This Ankylosaurus from Favorite is one of the best plastic ankylosaurs out there. It’s just not Ankylosaurus…
A little background: in 2004, a paper by Ken Carpenter was published that redescribed Ankylosaurus and finally gave it a definitive modern ‘look’. Before that, restorations of the animal’s armour tended to be based either on the original description (like the Walking With Dinosaurs Ankylosaurus) or on Euoplocephalus. It’s the latter that’s occurred here. I’m not sure exactly when this model was first in production, so it doesn’t seem fair to count this as a criticism – however, it is worth comparing with the Carnegie Ankylosaurus which has the ‘new(ish) look’ armour. (Notice in particular the lack of shoulder spikes, which were very common on old Ankylosaurus restorations, but were borrowed from Euoplocephalus.)
This figure has plenty of aspects that are worthy of praise, regardless of any misidentification. The armour matches up very well with Euoplocephalus tutus. The sculpt overall is fantastic, and one of the very few to accurately capture the strange appearance of ankylosaurs – especially their stupidly wide hips. Detailing, as in all Favorite models, is extremely crisp – in particular, I am always impressed by the scalation. Even if the scales would be smaller at this scale, it gives the model a very refined appearance and reinforces the creature’s reptilian character (rather than making it look too much like it has mammalian skin, which admittedly is a bigger problem with sauropods).
In fact, and in spite of the relatively drab colours, it’s one of the best Euoplocephalus models you can buy, except in one respect – the head! The head of Ankylosaurus is pretty well known – when your skull’s a huge hunk of reinforced bone, rather than all dainty and riddled with openings, it tends to be preserved pretty well. I’d argue that the head on this figure resembles Ankylosaurus magniventris more than Euoplocephalus. Although the spikes may not be quite stout enough, the shape of the snout pretty much confirms it for me – this is a freaky hybrid. It’s Euoplocephalus with an Ankylosaurus head!
Still, this hardly detracts from what is overall an excellent figure, particularly as the head is pretty small anyway. The stately (but not static) pose, superb detailing, and the well-researched sculpt all make for a worthy addition to anyone’s ankylosaur collection. It’s still available wherever Favorite models are sold.