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27 03, 2017

Papo 2017 Models Arrive

By | March 27th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

First of the Papo 2017 Dinosaur Models are in Stock

The first of the new for 2017 Papo dinosaur models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  We have just received our first shipment of the new Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model, along with new versions of the Papo Oviraptor and the Papo Velociraptor replica.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the First of the New for 2017 Papo Dinosaur Models

Papo Polacanthus, Papo blue Oviraptor and the Papo blue Velociraptor.

Papo dinosaur models for Spring 2017.

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Papo Polacanthus, Papo Blue Velociraptor and the Papo Blue Oviraptor

The Papo range continues to go from strength to strength and it is great to see a model of the armoured dinosaur Polacanthus included within the Papo product portfolio.  The polacanthids are an enigmatic group of dinosaurs, with a lot of fossil material associated with discoveries made in the British Isles.  Polacanthus seems to have been quite closely related to Gastonia (G. burgei) from the United States, both these dinosaurs had a plate of armour over their hips (sacral shield).  Such a sacral shield can be clearly made out on the new Papo Polacanthus replica.

To view all the new Papo dinosaur models, including the Papo Polacanthus: Papo Dinosaur Models

The Papo Blue Velociraptor

Dinosaur model collectors can have their very own pack of “raptors”, as this new blue painted version of Velociraptor joins the Papo range.  The model is the same size as the Papo green Velociraptor that joined the range last year and it too has an articulated lower jaw.  This is not a new model, but continues the trend from Papo and other manufacturers to produce re-painted versions of existing models.  The original Velociraptor replica, has been retired, but its re-painted version is still going strong.  This model was joined by the green painted Velociraptor in 2016.  This replica will be retired shortly, the blue Velociraptor (although the models actually look quite purple), will effectively replace it.

Papo Velociraptors Galore but only for a Short While

Papo Velociraptors.

A trio of Papo Velociraptors.

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The Papo Blue Oviraptor

One of the most colourful dinosaur models to be introduced this year is the re-painted version of the Papo Oviraptor.  It still lacks feathers, but the new interpretation does at least demonstrate that some dinosaurs may have been keen to stand out from the crowd.  That famous skull crest is a bright orange, this contrasts nicely with the metallic blue down the neck and over the back of the head.  There is a blue flash that runs from the shoulder, along the flank, over the hips and ends near the tip of the tail.  As far as we can make out, even the egg that “egg thief” is carrying has been given a makeover.  The eggs in our batch of models seem to be a little darker than those found with the original Papo Oviraptor model.

One thing is for sure, Papo’s own unique designs shine through and we look forward to receiving the next set of new for 2017 models shortly.

To view the range of Papo models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models

20 03, 2017

Taking Uintatherium Out on a Date

By | March 20th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

When Did Uintatherium anceps Live?

Everything Dinosaur is preparing for the imminent arrival of the new for 2017 CollectA “Prehistoric Life” models.  The first batch will be arriving at our warehouse very soon, but we are in the process of finalising the fact sheets prior to arrival of other new editions to the CollectA range, due to come into stock later this year.  One of the new fact sheets has left us scratching our collective heads, it concerns an ancient prehistoric mammal that has a reputation for stumping even the most talented and dedicated of palaeontologists.

The beastie is Uintatherium (U. anceps) to be more precise, our team members have been scanning the literature trying to pinpoint the approximate time in geological history that this particular species of “Uintah beast” roamed.

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of the CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium Model

Uintatherium anceps drawing.

A scale drawing of the bizarre Uintatherium.

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Eocene Giant

Uintatherium is one of the more spectacular of a bizarre Order or extinct mammals called the Dinocerata (terrible horns).  Along with the genus Eobasileus, Uintatherium represents one of the largest of this strange Order of mammals, an Order that palaeontologists can’t quite agree where to place amongst the Mammalia.  They are placentals, but their exact position on the mammal family tree and the taxonomic relationship to the other Orders remains controversial.  Scientists such as Earl Manning and Donald R. Prothero have speculated that the simple cheek teeth of these animals might indicate an affinity with the ungulates (mammals with hooves).  Other academics have suggested that the dentition (teeth), most closely resemble the teeth of the Mongolian rabbit relative Pseudictops.  In this is the case, then the Uintatherium could be an example of a “huge horned bunny”!

Uintatheres and the Bone Wars

The role of these Eocene animals in the “Bone Wars” the disputes between the palaeontologists – Leidy, Marsh and Cope has been well documented, but what is not so clear, is when did Uintatherium, specifically U. anceps live?  We have scanned the literature and we have found dates ranging from 53 million years ago to as recently as 37 million years ago.  We doubt whether a single species could have persisted for this long, even in the most stable of environments, so have you any information of when Uintatherium anceps roamed the Earth?

Fact Sheet Being Prepared for the Arrival of the Deluxe CollectA Uintatherium Model in June

CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium model.

The CollectA Uintatherium model.

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

With a little luck (and a lot more research), we will be able to complete the Uintatherium data, the next fact sheet will have to prepare is a Brontothere.  This “thunder beast” might have superficially resembled Uintatherium, but it was not that close related.  However, the Brontotherium fact sheet is being put together as Everything Dinosaur will be bringing in a new line shortly, but more about that later…

16 03, 2017

Plesiosaurus Plush

By | March 16th, 2017|Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Plesiosaurus Soft Toys

Everything Dinosaur has added two Plesiosaurus soft toys to the company’s extensive range of prehistoric animal plush.  The soft and cuddly marine reptiles join the likes of Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex in a move that we think famous fossil finders like Mary Anning and William Conybeare would have approved of.

The Large Plesiosaurus Soft Toy

Plesiosaurus soft toy.

The large Plesiosaurus marine reptile soft toy.

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The Plesiosaur Family (Plesiosauridae)

As every budding, young palaeontologist will tell you, Plesiosaurs were not dinosaurs but marine reptiles.  Plesiosaurus is the only genus in the family Plesiosauridae.  During the 19th and 20th Centuries, a large number of long-necked marine reptile fossils were assigned to the Plesiosaur family.  However, recent studies have led to a revision and several specimens that were once described as Plesiosaurus have been assigned to their own, separate genus.  It was the pioneering English geologist William Conybeare who first coined the term Plesiosaurus.  He used this term back in 1821 and went onto describe the almost complete Plesiosaurus skeleton yet discovered. This specimen had been found eroding out of the cliffs at Lyme Regis by Mary Anning.  The term Plesiosaur pre-dates the term dinosaur as well as the first scientific description of a dinosaur (Megalosaurus in 1824).

Everything Dinosaur has its own Plesiosaurus family, as joining the large, Plesiosaurus is a very cute and adorable baby Plesiosaurus.

The Baby Plesiosaurus Soft Toy

The baby Plesiosaurus soft toy marine reptile.

The baby Plesiosaurus soft toy.

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Plesiosaurus means “Near Lizard”

Plesiosaurus received its moniker as the academic establishment at the time concluded that it was more “lizard-like” than the recently discovered “fish lizard” Ichthyosaurus, a genus, which itself has seen a lot of revision.

The large Plesiosaurus soft toy measures fifty-three centimetres long from the tip of its nose down to the end of that stubby marine reptile tail.  The smaller baby Plesiosaurus measures thirty-five centimetres in length.  Everything Dinosaur is delighted to welcome these two new additions to its huge range of prehistoric animal soft toys.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s extensive range of soft toys including the Plesiosaurus plush: Everything Dinosaur Soft Toys including Plesiosaurus Plush

16 02, 2017

Papo Prehistoric Mammals New for 2017

By | February 16th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Papo Prehistoric Mammals 2017

Amongst the dinosaur (and one pterosaur), models being introduced by Papo this year, there are two prehistoric mammals, both members of the Order Carnivora.  The Acrocanthosaurus, Ceratosaurus and the Cryolophosaurus might be getting all the attention, but we thought we would shed some light on the intriguing Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear models that are also coming into stock over the next few months or so.

New for 2017 the Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear

Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model and Cave Bear

Papo Smilodon and the Cave Bear.

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Papo Smilodon (S. fatalis)

When we saw the first images of the new for 2017 Papo Smilodon, we have to say we were somewhat taken aback.  It looks very different from the Papo Smilodon model that is currently in the range, a model that was originally introduced in the second quarter of 2011.  The new figure is certainly more flamboyant than the 2011 replica, the pose is fascinating but it is the combination of a lion’s mane and those rear tiger stripes that gives this particular representation such an unusual look.  In the modern lion Panthera leo, the males have manes.  The mane is thought to have evolved under selection pressure caused as a result of this social cat needing to impress females/intimidate rivals.  The mane provides a degree of protection during intraspecific conflicts, but we at Everything Dinosaur are not sure what evidence there is, if any, for a mane being present in the sub-family Machairodontinae of which Smilodon is a member.

The Papo Smilodon Model Introduced in 2011

Papo Smilodon model.

Excellent model of a Sabre-Toothed Cat

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Cave paintings of male Cave Lions (Panthera leo spelaea) show these lions without manes.  Although, this does not mean the members of the Smilodon genus were not maned either.  They could have had manes, there is simply not enough evidence to determine this either way (as far as we know).  Many scientists have argued that the likes of Smilodon fatalis were social animals living in groups rather than solitary hunters.  A mane could have evolved, an example of convergent evolution as Smilodon species were subjected to the same selection pressure as their modern, African counterparts.

The Papo 2017 Smilodon Figure

Papo Smilodon (2017)

The Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model (2017).

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Several palaeontologists and palaeobiologists have proposed that Sabre-Tooth Cats could have possessed a ruff of thick hair around the neck.  This would have protected the neck and provided insulation against the cold.  The scientific evidence remains incomplete, but for the moment Papo offers a maned and a maneless Sabre-Tooth cat model for collectors.

As for those tiger stripes, research has shown that Smilodon was very probably an ambush predator.  Limb and locomotion studies have ruled out long pursuits of prey.  It is likely that the likes of Smilodon fatalis, S. populator et al were camouflaged, perhaps some species did possess stripes reminiscent of a tiger.

 The Papo Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear replica is a real delight.  There have not been that many Cave Bear models made by the mainstream manufacturers, Everything Dinosaur team members remember with fondness the Schleich Cave Bear, one of a series of prehistoric mammals that were once produced by that German company.  Papo’s interpretation of this Pleistocene beast (which although classified as a Carnivoran. (the collective term for a member of the Carnivora), might actually have been almost entirely herbivorous, certainly has attitude.  The thick, powerful frame is well-depicted and the beast is almost snarling at you, as if daring you to purchase it.

New for 2017 The Papo Cave Bear Model

Cave Bear model by Papo.

Papo Cave Bear.

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Looking like it has just been disturbed from its winter refuge, this Cave Bear model is very well painted and the sculpt shows lots of detail.  We congratulate Papo for introducing another prehistoric mammal into its “Les Dinosaures” model range.

A Skilfully Crafted Prehistoric Animal Model (Papo Cave Bear)

Papo Cave Bear.

The Papo Cave Bear model.

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The Smilodon and Cave Bear figures are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur sometime towards the end of quarter 2 (June or early July), we will keep readers posted about new editions to the model range.

To view the current Papo model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

4 02, 2017

Schleich Models Have Arrived!

By | February 4th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

The First of the Schleich 2017 Prehistoric Animals are in Stock

The first of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models by the German manufacturer Schleich have arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.  Three new Schleich models are available, the Allosaurus with its articulated jaw, the large, green Brachiosaurus figure (amazing textured skin) and the feathered Utahraptor complete with poseable arms and an articulated jaw.

The First of the New for 2017 Schleich Dinosaur Models Have Arrived

New for 2017 Schleich dinosaurs.

New Schleich dinosaur models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

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These models are the vanguard for a number of new figures that will be introduced by Schleich, including a couple of models that have yet to be officially announced (expect to hear more news about them in the spring).

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of large Schleich dinosaur models including the 2017 additions: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animals and Dinosaurs

Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The trend for producing feathered dinosaur models continues with the addition of the Utahraptor to the Schleich range.  This model has moveable forelimbs and an articulated lower jaw.  Like the other new models, the Utahraptor comes with a hang tag booklet entitled “Conquering the Earth”.  The models are very well painted and the textured skin and feathers on the Utahraptor replica give these dinosaur figures a very tactile quality.  Such features are bound to prove popular with very young dinosaur fans, as will the bright blue colouration on the “raptor”.

The Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The Schleich Utahraptor model.

The Schleich Utahraptor dinosaur model.

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Look out for those grasping hands!

Upper Jurassic Dinosaurs – Allosaurus and Brachiosaurus

The other two models to arrive are the Allosaurus and the Brachiosaurus figures, both dinosaurs that Schleich has produced models of in previous years.  The Allosaurus has an articulated jaw and the skin texture of the larger Brachiosaurus replica has been very finely crafted.  The neck, back, the long tail, and the upper parts of the limb bones are covered in large, pebble-like scales.  This is a very intriguing interpretation of this long-necked, Late Jurassic herbivore.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model (2017)

Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model (2017).

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The carefully crafted skin texture on the dinosaur will prove very helpful to us at Everything Dinosaur.  We use several Schleich dinosaur models in our work in schools with children who have special needs.  Feeling the scaly rough skin and comparing how the model feels compared to other objects will help us in our “exploring materials and the wider world” dinosaur themed workshops.  These workshops are aimed at children at Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 and we are often asked to spend a few minutes with a child and their one-to-one support after we have finished our main teaching session.  We are looking forward to adding the new Schleich Brachiosaurus to our range of school resources.  Its impressive size will also be a “wow” for young dinosaur fans no doubt.

The Schleich Allosaurus Model with Articulated Jaws

Schleich dinosaur model (Allosaurus).

The new for 2017 Schleich Allosaurus dinosaur model.

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20 01, 2017

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 2)

By | January 20th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|2 Comments

New Papo Prehistoric Animals (Part 2)

Today, we feature the second part of our series of articles about new Papo prehistoric animal models being introduced this year.  Papo intends to add several new models to its “Dinosaures” range of figures in 2017, ironically not all of them are dinosaurs.  At the end of quarter two (June), Everything Dinosaur will be receiving stocks of the Ceratosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus the Pterosaur figure (Dimorphodon) and two prehistoric animal models, a Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus) and a roaring Sabre-Toothed Cat (see, we told you it wasn’t just dinosaurs)!

To read our previous article about the first set of Papo figures to be released in 2017: Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

Available in the Summer the Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Figure

Papo Ceratosaurus.

The Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur figure.

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Papo Ceratosaurus

We at Everything Dinosaur, are not sure what species of dinosaur this Ceratosaurus model represents but it certainly looks quite frightening.  This model will have an articulated lower jaw.  It is expected to be in stock at our warehouse sometime in the summer, perhaps June.

Papo Acrocanthosaurus

Joining the Ceratosaurus is this splendid model of yet another Theropod dinosaur, the mighty Acrocanthosaurus – and what a spectacular model this is!  It too, is due out in the summer and it will also have an articulated lower jaw, making it great for creative, imaginative play.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

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Papo Dimorphodon

The Papo Dimorphodon is posed in a terrestrial position, after all, these flying reptiles did not spend all their time in the air.  We expect this Pterosaur figure to be available at around the same time as the Papo Ceratosaurus and the Papo Acrocanthosaurus models.

New for 2017 a Dimorphodon Model from Papo

Papo Dimorphodon figure.

The Papo Dimorphodon model.

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This is the third flying reptile model to be added to the range.  It joins the Pteranodon and the beautiful Tupuxuara model, however, the Papo Dimorphodon will have an articulated lower jaw.

An Impressive Cave Bear Model (U. spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

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It was the German anatomist J. Rosenmüller who named and described this species of bear in 1794.  The famous French scientist Georges Cuvier also published work on these Ice Age animals.

Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

Along with the Cave Bear model, Papo will be adding a roaring Smilodon figure to its model range.  The colouration and markings chosen for this particular replica are highly unusual.  The artists involved in the painting seem to have been inspired by lions and tigers when it came to sorting out the “look” for this replica.  Still, it’s good to see prehistoric animals added to a range and not just dinosaur models.

The Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

The Papo roaring Sabre-Tooth Cat.

The Papo roaring Smilodon model.

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Shortly, we will be posting up details on the last of the planned 2017 prehistoric animal model releases from Papo.

To view the range of Papo models and replicas in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

18 01, 2017

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

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

New Prehistoric Animal Models from Papo (Part 1)

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

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

Papo dinosaur model - blue Velociraptor.

Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model.

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Papo Blue Velociraptor and “Oviraptor Bleu”

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

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

Papo Oviraptor dinosaur model (2017).

Papo blue Oviraptor dinosaur model.

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

Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

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

The New for 2017 Polacanthus Dinosaur Model from Papo

Papo Polacanthus model.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

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

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

16 01, 2017

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon Wins Award

By | January 16th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure – Iguanodon

Congratulations to Safari Ltd as their recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon dinosaur model has been voted the best prehistoric animal toy figure to be released in 2016.  Readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine were asked to list their favourite dinosaur and prehistoric animal models out of all those that had been launched in 2016.  The competition was tough, but the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon figure came top in the survey.

Voted Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure for 2016

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon model.

Some very striking colours on this new replica.

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Safari Ltd figures have won this accolade before.   The model of the armoured dinosaur called Sauropelta, coincidentally, from the same replica range as the Iguanodon figure, triumphed in 2015.  This year it was a model of yet another plant-eating dinosaur that was voted number one by readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

Iguanodon – A Very Popular Dinosaur

As most young dinosaur fans will gladly tell you, Iguanodon was only the second kind of dinosaur to be formally, scientifically described.  The genus was erected in 1825.  Together with the carnivorous dinosaur Megalosaurus and the armoured dinosaur Hylaeosaurus, it was one of three genera that together were grouped into the Dinosauria by Sir Richard Owen.

Well done to all the team at Safari Ltd.  A special acknowledgement of the efforts of the design team who worked very hard to develop an accurate interpretation of this Ornithischian dinosaur (bird-hipped member of the Dinosauria).

An appropriate gesture would be to give everyone at Safari Ltd a “big Iguanodon thumbs up”.  Congratulations!

To see the award-winning Iguanodon dinosaur model and the wide range of prehistoric animals that are included in the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model collection, simply click the link below:

Everything Dinosaur stocks: Purchase Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Replicas

8 01, 2017

An Ammonite Aquarium

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

An Ammonite Aquarium Model Display

At Everything Dinosaur, we get sent lots of pictures from customers of their prehistoric animal model collections.  We are always most impressed with the collections and also impressed with the remarkable and innovative ways that fans of prehistoric animals display their models.  For instance, model collector Paleo Paul recently emailed over to us some photographs of a couple of ammonites that he had set up to look as if these cephalopods had been photographed underwater.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite on Display

Ammonite replica in an aquarium.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite replica.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica (a model that was introduced into the range in 2014), the shot has been carefully set up to make it look like the ammonite was photographed swimming just a few centimetres from the sea bed.  The use of a flash, mirrors the powerful glare of underwater search lights used by divers and the bright light helps to provide depth and shade to the image, enhancing the perspective.  It is a very clever way of showcasing a prehistoric animal replica, the ammonite model standing out and clearly defined against the sand representing the seabed and the light- coloured rock placed immediately behind the model.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica: Ammonite Model Reviewed

Two Ammonite Replicas on Display

Two Ammonite models on display.

Ammonite models on display.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

In a second photograph, the Bullyland large ammonite model has been placed in the foreground and the two figures look really good together.  The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life replica might represent one species, whilst the Bullyland ammonite figure could represent a second species.  The hypernome on the underside of the Bullyland ammonite is clearly visible and the angle that the model has been placed at gives the impression that the mollusc is about to shoot backwards and speed out of the shot.   Once again, it is a cleverly composed photograph with the distinctive spiral shells of the models, framed in the picture.

Ammonite Models and Replicas

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite is around thirteen centimetres long and the shell some six centimetres across, whereas, the rare, Bullyland ammonite is a little larger, measuring nineteen centimetres in length with a shell diameter of more than nine centimetres.  The size of these models makes placing them alongside other marine animal replicas quite tricky when creating dioramas.  Even if these models were to represent a very big ammonite genus, perhaps the Late Jurassic Titanites, whose fossil shells can be more than a metre across, they would still look very much out of proportion when displayed next to 1:40 scale marine reptile replicas.

We commend Paleo Paul for finding such a creative way of overcoming this problem, creating an ammonite aquarium.

5 01, 2017

Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” Arrives

By | January 5th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Rebor Deinonychus Trio in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

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

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

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

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

Three Feathered Dromaeosaurids

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

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

A trio of Rebor replicas.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill”

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

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

Rebor Cerberus Clan "Raptors".

The Rebor “Cerberus Clan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

Praise for the Paint Job

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

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

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