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Smilodon with Neanderthal (ANIA by Takara Tomy) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

The vast majority of objects in my prehistoric assortment are bought on-line. Schleich abounds at a number of brick and mortar shops in my neck of the woods, however I’m not an enormous shopper of their wares. Safari Ltd. merchandise are offered at Michael’s and the native pure historical past museum, however the assortment is at all times woefully restricted. As for CollectA, Eofauna, and PNSO, neglect it. However as soon as in a blue moon, I’ve managed to come back throughout one thing I didn’t assume would ever pop up in Ottawa. That was the case a few yr in the past once I was at Dollarama, a reduction selection chain. Lo and behold, there was the ANIA Smilodon (the packaging calls it a “Saber Tooth Tiger,” however I’m certain not going to) and Neanderthal set at beneath $10. Couldn’t move up a deal like that!

Let’s start with the weaker half of the duo, the Neanderthal. He’s sculpted along with his left foot ahead and planted whereas his proper foot is prolonged again and balancing on the toes.  This pose makes it unimaginable to face up on his personal, so the designer(s) included a big rock with a slot to stay his proper heel into. However not solely does this look foolish, it doesn’t assist in any respect in maintaining our prehistoric cousin on his toes! I needed to flip to my trusty bucket of clear LEGO bricks as a substitute. 

The Neanderthal stands about 7 cm tall. His pores and skin is mild brown with darkish wash to intensify his physique and simulate physique hair. The hair on his head is darkish brown and his eyes are black with white pupils, which is reasonably weird and barely unsettling. He wears a thick fur loincloth colored beige and darkish brown with darker wash. And in case you have been questioning, no, there’s nothing visibly sculpted between his legs. 

The stout, barrel-like chest, enlarged forehead ridge, and enormous nostril depart little doubt as to this chap’s Neanderthal standing. His limbs are well-muscled, however not beefy, as you’d anticipate from dwelling a hardscrabble life-style. His articulation consists of arms that rotate on the shoulders. Gripped tightly in his proper fist is a size of wooden that’s a lot thicker on the prime finish, so I suppose you possibly can name it a membership. Opposite to stereotypical depictions, there’s no proof of Neanderthals utilizing golf equipment. A stone-tipped spear or a hand axe would have been extra acceptable. However on condition that the Neanderthal’s left hand can also be clenched in a fist, it’s doable that he simply grabbed no matter piece of wooden lay helpful with the intention to defend himself from the marauding Smilodon

However right here arises a obtrusive inaccuracy. Neanderthals are solely identified from Eurasia whereas Smilodon is just identified from the Americas. Packaging these two collectively is like packaging a determine of an Oghuz Turk or a Hittite with a jaguar or a puma!

With the Safari Ltd. woolly mammoth. This pairing would have been correct.

Anyway, let’s transfer on to the Smilodon. It’s posed dynamically with the pinnacle dealing with barely to the appropriate, proper entrance limb prolonged ahead and left one prolonged again, proper hind limb prolonged again and left one prolonged ahead, and tail curled barely upward. The muscle tissues in all of the limbs are taut and the large cat appears to be like prefer it’s both stalking or confronting some prey. The decrease jaw can open to a few 90 diploma angle or shut all the way in which shut with solely the higher canines protruding. Some good engineering there, though the massive peg holes on the cheeks are reasonably unpleasant. 

The Smilodon measures about 11 cm lengthy from its nostril to the again of its proper hind foot. Its fur is usually mild orange with white on the underbelly and small medium brown markings on the pinnacle, neck, flanks, and limbs. The tail tip and the backs of the ears are black. Black can also be used for the claws, the foot padding, and across the nostril and mouth. The eyes are gold, the enamel are white, and the nostril and the within of the mouth are darkish pink. Fairly a formidable paint job for a comparatively small determine, I have to say. There are even some black whiskers neatly painted on the entrance of the muzzle. 

The fur has minimal sculpting element for probably the most half, which supplies it the looks of being brief and modern. Thicker, shaggier fur, nonetheless, could be seen on the throat and the stomach. There are not any seen exterior genitals, which means that this particular person is a feminine. 

A lot of the Smilodon toys which have come out over time have suffered from inaccuracies with the proportions of varied physique elements. This one, nonetheless, charges surprisingly and pleasingly excessive! The top is just not outsized and the fangs look like the appropriate size. The neck is lengthy, there’s a noticeable hump over the shoulders, the physique is neither too skinny nor too chunky, and the limbs are neither too lengthy nor too brief. Certainly, this could be probably the most scientifically correct toy of Smilodon launched to this point! 

With the Safari Ltd. Macrauchenia and Megatherium. The latter is just too small, however the former scales completely with the Smilodon!
With the Safari Ltd. and Mojo Enjoyable variations. Word the variations within the proportions of the heads!

Even supposing the instability of the Neanderthal determine significantly reduces its play worth, and the truth that these two organisms by no means encountered one another in actual life, the superb high quality of the Smilodon greater than makes up for these shortcomings. Different toy firms must look to this one in the event that they ever elect to interchange their very own Smilodon figures sooner or later. This set is out there at varied on-line shops equivalent to AliExpress and HobbyLink Japan. 

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