Another look at another great figure! This time, we’re going to a relative of the mammals from the Permian. This is a sort of recent one, the CollectA Dimetrodon from their Deluxe 1:20 collection. Released in 2018 as item number 88822. As has become a bit of an industry standard, this figure of course includes some articulation, in this case the jaw opens and closes. Not super exciting, but that seems to be something we are seeing on a lot of deluxe prehistoric figures (primarily of the reptile and reptile-adjacent varieties, maybe a few fish).
As we expect from many CollectA deluxe figures, there is a lot of great detail on this figure, and the paint is very well-applied. Also, as we would expect from CollectA, they took a few unique takes with the figure that we don’t normally see–always looking for some different hypotheses to try out. It might not always hold up, but it’s great to see these put to a physical depiction. In this instance they sculpted this famous sail-back synapsid with the tips of the vertebral spines exposed; it’s an idea that has gone around for a while but isn’t usually depicted on figures, instead showing the webbing covering over the tips (sometimes with dips between). I have no idea of the merits of the idea, but it is kind of nice to compare the two morphologies.
Another nice touch is that the figure is depicted with the legs mostly upright, in an active and mammal-like stance. Depictions vary widely, but many Dimetrodon figures seem to be either sprawling or partially sprawling (such as the Dinotales one seen here). With the high body and active, alert face, this is a very high-energy Dimetrodon, belying it’s eventual relationship to mammals (even if they probably weren’t warm blooded). It also has some nice touches that give it the appearance of a living animal with an actual life and history. In this instance, it even shows an obvious tear in the sail, where something must have happened. There’s definitely indication in fossils that the spines on individuals could be damaged and repaired, so damage to the soft parts makes sense!
My take on this figure is that it is a great representation of this famous, not-a-dinosaur-but-included-with-every-dinosaur-set species. And there is no shortage of figures of this species, and there is no shortage of differing takes on it, to varying degrees of success (this site has a very incomplete collection of photos of Dimetrodon figures…oddly, missing this particular figure!). But I think that this is an excellent figure and should definitely be part of any collection. Fortunately, it is still readily available (insofar as CollectA is available where you are…I order from Australia of all things). But definitely include this one for yourself. It goes great with their Edaphosaurus (also similar in scale)!