Category: Everything Dinosaur News and Updates

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

New Prehistoric Animal Models from Papo (Part 1)

Lots of Everything Dinosaur customers have been contacting us recently to enquire about release dates for the new Papo prehistoric animal models.  Papo have held their cards to their chest for a while, but we can reveal that the first three, of what will be a total of nine new model introductions, are scheduled to arrive in just a few weeks’ time.  We are expecting the re-painted Velociraptor, the blue painted Oviraptor figure and the carefully crafted Polacanthus models to arrive prior to the end of March.  They could be with us sometime next month.

The Papo Blue Velociraptor is One of the First New Models to be Released

Papo dinosaur model - blue Velociraptor.

Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Blue Velociraptor and “Oviraptor Bleu”

2017 sees another re-painted “raptor” entering the Papo “les dinosaures” range.  A green re-painted Velociraptor was introduced last year, the additional of this new replica will give model collectors the opportunity to build up their own “raptor pack”, something reminiscent of what was seen in the film “Jurassic World”.

A Re-paint of the Oviraptor Model is Due in Quarter One of 2017

Papo Oviraptor dinosaur model (2017).

Papo blue Oviraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The other re-paint coming in shortly is a very colourful variant of the existing Oviraptor model.  No feathers to be seen, but lots of vibrant colours including a stunning metallic blue flash along the body and a spectacular looking skull and neck.  “Oviraptor bleu” is one of our most eagerly anticipated new models for 2017.  A number of species of Oviraptor have been named and described, although scientists still debate the various classifications. As to what this bizarre dinosaur ate, that too is open to speculation and debate.  Oviraptor could have eaten fruit, nuts, shellfish or even crunched the bones of other dinosaurs.  This genus was erected by the famous the American palaeontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924.

Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

The first of the new sculpts to be introduced this year, is a wonderful replica of the armoured dinosaur Polacanthus.  It is great to see Papo introduce a model of this enigmatic member of the Thyreophora (shield bearers), especially as their model has a distinctive sacral shield.  The position of the head and the open beak of this dinosaur model gives the impression that this dinosaur is smiling.  It certainly looks quite content with life.

The New for 2017 Polacanthus Dinosaur Model from Papo

Papo Polacanthus model.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of Papo prehistoric animal models stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

 Everything Dinosaur will shortly be posting up official pictures of the other six new models for 2017 to be introduced by Papo.

Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” Arrives

Rebor Deinonychus Trio in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Yesterday, this blog site featured an article all about saying farewell to “Dippy” the Diplodocus cast at the Natural History Museum.  Today, we say hello to three, museum quality replicas as the Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” has arrived and is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Trio of “Raptors” Deinonychus antirrhopus

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The view the Rebor range of replicas, including the “Cerberus Clan” Deinonychus Trio: Rebor Prehistoric Models and Replicas

Three Feathered Dromaeosaurids

The trio of Deinonychus dinosaur models have been named “Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill” and these replicas make up the third component in the 1:35 scale Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus diorama.  The idea being that an Acrocanthosaurus is being challenged over a Tenontosaurus corpse by the plucky raptors (no feather pun intended).  The Deinonychus models, can of course be displayed separately, each one comes with its own base, but when put together with the other 1:35 scale replicas a spectacular diorama is created.

All Three Rebor Replicas Combine to Make a Most Impressive Dinosaur Diorama

A trio of Rebor replicas.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill”

Each of the Deinonychus replicas has an articulated lower jaw.  Once the jaw is opened some nice detail in the mouth is revealed.  The forelimbs are also articulated and we found that with our models, some adjustment of the forelimbs was required in order to get the model to stand upright.  With only two toes on each foot to stand on, we recommend that each Deinonychus is tacked onto its base to help secure the model.  Discreet sticky tabs can be used or even blue tac if model makers want to avoid using glue to attach the models to their bases.

The Three Deinonychus Models – “Shoot”, “Thrill” and “Tooth”

Rebor Cerberus Clan "Raptors".

The Rebor “Cerberus Clan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of the Deinonychus dinosaurs measures around thirteen centimetres in length, the heads are approximately six centimetres high when the model is on its base.  The tails are quite bendy and flexible, but we have not tried to re-position them much, we have been too busy playing with the articulated forelimbs and working out which “raptor” to put where in our own Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus/Deinonychus prehistoric scene.

Praise for the Paint Job

Each of the pack members has been painted differently, a nice touch, providing each of the Deinonychus replicas with a very individual look.  The patterning on the feathers is very well done and there is much to admire when it comes to the colouration and the paint job.

In Greek mythology, “Cerberus” was the huge, three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld.  The eleventh labour of Hercules involved the capture of this monstrous beast.  Rebor has continued its mythology motif with the three members of the “Cerberus clan”, joining “Hercules”, the Acrocanthosaurus replica and the “Ceryneian Hind”, a giant deer, represented in this case by the Tenontosaurus corpse in this prehistoric scene.  The addition of the three “raptor” models, to what is, an already very impressive diorama, certainly makes this an attractive centrepiece to any dinosaur fan’s model collection.

Goodbye Dippy

Farewell to “Dippy the Diplodocus”

Today, Wednesday 4th January, is the last day that the Diplodocus replica, affectionately named “Dippy” will be on display at the Natural History Museum, London.  The twenty-one metre plus plaster cast fossil exhibit will be dismantled starting tomorrow, part of preparations to turn this iconic dinosaur skeleton into a touring exhibit for the museum.

The Last Day for “Dippy” on Display at the Hintze Hall (London Natural History Museum)

Diplodocus skeleton on display.

“Dippy” the Diplodocus.

Picture Credit: Press Association/Matt Dunham

The Diplodocus skeleton has graced the Hintze Hall since 1979, but the museum authorities have decided that “Dippy” must make way for another skeleton, a massive female Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus).  The Blue Whale has been housed at the museum since 1891, the whale skeleton, actual bone, has been part of the vertebrate collection for longer than the Diplodocus replica.  The unfortunate whale was injured by a whaler and subsequently beached at the mouth of Wexford Harbour (Ireland), it was acquired by the museum and it has been on display in the Hall of Mammals, but it will soon be taking centre stage and welcoming visitors at the Cromwell Road entrance.

An Artist’s Impression of How the New Blue Whale Exhibit Will Look

Blue Whale Exhibit 2017.

The proposed Blue Whale exhibit for the Hintze Hall.

Picture Credit: Casson Mann

Not the First Whale Exhibit to Grace the Hintze Hall

The Blue Whale, the largest exhibit of its kind (as far as Everything Dinosaur team members are aware), is not the first huge whale to grace the Hintze Hall.  In the late 1890’s a Sperm Whale skeleton (Physeter macrocephalus) was located in a central position in the spacious gallery.

A Generous Gift from Andrew Carnegie

“Dippy’s” story began in 1898, when construction workers building a railway in Wyoming, discovered the spectacular fossilised bones of a Diplodocus.  Scottish-born millionaire and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, got to hear about it and he acquired the 150 million-year-old fossil bones with a view to making the Diplodocus the centrepiece for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).  During fossil preparation and reconstruction of the mounted skeleton, American palaeontologists noted a number of anatomical differences between the Carnegie specimen and the original holotype Diplodocus material that had led to the erection of the genus back in 1878.  This meant that the Wyoming Diplodocus acquired by Mr Carnegie was a new species, the specific epithet Diplodocus carnegii was established, the trivial name honouring the Scottish-born industrialist.

King Edward VII viewed a sketch of the Diplodocus skeleton whilst visiting Andrew Carnegie in Scotland.  The King remarked how he would very much like to see a similar exhibit at the British Museum (the formal name for the Natural History Museum, London).  Carnegie wanted to indulge the King and he commissioned a plaster cast replica, one of ten replicas of the original fossil material that were eventually created.  The Diplodocus replica was sent to London in January 1905 and it was formally unveiled at the museum on May 12th that year.

The Diplodocus Exhibit circa 1905

Diplodocus Exhibit circa 1905.

The Natural History Museum Diplodocus prior to its unveiling 1905.

Picture Credit: Press Association

An Evolving Diplodocus Skeleton

For many decades, the 292 individual bones that make up the Diplodocus skeleton were kept in the same anatomical position.  Although, our understanding of Sauropod anatomy has increased enormously since “Dippy” was first mounted.  Two major revisions have occurred over the last fifty years or so.  Firstly, the head has been raised and the snout of the dinosaur points forward.  In the picture below, the head is dipped and the snout is pointing towards the floor at around a forty-five-degree angle.  Ironically, in the 1905 photograph above, the head is in a position more akin to the modern interpretation of the head posture of a diplodocid.

“Dippy” on Display in a Museum Gallery

The Diplodocus on display.

The Carnegie Diplodocus replica on display.

Picture Credit: Trustees of the Natural History Museum

In 1993, a second major revision took place.  The tail of the dinosaur was raised off the ground and given a more “whip-like” appearance to demonstrate a greater range of movement.  Research, in conjunction with a lack of tail drag marks in Sauropod fossil tracks, had shown that these dinosaurs walked with their tails held out behind them.  The tail raised off the ground helped to counterbalance the head and neck.

“Son of Dippy”

It is a sad day for many fans of dinosaurs, to see the removal of “Dippy” from the Cromwell Road entrance to the museum.  However, once cleaned “Dippy” is embarking on a nationwide tour in early 2018 and plans have been announced to exhibit a bronze replica of the iconic dinosaur in a newly landscaped area outside the museum.  This replica, which will be created using the original display, has already been nick-named “Son of Dippy”.

Future visitors to the London Natural History Museum will be able to get their “Diplodocus fix”, but for the moment, we bid farewell to the Diplodocus replica, an exhibit that has been seen by an estimated 90 million visitors and one that has inspired generations of palaeontologists.

Christmas Holidays and the Despatch of Orders

Despatching Parcels for Customers

With Christmas day falling on a Sunday in 2016, Everything Dinosaur has made arrangements to help with the despatch of orders placed by customers over the Christmas holiday period.  Our dedicated team members will be working throughout the festive holiday period, but the vast majority of the UK and international mail distribution networks will be closed down.  Orders placed over the period from Saturday, December 24th up to the early morning of Wednesday, December 28th, will not be sent out until late morning on the 28th.

In order to ensure a rapid despatch of orders received, customer orders will be prepared, checked and packed over this period, so that they are all ready for sending out as quickly as possible.  Normal service, will of course, resume on the 29th and 30th of December.

Orders Placed After 24th December Being Prepared for a Rapid Despatch

Everything Dinosaur parcels.

Checking parcel dimensions to ensure a prompt despatch.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

At the moment, customers who place an order will be sent the following message as part of the order acknowledgement email:

“your parcel will be despatched on the next full working day after the Christmas holidays (December 28th).”

Mail Networks

Both UK and international networks will take a little time to settle back into the normal working routine.  Some parcels may not have moved too far in the network before the next holiday period (New Year), however, Everything Dinosaur’s dedicated staff are working hard to ensure that customer’s parcels are sent out quickly to avoid any unnecessary delays.

Happy Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

Happy Christmas from Everything Dinosaur

The big day has finally arrived and on behalf of everyone at Everything Dinosaur, we would just like to wish everybody a happy Christmas.  Seasons greetings to one and all.  Team members will be taking a short break for the festive period, but we will be looking at our emails and sorting out orders for customers.  Orders received will be sent out on the next full working day after the Christmas break, that’s Tuesday 28th December, when our annual stock take will be in full swing.

Happy Christmas From Everything Dinosaur

Wishing everyone a happy Christmas.

Happy Christmas from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We will be back with business as usual once the Christmas, Boxing and Bank holidays are over.  A special thank you to all those very kind people who sent us prehistoric animal themed Christmas cards, gifts and drawings, they certainly have brightened up the offices and the warehouse.

For those of you tucking into turkey, goose or chicken for Christmas, remember, you are eating a dinosaur!

Happy Christmas!

Everything Dinosaur to the Rescue

Last Minute Shopping – Last Minute Christmas Lists

Just three more sleeps until the big day!  Everything Dinosaur team members know how stressful this time of year can be for mums, dads, grandparents and guardians of young dinosaur fans.  Take for example, an email received along with an order that arrived in our inbox just after 5am this morning. Mum had only just got her little boy’s Christmas list last night and he had asked Santa Claus to give him a Tyrannosaurus rex face mask as a present.

Young Dinosaur Fan Wants T. rex Face mask for Christmas

A Tyrannosaurus rex face mask.

A T. rex face mask.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Not to worry mum, we have been up even earlier than usual this morning, just in case something like this might happen.  The parcel will be checked, packed and despatched in double-quick time.  In fact, rather than wait for a collection from the warehouse, this very important package, along with all the other orders that have come in overnight will be taken to our local post office this morning by a team member.  These parcels will all go out with the first collection from the post office this morning.  We know it is getting very close to the big day and that Royal Mail have stated that the last guaranteed posting date for Christmas delivery for first class letters and parcels was yesterday (Wednesday 21st), but our dedicated staff are doing all they can to get parcels to customers in time for the big day.

Our prompt packing and despatch should give these customer orders every chance of making it in time.  Nothing is guaranteed, especially with the current industrial action in the UK mail network, but at least Everything Dinosaur can be relied upon to get orders packed and sent out as quickly as possible, with the minimum of delay.

Update on Papo Models (New for 2017)

Update on Papo Models (Prehistoric Animals)

Everything Dinosaur does not yet have permission to post up official pictures of the prehistoric animal models to be introduced by Papo into their “les dinosaures” range in 2017.  However, we can confirm that there will be a total of nine new lines added with one model retirement.  We know how keen dinosaur fans and model collectors are to find out about the new for 2017 models, we promise to post up images and further information as soon as we receive permission to do so.

Papo New Models for 2017 (Story so Far)

Papo logo.

The Papo logo.

Picture Credit: Papo

New Prehistoric Animal Models for 2017

Here is the list of new models due for release next year. Papo is moving towards providing more colourful prehistoric animal replicas, mirroring a trend seen elsewhere in the figures market.
Papo Product code = 55060 Polacanthus – this model measures a little over seventeen centimetres long and it stands around five centimetres high.
Papo Product code = 55061 Ceratosaurus –  this model is just over twenty-one centimetres long and it is over eight centimetres tall.
Papo Product code = 55068 Crylophosaurus – dimensions for this replica have yet to be confirmed.
Papo Product code = 55062 Acrocanthosaurus – the biggest of the prehistoric animal models for 2017, measuring twenty-eight centimetres long and being approximately fifteen and a half centimetres high.
Papo Product code = 55063 Dimorphodon (terrestrial pose) – dimensions yet to be confirmed.
Papo Product code = 55066 Cave Bear – length thirteen and a half centimetres and around eight and a half centimetres tall.
Papo Product code = 55067 Roaring Smilodon – a bigger model than a lot of people expected, measuring over fifteen centimetres long and being over nine centimetres tall (at the model’s highest point).

Re-paints of Existing Sculpts within “Les Dinosaures”

Everything Dinosaur has been informed that two of the existing dinosaurs in the portfolio from Papo will be re-painted in 2o17.  They are namely:

  1. The non-feathered Velociraptor (the new painted version has been nick-named “blue tail” by Everything Dinosaur team members, as the tail of this Velociraptor model has been painted a vivid blue).
  2. Oviraptor with egg (see picture below).  Staff at Everything Dinosaur have nick-named this dinosaur model “blue neck”.  The new Oviraptor paint job depicts a much more colourful dinosaur, the neck for example, has been painted blue.

Due for a Makeover in 2017

Papo Oviraptor model.

The Papo Oviraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The egg this model dinosaur is carrying has not been altered dramatically, although initial, as yet unconfirmed reports, suggest the egg has been painted a light beige colour.

Papo 2017 Dinosaur Retirements

The green Velociraptor dinosaur that Papo introduced this year, is being withdrawn (hence the introduction of the new painted version of this replica).  It is the only retirement from the “les dinosaures” range that Papo has announced, as far as team members at Everything Dinosaur are aware.   However, with the introduction of a new coloured variant of the Oviraptor replica, we suspect this model’s days are numbered too.

The 2016 Papo Green Velociraptor Dinosaur Model is Being Retired

Papo green Velociraptor model.

The Papo green Velociraptor figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Nothing official from Papo as to the future of the Papo Oviraptor, we shall see how things develop in the next few weeks or so.

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs

When we have official pictures and availability information on the 2017 models we will post up more news.

Updating the Deinocheirus Fact Sheet

Deinocheirus Fact Sheet is Updated

One of the wonderful things about vertebrate palaeontology is that ideas about prehistoric animals are changing all the time.  Fossil discoveries and new research often challenges existing assumptions leading to a revision of data.  Model making companies often reflect the changing views about a long extinct animal by introducing a new version of that animal to their prehistoric animal model portfolio.  CollectA for example, recently introduced a new model of the bizarre Late Cretaceous Theropod Deinocheirus (D. mirificus).  In addition, CollectA will be bringing out a new Deluxe version of Deinocheirus in 2017.  This means, that for Everything Dinosaur team members, there is a need to update and revise the company’s Deinocheirus fact sheet.

The New Scale Drawing of Deinocheirus from Everything Dinosaur

Deinocheirus mirificus scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Deinocheirus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Deinocheirus – Taller than a Lamppost!

Thanks to two new fossil discoveries (a sub-adult found in 2006 and the fossils of a much larger individual discovered in 2009), palaeontologists have a much better idea about what this giant ornithomimid looked like.  As a result, further changes to the Everything Dinosaur fact sheet have been made.  In the original data sheet, prepared in 2012, prior to the scientific paper providing the new description, it was stated that the known fossils ascribed to Deinocheirus represented one of the largest Theropods from Asia.  This remains true, however, an assessment of the fossilised bones of the individual found in 2009, including a humerus six centimetres longer than the holotype, indicate that Deinocheirus reached a length of around eleven metres.  Subsequent study of the strongly reinforced pelvis and the robust hind limbs have led palaeontologists to reconsider how heavy this animal might have been.  It probably had a narrower stance than the pot-bellied Therizinosaurs, but scientists estimate that Deinocheirus might have weighed as much as six tonnes and it would have stood around five metres tall.

The New for 2017 CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Deinocheirus Replica

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus model.

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to the arrival of the new CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Deinocheirus replica and the other exciting new models to be added to CollectA’s “Prehistoric Life” model range.

To read more about the new CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus: New CollectA Models for 2017 (part 2)

Packing Orders for Christmas in Full Swing

Saturday – Preparing and Packing Orders

Armed with some hot tea and warm mince pies, team members at Everything Dinosaur have spent most of today (Saturday), sorting out orders ready for a prompt despatch on Monday.  At this time, it is “all hands on deck” as the company enters into its busiest time of the year.  The dinosaur and fossil themed workshops may be concluding this week, but with just twenty-two days to Christmas, staff are busy ensuring that orders placed on the website and via the telephone, are packed in readiness for a prompt despatch at the start of the the working week.

Royal Mail service updates that we receive state that normal weekend deliveries and collections of mail should be made in all parts of the UK and we are not anticipating any problems with collections from our warehouse next week.  For our international customers, it is worth noting the last recommended posting dates for parcels to be sent overseas, we have detailed this information in the table below.

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2016

Royal Mail last posting dates (2016).

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas 2016.

Table Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The table above has been compiled using Royal Mail data.

Tips and Additional Helpful Suggestions from Everything Dinosaur

  • Post items as early as possible, this gives parcels the best chance of reaching their destination in time for the big day.
  • Remember to check the delivery address (house number, business name, postcode/zip code) as you progress through checkout.
  • Before pressing the “submit order” button, to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one more time – remember the phrase “check the address to save you stress”.
  • You can always nominate a neighbour’s address where the parcel can be delivered to if you are likely to be out when the parcel is delivered.
  • A different delivery address, other than your home address can be specified during our check out process.  Perhaps the parcel could be sent to your work, a relative, a friend and so forth.

 

Everything Dinosaur – Helping to Take The Stress Out of Christmas Shopping

A stress free time shopping for dinosaur themed gifts.

Everything Dinosaur helping to take the stress out of Christmas shopping.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

If you have a query about Christmas deliveries, or indeed any aspect of Everything Dinosaur’s delivery service please feel free to contact us: Email Everything Dinosaur

To view the Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Toys and Games

Happy Christmas shopping to all our existing and potential customers and remember, Everything Dinosaur’s team members will be on hand to help and assist you.

Stylish Styracosaurus

Styracosaurus albertensis

With the introduction of the Deluxe Styracosaurus replica by our chums at CollectA, (due out in early 2017), Everything Dinosaur has taken this opportunity to commission a new Styracosaurus illustration to be used on the company’s Styracosaurus fact sheet.  Our new illustration updates the existing drawing and gives Styracosaurus a row of bristle-like structures, running down from the hip towards the end of the tail, a feature inferred from a number of ceratopsid specimens but not confirmed (as far as we know), from the fossil record of the Styracosaurus genus.

Styracosaurus Illustrated

Styracosaurus illustrated.

A drawing of the horned dinosaur Styracosaurus.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks/Everything Dinosaur

Illustrating Dinosaurs – The Role of Palaeoartists

Whilst working in a school the other day, one of our dinosaur and fossil experts was approached by a member of staff and asked questions about a career in palaeontology.  Their son is very keen on dinosaurs and would like to be a palaeontologist.  Our fossil expert briefly outlined some of the numerous career paths available, including the role of illustrator.  The boy is quite keen on drawing and loves drawing prehistoric animals, perhaps one day he will be able to combine his interest in dinosaurs and art and have a career as a palaeoartist.  Scientific illustration is a very competitive area, however, as new dinosaur discoveries are made, the scientific community often relies on the skills of artists to bring the fossilised remains to life and create an illustration of the animal as it probably looked.

We hope you like the Styracosaurus (S. albertensis) illustration, it will feature on our soon to be revised Styracosaurus fact sheet that is sent out with purchases of Styracosaurus models and replicas.

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