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13 03, 2018

Plans Progressing for Palaeoloxodon

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Everything Dinosaur Preparing for a Straight-tusked Elephant

Everything Dinosaur team members have been busy preparing for the introduction of the Straight-tusked elephant figure from Eofauna Scientific Research.  This 1:35 scale replica of Palaeoloxodon antiquus is due to arrive in stock around late May/early June, that may be a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of work to do in the meantime.

The New for 2018 Straight-tusked Elephant from Eofauna Scientific Research

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research/Everything Dinosaur

To join Everything Dinosaur’s reserve list for this new 1:35 scale figure simply email: Contact Everything Dinosaur to Reserve Your Model

Space has been allocated in our warehouse to receive this wonderful proboscidean and we have ensured that there will be adequate stock of the first figure in the Eofauna range, the Steppe Mammoth model (introduced last year), which is likely to have an upsurge in sales as more collectors discover this wonderful model range.

Commissioning a Scale Drawing of Palaeoloxodon antiquus

An illustration of Palaeoloxodon antiquus has already been commissioned and completed.  This drawing, will form the basis for a scale drawing of this extinct elephant that will be used in our exclusive Straight-tusked elephant fact sheet that will be sent out with every model sell.  The fact sheet is currently being researched and prepared.  Once it has been approved, this new fact sheet will be added to our library of several hundred prehistoric animal data sheets that Everything Dinosaur has compiled.

The Illustration of the Straight-tusked Elephant Commissioned by Everything Dinosaur

Straight-tusked elephant illustration.

A drawing of a Straight-tusked elephant.

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks/Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We do appreciate that model collectors often like to learn a little about the prehistoric animal that a model represents, that’s why we go to the trouble of commissioning drawings and creating fact sheets for the majority of the prehistoric animals and dinosaurs that we sell.  In addition, as the Eofauna Scientific Research figure is based on actual fossil specimens, it is fitting for us to provide a fact sheet on this extinct elephant, after all, one of our objectives is to help educate and inform.”

Palaeoloxodon Upsets the Loxodonta

A study of ancient Palaeoloxodon antiquus DNA revealed that this extinct species was closely related to African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis).  This came as a surprise as most palaeontologists had believed that the Palaeoloxodon genus was, from a taxonomic perspective, closer to the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).  Furthermore, the genetic analysis revealed that extant forest elephants in the Congo Basin were more closely related to Palaeoloxodon antiquus than they were to the African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana).  This meant that the elephant family tree would have to be drastically revised and the Loxodonta genus itself will have to be reviewed and subjected to some revision.

Members of the Elephantidae family (most of them), might have big, but it turns out that these iconic animals with their ancient lineage can still produce some enormous surprises.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant with the First Eofauna Model (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant the Steppe Mammoth model.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (right) and the Steppe Mammoth figure (left).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of Eofauna Scientific Research models available from Everything Dinosaur: Eofauna Scientific Research Scale Replicas

10 03, 2018

Finalising Fact Sheets for March Deliveries

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Brontosaurus Fact Sheet for the CollectA Brontosaurus Model

The first of the new for 2018 CollectA figures are due in stock at Everything Dinosaur at the end of this month (March 2018).  Preparations to receive the new models along with deliveries from Papo and Mojo Fun are well underway.  However, as we send out a fact sheet on virtually every named animal we supply, our team members have been busy compiling a fact sheet on the famous Sauropod Brontosaurus, as CollectA will be introducing a Brontosaurus figure this year.

Everything Dinosaur’s Scale Drawing of Brontosaurus

Drawing of Brontosaurus.

A scale drawing of Brontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Bully for Brontosaurus

The CollectA Brontosaurus model has a release date of mid-2018, it will be part of the company’s extensive “Prehistoric Life” collection of not-to-scale dinosaur models.  The double row of scutes running along the back of the figure is an interpretation of the fossil material related to diplodocids that suggests that some types of these long-necked, Late Jurassic dinosaurs had dermal armour.

The New for 2018 CollectA “Prehistoric Life” Brontosaurus Model

CollectA Brontosaurus replica.

The CollectA Brontosaurus dinosaur model with a double row of dermal spikes running down the body.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Observant model collectors will have noticed the red flash on the neck of this herbivore.  Palaeontologists believe that these large animals lived in herds and the brightly coloured patch of skin on the throat might have acted as a signalling device in visual displays.  This colouration, along with the double row of dermal spikes is speculative, however, these features on this excellent figure have a grounding in science and reflect what has been deduced about these dinosaurs from their fossils and from studying animals living in herds today.

Several Sauropods in the CollectA Range

The CollectA range “Prehistoric Life” already includes several not to scale models representing Sauropods.  For example, the range contains Cetiosaurus, Shunosaurus, Agustinia, Amargasaurus, Ampelosaurus, Argentinosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Daxiatitan, Rebbachisaurus, a rearing Rhoetosaurus and an Alamosaurus.  It is great to see a replica of “Thunder Lizard” being added to this collection.

The CollectA “Prehistoric Life” Range Features Several Sauropods

Daxiatitan model by CollectA.

A Daxiatitan replica is amongst numerous Sauropods featured in the extensive CollectA “Prehistoric Life” model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Commenting on the impending introduction of a Brontosaurus model, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“Brontosaurus has had a rather chequered taxonomic career since the genus was first erected in 1879.  For a long time, Brontosaurus was thought to be a junior synonym of Apatosaurus until a substantial review of diplodocid fossils undertaken in 2015 led to the resurrection of the genus”.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on this research into the Diplodocidae: The Return of Brontosaurus

Everything Dinosaur Already Has a Fact Sheet on the Closely Related Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus scale drawing.

Scale drawing of Apatosaurus (A. ajax).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We are looking forward to completing our fact sheets as we await the arrival of the new models.

To view the CollectA “Prehistoric Life” models including the Sauropods in stock at Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Life Figures

9 03, 2018

Working to Honour Mary Anning and Mary Leakey

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Everything Dinosaur Helping to Honour Female Scientists

With International Women’s Day having been very much in the news this week, Everything Dinosaur is taking this opportunity to honour two female pioneers in the Earth sciences, both called Mary.  Today, March 9th, is the anniversary of the death of Mary Anning, the famous amateur fossil collector from Dorset who did much to bring the amazing geology of that part of the coast of southern England to the world’s attention.  It is only in the last few decades that her contribution to the nascent science of palaeontology has begun to be recognised.  As part of our continuing work in schools, we have developed a lesson plan based around researching the life of Mary Anning for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.

Everything Dinosaur’s Non-chronological Report Focused on Mary Anning

Mary Anning Non-chronological report.

A non-chronological report exercise based on the life and work of Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Non-chronological Report Focused on Mary Anning

A non-chronological report is a non-fiction report that is not written in time order.  Usually written in the third person, these reports help children to practice structuring texts and working with a variety of writing styles.  They involve a planning phase in which the compiler has to research the subject area and to decide what to include or discard.   It helps children to evaluate sources of information, encourages cross-checking of references and provides the opportunity for the teacher to check learning.  Everything Dinosaur’s lesson plan includes a template for the creation of a non-chronological report focused on the life and work of Mary Anning.

Mary Anning Honoured in a Google Doodle

Google celebrates the life and work of Mary Anning.

Google pays tribute to Mary Anning (1799-1847).

Picture Credit: Google/Everything Dinosaur

Mary Douglas Leakey (1913-1996)

The British palaeoanthropologist Mary Leakey, who along with her husband Louis, did much to improve our understanding of the evolution of humankind has also been the subject of a Google doodle.  Everything Dinosaur is working towards honouring the work of this ground-breaking scientists by having a blue plaque erected at her childhood home in London.  We shall update blog readers with regards to our progress in the near future.

A Google Doodle Honouring the Work of Mary Leakey

Mary Leakey honoured by Google.

Celebrating the role of women in science.

Picture Credit: Google/Everything Dinosaur

To read more about the life and work of the remarkable Mary Leakey: Celebrating the Role of Women in Science – Mary Douglas Leakey

8 03, 2018

Straight-Tusked Elephant Model

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Eofauna Scientific Research – Straight-tusked Elephant

Eofauna Scientific Research have announced that the next figure to be added to their replica range will be a 1:35 scale replica of a Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).  The model is currently in production and it will be available late May, perhaps early June.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Palaeoloxodon antiquus – A Prehistoric Giant

These large prehistoric elephants ranged across much of southern Europe and the Middle East during the Pleistocene Epoch.  Their fossils have even been found in southern England and several fossil sites record the interaction of hominins with this large proboscidean.  For example, in 2013, Everything Dinosaur published an article summarising research from Southampton University that suggested that the remains of a Straight-tusked elephant found in Kent, could have been hunted and killed by Homo heidelbergensis.  The flints found at the site, along with cut marks preserved on the bones indicated that the carcass was butchered.  Perhaps H. heidelbergensis was capable of bringing down such a large mammal, evidence from elsewhere in Europe would suggest so.  In late 2017, a team of scientists published a paper describing the fossilised remains of a large bull Palaeoloxodon found in Greece that also exhibited evidence of having been butchered by ancient humans (probably H. heidelbergensis).

The Straight-tusked Elephant – It Might Have Been Hunted by Ancient Humans

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Based on Actual Fossil Specimens

Just like the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth replica that proceeded it, the  Palaeoloxodon antiquus figure from Eofauna Scientific Research is based on actual fossil specimens.  Fossils representing three individual animals formed the basis for the sculpt.  The elephant remains that helped to inspire this amazingly detailed model come from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt in central Germany.  Open cast mining in the area has led to the excavation of around seventy individual Palaeoloxodon antiquus specimens.  These remains were preserved in ancient lake deposits and they have enabled scientists to learn a great deal about these ancient herbivores.  Scientists have been able to determine the physical appearance of Palaeoloxodon, how big it was, how much it weighed and to study growth rates.  Fully grown bulls weighed twice as much as the living bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) and just like extant elephants today, the males were much larger than the females.

 Models Based on Actual Fossil Remains

Eofauna models (Steppe Mammoth and Straight-tusked elephant).

The Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant and the Eofauna Steppe mammoth models.

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Everything Dinosaur – A Sneak Peak

Everything Dinosaur team members got the chance to examine this beautiful model a few weeks ago, when we met up with Eofauna Scientific Research staff.  We even took some exclusive pics of the figure so that when the time came, we could provide more photographs of this new addition to the Eofauna range for our customers.

Available Around Late May/Early June from Everything Dinosaur

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant.

Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) model.  It comes complete with a data card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Reserve List for the Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant Has Been Opened

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant is expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in a few weeks (in stock late May or early June).  We shall keep our customers and blog readers updated on production.

In the meantime, we have opened a priority reserve list for the Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant…

To request to be added to our priority reserve list: Email Everything Dinosaur

4 03, 2018

Celebrating 4,000 Blog Posts

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Everything Dinosaur Reaches Landmark of 4,000 Blog Posts

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are celebrating the landmark of having achieved 4,000 blog posts.  Since our first article was posted up in May 2007, a lot has happened in the world of palaeontology and the Earth sciences in general.  We have done our best to update readers on these exciting developments, covering news stories, fossil discoveries, new dinosaurs, updates on extinction theories, breakthroughs in the use of research technologies and so much more.  For model collectors and dinosaur fans, we have seen entire ranges come and go and just like the study of the Dinosauria, which is often thought of being in a golden age of discovery, so collectors of models seem to be in a golden age when it comes to prehistoric animal replicas and figures.

Everything Dinosaur Celebrates Posting Up 4,000 Blog Articles

4,000 articles on the Everything Dinosaur blog.

Everything Dinosaur celebrates posting up 4,000 blog articles.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our First Thank You

A very big thank you to all the researchers, press officers, undergraduates, university professors, field team members, media companies, professional palaeontologists, dedicated fossil collectors, teachers, manufacturers, scientists and prehistoric animal fans who have shared stories with us so that we can post them up on this weblog.  We really do appreciate all the help and assistance that we have had along the way.

Our Iguanodon Gives Everyone a Big Thumbs Up!

 

Iguanodon thumbs up!

Praise from a dinosaur!  A big thank you to all our contributors and to our readers.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our Second Thank You

Also, a very big thank you to all our readers, feedback providers, reviewers, commentators, email senders, letter writers, picture takers and so forth that have helped keep our blog so fresh, vibrant and diverse.  We will continue to strive to bring you updates on research, information on new discoveries and photographs of fossils and other amazing wonders.  Next week’s blog postings are already in place, we can’t give too much away at this time as a number of them have embargoes, but what we can say is that the next few posts will reflect the aims and objectives of our weblog, to educate, inform and indulge fans of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.

One article scheduled for release next week has been written with the co-operation of the University of Manchester, it covers research into an aspect of Cretaceous Theropod behaviour.  Another article prepared and ready for adding in the next few days has been compiled in collaboration with Eofauna Scientific Research, we will be announcing the next prehistoric animal figure in this exciting, new model range.  We will also be posting up some exclusive photographs of the new Eofauna Scientific Research model.

Wonder what exciting scientific developments, discoveries and new products we will be covering in the next 1,000 posts?

3 03, 2018

Schleich New Models for 2018 (July)

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Schleich New Models for 2018 (July)

At the end of last month, Everything Dinosaur posted up information summarising the retirements from the Schleich range of prehistoric animal models.  The Germany-based figure and replica manufacturer has announced a number of retirements and several dinosaur models are now out of production.  However, Schleich has already introduced five new figures into their “Dinosaurs”* range in 2018 and Everything Dinosaur is aware of plans to add a further three models in the summer.

“Dinosaurs”* – the prehistoric animal figures produced by Schleich come under the sub-brand of “Dinosaurs” although this part of their range also includes several non-dinosaurs such as Dunkleosteus, the new for 2018 Dinogorgon (see picture below) and Dimetrodon.  The exact taxonomic position of Herrerasaurus remains controversial but for the time being we include this Triassic carnivore within the Theropod dinosaur Suborder.

Five New Schleich Figures Were Introduced in Early 2018

New Schleich prehistoric animals (2018).

New Schleich prehistoric animal models (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read Everything Dinosaur’s recent article about Schleich retirements: Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements from Schleich

Three New Large Prehistoric Animal Figures for Summer 2018

As stated previously on this blog, Schleich intend to bring out three large prehistoric animal figures in the summer of 2018.  We are expecting our first deliveries around July, the models could arrive a little earlier, perhaps a little later, but three new Schleich replicas are expected in the summer.

The Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Schleich T. rex juvenile.

Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich will also be bringing out a juvenile Therizinosaurus, with a similar colouration to the red/black adult Therizinosaurus figure that was introduced a few weeks ago.

The Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus Figure Due Out in Summer 2018

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus.

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus looks a very fearsome beast indeed.  There may also be a number of colour variants of existing Schleich models introduced, a blue coloured Psittacosaurus and a sandy coloured Herrerasaurus for example, if we get further information from Schleich about product developments we will post it up on this blog and on our social media platforms to help keep all our customers informed.

The third figure due to be introduced next summer is a colourful Pteranodon.  Schleich will be adding to their Pterosaur portfolio by adding a Pteranodon longiceps figure to their range.   This is good news as the future of the “World of History” Quetzalcoatlus looks uncertain and this model may well be retired.

The Schleich Pteranodon Model – Close-up View of the Head

Schleich Pteranodon replica.

Schleich Pteranodon model.  Due to be flying high in the summer of 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus Model – Heading for Extinction?

Schleich Quetzalcoatlus model.

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus model due for retirement?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus (pictured above), was introduced in 2011, the bizarre wing markings caused a bit of a “flap” when it was first introduced and many collectors and model fans commented that the “Saurus” Quetzalcoatlus (pictured below), had more realistic wings.  If the Quetzalcoatlus figure is withdrawn, then perhaps Schleich will consider adding a new flying reptile model to its range over the next couple of years or so.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s original 2011 article about the arrival of a controversial Quetzalcoatlus figure: Schleich Quetzalcoatlus Causing a Flap

The “Saurus” Quetzalcoatlus Figure

Schleich "Saurus" Quetzalcoatlus model.

A more conventional Pterosaur model?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

To read Everything Dinosaur’s recent article about the summer 2018 models from Schleich: New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

2 03, 2018

Snow and Ice Affecting Deliveries

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Bad Weather in the UK – Delays with Deliveries

Currently much of the UK is experiencing severe weather conditions.  Snow and icy conditions are affecting much of Scotland, East Anglia, Yorkshire, the Pennines, north-eastern England, the south-west and south-eastern England.  This prolonged period of cold weather has led to the cancellation of many trains and the road network, including several major roads, has been very badly disrupted.  Driving conditions are described as treacherous for many parts of the United Kingdom and we at Everything Dinosaur are aware that the weather has caused widespread transport chaos.

Deep Snow Covers Much of the UK and More Snow is Forecast

Heavy snow falls.

Heavy snow falls across much of the UK causing disruption.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Impact on Deliveries/Collections

The severe weather is having a deleterious effect on parcel deliveries and collection services.  Everything Dinosaur has been informed that courier services in parts of the country are likely to be very badly affected with a temporary suspension of some deliveries and collections.  The safety of the drivers is paramount and whilst we are aware that the courier companies will do their best to operate as normal, we do appreciate that due to the bad weather, some services such as next day delivery may not be possible in parts of the UK for the time being.

Dinosaur Deliveries in the Snow Can Be Difficult

Everything Dinosaur's "dino van" covered in snow.

A dinosaur van covered in snow.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Whilst our dedicated team members continue to pack and process orders as quickly as they can, we do appreciate that delivery delays are likely to occur.  We advise all our customers to allow extra time for deliveries, purchasing a couple of days early can make all the difference.”

International Deliveries Affected

Several international airports such as Glasgow and Dublin have been closed due to heavy snow.  This has affected flights and as such, our international customers may find delays in deliveries too.  Everything Dinosaur has implemented contingency plans to help minimise the disruption to our packing and despatch of orders.  We have put in place arrangements to assist with the prompt collection of parcels from our premises and team members have ensured that orders placed by 2.30pm yesterday afternoon for first class or second class delivery by Royal Mail, have already been sent out.

The Arrival of Stock at Everything Dinosaur’s Warehouse

The Everything Dinosaur warehouse remains open, but there may be delays in shipments/deliveries reaching our warehouse due to the severe weather.  Contingency plans are in place to help minimise the impact of this period of very bad weather on deliveries into our own warehouse.

Everything Dinosaur team members urge customers to try and place orders early to help give delivery companies more time in the current severe weather conditions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as and when necessary.

Be safe, stay warm.

27 02, 2018

Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements from Schleich

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Dinosaur Models Retired from the Schleich Range

Recently, Everything Dinosaur posted up pictures on the company’s Facebook page of the new prehistoric animal models to be introduced by Schleich in July 2018.  As well as new model introductions for this year (a total of eight figures), Schleich are also retiring several replicas.

Comings and Goings from the Schleich Dinosaur Model Range

Schleich logo - Dinosaurs

Schleich dinosaurs logo.  There are numerous changes to the German company’s prehistoric animal model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

Goodbye to the Mini Dinosaurs

All the Schleich mini dinosaur models have been retired.  The Schleich mini dinosaur model range was introduced in early 2015.  It consisted of eight very collectable prehistoric animal figures, seven dinosaurs and one pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus).  Ranging in size from 5.5 centimetres to a fraction under 7 centimetres in length, these colourful models were ideal for representing juvenile animals in dioramas.  Last year, four new additions to this series, were introduced.  However, the decision has been taken to end production of all the mini prehistoric animal figures.

In Early 2017, New Models were Added to the Schleich Mini Dinosaurs Model Range

New mini dinosaurs (Schleich) 2017.

New mini dinosaurs from Schleich first introduced in early 2017.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has been able to secure some of the very last stock of these hand-painted figures, including the highly sought after Schleich mini dinosaurs Velociraptor (ocean blue).  It is our policy not to exploit the rarity of models, these carefully crafted figures are being offered for sale at the same price as when this range was first introduced three years ago.

The Schleich Mini Dinosaurs Velociraptor (Ocean Blue)

Schleich mini Velociraptor (ocean blue).

The Schleich mini Velociraptor (ocean blue).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

Large Schleich Dinosaurs Out of Production Too

Several of the larger dinosaur models in the Schleich range have been retired too.  One of the casualties is the Schleich Therizinosaurus model (orange and blue colouration).  This model has been replaced by black/red painted replica, a prelude to the introduction of a juvenile Therizinosaurus figure later this year.

The Schleich Therizinosaurus Figure (Orange/Blue Colouration) is Out of Production

The original Schleich Therizinosaurus replica.

Now out of production the original Schleich Therizinosaurus replica.

Picture Credit: Schleich

A Velociraptor figure introduced in 2014 has been discontinued.  The Schleich Styracosaurus and the red Carnotaurus models were withdrawn last autumn.  Also retired is the Schleich Green Velociraptor replica.  However, once again, Everything Dinosaur has been able to secure some remaining stock, giving collectors the opportunity to complete their Schleich model collections.

The Schleich Green Velociraptor Model Has Been Retired

Schleich Velociraptor Model

Green terror!  The Schleich Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

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

The Demise of the Light Green T. rex Dinosaur Model

Another victim of the cull is the light green Tyrannosaurus rex model.  This figure was introduced in the early summer of 2014 and although no official explanation for its withdrawal has been received by Everything Dinosaur team members, it is likely, that with the introduction of the more recent T. rex models, plus the imminent arrival of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex model in the summer, Schleich may have thought that they simply had one T. rex too many.

The Schleich Light Green T. rex Dinosaur Model has been Retired

Schleich T. rex (2014)

T. rex (Schleich 2014), now retired.

Picture Credit: Schleich

The Schleich range of prehistoric animal models has undergone some significant changes in the last few months.  As well as the retirement of several large models, the smaller dinosaur line remains limited and the mini figures have been withdrawn.  In addition, the 2016 model and jigsaw sets (marshland, waterhole, lava field and discovery) have also been taken out of production.  We shall have to see what happens in 2019, whether Schleich continues to reduce the number of dinosaur figures it makes, or whether the company brings out a similar number of new figures to this year (8 figures in total), helping to increase the variety within the range.

26 02, 2018

The Future is Bright for Eofauna Scientific Research

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Exciting Times for Eofauna Scientific Research

Eofauna Scientific Research has some exciting times ahead.  The company is soon to release details of the next model in its 1:40 scale replica series and when Everything Dinosaur has permission to do so, we will be telling our blog readers all about it and showing pictures.  In the meantime, team members from Everything Dinosaur recently met up with staff from Eofauna Scientific Research as the two organisations work together to help introduce new prehistoric animal figures. Eofauna Scientific Research consists of a team of dedicated researchers, creatives and specialists in prehistoric fauna.  With a broad background in the fields of palaeontology, biology, design and model making the organisation is ideally placed to develop a range of highly realistic, scientifically accurate prehistoric animal figures.

Everything Dinosaur Team Members Met with Eofauna Scientific Research Staff Recently

Eofauna Scientific Research meeting with Everything Dinosaur.

Eofauna Scientific Research team members met up with Everything Dinosaur recently.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Working Closely with Model Makers

At Everything Dinosaur, we work very closely with model makers and designers.  Our aim is to bring to our customers the very best prehistoric animal and dinosaur figures available.  Sue, (Finance Director at Everything Dinosaur), held very positive talks with Asier and Joseba of Eofauna Scientific Research, in a statement following her recent meeting Sue said:

“We have been working with Eofauna for some time.  They are a very dedicated team and share our goal in being able to provide highly detailed, sculpted figurines based on anatomically correct, accurate reconstructions from the fossil record.  The company has some very exciting plans and we are looking forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) 1:40 Scale Replica

In October 2017, Everything Dinosaur took in stocks of the first model in the range, a replica of a Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii), a beautiful scale model which is based on real fossils of this Pleistocene-aged animal.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth Figure

The Eofauna Scientific research 1:40 scale Steppe Mammoth model.

The Eofauna Scientific research Steppe Mammoth model comes complete with a bonus collector’s card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Eofauna Scientific Research

Rave Reviews from Model Collectors

The first PVC figure to be produced in this series has received rave reviews from model collectors.  Since, its introduction into the Everything Dinosaur range, the figure has received 5-star reviews (FEEFO independent data).

The review of Everything Dinosaur customer “Paleo collector” is typical:

“This is a skilfully sculpted figure with close attention paid to anatomy and posing, the molars can even be seen in the open mouth.  The delicate fur pattern and muscle definition underneath make this mammoth a museum quality piece.  The model is solid PVC and comes with a collectors’ card along with an info tag.  This is one of the most accurately sculpted mammoth figures I’ve ever seen and highly recommended for collectors of prehistoric models or elephants/mammoths in general.”

A Close-up View Showing Details in the Mouth of the 1:40 Scale Replica

A close view of the interior of the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model.

A close-up view of the mouth of the Steppe Mammoth.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Steppe Mammoth model at Everything Dinosaur: Eofauna Scientific Research models available from Everything Dinosaur

A Beautiful Replica the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The size of the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model.

The beautiful Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Blog readers and visitors to Everything Dinosaur’s social media pages can rest assured, we will be posting up details of the next model in the fantastic Eofauna Scientific Research range shortly.

20 02, 2018

New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

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New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

Here are our first pictures of the second batch of Schleich prehistoric animal models to be released in 2018.  Collectors and dinosaur fans will probably be aware that Everything Dinosaur has had in stock the January 2018 Schleich releases for some time, joining these figures are three new prehistoric animals, two dinosaurs and one flying reptile.  The models are a juvenile Therizinosaurus, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex and a Pteranodon replica.  All three models are expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in July.

The New for 2018 Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus Model (Available July 2018)

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus

This model is slightly smaller than the Therizinosaurus model with the red/black colour scheme that was introduced a few weeks ago, hence the juvenile moniker.   Both the arms and the lower jaw are articulated (we think) and the body proportions are slightly different when compared to the adult Therizinosaurus.  The sculpt gives the impression of feathers on the body and the blood-red colouration is quite striking.  There is much more red on the juvenile figure when compared to the adult Therizinosaurus model (see below).

The Adult Therizinosaurus Dinosaur Model (Schleich)

Schleich Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich new Therizinosaurus (January 2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The head shape and the blood-red colouration gives the Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus a dragon-like quality.

Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Also due out in the summer is a second juvenile figure, this time it is a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.   When this new T. rex figure comes out (July 2018), it will become the third large, individual Tyrannosaurus rex model available in the Schleich range.

Available July 2018 The Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Schleich juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.

Schleich juvenile T. rex.  The larger, more robust adult Schleich T. rex figure can be seen in the background.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This is an interesting sculpt, as although it is very similar to the Schleich T. rex figure that came out last year, it does have a different skull shape and subtle differences in the paint scheme.  For example, it has black vertical bands, perhaps to help hide this juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex from other apex predators such as larger members of its own kind or the fearsome, dromaeosaurid Dakotaraptor (D. steini).  Recently, it has been proposed that tyrannosaurids may have lived in family groups, if they did, then this implies that they would have probably hunted as a pack.  Palaeontologists know that as T. rex grew, it underwent a dramatic transformation.  It changed from a relatively fleet-footed, long-legged animal into a robust, heavy-weight bruiser.  Both types of T. rex model are depicted in the photograph above, the juvenile figure is in front of the larger adult model.  These two figures could represent two tyrannosaurids in a family, a sub-adult and the larger, heavier fully-grown animal.  Each family member might have had a specialised role in hunting, the faster, more agile juveniles could pursue the intended victim, shepherding them to the large, fully-grown adults that were responsible for bringing the prey down.

Schleich Pteranodon Model (July 2018)

Team members at Everything Dinosaur remember the Pteranodon model with a blue coloured head crest that was part of the old “Saurus” range and was retired around a decade ago.  Schleich are bringing back a large, individual Pteranodon model, but the new figure (available July 2018), is radically different.

The New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Model

Schleich flying reptile (Pteranodon).

Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This flying reptile model continues the current Schleich leitmotif for bright and colourful figures.  The model is posed as if it is flying and in the examples that we have seen, the painting around the head and that long beak is excellent.  We do appreciate that this figure has a somewhat stylised appearance, but we don’t want to quibble as it seems particularly suitable for robust, creative play.  Pteranodon remains one of the better-known members of the Pterosauria amongst young fans of ancient life, we suspect the popularity of Pteranodon may have influenced Schleich when it came to bringing back a Pteranodon model into its range.

A Close-up View of the New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Model

Schleich Pteranodon replica.

Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of Schleich prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur, including all the early 2018 releases: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

All three models are expected to be in stock around July 2018.

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