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Stegouros (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

Stegouros (roofed tail) is a genus of late Cretaceous ankylosaur from Chile’s Dorotea Formation. It was described in 2021and has already confirmed to be a reasonably standard dinosaur with three mass produced toys to its title. One from CollectA, one other from Mattel, and this one from Safari Ltd. Its recognition can little doubt be attributed to its distinctive tail weaponry, typically likened to an Aztec macuahuitl. I might say it additionally resembles the Polynesian shark-toothed membership, often called a leiomano. Stegouros can be distinctive resulting from its small measurement of about 6’ (1.8 meters), and its quick tail.

The Safari Stegouros measures 6.5” (16.51 cm) when measured alongside the curve of its tail. It stands about 2.5” (6.35 cm) on the shoulder. This places it at about 1/12 in scale. It’s offered in a striding posture with the tail swaying rightward and the pinnacle wanting leftward. The pinnacle is lifted excessive and the mouth open, as if the animal have been startled. The determine is sculpted by Safari’s premier sculptor, Doug Watson. That title alone ought to persuade you that this can be a high quality product.  

Stegouros is thought solely from a single specimen, however that specimen is comparatively full and partially articulated. Regardless of its small measurement the specimen represents an grownup animal. It’s a member of the parankylosauria clade, and its shut kin embody Antarctopelta and Kunbarrasaurus.

Safari’s determine has a proportionally giant head, which is right for the genus, and it’s detailed with pebbly scales and armored plating on high of the pinnacle and over the orbits. The cranium roof is generally lacking from the precise specimen and no osteoderms are recognized for the pinnacle.

Uniformly aligned pebbly scales of Safari’s standard measurement and form adorn the remainder of the physique. Some will take into account the scales too giant and the determine too closely textured, however it doesn’t trouble me and it’s one thing I discover applicable wanting on ankylosaur toys.

Rows of keeled osteoderms run from the neck to the bottom of the tail. Some are additionally current on the limbs. These scutes match the oval formed keeled osteoderms related to the specimen however their placement must be speculative. The element on them is splendid.

The precisely slender forelimbs are appropriately oriented with three clawed digits and two clawless digits on every. The equally slender hindlimbs have 4 clawed digits on every with three being weight bearing. All bodily orifices are accounted for.  

The tail possesses seven pairs of enlarged osteoderms operating alongside the edges, the trademark characteristic of Stegouros. In life, Stegouros had solely 26 tail vertebrae, the bottom of any recognized thyreophoran. The final a number of vertebrae would have been encased inside the osteoderms, which have been fused collectively (like this). Safari’s determine doesn’t precisely replicate this, with solely the osteoderms on the tail tip fused collectively and scales operating down almost your complete size of the tail. That is the one actual flaw I see on this mannequin, however it nonetheless isn’t sufficient to place me off to it. That mentioned, CollectA’s and even Mattel’s Stegouros toys do a greater job of illustrating this characteristic.

With the Mattel Stegouros.

The Safari Stegouros is generally orange in colour with a grey underside. The osteoderms on the tail are blood pink coloured and there’s a pink wash over a lot of the tail too. I wish to suppose that the tail is stained with the blood of its foes.  The beak and toenails are grey, and the within of the mouth is pink. The shiny eyes are brown with black pupils. Black and white bands are painted operating down the again. I might have appreciated it if the smaller osteoderms have been painted but when that have been the case I’m certain I might have been complaining concerning the software of mentioned paint, so that is high quality.

With different ankylosaur toys. The PNSO Ankylosaurus, CollectA Borealopelta, and Safari Ltd. Sauropelta.
With different Safari Ltd 2023 releases. The Majungasaurus and Estemmenosuchus.

Some collectors might be postpone by the inaccurate osteoderms on the tail or outsized scales however I take into account this to be the perfect Stegouros available on the market. CollectA’s is great too, however it’s monumental, so for scale aware collectors that is the higher choice. No matter your desire, you’ve gotten choices relating to this neat little dinosaur. The Safari Stegouros is new for 2023, simply obtainable in the US, and slowly displaying up in different international locations.

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