Fighting for the ultimate prize, Lunk deals a heavy blow to his opponent’s flank in an attempt to end the battle. But the other male responds in turn, and Lunk experiences a sudden surge of pain as a couple of his ribs shatter. Beaten and exhausted, he lowers his head and slowly backs away, conceding defeat. The victor lets out a scornful snort, then turns and trots off toward the waiting females. Lunk, meanwhile, shuffles away forlornly. Some day he may be able to battle for mating rights again, but for now, he will have to rest . . .
Megacerops is one of the largest and most famous of the brontotheres, an extinct group of ungulates that superficially resembled rhinos, but were more closely related to horses and possessed horns made of bone. Mojo Fun released a pretty decent figure of this powerful beast back in 2013. And as you saw from the link in my intro, CollectA released a dynamic and rather . . . virile version in 2012 which was voted Toy of the Year by Prehistoric Times magazine. Now let’s see what the 2018 Wild Safari Megacerops is like, shall we?
At 16 cm long and 9 cm tall at the shoulders, this is a pretty beefy beastie, second only to the American mastodon among Safari’s prehistoric mammals. Its main colour is a greyish beige with slightly darkened patches on the flanks, dark grey claws, and a black tail tuft. The tiny eyes are medium brown, the nostrils and mouth are very dark brown, and the insides of the ears are dull pink. Not what you’d call a vibrant colour scheme, but considering how dull modern elephants and rhinos are, this looks quite realistic and appropriate for a Megacerops.
You can clearly tell that Lunk here is a male thanks to his sizable Y-shaped horn and sizable genitalia (although not as prominent as on the CollectA version). He is posed in a rather regal stance with his head held high, his ears perked, and his tail swinging to the right. Though small, his eyes are wide and alert, and his downturned mouth gives him a somewhat unhappy appearance.
Lunk’s skin has a fine pebbled texture and hangs in heavy folds around his neck and joints, just like on a white rhinoceros. His thick neck, humped shoulders, and muscular legs make him appear very strong and rugged. At least one Megacerops specimen was found to have healed ribs, which could only have been broken by another Megacerops, probably in a fight over territory or mates. And in terms of anatomy, there’s nothing to quibble about on this toy. Indeed, it bears a strong resemblance to this life-sized model at the Canadian Museum of Nature here in Ottawa, Ontario.
It’s payback time!
Overall, I find this Megacerops to be scientifically accurate, beautifully crafted, and a lot of fun to play with. Yet another home run for both the Wild Safari line and sculptor Doug Watson. Highly recommended!