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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!

Stegosaurus (Carnage Dinosaurs by ReSaurus)

Review and photos by Emperor Dinobot, edited by Suspsy

Hello readers! This is Emperor Dinobot, and those who know me know that I respect highly articulated dinosaur toys. So today, we are going to review one of my favourite dinosaurs, Stegosaurus, from my favorite line: Carnage by ReSaurus!

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This is an amazing figure, sporting a vivid colour palette, although it is perhaps stereotypical for a Stegosaurus. Stegosaurus figures are often painted in a yellow and red or orange mix, but this figure manages to make it interesting with a nice red back and a nice orange bottom with orange arms, separated by a striking black line and green spots. The plates also have four colours. The mix between red and black at the base of the plates gives off a dark wine colour, or burgundy, that looks extremely nice. Of course, the keratinous beak and claws are painted in grey, as is the thagomizer. The bases of each keratinous part has a nice black, sandy detail to them.

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This figure looks regal from any angle. Stegosaurus, the “roofed reptile” is known by its diamond-shaped plates. But I feel like the sculptor took the “diamond plates” aesthetic a bit too seriously, because these plates are almost symmetrically diamond-shaped, when we know Stegosaurus had plates in a sort of slanted, trapezoidal way. Diamond-shaped, but not literally. This is a very stereotypical figure of Stegosaurus, but it still manages to look amazing. Unfortunately, its digits are inaccurate. It should have five on each front foot and three on each hind one.

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Did I mention it is articulated? The tail has an inner wire that allows it to be posed in different forms, and it has shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee articulation. While the body is slightly rubbery, the neck is NOT articulated, so do not try to bend it! It can even carry out that famous standing pose. It has been suggested that Stegosaurus was able to raise itself up on its rear legs to munch on taller plants, and even walk around for a little bit of time.

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The belly has a nice paint job to it. It’s cream-coloured but also has a thin, transparent brown covering to it, giving off a nice effect. As the rest of the figure, this mould is extremely detailed, featuring skin folds, scales and more, which give it a reptilian yet elephantine look.

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Luckily, I still have the base. Every Carnage ReSaurus dinosaur came with a highly detailed base, though they are all the same mold depending on whether your dinosaur is herbivorous or carnivorous. The only difference is the name print.

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These toys were released and re-released throughout the 1990s’ under different company names. My history of them is quite muddled, and as expected, there are colour variations, such as this darker figure with a darker wine red covering its back, and with a slightly different black line. Every dinosaur was very clearly hand-painted.

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The best part of these figures is that, at least in the case of the herbivores (except for Protoceratops), they are in scale with my Kenner Jurassic Park toys. This allows them to blend in with my JP/TLW collection, and thus are part of the family. But they are not in scale with one another, as they are all roughly the same length.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if you have any questions!

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!