Collecta Announces First of the New 2014 Model Releases

By | July 12th, 2013|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates|3 Comments

1:40 Scale Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus to be Added to Collecta’s Range

2014 will mark Collecta’s eighth year as a producer of replicas of prehistoric animal fauna and flora.  There are going to be a number of new editions to the company’s impressive range of models in its “Prehistoric Life” model series and over the next few months or so, team members at Everything Dinosaur will publish more details of new releases.

The first model to be announced is a 1:40 scale replica of the ferocious meat-eating dinosaur – Carcharodontosaurus.

New for 2014 1:40 Scale Carcharodontosaurus from Collecta

Eagerly awaited model for 2014

Eagerly awaited model for 2014

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

It is great to hear that a model of “Great White Shark Lizard” is going to be added to Collecta’s Deluxe scale model series. Fossilised teeth of this huge predator were found by an expedition to Algeria by Charles Depéret (French geologist and palaeontologist) and J. Savorin in 1927.  At the time, these scientists believed that the teeth were from a giant species of Megalosaur, and they described the animal as Megalosaurus saharicus.  The eminent German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach later made a study of similar fossil material, but this time including skull bones that had been unearthed by his 1911 expedition to Egypt (Bahariya Oasis).  Stromer determined that this was and an entirely new type of Theropod dinosaur and the name Carcharodontosaurus saharicus was established.

With an estimated length of around fourteen metres, palaeontologists believe that Carcharodontosaurus was one of the largest land-living carnivores to have existed.

A Scale Drawing of C. saharicus by Everything Dinosaur

Fearsome "Great White Shark Lizard"

Fearsome "Great White Shark Lizard"

Fearsome “Great White Shark Lizard”

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In 2007, a new species of Carcharodontosaurid from Niger was erected, this dinosaur is known as Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis.  To read about the discovery of this second African species: New Giant Meat-Eater Discovered in Niger

Everything Dinosaur has already received a large number of comments about this new model, we are grateful for all the feedback we have received.  It seems the the model collecting world and dinosaur fans in general are getting very excited already about this 2014 release.  Based on the prototype sample figure the model measures approximately 32cm in length with a hip height of around 9cm.

Watch this space for more updates and news on Collecta models.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s existing range of Collecta Deluxe scale models: Collecta Scale Models