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19 10, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth

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

A Video Review of the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth

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

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Mammuthus trogontherii

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

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

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

The Eofauna Scientific research Steppe Mammoth model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Steppe Mammoth Video Review

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

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of a Steppe Mammoth

Steppe Mammoth illustration.

An illustration of a Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Sales Help Fund Scientific Research

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

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

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

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

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

18 10, 2017

Mojo Fun Dinosaur Backpack Playscape with 5 Dinosaur Models

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

Mojo Fun Dinosaur Backpack Playscape with 5 Dinosaur Models

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

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

Mojo Fun dinosaurs and backpack.

Mojo Dinosaur Backpack with 5 Dinosaur Models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Fantastic Dinosaur Playset for Christmas

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

The Quality Backpack is Ideal for Storing the Dinosaur Models

Mojo backpack playscape.

The Mojo backpack playscape.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Creative, Imaginative Play from Everything Dinosaur

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

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

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

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

9 10, 2017

Papo Dimorphodon and the Papo Roaring Smilodon are in Stock

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Papo Roaring Smilodon and Papo Dimorphodon in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The last of the new for 2017, individual model releases from Papo are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The eagerly awaited Papo Dimorphodon along with the Papo Roaring Smilodon have arrived at our warehouse.  All those model fans and collectors who wanted to be informed about these replicas have been emailed.

The Papo Dimorphodon Model is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dimorphodon figure.

The Papo Dimorphodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dimorphodon Model

This is a beautifully crafted figure.  Everything dinosaur team members have been asked to estimate the scale of this particular Papo replica.  Papo themselves, don’t publish a scale guide for their models, but as this flying reptile has a wingspan of around fifteen centimetres and the fossils of the species Dimorphodon macronyx suggest a wingspan of about one hundred and fifty centimetres, it is not unreasonable to suggest a scale of 1:10.

The dimensions of the model are:

  • Length around 9.5 cm
  • Height of head 6 cm approximately
  • Wingspan 15 cm

The Papo Dimorphodon has an articulated lower jaw, continuing the trend for this French manufacturer to add articulated jaws to Theropods and other meat-eating animals in the company’s “Les Dinosaures” range.

A Closer View of the Skilfully Painted Head of the Papo Dimorphodon Model

The Papo Dimorphodon model (detail of the head).

The Papo Dimorphodon flying reptile head close-up.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The colour palette for this Papo model includes a lustrous, almost metallic blue for the integument of the back of the skull.  This is a superbly painted flying reptile model.

To view the Papo range of prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Animals

The Papo Roaring Smilodon

Flying in along with the Dimorphodon, we have the Papo “Roaring Smilodon”, a figure that has had a bit of a mixed reception from model fans and reviewers.  When we first saw pictures of this prehistoric mammal, we were a little concerned over the lion-like mane and the tiger stripes on the rump and back legs.  We are not aware of any fossil evidence for a mane in Smilodon species, stripes are controversial but they would have made effective camouflage, however, the model is very characteristically Papo and it has a certain degree of charm.  This replica, now that we have seen it up close, is beginning to grow on us.

New for 2017 – the Papo Roaring Smilodon Model

The Papo roaring Sabre-Tooth Cat.

The Papo roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The figure shows some amazing detail.  The musculature of this powerful predator is very well depicted and the raised paw has a fantastic finish.  The head and those gaping jaws have been skilfully sculpted and we love the way the nose is wrinkled.  It certainly is a very dynamic pose and when you look at our own photographs of the model, the details and the clever sculpting really stand out.

Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

The Papo Roaring Smilodon.

Papo Roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Getting to Grips with the Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

Roaring Smilodon from Papo

Papo roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture above, you can see the animal’s ribs and the musculature of those immensely strong and powerful shoulders.  Scientists now know that even young Sabre-Tooths had very strong forelimbs, to read an article about this recent research: Strong-armed Sabre-Tooth Kittens

This year, Papo has certainly introduced an eclectic range of figures, we look forward to commenting on the company’s new editions for 2018.

In the meantime, it is great to see “two form tooth” and a roaring “knife tooth” added to the Papo model range.

8 10, 2017

Dinosaur Artwork – Palaeoart

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Dinosaur Artwork – Palaeoart

Illustrating prehistoric life, whether it is drawing Devonian landscapes, colouring in Cambrian scenes, painting Pterosaurs or sketching Silurian fishes is extremely important as these artworks help to inform, educate and fire the imagination of the public.  At Everything Dinosaur, we are very lucky as we get to meet so many talented palaeoartists, from the very young to the young at heart.  When visiting a school, we often get given some pictures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that the children have produced, perhaps, inspired by our dinosaur themed workshops in school.  We also get the chance to work with professional palaeoartists who make a living providing illustrations for books, museum galleries and exhibitions.

Late Cretaceous China – Superb Artwork by Zhao Chuang

China - Late Cretaceous

Late Cretaceous China – an amazing prehistoric landscape.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Helping to Illustrate Prehistoric Life

The illustration above, depicts the Late Cretaceous of China, this artwork was created by the very talented illustrator Zhao Chuang, who describes himself as a science artist.  Mr Chuang, a founder member of PNSO (Peking Natural Science Organisation), has collaborated with numerous leading palaeontologists and natural history museums including the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Natural History Museum.  The scene above shows China around 77 million years ago (Campanian faunal stage of the Late Cretaceous), a herd of duck-billed dinosaurs arrive at a waterhole, these large herbivores have nothing to fear from the beautifully feathered dromaeosaurid on the left of the image, whilst the Ankylosaurine Pinacosaurus, confident that its body armour will keep it safe, wanders away from the water having drunk its fill.

The artwork on the boxes of the prehistoric animal figures made by PNSO is also excellent too.  To view the range of prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

Take for example, the artwork on the large Triceratops model within the PNSO model range.  The model is placed in a forest setting and the low light effect shows the scales on the figure very well.  The background is in soft focus, whilst in contrast, the Triceratops is very prominent.  The superb detail on the PNSO Triceratops can be clearly seen.  The strapline on the box is “every life should be respected”, a core message that is depicted across a range of Zhao Chuang inspired products.

PNSO Box Art – Triceratops (T. horridus)

PNSO Triceratops box art.

PNSO box art- Triceratops.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Importance of Palaeoart

Palaeoart helps to portray ancient life and plays an extremely important role in helping to depict long extinct creatures.  The best examples represent the animals and landscapes using the very latest scientific thinking, helping to directly contribute to the public’s knowledge and understanding with regards to life in the past.  It is often these images, those seen in books and increasingly, images viewed on-line, that help to inspire the next generation of palaeontologists.

Zhao Chaung’s Illustration of the Theropod Concavenator

Concavenator dinosaur illustration (Zhao Chuang)

A beautiful illustration of the Theropod dinosaur Concavenator.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

4 10, 2017

Rebor Wind Hunter in Newsletter Spotlight

By | October 4th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

The Rebor Utahraptor Replica Features in the Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

A lot of Rebor replicas have come back into stock at Everything Dinosaur, so it was fitting that a number of these fabulous scale models were featured in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter that came out earlier this week.  The headline highlighted the 1:35 scale Rebor Wind Hunter replica (Utahraptor ostrommaysorum), a reserve list had been opened for this eagerly awaited model and collectors were soon emailed with the good news that this model was now in Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse once again, along with the Cerberus Clan set and the 1:6 scale Compsognathus replica (Sentry).

The Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Featured the Rebor Replica Wind Hunter Model

Rebor Utahraptor model features in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Rebor Wind Hunter replica features in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor 1:35 Scale Utahraptor Replica

The Rebor 1:35 scale Utahraptor replica was the first “raptor” model that Rebor ever produced and it remains one of the most popular figures in this range.  Since “Wind Hunter” was launched, a number of dromaeosaurid models have been added, the focus has been on Velociraptor (V. mongoliensis), but this model of Utahraptor, a dinosaur that lived long before Velociraptor evolved, has been out of production for some time and it is great to see it back.

The Rebor Utahraptor 1:35 Scale Model (Wind Hunter)

Rebor Wind Hunter (Utahraptor model).

Beautiful detail on this model – the Rebor Wind Hunter (Utahraptor).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To enquire about the Rebor Wind Hunter model and for information on the rest of the Rebor replicas range: Email: Everything Dinosaur

To view all the Rebor figures available: Rebor Replicas

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model, a 1:40 scale model of a prehistoric elephant (M. trogontherii) has got a lot of collectors very excited and this fantastic, museum quality figure also featured in our newsletter.  This is the first of new series of wonderful prehistoric animal models and Everything Dinosaur team members look forward to breaking the news about what’s coming next.  Model fans and collectors won’t be disappointed.

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth is in Stock

Steppe Mammoth model.

The amazing detail on this Steppe Mammoth model can be easily seen.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To visit the Eofauna Scientific Research section on the Everything Dinosaur website: Eofauna Scientific Research at Everything Dinosaur

Compsognathus and Deinonychus in the Spotlight

Everything Dinosaur newsletter September 2017.

Lots of prehistoric animal models featured in the Everything Dinosaur newsletter.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our brief newsletter included details of the Rebor Deinonychus trio coming back into stock, “Tooth”, “Thrill” and “Shoot” are available and ready to do battle with the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus model (Hercules) over its kill, the Tenontosaurus corpse (Ceryneian Hind).

The Special Edition Papo Box Set

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

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus gift box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Opposite the news about the Rebor Sentry figure, we also included an update on stocks of the limited edition Papo box set which features a juvenile Spinosaurus.  This two-figure special edition has been selling very quickly and Papo dinosaur model fans were being urged to reserve their set or make a purchase as stocks may not last until Christmas.

To subscribe to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

2 10, 2017

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

By | October 2nd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The eagerly awaited Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth replica is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  Team members have spent most of the day contacting all those customers and model fans who asked us to reserve one for them.  We have been so busy sorting out all the requests that we have had little time to admire this excellent representation of Mammuthus trogontherii ourselves.

The 1:40 scale Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth Replica

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth at Everything Dinosaur

Sorting out Eofauna Steppe Mammoth models at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Checking Models Over Prior To Despatch

Stocks of this 1:40 scale model arrived around noon (BST) and prior to sending out orders, our dedicated team members inspected the models just to ensure that everyone had an appropriate data card and that the replicas were in tip-top condition.  The first orders were packed and sent on their way within two hours.  As well as the data card, Everything Dinosaur is sending out a fact sheet on the Steppe Mammoth with every model purchased.

This exciting Elephantidae replica, yes, Mammoths are members of the elephant family, (though they are more closely related to extant Asian elephants than they are to living African elephants), is the first in a new model series from Eofauna Scientific Research.  Collectors can expect more prehistoric mammal models as well as some amazing dinosaur models in the future.

To view the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model: Eofauna Scientific Research – Steppe Mammoth

The Steppe Mammoth Model has a Dynamic Pose and Shows Amazing Detail

Steppe Mammoth model.

The amazing detail on this Steppe Mammoth model can be easily seen.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)

Mammuthus trogontherii was one of the largest members of the elephant family to have existed.  A fully grown adult male could weigh as much as fourteen tonnes and measure 4.5 metres high at the shoulder.  These elephants were probably cold adapted and gave rise to the much smaller, but better known Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius).  The very last of the Steppe Mammoths are believed to have died out around 30,000 years ago.

The Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model is based on a Steppe Mammoth specimen studied by Eofauna company members in northern China.  The bones of this specimen were then scaled up to equate to the remains of the largest individual known (a specimen from Mosbach, Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany).  The head is modelled on the only complete skull known of this species, which was discovered in Novosibirsk, Russia.  A prototype model was created initially and from this the production model came about.  Collectors and model fans can be assured that the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth is a highly accurate replica, one that was subjected to rigorous testing by researchers who really know their elephants.

A Handy Geology Ruler Provides a Good Scale for this Elephant Replica

Eofauna Steppe Mammoth (geology ruler provides scale).

A geology ruler provides a handy scale for the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For further information on the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth simply contact Everything Dinosaur: Email Everything Dinosaur

29 09, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Newsletter (Mid-September)

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Prehistoric Elephants and Extant Elephants et al

A few days ago, Everything Dinosaur sent out their latest newsletter to their customer database.  A number of recent product introductions and one eagerly anticipated new model were featured.  Linking these two parts of the newsletter was the elephant family (Elephantidae), as the newsletter focused on the beautiful Family Zoo animal models including the fantastic African elephant (Loxodonta) and updated subscribers on the museum quality Steppe Mammoth replica coming into stock (Mammuthus trogontherii).

The Everything Dinosaur Newsletter Featured the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth Model

Everything Dinosaur newsletter (Sept. 2017).

Everything Dinosaur newsletter (mid-September 2017).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Steppe Mammoth Strides into View

The Steppe Mammoth replica is in 1:40 scale and it is the first in a new line of museum quality replicas from Eofauna Scientific Research.  Everything Dinosaur has been given a degree of exclusive distributorship over the sales of this exciting prehistoric elephant model.  A reserve list has been opened which allows model fans to have one of these fantastic figures set aside for them.  There is no obligation to purchase, no deposit needed and no requirement to pre-order.  Customers know that there is a model allocated to them and one of our dedicated team members will email them to let them know that the model is available should they wish to buy it.

To enquire about the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model and reserve a replica: Email: Everything Dinosaur

Living Members of the Elephant Family and Chums

The second part of the Everything Dinosaur newsletter focuses on the superb PNSO Family Zoo range of models.  Firstly, there is the fantastic collection of ten animals from Asia.  These ten figures represent animals that are culturally very important to our species.  The hand-painted models include pandas, tigers, horses, brown bears, goats, wolves and dogs.   This collection is known as the “PNSO Family Zoo Ten Most Popular Asian Animals” and they are extremely hard to obtain.  Thankfully, Everything Dinosaur has brought a number of sets over from China, our stock even includes the rare pig model and the Siamese crocodile.

The PNSO Family Zoo Asian Animals

PNSO Family Zoo Asian Animals

PNSO Family Zoo Ten Most Popular Asian Animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the PNSO Family Zoo range of models available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Family Zoo

Extant Animals Take Centre Stage in the Everything Dinosaur Newsletter

Promoting PNSO Family Zoo models.

Promoting PNSO Family Zoo Ten Most Poplar Asian and Ten Most Popular African Animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The second part of the PNSO Family Zoo range features those living creatures regarded as “free spirits”.  The models represent ten models of animals from the African Savannah.  The “PNSO Family Zoo Ten Most Popular African Animals” includes rhinos, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest and of course a beautiful African elephant model.

The PNSO Ten Most Popular African Animals

PNSO Family Zoo Asian Animals.

PNSO Family Zoo Ten Most Popular Asian Animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Naturally, a newsletter from Everything Dinosaur also included dinosaurs, updates on the Rebor 1:35 scale King T. rex as this figure came back into stock, plus highlights of fossil and prehistoric animal news studies that we had covered on our various blogs and social media sites.

To subscribe to Everything Dinosaur’s regular newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

To see the full range of PNSO Family Zoo models including those wonderful elephants: PNSO Family Zoo Models and Figures

25 09, 2017

Tyrannosaur Inspired Diorama

By | September 25th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurs Feature in Dinosaur Diorama

Our thanks to Robert Townsend who set us some more photographs of the prehistoric animal inhabitants of his large dinosaur inspired diorama.  This time, the theme is Late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurus and the enthusiastic model maker has created a number of mini scenes featuring “Tyrant Lizard Kings” and their contemporaries.

A Pair of Tyrannosaurs Feeding on the Carcass of a Titanosaur

Two Tyrannosaurs feeding on the carcass of a Titanosaur.

A pair of Tyrannosaurs feeding on the carcass of a Titanosaur.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

The picture above shows a Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex (foreground) with a now retired, Carnegie Collectables special anniversary T. rex replica (background).  Titanosaurs did co-exist with Tyrannosaurs, especially in the more southern parts of Laramidia.  The Titanosaur Alamosaurus sanjuanensis is known from Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian faunal stage) deposits, there is some evidence to suggest that T. rex scavenged carcasses of this huge Sauropod, whether or not they actively hunted these giants remains open to debate.  If you look carefully a series of three-toed dinosaur prints can be seen in the photograph, a nice touch from the model maker, adding realism.

An Adult T. rex Feeds a Juvenile

An adult T. rex feeds its baby.

T. rex mother and baby (feeding time).

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

One of the benefits of building such a large diorama is that various mini-scenes can be incorporated into the bigger scenario.  The photograph above shows an adult T. rex feeding a juvenile, one of the Schleich mini dinosaur figures.  In the picture below, an armoured dinosaur Euoplocephalus (from the Battat Terra range of figures) battles a T. rex.

Tyrannosaurus rex Attacks Euoplocephalus

T. rex and Euoplocephalus confrontation.

T. rex confronts Euoplocephalus.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

Detailed Prehistoric Animal Replicas and Models

As the number of detailed prehistoric animal models and replicas have increased, collectors have been keen to find new ways of displaying their collections.  Mr Townsend has constructed a substantial three-metre-long landscape that lends itself to a wide variety of scene building concepts representing different parts of the geological record.  For example, the Late Cretaceous of North America was the inspiration behind these images and horned dinosaurs made up a substantial portion of the megafauna in this part of the world at the end of the Mesozoic.  Robert does not disappoint dinosaur fans as he has included several Ceratopsians in his diorama.

Horned Dinosaurs (Einiosaurus and Achelousaurus) Confront Marauding Tyrannosaurs

A pair of Einiosaurus dinosaurs defend themselves against a couple of T. rex.

Two Tyrannosaurs face a pair of horned dinosaurs

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

It is the attention to detail that elevates this dinosaur diorama, such as the skilfully painted backdrop complete with Pterosaur stickers.  The attention to detail is demonstrated in this aerial shot of the landscape, a Tyrannosaur is making its way across the model and its tracks can be clearly made out in the substrate.

An Aerial Shot of the Dinosaur Diorama Showing a Theropod Trackway

T. rex making tracks.

T. rex footprints in a diorama.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

The image (above) also demonstrates the clever use of other props that add authenticity, such as the strategic placement of boulders and the use of various model plants to help represent the flora of the Mesozoic.

Plant Model Takes Centre Stage

T. rex lurks behind some prehistoric plants.

The Carnegie special edition Tyrannosaurus rex model behind a CollectA Monathesia and Cycad model.

Picture Credit: R. Townsend

In this cleverly composed photograph, it is the model of the prehistoric plants that take centre stage (CollectA Monathesia and Cycads), this model is seen in sharp focus, whilst a Tyrannosaurus rex model is in the background, other prehistoric plants frame the photograph and provide perspective.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

” A large landscape such as this lends itself to all sorts of possibilities when it comes to depicting life in the past.  Much thought and care has gone into its construction and it is always a pleasure to see how Everything Dinosaur’s customers display their purchases.”

21 09, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Cave Bear Model

By | September 21st, 2017|Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Papo Cave Bear Video Review (JurassicCollectables)

The latest video review from JurassicCollectables has been posted up and it features the wonderful Papo Cave Bear model.  This replica is one of two prehistoric mammals being added to the Papo “Les Dinosaures” model range this year.  The Smilodon replica has been delayed, so for the time being we have this Ursus spelaeus figure to admire.  In this short video review, (it lasts just under three minutes), the narrator takes us on a tour of this beautifully painted Papo model.

The JurassicCollectables Video Review of the New for 2017 Papo Cave Bear Model

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

It is great to see another prehistoric mammal added to the Papo range, especially after the retirement of the Woolly Rhino figure a couple of years ago and the recent news that the Papo baby Woolly Mammoth is going out of production*.   The JurassicCollectables video displays the quality of the paintwork and attention to detail on this model.  Thanks to “off-colour Alan” and a handy Tyrannosaurus rex, this video provides a good idea of the model’s size and scale.

The Distinct Sloping Forehead of U. spelaeus 

The narrator talks about the distinctive sloping forehead of Ursus spelaeus that helps to distinguish this model from more ubiquitous models of Brown Bears (Ursus arctos).  He also explains about some of the problems that can occur when trying to sculpt realistic looking fur on models of large mammals.

The Papo Cave Bear Figure (New for 2017)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In this excellent video, the narrator comments on the beautifully sculpted feet and paw pads.  The dynamic pose is discussed and the position of the hind legs noted.

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel has amassed well over 54,000 subscribers and has something like seven hundred dinosaur and prehistoric animal inspired videos.  We think this might be the first video review of a Cave Bear replica undertaken by the team at JurassicCollectables.

Everything Dinosaur recommends prehistoric animal enthusiasts and model fans to visit JurassicCollectables on YouTube and to subscribe: JurassicCollectables on YouTube

The Powerfully Built Cave Bear

Becoming extinct as recently as 24,000 years ago, the Cave Bear would have been known to the people of the Late Pleistocene.  It was a powerfully built animal, but not the largest bear that ever lived, a common misconception. True, a fully grown, male might have weighed as much as one tonne and when it reared up on its strong hind legs it could have stood more than 3.3 metres high, but the fossil remains of a South American Short-faced Bear (Arctotherium angustidens) indicate that this animal was much larger, weighing around 1.6 tonnes.

Everything Dinosaur Photographed the Papo Cave Bear Last Year

Cave Bear model by Papo.

Papo Cave Bear (dorsal view of one of the first models to be made).

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To view the Papo Cave Bear replica and the rest of the excellent Papo “Les Dinosaures” model range: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models

Our thanks once again to JurassicCollectables for producing such an interesting and informative video.

* Everything Dinosaur has blogged about Papo model retirements.  For an article that reveals which models are being dropped from the Papo range: New Papo for 2018 and Model Retirements

19 09, 2017

New Papo and Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements

By | September 19th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|2 Comments

Papo New Releases and Retirements (Les Dinosaures)

Just arrived at Everything Dinosaur, a limited edition Papo gift box dinosaur model set.  The Papo special edition gift box features two dinosaurs, a Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and a Papo Ceratosaurus.  The Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus is a new figure, Everything Dinosaur team members saw this model around twelve months ago, it is not known whether this super Spinosaurus will be available as an individual model in 2018.

The Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus Special Edition Gift Box

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

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and the Papo Ceratosaurus gift box.

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Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus measures eighteen centimetres in length and like the similarly sized Ceratosaurus, it has an articulated lower jaw.  The skull and body proportions have been skilfully modelled by the Papo design team and this figure does look like a young animal.  The sail on the back is not quite as pronounced as it is in the Papo adult Spinosaurus replica and the paint scheme on the juvenile Spinosaurus is exquisite.  This pair of models are offered for sale in a special presentation gift box, or as the French would say “offre speciale”.

The Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus Model

Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus.

The Papo juvenile Spinosaurus.

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The Papo special edition gift box can be found here: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Papo Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements

There are going to be several models retired from the Papo “Les Dinosaures” range in 2018.  The Papo Pachyrhinosaurus figure, the Papo Baby Woolly Mammoth model and the baby brown T. rex are out of production and no more of these figures will be made, according to sources close to Everything Dinosaur.

Proposed Papo Model Retirements in 2018

Papo models due to retire in 2018.

The Papo Pachyrhinosaurus, Baby Woolly Mammoth and the Baby Brown T. rex are due to be retired in 2018.

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The Papo baby Woolly Mammoth and the baby brown Tyrannosaurus rex figures were introduced into the model range in 2012.  Originally, there were two baby T. rex figures, however, the green variant was retired some years ago.  As for the Papo juvenile Woolly Mammoth, as far as Everything Dinosaur team members are aware, this model will continue to be made next year.  It is the Papo baby Woolly Mammoth that is becoming extinct.

It is also sad to see the retirement of the Papo Pachyrhinosaurus figure.  This horned dinosaur model has proved to be very popular amongst Papo collectors.  The Papo Pachyrhinosaurus was introduced in 2010, within the Papo range there are still two Ceratopsians, naturally there is a Triceratops (adult and young), plus a brightly coloured Styracosaurus.

The Papo Pachyrhinosaurus is Being Retired

Papo Pachyrhinosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Pachyrhinosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

All three of the retired models are still available from Everything Dinosaur, whilst stocks last.  The Papo prehistoric animal range can be viewed here: Papo Prehistoric Animals

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are delighted to see this special edition box set and the juvenile Spinosaurus is a very welcome addition to the Papo model portfolio.  We don’t know whether this model will be available as an individual piece but we have lobbied the senior management of Papo about this, however, no decision as to its future has been made.  Providing information on model retirements allows collectors and dinosaur fans to snap up any models before they become rare and start to sell on auction sites for silly prices.  There are some exciting new models from Papo coming next year and when we have permission to talk about them and show pictures we will post them up.”

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