KAMUYSAURUS (CollectA, 2021)

The land of the rising sun has never been particularly generous when it comes to dinosaur fossils. From time to time, however, something comes up and in this case it is truly exceptional remains. The Kamuysaurus skeleton is almost complete with only a few missing bony elements mostly at the level of the skull, pelvis and tip of the tail. This is made even more exceptional by the fact that in all probability the animal’s body ended up in the sea and drifted before being buried by sediments and fossilizing. In short, a sort of miracle, not for nothing Kamuysaurus japonicus literally means “lizard deity of Japan”. A patriotic name to say the least..

Kamuysaurus was an Edmontosaur hadrosaur, therefore it was related to the much more famous American Edmontosaurus and had the classic body structure of these dinosaurs improperly called “duck-billed”. However, it was smaller than its closest relatives, reaching only, so to speak, eight or nine meters in length. The Collecta model is part of the “The Age of Dinosaurs – Popular Sizes” category of the “Prehistoric World” line and with its 14 cm falls within the 1:60 scale.

The livery chosen is very generic and seems to be copied from other dinosaurs of this manufacturer such as Saltriovenator, Neovenator or Spinosaurus. We have an olive green, as the predominant color, which turns to a light gray on the lower part of the neck, body and tail. On the flanks and on the sides of the tail the coloring goes on yellow. The head passes very gradually from the green to the brown of the beak. The eyes are completely black and from there start two very clear yellow bands that descend forward to the corners of the mouth, the inside of which is pink. From the tip of the muzzle to the end of the tail, a red line highlights the crest and growths, while a darker brown than that used for the beak covers hands and feet like socks on which the gray nails can be clearly distinguished. Finally, a series of strips of a very saturated dark green run along the back and legs of the model.

Even the pose does not shine for originality. The classic quadrupedal walking position badly taken up by the skeletal reconstruction present in the scientific article describing the animal. Taken badly because while in the reconstruction the limbs are in a natural position, as if a frame had been taken from the walking cycle, in the model this is not the case. The animal has apparently been immortalized as it advances, but during the march it would never assume this pose. This was certainly done to give greater stability, and it is not the only aesthetically awkward trick in this regard.

Overall Sculpt is very good. The scales are reproduced very well, starting from the largest on the hind legs they become smaller and smaller until they become almost imperceptible on the skull. A truly painstaking work from this point of view. The folds of the skin on the neck, body and tail are also excellent. All this is somewhat invalidated by the huge China Export symbol on the right leg. A way could certainly have been found to hide it a little better. Finally, always speaking of the general figure, I would not have disdained a little more flab on the animal. We are talking about nine meters of herbivore, even if only to accommodate the very long digestive tract one would expect a more voluminous body.

The anatomy is for the most part correct, the proportions between the various parts of the body were taken directly from the skeletal diagram we talked about earlier, with a couple of exceptions.

The head has been faithfully reproduced and there is really nothing out of place. The nostrils and ear holes are clearly seen. The idea of ​​also inserting a small crest on the top of the skull is very apt. In fact, although it is entirely speculative for Kamuysaurus, we have evidence that Edmontosaurus had one. The neck is quite massive and perhaps you could have dared a little more considering the latest studies on the subject, which came out after the creation of the model.

The legs also have their correct proportions in terms of length, but the hands and feet are oversized, fortunately not much by Collecta standards, and this again due to the stability problem mentioned above. Personally, I am very much against this modus operandi. I would prefer a very small removable base, even a simple support that attaches to a single leg, rather than this kind of deformation which in my opinion makes models that would otherwise be very good lose many points. And if this argument could still have a minimum of validity for a bipedal animal, it is appropriate to say that it does not really stand up for a quadruped. Paradoxically, the feet do not have the rear pad which increased the support surface at the waist. In short, it is appropriate to say that nature to solve problems designs solutions that are much more elegant than our clumsy loopholes. I would add that the hands have the correct number of fingers, as do the feet, but the very recent not yet officially published discovery of a mummified Edmontosaurus hand makes this reconstruction obsolete because the whole was covered by a single hoof.

The tail is fine, to be picky it should have been a bit wider at the base where there were some of the most voluminous muscles in the body that were used to move the hind limbs. Finally an applause for the row of very well done growths that runs along the back very well done. In fact, it does not come out of nowhere but you can clearly see how the musculature decreases gently until it reaches the spines.

To sum it up a bit, we can say that the model is very appreciable despite those few imperfections that for the record it was necessary to point out. Applause should always be made when a company decides to try its hand with new and little known species, even more so when it does so in such an accurate way. The value for money is absolutely excellent. So highly recommended for anyone interested in having a representation of this exotic genre.

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