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New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 4 of 4)

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 4 of 4)

Today, we reveal the last group of CollectA prehistoric animal models scheduled for release in 2017 and what an amazing group they are.  CollectA intend to introduce a Dimorphodon pterosaur model with an articulated jaw, a Deluxe Uintatherium, a giant prehistoric mammal of the Eocene Epoch.  Last but not least, CollectA are bringing out a box of mini prehistoric animal models, a wonderful set that features small replicas which we know will prove to be very popular with makers of prehistoric scenes and dioramas.

New for 2017 The CollectA Dimorphodon Model

CollectA Dimorphodon pterosaur model.

The CollectA Dimorphodon model with a movable lower jaw.

Picture Credit: CollectA

Flying into view or should that be walking into view, comes this beautiful replica of the Early Jurassic pterosaur Dimorphodon.  This flying reptile figure is depicted in terrestrial mode, after all, these creatures did come down from the skies and in the case of Dimorphodon, it probably spent much of its time either on the ground or climbing around in trees.  It is great to see a replica of this British pterosaur (not forgetting the possible second species from Mexico D. weintraubi), especially one that is shown in a quadrupedal stance, perhaps in recognition of the amount of research undertaken into pterosaur posture using Dimorphodon fossil material.

CollectA Dimorphodon Model Measurements

The official measurements for the Dimorphodon are length 37.5 centimetres and height (wing tips) just under 12.5 centimetres.  This model has been referred to as part of the “Supreme” range of models, but in other documents received from CollectA it is described as “Deluxe”.  Whatever range it is in, the CollectA Dimorphodon is certainly a wonderful figure, and like the CollectA Supreme Guidraco pterosaur and the new for 2017, CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus, it has an articulated jaw.

Additional note:  We can now confirm that the Dimorphodon replica is part of the CollectA Supreme range.

The CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium

CollectA has already introduced an array of top quality prehistoric mammals into their Deluxe scale model range and this new for 2017 Uintatherium (pronounced “Win-tah-fear-ree-um”), continues this trend.

The CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium Model

CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium model.

The CollectA Uintatherium model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

The model depicts a powerful animal with an amazing skull.  The detail in the mouth is fantastic, especially those awesome upper canine teeth, which were bigger in the males.  These teeth may have been used to defend this rhino-sized beast from predators or perhaps they were used in intraspecific combat.  The CollectA Uintatherium has been given a short coat of fur and the talented designer behind the CollectA prehistoric animal model range, Anthony Beeson explained:

“I chose Uintatherium, which, for an amazing animal, I think has been strangely neglected by toy makers in recent decades.  I decided to give it hair as I have never really liked the hippo style appearance for many reconstructions.”

CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium Model Measurements

The information we have indicates a total length of 17 centimetres, with the height of the model around 9 centimetres.  It makes a fine companion piece to display alongside the CollectA Daeodon and the CollectA Andrewsarchus figure, which was introduced earlier this year.

The CollectA Mini Prehistoric Animal Set

Concluding the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models from CollectA is this wonderful set of twelve mini prehistoric animals representing a wide range of creatures from the Palaeozoic and the Mesozoic.  These beautifully crafted models are going to prove to be really useful for model makers and creators of prehistoric animal dioramas, just to add those finishing touches to make a prehistoric scene look authentic and to add extra detail.

The CollectA Mini Prehistoric Animal Set

CollectA mini prehistoric animal models.

The CollectA mini prehistoric animals set.

Picture Credit: CollectA

 The twelve figures, which are all marine animals, are comprised of three reptiles (Pliosaurus, Temnodontosaurus and the giant sea turtle Archelon), three fish (Leedsichthys, Dunkleosteus and the fearsome Xiphactinus) and six invertebrates.

Commenting on this model set, Anthony Beeson stated:

“These are of course, not to scale but can be used in play and dioramas along with our other models as immature animals where we have already produced models of the same species.  The new models include the giant ammonite Parapuzosia and the little trilobite Olenoides serratus and other prehistoric fish and cephalopods that I thought might be enjoyable and educational.  I always particularly liked the elegantly uncurled Australiceras after coming across fossils at Dinosaur Isle museum on the Isle of Wight.”

This is a fantastic set of prehistoric animal models and from our perspective it is great to see the likes of the Late Cretaceous straight-shelled ammonite Baculites and a replica of the giant Cameroceras, often cited as our planet’s first, monstrous super-predator, included.

As to the size of these models, they do vary, with the largest models being just under five centimetres in length.

When Will These Three New Items Be Available?

We are expecting our first stock of the Dimorphodon, Uintatherium and the set of prehistoric animals sometime around the middle of next year.

To view the CollectA Prehistoric Life including 2016 models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

To view the CollectA Deluxe model range: CollectA Deluxe Scale Models

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 3)

CollectA Excalibosaurus and Basilosaurus

Today we reveal the next two new for 2017 prehistoric animal models to be introduced by CollectA, both are marine creatures, and predators but they are separated by some 150 million years of our planet’s history.  First up is the splendid Excalibosaurus, a wonderful replica of this Early Jurassic member of the Order Ichthyosauria.  This marine reptile had an elongated rostrum, its upper jaw was much longer than its lower jaw.  Palaeontologists have suggested that it used its bizarre jaws to slash at shoals of fish, the stunned and wounded fish would have then been easier to catch.

New for 2017 the CollectA Excalibosaurus Model

CollectA Excalibosaurus.

The CollectA Excalibosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

Known from two specimens, both found in Lower Jurassic strata exposed on the Somerset coast of England, this rare Ichthyosaur would have been an apex predator some 190 million years ago.  The holotype material is in the vertebrate collection of the Bristol Museum (England), whilst a much larger and more complete specimen is housed at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada).

Each prehistoric sculpture is approved by Anthony Beeson, a highly-respected expert in palaeoimagery and Anthony commented:

“Excalibosaurus is a local Somerset favourite of mine.  As the holotype is in Bristol Museum and is local to me, I have been able to spend some time studying it.  I think that both the name with its allusions to King Arthur’s magic sword and the animal’s own unusual swordfish-like upper jaw, make it a fascinating Ichthyosaur and one that is not well known amongst children.  It is certainly one of Bristol Museum’s star attractions.”

The colouration of this model reflects some of the latest research into the skin colour of marine reptiles and the new Excalibosaurus compliments the wide range of marine reptile models that have already been introduced by CollectA into their “Prehistoric Life” collection.

CollectA Excalibosaurus Measurements

The official measurements for this new for 2017 marine reptile model are: length just under 13 cm and a height (top of the dorsal fin) of just over 3 cm.

CollectA Basilosaurus Model

The second model to be announced this week is a fantastic replica of the early toothed whale Basilosaurus and what an amazing model it is.

New for 2017 the CollectA Basilosaurus Model

An early whale model - CollectA Basilosaurus

The CollectA Basilosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

We know that prehistoric animal model collectors and fans of the CollectA range have long been after such a replica and CollectA have certainly delivered with this carefully crafted figure.

Anthony explained:

“Basilosaurus is another animal that I have been intending to produce for some time.  Basilosaurus was a strange colossal early whale, with its vestigial back legs and evolving front flippers.  The colour scheme again veers away from the ubiquitous black and white of many reconstructions and towards the colouring of sperm whales, dolphins and dugongs.”

The colouration is fascinating, at the time Basilosaurus roamed the oceans (Eocene Epoch) a number of other mammal groups had taken to a marine existence, for example, the first sea cows, had evolved.  The grey patches in the picture seen behind the head and along the back are patches of barnacles.  Scientists have concluded that Basilosaurus was not capable of diving to great depths and spent most of its life swimming near to the sea surface (the Epipelagic Zone).  As this part of the sea is inhabited by barnacles it seemed logical for CollectA to give their model a few patches of barnacle infestation.

A Closer View of the Head Shows the Barnacle Patches Behind the Skull

The CollectA Basilosaurus model.

The Basilosaurus early whale model by CollectA.

Picture Credit: CollectA

The picture above shows a close up of the head of the model, several patches of barnacles can be seen on the figure.

CollectA Basilosaurus Measurements

The model measures over 35 cm long and it is approximately 3 cm high.  The very large size of a fully grown Basilosaurus has meant that, for practical reasons, CollectA were unable to make this figure to the same scale as the terrestrial models in their range.  The model is described by CollectA as “extra-large”, since it is longer than the CollectA Deluxe Feathered T. rex, this description does not do this fantastic figure justice.  As for a scale, we estimate that a male of the species could reach a length of around 18 metres, this would make the CollectA Basilosaurus to be around the 1:50 scale mark.

As for when these models will be available, we are expecting our first stock of the Excalibosaurus sometime around the end of February, or perhaps the first week of March.  The Basilosaurus replica is due out sometime in the middle of 2017, perhaps as early as June or July.

To view the CollectA Prehistoric Life range including 2016 models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

To view the CollectA Deluxe model range: CollectA Deluxe Scale Models

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Replica

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Model Reviewed

It’s fascinating to see the interpretation of an unusual dinosaur by a talented model maker, especially a dinosaur which is synonymous with the country in which that model maker resides. That is exactly what has happened with the excellent Concavenator corcovatus designed by Jesús Toledo as part of his Paleo-Creatures prehistoric animal model series.  In this short video (just under three minutes and twenty seconds duration), the artist talks us through the inspiration behind his choice of colour scheme and provides some further information about this enigmatic Spanish dinosaur that was formally named and described just six years ago.

The Video Review of the Concavenator Replica

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

Concavenator corcovatus by Paleo-Creatures

Although known from just one specimen found in the Iberian Mountains of Cuenca Province, (Spain), the fossils attributed to this genus represent one of the most complete Theropod skeletons ever found in Europe.  The excellent state of preservation and the articulation of the fossils suggests that the carcase of this meat-eater was washed into a lake not long after the animal died.  Once in the lake, the corpse was rapidly buried by other sediment and these conditions permitted much of the animal’s remains to be preserved.  At around six metres in length, Concavenator would have been a formidable predator, in the video sculptor Jesús explains that he wanted to give the impression of a swift and dangerous hunter, hence the quite dynamic pose.

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Replica by Jesús Toledo

Paleo-Creatures Concavenator

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Concavenator has been given a set of “tiger stripes”.  Obviously, the colouration of prehistoric animal models is a speculative business but it is not hard to imagine a Concavenator using tree cover and brush to sneak up onto a herd of unsuspecting iguanodonts.  In a forest environment, such camouflage would have been very effective.  In addition, the detail on the head is nicely done and all the teeth on our hand-painted models have been painted with great care.

Quill Knobs

The ulna (one of the bones in the forearm), of Concavenator shows evidence of what may have been the connection points for a series of quills or quill knobs.  In accordance with this, the artist has added some small feathery ornamentation to the forelimb.  The video gives the viewer the opportunity to view the limbs and to see the feathers.  That distinctive hump is well-crafted too.  Quite why the eleventh and twelfth vertebrae were twice the size of the other back bones remains a mystery.  The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator replica certainly shows off this dinosaur’s hump, given that this Theropod also possessed cranial crests (also depicted in the model), it has been suggested that the hump may have played a role in visual communication, perhaps to win a mate or to deter rivals.  Other palaeontologists have suggested that the hump may have evolved to assist with thermoregulation.

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator is described as being in approximately 1:32 scale, it forms part of a hand-crafted and hand-painted prehistoric animal model range created by Spanish artist Jesús Toledo.

To see the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator and the rest of the Paleo-Creatures model range currently available from Everything Dinosaur: The Paleo-Creatures Model Range

To read Everything Dinosaur’s 2010 article about the discovery of Concavenator: A New Theropod Dinosaur from Spain. One Lump or Two?

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri Video Review

One of the best reasons for making a replica of a dinosaur is because it happens to be one of your favourites.  That’s the reason given by talented Spanish artist Jesús Toledo for adding the gorgeous Torvosaurus tanneri model to the Paleo-Creatures range of prehistoric animals.  In this short video (2:37), Jesús explains a little about the two species in the Torvosaurus genus (T. tanneri from the United States and Torvosaurus gurneyi from Portugal).  In addition, he provides viewers with a close up look of this well-crafted figure.  The genus name means “Savage Lizard” and one glance at this Paleo-Creatures model convinces you that this Late Jurassic Theropod was a formidable predator.

The Paleo-Creatures Video Review of Torvosaurus tanneri

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

 Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri

For someone based in Spain, choosing the Torvosaurus species known from the Morrison formation of western North America might seem a little strange, especially when the European species is believed to have been larger and heavier.  Still, it is fascinating to consider where in the food chain Torvosaurus was and how it competed with the several other types of large, carnivorous dinosaur that shared its habitat.

When T. gurneyi was formally described in 2014, many media outlets described it as the largest carnivorous dinosaur from Europe known to science.  Theropod fossils from Europe tend to be fragmentary at best, however, based on an assessment of the upper jaw bone and a partial femur, this species of Torvosaurus from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal (Lourinhã Formation) may have grown to lengths in excess of ten metres.

A Scale Drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi

Torvosaurus gurneyi scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the video review, dinosaur model fans get the chance to view this Paleo-Creatures replica close up.  The proportions of the model have been carefully thought out and the articulated jaw is a nice touch.  The vivid colouration is very striking and it is worth remembering that every single Torvosaurus is hand-painted, it is a beautiful dinosaur figure.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus dinosaur model.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Jesús Toledo has managed to produce a well-balanced figure, the feet are not too oversized and the replica is very stable on its sandy coloured base.  Getting large bipeds to stand in a realistic pose can be a headache for designers and sculptors, but Jesús has achieved an excellent result with his Torvosaurus.

To view the range of Paleo-Creatures figures, including the Torvosaurus available from Everything Dinosaur: The Paleo-Creatures Range at Everything Dinosaur

The Monster of Minden – Wiehenvenator albati

Fittingly, we wanted to conclude this article on the ferocious Torvosaurus tanneri by mentioning a recently described Theropod that might challenge T. gurneyi for the title of the biggest meat-eating dinosaur known from Europe.  A team of researchers writing in the journal “Palaeontologica Electronica” in August of this year (2016), have described the fragmentary bones of a super-sized carnivore, one that may have rivalled T. gurneyi in terms of size.  Nick-named the “Monster of Minden”, the scientists, which included Dr Oliver Rauhut, from the Bavarian Collection for Palaeontology and Geology, have named this dinosaur Wiehenvenator albati (the name means hunter from the Wiehen Hills).  Although size estimates do vary, Wiehenvenator has been estimated to have been about ten metres long.  It has been classified as a sister taxon to Torvosaurus, although it lived at least ten million years earlier.

To read an article about the discovery of Torvosaurus gurneyiEurope’s Largest Meat-Eating Dinosaur Described to Date

For further information about Wiehenvenator albatiThe “Monster of Minden”

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 2)

New CollectA Models for 2017 (Part 2)

Time to reveal the next three models for 2017 to be introduced by CollectA.  Dinosaur and prehistoric animal model collectors and fans of all things prehistoric can expect a Deluxe 1:40 scale Deinocheirus, a new horned dinosaur figure – Regaliceratops and a Deluxe 1:40 scale Kronosaurus replica complete with articulated jaw.

In the first part of our series of articles introducing the new for 2017 CollectA prehistoric animal replicas, we hinted that there would be another horned dinosaur to come.  This time it would not be a member of the Centrosaurinae clade like Styracosaurus and Einiosaurus, so we are very pleased to introduce Regaliceratops.

New for 2017 the CollectA Regaliceratops Dinosaur Model

CollectA Prehistoric Life Regaliceratops model.

The CollectA Regaliceratops horned dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Regaliceratops

Named back in 2015, Regaliceratops (R. peterhewsi) rather upset the Ceratopsid apple cart as the skull showed Centrosaurine characteristics despite its classification as being a member of the Chasmosaurinae.  It is always good news when a relatively recently scientifically described dinosaur becomes a model and CollectA have done a great job depicting this stocky and statuesque herbivore.  The brightly coloured head shield and the body paint really make this particular dinosaur’s features stand out.

CollectA Regaliceratops Measurements

The official measurements we have for this new horned dinosaur model are as follows: length, a fraction under 12.5 cm long and height 5 cm approximately.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus (articulated jaw)

Swimming into view comes the first (hint) of the marine reptiles for 2017.  A magnificent Kronosaurus figure complete with an articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus Model

The CollectA Kronosaurus replica with articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

Fans of marine reptiles are likely to get quite excited about this short-necked member of the Plesiosauria, the model has been carefully thought out, taking into account some of the latest research into this formidable predator.  The deep body, large skull, the jaws with their heterogeneous teeth and some teeth very fang-like, long powerful flippers and that fluke on the end of the tail – all highly commendable.  Model collectors with long memories might remember a short-lived Schleich Saurus Kronosaurus figure that had similar colouration.  The Schleich Kronosaurus was around about a decade ago, in our view, this new CollectA offering is much the superior figure.

CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus Swims into View

The CollectA Kronosaurus replica with articulated lower jaw.

The CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Kronosaurus Measurements

This is quite a large model, it measures a total of 31 cm long, making the CollectA Kronosaurus about the same length as the CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus that came out in 2015.  The height of the model (from the top of the skull) is estimated to be 6 cm.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Deinocheirus

Hot on the heels of the not-to-scale Deinocheirus figure that was released last year, comes this Deluxe model.  Our view of this giant ornithomimosaur has been revised over the last few years and the design team at CollectA have been quick to acknowledge these revisions and apply them to their model range.

New for 2017 A CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus model.

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Deinocheirus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

The colour scheme chosen for this new figure is almost identical to the smaller model introduced last year.  However, the stance is slightly different and the tail in the larger, Deluxe version is not raised as high.  The head of the CollectA Deluxe model is also turned a little and not facing forwards. One thing that it does have in common with the popular Prehistoric Life model is that the tongue can be seen in both figures.  Palaeontologists have speculated that the deep lower jaw may suggest that this strange dinosaur had an over-sized tongue!

A Comparison between the two CollectA Figures Showing the Latest Interpretation of Deinocheirus

CollectA Deinocheirus models compared.

A comparison between the not to scale CollectA Deinocheirus model of 2016 with the new for 2017 Deluxe Deinocheirus figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus Measurements

The official measurements we have for the CollectA Deluxe Deinocheirus are: length 28.5 cm approximately and the model stands some 15 cm high.

As for when these models will be available, we are expecting our first stock of these three new models sometime around the end of February, or perhaps the first week of March or thereabouts.

To view the CollectA Prehistoric Life including 2016 models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

To view the CollectA Deluxe model range: CollectA Deluxe Scale Models

To read an article about the discovery of Regaliceratops: Regaliceratops – A Right Royal Rumble

For an article that discusses the revision of Deinocheirus (D. mirificus): Deinocheirus – Done and Dusted (for now at least)

Look out for more information on new prehistoric animal models from CollectA next week.

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus on Display

Naturmuseum Senckenberg Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus

With the wonderful Rebor Compsognathus replica back in stock (Sentry), it is worthwhile reflecting on the amazing Solnhofen exhibit in the vertebrates’ gallery at the Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Frankfurt).  The famous, finely grained Upper Jurassic Solnhofen and Holzmaden deposits are not too far from the Frankfurt museum, so a number of fossil specimens including pterosaurs, marine reptiles and dinosaurs are represented within that part of the collection on view to the public.

Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx on Display at the Museum

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus on display.

An exhibit showing the similarities between Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the brightly lit Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx exhibit, these two Late Jurassic animals are compared side by side.  There is a focus on the delicate jaws of Compsognathus (the genus name means “elegant jaw”), whilst the Archaeopteryx section looks at the adaptations within the skeleton for flight.  The informative display boards are in English as well as German, very helpful for visitors and this display forms part of a larger exhibit that looks at the relationship between small, cursorial Theropod dinosaurs and the evolution of the Aves (birds).  The bones within the display itself are casts of the actual fossils but great care has been taken to light the exhibit so the minute details, even traces of feathers on the Archaeopteryx specimens, can be made out.

The Rebor Sentry (Compsognathus longipes)

The Rebor replica Sentry (Compsognathus).

Rebor Compsognathus – Sentry

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Rebor range of prehistoric animal models including the amazing Compsognathus scale model: Rebor replicas including the 1:6 scale Compsognathus replica “Sentry”

The Rebor Sentry is a fantastic museum quality model of this lithe and agile dinosaur.  The Rebor 1:6 scale replica comes with a model of a Jurassic dragonfly (Protolindenia).  It is thought that Compsognathus chased insects and other small animals in the undergrowth.  Catching a dragonfly would have been a challenge for this little dinosaur (the largest specimen indicates a total body length of around 120 centimetres).  However, the effort would have been well worth it as a dragonfly would have made a sizeable meal for this tiny Theropod.

The craftsmanship on the Rebor Sentry is exquisite.  For example, this replica even has an articulated lower jaw.

Archaeopteryx and Compsognathus Models

Several mainstream model manufacturers have added an Archaeopteryx figure to their ranges.  This is pleasing to see, as the “Urvogel” is an iconic animal representing a transitional form between a reptile and a true bird.  The term “Urvogel” is German and it means “first bird”.  Although Archaeopteryx was not the first bird to evolve, when its fossils came to prominence in the late 1850’s and early 1860’s, it did indeed represent the first major and widely studied fossils of a Jurassic member of the Aves, or at least an animal the represented a bridge between the Order Reptilia and the Aves.

At Everything Dinosaur, we are aware that a mainstream manufacturer intends to introduce another replica of Archaeopteryx in 2017, once we have permission to post up pictures on our social media pages we shall get them up.  As for Compsognathus replicas, these are few and far between, that long tail, small head, and those delicate limbs make sculpting replicas quite difficult, that’s why there is so much to be admired in the Rebor Sentry replica.

The 1:6 Scale Rebor Compsognathus Model (Sentry)

Rebor 1:6 scale Compsognathus model

The amazing Compsognathus model from Rebor available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

New CollectA Models for 2017

Gigantspinosaurus, Einiosaurus and a Deluxe 1:40 Styracosaurus

It’s time to showcase the first of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models that CollectA intend to introduce.  The first three are all plant-eaters, indeed two of these new models herald from the same sub-family of Ceratopsians (the Centrosaurinae).

Prior to the horned dinosaurs, let’s look at the CollectA Gigantspinosaurus.  2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the scientific description of this Chinese Stegosaur and what a beautiful model CollectA have created.

The CollectA Gigantspinosaurus (Gigantspinosaurus sichuanensis)

CollectA Gigantspinosaurus (giant spined lizard).

The CollectA Gigantspinosaurus model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

Estimated to have reached lengths of around 4.2 to 4.5 metres, Gigantspinosaurus has been described as a “medium sized member of the Stegosaur family”.  The most striking features of this dinosaur are the greatly enlarged shoulder spines that give “giant-spined lizard” its name.  Early reconstructions depicted the shoulder spines as projecting backwards, but with the point of the spike placed over the hip area.   However, the CollectA model has placed the shoulder spines facing upwards with the points of the spikes directed backwards but much higher than the rump.  This representation mirrors the interpretation of Tracy Lee Ford.

CollectA Gigantspinosaurus Measurements

The official measurements we have for this model are length 13.8 cm with a maximum height (those shoulder spikes), of 5.3 cm.  The model may in fact be slightly longer, (around 14.5 cm), we shall check measurements when the model comes into stock and post up this information on the Everything Dinosaur website.

CollectA Einiosaurus

CollectA’s trend to produce at least one new Ceratopsian figure each year continues with the introduction of Einiosaurus, joining Pachyrhinosaurus, Achelousaurus, Xenoceratops, Diabloceratops, Nasutoceratops and Styracosaurus (more about Styracosaurus below), as Centrosaurine models in the CollectA Prehistoric Life model collection.

New for 2017 the CollectA Einiosaurus Dinosaur Model

Horned dinosaur model CollectA Einiosaurus.

CollectA Einiosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

The new for 2017 CollectA Einiosaurus is certainly a very striking model and the markings on the fairly compact head shield (a characteristic of this horned dinosaur), reflect the idea of this dinosaur having “eye-spots” to deter predators.  As Einiosaurus is believed to have co-existed with the tyrannosaurids Daspletosaurus and Gorgosaurus, body markings to deter potential attackers makes a lot of sense to us.  The talented artist and designer of the CollectA Prehistoric Life range, Anthony Beeson, commented to Everything Dinosaur that this figure was finished a while back, but it was completed just too late to be included in the 2016 catalogue.  We think this new model has been well worth waiting for.

CollectA Einiosaurus Measurements

The official measurements we have for this model are: length 12.7 cm, with a maximum height of 5.8 cm (the height of those third epiparietals sticking out of the top of the headshield).

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Styracosaurus Model

Last but not least, comes this magnificent Deluxe Styracosaurus.  A fellow member of the Centrosaurinae clade like Einiosaurus.  In fact, when Einiosaurus fossil material was first reported, it was described as a new species of Styracosaurus.  Styracosaurus and Einiosaurus may indeed, be closely related, although their exact phylogenetic relationship is still debated, they do have one thing in common, both these two new CollectA models are really well made.

The First of the 2017 CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Models to be Announced – Styracosaurus

The CollectA 1:40 scale Deluxe Styracosaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Deluxe Styracosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

Anthony Beeson stated:

“The Deluxe Styracosaurus has been produced as a result of the demand for a new and larger model from fans”.

It is a magnificent replica, in the image above, the detailing on the skin, including large circular scales can be seen.  Bristle-like structures have been depicted on the hips running down and beyond the base of the tail.  We are not aware of any such structures being found in association with Styracosaurus fossil material, but there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that these dinosaurs were not entirely naked as it were.  It is great to see a new, large scale replica of a horned dinosaur, one that does not represent the ubiquitous Triceratops.  The not-to-scale CollectA Styracosaurus replica, which has been around for several years now, has always been one of our favourite CollectA models, it really is exciting to be able to reveal that CollectA will be adding a scale model of Styracosaurus to their Deluxe range.

CollectA Deluxe Styracosaurus Measurements

The official measurements we have for this replica are: length 23.5 cm and maximum height 14 cm.  However, we do have information that the final model might be slightly bigger.  As with the CollectA Gigantspinosaurus, will be publish are own measurements when producing the product pages for these models.  For the record, the CollectA Deluxe Styracosaurus is going to be one of the smaller of the Deluxe prehistoric animal models introduced by CollectA in 2017, in terms of body length anyway.

When Will These Three Models Be Available?

As for when these models will be available, we are expecting our first stock of these three new models sometime around the end of February, or perhaps the first week of March or thereabouts.

We will post up more information about other model releases from CollectA shortly.  Look out for news of another horned dinosaur model coming out next year, but this time it’s a Chasmosaurine!

To view the CollectA Prehistoric Life including 2016 models: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

To view the CollectA Deluxe model range: CollectA Deluxe Scale Models

Carcharodontosaurus – A Very Popular Dinosaur

Carcharodontosaurus – An Enormous Carnivorous Dinosaur

Paleo Paul has been busy with his camera again as this week, team members at Everything Dinosaur were emailed some photographs of the latest addition to his fossil collection, a magnificent broken tooth from a very large Theropod dinosaur.  In his email, Paleo Paul explained that the tooth was from a North African, meat-eating dinosaur called Carcharodontosaurus, a dinosaur whose fossils first came to the attention of the scientific community in the early part of the 20th Century, although Carcharodontosaurus was not named and formally described until 1931.

The Large Theropod Tooth (Carcharodontosaurus)

Dinosaur fan sends picture of dinosaur tooth into Everything Dinosaur

The large, broken Theropod dinosaur tooth identified as Carcharodontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus

Paleo Paul wrote to say that this dinosaur was named and described by the famous German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach and this is a beautiful specimen.  In many of the fossil carcharodontid teeth that we have examined, the tip of the tooth is often missing and Paleo Paul is lucky to have this specimen in his fossil collection.  This is a broken tooth, the root is missing, this tooth was most probably shed when this dinosaur was alive.  The tooth may have been lost when this carnivore was either feeding or fighting.  Scientists now know that North Africa around 98 million years ago (Late Albian to Early Cenomanian faunal stages) was home to a number of large predatory dinosaurs.  Carcharodontosaurus saharicus is regarded as an apex predator, some of the teeth associated with this species are nearly twenty centimetres long!

A Close up of the Denticles (Serrations on the Teeth)

A close up of the denticles on the side of a Theropod dinosaur tooth.

A close up of the serrations on the side of the tooth.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows a close up the tooth serrations (denticles) which are found on the carinae (sharp edges) of the tooth.  The shape, number and size of these denticles are helpful when attempting to identify which dinosaur the tooth likely came from.  Denticles can be found on both the leading edge (anterior) and the rear edge of the tooth (posterior), most Theropod teeth have two carinae therefore, in bilateral symmetry, but not always, the carinae can be offset or even split in some genera.  Being able to see clearly defined denticles such as these reflects the high degree of preservation of this particular fossil tooth.  Well done to Paleo Paul for getting a super close up photograph!

An Apex Predator

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus was very probably the top predator in its environment.  In the Everything Dinosaur database, we record C. saharicus as being potentially, up to fourteen metres long, reaching a head height of nearly six metres and weighing in excess of 6,000 kilogrammes.  It really was a formidable animal.  Carcharodontosaurus is very popular amongst dinosaur fans and Paleo Paul also sent in a couple of pictures of his CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus model

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus in a Dinosaur Diorama

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur model.

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

To view the CollectA Deluxe range of scale prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

Paleo Paul likes to modify and repaint his prehistoric animal replicas, but in this instance he has decided that the CollectA Carcharodontosaurus needs no such makeover. It is just fine as it is.

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus on the Prowl

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus model.

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus prehistoric scene.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Our thanks once again to Paleo Paul for sharing his photographs with us.

Halloween Dinosaur Fun

Trick or Treat with a Dinosaur!

The countdown to Halloween has well and truly started and team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy sending out lots of dinosaur themed costumes for kids to help very young dinosaur fans get into the Halloween spirit.  Children seem to have a fascination with monsters and dinosaurs like Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex certainly tick all the boxes when it comes to monstrous animals with big teeth.  After all, a fully grown T. rex had jaws so big that it could swallow a small child whole.  Help your young dinosaur fans get into character with these super dinosaur dressing up costumes.

Dinosaur Halloween Fun!

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Trick or Treat!

Give your little ones a treat this Halloween!  With bright and colourful dinosaur dressing up costumes for three years and upwards, there’s bound to be something on the Everything Dinosaur website to get your little monsters roaring with excitement.

To see the range of dinosaur dressing up costumes, dinosaur hats and dinosaur masks, all specially designed for budding young palaeontologists, check out Everything Dinosaur here: Dinosaur Dressing Up

With the chest sizes of our dinosaur costumes starting at just sixty centimetres (24 inches), even children as young as three years of age can join in the dinosaur themed fun.  Whether it is dressing up for school, getting ready to go out trick or treating or simply joining in the Halloween activities at home, these dinosaur costumes are ideal.

Glow in the Dark Dinosaur Stickers and T. rex Skeletons

For that extra touch of authenticity make your young dinosaur fan’s day by giving him or her their very own dinosaur glow in the dark wall sticker.  Just switch of the light and watch your dinosaur skeleton glow in the dark!  Everything Dinosaur stocks a wide range of prehistoric animal stickers, it’s enough to get your own bones rattling with fright!

A Range of Dinosaur Themed Glow in the Dark Stickers

Dinosaur glow in the dark stickers.

Glow in the dark dinosaur stickers for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For glow in the dark dinosaur themed stickers, dinosaur face masks and a whole trick or treat basket of prehistoric animal products visit: Everything Dinosaur

Perhaps you might even try out some prehistoric inspired food!  Here is a link to a recipe for a simple and easy to make jelly themed snack that we call “insects trapped in amber”, very creepy or should that be creepy-crawly!

How to make “insects trapped in amber A Prehistoric Party Treat Especially for Halloween!

Scary Dinosaur Skeletons Depicting Creepy Cretaceous Critters

Glow in the dark Tyrannosaurus rex.

A glow in the Dark T. rex wall poster

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The fossil record provides plenty of evidence of some very scary creatures that lived in the past.  Huge teeth, big claws and frightening scales, tusks, horns and amour seem to have been quite prevalent amongst the Dinosauria.  Which one do you think was the scariest?

It only requires to say to all our customers and followers of our social media platforms – happy Halloween!

Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

The Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur and what a beautifully crafted display piece it is.  When team members at Everything Dinosaur were first informed about this new strand to the ever-going Rebor range, we have to admit we had reservations.  This was a departure for the company and in our experience creating museum quality displays can be very problematic, however, the display box “ticks all the boxes” for us and the Rebor oddities fossil studies T. proriger makes a novel and fascinating addition to any model collection.

The Rebor Oddities Fossil Studies Tylosaurus proriger

Rebor (Charon) Tylosaurus proriger.

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger in display case.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fine Details on the Replica

Everything Dinosaur has never conducted a survey to determine the most popular marine reptiles, but the likes of Tylosaurus, one of the biggest members of the Mosasauridae family, would be right up there and it is therefore fitting to see the first of this new line from Rebor depicting a skeleton of “Protuberance Lizard”.  The attention to detail is what makes this replica so striking.   The display case is well crafted and reminiscent of a museum display case, complete with sturdy hinges and overhead lighting (four AAA batteries are required).  The matrix surrounding the replica looks like it has been carefully chipped away to reveal the skeleton fossilised within the rock, individual chisel marks can be made out, that’s a really nice touch.

A Close Up of the Matrix Shows the Detail within the Substrate

The skull of Tylosaurus proriger (Rebor Charon).

A close up showing the details on the surrounding matrix.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Individual bones have been skilfully modelled and when lit, this replica really stands out, it just shouts quality and we praise Rebor for adding lovely finishing touches such as the brass effect nameplate.  Not only is the scientific name correct but we really appreciate the choice of an italic font, under ICZN rules and basic scientific protocol, the formal, scientific name should always be written in italics, something that a number of other model manufacturers fail to do.

The Nameplate on the Tylosaurus Skeleton Replica

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger nameplate.

The Rebor “Charon” Tylosaurus nameplate.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why Charon?

We were emailed by a curious customer who wanted to know why the Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica had been called “Charon”.  Those of you familiar with the Rebor model range will know that most of the replicas introduced so far have been given a nick-name related to Greek mythology.  The first in the Rebor oddities line is no exception.  In Greek mythology, Charon (otherwise referred to as Kharon), was the ferryman of Hades who transported the souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the underworld – the world of the deceased.   As Tylosaurus was a marine reptile and as it is the first skeleton replica to have been introduced by Rebor it seems apt that Charon was the name chosen for it.    Look out for another skeleton replica from Rebor coming out soon.  A 1:1 scale Rebor Club Selection Lourinhanosaurus antunesi embryo skeleton is due to be launched in the next few weeks.

To view the range or Rebor replicas, including the Rebor oddities fossil studies Tylosaurus proriger replica in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Replicas.

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