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Marx Figure Reviews | Allosaurus | Ankylosaurus | Brontosaurus | Cavemen | Cynognathus | Dimetrodon | Hadrosaurus | Iguanodon | Kronosaurus | Megatherium | Moschops | Parasaurolophus | Plateosaurus | Pteranodon | Smilodon | Sphenacodon | Stegosaurus | Struthiomimus | Styracosaurus | Trachodon | Triceratops | Tyrannosaurus (1) | Tyrannosaurus (2) | Woolly Mammoth


Megatherium was a giant ground sloth from the Ice Age. He stood about 10+ feet (some sources say up to 29 feet), and was roughly the size of an elephant. The first fossil of this beast was found in Brazil in 1789. Richard Owen named Megatherium in 1856.
The Marx Megatherium is a good representation of the animal, save the fact that the figure is flat-footed. Megatherium walked on the sides of his feet, rather than on the bottoms. I'm not sure if he was made flat-footed because it was easier to cast the mold that way, or if they just overlooked that little detail. At any rate, it is a minor detail, and doesn't detract from the figure at all.
Megatherium is from the "second series" mold group, released in the early 1960s, which also included Iguanodon, Moschops, Parasaurolophus, Smilodon, Struthiomimus, Styracosaurus, and Woolly Mammoth.

Meaning: "Giant Beast"
Height: Over 10' tall
Diet: Plants
Time Period: Pleistocene Epoch (2,000,000 m.y.a. to 11,000 y.a.)
Location: North and South America

References Megatherium.