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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!

Kentrosaurus (the Lost Kingdoms series C, by Yowie)

Background: Wild Safari Kentrosaurus Foreground: Yowie Kentrosaurus

Despite it being smaller and less grandeur in size when compared to its contemporaries Stegosaurus and TuojiangosaurusKentrosaurus’s look is snazzy enough for the major dinosaur toy brands to show it some love from time to time.  As with many of its fellow sterosaurids it had a small yet narrow skull that ended with a beak which would have been useful while sniping off plant stems and leaves.   It also had a double row of small plates running down its back which transformed into spikes on the hips and continued down the tail. Along with the tail spikes there was a long spine on each shoulder.

If you don’t know and you are wondering, what is the Yowie toy brand?   Well, they are a confectionery and publishing brand that originated from Australia and teamed up with  confectionery giant Cadbury to make foil-wrapped character-shaped milk chocolate that came in a plastic egg. Within the capsule there was a multi-part collectable model which included animals from Australia and around the world. The Kentrosaurus is from 2002 series C, which had 30 figures and 6 limited edition dinosaurs.

About the toy:  It is hard to follow up the ever impressive, spectacular, Arnold Schwarzenegger in feathers, Wild Safari Tyrannosaurus Rex review that proceeds this one. That figure is the epitiomy of  grandeur and majesty of dinosaurs in toy form. Due to its size, the Yowie Kentrosaurus is not quite as majestic, and is easy to overlook, but lets not underestimate it.  At a height of 1.1 in (2.79 cm) and a length of 3 in (7.62 cm) it is a small figure on par with the Kaiyodo figures.  In the pictures for this review, I posed it with the Wild Safari Kentrosaurus (which is really small) just to show how small the figure really is.   The figure comes in four parts, head/neck, tail, body and legs right and left sides.  When put together, it leaves a little articulation in the head and tail, to be able to move them up and down slightly.

The head on this figure is really small and the neck is at an appropriate length.  The body has a gut that sags and looks well fed.  The legs are slightly bent which makes it look like it is ambling along at a slow pace, most likely foraging on nearby vegetation.  The tail is raised with two spikes at its tail.  The figure only has three colors on it.  a light green for the body, legs, and head, creamy white for the underbelly, and an orange streak that runs from the head all the way to the tail.  There is a small dot of black for the eyes.  There is not a lot of texture on this toy, just some bumpy skin and lines on the plates.

As for the scientific accuracy, it is not perfect.  The good news is, it does have a  squat body with a small head, and a combination of plates and spikes along the back. Unfortunately it is missing the shoulder spike, the spikes on the back look like pegs, and the tail is way too short, but what do you expect from such a small figure that came with chocolate.

Playability: For kids in the 3-6 range it can be fun toy to play with. Older kids might like it as well if they are dinosaur fans.  It is made from four separate  pieces that snap together, which can fall apart if played with roughly. This  might lead some parents to super glue it together to keep it from falling apart. The plastic is not super brittle but it can break if treated too roughly.

Overall:  I personally like this little guy.  I find this diminutive toy a fun, cute, little gem of a figure.  Yes it lacks perfect accuracy, and the seam lines are visible, but that doesn’t mean it can’t find a place in your collection.  Of course if you place on the shelf next to the Tyco Kentrosaurus, this little guy would look newly hatched.  If you are interested to find this small, but wonderful figure (in my opinion), off to places like ebay you must go, as this figure has been retired for quite some time.