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13 08, 2017

Papo Cave Bear Model Reviewed

By | August 13th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|3 Comments

A Review of the New for 2017 Papo Cave Bear Model

The Papo Cave Bear model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This eagerly anticipated Papo replica arrived at our warehouse today and team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy checking inventory and putting models to one side for those customers who requested that we reserve one for them.  It really is a splendid model and it is great to see the French manufacturer extend their model range by including a prehistoric mammal, especially since the recent retirement of their popular Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta) figure.

The Papo Cave Bear Model is Now in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2017 Papo Cave Bear model.

Lateral view of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ursus spelaeus

Cave bears shared a common ancestor with the modern Brown bear (Ursus arctus) and they evolved around 300,000 years ago and survived until the late Middle Palaeolithic of the Stone Age, (around 40,000 years ago).  The last Cave bears existed in the Caucasus mountain range, but these large bears once roamed an area of Europe from southern Russian to southern England.  Everything Dinosaur is not aware of Cave bear fossils having been found in Ireland, although the Brown bear is known to have existed in Ireland.

A View of the Beautifully Sculpted Snout and Skull of the Papo Cave Bear

Papo Cave Bear replica.

A anterior view of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows a close-up view of the Papo Cave Bear model.  Cave bears can be distinguished from modern Brown bears as they tended to be larger and more powerfully built.  The skull has a distinctive slope down to the bridge of the long muzzle, this feature can be clearly made out in the excellent Papo replica.  The large canines are prominent and each of the incisors at the front of the jaws have been individually painted, the paint work on the model is really good and we like the darker colouration along the back, giving the impression of a thicker coat on this part of the animal’s body.

The limb bones of Cave bears were of slightly different proportions when compared to their modern cousins.  The limbs on the Papo figure give an impression of huge power and strength, the Cave bear was a formidable animal best avoided by people, recent studies have suggested that there was very little ecological interaction between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens and Cave bears, they may have used the same rock shelters and caves but at different times in history.  A number of carved artefacts and paintings have led some anthropologists to suggest that these large mammals were revered by our ancestors.

A Close-up View of the Large, Powerful Paws of the Papo Cave Bear Figure

The huge paws of the Papo Cave Bear model.

The large paws of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the new for 2017 Papo Cave Bear model and the rest of the Papo prehistoric animal range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Papo Cave Bear Model

Measuring a fraction under fourteen centimetres in length and standing some eight and half centimetres high at those muscular shoulders, this is an excellent Pleistocene-aged mammal model, one that works well in scale with several Woolly Mammoth replicas including the Papo Woolly Mammoth models as well as the CollectA Neanderthal figures.

The Papo Cave Bear Model (New for 2017)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The remaining new for 2017 Papo models, the Sabre-toothed cat and the Dimorphodon replica should be available next month (September 2017).

11 08, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews “Spring-heeled Jack”

By | August 11th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

A Video Review of the Rebor Leaping Velociraptor “Spring-heeled Jack”

JurassicCollectables have been hard at work again and their latest video to be posted is a review of the amazing “Spring-heeled Jack”, the Rebor Velociraptor, 1:18 scale dinosaur model.  Rebor has continued to set the standard when it comes to introducing “retro raptors” and this new Velociraptor joins “Winston, Stan” and “Alex DeLarge” in the Rebor replica range.

JurassicCollectables Reviews “Spring-heeled Jack”

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

In this brief video review, (it lasts just over six and a half minutes), viewers are given the opportunity to have a really good look at this skilfully modelled Late Cretaceous Theropod.  The narrator discusses various aspects of “Spring-heeled Jack”, named after a strange being from English folklore that was first reported 180 years ago.  For example, the video looks at the base of the model in detail and demonstrates the articulated jaw and the forelimbs that can be set in various positions.

To view the Rebor 1:18 scale replica “Spring-heeled Jack”, the counterpart model “Alex DeLarge” and the entire Rebor prehistoric animal model range: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

“Jurassic Park” Velociraptors

With the ground-breaking dinosaur movie “Jurassic Park”, hitting cinema screens in 1993, Velociraptors were up front and centre when it came to the prehistoric animals featured.  We won’t open up the debate on the size of the “raptors” in the film, suffice to say, thanks to this movie and the work of Stan Winston, the American film and television special make-up and special effects master, a whole new generation of young dinosaur fans was created.  The Velociraptors in the Rebor replica range, pay tribute to the contribution played in the portrayal of dinosaurs by Stan Winston, that’s why a number of the models in this range carry his moniker.  The leaping “Spring-heeled Jack” is reminiscent of the leaping Velociraptors from the Jurassic Park film franchise.

The Rebor Velociraptor “Spring-heeled Jack” Replica

Rebor "Spring-heeled Jack" Velociraptor model.

Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor “Spring-heeled Jack”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The genus name means “speedy robber or speedy thief” and the JurassicCollectables video review shows these dynamic models in all their beauty.

Compared with the Rebor Tyrannosaurus rex and the Rebor Carnotaurus Models

Our thanks to those clever people at JurassicCollectables for including in this video review comparisons with the Rebor Tyrannosaurus rex replica (King T. rex) and the recently reviewed Rebor Carnotaurus figure “Crimson King”.  Off-colour Alan even gets in on the action, he is shown riding on the back of the leaping Velociraptor and the figure looks really good next to “Spring-heeled Jack”, very reminiscent of the scene from the first Jurassic Park” movie where big-game hunter, Robert Muldoon meets his demise.

JurassicCollectables have a brilliant YouTube channel crammed full of prehistoric animal model reviews and other very interesting and informative videos, including reviews of the aforementioned Rebor Carnotaurus replica and the Rebor “King T. rex“.

Visit the YouTube channel of Jurassic Collectables: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , please remember to subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel, after all, some 50,000+ dinosaur and prehistoric animal model fans can’t be wrong!

9 08, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Rebor and More!

By | August 9th, 2017|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Rebor and More!

Subscribers to the Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter were treated to some privileged information last week when they got notice of the arrival of the new Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor replicas “Spring-heeled Jack” and “Alex Delarge”.  Many customers had already taken advantage of the company’s no hassle, no obligation product reservation service and they knew that these dinosaur models had been set aside for them.  Once the newsletter had been received, the orders for these two beautiful Velociraptor replicas started to come in.

The Pair of Rebor Leaping Velociraptors Feature in the Latest Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.

Rebor Velociraptor models feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the full range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Replicas and Models

Our next newsletter is due out shortly, there is just so much going on at the moment, it really is quite difficult for our team members to keep up with the exciting developments.

If blog readers would like to subscribe, then all you have to do is to drop us an email: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Rebor “Spring-heeled Jack” and the Rebor Velociraptor “Alex Delarge”

Rebor "Spring-heeled Jack" and "Alex Delarge" Velociraptor replicas.

Rebor “Spring-heeled Jack” and “Alex Delarge” Velociraptor models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The stunning Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor models are sold as a pair and they are also available separately.  Each model has an articulated lower jaw and the arms can be placed in various positions.  The dinosaurs measure around twenty centimetres in length and when put on the larger of the two metal rods that come with these figures, the model stands some twenty-five centimetres in the air.

Carnotaurus and Cards

The Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter also permits us to update subscribers when new stocks of existing models arrive as well as letting people know about new products.  The early August newsletter confirmed that fresh supplies of the popular Rebor “Crimson King” – Carnotaurus sastrei had arrived.  The company’s initial stock having sold out very quickly, however, with a new batch of abelisaurs safely put into the warehouse, fans of Rebor could acquire this Theropod replica.  In addition, this newsletter allowed us to highlight a new range of dinosaur themed gift and greetings cards that had just arrived in stock.

The Rebor Carnotaurus Replica “Crimson King” and Dinosaur Cards

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (August 2017).

Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter features a variety of dinosaur themed products.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The dinosaur themed greetings cards feature three very famous dinosaurs, these dinosaurs are Diplodocus, Tyrannosaurus rex and as shown in the snippet from our customer newsletter (above), a very colourful Stegosaurus.  Each card is blank inside so that you can write your own message and there is a surprise inside each card too – a pop-up prehistoric animal, that we are sure will delight the recipient.  Dinosaur themed greetings and gift cards can be found in the huge party section of Everything Dinosaur’s website: Everything Dinosaur Party Items.

Everything Dinosaur plans to publish more newsletters over the next few weeks and months, helping to keep our ever-growing customer base informed about the company and its product range.

8 08, 2017

Customised CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon

By | August 8th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Customised CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon

At Everything Dinosaur, it is always a pleasure to hear from our customers.  We get sent lots of photographs of customised models, collectors having taken a model and given it a unique paint job.  Sometimes subtle changes are made to the body plan as well.  Take for example, Elizabeth who is a long-time collector of prehistoric animal replicas.  When CollectA introduced a large replica of the flying reptile Dimorphodon, Elizabeth jumped at the chance of acquiring it and then commissioned talented model maker Martin Garratt to re-paint the Pterosaur, providing her with a marvellous centrepiece for her model collection.

The Repainted CollectA 1:40 Scale Dimorphodon Model

CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon repainted.

A repainted CollectA deluxe Dimorphodon replica.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF models)

Exquisite Dimorphodon Figure

Dimorphodon is known from the Early Jurassic of England (fossils found at Lyme Regis by Mary Anning) and a second species has been described from Mexico.  It was a member of the Rhamphorhynchoid “Ram-for-rink-oid” Pterosaurs, a sub-order of the Pterosauria characterised by their long tails, with most genera having teeth but lacking a bony crest.  The term Rhamphorhynchoid helps to distinguish early Pterosaurs from later forms (Pterodactyloidea), although the term is beginning to fall out of favour with palaeontologists due to the difficulties of defining newly described Jurassic species using this grouping.

With a wingspan of around 1.4 metres and weighing approximately 1.5 kilogrammes, this Pterosaur was no giant and many early illustrations of this flying reptile placed it in a coastal environment, however, a number of scientists including the eminent Pterosaur expert Dr Mark Witton, have suggested that this strong-legged, big-headed fellow was probably more at home in forests away from sea.

A Closer View of the Wonderful Paintwork by Martin Garratt

CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon repainted.

A closer view of the beautifully painted snout.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models)

The CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon Replica

CollectA Dimorphodon pterosaur model.

The CollectA Dimorphodon model with a movable lower jaw.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon Replica

Measuring a fraction under thirty-eight centimetres in length the CollectA Supreme Deluxe Dimorphodon (part of the CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Collection), is a strong candidate for customisation.  The model even has an articulated lower jaw, making access to the inside of the mouth easier for painting.  The sands and browns of the original paint scheme have been replaced by much more dynamic and vibrant palate in Martin’s interpretation.  The “leopard spots” have been replaced by “tiger stripes” and the finished repainted model is superb.

Commenting on her commission, CollectA model fan Elizabeth stated:

“I have always been a great admirer of John Sibbick’s work (and several of his original paintings hang on my walls).  I have a soft spot for John’s painting of Dimorphodon that adorns pages 70-71 of Wellnhofer’s book “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs” (1991) and I asked Martin if he would do something along those lines.”

We at Everything Dinosaur are also great fans of John Sibbick’s amazing artwork.  Team members were asked to write the press releases that accompanied the Royal Mail British prehistoric animal stamps that John was commissioned to paint.  The Dimorphodon illustration has been reproduced on numerous occasions, to illustrate both Dimorphodon macronyx and the sub-order of Pterosaurs as a whole.  For example, the Dimorphodon painting that inspired the colour scheme on the CollectA Dimorphodon can be found on page 172 of “The Concise Dinosaur Encyclopedia” published in 2004 by Kingfisher.

The Illustration by John Sibbick that Inspired the CollectA Dimorphodon Repaint

Dimorphodon illustration (John Sibbick).

Dimorphodon male and female by John Sibbick.

Picture Credit: John Sibbick

The picture above shows the John Sibbick artwork, the Dimorphodon on the right of the image is probably a male, the repainted CollectA model has been inspired by such illustrations and the resulting figure after Martin Garratt’s makeover is a truly unique and stunning model.

The Repainted CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon

A repainted CollectA Dimorphodon model.

The repainted CollectA Dimorphodon replica.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models)

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

” We always enjoy seeing how the models and replicas that we supply are customised by their owners.  We have known Martin and Marilyn at UMF Models for a number of years and we do get asked by our customers to send purchases direct to them for modification and personalisation.  Elizabeth’s Dimorphodon figure is fantastic and it just goes to show what can be achieved when a good, anatomically accurate production figure is repainted by a top-quality model maker and artist.”

See more of UMF Models on their Facebook page: Martin Garratt/UMF Models on Facebook

To view the CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon and the other figures in the CollectA Deluxe range: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life Model Range

30 07, 2017

Dinosaur Gift Cards

By | July 30th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|1 Comment

New Range of Dinosaur Themed Gift Cards

Everything Dinosaur has added a new range of dinosaur themed greetings cards to the company’s ever-growing prehistoric animal portfolio.  The dinosaur cards feature a pop-up dinosaur inside and there are three exciting designs to choose from.  Firstly, we have a delightful Diplodocus, then there is the spiky Stegosaurus and for fans of meat-eating dinosaurs, naturally, the range also includes a terrific Tyrannosaurus rex greetings card.

A Dinosaur Greetings Card with a Diplodocus Theme

Diplodocus dinosaur card.

Diplodocus features on this dinosaur card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ideal for Dinosaur Birthday Cards

Lots of children love dinosaurs and ask for dinosaurs for birthday presents.  Fortunately, for mums, dads, grandparents and other relatives of eager, young palaeontologists, Everything Dinosaur has a range of prehistoric animal themed greetings cards to help make birthdays complete.  Each of these new cards features a pop-up dinosaur inside.

A Big, Bold, Pop-up Stegosaurus Inside the Spiky Stegosaurus Greetings Card

Pop-card features Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus pop-up card – ideal for birthdays!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of dinosaur themed greetings cards and dinosaur party items available from Everything Dinosaur: Dinosaur Party Gifts and Greetings Cards Everything Dinosaur certainly has everything covered when it comes to dinosaur birthday parties and other prehistoric animal themed occasions, all backed up by our super, fast delivery and top-notch customer service.

The Front Cover Picture from the T. rex Greetings Card

T. rex dinosaur card.

Tyrannosaurus rex features on this dinosaur card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Pop-up Cards

At Everything Dinosaur, barely a day goes by without some new product being approved by our testing team and getting put up on-line at Everything Dinosaur the pop-up dinosaur cards are blank inside so that you can add your own personal message.   They are already proving to be very popular amongst parents of dinosaur fans.  With so many dinosaur models and toys being sold, it was only a matter of time before we had to extend our dinosaur greetings card range to keep up with the demand.

The Stegosaurus on the Dinosaur Greetings Card

Stegosaurus dinosaur card.

Stegosaurus on the front cover of this dinosaur card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These dinosaur cards are going to make every dinosaur mad child’s birthday or special occasion even more special, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We like the design of these dinosaur greetings cards, they are very colourful and the pop-up dinosaur inside is very well crafted.  We particularly like the little extra details, such as the Pterosaurs flying over the Stegosaurus and the skeleton that is on the inside of the T. rex greetings card.”

Beautifully Drawn Dinosaur Greetings Cards

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur card.

T. rex pop-up card, complete with dinosaur skeleton.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These distinctive dinosaur themed greetings cards are even supplied with their own envelope so sending birthday wishes or marking some other event in the lives of young palaeontologists is made even easier.  Everything Dinosaur receives hundreds of letters, emails, dinosaur drawings and pictures of dinosaur models, more dinosaur themed cards have been requested and we are happy to help out.  We know that dinosaur fans will be roaring with excitement when they receive a special prehistoric animal themed greetings card, such as these dinosaur pop-up cards.  Trouble is, we can’t make up our minds as to which is our favourite!

27 07, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter July 2017

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

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter July 2017

A great way to keep up to date with all the developments at Everything Dinosaur is to subscribe to the company’s newsletter.  The July issue introduced new CollectA models as well as the latest Schleich “Conquering the Earth” dinosaurs.  The new CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Uintatherium is one of the most eagerly anticipated, new for 2017 replicas and stocks of this Eocene mammal replica are now in Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse, but thanks to our company newsletter, supplies are already beginning to run low, such has been the demand for this model.

The Everything Dinosaur July 2017 Newsletter Features the CollectA Uintatherium

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Uintatherium model.

CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Supreme Deluxe Dimorphodon

Hot on the hooves of the Uintatherium, comes the CollectA Supreme Deluxe Dimorphodon model.  This is bound to prove to be popular amongst fans of flying reptiles and this huge model will make a terrific centrepiece to any model collection.

New Pterosaur Replica in the July Newsletter

CollectA Deluxe Dimorphodon model.

CollectA Supreme Deluxe Dimorphodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There are opportunities to subscribe to the Everything Dinosaur newsletter when placing an order with us, but guests and other visitors to the Everything Dinosaur website can subscribe by travelling down the home page and filling in the simple form on the bottom right of the screen.

Scroll Down the Everything Dinosaur Homepage to Find the E-News Subscription Form

Subscribe to the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Scroll down the Everything Dinosaur home page to find the subscription area.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Visit Everything Dinosaur’s website here: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Conquering the Earth Dinosaurs

Our latest newsletter also featured a number of new Schleich dinosaurs including the Carnotaurus, Velociraptor, Acrocanthosaurus and T. rex.  All these new Schleich models have articulated lower jaws and they are ideal for robust, creative play.

Schleich Conquering the Earth Dinosaurs in the July Newsletter

Conquering the Earth Schleich dinosaurs.

New for 2017 Schleich dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fans of herbivorous dinosaurs were not neglected, we made sure to include some further information and links about the new Schleich Kentrosaurus model (seen above, pictured on the left).

To view all the Schleich dinosaurs and prehistoric animal models currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animals and Dinosaurs

CollectA Basilosaurus and the CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

Also, newly arrived are the CollectA Basilosaurus model and the set of mini prehistoric marine animals.   Fans of prehistoric whales finally have a Basilosaurus within the CollectA range.

All at Sea with the CollectA Basilosaurus and the CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals

CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals and Basilosaurus.

CollectA Basilosaurus and mini prehistoric marine animals set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The nautical theme continues with the introduction of the CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals, a set of twelve replicas representing some of the amazing marine fauna that once existed in the seas and oceans of our planet.  What fantastic news for model makers and fans of prehistoric dioramas.  For example, a trilobite can be added to a marine model scene that features Dunkleosteus, or Mosasaurus can be chasing ammonites in a Cretaceous model diorama!

The CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

The CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set, the Basilosaurus and the rest of the not to scale CollectA range: CollectA Prehistoric Life Collection

For the CollectA Deluxe/Supreme range including the CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium and the fantastic CollectA Dimorphodon: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Models

Everything Dinosaur recently wrote a helpful guide to the animals represented in the CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.  To read this article: A Guide to the CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animal Set

24 07, 2017

New CollectA Models in Stock

By | July 24th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Dimorphodon, Uintatherium, Basilosaurus and Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Arrive

The final batch of new for 2017, CollectA prehistoric animal models has arrived and what a splendid collection they are!  CollectA had introduced their new dinosaurs earlier in the year, so this final set of 2017 models does not contain any “terrible lizards”, just a group of well-crafted models that are going to delight collectors.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Latest CollectA 2017 Prehistoric Animal Models

Marine prehistoric animals, Basilosaurus, Uintatherium and the CollectA Dimorphodon model.

The latest CollectA models (2017).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Dimorphodon with Movable Jaw

It is great to see CollectA introducing another replica of a large Pterosaur into their “Deluxe” range.  The Dimorphodon will sit proudly next to the Guidraco figure, a model that was introduced back in 2015, to much acclaim.  Everything Dinosaur team members have been in discussion with leading expert on the Pterosauria Mark Witton recently, like Mark, we think that this Early Jurassic flying reptile may well have lived in an arboreal environment and not on the coast as depicted in many illustrations.  The team at CollectA, think this was the case also, as they chose to illustrate their new CollectA Dimorphodon in a terrestrial setting.

Dimorphodon Probably Lived Inland in Forests

CollectA catalogue 2017.

The CollectA 2017 catalogue features the Dimorphodon model on the front.

Picture Credit: CollectA/Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur fans and model collectors can request a free CollectA catalogue from Everything Dinosaur.  To view the extensive range of CollectA prehistoric animal models and figures and to request a free catalogue: CollectA Prehistoric Life Model Range

The CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium

The CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium model is one of our favourite replicas to be released this year.  We have followed the development of this prehistoric mammal figure very closely.  Although, Uintatherium was one of the largest land animals of the Eocene Epoch and is well represented in the fossil record of North America, very few replicas of Uintatheres have been produced.  Measuring a fraction under nineteen centimetres long, this is an excellent 1:20 scale model of “Uintah Beast”.

The New for 2017 CollectA Deluxe Uintatherium

Uintatherium model by CollectA.

CollectA Uintatherium model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Basilosaurus

Fans of the “Walking with Beasts” television series have waited a long time for a model of the giant, toothed whale Basilosaurus and CollectA have certainly delivered with this thirty-six-centimetre long model, complete with colonies of barnacles on its skin.

The CollectA Basilosaurus Model

An early whale model - CollectA Basilosaurus

The CollectA Basilosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Although this model is much bigger than many of the replicas in the CollectA Deluxe scale model series, it is not actually part of that model range.  The size of the model, merely reflecting the actual size of this early whale.  Males may have reached lengths in excess of eighteen metres (females were slightly smaller), based on these measurements, we estimate that the CollectA Basilosaurus is around 1:50 scale.

CollectA Box of Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals

Model makers and diorama builders are in for a real treat with the addition of the set of mini prehistoric marine animals from CollectA.  The set of twelve figures, ranging from a trilobite, ammonites, prehistoric fish and marine reptiles, are ideal for use in prehistoric landscapes, adding variety and colour to any marine diorama.  Our personal favourite is the replica of the Late Cretaceous sea turtle Archelon, but look out also for the Leedsichthys and the Xiphactinus.

The CollectA Box of Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals

CollectA mini prehistoric animal models.

The CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Plans are well advanced for the 2018 models and in the autumn, Everything Dinosaur will publish news about the next set of prehistoric animal models, but for the meantime, let’s enjoy the arrival of this, the last batch of new for 2017 CollectA replicas.

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animals: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

21 07, 2017

A Guide to the CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

By | July 21st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Teaching|0 Comments

A Guide to the CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

With CollectA having introduced another set of miniature figures into their “Prehistoric Life” model series, team members at Everything Dinosaur thought it would prove helpful to model makers if they listed the twelve replicas within the new CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.  This information might be helpful to creators of prehistoric animal dioramas so that they can put the correct model within the context of the geological time period that they are trying to replicate.

The New for 2017 CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

The CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals.

The CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Contents and Details

The twelve replicas that make up this set are certainly an eclectic bunch.  The model set consists of six vertebrates and six invertebrates.  We have listed them in alphabetical order and provided some details about the prehistoric animal each replica represents.

  • Archelon – known from Upper Cretaceous deposits (Campanian faunal stage), of the United States.  One of the largest turtles known to science, it lived approximately 80 million years ago in the Western Interior Seaway.  Archelon means “ruling turtle”.
  • Australiceras –  known from Australia (Queensland), fossils of this ammonite have been found in Early Cretaceous rocks (Aptian faunal stage 125 – 112 million years ago).  The name translates as “southern horn”.
  • Baculites – a straight shelled member of the Ammonite Order from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian faunal stage to the Maastrichtian).   This mollusc had a worldwide distribution, but most of the named species are associated with the Campanian faunal stage of the Western Interior Seaway.  The name translates as “walking stick rock”.
  • Cameroceras –  a giant member of the Orthocones (Cephalopoda – related to squid, cuttlefish, octopi and ammonites). It evolved in the mid Ordovician some 470 million years ago and was widespread. One the largest molluscs to have ever lived, size estimates of around six to nine metres have been stated.  These giants, survived into the Silurian, although the end Ordovician extinction did dramatically reduce the number of genera.  The last Cameroceras died out around 430 million years ago.  The name translates as “chambered horn”.
  • Diplomoceras –  a large Late Cretaceous ammonite with a bizarrely shaped shell.  Diplomoceras had a world-wide distribution and the very biggest individuals had shell lengths (unwound) of more than three metres.  The name translates as “double horn”.
  • Dunkleosteus – a giant Placoderm fish from the Late Devonian (370-360 million years ago).  Fossils are known from North America, Morocco, Belgium and Poland.  Dunkleosteus may have reached lengths of around ten metres.  The name translates as “Dunkles bones”, honouring Dr David Dunkle (Cleveland Museum of Natural History).
  • Leedsichthys – possibly the largest fish that has ever lived, with some scientists estimating the size of Leesdichthys at over 22 metres.  This leviathan lived during the Middle Jurassic and fossils have been found in England, France, Germany and Chile.  The name translates as “Leeds’s fish” and honours the British palaeontologist Alfred Leeds.
  • Parapuzosia – a genus of giant ammonite from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian faunal stages).  Most fossil shells are less than one metre in diameter but a few specimens have been found with shells in excess of three metres wide.  World-wide distribution.  The name translates as “near to Puzosia”, reflecting its taxonomic affinity to the genus Puzosia.
  • Pliosaurus – A genus of Late Jurassic (155 to 147 million years ago), marine reptile.  A hypercarnivore and apex predator growing to more than ten metres in length.  The name translates as “more lizard” and this model makes a great representation of a juvenile.
  • Temnodontosaurus – known from the Early Jurassic (200-189 million years ago), of Europe.  This member of the Ichthyosauria grew to around ten metres long and probably weighed between one and two tonnes.  The name translates as “cutting-tooth lizard”.
  • Trilobite – an extinct group of Arthropods that were entirely marine and lived from the Early Cambrian to the end-Permian extinction event (545 million to 251 million years ago).  Numerous Phyla have been identified and something like 20,000 species have been named and described.  Trilobita were ubiquitous and have a world-wide distribution.  The name translates as “three-lobed” as these invertebrates had three distinctive parts that made up their body plan.  The model represents the genus Olenoides, known from the Cambrian of Canada (Burgess Shale).
  • Xiphactinus –  one of the largest known bony fish, reaching lengths of up to six metres.  Fossils are known from Upper Cretaceous deposits of North America (Western Interior Seaway), but fossils of this predatory fish have also been reported from Australia.  Xiphactinus lived from approximately 88 to 66 million years ago.  The name translates as “sword ray”.

The CollectA Mini Prehistoric Marine Animals Set

CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

The CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Last year, when Everything Dinosaur announced that CollectA was introducing this innovative model set, we were able to have a chat to the designer Anthony Beeson.

Anthony told us:

“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.”

To view the CollectA mini prehistoric marine animals set and the rest of the CollectA “Prehistoric Life” model range: CollectA Prehistoric Life

16 07, 2017

Tupuxuara Illustration

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Flying Reptile Fan Asks for a Tupuxuara Drawing

In our bulging email inbox this week, we received a request from an avid fan of prehistoric animals for some more information about the large Early Cretaceous Pterosaur called Tupuxuara.  We don’t get too many requests related to this, one of the more bizarre members of the Pterosauria, but as ever, our hard-working team members were happy to oblige.  A scale drawing accompanied by a fact sheet on this flying reptile, fossils of which are known from north-eastern Brazil, was promptly sent out.

A Scale Drawing of the Bizarre Crested Tupuxuara (T. leonardii)

A scale drawing of Tupuxuara

Tupuxuara scale drawing.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

How to Pronounce Tupuxuara

This flying reptile was named after a spirit figure in the folklore of the people who live in the area of Brazil where the fossils come from.  Our emailer wanted clarification on how to pronounce the name of this prehistoric animal.  As far as we are aware, this Pterosaur is pronounced “Too-pooh-hwar-ah”.  There are several species assigned to this genus, the second species to be named T. leonardii honours Father Giuseppe Leonardi, who did much to improve our understanding of the fossils associated with the Araripe Basin of Brazil.

Tupuxuara is popular amongst model collectors and we have received some super pictures of the Papo Tupuxuara model being used in various prehistoric animal dioramas.

Tupuxuara in a Prehistoric Scene

Tupuxuara diorama.

Tupuxuara confronts a Carnotaurus.

Picture Credit: Rodriguez

This member of the Thalassodromidae family of Pterosaurs, was quite a sizeable beast.  Some of the largest specimens had wingspans in excess of four metres. As to what this flying reptile ate, this is open to speculation but palaeontologists have suggested various diets including fruit eating (frugivore) or even scavenging the kills of dinosaurs.  The picture above shows a Tupuxuara challenging a large Theropod (Carnotaurus) over the carcass of a Titanosaur.  This is a fascinating model composition and it demonstrates how popular Tupuxuara is with dinosaur fans and model collectors.

Papo have produced a Tupuxuara replica, to see this model as well as the complete range of Papo prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

At Everything Dinosaur, we try our best to help all those people who contact us.  We try to answer all the questions and queries that we receive quickly and in full.  We respond to all those emails, letters and phone calls that require a reply.

14 07, 2017

The New Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex

By | July 14th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex Dinosaur Model

The three new Schleich models have just arrived.  These dinosaurs, come from the company’s “Conquering the Earth” replica range.  The models are Tyrannosaurus rex, a Carnotaurus and a model of a Velociraptor.  These are all dinosaurs that the Germany-based company has modelled on previous occasions.  For example, several Velociraptor figures are currently available and Schleich’s history of making Carnotaurus and T. rex replicas can be traced all the way back to the early days of the long retired “Saurus” series.

Just in Stock at Everything Dinosaur – Three New Schleich Dinosaurs

Dinosaur models from Schleich.

Three new dinosaur figures from Schleich.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tactile, Creative Play

Over the last few years, Schleich have largely focused on producing very colourful dinosaur models, which are stylistic and aimed at young dinosaur model fans.  An emphasis has been placed on creating models that have textured skins and a distinctive tactile quality.  The models have earned praise from teachers and home educationalists as these dinosaurs are great for kinaesthetic-themed sensory play.  At Everything Dinosaur, our teaching team have recommended a number of these replicas to one-to-one teachers and teaching assistants to help children learn more about the properties of materials through sensory exploration.  The big broad feet provide no stability problems and these models are very useful for helping children to develop their co-ordination and manipulating skills.

To read an article about the merits of a Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model when it comes to sensory play: The Tactile Qualities of the Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model

A nod is given in the direction of some of the latest research, hence the feathers on the forearms of the latest Velociraptor figure.  All the models are robust and sturdy and they stand up well to even the most enthusiastic play of your typical Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 young palaeontologist.

The Schleich Conquering the Earth Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model

Schleich T. rex dinosaur model.

The Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture below shows a close-up view of the head of the Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex replica.

Conquering the Earth Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model (Summer 2017)

Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex model.

A close look at the head of the Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the different textures on the skin of this dinosaur model.  All three of these recently introduced replicas have articulated lower jaws.

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

Another View of the Schleich Conquering the Earth Dinosaur Model (T. rex)

Schleich T. rex dinosaur model.

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Flashes of Yellow

The model has been painted in a dark green colour.  However, the underside is a pale daffodil yellow and this colour scheme is also reproduced around the articulated lower jaw and on the feet.  There is a subtle line of osteoderms running along the back of this dinosaur and down to the base of the tail.

Coming Right At You!  Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex Model

The Schleich new for 2017 T. rex dinosaur model.

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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