Komodo Dragon, 2019 (Wild Life by Schleich)

Giant animals exist throughout the world. This can be seen in insular gigantism, and the isle of Komodo has the mighty dragon, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). This ten foot lizard is the top predator in it’s environment, using it’s size, strength, speed and venom to outmatch any species in the area, no matter where they are. There have been a lot of figures of this species, and here is a recent one from Schleich.

I may not be keen on some of the dinos Schleich has made, but I gotta say the sculpt is fantastic here! The skin wrinkles and scales are replicated phenomenally here, looking spot on to the actual animal. My only gripe on that front are the nails, being no where near long enough. I guess it’s to prevent breakage, but they really could be longer.

The pose is pretty alert, maybe it’s spotted a rival or food coming into it’s territory. The colours are spot on too, brilliantly done. It’s a decent size, measuring 6.8″ long and 1.8″ from head to foot, fitting into a few lines.

This is an amazing sculpt, with a fantastic pose and incredible details, a worthwhile pick for collectors and children alike. It came out two years ago, so is easy to find in stores and online, and I do recommend you do. It really doesn’t dissapoint.

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Comments 3

  • I don’t share your enthusiasm for this figure. I find the pose to be unnatural; Komodos almost always being seen with their heads hanging down below their shoulders when standing or walking. And I feel the colour is too washed out looking.

    I much prefer the Komodo Schleich released several years ago to this one.

  • It’s not inconceivable that a Komodo would raise its head to sniff the air or catch a glimpse of something.

    • Sure, it’s not inconceivable, but it is unusual. I’ve looked at lots of pics and videos of Komodos and I virtually never see one in this pose. When they are lying on their bellies, they often raise their head but when standing/walking the head is usually low to the ground. Besides, if the intent was for it to be sniffing the air they could have at least molded the tongue flicking out.

      I prefer it when animal figures are in common, natural poses rather than poses that are attempts by the sculpture to make the figure look dramatic….because they usually end up just making it look odd.

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