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4 07, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Early July 2018

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (Early July 2018)

The latest prehistoric animal scale models from CollectA along with information about the new Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure are all included in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (early July 2018).  Four new CollectA scale models are in stock, plus the Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” reserve list is now open and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant model (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is due to arrive very shortly.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (Early July 2018) Features the New for 2018 CollectA Scale Models

CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus 1:20 scale figures.

Two new Permian prehistoric animal figure models have arrived in stock at Everything Dinosaur – CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus.

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Four New CollectA Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

The latest CollectA scale models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur and feature in the company’s latest newsletter.  Fans of CollectA  have requested that more Palaeozoic figures be added to the range.  Earlier this year, a 1:20 scale Dunkleosteus was added and now joining this Devonian Placoderm are two Permian figures, representing Dimetrodon and the Dinocephalian Estemmenosuchus.  Both these figures are also in 1:20 scale.

To view the new CollectA Deluxe scale models and the rest of the CollectA scale model range: CollectA Deluxe Models

The 1:40 Scale CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus and the CollectA 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium Figure

CollectA Gomphotherium 1;20 scale model and the 1:40 scale CollectA Ceratosaurus.

The CollectA Ceratosaurus and the CollectA Gomphotherium models.

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In addition to the CollectA Dimetrodon and the CollectA Estemmenosuchus, also just in are the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model and the prehistoric elephant Gomphotherium.  Like the CollectA Dimetrodon figure, the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model has an articulated lower jaw.

The Reserve List for the New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” Has Opened

Newsletter subscribers are among the first to learn that another Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica is on the way.  A reserve list has been opened for Rebor “Sweeney”, subscribers can ensure that they are able to purchase this new Theropod figure when it arrives at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse later this month.

To reserve a new Rebor Velociraptor figure “Sweeney” or to request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular company newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

The New Rebor Velociraptor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant

The new Rebor "Sweeney" Velociraptor figure and the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant.

The new Velociraptor figure from Rebor “Sweeney” and the Eofauna Palaeoloxodon antiquus.

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The Everything Dinosaur newsletter is a great way for subscribers to keep up with new model introductions, information about figure retirements and other news about collecting dinosaurs and prehistoric animal figures.

The New Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus)

Readers of our latest newsletter were also provided with an update on the progress being made with the eagerly awaited Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant figure (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).   This new prehistoric animal replica, the second in the exciting Eofauna range, is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse in just a few days.  A reserve list has been opened for this popular 1:35 scale model, collectors don’t need to tie a knot in their trunks to remember, let Everything Dinosaur take care of reserving a model for you.  When the stock arrives, we will set a figure aside for you and even drop you an email to let you know that this model is available to purchase.

Newsletter subscribers can look out for more updates about other new for 2018 figures shortly.  At Everything Dinosaur, we do all we can to keep our readers and subscribers informed.

30 06, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

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Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (End June 2018)

The Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus, new Schleich models, Mojo dinosaurs, the Beasts of the Mesozoic range and Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex figures all feature in Everything Dinosaur’s latest customer newsletter (end June 2018).  Every once in a while, we send our subscribers an email newsletter that helps to keep them informed about developments at Everything Dinosaur and new model ranges.

Everything Dinosaur’s Newsletter (June 2018) Features the Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (June 2018).

Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

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Rebor War Pig Ankylosaurus Makes Headlines

The new Rebor War Pig figures (Ankylosaurus), make the headlines in our latest newsletter.  There are three colour variants of the War Pig Ankylosaurus, each variant represents a habitat in which this Late Cretaceous armoured dinosaur could have lived – “Plain”, “Woodland” and “Mountain”.  All three of the models have been beautifully crafted and there is quite a debate amongst model collectors and dinosaur fans as to which colour scheme is favourite.

To view the Rebor War Pig figures and the rest to the Rebor model range: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes sullivani and New Mojo Models

Beasts of the Mesozoic figures and Mojo models.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes and new Mojo models for 2018.

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Beasts of the Mesozoic and Four New Mojo Models

Newsletter subscribers were the first to learn that another shipment of the very popular Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:6 scale “raptor” figures is on the way.  This shipment will also include two new additions to the range that Everything Dinosaur stocks.  In addition, the latest information on the new for 2018 Mojo dinosaur models was also provided.  Four new models are being introduced by Mojo and a number of existing replicas have been given new paint schemes.  To find out more, we recommend subscribing to our newsletter.

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

The Four New for 2018 Dinosaur Models from Mojo

Four new Mojo Fun models (2018).

Four new Mojo models.

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All four of the new for 2018 Mojo models are lizard-hipped dinosaurs – Saurischia.  The models represent Baryonyx, Deinonychus, Diplodocus and the giant carnivore Giganotosaurus.

New Schleich and Kaiyodo Market Research

Our latest newsletter includes information on three, recently introduced Schleich figures, the last replicas to be added to their “Conquering the Earth” range for this year.   The models are a very colourful Pteranodon, plus a juvenile T. rex and a juvenile Therizinosaurus.  The Schleich juvenile T. rex has an articulated lower jaw, whereas, the Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus has moveable forelimbs.

Three New Schleich Figures Plus Kaiyodo Market Research

 

New Schleich figures and new for 2018 Kaiyodo collectables.

New Schleich replicas and looking at the prospect of adding Kaiyodo figures into the Everything Dinosaur product portfolio.

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Everything Dinosaur and Kaiyodo

In the newsletter, we explain that Everything Dinosaur has the opportunity to bring in some limited edition and quite rare Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus rex collectables.  Aimed at model collectors aged 15 and above (15+), Everything Dinosaur is considering bringing in three, articulated T. rex models.  Each model measures around 29 cm long and it can be put into multiple poses (ten points of articulation on each figure).

Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers are asked for their comments and feedback about this exciting new range from the talented model makers at Kaiyodo.

20 06, 2018

More Schleich Prehistoric Animals in Stock

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Three New Schleich Conquering the Earth Prehistoric Animal Models

Three new for 2018, prehistoric animal models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur.  The Schleich Therizinosaurus (juvenile), Schleich Pteranodon and the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex figures are now in stock.  Everything Dinosaur team members were given a “sneaky peek” of these three “Conquering the Earth” models several months ago and we did post up a number of photographs that we had taken onto our social media pages.  We are very excited to be able to add these three Archosaurs to our Schleich portfolio.

Just Arrived at Everything Dinosaur – New for 2018 Prehistoric Animal Models

New for 2018 Schleich prehistoric animal models.

Three new additions to Everything Dinosaur’s Schleich model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Juvenile

Over the years, Schleich have produced several T. rex dinosaur models.  This latest edition to the “Conquering the Earth” range measures a little over twenty-three centimetres in length from the tip of that articulated lower jaw to the end of the tail.  The model is well balanced and shows lots of detail, the painting on the inside of the mouth is particularly well done.  It makes a striking companion piece to the Tyrannosaurus rex model introduced by Schleich in the summer of 2017.

The Schleich Adult and Juvenile T. rex Models

Schleich Tyrannosaurs (2017-2018).

The Schleich juvenile T. rex and the 2017 Schleich T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Schleich prehistoric animals in stock at Everything Dinosaur, including the three new figures: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Schleich Therizinosaurus Juvenile

Schleich have also introduced a juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur replica to go along with their repainted Therizinosaurus figure that came out earlier this year.  This model measures a fraction under sixteen centimetres high and is around twenty centimetres in length.

Schleich Therizinosaurs (Adult and Juvenile)

Schleich Therizinosaurs.

Schleich Therizinosaur dinosaur models.

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The Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur model has a pair of articulated front arms, just like the adult version of this Late Cretaceous Theropod.

Schleich Pteranodon

The last model to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s range is not a dinosaur, but a member of the Pterosauria, arguably one of the most famous of all the flying reptiles – Pteranodon.  Schleich have made Pteranodon models in the past, there was a Pteranodon included in the now retired “Saurus” range of prehistoric animal figures, but this new figure is much more brightly painted.

The New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Flying Reptile Model

A Schleich Pteranodon model.

New for 2018, a Schleich Pteranodon model.

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The Pteranodon model is a representation of Pteranodon longiceps, the type species, first named and described in 1876 by the famous American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh.  The wingspan of the model measures approximately twenty-two centimetres.  It is a very colourful flying reptile and we note the texture of the model’s skin, giving the impression of a covering of pycnofibres (hair-like filaments) on the body.  It is likely that these pterosaurs were endothermic (warm-blooded), these fibres would have helped to retain body heat and to insulate the animal.

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented:

“These three new figures are welcome additions to the Schleich Conquering the Earth model range.  Two of the new models represent juvenile Theropods.  The long crest of the colourful Pteranodon probably played a role in display.”

27 05, 2018

Maisy and her Dinosaur

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Maisy Designs a Dinosaur – Maisyosaurus

Our thanks to young Maisy and her classmates for sending lots of beautiful dinosaur drawings to our offices.  We had challenged the children (Year 2), to have a go at designing their very own prehistoric animals during a dinosaur workshop at their school.  We received an amazing array of very colourful drawings, with lots of lovely labelling and some fascinating explanations from the children as to why their dinosaur was so special.

Maisy Has Designed a Maisyosaurus

A Maisyosaurus drawn by Maisy.

A very colourful dinosaur design created by Maisy in Year 2.

Picture Credit: Maisy/Everything Dinosaur

Maisy labelled the various body parts of her dinosaur, explaining that it was an omnivore and that it had five toes to help it cut through things.  Certainly, having four fingers and a thumb makes using scissors very straight forward, I’m sure the dinosaur would have appreciated the comment.  Maisyosaurus also had spikes on its back, as Maisy explained, the spikes helped this dinosaur shake off a bug should one alight on it.  Perhaps it could it have shaken its big, bushy yellow tail in order to scare off flies and other insects.

Our thanks again to Maisy and the other Key Stage 1 pupils at her school for sending in the super dinosaur designs.

26 05, 2018

A Scale Drawing of Pyroraptor

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A Scale Drawing of Pyroraptor olympius

As team members at Everything Dinosaur make plans for the imminent arrival of the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of 1:6 scale dinosaur figures, we have been busy finalising the scale drawings of these extinct animals for use in our fact sheets.  For virtually every named prehistoric animal that we supply from Achelousaurus and Acheroraptor to Zhenyuanlong, we research and write a fact sheet.  In this way, our customers can learn a little about the prehistoric creature the model or soft toy represents.

A Scale Drawing of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Pyroraptor

A scale drawing of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Pyroraptor olympius.

A scale drawing of the dromaeosaurid Pyroraptor olympius.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Estimating the Size of Dinosaurs

Estimating the size of dinosaurs is quite a tricky business.  When it comes to a dromaeosaur like Pyroraptor, we are hampered by the lack of fossil evidence.  This dinosaur is known from a handful of teeth and some fragmentary bones.  However, we estimate that this fast-running dinosaur was around 1.5 metres in size and weighed between eight and ten kilograms.  The poor fossil record of most dinosaurs hampers mass and length estimations, many of the fossils relate to sub-adults or juveniles so the exact size of an adult animal is very difficult to calculate.  A case in point is the recently described Sciurumimus (Sciurumimus albersdoerferi), from Germany.  This dinosaur is known from a single fossil specimen.  It is a spectacular fossil and very nearly complete.  However, the skeleton is that of a baby, a very young animal measuring around seventy centimetres in length.  This baby dinosaur could have grown up to become one of the largest Theropod dinosaurs known from the Jurassic of Europe.  Until more fossils of this species are found, the adult size of this carnivorous dinosaur remains entirely speculative.

The CollectA  Sciurumimus (Sciurumimus albersdoerferi) Dinosaur Model

CollectA Sciurumimus.

CollectA Sciurumimus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read about the discovery of Sciurumimus (2012): Megalosaurs Join the Tufty Club

23 05, 2018

Dinosaurs in Ermine

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Dinosaurs in Ermine

An interesting headline featured on the front of a national newspaper here in the UK.  It was spotted as an Everything Dinosaur team member went past a newspaper vendor this morning.

Intriguing Headline – Dinosaurs in Ermine

A dinosaur themed headline.

A headline from an English newspaper.  Don’t worry it is not a report on a new dinosaur fossil discovery!

The headline certainly caught our attention.  However, it was not a report on an amazing pseudo-mammal dinosaur fossil find, after all, palaeontologists have only now got some members of the public to accept the idea of dinosaurs with feathers.

20 05, 2018

New Papo, New CollectA and New Rebor Feature in Newsletter

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New Papo, New CollectA, New Rebor Figures all Feature in Newsletter

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter received their latest bulletin a few days ago.  They were amongst the first to know about the arrival of the latest batch of new for 2018 Papo figures as well as the shipment of CollectA models including the 1:40 scale Mapusaurus figure.  In addition, our newsletter featured an update on the latest offerings from Rebor.

The Papo Therizinosaurus and the Papo Iguanodon Models are in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2018 Therizinosaurus and Iguanodon models from Papo.

New for 2018 Papo Therizinosaurus and Papo Iguanodon dinosaur models in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur customers who had requested a Papo model be put on reserve for them have already been contacted by staff members.

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animal and dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Figures and Models

CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

Five new CollectA prehistoric animal figures have arrived.  There are 1:40 scale figures of the fearsome Mapusaurus and a beautiful Iguanodon.  In addition, CollectA have introduced a 1:20 scale replica of the giant Devonian Placoderm Dunkleosteus and just like the amazing Mapusaurus, it too has a movable jaw.

Newsletter Readers were Amongst the First to Find Out About the New CollectA Models

New CollectA figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur

New for 2018 CollectA prehistoric animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As well as the new scale models from CollectA, our latest bulletin included details of the two new, not-to-scale dinosaur figures that have just come out.  The drinking Mantellisaurus has been eagerly anticipated by model collectors and joining this Ornithopod, is a model of the bizarre, carnivore Sciurumimus, that despite being only known from a 70 cm long skeleton, may actually represent one of the largest types of Theropod from Jurassic Europe.

To view the scale model series from CollectA: CollectA Deluxe

To see the Mantellisaurus and the Sciurumimus models and the rest of the huge CollectA Prehistoric Life range: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

Rebor “Chickenosaurus” and an Amazing 3D Lenticular Poster

Rebor continue to innovate and have added an amazing dinosaur embryo figure to the company’s “Oddities” range.  This cleverly designed item is a fantastic model of a genetically modified baby dinosaur.  The Rebor Chickenosaurus is supplied with a battery and has a light-up base and it makes a real focal point within a model collection.

Rebor Introduces a “Genetically Modified” Dinosaur and a Poster of “Wind Hunter”

"Chickenosaurus" and the 3-D Utahraptor poster from Rebor.

Rebor “Chickenosaurus” and the 3-D Utahraptor poster.

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Rebor has introduced a three-dimensional poster of the Utahraptor figure “Wind Hunter” produced by the company.  This poster, the first to be made by Rebor, is also available from Everything Dinosaur.  This colourful and very striking dinosaur poster measures 26.5 cm by 20 cm (including the frame) and it is a limited-edition item.  It makes a smashing backdrop to the 1:35 scale Rebor Utahraptor ostrommaysorum figure.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Once again the design team at Rebor have produced a pair of innovative carnivorous dinosaur themed items.  The “Chickenosaurus” has a light up base and when lit, the superb detail on the little dinosaur embryo can be clearly seen.  As for the three-dimensional, lenticular poster, it gives the impression that the eyes of a pack of hungry Utahraptors are following you around the room – spooky.”

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

14 05, 2018

CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus Diorama

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CollectA Pliosaurus 1:40 Scale Figure Diorama

The talented model maker and artist Martin Garratt has made a spectacular marine reptile diorama using a CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Pliosaurus model.  The skilfully painted figure has been supported on a raised mound of sand and the orientation of the flippers have been changed to provide a very realistic swimming effect.  If you look carefully, you can see lying on the sandy base an ammonite shell, it is these little touches of detail that help Martin’s creations to stand out from those of other model makers.

The Marine Reptile Diorama

A Pliosaurus diorama (CollectA Pliosaurus)

A customised CollectA Pliosaurus scale model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/UMF Models

Pliosaurus – Top Ocean Predators for Much of the Mesozoic

Pliosaurs (short-necked plesiosaurs), were widely distributed.  Fossils of Pliosaurs have been found in Europe and the Americas and some of these marine reptiles were giants, growing to lengths in excess of twelve metres.  These animals evolved in the Early Jurassic and persisted until the Early Cretaceous.  Biomechanical tests on the jaws suggests that some species had the most powerful bite of any known vertebrate.  In Martin’s diorama he has taken great care to paint the jaws and the inside of the mouth and that black band across the eye really gives this model a menacing look.  The back of the throat has been given a wash treatment that adds an extra sheen to the paint, giving a wet look to the animal’s mouth.

Superbly Painted Head and Jaws of the CollectA Pliosaurus Figure

CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus figure customised.

CollectA Pliosaurus model customised by Martin Garratt.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/UMF Models

Clever Countershading

The subtle blues, mottled greys and that off-white underbelly reflect theories regarding the colouration of these apex predators.  Although the skin colour of these reptiles is unknown, they were very probably surface water predators and as many extant, pelagic predators show this sort of countershading today, Martin has opted for this colour scheme on his Pliosaurus diorama.

The Streamlined Body of the Model

CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus diorama.

Martin Garratt has made a marine reptile diorama using the CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/UMF Models

Model Transformation

The diorama has certainly transformed the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Pliosaurus figure.  However, it just goes to show what a good replica the CollectA Pliosaurus is, it provides the basic anatomical details that permits a skilled and experienced model maker to create such a stunning display.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Pliosaurus Marine Reptile Model

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Pliosaurus marine reptile diorama.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Pliosaurus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the CollectA Pliosaurus and the other Deluxe scale figures available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Models

Missing the Lampreys

When CollectA introduced their Deluxe Pliosaurus model in 2015, collectors noted that there were strange red markings on the flank of the figure.  The designer of this model Anthony Beeson, had added lampreys to the replica, as many large marine animals today are plagued by adult lampreys that attach themselves to their bodies, bore into their flesh and feed (micro-predation).  The lampreys effect was a clever touch on the original model, but Martin decided to utilise the lampreys and create a wound on his version.

Martin has Converted the Lampreys into a Bite Mark on the Model

A Pliosaurus diorama (CollectA Pliosaurus)

A customised CollectA Pliosaurus scale model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/UMF Models

If you look carefully at the picture (above), you can see that just above the right shoulder, a bite-mark effect has been created.  This wound could have occurred as the Pliosaur hunted or it could have resulted from intraspecific combat.

Marilyn of UMF models explained how Martin created this effect:

“He took the Lampreys off and used a hot needle to melt the rubber slightly to create a ‘bite mark’ and the red colouring is blood”.

This beautifully painted figure shows what can be achieved using an inexpensive model such as the CollectA Pliosaurus, it really is a spectacular marine reptile diorama.  Well done Martin!

To read an article that features a makeover of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Kronosaurus figure by Martin Garratt: Kronosaurus Model Makeover

2 05, 2018

Jinzhousaurus by Zhao Chuang

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Jinzhousaurus Illustrated

Renowned Chinese palaeoartist Zhao Chuang has produced stunning illustrations of many dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.  It is great to see that a lot of his work depicts dinosaurs that once roamed China.  Today, we feature an illustration of the Ornithischian dinosaur Jinzhousaurus (J. yangi) being attacked by a flock of dromaeosaurids.

Jinzhousaurus yangi Ambushed by Dromaeosaurid Dinosaurs

Jinzhousaurus being attacked (illustration by Zhao Chuang).

Jinzhousaurus from the Yixian Formation of China being attacked by a pack of dromaeosaurids, probably Sinornithosaurus.

Picture Credit: Zhao Chuang

Jinzhousaurus yangi

The picture (above) shows a very colourful Jinzhousaurus being attacked by a trio of Theropod dinosaurs.  Jinzhousaurus is known from a single, highly compressed specimen which includes most of the skeleton and skull.  It lived around 122 million years ago (early Aptian faunal stage of the Early Cretaceous) in north-eastern China and is one of the Ornithischian constituents of the Yixian Formation palaeobiota.   This herbivorous dinosaur measured around five metres in length.  Where Jinzhousaurus sits on the dinosaur family tree remains uncertain.  Despite well preserved (if somewhat flattened remains), the exact taxonomic position of this dinosaur is contentious.  When first described in 2001, it was regarded as a member of the iguanodontids (hence the prominent thumb spike painted by Zhao Chuang).  Recent studies have proposed that it was more closely related to the duck-billed dinosaurs.  Jinzhousaurus shows a number of primitive and more derived anatomical characteristics so its placement within the Ornithopoda remains problematic.  Current thinking is that it was a member of the Hadrosauroidea, a clade of Ornithischian dinosaurs that includes duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurids) and all dinosaurs more closely related to them than to Iguanodon.

Which Raptor?

The trio of feathered raptors engaged in combat could represent a number of dinosaur species.  Our notes on Zhao Chuang’s illustration do not define the dinosaurs concerned.  Several dromaeosaurids and troodontids are known from the Yixian Formation. If we were to guess, then the three attacking Theropods illustrated by Zhao Chuang could represent Sinornithosaurus as fossils of this dromaeosaurid come from the same bedding planes (Dawangzhangzi Bed) of the Yixian Formation.

27 04, 2018

Everything Dinosaur’s May Newsletter (2018)

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May Newsletter – Model Retirements and New Figures Back in Stock

Subscribers to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter received their latest bulletin this week.  They were the first to know about the arrival of more stocks of the Rebor Velociraptor 1:18 scale replica “Winston”, as well as the arrival of more of the Rebor Yutyrannus huali figure, the Rebor Y-REX, the first 1:35 scale model produced by Rebor.

Back in Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Rebor Y-REX and the Rebor Velociraptor Figure “Winston”

May newsletter Rebor Y-REX and "Winston" back in stock.

Everything Dinosaur May newsletter announces Rebor models back in stock.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur customers who had requested a model be reserved for them have already been contacted by team members.

To view the range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Scale Models and Figures

Model Retirements

In a meeting with the senior management of Safari Ltd a few months ago, Everything Dinosaur was informed that the model making company was going to slim down its inventory.   Three models have been retired, the Edmontosaurus, Inostrancevia and the Nigersaurus, expect more retirements to be announced by Everything Dinosaur in the near future.  Also, rumoured to be consigned to extinction, is the Battat Terra Amargasaurus figure, this Sauropod dinosaur model, is believed to be out of production.

Newsletter Readers were Amongst the First to Find Out About Model Retirements

Everything Dinosaur announces model retirements in its May 2018 newsletter.

Everything Dinosaur announces model retirements in its May 2018 newsletter – three Safari Ltd models (Inostrancevia, Nigersaurus and Edmontosaurus) plus one retirement from Battat (Battat Terra Amargasaurus).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Safari Ltd Retirements

The model of the gorgonopsid Inostrancevia, part of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model range was introduced along with the Edmontosaurus back in 2011.  It is a shame to see these three figures out of production, but we can expect to hear of new model introductions to this award-winning range in the autumn.

Models Out of Production

Safari Ltd model retirements.

Safari Ltd model retirements in 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Battat Terra Amargasaurus

Rumours abound about the retirement of the Amargasaurus dinosaur model from the Battat Terra range.  It is proving very difficult to find stocks, however, model collectors and dinosaur fans can rest assured, Everything Dinosaur has plenty of stock of this figure that is believed to have been withdrawn from production.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“One of the benefits of subscribing to our newsletter is that you can find out about model retirements and figures going out of production before most other collectors.  This enables dinosaur fans who have subscribed to complete their model collections.”

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

Giant Squid Soft Toys and New Papo Models

One of our more unusual soft toys features in the May newsletter, the cute and cuddly giant squid soft toy.  This colourful plush Cephalopod measures over eighty centimetres long from the tips of the tentacles to its rear end.  We also had to mark the arrival of the first for 2018 Papo figures by giving the Papo cave man with spear, the Papo young Spinosaurus and the Papo Amargasaurus a mention.

New Papo Figures and a Giant Squid Soft Toy

May newsletter, new for 2018 Papo models (young Spinosaurus, cave man with spear and an Amargasaurus) plus a giant squid soft toy.

May newsletter 2018 – Papo models and a giant squid soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With the disappearance of the Battat Terra Amargasaurus and the arrival of the Papo Amargasaurus model, it seems fans of this South American, long-necked dinosaur will be able to collect a replica of this dinosaur after all.

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animals and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models and Figures

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