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Stegouros (Deluxe by CollectA) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

Most ankylosaurs are categorised as both Ankylosauridae or Nodosauridae. Ankylosaurids are simply distinguishable by their vast, blocky heads and tails terminating in stable bone golf equipment, and embrace the likes of Ankylosaurus itself, Euoplocephalus, Jinyunpelta, Pinacosaurus, and Zuul. Against this, nodosaurids like Animantarx, Borealopelta, Edmontonia, Gastonia, and Sauropelta are distinguished by their narrower, extra triangular heads and clubless tails. However there’s additionally a 3rd household, Parankylosauria. They lived in Gondwana throughout the Cretaceous interval and so they had been a lot smaller and extra basal than the ankylosaurids and nodosaurids. Examples embrace Antarctopelta from Antarctica, Kunbarrasaurus from Australia, and the topic of this evaluation, Stegouros from Chile.

Found in 2018 and formally named and described in 2021, Stegouros elengassen was solely round two metres in size at most and roughly the dimensions of a home canine, making it one of many smallest ankylosaurs identified. CollectA’s 2023 Deluxe Stegouros, nevertheless, is kind of the gargantuan toy, measuring barely over 24 cm lengthy, 9 cm tall on the hips, and seven cm vast. This makes it their largest ankylosaur toy to this point, even greater than the Deluxe Ankylosaurus as proven under. Some collectors could also be delay by its nice measurement, however personally, scale has by no means been that a lot of a difficulty for me. Additionally, I believe it’s sort of humorous the way it dwarfs each different ankylosaur in my assortment when it was fairly the other in actuality.

The primary color on this toy is medium brown with darkish wash, uninteresting sandy yellow for the underbelly, darkish brown for the osteoderms and spikes, darkish gray for the claws and beak, a uninteresting pink tongue, and pinkish gray streaks over the shiny black eyes. Total, it’s fairly normal coloration for an ankylosaur toy, nothing out of the odd, however as at all times, it seems to be completely believable.

The Stegouros is posed with its entrance limbs bent and its toes firmly planted. Each the pinnacle and the tail are raised and turning to the proper, and the mouth is vast open. Presumably it’s both making an attempt to thrust back a predator or participating in fight with one other of its variety. Once more, fairly a number of different ankylosaur toys are posed much like like this, but it surely at all times does work for them. Between its pose and its measurement, this armoured beast seems to be fairly formidable certainly.

With fellow well-known South People, Dreadnoughtus and Carnotaurus.

Along with being one of many smallest identified ankylosaurs, Stegouros is notable for a variety of anatomical options that are properly mirrored on this toy. The top is comparatively elongated, V-shaped when considered from above, and really massive, proportionally greater than these of most different ankylosaurs. There aren’t any scutes projecting from the again of the pinnacle, however there are massive, flattened scales that most likely would have afforded it some respectable safety.

Your entire physique is roofed in superb pebbled scales and as typical, there are heavy wrinkles across the limb joints and hanging down from the neck and flanks. The limbs are pretty lengthy, indicating that Stegouros may have tried to flee from massive predators as an alternative choice to as standing and preventing. The hind toes have three massive toes and one tiny interior toe, all with claws, whereas the entrance toes have 5 toes with claws on all however the outermost. A number of rows of keeled osteoderms run down the neck, again, and tail, and on the limbs as properly. The armour general extra carefully resembles an ankylosaurid’s than a nodosaurid’s. All consistent with the known fossil material, which, fortunately, is almost full.

And that brings us eventually to the Stegouros‘ tail. As an alternative of a rounded membership or no weapon in any respect, the tip has seven pairs of huge, flattened osteoderms which might be merged collectively to type a most unusual construction. The form strongly resembles both the profile of a pinecone or an historical Aztec macuahuitl, which is a picket membership geared up with sharpened shards of obsidian alongside the periphery. Antarctopelta could have possessed an identical tail as properly. Indeterminate theropod stays have been recovered from the Dorotea Formation the place Stegouros was discovered, so it most likely had want for a great defensive weapon. Its main goal, although, was probably intraspecific battle. In any case, a blow from that tail would undoubtedly have been painful. And might you think about if this animal was the identical measurement as Ankylosaurus? Yikes!

Whereas the dimensions of the CollectA Stegouros could admittedly be off-putting to some collectors, I take into account it to be an absolute must-have. It’s fantastically sculpted, scientifically correct, it seems to be nice with the opposite ankylosaurs on my shelf, and it’s a welcome little bit of selection. CollectA could want to take into account following up on this magnificence by releasing a Kunbarrasaurus sooner or later, because it’s presently the one different parankylosaur identified from ample fossil remains. My heartiest thanks exit to them for this evaluation pattern! 🙂

With the Mattel and Safari Ltd. Stegouros toys. Picture courtesy of Halichoeres.

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