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Brontotherium (=Megacerops) (Mojö Fun)

Review and photos by Megalosaurus, edited by Plesiossuria.

In 2012, CollectA released a pretty nice non-conventional toy model of a Megacerops (=‘Brontotherium’). This was good news for prehistoric mammal collectors. But in 2013, Mojö surprised us with the release of four prehistoric mammals. This review is about one of those: Mojö’s Brontotherium. [The name Brontotherium is now regarded as a junior synonym of Megacerops, so the true name for this creature is Megacerops. For the most part I’ve edited this review accordingly, however, I’ve retained the use of the name Brontotherium in the title to remain consistent with Mojö’s terminology – Ed].

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

Measuring 2.75″H x 6.75″L x 1.75″W, its scale is about 1:30 (considering a real length of about 16 ft). The figure is in a walking forward stance. Its mouth is semi-opened, but it doesn’t appear to be foraging nor menacing a competitor, instead it seems to be opened for thermoregulation. Its ears, skin texture and musculature are too similar to that of a living rhinoceros. The horns are the correct “Y” shape we can see in fossils and the head is about the right size. Its feet have the right number of hooves, the tail is not hanging but is held in the air. If we compare this figure to the fossils, it is clear that the shoulder hump region should be taller.

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

Something that adds realism to any figure is the addition of details like genitals or an anus, but this figure lacks both. There’s a small cavity near the rear legs that may be a belly button.

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

The paintwork is this model is minimalistic. Be aware that the following comments are about my own model, so other pieces may vary slightly in color scheme and application. This model is painted in gray as the base color; I dare to say that it is also the color of the plastic itself. It has black shadows in most of the skin folds. On top of the head it has a dark shadow that continues through the back all the length of the animal. The tail ends in a black bristled tip. Also, the hooves are painted in black shadow, but with a quick and lazy dry brush stroke of beige. Its nostrils and eyes are also colored in a dark shadow; the eyes are painted in pure glare black. The interior of its mouth is painted pink all around; even its teeth are pink. The ears are gray with a single dry brush stroke of beige. The snout also received one dry brush stroke of beige. The horns are the most disappointing part of the paintwork, one would expect that the company would put more care and effort in the most recognisable part of the animal, but it’s not the case here. The horns are the same base gray, and each one has received one lazy, badly-applied dry brush stroke of beige in both sides.

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

To this point, a comparison between CollectA and Mojö Megacerops figures is unavoidable. You can enjoy Takama’s review and make your own opinion.
http://dinotoyblog.com/2013/02/10/megacerops-collecta/

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

Mojö sticks to a traditionalist recreation and depicts this animal very rhinoceros-like. Instead, CollectA depicts the animal more horse/bison like. CollectA’s figure pose is more dynamic than Mojö’s, but Mojö’s figure is more accurate than CollectA’s. The paintwork of CollectA’s figure is more creative and better applied than Mojö’s paintwork.

It’s up to you to decide which one suits your expectations, but if you like prehistoric mammals as I do, then both of them should have a place in your collection.

Brontotherium = Megacerops by Mojo

Special thanks to Dinosaur Toy Forum member Patrx for validate my writing.

Available on Amazon here and ebay here.


Megacerops (CollectA)

Review and photos by Nathan Morris (AKA ‘Takama’), edited by Plesiosauria.

Megacerops was a large odd-toed ungulate that lived during the Late Eocene in North America. It is most commonly referred to by the synonymous name Brontotherium. Brontotherium means ‘thunder beast’, and its origins come from an old American legend that suggest that these beasts ran across the clouds, while causing thunder to roar with their footsteps. The legend was started by the fact that after rainstorms, the skeletons of these creatures would be washed out of the earth allowing the Native American tribes to examine them and come up with primitive theories on what these creatures are.

Megacerops CollectA

As with a lot of prehistoric mammals, there are not that many brontotheres on the prehistoric figure market. Starlux and Kaiyodo are the only ones that come to my mind but they are now retired. Thankfully, the brontothere’s are starting to become more popular in today’s society. They appeared in the film Ice Age (where it was mistakenly referred to as a rhino), Walking with Beasts, and in a low budget hunting video game called Carnivores Ice Age.

Megacerops CollectA

CollectA is best known for producing obscure species, but they don’t have as many mammals as one might expect. Up until now, all that CollectA had in terms of prehistoric mammals was a Mammoth, Smilodon and Paracerathrium. That changed in 2012, and CollectA seems to be eager to release more mammals, with a Deinotherium on the cards for 2013.

Megacerops CollectA

First impressions with this figure – it is simply stunning! CollectA has clearly done its homework while sculpting this model, and as a result, it matches perfectly with some more professional reconstructions on the Resin Figure market. The creature is best distinguished by tall neural spines and a large Y-shaped horn on its face. Despite its appearance, Megacerops was not related to rhinos, in fact it’s a distant relative of modern horses. The horn was at one time thought to be used for combat against rivals during the mating season, but further studies have shown that the horn was delicate, so it is highly unlikely it was used as a weapon against others of its kind.

Megacerops CollectA

It is believed that the size of the Y-shaped horns differed depending on the sex of a certain individual. (Supposedly the larger horns represent a male, but I could be wrong.) Well it’s obviously hard to tell this model’s sex by looking at the horn, but if you’re really curious about its gender, all you have to do is take a look at its back side and see. Yes, CollectA has clearly made this model a male, which is not uncommon with figures of modern animals, but a lot of those figures have there genitals tucked away out of sight. As you can clearly see, that doesn’t apply to CollectA’s Megacerops. As we all know, this is not the first time the company has done something “mature” for their products. I’m sure that a lot of you remember that hadrosaurian comic prop from back in 2010, but while the head on that figure was an unintentional mistake, the exposed anatomy on this Megacerops is clearly sculpted on purpose.

Megacerops CollectA

Now that that’s taken care of, its time to nit pick this figure for a couple of flaws. The first is that the head is too big in proportion to the body, another is that its feet lack the signature hooves of an odd toed ungulate.

The colors on this figure are natural and believable. Its base color is a rusty brown, and the body is highlighted with a yellow wash over (this kind of reminds me of the yellow on Asian elephants). On the flanks, it is colored orange on the rib cage, and on the head, the horns are as white as a bone, but are painted with a weaker type of paint, and is prone some serious rubbing. The plastic base colour is black, which shows through if the paint just so happens to rub off, so keep it safe, in case you’re tempted to get one for you collection.

Megacerops CollectA

Special thanks to Dan’s Dinosaurs for supplying me with a specimen for review (and for sending me a replacement due to the discovery of faulty paint on the horns).