Thirteen Prehistoric Animal Models from Safari Ltd for 2017
Over the last fourteen days or so, lots of forums, blogs and other platforms have been busy discussing the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models to be released by Safari Ltd. At Everything Dinosaur, we are well aware of what has been going on and we have tended to step aside from all the hyperbole for the moment and concentrate on other projects. However, with the management of Safari Ltd drip feeding various snippets of information, we do appreciate how frustrating this can be for collectors, so in this blog post we will discuss what we know about the new models, their sizes and when they are likely to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur.
A Revised Version of Diplodocus from Safari Ltd for 2017
Wild Safari Prehistoric World
The only Sauropod included in the new for 2017 replicas is a rather splendid model of Diplodocus, complete with whip-like tail, counter shading and dermal spikes. This impressive model measures 45 cm from nose to that curled up tail and the head is a fraction under 11. 5 cm high. It replaces the now long retired, Carnegie Collectibles Diplodocus replica, which was the longest dinosaur model that Safari Ltd had ever produced. This model measured just under sixty centimetres in length (what a whopper), some of these replicas are still available from Everything Dinosaur, but stocks are running low and once they are gone, they’re gone!
To view the remaining Carnegie Collectibles range available from Everything Dinosaur: Carnegie Collectible Dinosaurs
On the subject of counter shading, the dinosaur at the centre of the counter shading debate in the Dinosauria, Psittacosaurus, is also one of the new for 2017 models. The introduction of a Psittacosaurus reflects a trend from Safari Ltd to replace those prehistoric animals once represented by Carnegie scale replicas hence the introduction of a new Tylosaurus, Microraptor, Giganotosaurus, Kronosaurus, Quetzalcoatlus, Parasaurolophus and so forth (don’t worry a full list will be published in this article, promise). Ironically, the spotted look of the Safari Ltd model seems a world away from the latest Psittacosaurus interpretation. Never mind, perhaps the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Psittacosaurus represents another species, after all, there are plenty of Psittacosaurus species to pick from, this genus being regarded as the most speciose of all the dinosaur genera.
Spot the Psittacosaurus (New for 2017)
To read an article which reveals the latest research into the colouration of Psittacosaurus: Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus. It is good to see a model of Psittacosaurus back in the Safari Ltd fold (excluding the Psittacosaurus replica available in the feathered dinosaur toob), the original Carnegie Collectibles 1:10 scale model was retired more than twelve years ago.
Joining the Psittacosaurus, is the second representative of the Marginocephalia, a model of the horned dinosaur Einiosaurus. There has been a trend amongst model manufacturers to extend the range of horned dinosaurs offered, Safari Ltd have been no exception and for the last few years at least one horned dinosaur has been added to their range. It is very pleasing to see a replica of the Centrosaurine Einiosaurus added. Ironically, this dinosaur was formally named and described some twenty years ago, prior to the big boom in North American Ceratopsian discoveries.
Wild Safari Prehistoric World Einiosaurus
The Full List of Wild Safari Prehistoric World New for 2017 Models
- Coelophysis (18.25 cm by 6.5 cm high)
- Deinocheirus (see picture below) measuring 20 cm long and around 7.5 cm high
- Diplodocus (45 cm long with a head height of around 11.5 cm)
- Einiosaurus (16.25 cm long by around 6.5 cm head height)
- Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex (just over 30 cm long with a head height of around 13.5 cm)
- Feathered Velociraptor (21.5 cm long and with a head height of a little over 7 cm)
- Giganotosaurus (37 cm long and just over 10 cm tall)
- Kronosaurus (34.25 cm long by 19.25 cm wide)
- Microraptor (18 cm long with a wingspan of over 13 cm)
- Parasaurolophus (19.75 cm by 5.74 cm)
- Psittacosaurus (13 cm long by 4.5 cm high)
- Quetzalcoatlus (Pterosaur) with a wingspan of around 22 cm
- Tylosaurus (just under 24 cm long)
Wild Safari Prehistoric World Deinocheirus Replica
The shaggy coated Deinocheirus replica concludes our current look at the latest editions to the Wild Safari Prehistoric World portfolio. We expect all these models to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur by January 2017 (possibly a little sooner).