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Scelidosaurus (Paleo-creatures)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Plesiosauria

Up for review today is the recently released model of the primitive thyreophoran Scelidosaurus harrisonii, created by Jetoar (Jesús Toledo) for his Paleo-creatures line of models. Scelidosaurus is a dinosaur that is seldom seen in figure form. In fact, the only other ones that come to my mind are the retro Invicta version, and the more recent CollectA version. The model I’m reviewing today was one I commissioned Jesús to do, because I felt it would make a great addition to his ever-growing line of prehistoric critters.

At around 1:35 scale, this model measures around 5 inches long, and is sculpted in a very stiff looking pose with its mouth open as if it’s startled by some unseen predator. In terms of accuracy, this is undoubtedly one of the best representations of the species on the current market. The animal’s armour is sculpted accurately, and the proportions are alright for a figure of this type. Of course, the material that Jetoar uses for his models does not always allow for the great detail, so certain things like the teeth, and claws, are either absent or crudely moulded. The front feet lack individually sculpted toes, but Jetoar was able to paint them on in a way to make it seem like they are present.

The colors we chose for this figure are admittedly not our original idea. Instead they were borrowed from a popular image of Scelidosaurus that you can find with a Google search. The base color is orange, the back of the animal is black, and the plates and toes are colored grey. One of the good things about Jetoar’s models is that if you do not like the colors you see in these photos, then you can have him whip you up a custom color upon request.

One thing that I have to talk about in this review is the base that normally comes with this model. The model is a quadruped, which means that it does not require a base to stand on. However, Jetoar has made an effort to include a base with almost every model he has made so far, and this Scelidosaurus is no exception. What sets this model’s base apart from most of the others is the fact that it comes with a detachable tree that he got at a pet shop. I am not a big fan of this tree as it looks like an aquatic plant, and it works a lot better with aquatic creatures like his Hyneria. However, I understand that this tree was added with good intentions, and that was to demonstrate the height of the Scelidosaurus. Despite the out of place looking tree, the rest of the base is fairly well done. With a miniature log, and a rock sculpted onto the base. I personally prefer to keep my Scelidosaurus off of its base, because of the fact that the tree just does not look like it belongs in a terrestrial setting.

Overall, this is another great figure made by Jetoar, and it is one that represents a species that we just don’t see often from modern toy companies. If you wish to purchase one, feel free to PM Jetoar on the Dinosaur Toy Forum, or order it through Dan’s Dinosaurs. I look forward to commissioning new models for him to do, as well as reviewing some of his earlier 1:35 scale offerings.

Scelidosaurus (British Museum of Natural History by Invicta)

Back in April of 2009 the creator of this dear blog posted two pictures of the Invicta Scelidosaurus model with the promise that “a full review of this figure will be added at a later date”. Well that later date is here folks, probably a bit later than originally anticipated but better late than never eh? It is easy to see why this tiny, very outdated model of an obscure genus never got its full review here. Where the Invicta line is concerned this is a rather underwhelming addition to the collection. That said, it is a model of some importance. It would appear that this figure is among the first of the Invicta line, with different sources giving different release dates of 1973 and 1974. This is also one of only two serious attempts at Scelidosaurus models of which I’m aware, the other being the much more recent CollectA Deluxe model. Since only two models of this dinosaur have been produced, and it is an obscure genus, it seems only fitting to give a little bit of an overview of the animal itself. Scelidosaurus is an often overlooked dinosaur. An early member of the thyreophoran group it lacks the impressive size or armor of related animals such as Stegosaurus or Ankylosaurus but it is a significant animal. Hailing from early Jurassic England it is said that Scelidosaurus is the “earliest complete dinosaur” known to science, and I suppose it is at least one of them. It is also important for being such a basal member of the thyreophans.

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Although not a popular dinosaur it is not too surprising that Invicta would tackle it for the British Museum line. It is after all, a British dinosaur and Invicta sculpted quite a few of those. With the Invicta line mostly being in the 1/45 scale and Scelidosaurus only being a 13’ animal it makes this model also among the smallest in the Invicta line. With this being one of the oldest Invicta models it should come as no surprise to our readers that it is also one of the most dated. Scelidosaurus is known to have had hind limbs longer than the front and although this means that the animal probably had a posture similar to Stegosaurus with its rear portion and tail raised up off the ground this model shows the animal with its limbs splayed out to the sides and the tail awkwardly bent down and dragging along the ground. The feet also seem unnaturally large but maybe that’s just me? Though inaccurate today this posture is in keeping with older reconstructions of Scelidosaurus. The armor arrangement is also in keeping with older reconstructions but outdated based on today’s knowledge. While most of the scutes on the model are of a similar size and shape we now know there was some variation with the scutes. One feature of note is the hind feet of the model which show the elongated four-toe arrangement of the actual Scelidosaurus, with the innermost toe being the shortest. Tiny details like this show that Invicta was doing their best to make an accurate model with the information they had at the time.

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Though not as awe inspiring as the Invicta Brachiosaurus or as elegant as their Lambeosaurus there is a lot to praise here. Outdated reconstruction aside this is a commendable first model for the company. The model only measures four inches or so long but its tiny head still has a tiny sculpted mouth, eyes and nostrils. A wrinkled dewlap adorns the throat while each tiny scute on the nine rows down the body is meticulously sculpted. This detail work shows up much better on the unpainted chocolate brown version of the model which I unfortunately do not have. The painted version isn’t bad either though with a brick red base color, black back and white underside. Some of the scutes along the sides are painted black as well.

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While Invicta would go on to do much bigger and more glamorous prehistoric animals it is important not to forget this early model as well. Completest will get it to finish their collection but this is also a finely detailed, historic model of an important fossil animal that we seldom encounter in this hobby. All this and more make the Invicta Scelidosaurus a worthy addition to any collector’s shelf. As with all the Invicta models this one is no longer in production. Luckily, it is not particularly rare and can be found on eBay for a reasonable price.

Scelidosaurus (Collecta Deluxe)

Scelidosaurus was a Lower Jurassic Tyreophoran from England. Discovered in the middle of the 19th century in Dorset and described by Richard Owen himself, this 4 m long, bird hipped dinosaur is standing at the changeover from small bipedal Ornithopods to quadrupedal Ankylosaurs or Stegosaurs.

Collecta Scelidosaurus is a nice figure to have, if it wasn´t for the cost/performance ratio. I payed 19,99 € for it, while some Schleichs of similar size are much cheaper. (“Dollecta?”) Maybe it is this expensive because it is declared as a “Deluxe” dinosaur.
To be honest, this is a promise Collecta Scelidosaurus can´t really live up to, although it is really neat.
Collecta Scelidosaurus is 23 cm long, 7 cm tall and of a really heavy touch. The back and the many shales and spikes of different sizes are all painted tan and beige. The shoulder spines make an exception: These eye-catchers are light red. The belly is grey.

The animal has been caught at quick pace, mouth open. It seems as if it´s running away from a predator.

The head and neck reveal some cool details: The neck is laced with overlapping scales, the head has horns who face backward, making them look like ears, which is a little annoying, I must admit. Also annoying is the fact that the front legs´ outer toe points backwards. I´m also not sure if the number of toes was really five.
All in all I recommend Collecta Scelidosaurus to every collector with a wider span of species and companies.
Two questions remain unanswered: Did Collecta exaggerate by providing the animal with so many scales and horns? And isn´t the overall approach too clumsy? Lookig at this figure, one could think Scelidosaurus was 10 or so metres long. But it was much smaller and probably more slender and agile.

Bonus:
As far as I know, currently there are only two Scelidosaur figures out there: This one and the Invicta, dating back to 1975. You can´t really compare these two to each other. They each represent a different period of regarding dinosaurs generally. The Invicta the “tail-dragging reptile” – time, this one the “erect tail cow – style” time.