Saturday, December 19, 2009

Marx Megatherium

I've been interested in prehistoric models for a while now. I was glad tp see the new production of 28mm scale metal prehistorics from Dazed Miniatures Unfortunately, it looks like they are no longer being produced. RLBPS is only selling off the old stock, so get them while you can.

My only prehistoric models are a few sets from Pulp Figures and some very old school mammals. Marx Toys produced some plastic prehistoric playset in the 1960s. You may have seen my painted Mammoth in an older post. That model was recast plastic from the old molds. This giant sloth is an original. I got them both from the Toy Soldier HQ. I was a little hesitant to paint a30 year old toy, but the plastic was kind of sticky, and I figure there's no sense in having it if I'm not going to actually use it for anything.
As with the mammoth, this megatherium model is glued to a plastic 60mm base. A 28mm Pulp Figures neanderthal is included for scale. The neanderthals, short faced bear, and saber tooth cats are hoping I'll paint them soon.

(The giant sloth looks a little out of focus in these shots, but I think that is partly because the model itself is not very crisp. The details in this soft plastic are rather smooth.)

8 comments:

Chgowiz said...

Mega Miniatures is a great place to get minis - they have 3 prehistoric and supposedly more on the way:
http://stores.ebay.com/MegaMiniatures_Cave-Men-Dinosaurs_W0QQ_fsubZ17323027QQ_sidZ2577791QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

Andrew said...

Oh, I'm a big Mega Minis fan. I have almost all their animal sets. I hope the do some more prehistorics.

Jasper said...

Ha! Fun! You really do need to get on the Neanderthals. :-D

Eli Arndt said...

Great paint job and veyr believable. This is one of my favorite creatures. We have a lovely speciman, a full skeleton, in our local Science Center that was recovered during an expansion of our airport's runways. I have always wanted to get one and paint it in Panda colors.

-Eli

Andrew said...

Thanks. I saw mammoth skeletons at the Denver Nature and Science museum last weekend, and I think the Smithsonian has a megatherium skeleton. I remember visiting a museum in Seattle (or was it Victoria, BC?) that had a big shaggy mammoth display. Is that your local science museum?

Eli Arndt said...

If it is it's no longer on display these days. It may be the Victoria museum though. We have several small museums with rotating exibits.

A good, if not tiny, museum in Seattle is the Burke. They have an annual Dino Day that is great fun for grownups and kids alike. They pull out all sorts of exibits from the back room and then have some of the university paleo guys come out to talk with the public.

BigLee said...

Nice Sloth... its not very often you get to say that in conversation, so i'll say it again. Nice Sloth!

ArmChairGeneral said...

This is a very nice sloth. I am with Eli on this one as the Giant Megatherium was one of my favorite prehistoric animals.