Category: Everything Dinosaur News and Updates

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Rebor King T. rex Replica

Rebor 1:35 scale Replica of Tyrannosaurus rex Heading for Everything Dinosaur

First it was the Jurassic World trailer (officially released by Universal Pictures last night), now even more exciting prehistoric animal related news for fans of top quality dinosaur replicas.  Everything Dinosaur will be stocking the Rebor 1:35 scale Tyrannosaurus rex replica.  We are expecting to get our first shipments sometime before 10th of December*.

Coming Soon – Rebor 1:35 Scale Replica of T. rex

A beautiful model of Tyrannosaurus rex.

A beautiful model of Tyrannosaurus rex.

This is the second model to be released by Rebor, the first being the very popular Yutyrannus huali (beautiful feathered tyrant).  This too, is a very beautiful figure, with lots of amazing detail and once again Rebor have been careful to get lots of anatomical details correct with one or two distinguishing flourishes of their own – hence the row of scutes running along the back to the base of the tail.

Highly Detailed Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model

Replica has articulated lower jaw.

Replica has articulated lower jaw.

Here’s the really important information, Everything Dinosaur are model collectors too, we don’t believe that our customers should have to pre-order.  After all, this model has not even started shipping out of the factory yet, so we don’t think it is fair to ask customers to pay for something when it is not in our warehouse.

So, to register your interest, simply email Everything Dinosaur: Contact Us and we will reserve a model for you and there’s no obligation to purchase.  When stock arrives one of our team members will email you in person, confirm the price of this new, highly collectible replica and then offer you the opportunity to buy.

That’s it, no hassle, no pre-ordering, no worries.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Express your interest by emailing Everything Dinosaur: Email us about the Rebor T. rex replica
  2. Everything Dinosaur reserves a replica for you
  3. When stock arrives we email you to confirm the item is available and there is one reserved for you (with no obligation)

Rebor 1:35 Scale Replica Tyrannosaurus rex is Heading This Way

Nicknamed King T. rex!

Nicknamed King T. rex!

This particular replica has been named “King T. rex), an appropriate moniker for the “King of the Tyrant Lizards”.

Our dedicated team members will do all they can to reserve a replica for you, but we warned, we think these dinosaurs are going to sell out quicker than tickets to a “Jurassic World” premier.

December 10th* the stock is expected on all around this date (estimated delivery into warehouse), however, please be aware that at this time of year, shipping dates can change and this can affect the expected delivery date of goods into the Everything Dinosaur warehouse.  Such delays do happen, we at Everything Dinosaur think it’s another reason for not having to pre-order an item.

Please note, Everything Dinosaur will do all it can to reserve a model and keep dinosaur fans and model collectors updated on stocks and availability, but we can’t hold products for months and months – please try to be fair to us.  Rest assured, as our thousands of customers already know, we are an honest company and replica collectors ourselves and we will do all we can to assist you.

Super Detail on the Rebor T. rex Dinosaur Replica

A "must have" for serious dinosaur model collectors.

A “must have” for serious dinosaur model collectors.

To view the Rebor range of dinosaur models: The Rebor range (one model at the moment Y-REX)

Happy collecting!

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Rebor Dinosaur Replicas

  Rebor 1:35 scale Yutyrannus huali available from Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur now stocks Rebor prehistoric animal replicas.  Rebor have released a 1:35 scale model of a tyrannosaurid whose fossils come from northern China (Yutyrannus huali).  This is the first in this exciting new range and team members are keen to see how the Rebor range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models develops.

A beautiful model of a Chinese Tyrannosaur.

A beautiful model of a Chinese Tyrannosaur.

The model has been nicknamed Y-REX a reference to the most famous Tyrannosaur of all, Tyrannosaurus rex, although in terms of geochronological time, Y. huali (the name means beautiful feathered tyrant), lived at least fifty-five million years before T. rex evolved.  In fact, in terms of when this dinosaur roamed, it is much closer to the likes of Allosaurus and the Chinese Allosauroid Sinraptor which lived during the Late Jurassic than it is to the Late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurus rex.

One thing Yutyrannus has in common with the mighty T. rex is that it too, was probably an apex predator.  At around nine metres in length and weighing as much as a Volkswagen Golf, this dinosaur, which was formally named and described in 2012, proved that in some parts of the world at least, tyrannosaurids were the dominant predators relatively early on in their evolutionary history.

To view the Rebor 1:35 scale Yutyrannus huali available at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Replicas

It certainly is a splendid model and Everything Dinosaur will post up a review of this replica very shortly.  In the meantime, here is a short (5.47), video we put together in our board room, which provides a little more information about this intriguing and highly collectible piece.

Everything Dinosaur Introduces the Rebor 1:35 Scale Yutryannus Replica

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In this video, we talk more about this remarkable dinosaur discovery, discuss how the replica reflects the known fossil material and show how well this model has been packaged and presented.  Our Youtube video (as above) may only have been on line for a few days but already, it has had over 1,000 views and received twenty-one likes.

One of the Pictures of our Model (Taken in the Boardroom)

Lots of detail to admire on this figure, it even has an articulated lower jaw.

Lots of detail to admire on this figure, it even has an articulated lower jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The manufacturer is to be congratulated, this really is a splendid dinosaur model.

Wonderful Dinosaur Illustrations from India

Young Fans Send in their Dinosaur Drawings to Everything Dinosaur

It is always a pleasure to receive drawings of prehistoric animals from fans of dinosaurs.  We get lots and lots sent into our offices from all over the world.  We are always pleased to receive these illustrations and it amazes us how diverse the drawings are.  Dinosaurs dominate, but we get pictures of Ichthyosaurs, Pterosaurs as well as artwork depicting scenes from the Palaeozoic as well as the Mesozoic.  In addition, our post bags and emails also contain drawings of prehistoric mammals, Woolly Mammoths and Sabre-Toothed Cats being particularly popular.

Here are some examples sent in to Everything Dinosaur from India.

A Drawing of the Fearsome Carnivore Giganotosaurus

A colourful dinosaur drawing from India.

A colourful dinosaur drawing from India.

Picture Credit: M. V. Eashwar

The illustrator has correctly stated that the name Giganotosaurus means “giant southern lizard”.  We have printed out this artwork and pinned it onto one of our warehouse walls, so that everyone in the company can see when they are in the warehouse looking for dinosaur toys and games.

A Rearing Sauropod Defends Itself from Attack

A rearing Sauropod.

A rearing Sauropod.

Picture Credit: M. V. Eashwar

Another interesting drawing, one depicting a fight between two dinosaurs.  The green, long-necked dinosaur reminds us of the “Rearing Diplodocus” model in the Collecta not-to-scale model range.

The Collecta Rearing Diplodocus Dinosaur Model

Model was introduced in 2013.

Model was introduced in 2013.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We really enjoy viewing all the wonderful prehistoric animal drawings that get sent into our offices, the one below shows an illustration of the huge, fish-eating dinosaur known as Spinosaurus, (thanks for this Shivesh).

A Drawing of the Mighty Spinosaurus

A fantastic drawing Shivesh!

A fantastic drawing Shivesh!

Picture Credit: Shivesh

When it comes to the dinosaurs, we tend to get a lot of pictures showing carnivorous dinosaurs, including the likes of Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex.  We have posted up a wonderful drawing of a meat-eating dinosaur, this time coloured predominately sky blue.

Dinosaur Drawings in November (Dinovember)

Fearsome Theropod dinosaur.

Fearsome Theropod dinosaur.

Picture Credit: M. V. Eashwar

The dinosaur in the picture above seems to be on the prowl, perhaps it is stalking potential prey.  We at Everything Dinosaur really enjoy seeing all these wonderful prehistoric animal illustrations.  Our thanks to all the budding, young (and not so young), palaeoartists that take the time and trouble to send them into us.

Thanks.

Facebook and Facebook “Likes”

Getting “Likes” on Facebook

Since Everything Dinosaur joined Facebook in the last few days of September 2010, we have slowly and surely built up our Facebook fans and “likes”.  Today, we have 1,429 likes and we feel that every single one of them has been earned.  We try very hard to give our customers and fans the very best customer service that we can.  We are passionate about palaeontology and we really care about the products and services that we offer.  We have noticed recently that a couple of Facebook pages that we ourselves have been following have suddenly seen their number of “likes” shoot up, not by a few dozen over the course of several days, but by tens of thousands in one case.  We suspect that these “likes” are not entirely genuine, that they have been purchased from a “like farm” or some such other company.

Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook Header

Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Everything Dinosaur on Facebook.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Whilst reviewing the spam comments picked up on our schools website, we noticed the following comment, clearly an advertisement from one such “like farm” or a company selling similar services.  We have not included the web address of the firm concerned but this is what the comment said:

“Here is the scenario, you tell people to visit your Facebook page and when they get there they see something like ten likes.  This is tantamount to walking in to an empty restaurant at lunch hour!  Kind of makes you nervous doesn’t it?  This does not have to be the case.  Now you can buy 100 percent safe and REAL likes and followers for facebook, instagram, twitter and youtube.  These are not fake bot-generated likes.  They are from real and active users.  This means you will not only boost your appearance but you will also benefit from engagement and potential sales not to mention that a more active social profile will also rank you better with Google.  It is a win-win situation.  Check out xxxxx for more details – I know you will be glad you did!”

Facebook “likes” Should be Earned not Purchased

At Everything Dinosaur, we believe that “likes” or any other endorsements have to be earned.  There are no short-cuts to building a genuine two-way relationship with customers and we think most customers can see through such dubious marketing activities.  It is highly unlikely that the Facebook page visited just a couple of days ago has suddenly generated thousands of Facebook “likes” with hundreds of people talking about them, rather than the few dozen or so earlier in the week.

We believe customer service is the key to getting "likes".

We believe customer service is the key to getting “likes”.

We have asked a couple of customers who we have been in touch with today to give us a “like” on our Facebook page if they liked our customer service.  One of these was the lady who telephoned us to say her parcel had not arrived, within a few minutes, we had checked on when the order had been despatched and emailed her with some useful information to help find the missing dinosaurs.  As the order had been sent to a company, we suggested that the intended recipient should check with the reception desk/mail room to see if the parcel had been put somewhere.  Sure enough, an enquiry at the mail room led to the safe recovery of the dinosaurs.

This customer emailed us to confirm that everything was fine and dandy.  The customer said:

“Just to let you know that the parcel was indeed at the office, the post room managed to lose it but it has now been found so no small dinosaurs are AWOL in central London :-)  Thank you very much for your assistance, I have been very impressed with the customer service.”

Feel free to visit Everything Dinosaur on Facebook: Our Facebook Page have a look round, add a comment or two if you wish and if you think we are worth it, please give our Facebook page a “like”.

The second person we asked to give a “like” to the Everything Dinosaur Facebook page today, was the lady who telephoned before placing an order to check when she might receive a dinosaur themed dressing up costume, should she place an order with us this morning.  She needed the costume for Tuesday and did not want to order the item, if there was no way that it could get to her.  The team member who took her call was able to reassure her, to ensure that her order was prioritised and to personally check that the order was despatched in the afternoon, as promised.  That person was then also able to swap the dressing up costume for a larger size when the customer telephoned again to say that she might have ordered the wrong size by mistake.

These sort of things are what we do, our customer service helps explain how, slowly and surely, the team here have managed to build up 1,429 genuine “likes” our on Facebook page.  We really do appreciate all the likes, comments, feedback and reviews that we receive and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for giving Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page a “like” – all 1,429 of you.

Oops, our mistake 1,430 likes.

No New Prehistoric Animals from Bullyland Next Year

No New Releases, No Retirements from Bullyland in 2015

Bullyland, the German based manufacturer of replicas and figures is not going to be adding to their range of prehistoric animal models in 2015, according to information received by Everything Dinosaur.  Bullyland currently produce a range of prehistoric animals including a colourful Lambeosaurus and a marvellous model of the dwarf Sauropod known as Europasaurus, both of which were introduced this year.

The Bullyland Lambeosaurus Dinosaur Model

Bullyland Lambeosaurus on the Everything Dinosaur fact sheet that accompanies this model.

Bullyland Lambeosaurus on the Everything Dinosaur fact sheet that accompanies this model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Europasaurus, when it came out was particularly popular, after all, this was one of the very first models made of this dwarf Sauropod, a dinosaur that lived on islands that once could be found off the coast of western Europe.

The Bullyland Europasaurus Dinosaur Model

The dwarf Sauropod - Europasaurus.

The dwarf Sauropod – Europasaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur also send out a special Europasaurus fact sheet with sales of this dinosaur model.  It may have been pint-sized in relation to its giant Macronarian cousins, but Europasaurus probably reached lengths in excess of six metres and the Bullyland Europasaurus model itself measures twenty-three centimetres in length.

To view the extensive range of Bullyland prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Bullyland Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

We have received quite a few reviews of Bullyland models over the years. Here are a couple of reviews on the Bullyland Europasaurus:

“Accuracy in detail, nice colour and a well sized replica are the characteristics of the Bullyland Europasaurus, perhaps the most well made replica of the company, worthy of a place alongside the best replicas of the other companies. Highly recommended.”

Another one:

“Nice model, good colour and size.”

We appreciate all the reviews and comments that we get from our customers, we have received over one thousand on the current Everything Dinosaur website.

Bullyland have also stated that there will be no retirements from their prehistoric animal model ranges next year.  According to our contact at Bullyland, the German model manufacturer has several new models in the planning stage and it will review its policy over model introductions/retirements over the course of next year.

More New Prehistoric Animal Models from Schleich (2015)

New Schleich Dinosaurs Added to World of History Range

Two more large dinosaurs will be added to the World of History model range in July 2015.  New versions of the fierce meat-eaters Giganotosaurus and Spinosaurus are being added to this Schleich model series.  The World of History model range next year is going to feature a lot of carnivores.

Orange Giganotosaurus from Schleich

With articulated jaw.

With articulated jaw.

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

Measuring around twenty centimetres in length, this is a beautifully painted Giganotosaurus and it has been given a very interesting pose, with its left leg raised as if this dinosaur is just about to take a step.  As it moves forward, it is balancing on its tail.

In addition to the fearsome Giganotosaurus, Schleich will be introducing another version of Spinosaurus to their model series.  Just like the orange Giganotosaurus, the Spinosaurus has been vividly painted and it too, will feature an articulated lower jaw.  The Spinosaurus is painted very brightly, in a beautiful violet colour.  Both these models will be available from Everything Dinosaur in July 2015.

Violet Spinosaurus from Schleich

Beautiful Spinosaurus dinosaur model from Schleich.

Beautiful Spinosaurus dinosaur model from Schleich.

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

Intriguingly, the Spinosaurus dinosaur model is posed in a quadrupedal stance.  This position, that of a carnivorous dinosaur walking on all fours, has recently found favour again after a scientific paper was published that, having reviewed the known Spinosaurus genus fossil material, suggested that this large dinosaur was semi-aquatic and was not capable of walking in a bipedal position.

To read an article on the Spinosaurus research: Spinosaurus – Four Legs Are Better Than Two

With these two new additions (due out in July 2015), the Schleich World of History model range will grow to a total of twenty models.  Eleven of these models will represent Theropod dinosaurs.

The popular small dinosaurs range is being retired and replaced with a brand new range of six dinosaurs.  These models will also be available around July of next year.  This new range is also Theropod heavy, with only Triceratops (an Ornithischian dinosaur) a non-Theropod.

Once again these models are very colourful and they range in size from a fraction under seven centimetres in length to around twelve centimetres long.

New for Summer 2015 Schleich Small Dinosaurs Range

A new range of colourful dinosaur models.

A new range of colourful dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

The first models in this new range will be Carnotaurus, Giganotosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor.  These dinosaurs have been wonderfully well painted and we love the vivid, vibrant colours.

The blue Carnotaurus has attracted some controversy.  It has been claimed on some websites and forums that Schleich have omitted the arms.  In the pictures of this model no forelimbs can be seen.  At Everything Dinosaur, we have high resolution images sent into us by Schleich and these too, in the case of the Carnotaurus replica, don’t seem to show any arms on this particular dinosaur model.

A Close up of the Carnotaurus (Forelimbs not Visible)

Arms not visible.

Arms not visible.

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

To help resolve the situation, we chased up Schleich for an official comment.  We have been told that this model does indeed have arms, but they are very small.  Carnotaurus did have minute arms, why these Theropods had very much reduced forelimbs remains a mystery.

Here is the official statement from Schleich:

“Carnotaurus belongs to the family Abelisauridae and is the one with the most distorted extremities.  Additionally, its arms are directed backwards.  We had to apply the right arm to the body due to release properties.  It may be that you cannot see this arm in the product image.  But it is there.”

Schleich have made a number of Carnotaurus models in the past.  A Carnotaurus model featured in the now retired “Saurus” range of prehistoric animal models and a Carnotaurus was included in the company’s World of History model range back in 2013.  Both these replicas had the small arms, so typical of an abelisaurid.

Comparing Schleich Models of Carnotaurus

Schleich Carnotaurus models from different ranges.

Schleich Carnotaurus models from different ranges.

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

We have yet to see a sample of the new, blue Carnotaurus that is included in the small dinosaurs model series.  Once we actually get to handle the model and photograph it ourselves, the “missing arms” mystery will be resolved.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s current World of History Model range: World of History Prehistoric Animals

Looks like Schleich and Everything Dinosaur have some interesting times ahead.

Kind Words from an Everything Dinosaur Customer

Praising Everything Dinosaur

We all work very hard to help our customers at Everything Dinosaur.  Whether it is packing a last minute order that is needed urgently for a birthday gift, or helping to advise a school on a fossil themed lesson plan, or even providing prehistoric animal models for a scientist, these are all typical activities covered in the last two hours or so.  We have thousands and thousands of customers all over the world, we are grateful for all the support that our little team receives.  Many of our delighted customers take the trouble to telephone us or email to say how good our customer service is (they also really appreciate our products and our prices).

Thought we would post up today an email sent into us this morning by Paula, a mum who was very pleased with her parcel and was delighted with the way we looked after her.

Paula wrote:

“I received my order and I am absolutely delighted with it, thank you!  I thought I must write and congratulate you on your outstanding service.  The email below that you sent to me when I placed the order was so refreshing.  I knew that my order had been received and that there was a real person I could contact if I needed help.  Also the information sheets you sent were fantastic.  My son is going to love them.”

It is always a pleasure to hear from our customers, glad we were able to help.
Paula concluded her email by stating:

“Keep up the excellent work. You definitely have the right approach to doing business! I wish you all the very best.”

Even our boss “Tyrannosaurus Sue” was pleased.  When it comes to dinosaur models and toys, people know where to visit: Everything Dinosaur.

 

Everything Dinosaur Stocks Rebor Yutyrannus Model

1:35 Scale Yutyrannus Model Added to Everything Dinosaur’s Range

For some time now, team members at Everything Dinosaur have been working with Rebor and the people behind this brand of new, highly collectible prehistoric animal replicas.  The first of the models in the Rebor series, the Yutryannus (Yutyrannus huali) is going to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur very shortly.  A few weeks ago, we made a quick video in our boardroom which introduces the Rebor range and looks at the Yutyrannus replica in detail.

The Rebor Yutyrannus (Y. huali) Video 

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 In this short video, five minutes and forty-seven seconds, we examine the packaging, discuss our involvement with Rebor and look at this beautiful tyrannosaurid model in more detail.  We comment on the integument that can be seen on the replica and explain a little about what is currently known about this particular feathered Chinese Tyrannnosaur.  Team members are finalising a fact sheet on this dinosaur, it is our intention to include this fact sheet with this new model, thus helping to provide collectors and dinosaur fans with a little additional information about this dinosaur, that was only formally named and described in 2012.

The Rebor 1:35 Scale (YREX) Dinosaur Model

1:35 scale replica

1:35 scale replica

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Everything Dinosaur intends to offer this limited edition model at a special introductory offer price.

For further information and for more pictures, simply email Everything Dinosaur: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Geo Field Rulers Come in Handy

Showing the Size of a Dinosaur Model

We use lots of equipment on our various field excursions, everything from geological hammers, to plastic tubs, sieves, magnifying glasses and geo rulers.  Geo rulers are sturdy plastic rulers that are used to help measure and map fossil sites. They also come in handy when we want to show scale in any field photographs that we take.  Naturally, there is the old faithful geological hammer to use as well, but we sometimes prefer to show a more precise scale.  It is ironic then that we have found a new use for our geo rulers, they help us when we take pictures of various dinosaur models.

Showing the Size of the Collecta Bistahieversor Dinosaur Model

One of our field rulers provides scale.

One of our field rulers provides scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The brightly coloured ruler with its clearly marked  sections shows the scale and size of a model very nicely.  In this case, the picture above shows the Collecta Bistahieversor model.  This dinosaur model measures a little over thirteen centimetres in length.  Our readers can get a clear idea of how big the model is, thanks to those very handy field rulers.

To view the Collecta Bistahieversor and other Collecta dinosaurs: Collecta Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

First Pictures of New Collecta Prehistoric Animal Models Released

New for 2015 First Pictures of Collecta’s New Prehistoric Animal Models

A few days ago, Everything Dinosaur announced the list of prehistoric animal models that had been cleared for production and sale in 2015 by Collecta.   The list has been very well received by model collectors and dinosaur fans and it is great to see so many replicas being added to the Collecta range.  We can now reveal more details and show pictures of the models that will be part of the first releases next year.

The full list of models (cleared so far) is:

Here is what Collecta will be bringing out and Everything Dinosaur will be stocking next year.

Medusaceratops (trend for Ceratopsians continues)
Daxiatitan – Chinese Titanosaur
Nasutoceratops (what did we say about Ceratopsians and trends)?
Xiongguanlong (Early Cretaceous tyrannosaur)
1:40 scale Pliosaurus (marine reptiles rock)!
1:40 Acrocanthosaurus (articulated lower jaw)
1:40 Feathered T. rex (articulated lower jaw)
1:4 scale Pterosaur with moving jaw – Guidraco (Supreme range)
Moropus (knuckle-walker – Chalicothere)
Deluxe Smilodon (replacing the earlier not to scale Smilodon model)
Deluxe Daeodon (Entelodont)
Temnodontosaurus (an Ichthyosaur)

The first five prehistoric animals to be introduced are the Xiongguanlong (pronounced “shyong-gwan-long”), a primitive member of the Tyrannosaur family.  Then there is Medusaceratops, Nasutoceratops, two lovely horned dinosaurs.  The Deluxe Pliosaurus is also one of the first to be manufactured and then fifth, last but not least, is the spectacular model of the huge dinosaur called Daxiatitan.

Xiongguanlong (tyrannosauroid) Dinosaur

An agile, fearsome dinosaur.

An agile, fearsome dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

Formally named and described in January 2010, this long-snouted predator provided evidence that even in the Early Cretaceous some types of tyrannosaurid were growing into large predators.  At an estimated five metres in length, this dinosaur (X. baimoensis) represents one of the larger of the early Tyrannosaurs.  Evidence of a shaggy coat of feathers has been provided by the model makers and it is pleasing to note that the three-fingered hand (basal trait of the tyrannosaurids) has been reflected in this model.

Medusaceratops from Collecta

Named after the Greek Gorgon Medusa who had snakes for hair.

Named after the Greek Gorgon Medusa who had snakes for hair.

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

This dinosaur, like Xiongguanlong was also formally named and described in 2010.  The extensive horns, lumps and bumps (epoccipitals) on this dinosaur’s neck shield were spectacular, these have been lovingly re-created in the Collecta replica.  They may have had a defensive function but they also served as “bling” to help attract a mate and for display (probably).

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on the discovery of Medusaceratops: A New Horned Dinosaur from Montana

Medusaceratops was a member of the Chasmosaurine group of horned dinosaurs.  The second major group, the Centrosaurines is represented by Nasutoceratops.

Collecta Nasutoceratops Dinosaur Model

Basal Centrosaurine dinosaur.

Basal Centrosaurine dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

This mean and moody figure contrasts well with the Medusaceratops replica.  Nasutoceratops would have been slightly smaller than Medusaceratops, it roamed the swamps and lowlands on the western shores of that great inland sea that divided the Americas (the Western Interior Seaway).  One species has been assigned to this genus (Nasutoceratops titusi).  The very large and broad muzzle can be clearly seen on the Collecta replica.  We shall see how this model compares to the Safari Ltd Nasutoceratops which is also due out in early 2015.

Here is the article that we wrote announcing this dinosaur’s discovery: Large Nose, Horn Face

The first of the new Deluxe replicas due out next year is the model of the ferocious marine predator Pliosaurus.

Collecta Deluxe Pliosaurus Replica

Collecta Pliosaurus model.

Collecta Pliosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

We like the details around the jaw, the evidence of “battle damage” as a result of feeding from parasitic Lampreys on the flank and the beautiful colouration.  These are going to be exciting times for model collectors who have an affinity for marine reptiles.

Last but not least comes a replica of the Chinese Titanosaur Daxiatitan.  We have to confess that Chinese Titanosaurs is not our strong suit, probably because of the fragmentary fossil finds coupled with those complex names derived from regional dialects.  Daxiatitan binlingi is known from fragmentary fossils, including several huge cervical vertebrae (neck bones) and a femur.  Based on comparative studies with other basal Titanosaurs, it has been estimated that this huge dinosaur could have reached lengths in excess of thirty metres.  It had a very long, straight neck and it probably fed on the very tops of the trees, although its giraffe-like pose is still debated.  It certainly had a wide body and Daxiatitan is just one of a number of Titanosaurs known from the Hekou Group  in the Lanzhou Basin of Gansu Province (north-western, China).  The fossils of this dinosaur have helped researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to piece together more information with regards to the evolution of titanosaurids.

The Collecta Daxiatitan Dinosaur Model

Perhaps up to 30 metres in length?

Perhaps up to 30 metres in length?

Picture Credit: Collecta/Everything Dinosaur

This is a very well crafted replica, that reflects what is known from the fossil record with regards to basal Titanosaurs.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of Collecta prehistoric life figures and replicas: Collecta Prehistoric Life Models

For the Deluxe range of scale models: Collecta Deluxe Scale Models and Replicas

We look forward to posting up more information about Collecta’s 2015 range shortly.

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