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Kentrosaurus (Conquering the Earth by Schleich)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

Kentrosaurus is one of those dinosaurs that almost everyone in this community has heard of, as it’s basically a cousin of Stegosaurus with more spikes and spines coming out of its shoulders. It may have been smaller than Stegosaurus, but that did not mean that it was not potentially dangerous, as the animal had enough spikes to take on even the largest of predators. It was found in Africa, at the Tendaguru Formation, where it lived alongside other plant eaters such as Giraffatitan and Dicraeosaurus.

In 2015, Schleich released a Kentrosaurus for their World of History line, and it was one of the company’s most well-received figures. Not only was it one of the best dinosaurs they made that year, but it was also one of their best ones to date. So it may (or may not) come as a surprise to you all that that figure is being retired for 2018 and being replaced with this new one made for the 2017 Conquering the Earth line.

First impressions are decent. The detailing is great, and this time, the model has a good colour scheme to really accent the detail (unlike the 2017 Stegosaurus). A majority of the model is sculpted with individual scales, and the head resembles that of a real stegosaur. The pose is not as dynamic as either the first Kentrosaurus, and I feel that it could use a little tweaking. Now, I’m not exactly sure how to interpret this pose, as the right forelimb is in motion (with only the claw tips touching the ground) and the tail is pointing upwards while curving to the side. Some may interpret this as a threat display, but I also wonder if the model could be in a walking pose as well. If the tail was held more straight, I would have liked it a lot more, as it would deviate it from the poses given to the previous Stegosaurus and Kentrosaurus, but as it is, it’s just giving me a headache to interpret this figure.

As far as accuracy is concerned, there is plenty to talk about. The spikes and plates are paired evenly along the back like they should be. However, the figure is made by Schleich, so there are some faults to be had here. For one, the feet on this figure are incorrect, as only three claws should be present on the front feet, not the whole set of toes. Another issue with this figure is the head. If you take a look at the skeletal drawing by Scott Hartman, you can see that Kentrosaurus had a pretty small head when compared to the body. It is also apparent that the neck is too short. While I was looking at the skeleton, the other issues with the sculpt became even more apparent, as the plates are not spaced correctly and the shoulder spikes are jutting out too much. However, comparing this model to the previous Kentrosaurus shows that the shape of the plates have been corrected in accordance to the skeleton, making this version a little more accurate.

As for the colours on this figure, the model’s base colour is white with a normal tan washed over it. The sculpt is also adorned with maroon stripes, which look fantastic, and make it look a bit more interesting than the Stegosaurus. Other colours include a dark brown for the claws and beak and white on the tips of the spikes.

At around 7 inches from head to tail, the model is most likely around 1:25 scale, which would make it too big to be in scale with anything that’s 1:40. But then again, I feel that the days of scale model dinosaur figures are long gone, as almost every company out there today has abandoned scale in favour of making toys that are big enough for kids to play around with. As a toy, this Kentrosaurus can offer a lot of play value, as it has more than enough spikes to make kids want to impale their theropod figures. As a collectible, I can safely say that the accuracy has improved a bit, so if you were hard-pressed to own only one Kentrosaurus from Schleich, then this would be the one if you are also a stickler for accuracy. Even though it’s not perfect, it is still a lot better than all of the theropods Schleich released this year, and it should go down as one of their better efforts to date.

Kentrosaurus(Mini, by Schleich)

Schleich has changed their typical toy dinosaurs lineup over the past two years.  They have added new playsets and sizes for their prehistoric line of toys.  The mini sized dinosaurs were introduced in 2015 with eight figures.  Due to their low cost, different sculpts, and new paint jobs that differ from their bigger brethren, the minis were quite popular.  In 2016 Schleich expanded the line to sixteen mini toys.  Some of the minis are sold separately, while others are exclusive and come in a set of four mini figures and a 24 piece puzzle.  Today we will look at the Kentrosaurus mini which can be found separately or in the marshland puzzle set.

About the toy:  The Kentrosaurus mini figure is sculpted in a different pose than the rather cool  2015 Schleich Kentrosaurus.  Often mini figures are sculpted as a mini version of the full size animal toy, so I am glad they decided to use a different sculpt for this mini.   When compared to the larger version, the mini is in a straighter pose with the tail and head only slightly veering off to its left.  At 3.3 in long (8.4 cm) it size is what you would expect from a mini figure.  Despite its small size, there is actually a fair amount of detail on this toy.  The plates and spikes are not smooth but have texture lines and grooves on them.  The skin on this toy is bumpy.  It is actually sculpted with small scales and what would appear to be scutes embedded into the skin.  The ribs clearly show up on the sides and there are many little skin folds throughout the body.  As with the larger version, the hind feet are sculpted with three toes and the front feet have five visible toes.

The colors are a simple tan with a darker (depends on the lighting) greenish brown brushed over the top.  The plates and spikes are red.  On the tops of some of the plates and spikes the tan color is showing through.  The eyes are a glossy black dot and the inside of the mouth is black.

Playability:  It is a good toy.   Due to its size it can be used in almost any setting for playtime.  For people who have kids and like to travel it can be a nice toy while on the road.  Its small size makes it easy to play with during a long car ride.  It is a safe toy as well.   The spikes are not sharp.  It is durable as well.  The plastic has some bend in the tail and plates, but overall it maintains its shape.  The paint is rather robust so it can handle normal playtime use.

Front: 2016 mini Schleich Kentrosaurus. Back: 2015 standard size Schleich Kentrosarurus.

Overall:  This toy will not appeal to everyone who collects prehistoric toys.  Though the sculpt isn’t bad it does lack the finesse and style of  the larger toys and other minis like Kaiyodo.  On the other hand, due to its low cost and small size, it can be great for people on a tight budget or have a lack of shelf space.  For Younger kids, this is a durable toy that can be played with safely without worries of it breaking.  Overall this is a great little toy for the younger dinosaur enthusiasts.  As for the adults, it is definitely not a must have toy but it if your a fan of the species, it can easily find a home on your desk or shelf.

 

Kentrosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

As a hungry allosaur appears from the brush, Sethi abandons his breakfast and adopts a fighting stance. The predator moves in quickly, but Sethi responds by swinging his great tail in a full arc. The swooshing sound and flashing spikes give the allosaur pause, but then it resumes its advance. Sethi swings his tail again and this time, one of his spikes narrowly misses the theropod’s eye. Dissuaded, the allosaur slinks off in search of easier prey and Sethi quietly resumes grazing.

Kentrosaurus needs little introduction, as it is probably the second most popular stegosaur after mighty Stegosaurus itself. PNSO’s miniature rendition of this prickly customer, affectionately named Sethi, measures about 7.5 cm long. He is sculpted in an alert stance with his head turned sharply to the left, his left front leg raised, and his tail pulled back to the right, cocked and ready to deal a swift and painful blow.

The colour on Sethi’s body goes from olive green to sandy yellow, with grey spots. A white stripe runs horizontally from his neck to about halfway down his tail on both his sides. His eyes are orange and black. Finally, the plates on his back are purple while the spikes on his tail go from olive green to pale orange at the tips. Purple is a colour that’s seldom employed on “serious” dinosaur figures, so I think it’s very welcome here.

Sethi’s skin is covered in folds and wrinkles as well as small, oval-shaped osteoderms. Many creases are to be found on his plates and spikes. But while he is instantly recognizable as a Kentrosaurus, litte Sethi does have a number of anatomical errors. His front feet appear to have only three toes each. The spikes jutting out from his shoulders should be as long as the ones on his tail. The pair of spikes at the end of his tail should be angled further down, almost parallel to the tail tip. And finally, while this isn’t an inaccuracy per se, I would have liked it more if both the plates and the spikes were the same colour.

Overall, Sethi the Kentrosaurus is yet another impressive and endearing PNSO miniature, albeit with some minor scientific flaws. Thanks go out to PNSO for this figure!