As promised, we present today the second of the sauropods in Favorite’s ‘soft model’ collection – Apatosaurus, a real dinosaur toy staple. (For more Apatosaurus, see here (Schleich Replica-Saurus), here (the old Wild Safari), here (Great Dinos Collection) and here (Invicta).) Insert a line about “Brontosaurus” here as is obligatory. This Favorite toy is at a teeny-tiny 1:80 scale, which still makes it almost as long as my UK size 10 Converse All-Stars. I don’t have a ruler handy.
Here again the neck is held horizontally with a slight curve and the head is facing downwards. Given the nature of the beast, this doesn’t look as awkward as with the “Brachiosaurus”; it appears less stiff and more natural. Again, as per the “Brachiosaurus” it’s tempting to presume that this posture is based on the belief, popular for some years, that the neck couldn’t be raised much above horizontal. This may put some people off, but to me it simply gives the animal the appearance of bending down for a drink or to pluck some tasty fronds.
Posture aside the model is pretty well proportioned, if a little on the skinny side. The neck’s an appealing aspect here, as it seems to represent the nutty nature of Apatosaurus vertebrae rather well, but perhaps could do with just a little more flesh hanging from the bones. (As an aside, should the professionals stumble upon this blog entry – presumably by accident – then I welcome any and all corrections to my amateurish remarks, ta.) In general this toy fits a modern skeletal reconstruction quite nicely – right down to the neural spines rising up in the right places – but the animal looks like it’s going through a rough patch. This may be a matter of personal preference, however, as I’ve always seen Apatosaurus and its cohorts as the Giant Haystacks of the diplodocid world.
Still, for all sauropod foot fetishists out there Favorite have been uncommonly accurate in that department. Just compare the feet on this Apatosaurus with the hefferlump plodders of Schleich’s. The detailing, with all-over scales, skin folds and musculature, also compares favourably with any effort from other manufacturers. The end of the tail isn’t as whip-like as it might have been, but then I imagine Favorite are wary of it snapping off easily, as has happened with various old Diplodocus toys over the years.
Rendered in earthy browns and striding forward with intent, this Apatosaurus is another Favorite I’m quite fond of, but if you prefer a little more meat on your sauropods you may wish to wait for this year’s new Wild Safari sculpt.
Review & photos by Marc (‘Horridus’)