A great dinosaur figure is a figure I can´t take my eyes off.
A great dinosaur figure is a figure I want to hold in my hand again and again, just to enjoy how it feels. The texture of the skin, ist detail, the spikes, the pose: Everything has to appeal to me surpassingly.
A great dinosaur figure can both be played with and at the same time claim an outstanding position on a collector´s shelf .
If it furthermore represents a strange and uncommon species, well, so much the better!
Schleich Animantarx is such a figure. It is one of their best prehistoric figure releases ever. The cases of good Schleich figures have been heaping up over the last three or so years, although they had many flops as well. But noone can deny the charme their Pentaceratops reveals , and their latest version of Spinosaurs easily outplays their other versions and can even keep up to the latest CollectA and Safari versions.
And as I always say on the forum, I give credit where credit is due.
I have to admit that I always used to underestimate Ankylosaur figures. Too boring seemed the overall anatomy of Ankylosaurs. But already Papo Ankylosaurus showed: It´s all a matter of posture. And a matter of the attitude the sculptor took as a basis fort he sculpt.
With Schleich, I can´t help but thinking either they have differently gifted sculptors. Or they have got one sculptor only who is bipolar.
Somehow or other, this sculpt is a success. As Papo did with their Ankylosaurus, Schleich interrupted the pattern of illustrating Ankylosaurs as sluggish, round tons on four legs.
Animantarx , meaning ‘living citadel’, is a genus of nodosaurid ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of western North America. Like other nodosaurs, it would have been a slow-moving quadrupedal herbivore covered in heavy armor scutes, but without a tail club. The skull measures approximately 25 cm (10 inches) in length, suggesting the animal as a whole was no more than 3 meters (10 feet) long.
To my knowledge, this is ist only representation as a figure. The figure itself is about 13,5 cm long and has a shoulder height of approximately 4,5 cm, while the highest spike rises 5 cm and the tip oft he clubless tail even 7,7 cm. It´s made of the Schleich plastic which feels different from the material of any other company. Each company seems to have their own blend. I don´t find the word for Schleich´s blend; maybe “clumsy ” or “heavy” describes it best.
It is scientifically correct as far as I can see. All the spikes are at the right places and the knuckles cover its back. But the number of the digits and the positions of the inner ones on both front and hind legs could be problematic. I could not tell by looking at skeleton pictures on the web, but probably an expert can help out in the comment section. However, this would not cloud the overall impression of this figure.
If I had to write about downers, I would hint at the figure´s relatively uninspired colour-scheme and the lack of a cloaca opening.
I especially appreciate the armor plate, the vivid pose and the all black eyes, making the figure look very vivid and even cute to a certain extend. The muzzle is widely open, showing a glossy tongue.
It looks like the little sister of the Papo Ankylosaurus, which is to be regarded as a compliment. And be assured, the figure looks better in reality than on pictures.
Here, in short, is my conclusion: Schleich Animantarx is one oft he best Ankylosaur figures out there. Again, we have a toy that joins the hopefully growing gang of pleasant Schleich dinosaur figure releases.
From me, it gets five out of five stars.