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Guaibasaurus (Jurassic World Epic Evolution, Strike Attack by Mattel) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

Now right here’s a brand new one for the weblog, and one other dinosaur I had by no means heard of till Mattel made a toy of 1… Guaibasaurus. Guaibasaurus is a genus of basal saurischian from the Late Triassic Caturrita Formation, in southern Brazil. It was described in 1999 by José Bonaparte and was categorised as a basal theropod. Some current cladistic analyses place it as a basal sauropodomorph however its precise classification remains to be unknown. There appears to be extra help within the sauropodomorph camp. Guaibasaurus is thought from just a few principally full post-cranial skeletons together with one which’s assuming a resting posture like that of birds, with the hindlimbs tucked beneath the physique, arms flexed to the edges, and what little little bit of the neck there may be curved leftwards.

To uncover why Mattel would produce such an obscure animal for the Jurassic World line I visited the Guaibasaurus web page on the Jurassic Park Wiki. I found that Guaibasaurus was featured on the Jurassic Park Institute’s Dinopedia, an internet dinosaur database from the early 2000’s that’s now shut down. It featured an illustration by Timothy Bradley of Guaibasaurus reconstructed as a theropod. It makes me marvel if that outdated web site is ever a supply of inspiration for the oldsters at Mattel. Whereas the toy shouldn’t be similar to Timothy Bradley’s illustration it’s nonetheless clearly theropod-inspired.

Mattel’s Guaibasaurus stands 3” tall on the hips and measures about 7.5” lengthy. Dimension estimates for Guaibasaurus vary from 6.6-10’ (2-3 meters). The toy comes out to be 1/16 in scale when scaled down from the ten’ estimate. After all, with no head and neck who can say for positive how lengthy the animal was? Some reconstructions give it a brief neck, and others an extended one.  

The top and neck should be speculative however there’s no post-cranial accuracy right here both. The torso is simply too brief and compact and there’s nothing concerning the toy that mirrors the skeleton of Guaibasaurus or basal saurischians generally. Mattel might have labeled it a Coelophysis, Sinosaurus, or any variety of small lithe theropods and it will nonetheless be flawed however no kind of than it already is. The arms aren’t pronated although, in order that’s one thing.

The motion function is utilized by pushing the physique down towards the hindlimbs, which raises and lowers the neck and opens and closes the mouth. The arms are on ball joints and might swing in-and-out. The tail rotates too.

Regardless of actually being a Guaibasaurus in identify solely that is a pretty little toy that’s serves properly as a generic small theropod. It has a shallow crest over every of the nasal bones and I’m a sucker for crested theropods. There are additionally twin rows of spines operating down the again of the pinnacle and neck. The toy is roofed in tremendous pebbly scales with scutes operating down the fingers and toes. The rib cage is barely seen beneath the pores and skin and the legs are properly muscled.

The enamel are massive and blunt, and the toy has the identical unpleasant overbite as oh so many different Mattel theropods. These are unattractive options, particularly since Mattel has demonstrated that they’ll do higher.  The again of the decrease jaw isn’t flush with the higher jaw which makes the inner jaw musculature seen a lot additional again than it ought to be.  The tail can be too brief, and the toes are too massive. These are all issues that Mattel collectors are used to although.

The paintjob is among the toy’s largest attracts, not less than for me. The physique is a pretty shade of darkish inexperienced whereas the pinnacle, neck, and decrease legs are black. The decrease jaw is white and connects to a white slash operating by the neck and torso, with black edging round it. I take pleasure in this coloration mixture and the distinction it creates. The enamel are white, tongue pink, and the claws are unpainted. The yellow eyes are fairly putting towards the black skull.

With different Triassic critters from Mattel.

General, this toy doesn’t make for an important Guaibasaurus however I do like that it will get the identify on the market. It’s respectable for an inexpensive toy theropod nonetheless and options just like the crests, spines, and paintjob give it some enchantment. It’s additionally a Triassic dinosaur and that at all times piques my curiosity. The Mattel Guaibasaurus is at the moment obtainable however was tough for me to trace down, keep vigilant dino hunters!

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