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Corythosaurus (CollectA)

Thanks to its distinctive rounded crest that resembles a helmet when viewed from the side, Corythosaurus is one of the most recognizable hadrosaurids. It’s also one of the best-known, with multiple complete skeletons, more than twenty fossil skulls, and mounted specimens in museums throughout North America. Like its relative Parasaurolophus, Corythosaurus‘ crest may have functioned as a vocalization chamber.

CollectA released this Corythosaurus toy back in 2009. Rearing up on its hind legs with its head turned sharply to the right, it measures 9.5 cm tall and 15.5 cm long. Its main colours are a dull shade of orange, copper brown, and yellow. Red-orange is used for the crest and the tall ridge running down the spine. The eyes are black and the flanks are streaked with pale blue and red.

The detailing on this toy is typical of CollectA’s early years, meaning it’s not very impressive. The crest and the vertebrae are ribbed, the skin is speckled with small bumps, and there are heavy wrinkles at the neck, shoulders, hips, legs, and underbelly.

This Corythosaurus doesn’t score very high in the accuracy department either. For starters, the tail and the arms are too short. The body is too wide, especially the hips. The hands look more like the paws of a mammal as opposed to the “mittens” that we know hadrosaurids possessed. And finally, the muzzle lacks the signature duckbill, making the head look more like a horse’s than a proper Corythosaurus.


Something of a contrast to the CollectA Olorotitan.

Overall, not a very good toy, I’m afraid. Considering how CollectA has done some magnificent new versions of their old toys, I hope they eventually release an improved Corythosaurus. In the mean time, this one is recommended only if you’re really fond of hadrosaurids.

Dinosaur Boxset 2 (Toyway)

Review and photos by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

We’ve all seen them. The crude dinosaur toys that you get in small museum shops for extremely cheap prices, normally just bought by parents to keep their children quiet for a while. The last thing you’d expect is to put six of these together and sell them as a box set. Yet that is what Toyway did. Granted, their wildlife sets are extremely well made and varied. Their dinosaur models, on the other hand, are more . . . Chinasaur. Do any of these toys shine in spite of this? Well, let’s see . . .

First is this odd green and yellow quadruped. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was an early ankylosaur with inaccurate teeth. At 5.1” long and 2” high, it looks like a small herbivore. But then I looked up what it was I was quite surprised. This is meant to be a Postosuchus!!! It is too wide, the head is all wrong, and the front legs are much too long! This dreadful figure really is the worst of the set.

Next is a small ornithopod, Camptosaurus. Another small figure, 3.5” long and 2.2” high, it stands out with its dynamic, sweeping pose. The problem is that it can bend out of shape, causing stability issues. The colour is quite subdued: muddy brown and dark greens, good for a herbivore that wishes to stay camouflaged. The main issues are that it is a bit thick in certain areas, like the neck, and the front limbs are too long. A mixed bag.

The hadrosaur in this set is Corythosaurus, a classic. Posed in a strange quadrupedal stance, it certainly looks retro, very lizard-like, though with a rather unnatural dip in the neck. The subdued colours from the Camptosaurus return, but with lilac instead of green, and a garish lime green underbelly. At 4.5” long and 2.4” high, it would suit for a youngster among its kind.

Now, for even more retro, it’s Iguanodon. Between the upright stance and iguana-like head, it will certainly appeal to fans of older dino designs. With a light red colour, it certainly stands out, though. At 3.5” high and 3.9” long, it is one of the bigger figures in this mini set.

Euoplocephalus is the ankylosaur of the set, and one of the best in the bunch. It has the traditional stance of defending itself from a predator, pulling it off quite well. Its brown and turquoise colouring is odd, as is the club design, which is too spaced out. The body is too thin as well, and not squat enough. Again, good for a juvenile at 4.5” long and 2” high.

The final member of the set is the biggest surprise: Placerias, a dicynodont from the Triassic. This figure is well made and really accurate, and it’s hard to find anything to say against it. The green and beige colours work well here and, though the pose is a bit stoic, it still sticks out. At 4.3” long and 2” high, it certainly works as a small reptile among its contemporaries.

Now, here is the final twist. As most of these are cheap, small figures from museum shops, few tend to put these on eBay, except rarely in sets with other figures. As a result, outside this set, they’re surprisingly rare, especially for the Placerias, as it is one of only a few representations of this figure. And the price for it can range from £8.00 to £64.00! If you can find it cheap, it would be worth it, otherwise I can’t strongly recommend it too highly.

Corythosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy

When the term hadrosaur is combined with a toy, it usually results into a Parasaurolophus. While this genus may still not be as overrepresented as some carnivorous theropods, it easily exceeds all other hadrosaur renditions in number. Just recently I came across a comparably rare Corythosaurus figure produced by a major company which hit the shelves 20 years back and has been retired for way more than 10 years already. Surprisingly it never made it to a review in the DTB, so here’s the remedy.

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We’re all aware of Schleich’s infamous reputation when it comes to dinosaurs and especially its somewhat boastfully named “Replica-Saurus 1:40” unleashed some horrible renditions to children’s rooms worldwide. Nevertheless, even a blind squirrel will find a nut once in a while and so Schleich made some decent or even nice dinosaur figures during the years. This Corythosaurus may be included among those gems.

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Despite the figure’s stamp names ’97 as the year of copyright, the figure was released in 1996 according to ToyAnimalWiki. It was retired in 2003. The dinosaur is sculpted in the despised tripod position, but it’s unclear if the sculptor intended this to be the standard stance for the animal, or if it’s just reaching for some greens up in a tree. Whatever intended, the posture amusingly looks like this ornithischian is doing its best “Egyptian” moves.

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This Corythosaurus stands 16 cm tall and measures 22 cm in length (directly from snout to tail tip) which leaves it slightly too big for the 1:40 scale of the Replica line. Anatomically, the “helmet lizard” is one of the better Schleich renditions by far, though one could argue that the head crest resembles more that of Lambeosaurus magnicristatus with its forwardly directed headdress. The neck may be a bit on the short side and the dorsal spine may not be as bend as would be proper, but other than that there’s little to moan. The animal’s hind feet show three hoof-like claws and the forelimbs show four digits correctly, although they are all of the same length while in reality the outermost digit should be shorter and thinner.

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The whole body is covered in scales of different size and shape which is more or less correct as skin impressions show that Corythosaurus was decked in several different types and sizes of scales, though it is not totally clear which were placed where on the body. It may be possible Schleich only did the “right” by chance as these scales were easier to sculpt than various types of uniform scales on differnt parts of the body. The coloration is another example of Schleich’s infamy. No eye candy here: a body of sandy base color, a dull green-gray stripe pattern, and uniformly black eyes.

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Schleich’s Corythosaurus may be a bit crude and awkward in its whole appearance, but I like the figure nonetheless as it represents a rarely depicted species and . . . “Oh, look at its sad face, it begs for some colourful love for its formidable headcrest!” If you’re looking out for that duck-billed fellow, eBay Germany and its flea market will be the most promising places.

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