With a body as big as a giraffe’s and a wingspan of 10 metres or more, Quetzalcoatlus was both the largest pterosaur and the largest flying animal of all time. Next to an adult Alamosaurus, however, it would have looked like a herring gull. But even the biggest sauropods have to start out small…
Traditionally, pterosaur figures have been depicted in a flying pose with their wings spread. Such a pose is certainly impressive, but it means the figure takes up more room in your display (unless you prefer suspending your pterosaurs from the ceiling). By contrast, this Quetzalcoatlus is sculpted in a walking stance with its wings folded up. This is in keeping with recent theories likening it to a gigantic marabou stork, stalking across the Late Cretaceous plains in search of any animal it could snap up in its massive bill and swallow whole. I much prefer this pose. As well as making it easy to display the figure, it really emphasizes the sheer size of the head and neck in relation to the body. It also showcases the multitude of joints in the arms.
The Quetzalcoatlus stands a little over 12 cm tall. It’s made of soft, flexible plastic, so you need never worry about it being damaged by a fall from the shelf. The head is mostly smooth, but the body has a nice fur pattern to it and the wings are wrinkly. Main colours are light brown with a whitish underbelly and grey wing membranes. The large head is mostly black with yellow, maroon, and light blue airbrushing and a large yellow crest. The eyes are magenta and the interior of the mouth is pink.
Predators are utterly without mercy when it comes to their prey and this Quetzalcoatlus has thought nothing of snatching up a cute little baby Alamosaurus for dinner. The tiny sauropod, which is non-removeable, is dull orange with a faded underbelly and black eyes. Its skin has a pebbly texture and there’s even a little ridge running along its spine. Its mouth is open in a cry of terror and its little legs and tail are thrashing helplessly. There is no escape for this poor youngster. Although if the Quetzalcoatlus isn’t careful, it could easily choke to death on such a plump, struggling morsel.
The CollectA Quetzalcoatlus is well-researched, beautifully sculpted, and attractively painted. The baby Alamosaurus is a neat touch, although it does make this an item unsuitable for the squeamish at heart. CollectA sure does love gore!
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