Hi everyone! You have heard of Styracosaurus, right? If so, then you’re likely a regular member of our community. If you’re not (I know I wasn’t when I first found this blog), then you may have read about it in many different dinosaur books over the years.
Review by Scar, Photos by Jeremy Killian
There are aspects of this piece in creative interpretation which I absolutely adore, and others which I feel could have been improved upon.
Overall, I will credit SS for infusing this piece with personality. It’s not one individual aspect of the piece which serves this purpose, but the cumulative effort of the various facets, encompassing both sculpt and paint application in a marriage which results in a dinosaur that really comes alive upon close inspection.
Xenoceratops, the “alien horned face,” is one of the oldest known ceratopsids and currently the only one to have been discovered in the Foremost Formation of Alberta, Canada. Its name derives from from that distinctness that its as opposed to the striking arrangement of horns on its skull.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that CollectA has chosen yet another obscure species to join their expanding herd of ceratopsians. Meet Xenoceratops foremostensis – “alien horned-face”. Released as part of CollectA’s 2014 standard-sized figures, this late Cretaceous centrosaurine ceratopsian was first unearthed in 1958, but was just recently described as a new species.
The Favorite Zhuchengtyrannus and Sinoceratops come packaged in a boxed set for the Fukui Dinosaur Museum in Japan. They are sculpted by Favorite’s premiere artist, Kazunari Araki. Both of these dinosaurs are only known from fragmentary remains, so the scale is a bit iffy, but they fit in well enough with other 1:40 figures (or possibly slightly smaller).