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Parasaurolophus (Baby)(Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

Review and photos by Quentin Brendel, edited by Suspsy

With its long, tubular crest protruding from the back of its skull, Parasaurolophus is one of the most easily-recognized hadrosaurids. The model to be reviewed today does not have much of one, being a juvenile animal. Safari Ltd’s rendition, while not perfect, is still a nice toy for collectors and children alike. This figure is stamped 1997, coming out a year after the original Wild Safari adult Parasaurolophus.

The dinosaur is posed so that it looks like it is calling out, with its head up and mouth open, perhaps to the adult. The primary colour on this figure is a brownish orange, which, unlike in the adult, is solid and does not fade to a darker shade. The underside is painted beige with hard edges. There is an intermediate colour between it and the orange which has feathered edges, though it lacks the intermediate colour on the right side of the torso. The most striking part of this colour scheme are the green dorsal markings. The back is painted a dark green with lighter green patches on top of it. These markings are also on the top of the crest as well as on the dinosaur’s face. On the sides are smaller green spots which resemble the rosettes of a jaguar. On mine, these are asymmetrical with more spots on the right side. The nails are painted a navy blue and the inside of the mouth is pink. The eyes have black pupils on yellow and a white spot to simulate a reflective surface.

The neck is very thin and goose-like. Recent reconstructions depict Parasaurolophus holding its neck forward and being better-muscled, similar to a horse. The hands each have five fingers (one too many), however, only the outermost digit should have a claw. The others were bound together in a hoof-like structure with the metacarpals being longer. It is not to scale with the adult and should be smaller.

Hadrosaurs are known not only from skeletal remains, but many skin impressions as well. This makes it much easier (or harder, depending on how you look at it) to make an accurate model. The skin of the baby Parasaurolophus has large, wrinkly striations going down its neck, trunk, and tail. They are on the legs more subtly. The skin would have been scaly but the tiny scales of a hadrosaur would not be too visible at this scale anyways. Lambeosaurines also had a series of larger scales on the ventral side of the base of the tail, but even these would probably be too small to sculpt. There should be a bumpy ridge running down the length of the back as well. The most conspicuous inaccuracy of this figure is in the skull. A newly-described specimen of a baby Parasaurolophus is known to have had a crest not unlike that of a Hypacrosaurus which would have later grown into the characteristic crest of the adult parasaurolophus. Safari’s Hypacrosaurus Baby, while not perfect, would actually work better as a baby Parasaurolophus than this one.

The Wild Safari Parasaurolophus baby, despite its inaccuracies, is still a classic figure to those who (like me) grew up with the old Wild Safari line. It does go well with the adult as well as the other baby dinosaurs from the earlier years of WS. It sometimes makes its way onto eBay, but can also occasionally be found in stores with old stock and is more common (from my experience) than the adult. I happened to find three of mine at an old toy store for the great sum of seventy-five cents. Despite Parasaurolophus‘ popularity, there are not as many good figures of it as one might expect, almost none which are completely up-to-date, and very few baby dinosaurs in general.

Parasaurolophus (Tsukuda Hobby Collection)

Review and photos by docronnie moraleta, edited by Suspsy

Parasaurolophus is known from only a handful of specimens, but somehow it has become one of the most popular dinosaurs around, maybe because of its very interesting cranial crest.

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Like all Tsukuda figures from the standard 13 piece set in the 1980s’, this vintage Parasaurolophus is made of hollow vinyl plastic in a multi-piece construction and moulded into one piece; hence the evident appearance of seams along the neck, extremities, and tail. It also has the signature glassy eyes feature.

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Measuring 28.5 cm long and 13.5 cm in height, this figure is in a somber striding pose with the right front limb lifted off the ground. It is dark olive green in colour, with light green highlights on the dorsal part of the head from the nostrils to the crest, and on the ventral side of the body from the lower jaw to the tail, with subtle black stripes from the neck to the tail.

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The Parasaurolophus exhibits a few tubercle-like scales on the head, body, extremities, and tail. It also has beautiful skin folds all around the neck and on the ventral side from the lower jaw to the tail. “O TSUKUDA HOBBY” is printed on the anterior side of the tail. It seems to exemplify P. walkeri with its possession of a long, slightly curved crest.

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Its cheeks are unequal, with the left cheek being much thicker than the right. It also possesses four digits on its hands and three on its feet with white hooves. The palms and soles of this figure are also carefully sculpted.

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This was my first Tsukuda figure and I bought it because of its charm, vintage look, and great price, only to find out from a fellow DTF member that it’s one of the rarer figures of the line! It might not appeal to everyone, but it seems to have charmed its way into my collection.

Parasaurolophus (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

Review and photographs by Quentin Brendel (aka Pachyrhinosaurus), edited by Suspsy

Perhaps the most well-recognized ornithopod, Parasaurolophus is included in nearly every dinosaur toy line. It was part of the original starting lineup of the legendary Carnegie Collection. In fact, the Carnegie Parasaurolophus was one of only five models released in 1988 to have remained relatively unchanged until the extinction of the Carnegie line in 2015. Through its lengthy tenure, the Carnegie Parasaurolophus has gone through different versions. The two to be featured in this review are the 1996-2007 and the 2007-2015 versions. Before 1996, this dinosaur was rounder and less well-defined, sporting a straighter neck and glossier paint.

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The Carnegie Parasaurolophus is in a tripod stance, perhaps rearing up to feed or to look for predators. The head and neck are tilted backwards which could also insinuate alertness or browsing. The entire figure, though most noticeably in the head and neck region, is covered with intricate detail including skin folds and scales. The scales are probably too large considering how small they would have been in life, but smaller scales are much more difficult to sculpt at such a small scale. Forest Rogers did a very nice job with the wrinkles and folds in the neck. They convey a good sense of movement, as though the neck really is flexed upwards.

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The earlier version of the figure is painted in a solid green with medial black stripes leading up to a bright yellow head, which sports black markings of its own and surprisingly, red eyes. It appears that the paint job is to depict the head as a point of visual display. Even though the transitions are naturalistic, the colors are still relatively flat, and could have been improved. 2007 brought with it quite a few repaints of classic Carnegie dinosaurs. Among them, was a new Parasaurolophus. The new paint job is much more complicated than that of its predecessor. The new paint is on a light brown color base material. Most of it is in varying shades of green, which is most vibrant over the sides, overlapped by yellow spots. The green colour becomes less intense as it nears the ventral surface, allowing for the base color to show through for a brown underside. The dorsal surface is painted with a darker green with very faint medial stripes (perhaps as a reference to the older color scheme?). The darker green was applied thinly as to allow the medium green to appear through the high spots. The head is largely free of green (save for a tiny accent near the bill) and is painted with dark brown with the lighter brown showing in the low areas. The crest is a dark red, which is found nowhere else on the figure. The eyes are yellow this time, and while they’re closer, they still aren’t the typical Carnegie gold.

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In length, this model is about six-and-a-half inches long straight from bill to tail to tail tip. The bottom of one of my newer figures reads 1:50. Interestingly, it is only on one of my post-2007 figures, which, according to the production date stamp, was made in August of 2013, while my older one was made before Safari started stamping dates on their figures. The other three are stamped “10 METERS”. All four have 1988 on them.

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Despite a few anatomical errors, the figure was probably up-to-date at the time of its introduction to the market. Proportionally, it’s almost perfect except for the length of the tail, which is just a smidge shorter than it should be. The forelimbs look a bit small from a distance, however, when compared to a skeleton, they are right in scale with the rest of the body. Even the spinal ridge, with the dip in the middle, is true to the actual animal. After that, though, there seems to be a dip at the base of the tail which is not in the actual dinosaur, but that’s probably due to the strange posture the figure has in order to have support from its tail. The hands show four claws on each. I don’t know as much as I’d like to about hadrosaur hands, but it appears as though the number of digits- four- is correct, but it is now recognized that they should be bound together in more of a hoof-like structure, with three digits on the ground and one held off the ground. The hands on the Carnegie Parasaurolophus look more suitable for a more basal, bipedal ornithopod, but that’s probably just a sign of the times, since hadrosaurs were once viewed as animals which were both quadrupedal and bipedal. More recently it was thought that they were facultative bipeds, but some have suggested that it would not be practical for a hadrosaur to take to bipedal running.

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Even though this figure isn’t completely up-to-date, I would recommend the Carnegie Parasaurolophus to any dinosaur enthusiast. It’s a nice figure (if it weren’t, I wouldn’t have bought four of them) and even though the Carnegie Collection has come to an end, it can still be found on eBay and elsewhere for a reasonable price.

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