David Silva released his first dinosaur kit, the Dilophosaurus, in October of 2009, but already he was well on his way to the next Creative Beast offerings–a 1/24th scale Styracosaurus in full charge, splashing through a stream.
Styracosaurus was a medium sized ceratopian dinosaur, about 18 feet long, in the same family as its more famous cousin, Triceratops. It’s claim to fame is an array of horns protruding from its frilled skull and a rather dramatic nasal horn.
“I wanted it to look really powerful,” Silva said. “I have seen a lot of Styracosauruses that look really slow and bulky.”
“In my head, I could see this creature, all these horns coming toward you and I felt like having it charging through water would really emphasize the action.”
As a result, the pose of this Styracosaurus model is powerful, active and eye catching. The kit, which arrived in December of 2009, is 9 inches long when complete and comes with clear plastic parts for the water effects. It retails for $125 including shipping in the USA.
By March, Silva had released his next kit, an odd and lesser known Ankylosaur called “Saichania.” A dinosaur found in Mongolia in 1977, this creature was 22 feet of bony plates, nobs and spikes, and it caught Silva’s attention.
“I just think Saichania is really interesting,” said Silva about his selection of this subject.
“I pretty much just do what I want to see. A lot of times it’s because I’m not satisfied with what’s available for a particular creature. I actually don’t pay a lot of attention to what’s popular.”
Released in March of 2010, the kit retails for $100 at Creative-Beast.com and includes a base.
Meanwhile on the work bench, Silva was crafting his first super-predator, a 40 foot long monster called Acrocanthosaurus. (For more on that, please see part 3).