine is about the same length as the female from CollectA, but considerably beefier and taller at 6 cm. Its fur is coloured light brown with a white underbelly, black stripes on its back, medium brown stripes on its tail, and black claws and pads on its feet. Its head features a black nose and mouth lining, light pink for the inside of the mouth, a maroon tongue, off white teeth, medium brown eyes, and pink inside the ears. There is also a bare patch of salmon-coloured skin on its underside, with a visible scrotum.
The detailing on this thylacine rivals that of any of the mammals from CollectA or Safari. The sleek fur is meticulously sculpted and the folds of skin on the back of the neck give the animal a realistic appearance. The muscles in the limbs are nicely defined and the proportions seem to be in keeping with all we know about thylacine anatomy. Paint quality, however, is an issue. The tail on my thylacine was slightly warped when I took it out of the packaging, and when I tried bending it back into a stiffer pose, the paint began to chip! I’ve never had that happen with any of my animal figures before.
Aside from the paint chipping (which I certainly hope isn’t a widespread issue), this is a really great thylacine figure with excellent detail and a fierce appearance. Southlands Replicas clearly has the potential to become one of the best animal toy companies out there. I certainly hope they tackle Australovenator, Kunbarrasaurus, Muttaburrasaurus, or some other Australian dinosaurs in the future!