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17 11, 2017

New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 3)

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New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 3)

Time for a first peek, at the third batch of new for 2018 prehistoric animal models from CollectA.  Today’s releases feature a dinosaur, an animal often mistaken for a dinosaur but more closely related to the third new model announced this morning.  We have a Ceratosaurus, a Dimetrodon and a beautiful model of a prehistoric Proboscidean Gomphotherium!

The New for 2018 CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA 1:40 Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

This beautifully proportioned dinosaur comes complete with an articulated jaw, all the better to show off that over-sized dentition that makes this relatively rare Late Jurassic Theropod so formidable.  The spotted and mottled black markings remind us of the spots found on extant leopards, an apt choice of artwork as this dinosaur was contemporaneous with the “lion of the Jurassic” Allosaurus.

The eye is drawn to the vivid colours around the skull and the row of scutes (scales) that run down the back of this predator.

Model designer Anthony Beeson explains:

“I have been wanting to make a model of this dinosaur for some time.  As the nasal horn is likely to have been an object of display rather than a weapon, I have given it a bright keratin sheath and a face paint that makes the most of it.  The animal’s back has a row of osteoderms along it and the tail is deep rather like that of a crocodile, as it may have been partly aquatic in its hunting.”

With the recent research undertaken into the Spinosauridae, the idea that Ceratosaurus may have been partially aquatic has once again gained prominence.  It is good to see this prehistoric animal provided with a base, this helps keep the feet in proportion and permits a more dynamic pose for the replica.

To view a CollectA Allosaurus model and other CollectA replicas: CollectA Prehistoric Life Models

Not a Dinosaur but a Dimetrodon

Joining the Ceratosaurus, is another predator, one that roamed the Earth over 100 million years before Ceratosaurus, a mighty sail-backed monster of the Permian – Dimetrodon.  Although, Dimetrodon is often mistaken for a dinosaur, it is more closely related to mammals like us, than it is to the Dinosauria.

The CollectA 1:20 Scale Dimetrodon Model

CollectA Dimetrodon model.

CollectA Dimetrodon in 1:20 scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA are not the first to make a replica of this iconic Pelycosaur.  However, the CollectA model shows a remarkable attention to detail and provides a different perspective on this, one of the most famous animals from the Palaeozoic.  Firstly, it has been given a striking camouflage, a wonderful mix of khaki, tan and green that would have helped this carnivore to blend into its environment.  The posture of the model depicts a highly mobile animal with strong legs and a tail lifted clear of the ground, in stark contrast to the portrayal of Dimetrodon in paintings from the early part of the 20th Century, in which Dimetrodon was depicted as a sluggish, slow-moving creature with a sprawling gait.  The model has an articulated jaw and the skin is rough and warty, it is a glandular skin, a stark contrast to other recently released Dimetrodon replicas that retain a scaly skin texture.  Whereas the underbelly is covered in much finer scales, as seen in other, related Permian synapsid fossils.

The model also shows signs of wear and tear, typically a large predator would pick up numerous injuries over the course of its lifetime.

Anthony Beeson explained:

“As you will see, our Dimetrodon is unlike any that have been issued before as toys.  His sail does not reach to the end of neural spines and echoes the theory that the skin did not necessarily fully cover it.  It has also sustained an injury, which would be a reality as examples of bent and fractured spines have been found.”

It makes sense to depict Dimetrodon with a degree of pathology present.  Numerous specimens preserve deformed areas on the neural spines that appear to be healed-over fractures and the webbing across that famous sail may not have been as extensive as previously thought.  It is going to be fun depicting this replica next to the recently announced CollectA Estemmenosuchus figure.

To read about the new for 2018 CollectA Estemmenosuchus and other CollectA model releases: New CollectA Models for 2018 (Part 2)

For the article outlining the first batch of new for 2018 CollectA models: New CollectA Models for 2018 (Part 1)

CollectA 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium

The third offering from CollectA is this magnificent Gomphotherium replica.  A model of “welded beast” joins the CollectA range and it makes a fine companion piece to the Woolly Mammoth figures and the Deinotherium model that already grace the CollectA range.

New for 2018 The CollectA 1:20 Scale Gomphotherium Model

CollectA Gomphotherium.

The CollectA 1:20 scale Gomphotherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Anthony comments:

“He is an addition to our prehistoric elephants.  He is a strange beast with his upper enamel-covered tusks recurving whilst the lower are thought to have been used for digging up roots or water plants.  The length of the trunk is unknown, so I have calculated what I believe would be a useful length.  I have given him a partial furring of hair.”

A number of species of Gomphotherium have been described since the genus name was first erected back in 1837.  The long, low skull of Gomphotherium is in sharp contrast to the domed skulls of the later Mammut (American Mastodon) and the Mammoths.  The design team have had to speculate on the length of the trunk, its length is not known, intriguingly the trunk length in the model is considerably longer than the trunk seen in an illustration of Gomphotherium in the “Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals”, that Everything Dinosaur team members recently reviewed.  That said, the trunk as depicted in the model, seems perfectly proportioned and given the unique dentition of this Proboscidean it is not unreasonable to suggest a prehensile trunk length as shown in this 1.20 scale replica.

CollectA Model Measurements

Here is the tale of the tape, that we know dinosaur fans and model collectors are after:

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus – length just under 27 cm with a height of just over 12 cm

CollectA Dimetrodon (1:20 scale) – length 19 cm with a maximum height at the top of the sale of 11 cm

CollectA Gomphotherium (1:20 scale) – length 18.5 cm long with a height of just over 7 cm

These are a fantastic trio of models and we look forward to adding them to our model range in the near future.

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life models currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

10 11, 2017

New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 2)

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New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 2)

The next batch of new for 2018 CollectA prehistoric animal figures include a stunning 1:40 scale deluxe replica of the famous Ornithopod Iguanodon (I. bernissartensis).  Here is another CollectA dinosaur figure honouring Gideon Mantell (Mantell named Iguanodon), after the news about the introduction of Mantellisaurus, it is great to see an updated version of the iconic Iguanodon too.  Fossils of Mantellisaurus and I. bernissartensis have been found in the same horizon, namely the Wessex Formation (Early Cretaceous, Barremian faunal stage).  It is likely that these two herbivores were contemporaneous and therefore, diorama fans can place both Mantellisaurus and Iguanodon into the same prehistoric scenes.

The New for 2018 1:40 Scale Deluxe Iguanodon Dinosaur Model

CollectA Deluxe Iguanodon.

CollectA 1:40 scale Iguanodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Designer Anthony Beeson commented:

“It seemed about the right time to produce a new Iguanodon which had been one of our earliest models.  I had wanted to do a Mantellisaurus, so we decided to do a deluxe Iguanodon to bring the species up to date in our models.  As Mantellisaurus seems to have herded with Iguanodons, the two can go together in play or dioramas notwithstanding the differences in size.”

Spectacular Estemmenosuchus

The Dinocephalians (the name means “terrible heads”) are represented by this spectacular 1:20 scale replica of Estemmenosuchus and what a beautiful model of one of the most amazing therapsids to have ever lived.  It is great to see Permian giants like Estemmenosuchus (pronounced Est-ter-men-oh-sook-us), included in the CollectA Deluxe model range.  This wonderful replica has an articulated jaw and it is being produced in an approximate scale of 1:20, in line with other prehistoric animal models on the “mammalian line” of the tree of life, already represented in the CollectA model range.

The Estemmenosuchus 1:20 Scale Deluxe Model by CollectA

Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

A Deluxe 1:20 scale Estemmenosuchus model from CollectA.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Estemmenosuchus uralensis

Best on our calculations, this model represents the type species Estemmenosuchus uralensis.  We look forward to revealing our scale drawing of this amazing creature, that is distantly related to us.  As for those strange, bony growths on the head, their purpose remains unknown.  They could have used in intraspecific combat, perhaps over herd hierarchy or to win mates.  The design team at CollectA are to be congratulated for creating such a fantastic prehistoric animal model.  It is brilliant to see Permian reptiles represented in model ranges.

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Dunkleosteus

Another iconic prehistoric monster is being introduced as a 1:20 scale deluxe replica.  The Devonian giant Dunkleosteus is being included in the new for 2018 releases.  Like Estemmenosuchus, this model too, will have a moveable, articulated jaw.

A Dunkleosteus Model – New for 2018 from CollectA

CollectA Dunkleosteus.

CollectA 1:20 scale Deluxe Dunkleosteus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dunkleosteus: this was a terrifying armoured fish of the Late Devonian era that could grow up to 6m in length. The skull was armoured and although some models show this as exposed bone plates, the CollectA model correctly shows it covered with skin. It did not possess teeth but had bone shears instead. As only the bone skull survives in the fossil record as the rest of the body was made of cartilage therefore, the rest of the body is based on other smaller and related species. The new model adopts the idea that such a huge fish would have had to have had a heterocercal caudel fin rather like the shark in order to efficiently manoeuvre around. The CollectA replica comes with a movable jaw.

The introduction of this new scale model marks 145 years since the Dunkleosteus genus was erected (1873).  CollectA had introduced a mini Dunkleosteus figure in their very popular mini prehistoric marine animal set, this set which features ammonites, a trilobite, marine reptiles and prehistoric fish was introduced this year.  The mini Dunkleosteus could perhaps play the role of another species of Placoderm in a Devonian dioramas that get constructed.  We can’t wait to see how these models will be used together.

To view the CollectA mini prehistoric animal set and the other models in the CollectA Prehistoric Life series: CollectA Prehistoric Life

Commenting on the introduction of this apex Devonian predator, designer Anthony Beeson stated:

“I have never liked reconstructions where the plates appear like the fish is wearing a suit of armour, so they are covered with skin.  I have had second thoughts about the shape of the tail since producing the mini version and have now given him a heterocercal tail which would afford such a large animal a greater ability to manoeuvre in the water”.

CollectA Model Measurements

Here is the all-important measurement data for dinosaur fans and model collectors:

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Iguanodon model – length 28 cm, height 11.5 cm – available from Everything Dinosaur early Spring

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Estemmenosuchus – length 17.5 cm, height 10.5 cm – available from Everything Dinosaur mid 2018

CollectA Deluxe 1:2o scale Dunkleosteus – length 28 cm, height 6 cm – available from Everything Dinosaur early Spring

We look forward to posting up more news about 2018 CollectA releases, in the meantime, here is a link to our article on the first batch of CollectA models to be announced: New from CollectA 2018 (first batch)

To view the existing range of CollectA Deluxe models: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

8 11, 2017

New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 1)

By | November 8th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

New CollectA Models 2018 (Part 1)

It’s that time of year, when our chums at CollectA give us official permission to post up pictures and provide information on the new for 2018 CollectA prehistoric animal models.  There is so much going on at Everything Dinosaur that we have had a job to keep up, however, prior to publishing information about the second batch of models, here are our thoughts on the first of the new for 2018 CollectA introductions.

First up, representing the Iguanodontoids is this beautiful Mantellisaurus, a dinosaur formally re-named and scientifically described in 2007.  The genus name honours Gideon Mantell and it is great to see another model of a British dinosaur.  At Everything Dinosaur, we have been helping to support the campaign team behind a bid to mount a life-size statue of this dinosaur in Gideon Mantell’s home town of Lewes (West Sussex).  We sure the campaign team will be as equally excited about this new dinosaur model as we are.

CollectA Mantellisaurus Drinking

CollectA Mantellisaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Mantellisaurus drinking.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mantellisaurus Drinking

This wonderfully coloured dinosaur is depicted in a drinking posture.  Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis was more lightly built than Iguanodon bernissartensis and Dollodon bampingi.  In addition, the forelimbs were smaller, this suggests that this Early Cretaceous plant-eating dinosaur spent most of its time as a biped, moving about on its hind legs.  It may only have dropped down onto all fours to feed, or to drink, hence the drinking pose as shown in this well-designed model.

Designer Anthony Beeson remarked:

“I thought it about time that not only did someone do a Mantellisaurus but also had a dinosaur having a drink.  I thought it would be good for children of all ages doing dioramas as well as advertising another British dinosaur.”

A Mantellisaurus skeleton (NHMUK R5764) is on display in one of the “Wonder Bays”, in the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum, London.  This is one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons ever found in the British Isles and it is the only current dinosaur exhibit on display in the main hall of the museum.

NHMUK R5764 – Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis on Display at the London Natural History Museum

Mantellisaurus on display.

Mantellisaurus on display in the Hintze Hall.

Picture Credit: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum

To view the current CollectA Prehistoric Life range available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Life

Sciurumimus Takes Centre Stage

CollectA has a deserved reputation for producing unusual Theropod models and in early 2018 a Sciurumimus (S. albersdoerferi) is being introduced.  Known from a single, spectacular specimen found in a limestone quarry in Germany, this dinosaur was once thought to be a megalosaurid, but a more recent analysis has placed this meat-eater into the Coelurosauria clade.  The amazing fossil, which is 98% complete, represents a very young animal, the entire skeleton measures 72 centimetres long.  Just how big  Sciurumimus grew too, nobody knows.  Sciurumimus (pronounced Skear-roo-my-mus), may have been a giant, but one thing is for sure, as a baby, it was covered in “dino fuzz”.

The CollectA Sciurumimus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Sciurumimus.

CollectA Sciurumimus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Deluxe range: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

Model Measurements

CollectA Mantellisaurus = length around 15 cm, with a height over the hips of just over 5 cm.

CollectA Sciurumimus = length 13.3 cm, height 4.8 cm (it is going to be fun attempting to calculate a scale for this dinosaur model)!

 

Everything Dinosaur’s Commissioned Drawing of Sciurumimus albersdoerferi

Sciurumimus drawing.

Sciurumimus illustration.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the Sciurumimus illustration that we have prepared for our fact sheet so from the Jurassic, we now move on to something which is very much 21st Century.

CollectA Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the fastest growing areas of technology at the moment.  CollectA have made a connection between their prehistoric animal models and cutting-edge computer generated images and effects.  In early 2018, CollectA will introduce a range of blind bags.  Each one will contain a mini dinosaur model and a data card that can be scanned by smart devices to bring your very own prehistoric animal to life on the screen.

CollectA Unites the Prehistoric with Innovative Computer Generated Visual Effects

CollectA AR

CollectA augmented reality.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Have Pterosaurs fly under your nose, or see how a Brachiosaurus would walk!  Bring your own prehistoric animals to life via your smart device.  Dinosaurs and augmented reality, sounds like a very powerful combination indeed!  Dinosaur fans and model collectors will be able to go “walking with virtual dinosaurs”, or, as there is a Mosasaur in the twelve models chosen to launch this range, you can go “swimming with marine reptiles” if you prefer.

The mini prehistoric animals used in this exciting product extension are some of the models available in the CollectA Box of Mini Dinosaurs sets which have already proved to very popular.

We will post up more information and product news about new models from CollectA in a couple of days or so.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article about the discovery of Sciurumimus: Megalosaurs Join the “Tufty” Club

Note: the above article was written when Sciurumimus was believed to be a member of the Megalosauridae.

For an article about fund raising attempts to honour Gideon Mantell with a Mantellisaurus statue: The Lewes Dinosaur Project

30 10, 2017

Rebor “Pete” Velociraptor Reviewed

By | October 30th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Review of the Rebor Velociraptor Model “Pete”

Rebor has produced a lot of “raptor” models, the latest off the production line is the beautiful, 1:18 scale running Velociraptor figure called “Pete”.  This new dinosaur model joins “Spring-heeled Jack”, “Alex Delarge” and “Winston” in the portfolio of scale models of adult Velociraptors.  There are almost enough Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor figures to make up your own personal pack!

The Rebor Velociraptor “Pete” Model

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor Replicas – “Pete”

Rebor has opted to produce a range of classical Velociraptorinae sub-family members and they are all shown in dynamic poses. After the leaping “raptors” comes this depiction of a running dinosaur and this is a beautifully crafted model.  The right hind limb is raised off the ground and the moveable arms are tucked (yes, we know that anatomically the hand is not in the right position), but this does not detract from the overall look of the figure.  The paintwork is superb, with subtle hues blended into the grey motif and we like the effect of the intermittent white bands that can be seen, particularly towards the distal end of that long, stiff tail.

To view the range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur including the Rebor Velociraptor model “Pete”: Rebor Models and Figures

A View of the Cursorial (Running) Raptor Velociraptor “Pete”

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

An Articulated Lower Jaw

Like many of the Rebor replica range, this figure has an articulated lower jaw.  When the jaw is opened, the fine detail in the mouth can be viewed.  It is great to see how the individual teeth have been painted, all credit to the artists at Rebor and the tongue of this dinosaur can be seen too.  It has always surprised us to see the number of dinosaur models in running poses depicted with their mouths open.  If dinosaurs are anything like modern animals, particularly their nearest living relatives – the birds, then they did not open their mouths very much, especially when running along.  However, the articulated jaw on this model enables dinosaur fans to pose their Velociraptor either “mouth closed” or “mouth open”.

Great Detail on the Skull and the Jaws

The Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replica "Pete".

Rebor running Velociraptor replica “Pete”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Vertical Pupils

The eye of “Pete” has a vertical slit for a pupil.  This pupil shape can be seen in the other 1:18 scale Velociraptor models, but in the Velociraptor hatchlings blind box series, some of the hatchlings are depicted with rounded pupils.  Cats, crocodilians, vipers and foxes have vertical slits for pupils too, a study published in 2015 shed light (no pun intended) on why certain types of predator have these slits.  It has all to do with the preferred mode of hunting.  Vertical-slit pupils are most common amongst animals that are either nocturnal or active in low light levels and hunt by ambushing their prey.  A paper published in academic journal “Science Advances” (2015) concluded that the vertical slit provides the sharpest image in low light helping a predator to judge the distance accurately between them and their target prey.

As “Pete” has vertical slits for pupils, just like his 1:18 scale Velociraptor counterparts in the Rebor range, it can be inferred that Rebor consider Velociraptor to be an ambush predator.

The Rebor Velociraptor Model “Pete”

Rebor replica "Pete"

The Rebor replica “Pete” Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture (above), the vertical slit pupil in this Rebor replica can be viewed.

Measurements

Our model measures just over 22.5 centimetres long (nose to tail) and on the sand coloured base the model stands approximately 11 centimetres high.  The base itself is 9 cm long by 4 cm wide.  Al in all, this is a super Velociraptor replica in the “classical” mould, we look forward to the arrival of the next Rebor Velociraptor in this series – Sweeney Todd.

28 10, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus

By | October 28th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus Video Review

Thanks to Everything Dinosaur, those clever people at JurassicCollectables have been able to get a close look at the Papo juvenile Spinosaurus, a figure that is currently paired with the excellent Papo Ceratosaurus in a special edition box set.  A video review of this figure, plus information about the box set has been posted up on the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel and this is a great way for dinosaur fans and collectors to get a really good view of this new Papo dinosaur replica.

The JurassicCollectables Video Review of the New for 2017 Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

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Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

The Papo model range continues to grow and team members at Everything Dinosaur already know what is likely to be introduced next year, however, the fate of the young Spinosaurus model featured in this video remains uncertain and the only way to get one at the moment is via this special edition box set.

A New Studio Layout from JurassicCollectables

In a departure from the usual green studio layout, JurassicCollectables have opted to use the white-out effect of a photography booth.  The focus is therefore, very much on the figure and the detail can be highlighted more easily.  Once again, we praise the camera work and the clear narration, in what is quite a lengthy video, it runs for just over 13 minutes.  However, the slightly longer format permits the narrator to provide more information on the model, enables a comparison to be made with other Papo Spinosaurus figures and permits “off-colour Alan” to make his customary guest appearance.

The Papo Special Edition Box Set (Juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus)

Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus special edition gift box.

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus gift box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the entire Papo dinosaur and prehistoric animal model range, including the recently announced model retirements (Pachyrhinosaurus, the baby brown Tyrannosaurus rex and the baby Woolly Mammoth), as well as the special edition Papo dinosaur gift box: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models.

Subtle Colours Identify the Figure as a Young Animal

Papo have taken care to give their juvenile Spinosaurus, hints of the more strident colours found in the large, adult Spinosaurus figure.  The narrator in the video points out the subtle colours found on the sail-like structure of this dinosaur.  In the adult Papo Spinosaurus, these colours are more prominent.  The use of colour in this way enables Papo to distinguish between a fully grown adult dinosaur and this, a figure of a juvenile.  The smudges of yellow paint, found along the back and down the tail help to reinforce the idea that this dinosaur has not quite reached maturity yet and has not attained its full adult colouration.

The Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus is Compared with the Adult Spinosaurus (Papo)

Comparing Papo Spinosaurs.

Comparing the Papo adult Spinosaurus with the Papo juvenile Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Comparing Papo Spinosaurs

JurassicCollectables have to be congratulated for including the large Spinosaurus model from Papo in this video review of the juvenile Spinosaurus.  The narrator picks up on the significance of the chosen paint scheme and also contrasts this 2017 figure with the Spinosaurus model from the mini dinosaurs tub also made by Papo.  The use of the white background allows for some really close-up detailed shots of the various replicas.  For example, the very fine teeth are commented upon and the great range of scales depicted on the juvenile are discussed.

It is a pity that we could not see more of the Ceratosaurus model, which also features in this special edition box set.  However, JurassicCollectables has already produced a comprehensive overview of this figure, which can be viewed here: JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Ceratosaurus

A Very Well Balanced and Stable Model

The dynamic pose of the juvenile dinosaur is discussed, the narrator commenting on the stability of the figure, comments are also made about the bony ornamentation seen above the eyes and the detail found inside the jaw (the jaw is articulated and in the video, the gape of the dinosaur is demonstrated).

The Video is Notable for its Clear Narration and Close-up Views of the Replicas

Papo Spinosaurs reviewed.

JurassicCollectables reviews the Papo juvenile Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel has amassed over 57,000 subscribers and features some 700 dinosaur and prehistoric animal inspired videos.

Everything Dinosaur recommends dinosaur and model fans to visit JurassicCollectables on YouTube and to subscribe: JurassicCollectables on YouTube

Our thanks once again to JurassicCollectables for producing such a well-made and informative video.

23 10, 2017

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

By | October 23rd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|1 Comment

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

It’s that spooky time of year again!  The nights are drawing in and Halloween is rapidly approaching.  For mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and grown-ups in general, “All Hallows Eve” can be a bit traumatic when it comes to searching out suitable costumes for the kids.  However, for young dinosaur fans, we at Everything Dinosaur have it covered as we have in stock a range of dinosaur dressing up costumes, which are ideal of Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the dinosaur dressing up costumes as well as dinosaur face masks: Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes

Dinosaur Dressing Up

With costumes for 3 years to age 9 and with prices starting from just £7.50 plus postage, Everything Dinosaur can take the “fear” out of shopping for suitable Halloween fare.  When it comes to the Dinosauria, most dinosaur fans would happily tell you, usually in gory detail, that the meat-eaters were particularly nasty.  Certainly, the big Theropods would have been best avoided if they were around today, however, even the smaller dromaeosaurids (the “raptors”), especially if they were pack-hunters, would have been creatures that you would not have liked to meet on a dark and stormy night.

Even the Smaller Meat-eating Dinosaurs Would Have Been Quite Frightening

A fierce looking dromaeosaurid dinosaur.

Even small dromaeosaurids would have been dangerous dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fearsome Flying Pterosaurs – More Scary than Bats

Bats (Order Chiroptera), are associated with Halloween.  These are the only mammals that are capable of powered flight.  Of the 1,200 or so, species of bat described, ten-times the number of Pterosaur species described to date, the vast majority are either insectivores or fruit-eaters (frugivorous).  Bats tend to be small, even the largest of the “mega-bats”, the Sub-order Megachiroptera, (which means “big wing hand”), are quite small.  The biggest extant bats have wing-spans in excess of 1.5 metres, but they weigh little more than a large guinea pig and they are entirely harmless, happily feeding on fruit rather than flesh.  Pterosaurs with their leathery wings would have been much more frightening.  There were small Pterosaurs, but some of the Pterosauria, some members of the Azhdarchidae, for example, were monsters.  Some species stood taller than a giraffe and had beaks more than 2.5 metres long.  Some super-sized Pterosaur fossils even come from Transylvania!

Giant Pterosaurs – Most Likely Carnivores

Powerful necked Hatzegopteryx feeds on a dinosaur.

Transylvanian giant azhdarchid pterosaur Hatzegopteryx sp. preys on the rhabdodontid iguanodontian Zalmoxes.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

Dinosaur Costumes for Halloween

Take the stress out of Halloween, with a special dinosaur costume aimed at three-year-olds as well as a larger design for children aged from between four years to nine years, Everything Dinosaur has dressing up sorted.  Our fast delivery and speedy customer service are tailor-made to make shopping easy, convenient and hassle-free.

The Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume for Toddlers (Three Years)

Dinosaur dressing up.

Dinosaur costume for age 3.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We wish all our customers a happy and safe Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume

Dinosaur dressing up.

A dinosaur dressing up costume.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For dinosaur masks and other prehistoric animal themed dressing up items: Dinosaur Dressing Up and Costumes

22 10, 2017

Dinosaurs of Britain and Europe

By | October 22nd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|1 Comment

Dinosaurs of Britain and Europe

Robert Townsend has sent us some more pictures of his prehistoric animal diorama.  This time, the focus is on the Mesozoic fauna of England and Europe.   Robert has constructed a large, prehistoric landscape and he has populated it with dinosaurs known from Europe and southern England.

The Rare Carnegie Collectibles Baryonyx Model is on the Prowl

The Carnegie Baryonyx dinosaur model.

The Carnegie Baryonyx model in a dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

The colouration of the Carnegie model certainly comes into its own in Robert’s skilfully made prehistoric scene.  This carnivorous dinosaur is very well camouflaged amongst the various model plants and trees.

A Classical Figure of an Iguanodont

Iguanodon classical model.

A classical Iguanodon model.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

A Classical Iguanodont Model

The picture above shows a wonderful model of an Iguanodont.  Much has changed within the Iguanodon genus since this particular model was cast.  For example, the type fossil material for I. bernissartensis is now a more complete specimen from Belgium, replacing the previous type material for Iguanodon, the fragmentary British fossil material.  Robert has carefully mixed older models with more recent replicas in his prehistoric animal diorama.

A Browsing Camptosaurus is Surprised by an Europasaurus

A CollectA Camptosaurus and a Bullyland Europasaurus dinosaur model.

A CollectA Camptosaurus is surprised by a Bullyland Europasaurus.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

The size of the prehistoric landscape provides Robert with plenty of opportunities to build in mini scenes.  For instance, in part of the diorama, a browsing Camptosaurus is surprised by the emergence of an Europasaurus.  This cleverly crafted photograph highlights the range of plant replicas used in the scene and the Europasaurus in the background provides a sense of perspective.

CollectA Deluxe Dinosaurs Do Battle

The CollectA Dacentrurus battles a CollectA Torvosaurus.

The CollectA Deluxe Torvosaurus faces a rearing CollectA Dacentrurus.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

The model maker has placed a CollectA Deluxe Torvosaurus, a model of the biggest carnivorous dinosaur known from Europe, close to a CollectA Dacentrurus.  The rearing pose of the Thyreophoran makes it look like that it is rearing up as the Torvosaurus approaches.  It is a nice touch to see the three-toed dinosaur footprints in the foreground.

Dinosaurs Fighting Over a Carcass

Battling over a carcass the Collecta Lourinhanosaurus versus the CollectA Metriacanthosaurus.

The CollectA Lourinhanosaurus tussles with the CollectA Metriacanthosaurus.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

Having a model of dead Sauropod in the diorama provides plenty of scope for creating detailed prehistoric scenes.  On this occasion, the model maker has chosen to feature a squabble over the spoils between a CollectA Lourinhanosaurus and the CollectA Metriacanthosaurus.  Once again, the well-made and carefully selected vegetation makes an excellent backdrop.

21 10, 2017

Steppe Mammoth Model on Display at Museum

By | October 21st, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|3 Comments

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth Helps Out with Museum Display

Scale models of prehistoric animals are not just appreciated by collectors, they can also help to educate and inform.  Here is a wonderful example of a museum quality replica being used in a museum exhibition to help illustrate evolution.  Everything Dinosaur was contacted by Dr Jan Fischer of the Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP, Dr Fischer wanted a Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model for a display case illustrating the evolutionary development of elephants.  Not a problem, as soon as stock of this 1:40 scale Mammuthus trogontherii model had arrived at our warehouse, one of our dedicated team members reserved a replica for the museum and emailed Dr Fischer.  One purchase later and the usual customary swift delivery from Everything Dinosaur and Dr Fischer could add the Steppe Mammoth model to his display showcasing the diversity of Proboscideans and how their teeth show adaptations to different diets.

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth on Display Next to a Steppe Mammoth Molar

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth on display in a museum.

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth used in a museum display.

Picture Credit: Dr Jan Fischer/Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

Toothy Tales Illustrated by Prehistoric Animal Models

The Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP is located at the Lichtenberg castle (Burg Lichtenberg), near the picturesque town of  Thallichtenberg in Rhineland-Palatinate, south-western Germany.  It is the largest natural history museum in Rhineland-Palatinate and at the present time, it is hosting a special exhibition all about prehistoric elephants “Mammoths – Icons of the Ice Age”.

The Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP Exhibition Poster

Poster for a Mammoth exhibition.

Mammoth exhibition poster.  “Mammoths Icons of the Ice Age”.

Picture Credit: Dr Jan Fischer/Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

Running until the 22nd April 2018, this exhibition “Mammoths – Icons of the Ice Age” includes a life-size replica of a Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), as well as lots of fossils and other artefacts that highlight the evolutionary history of this branch of the elephant family.

A Life-size Model of Woolly Mammoth at the Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

Woolly Mammoth on display.

Life-size model of a Woolly Mammoth on display.

Picture Credit: Dr Jan Fischer/Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

Amongst the numerous exhibits and helpful information boards look out for the replica of a frozen Mammoth calf from Siberia.

Showcasing the Evolution of the Proboscideans

Prehistoric elephant models in a museum display.

Prehistoric animal models are used in a museum display.

Picture Credit: Dr Jan Fischer/Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

For further information about the “Mammoths – Icons of the Ice Age”Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP (German)

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The molars give information on the diets of the various prehistoric and extant elephants in the display case and the scale models provide an excellent illustration of what the prehistoric animal actually looked like.  The Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model has been created from three-dimensional scans of fossil material, so it is fitting that this very accurate prehistoric elephant model is being used in a museum display.”

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

The Beautiful Display Case Highlight Proboscidean Evolution

A beautiful display showcasing Proboscidean evolution.

Proboscidean evolution on display.  The Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model is second from the right.

Picture Credit: Dr Jan Fischer/Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP

Our congratulations to Dr Fischer and everyone involved in the setting up of this most informative and carefully laid out museum exhibit.

19 10, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth

By | October 19th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Video Review of the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth

Those clever people at JurassicCollectables have produced a video review of the debut model in a new range from Eofauna Scientific Research.  The video provides viewers with an up-close and detailed view of the superb Eofauna Steppe Mammoth replica.  A model created from 3-D scans of Mammoth fossil material.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Mammuthus trogontherii

First described in 1885, the Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii), is thought to be one of the largest Mammoth species to have ever lived.  Body mass estimates vary but some palaeontologists calculate that males of this species, which was a member of the Elephantidae family, could have weighed around fourteen tonnes, that’s heavier than seven Aston Martin DB9 sports cars.  The narrator does not use this snippet of information, (it came up during an Everything Dinosaur product meeting about this new replica), but there is certainly of plenty of amazing information provided in this short (5:19) video review.

Available from Everything Dinosaur – the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth Replica

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

The Eofauna Scientific research Steppe Mammoth model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Steppe Mammoth Video Review

JurassicCollectables outline how the model was produced.  This beautiful 1:40 scale replica is based on an almost complete Steppe Mammoth skeleton from northern China that was studied by Eofauna Scientific Research team members.  The skeletal measurements were then scaled up to the largest individual specimen found to date, a more fragmentary specimen from Mosbach, in the north of Baden-Württemberg, (Germany).  The wonderfully detailed skull, shown in all its glory in this well-crafted video review, is based on a skull from Novosibirsk, Russia.  A three-dimensional prototype was moulded and then printed out, muscles and skin were added, using extant elephants as the template.  This is a scientifically accurate model and in the JurassicCollectables video review, the viewer is given plenty of opportunity to explore this model and to marvel at the scientific detail.

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of a Steppe Mammoth

Steppe Mammoth illustration.

An illustration of a Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Sales Help Fund Scientific Research

The narrator comments that Eofauna Scientific Research is a non-profit organisation and that all revenues from sales of this figure are ploughed back into scientific study and the dissemination of knowledge.  All the more reason to snap up this tusked-wonder and add it to your model collection.

To purchase the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth replica: Eofauna Scientific Research Models

In the video, the Steppe Mammoth model is compared to a Papo Velociraptor and it is great to see JurassicCollectables regular “off-colour Alan” having a cameo appearance.  The narrator provides some measurement details too, for a more complete assessment of the dimensions of the Eofauna figure, check out Everything Dinosaur’s earlier Steppe Mammoth article: Eofauna Steppe Mammoth scale and dimensions

JurassicCollectables have developed a brilliant YouTube channel packed full of prehistoric animal model reviews and other entertaining and informative videos.  They have just achieved 56, 000 subscribers, that’s an amazing achievement, our congratulations to the JurassicCollectables team.

Visit the YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables here: JurassicCollectables, Everything Dinosaur recommends that dinosaur model fans subscribe to the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel.

18 10, 2017

Mojo Fun Dinosaur Backpack Playscape with 5 Dinosaur Models

By | October 18th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Mojo Fun Dinosaur Backpack Playscape with 5 Dinosaur Models

Everything Dinosaur has just added a new product to its on-line shop.  The Mojo Fun dinosaur backpack playscape with five dinosaur models.  Mojo Fun models are designed for creative, imaginative play and the range includes lots of popular prehistoric animals.  Everything Dinosaur is exclusively offering the Mojo Fun backpack with 5 dinosaurs to start off, or add to your dinosaur model collection.

An Exclusive Offer from Everything Dinosaur – The Mojo Fun Dinosaur Backpack Playscape with Five Dinosaurs

Mojo Fun dinosaurs and backpack.

Mojo Dinosaur Backpack with 5 Dinosaur Models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Fantastic Dinosaur Playset for Christmas

Formed in late 2009, Mojo Fun has set about creating a range of prehistoric animal models that are fun, fun to collect and fun to play with.  The backpack folds out to make a large, colourful playset and we have included some dinosaur models with the backpack in a special offer as we start up the run towards Christmas.  Dinosaur fans can expect to find a variety of meat-eaters supplied with the backpack, all of the dinosaur models will be different and we intend to include a Tyrannosaurus rex model with every set we sell.

The Quality Backpack is Ideal for Storing the Dinosaur Models

Mojo backpack playscape.

The Mojo backpack playscape.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Creative, Imaginative Play from Everything Dinosaur

Complete with back straps and a carry handle, this dinosaur backpack folds out to create a colourful prehistoric playscape for the five dinosaur models that are included.  The playscape extends to nearly sixty centimetres long, this practical backpack makes an ideal storage space for dinosaur toys, what a super idea!   A Mojo Fun dinosaur backpack that provides a playset for prehistoric animals, we even include five dinosaurs for your young palaeontologist to play with.

This combined dinosaur backpack/playscape with five dinosaur models is available nowhere else.  This is a great gift for young palaeontologists and eager dinosaur fans.  The price is £36.99 plus post and packing and this offer is available nowhere else, this represents a saving of over 20% if you were to buy the backpack and models separately.

To view the complete range of Mojo Fun prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric and Extinct Models

Everything Dinosaur stocks a wide range of Mojo Fun figures and models, these can be purchased on-line, including this super Mojo Fun dinosaur backpack/playscape complete with five dinosaurs.  Young dinosaur enthusiasts can carry their very own “Jurassic Park” around with them, making creative, imaginative play available anytime and anywhere.

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