One day I was scrolling through photos on Instagram, and I noticed a friend had posted a picture of a skeletal dragon. My initial thoughts were “That’s so cool! Where can I get one?” and I think I even left a comment similar to that on his photo.
It turns out it was not just any skeletal dragon, but a model kit based on a dragon from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is a game I quite enjoy. I found out that GameStop sold the model kits, but they were $29.99. I postponed getting one, and then I honestly forgot all about it for quite some time.
Sometimes procrastination pays off, because earlier this month the Skyrim Skeletal Dragon Kit went on clearance, and I picked one up at my local store for $7.50. What a deal!
You can check GameStop’s site to see if there are any kits left at your local store at: https://www.gamestop.com/toys/skyrim-skeletal-dragon-model-kit/128931
Or you might find one on eBay at: (eBay Affiliate link) https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=skyrim+skeletal+dragon&_sop=15
Inside the box, all of the dragon’s parts are attached to a plastic frame.
The instructions are all on one large sheet of paper folded in half. The top side shows all of the parts and how each piece connects to each other.
The bottom half shows all of the parts connected to the frame. If you look closely at the diagram you can see each part on the frame has a number next to them. These numbers are also present on the actual frame.
Those numbers make assembling the skeleton much easier, so I would recommend removing each part from the frame once you need it instead of removing them all at the beginning.
The bottom half of the instructions also has a brief description of the dragon race.
I got off to a slow start with putting this skeleton together. I have little experience with model kits, but I remember hearing you are not supposed to twist the parts off of the frame, or you will end up with white stress marks where the pieces connected to the frame. I started off using an xacto knife to remove the pieces, but that was time consuming.
I turned to my Instagram followers for suggestions and received helpful advice on how to move forward.
I decided to go with wire cutters for freeing the remaining parts and a nail file for sanding down any remaining plastic from the frame.
Assembly started to go much faster with my new tools.
Things moved smoothly until I incorrectly assembled the pelvis. First I had the spine turned around. Then I had the two sides of the pelvis attached to the wrong sides of the dragon.
The good news is I was able to remove these parts (several times) and put them back together properly without any damage to the pegs. This dragon is a bit more sturdy than it appears.
The hips were the only tricky part for me. I completed the entire dragon in a about an hour. The parts all connect together without needing any glue.
The dragon comes with a sturdy black base that has a raised Skyrim logo on the back half of it.
I believe the dragon would be too front heavy to balance without the stand. However, you really are not given a choice on whether you want to use the stand because the bottoms of the dragons feet each have a peg that sticks out nearly a centimeter that would prevent the dragon from standing on its own. These pegs plug snugly into the base.
I do have a couple of minor complaints about this model. The first is the dragon has a distracting seam straight down the front of its skull that continues down its neck. I understand why the seam is there, but it is just unfortunate that the dragon’s skull does not look as nice when viewed from the front.
It would have been nice if the bones had come with a brown paint wash on them to more closely resemble the dragon skeletons from the game. I might try adding a paint wash to my dragon skeleton sometime.
The completed dragon skeleton stands about three and a half inches tall at its highest point.
The dragon skeleton is about 12 inches from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail. The wing span is even larger at 16 inches wide.
The strange thing is the measurements listed on the box are much smaller than mine. So weird.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. Is this model worth $30? Eh, probably not for me. But at $7.50 it is worth every penny.
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