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Flexible Mr. Thrifty Skeleton With Spinal Nerves
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|Brand Name||Anatomical Chart Company|
|Item Weight||3.73 pounds|
|Number of Items||1|
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The product image on Amazon is lousy, so let me recommend you do a Google Images search and find some detail on whichever skeleton you're thinking about getting.
Here's my main dislike of Flexible Mr Thrifty: the joints are a joke.
1. The shoulders are screwed in so you can't remove the arms for individual study.
2. The joint between the carpal bones and distal ends of the radius and ulna are wired so they're so far apart you can only guess how they articulate.
3. The knee joint is molded to fit together by a plastic hinge, which is nice for a toy, but horrible if you're studying bones. Same situation with the foot.
4. The tibia and fibula are molded together, so you can't see the surfaces between them.
5. The top of the cranium is removable and there is a little detail inside, which I thought would be nice. There's not much detail, though, and it's a nightmare to get the hanger inserted back in and the top of the head put on correctly. Also the head isn't removable from the rest of the skeleton, so to study cranium, you have to awkwardly hold the whole thing (the legs are removable though).
6. The bones of the hands and feet do not articulate. This is probably true of any cheap skeleton, but there it is in case you were wondering.
Also, the stand is cheap and mine was so distorted it looked like Mr Thrifty was about to fall over at any minute.
Recommendation: Look at the Painted and Numbered Big Tim Skeleton Painted and Numbered Big Tim Skeleton Model CMS65. It's about $30 less and has better detail in some instances, including muscle insertions. The way it's wired together is a little fragile, but you can at least bend the joints and get an understanding of how the bone surfaces match and work together. This helped immensely with my skeletal lab study. You can remove the arms for individual study (flexible mr thrifty's arms are screwed in), and remove the head for studying the underside, which has pretty good detail for what it is. At first I thought Big Tim was a cheap one as well, but after spending some time with Thrifty, I can better appreciate Tim. I will return Thrifty and happily keep Tim.
So why 2 stars instead of one? It's not a bad skeleton if you're looking for Halloween decorations or are explaining bones to a child. It's nice and sturdy if you don't plan to remove the head for study (assuming you want to put it back on at some point), though the stand is poorly made.
This thing is undeniably cheap. Some of the bones like the false ribs are very strange angles and put together in a very odd way. Screws fall out often and some were missing. At the end of the day though it works for what she needs it for.
For general anatomy it's functional
good size for home use
comes with a stand
Despite feeling solid it has some poor construction. screws will fall out as you are using it.
Not anatomically perfect.. If you need absolute accuracy then look elsewhere
Bottom line, if you can't afford or don't have room for a $200 to $1,000 full size anatomical model and just need something for general study and visualization at home then it's a good product. The weird angles of the false ribs take away a full star, because honestly this is something that they should fix in the mold. Another 1/2 star lost with missing screws and screws that fall out (can't give a 3.5 star review so it gets a 3).
If anyone is considering ordering this skeleton and wants to ask me a question please feel free to leave a comment.
This time, it arrived with a hole in the box where half of the metal stand had fallen out in the mail, presumably. I tried calling and emailing this company and never got a repsonse. It's no big deal, but I will have to make my own stand if I ever want one, and it's a little annoying. I cannot recommend them. I should have bought it at my school bookstore- it would have been worth the extra money to avoid this hassle.