Review and photographs by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972
Along with kangaroos, koalas, and dingos, wombats are some of the most familiar and famous Australian animals. While they may look cute and round and harmless, they are not helpless when it comes to defending themselves. When confronted by a predator, a wombat will dash into its burrow and use its tough, round rear end to block the tunnel. It may even allow the predator to force its head over the wombat’s back, then slam the predator’s head against the roof of the tunnel with its sturdy legs. Most ingenious!
Judging from its colouration and bare nose, the 2015 CollectA wombat appears to represent the common wombat species (Vombatus ursinus), also fittingly known as the bare-nosed wombat. She is a pretty small figure at just 5.5 cm long (scale 1:18 on average). Her main colour is a dark, greyish-brown with light purple on the inside of her ears and surrounding her black eyes. Her nose is dark grey, her claws are black, and her tummy and the soles of her feet are medium brown.
Our wombat is sculpted in a standing pose with her big head turned to look to the right. Her fur is very nicely sculpted, as are the bare soles of her feet. She features all the key traits of a common wombat: a rotund face and body, stout limbs, and a stumpy tail. In contrast to some of the more imposing or ferocious-looking animals from CollectA, this wombat looks like a peaceful, placid creature, content to spend her days foraging for food or digging in the ground. Another noteworthy fact about wombats is that they excrete cube-shaped feces, which are used to mark territory and attract mates.
I’m sure you’ve noticed how I’ve been referring to this wombat as a female from the get-go. Well, a wombat, like many other native Australian mammals, is a marsupial, and this one beautifully illustrates it by virtue of the fact that she has a little baby poking its tiny head and front paw out of her pouch! Unlike kangaroos, a wombat’s pouch faces backward, allowing the baby to emerge with ease once it is old enough. Or pop back inside if it needs to.
The CollectA wombat is a cute and cleverly crafted little critter that goes well with anyone’s Australian assortment. Recommended.