As CollectA enters their twelfth year of operation, their products continue to improve by leaps and bounds. Last year, they released a sterling Styracosaurus that utterly eclipsed the original one. Now it’s time to see what their new 2018 Deluxe Iguanodon is all about. Iguanodon is one of those legendary dinosaurs that requires little to no introduction, especially for regular followers of the DTB, so let’s get right to it!
First of all, this toy is big. VERY big. At 28 cm long and 11 cm tall, it’s nearly the same size as the Deluxe Parasaurolophus. Given that Iguanodon bernissartensis (which is currently the only recognized species) may have achieved a length as great as 13 metres, it’s really only fitting that this majestic animal was made at the Deluxe scale. The toy is posed in a quadrupedal walking stance with its left front limb in mid-step, its head turned to the right, and its mouth open. As nearly always, such a pose is wide open to your own interpretation. This individual could have just caught sight of a dangerous Neovenator, or it could be communicating with a comrade, or maybe it’s simply about to take in a mouthful of succulent vegetation.
The Iguanodon’s main colours are forest green on top and pale yellow on the underside. An array of dark green stripes and light brown spots cover the back. The hands and feet are grey and the claws and thumbs spikes are light brown. The head features dark brown mouth parts, a pink tongue, black nostrils, and light brown eyes. There’s also a spot of black on the cloaca. It’s a pretty realistic, natural-looking colour scheme, one that would be very handy for a large herbivore inhabiting the Early Cretaceous woods of Europe. Mine has a bit of a splotch on its left upper arm, but no big deal.
Sculpting and detail on this toy are excellent. The body is completely covered in very fine pebbled scales. Thick wrinkles accentuate the musculature in the neck and limbs. A single row of flattened osteoderms runs down the length of the spine and the beak, thumb spikes, and claws are grooved. The small, but wide eyes give off an alert appearance. The thumb spikes look stout and potentially dangerous, although there’s no direct evidence that they were used as defence against theropods. It is also possible that they were used in foraging, or in interspecific competition. In any case, this Iguanodon figure looks very much alive and active. A prime candidate for any prehistoric diorama.
And as far as scientific accuracy is concerned, this toy rates highly. The stance is in keeping with our current understanding of Iguanodon’s posture and locomotion, the shape of the head and the overall proportions appear to be correct and the muscles look big and powerful, but not overly exaggerated. The claws are longer than on other recent toys, but given that they would have been covered in keratinous sheathes in real life, their length seems within the realm of possibility.
So how does this new Iguanodon compare to the original version? Well, to put it bluntly, it blows the old one out of the water completely. Looking at the two of them side by side, you’d be hard-pressed to believe that they were made by the same company. This toy is yet another solid testament to CollectA’s gradual evolution from passable to prodigious.
This really is the finest rendition of Iguanodon to date, an absolute must-have in my humble opinion. It’s worth noting too that CollectA has also released a Mantellisaurus in the Standard size class for this year, so ornithopod lovers should be even more pleased!