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8 03, 2018

Straight-Tusked Elephant Model

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Eofauna Scientific Research – Straight-tusked Elephant

Eofauna Scientific Research have announced that the next figure to be added to their replica range will be a 1:35 scale replica of a Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).  The model is currently in production and it will be available late May, perhaps early June.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Palaeoloxodon antiquus – A Prehistoric Giant

These large prehistoric elephants ranged across much of southern Europe and the Middle East during the Pleistocene Epoch.  Their fossils have even been found in southern England and several fossil sites record the interaction of hominins with this large proboscidean.  For example, in 2013, Everything Dinosaur published an article summarising research from Southampton University that suggested that the remains of a Straight-tusked elephant found in Kent, could have been hunted and killed by Homo heidelbergensis.  The flints found at the site, along with cut marks preserved on the bones indicated that the carcass was butchered.  Perhaps H. heidelbergensis was capable of bringing down such a large mammal, evidence from elsewhere in Europe would suggest so.  In late 2017, a team of scientists published a paper describing the fossilised remains of a large bull Palaeoloxodon found in Greece that also exhibited evidence of having been butchered by ancient humans (probably H. heidelbergensis).

The Straight-tusked Elephant – It Might Have Been Hunted by Ancient Humans

Straight-tusked elephant model.

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus).

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Based on Actual Fossil Specimens

Just like the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth replica that proceeded it, the  Palaeoloxodon antiquus figure from Eofauna Scientific Research is based on actual fossil specimens.  Fossils representing three individual animals formed the basis for the sculpt.  The elephant remains that helped to inspire this amazingly detailed model come from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt in central Germany.  Open cast mining in the area has led to the excavation of around seventy individual Palaeoloxodon antiquus specimens.  These remains were preserved in ancient lake deposits and they have enabled scientists to learn a great deal about these ancient herbivores.  Scientists have been able to determine the physical appearance of Palaeoloxodon, how big it was, how much it weighed and to study growth rates.  Fully grown bulls weighed twice as much as the living bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) and just like extant elephants today, the males were much larger than the females.

 Models Based on Actual Fossil Remains

Eofauna models (Steppe Mammoth and Straight-tusked elephant).

The Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant and the Eofauna Steppe mammoth models.

Picture Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research

Everything Dinosaur – A Sneak Peak

Everything Dinosaur team members got the chance to examine this beautiful model a few weeks ago, when we met up with Eofauna Scientific Research staff.  We even took some exclusive pics of the figure so that when the time came, we could provide more photographs of this new addition to the Eofauna range for our customers.

Available Around Late May/Early June from Everything Dinosaur

Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant.

Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) model.  It comes complete with a data card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Reserve List for the Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked Elephant Has Been Opened

The Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant is expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in a few weeks (in stock late May or early June).  We shall keep our customers and blog readers updated on production.

In the meantime, we have opened a priority reserve list for the Eofauna Scientific Research Straight-tusked elephant…

To request to be added to our priority reserve list: Email Everything Dinosaur

3 03, 2018

Schleich New Models for 2018 (July)

By | March 3rd, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Schleich New Models for 2018 (July)

At the end of last month, Everything Dinosaur posted up information summarising the retirements from the Schleich range of prehistoric animal models.  The Germany-based figure and replica manufacturer has announced a number of retirements and several dinosaur models are now out of production.  However, Schleich has already introduced five new figures into their “Dinosaurs”* range in 2018 and Everything Dinosaur is aware of plans to add a further three models in the summer.

“Dinosaurs”* – the prehistoric animal figures produced by Schleich come under the sub-brand of “Dinosaurs” although this part of their range also includes several non-dinosaurs such as Dunkleosteus, the new for 2018 Dinogorgon (see picture below) and Dimetrodon.  The exact taxonomic position of Herrerasaurus remains controversial but for the time being we include this Triassic carnivore within the Theropod dinosaur Suborder.

Five New Schleich Figures Were Introduced in Early 2018

New Schleich prehistoric animals (2018).

New Schleich prehistoric animal models (2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To read Everything Dinosaur’s recent article about Schleich retirements: Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements from Schleich

Three New Large Prehistoric Animal Figures for Summer 2018

As stated previously on this blog, Schleich intend to bring out three large prehistoric animal figures in the summer of 2018.  We are expecting our first deliveries around July, the models could arrive a little earlier, perhaps a little later, but three new Schleich replicas are expected in the summer.

The Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Schleich T. rex juvenile.

Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich will also be bringing out a juvenile Therizinosaurus, with a similar colouration to the red/black adult Therizinosaurus figure that was introduced a few weeks ago.

The Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus Figure Due Out in Summer 2018

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus.

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus looks a very fearsome beast indeed.  There may also be a number of colour variants of existing Schleich models introduced, a blue coloured Psittacosaurus and a sandy coloured Herrerasaurus for example, if we get further information from Schleich about product developments we will post it up on this blog and on our social media platforms to help keep all our customers informed.

The third figure due to be introduced next summer is a colourful Pteranodon.  Schleich will be adding to their Pterosaur portfolio by adding a Pteranodon longiceps figure to their range.   This is good news as the future of the “World of History” Quetzalcoatlus looks uncertain and this model may well be retired.

The Schleich Pteranodon Model – Close-up View of the Head

Schleich Pteranodon replica.

Schleich Pteranodon model.  Due to be flying high in the summer of 2018.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus Model – Heading for Extinction?

Schleich Quetzalcoatlus model.

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus model due for retirement?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Quetzalcoatlus (pictured above), was introduced in 2011, the bizarre wing markings caused a bit of a “flap” when it was first introduced and many collectors and model fans commented that the “Saurus” Quetzalcoatlus (pictured below), had more realistic wings.  If the Quetzalcoatlus figure is withdrawn, then perhaps Schleich will consider adding a new flying reptile model to its range over the next couple of years or so.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s original 2011 article about the arrival of a controversial Quetzalcoatlus figure: Schleich Quetzalcoatlus Causing a Flap

The “Saurus” Quetzalcoatlus Figure

Schleich "Saurus" Quetzalcoatlus model.

A more conventional Pterosaur model?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

To read Everything Dinosaur’s recent article about the summer 2018 models from Schleich: New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

27 02, 2018

Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements from Schleich

By | February 27th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|1 Comment

Dinosaur Models Retired from the Schleich Range

Recently, Everything Dinosaur posted up pictures on the company’s Facebook page of the new prehistoric animal models to be introduced by Schleich in July 2018.  As well as new model introductions for this year (a total of eight figures), Schleich are also retiring several replicas.

Comings and Goings from the Schleich Dinosaur Model Range

Schleich logo - Dinosaurs

Schleich dinosaurs logo.  There are numerous changes to the German company’s prehistoric animal model range.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

Goodbye to the Mini Dinosaurs

All the Schleich mini dinosaur models have been retired.  The Schleich mini dinosaur model range was introduced in early 2015.  It consisted of eight very collectable prehistoric animal figures, seven dinosaurs and one pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus).  Ranging in size from 5.5 centimetres to a fraction under 7 centimetres in length, these colourful models were ideal for representing juvenile animals in dioramas.  Last year, four new additions to this series, were introduced.  However, the decision has been taken to end production of all the mini prehistoric animal figures.

In Early 2017, New Models were Added to the Schleich Mini Dinosaurs Model Range

New mini dinosaurs (Schleich) 2017.

New mini dinosaurs from Schleich first introduced in early 2017.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has been able to secure some of the very last stock of these hand-painted figures, including the highly sought after Schleich mini dinosaurs Velociraptor (ocean blue).  It is our policy not to exploit the rarity of models, these carefully crafted figures are being offered for sale at the same price as when this range was first introduced three years ago.

The Schleich Mini Dinosaurs Velociraptor (Ocean Blue)

Schleich mini Velociraptor (ocean blue).

The Schleich mini Velociraptor (ocean blue).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

Large Schleich Dinosaurs Out of Production Too

Several of the larger dinosaur models in the Schleich range have been retired too.  One of the casualties is the Schleich Therizinosaurus model (orange and blue colouration).  This model has been replaced by black/red painted replica, a prelude to the introduction of a juvenile Therizinosaurus figure later this year.

The Schleich Therizinosaurus Figure (Orange/Blue Colouration) is Out of Production

The original Schleich Therizinosaurus replica.

Now out of production the original Schleich Therizinosaurus replica.

Picture Credit: Schleich

A Velociraptor figure introduced in 2014 has been discontinued.  The Schleich Styracosaurus and the red Carnotaurus models were withdrawn last autumn.  Also retired is the Schleich Green Velociraptor replica.  However, once again, Everything Dinosaur has been able to secure some remaining stock, giving collectors the opportunity to complete their Schleich model collections.

The Schleich Green Velociraptor Model Has Been Retired

Schleich Velociraptor Model

Green terror!  The Schleich Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Schleich

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

The Demise of the Light Green T. rex Dinosaur Model

Another victim of the cull is the light green Tyrannosaurus rex model.  This figure was introduced in the early summer of 2014 and although no official explanation for its withdrawal has been received by Everything Dinosaur team members, it is likely, that with the introduction of the more recent T. rex models, plus the imminent arrival of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex model in the summer, Schleich may have thought that they simply had one T. rex too many.

The Schleich Light Green T. rex Dinosaur Model has been Retired

Schleich T. rex (2014)

T. rex (Schleich 2014), now retired.

Picture Credit: Schleich

The Schleich range of prehistoric animal models has undergone some significant changes in the last few months.  As well as the retirement of several large models, the smaller dinosaur line remains limited and the mini figures have been withdrawn.  In addition, the 2016 model and jigsaw sets (marshland, waterhole, lava field and discovery) have also been taken out of production.  We shall have to see what happens in 2019, whether Schleich continues to reduce the number of dinosaur figures it makes, or whether the company brings out a similar number of new figures to this year (8 figures in total), helping to increase the variety within the range.

26 02, 2018

The Future is Bright for Eofauna Scientific Research

By | February 26th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Exciting Times for Eofauna Scientific Research

Eofauna Scientific Research has some exciting times ahead.  The company is soon to release details of the next model in its 1:40 scale replica series and when Everything Dinosaur has permission to do so, we will be telling our blog readers all about it and showing pictures.  In the meantime, team members from Everything Dinosaur recently met up with staff from Eofauna Scientific Research as the two organisations work together to help introduce new prehistoric animal figures. Eofauna Scientific Research consists of a team of dedicated researchers, creatives and specialists in prehistoric fauna.  With a broad background in the fields of palaeontology, biology, design and model making the organisation is ideally placed to develop a range of highly realistic, scientifically accurate prehistoric animal figures.

Everything Dinosaur Team Members Met with Eofauna Scientific Research Staff Recently

Eofauna Scientific Research meeting with Everything Dinosaur.

Eofauna Scientific Research team members met up with Everything Dinosaur recently.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Working Closely with Model Makers

At Everything Dinosaur, we work very closely with model makers and designers.  Our aim is to bring to our customers the very best prehistoric animal and dinosaur figures available.  Sue, (Finance Director at Everything Dinosaur), held very positive talks with Asier and Joseba of Eofauna Scientific Research, in a statement following her recent meeting Sue said:

“We have been working with Eofauna for some time.  They are a very dedicated team and share our goal in being able to provide highly detailed, sculpted figurines based on anatomically correct, accurate reconstructions from the fossil record.  The company has some very exciting plans and we are looking forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) 1:40 Scale Replica

In October 2017, Everything Dinosaur took in stocks of the first model in the range, a replica of a Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii), a beautiful scale model which is based on real fossils of this Pleistocene-aged animal.

The Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth Figure

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

The Eofauna Scientific research Steppe Mammoth model comes complete with a bonus collector’s card.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Eofauna Scientific Research

Rave Reviews from Model Collectors

The first PVC figure to be produced in this series has received rave reviews from model collectors.  Since, its introduction into the Everything Dinosaur range, the figure has received 5-star reviews (FEEFO independent data).

The review of Everything Dinosaur customer “Paleo collector” is typical:

“This is a skilfully sculpted figure with close attention paid to anatomy and posing, the molars can even be seen in the open mouth.  The delicate fur pattern and muscle definition underneath make this mammoth a museum quality piece.  The model is solid PVC and comes with a collectors’ card along with an info tag.  This is one of the most accurately sculpted mammoth figures I’ve ever seen and highly recommended for collectors of prehistoric models or elephants/mammoths in general.”

A Close-up View Showing Details in the Mouth of the 1:40 Scale Replica

A close view of the interior of the Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model.

A close-up view of the mouth of the Steppe Mammoth.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

A Beautiful Replica the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)

The size of the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth model.

The beautiful Eofauna Scientific Research Steppe Mammoth model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Blog readers and visitors to Everything Dinosaur’s social media pages can rest assured, we will be posting up details of the next model in the fantastic Eofauna Scientific Research range shortly.

20 02, 2018

New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

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New Schleich Prehistoric Animals (Summer 2018)

Here are our first pictures of the second batch of Schleich prehistoric animal models to be released in 2018.  Collectors and dinosaur fans will probably be aware that Everything Dinosaur has had in stock the January 2018 Schleich releases for some time, joining these figures are three new prehistoric animals, two dinosaurs and one flying reptile.  The models are a juvenile Therizinosaurus, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex and a Pteranodon replica.  All three models are expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in July.

The New for 2018 Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus Model (Available July 2018)

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich Juvenile Therizinosaurus

This model is slightly smaller than the Therizinosaurus model with the red/black colour scheme that was introduced a few weeks ago, hence the juvenile moniker.   Both the arms and the lower jaw are articulated (we think) and the body proportions are slightly different when compared to the adult Therizinosaurus.  The sculpt gives the impression of feathers on the body and the blood-red colouration is quite striking.  There is much more red on the juvenile figure when compared to the adult Therizinosaurus model (see below).

The Adult Therizinosaurus Dinosaur Model (Schleich)

Schleich Therizinosaurus dinosaur model.

Schleich new Therizinosaurus (January 2018).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The head shape and the blood-red colouration gives the Schleich juvenile Therizinosaurus a dragon-like quality.

Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Also due out in the summer is a second juvenile figure, this time it is a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.   When this new T. rex figure comes out (July 2018), it will become the third large, individual Tyrannosaurus rex model available in the Schleich range.

Available July 2018 The Schleich Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex

Schleich juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.

Schleich juvenile T. rex.  The larger, more robust adult Schleich T. rex figure can be seen in the background.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This is an interesting sculpt, as although it is very similar to the Schleich T. rex figure that came out last year, it does have a different skull shape and subtle differences in the paint scheme.  For example, it has black vertical bands, perhaps to help hide this juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex from other apex predators such as larger members of its own kind or the fearsome, dromaeosaurid Dakotaraptor (D. steini).  Recently, it has been proposed that tyrannosaurids may have lived in family groups, if they did, then this implies that they would have probably hunted as a pack.  Palaeontologists know that as T. rex grew, it underwent a dramatic transformation.  It changed from a relatively fleet-footed, long-legged animal into a robust, heavy-weight bruiser.  Both types of T. rex model are depicted in the photograph above, the juvenile figure is in front of the larger adult model.  These two figures could represent two tyrannosaurids in a family, a sub-adult and the larger, heavier fully-grown animal.  Each family member might have had a specialised role in hunting, the faster, more agile juveniles could pursue the intended victim, shepherding them to the large, fully-grown adults that were responsible for bringing the prey down.

Schleich Pteranodon Model (July 2018)

Team members at Everything Dinosaur remember the Pteranodon model with a blue coloured head crest that was part of the old “Saurus” range and was retired around a decade ago.  Schleich are bringing back a large, individual Pteranodon model, but the new figure (available July 2018), is radically different.

The New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Model

Schleich flying reptile (Pteranodon).

Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This flying reptile model continues the current Schleich leitmotif for bright and colourful figures.  The model is posed as if it is flying and in the examples that we have seen, the painting around the head and that long beak is excellent.  We do appreciate that this figure has a somewhat stylised appearance, but we don’t want to quibble as it seems particularly suitable for robust, creative play.  Pteranodon remains one of the better-known members of the Pterosauria amongst young fans of ancient life, we suspect the popularity of Pteranodon may have influenced Schleich when it came to bringing back a Pteranodon model into its range.

A Close-up View of the New for 2018 Schleich Pteranodon Model

Schleich Pteranodon replica.

Schleich Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the current range of Schleich prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur, including all the early 2018 releases: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

All three models are expected to be in stock around July 2018.

18 02, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Adds New Paleo-Creatures Figures

By | February 18th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura, Mei long and Scelidosaurus

Just arrived, three new additions to the Paleo-Creatures range of replicas.  The new models are a sculpt of the giant Carboniferous Arthropod Arthropleura, a model of the little feathered dinosaur from Liaoning Province, north-eastern China, known as the “sleeping dragon” Mei long and a fabulous figure of the early armoured dinosaur from England Scelidosaurus (S. harrisonii).

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura Figure

Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura replica.

The Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura

Arthropleura is believed to have been one of the largest terrestrial invertebrates to have ever existed.  The largest specimens, based on trace fossils (parallel tracks preserved in Carboniferous sediments), indicate animals that were up to 2.6 metres long.  These animals resembled gigantic centipedes, but they are believed to have been omnivores or possibly vegetarian.  They scuttled around the leaf litter in the dense, humid forests of the Carboniferous, fossil specimens have been found in Europe, North America and the Middle East.  The Paleo-Creatures Arthropleura comes with its own display base and fact card, the invertebrate replica measures a little over seven centimetres in length, so this figure is in approximately 1:35 scale.

Paleo-Creatures Mei long

Mei long is a basal member of the troodontid dinosaurs, it roamed the forests of north-eastern China during the Cretaceous, two specimens are known, both are believed to have perished when volcanic ash engulfed the area and both dinosaurs were found in what was thought to have been a sleeping position, hence the name Mei long which translates as “sleeping dragon”.

The Beautiful Mei long Replica by Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Mei long.

The Paleo-Creatures Mei long figure.

Picture Credit:  Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

The specimen that has been declared the type fossil, represents a juvenile, measuring a little over half a metre in length.   It is complete and preserved in three-dimensions, a result of the rapid burial by the hot volcanic ash.  This dinosaur died with its head tucked under its wing and its legs neatly tucked under its body, a sleeping posture that is reminiscent of extant birds.  The similarity in resting postures provides palaeontologists with further evidence to support the Theropod dinosaur – Aves link.

Paleo-Creatures Scelidosaurus

The last of the three, new Paleo-Creatures replicas to be added to Everything Dinosaur’s range is the Scelidosaurus figure, a replica of a dinosaur whose fossils are associated with the small coastal village of Charmouth on the Jurassic coast of Dorset.

The Paleo-Creatures Scelidosaurus Figure

Paleo-Creatures Scelidosaurus replica.

Scelidosaurus dinosaur model by Paleo-Creatures.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Paleo-Creatures

The Paleo-Creatures Scelidosaurus figure comes complete with a beautiful display base.  The Scelidosaurus can be displayed on its bespoke base with its prehistoric plant, or the figure can be displayed independently.

The Paleo-Creatures range features a host of amazing figures, all designed and individually sculpted by Jesús Toledo, a very talented artist based in Spain.  The Paleo-Creatures range includes dinosaurs and some of the more bizarre and astonishing animals that once graced our planet, incredible creatures such as Tullimonstrum and the giant amphibian Koolasuchus.

To view the models available from Everything Dinosaur: Paleo-Creatures Replicas and Figures

17 02, 2018

JurassicCollectables Highlights the Rebor “Raptors”

By | February 17th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

A Video Showcasing the Rebor “Raptors”

In response to popular demand, those highly talented people at JurassicCollectables have produced a video highlighting the range of “Raptors” that have been made by Rebor.  In this highly informative video, the narrator takes the viewer on a tour of the numerous dromaeosaurid models produced by Rebor.  This is a chronological tour, not in terms of the geological age of the fossils, but a timeline that lists the order in which these replicas were produced.  As JurassicCollectables are big fans of the movie franchise “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World”, the figures, most of which are very reminiscent of the Velociraptors seen in the films, the narrator is able to discuss some of his favourite pieces.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Raptors to Date (Early 2018)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

A Timeline of Rebor “Raptors”

In this video review, which lasts a little over thirteen minutes, the first replica to be discussed is “Windhunter”, the Utahraptor figure (Utahraptor ostrommaysorum), which ironically is geologically much older than the Velociraptors depicted in the video.  The Rebor replicas have proved to be so popular, as not only are they excellent sculpts, but they remind collectors of the Velociraptors from the film franchise.  Some of the Rebor models pay tribute to Stanley “Stan” Winston, the American television and film special make-up effects creator responsible for the majority of the dinosaurs seen in the early “Jurassic Park” films.  This explains some of the names chosen by Rebor such as the baby Velociraptor figure “Stan” and the 1:18 scale cursorial replica “Winston”, which the narrator heralds as one of his personal favourites.

The Rebor 1:18 Scale Replica Velociraptor “Winston”

Rebor Velociraptor "Winston".

Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Bronze Effects

It is not only the people behind the films that are honoured by this part of the Rebor range.  When the first film in the dinosaur-themed franchise came out, “Jurassic Park”, in 1993, a series of limited-edition bronze dinosaur models were cast.  Rebor produced their own limited-edition “Raptors” the bronze-effect “Father and Son” figures which were based on the “Winston and Stan” Velociraptor replicas.  In the video, the commentator points out the superb detailing on these figures and even highlights the areas on the models where the bronze-effect has been given a greenish tinge, to mimic the metal as it ages.

The Limited-edition Rebor “Father and Son” Velociraptor Replicas

Limited edition Rebor Velociraptors "Winston and Stan".

The Rebor replicas “Winston and Stan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Only 1,000 of these model sets were produced, still, Rebor fans can view these figures in the JurassicCollectables video.  JurassicCollectables have done a good job in discussing the various Rebor models representing “Raptors” in chronological order, from the first to be produced to the latest such as “Gunn” and “Rose”, for completeness here is Everything Dinosaur’s list of Rebor dromaeosaurids from the first model to be produced to the very latest to come off the production line.

The List of Rebor Dromaeosaurids (First to Latest)

  • Rebor “Windhunter” Utahraptor ostrommaysorum
  • Rebor Club Selection Velociraptor Triplets (limited edition)
  • Rebor 1:6 scale Velociraptor Hatchlings
  • Rebor 1:35 scale baby Utahraptor “Breeze”
  • Rebor 1:18 scale baby Velociraptor “Stan”
  • Rebor Velociraptor “Winston”
  • Rebor “Father and Son” Velociraptor set (limited edition in bronze effect) – “Winston and Stan”
  • Rebor “Cerberus Clan” a trio of Deinonychus figures (D. antirrhopus)
  • Rebor 1:18 scale leaping Velociraptors “Spring-heeled Jack” and “Alex Delarge”
  • Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor “Pete”
  • Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptors “Gunn” and “Rose”

To view the Rebor model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Replicas and Figures

More Raptors to Come

Rebor has plans to add more dromaeosaurids to their model range.  Collectors will have the chance to add even more figures to their very own raptor pack.  As for personal favourites, we agree with the narrator in the JurassicCollectables video, “Winston” is very popular amongst Everything Dinosaur team members, but for the moment, this replica is just pipped by a nose by the excellent Velociraptor “Pete”.

The Rebor 1:18 Scale Velociraptor Figure “Pete”

Rebor "Pete" Velociraptor Model

A cursorial (running Velociraptor) called “Pete from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

JurassicCollectables have produced video reviews of all the models seen in this very well made compilation video.  To view these videos, visit JurassicCollectables on YouTube.  Everything Dinosaur recommends that readers subscribe to the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel: JurassicCollectables on YouTube

4 02, 2018

Mantellisaurus Drawing

By | February 4th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Preparing for the CollectA Mantellisaurus Figure

Not long to wait now until the arrival of the first batch of new for 2018 CollectA prehistoric animal models (CollectA Prehistoric Life and CollectA Deluxe).  Our fact sheets for the new figures are complete and the scale drawings and illustrations that we commissioned have all been sorted out.  The picture (below), is our illustration of the new CollectA Prehistoric Life Mantellisaurus replica.  It is great to see a model being made of a dinosaur that was named in honour of Gideon Mantell.

An Illustration of Mantellisaurus (Dinosaur Scale Drawing)

Mantellisaurus scale drawing.

A Mantellisaurus scale drawing.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Mantellisaurus is depicted in a drinking pose, our drawing is a very close representation of the actual figure which is due to be in our warehouse soon.

The CollectA Mantellisaurus Dinosaur Model

CollectA Mantellisaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Mantellisaurus drinking.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We look forward to getting our hands on this new Ornithopod replica.

2 02, 2018

A Customised Schleich Psittacosaurus

By | February 2nd, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Schleich Psittacosaurus Gets a Makeover

At Everything Dinosaur, we are always keen to receive pictures from our customers of their model collections.  Many of the models and figures are displayed in dioramas and prehistoric scenes and it always amazes us when we see these fantastic creations.  We have concluded that there are a lot of very talented people who collect prehistoric animals.  Take for example, Elizabeth, an enthusiastic collector who commissioned Martin Garratt of UMF Models to customise her recently purchased Schleich Psittacosaurus figure.

The New for 2018 Schleich Psittacosaurus Dinosaur Model

Schleich Psittacosaurus (2018).

New for 2018, the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2018 Schleich Psittacosaurus has a lot going for it.  The pose is quite dynamic and the model has plenty of carefully crafted skin texture.  Schleich deserve considerable credit for creating a figure that reflects the latest scientific thinking when it comes to this early member of the Cerapoda.  Martin Garratt was able to repaint this little dinosaur and he has produced a beautiful diorama influenced by the recently published research into Psittacosaurus that indicated that this forest dweller probably had countershading to help to keep it safe.

The Customised Schleich Psittacosaurus Model

Customised Schleich Psittacosaurus.

A stunning Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models) by permission of dinosaur model collector Elizabeth

Psittacosaurus and Countershading

Everything Dinosaur team members have been lucky enough to have viewed up close the remarkable fossil specimen that formed the basis of the research into the colouration of Psittacosaurus.  The study was published in 2016 in the academic journal “Current Biology”.  The authors of the paper, including researchers from the University of Bristol, concluded that this plant-eating dinosaur was light underneath but darker on its back.  This pattern is known as countershading and is a seen in a number of animals today.  To help illustrate the team’s conclusions, talented palaeoartist and model maker Bob Nicholls was asked to create a life-sized model of the creature so that the effectiveness of the camouflage could be tested.

Psittacosaurus Demonstrates Countershading

Psittacosaurus model in the Bristol Botanic Garden.

Psittacosaurus photographed in the Bristol Botanic Garden.

Picture Credit: Jakob Vinther

To read our article on the research: Calculating the Colour of Psittacosaurus

Dioramas and Dinosaur Research Coming Together

It is great to be able to view a customised dinosaur model that has been influenced by actual scientific research.  Ironically, thanks to copious fossil specimens from Asia, the Psittacosaurus genus is perhaps, the most studied of all the dinosaur genera.  Martin’s composition certainly mirrors the very latest thinking with regards to this two-metre-long dinosaur.

The Psittacosaurus Model with Carefully Selected Foliage to Mimic an Early Cretaceous Forest Environment

Schleich Psittacosaurus diorama by Martin Garratt.

The Schleich Psittacosaurus diorama.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models) by permission of dinosaur model collector Elizabeth

The Skilfully Painted Replica Reflects Scientific Research into Countershading in the Dinosauria

Schleich Psittacosaurus diorama.

The Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models) by permission of dinosaur model collector Elizabeth

Our thanks to Elizabeth for giving us permission to post up Martin Garratt’s work and for allowing us to publish Marilyn’s photographs.  Elizabeth tells us that she has more pictures of this excellent and beautifully composed diorama and we look forward to being able to put these on-line too in the very near future.

The Countershading Concept Demonstrated in a Dinosaur Diorama

Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur diorama.

A view of the Schleich Psittacosaurus dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Marilyn (UMF Models) by permission of dinosaur model collector Elizabeth

To view the new for 2018 Schleich models as well as the rest of the Schleich range available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

30 01, 2018

Beasts of the Mesozoic Update

By | January 30th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|1 Comment

Beasts of the Mesozoic Update

Beasts of the Mesozoic Ready to Spring by Late Spring

Dinosaur fans and model collectors will have just a few more short weeks to wait before the entire range of the eagerly anticipated Beasts of the Mesozoic collection of “Raptors” is available.  These beautifully sculptured, 1:6 scale replicas are currently entering the final phase of production, some of the models are due to be completed and made ready for sale next month but others such as the exquisite Adasaurus, along with Tsaagan, Acheroraptor and the two Saurornitholestes replicas, are not due for completion until the end of March.

The Beautiful Beasts of the Mesozoic Tsaagan mangas will be Available from Everything Dinosaur in Late Spring

Beasts of the Mesozoic Tsaagan mangas 1:6 scale replica.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Tsaagan mangas 1:6 scale replica.

Picture Credit: Beasts of the Mesozoic/Everything Dinosaur

Production Delays Due to Chinese New Year

David Silva of Creative Beast Studios, the visionary behind this exciting range of poseable prehistoric animal figures explained factory closures over the Chinese New Year would lead to some delays, but the priority was to produce the most scientifically accurate and highly detailed “raptor” models possible.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Range Including Adasaurus mongoliensis will be Available in April 2018

Beasts of the Mesozoic Adasaurus figure.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic 1:6 scale model (Adasaurus mongoliensis).

Picture Credit: Beasts of the Mesozoic/Everything Dinosaur

In stock at Everything Dinosaur in April

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur, which has been given exclusive access to the Beasts of the Mesozoic range stated;

“We are confident that by sometime in late April, all the Beasts of the Mesozoic figures that we have committed to will be arriving in our warehouse.  The creation of this dynamic, new series has been a real labour of love, it might have taken millions of years for the Maniraptorans to evolve, but model collectors and dinosaur fans will have just a few more weeks to wait.”

Both Everything Dinosaur and Creative Beast Studio will be closely monitoring the production process and we look forward to releasing further updates and news about the imminent arrival of this thrilling new chapter in the evolution of dinosaur figures.

As well as the amazing 1:6 scale “Raptors”, Everything Dinosaur will also be stocking the Environment Accessory Packs (Wetlands, Desert, Forest and Mountains) along with the Beasts of the Mesozoic “Nestlings” – amber, black and grey.

Everything Dinosaur Will Also be Stocking the Environment Accessory Packs

Mountains - environment accessory pack (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Beasts of the Mesozoic Environment Accessory Pack (Mountains).

Picture Credit: Beasts of the Mesozoic/Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Nestlings” – A Trio of Black Raptor Nestlings

Nestlings - black (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Beasts of the Mesozoic Nestlings – Black.

Picture Credit: Beasts of the Mesozoic/Everything Dinosaur

Join the Everything Dinosaur Beasts of the Mesozoic Special Reserve/VIP List

Demand is likely to exceed supply of this excellent model range.  Everything Dinosaur has opened a “Special Reserve/VIP” list offering our customers priority access to this range when they come into stock.

To request to join our “Special Reserve/VIP” list, simply email: Email Everything Dinosaur to Join our VIP Reserve List

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