The Carnegie Cryolophosaurus Was a Cold Hearted Predator
The Carnegie Cryolophosaurus
Initially this seems to be a rather unimpressive little Theropod addition to the Carnegie Collection, (opens new window) especially when put up against the 2008 Giganotosaurus and 2009 Spinosaurus:
The Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus are truly impressive figures, beautifully detailed and quite colorful. But what does this little Carnegie Cryolophosaurus have going for it? Let's find out.
"I don't see anything tasty out there. We'll have to check around in the house."
To begin with the detail on these Cryolophosaurus is just extraordinary!
This nearly two ounce (1&7/8 oz, 52gms) and ten and a quarter inch (10.25", 26cms) long plastic predator is a wonderful example of the newest sculptures from Safari Ltd, in a base very pale green with brown spine and thick, golden stripes it is very much the Carnegie Collection answer to the contemporary Tiger.
(Here seen with the Playskool Tiger)
"So, you expect to take our place?"
The Cryolophosaurus is (was?) a carnivore (meat eater) from the Early Jurassic Period, approximately 188 million years ago. It was related to other Theropods, such as the Dilophosaurus:
The Cryolophosaurus was the first Dinosaur discovered on the Antarctic continent. It was ~21 feet (6.5 meters) in length and weighed 1030 pounds (435 kgs). Its name means "cold crest lizard", named after the rather bizarre single, bony crest on the top of its head, just in front of its eyes.
Most recent thought about Theropods is that they mostly and most likely hunted in packs. How they "joined up" is unknown.
"Hey, wanna share a cookie?"
"Sure. Don't mind if I do."
The Carnegie Cryolophosaurus is sculpted in a three-point stance, two feet and the tail, much like the iconic Marx T-Rex-
the Carnegie Cryolophosaurus is quite capable of balancing on his own two feet with only some very slight "plastic surgery."
That l-o-n-g tail curves a bit to the right, as can be seen in the Pterosaur's view, below.
The beautiful sleekness of this sculpture can be readily seen in the above views. Also the darker brown down the spine running from that crest to the tail tip. These are handpainted in their now native China (kind of adds to the myopic-oriental stereotype) and are each slightly different and individually unique. I'm not sure how clearly you can see the differences between the four Carnegie Cryolophosaurus below.
The beauty of the sleek Carnegie Cryolophosaurus compared to the Papo Leopard. Above and below.
"We're pretty, oh so pretty...."
The detail on this figure is really extraordinary. Ranging from the head
with each individual tooth, the tongue, eyes, nostrils and jaw clearly
delineated and each fold of skin, connecting the head to the neck and neck to torso right down to the light-blue wattle on the throat the detail is just "something else." This is a really artistic creation as the entire figure is just so seamlessly brought together.
"I wonder what these holes in the wall are for?"
"Could they have anything to do with these odd gadgets?"
"Hey! Let's stick one of these in the hole and see what happens!"
"...Oh so pretty, and witty and wise..."
The beautiful detail work on this Cryolophosaurus isn't limited to the head and neck. It can be readily seen through the torso and down into the
chest (below left) and pubis area (right) where the legs and body coincide.
Our Cryolophosaurus have been searching for something to eat now for a while and they are starting to behave badly...
"Hey you. WE want your bone!"
"Hah! Thanks for giving it up, punk."
"I want my mommy!!"
There are other creatures for our temporarily satiated predators to meet.
"Can we have your autograph?"
"Can we have your honey?"
"I think you have me confused with someone else."
"Exactly who or what are you?"
"Plant a big juicy one right here fellas."
"Uh, oooooh. Time to leave."
The detail on this figure continues, moving right along, through the paws or forelegs
and the legs and feet
including both the tops and bottoms thereof. As you can see the detailing doesn't stop on this sculpture.
And those beautifully detailed teeth, feet and claws serve to enable our two anti-heroes in the creating of another potentially gustatory incident on the playground.
"Hey kid, can we have the bite of your ice cream?"
"Do I have a choice?"
"Uh, NO! Mmmmmm."
"Hey piggy, leave some for me!"
We've already taken a look at this Carnegie Cryolophosaurus from the top
and the view from the bottom is probably better seen in close-up
given that the belly is a monotone, that very pale green that is the basic color of the figure. It looks more pale gray or even off-white in the photos. So sue me.
The imprint has "Carnegie Cryolophosaurus" and all the usual suspects, "c 2010 Safari Ltd Miami FL USA" and the inevitable, "Made in China."
The Carnegie Cryolophosaurus is the latest offering (along with an Icthyosaurus) from Safari Ltd in their Carnegie Collection 1/40 scale line up. This thrightening Theropod ruled the Antarctic Continent when it bore life other than Penguins and now has returned to take its place in our Dinosaur toys boxes. It has been out for less than a year so it is impossible to determine its historical, "collectible" value. What is not hard to establish is its value to anyone who collects Dinosaur toys. There it is high. For the past four years the quality of such toys, the coloring, the details and the resilience (of their paint jobs) has increased geometrically. This two ounce toy personifies all that is best in the new breed of toys, Dinosaur toys in particular.
Parents need not be concerned about toxicity as the new regulations enacted by the US congress and Safari's assiduous following them pretty much guarantees you could serve this up on a dinner plate. The only resulting problem would be from inherent indigestibility, not from toxicity. It also bears the mark of "CE", the European Union's equivalent.
The availability of the Carnegie Cryolophosaurus is a bit spotty at the moment (Summer 2010) due to the high demand for this little creature. (That could be an indication of future collectibility.) However Safari Ltd has ramped up production and they are available all over the internet, eBay and brick & mortar stores that sell Safari Ltd products, (opens new window) which are the good ones anyway. Prices range from $7.29 to $11.95, MSRP is $9.99.
"Gee. I wonder what this stuff is?"
"Well lets get some out and, ah... ah... ah-choo!"
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