Category: Everything Dinosaur videos

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Schleich Barapasaurus

Schleich Barapasaurus Video Review by JurassicCollectables

Those talented people at JurassicCollectables have put together another dinosaur model video review.  This time, it is the Schleich Barapasaurus dinosaur model that has been given a spin on JurassicCollectable’s turntable and what a fascinating prehistoric animal replica this model is.  In this brief video (duration 4:19), the narrator talks through the finer points of this 2016 model, part of a range named by Schleich as the “First Giants”.  In the case of Barapasaurus, this is an appropriate description, it was a sizeable herbivore, one of the biggest known from the Early Jurassic.  Tentatively assigned to the Cetiosauridae family of Sauropods (whale lizards), it has been estimated that this dinosaur reached lengths of around fourteen metres.

The Schleich Barapasaurus Video Review by JurassicCollectables

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

An Indian Dinosaur

It is great to see a model manufacturer introducing a replica of a less well-known Sauropod dinosaur, especially one whose fossils are associated with southern India, a country that is proving to be quite a “hot-bed” for dinosaur discoveries, although, most of the specimens uncovered to date herald from strata laid down in the Cretaceous.

In the video, viewers are given the opportunity to see this large model from a number of perspectives.  The narrator looks at the carefully sculpted head in detail and comments on the skill of the model makers for creating such a formidable looking dinosaur model.  As it is stated in the video review, we too would not want to meet Barapasaurus on a dark night!

The Schleich Barapasaurus Dinosaur Model

Schleich Barapasaurus dinosaur model.

A very colourful dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Big-legged Dinosaur

The narrator comments on the size of the model, estimating it to be over twelve inches in length and various props including “off-colour Alan” are used to give viewers an idea of size and scale.  Special attention is paid to the colours used on this replica.  It certainly, is a vibrant dinosaur model with its burnished reds and turquoise spots – a long way from the ubiquitous elephantine grey used in previous Schleich Sauropods such as their “Saurus” Apatosaurus, that was introduced in 2009.

Comparing the 2016 Schleich Barapasaurus Model to the Company’s 2009 Apatosaurus Replica

Schleich Sauropod models compared.

The 2009 Schleich Apatosaurus replica compared to the 2016 Schleich Barapasaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Close Up of the Head of the Schleich Barapasaurus Dinosaur Model

The head of the Schleich Barapasaurus dinosaur model.

A close up of the head of the Schleich Barapasaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

JurassicCollectables have a wonderful YouTube channel which is full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative and interesting videos.  This YouTube channel has over 50,000 subscribers, that’s an amazing achievement, our congratulations to everyone at JurassicCollectables for such a fantastic YouTube channel.

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

To purchase the Schleich Barapasaurus dinosaur model and to see the full range of Schleich prehistoric animal replicas that Everything Dinosaur offers: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

Thanks, JurassicCollectables for your video review, Barapasaurus (B. tagorei) is one of our favourite Schleich models and it was great to see a video made for this dinosaur model.

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Replica

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Model Reviewed

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

The Video Review of the Concavenator Replica

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

Concavenator corcovatus by Paleo-Creatures

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

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Replica by Jesús Toledo

Paleo-Creatures Concavenator

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

Quill Knobs

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

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

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

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

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri Video Review

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

The Paleo-Creatures Video Review of Torvosaurus tanneri

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

 Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus tanneri

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

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

A Scale Drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi

Torvosaurus gurneyi scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Torvosaurus gurneyi.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus dinosaur model.

The Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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

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

The Monster of Minden – Wiehenvenator albati

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

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

For further information about Wiehenvenator albatiThe “Monster of Minden”

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Oddities Tylosaurus proriger

JurassicCollectables Video Review of Rebor Tylosaurus proriger “Charon”

Time to catch up with what those clever people at JurassicCollectables have been up to and today we showcase their latest Rebor review, a video review of the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger.  The great thing about JurassicCollectables YouTube channel is that it permits dinosaur fans and model collectors to get a good look at any potential purchases.  A video is the ideal way to appreciate the quality of what is, a new line from Rebor, after all, “Charon” – more about the name later, is a display piece and the video does give viewers a fantastic opportunity to assess this novel, marine reptile-themed item.

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies (Tylosaurus proriger)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

A New Product Line for Rebor

In this short, but informative video review, the narrator comments that the Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger represents a brand-new line for the company.  He is quite right to make this point, Rebor have been keen to give collectors merchandise that reflects prehistoric life from a different perspective.  The output of the company so far has been focused on interpreting animals based on the fossil evidence.  This new product line, takes a different standpoint, it actually sets out to give collectors the opportunity to acquire something that reflects the fossil evidence itself.  That’s a novel twist and we congratulate Rebor on taking this route.  The T. proriger replica is set in its own museum-like display cabinet and it can be lit from the top (four AAA batteries are required), just like an exhibit in a natural history museum.

A Tylosaurus on Display (Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies)

Rebor (Charon) Tylosaurus proriger.

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger in display case.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Rebor admirers will get the chance to see another fossil interpretation very soon, the next model to be released (in the next two weeks), is a 1:1 scale replica of a baby Lourinhanosaurus (L. antunesi).  In 1993, over 100 fossilised dinosaur eggs were discovered in Portugal, these were identified as Lourinhanosaurus, some of these eggs were so perfectly preserved that tiny fossilised embryos could be identified.  The Rebor “baby Bonnie”, the Lourinhanosaurus embryo model, is based on this fossil material.  This model will be introduced under the Rebor “Club Selection” banner, as only 1,000 replicas have been made.

Fossil Studies 01

In the four minute long video, the back of the box is shown, the slot to allow the display figure to be hung on a wall is identified and the lighting feature explained.  JurassicCollectables shot some of the video with the lights out, just with the model itself lit, viewers can appreciate the quality of the construction and see how effective the lighting is.  In addition, the attention to detail on this new Rebor figure is highlighted.  The little touches give this item real finesse.  For example, the narrator points out the quality of the hinges on the box, they are based on the very sort of brass hinges found in real museum display cases and the Rebor Fossil Oddities Studies Tylosaurus proriger even has a brass effect nameplate.

Name that Marine Reptile Figure?

Rebor Tylosaurus proriger nameplate.

The Rebor “Charon” Tylosaurus nameplate.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 We congratulate JurassicCollectables for producing this excellent video review, congratulations also to Rebor for producing this fine replica of a famous marine reptile in the first place.

JurassicCollectables have made some fantastic prehistoric animal videos including amazing video reviews of the Rebor range, to see these videos and to subscribe to their very informative YouTube channel: Subscribe to JurassicCollectables on YouTube

To view the range of Rebor replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Why Charon?

Charon (Kharon), was the ferryman of Hades.  In Greek mythology, Charon ferries the souls of the dead across the rivers Acheron and Styx.  We think it quite appropriate to name an interpretation of a fearsome marine creature after a mythological figure associated with water and death.  Charon is also the name of the largest of the five known moons that orbit the dwarf planet Pluto.  Pluto was very much in the news during this product’s development as the New Horizons spacecraft approached this faraway part of our solar system in 2016 and provided unparalleled views of this cold, icy world and its near neighbour Charon.  The name for the moon Charon was formally adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1986, making this year, the year of the introduction of the Rebor Fossil Oddities range, the thirtieth anniversary of the naming of this celestial body.

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus

Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus lengi – A Video Review

Those talented people from Paleo-Creatures have put down their modelling tools for a few minutes, just long enough so that they can produce some short videos showcasing the prehistoric animal replicas that make up the Paleo-Creatures range of scale models.  The principal person behind this exciting range is Jesús Toledo and we commend him, not only for his superb models but also for narrating the videos in English, not his first language.  Our congratulations to you Jesús and the first Paleo-Creatures video we have posted up on the Everything Dinosaur blog features Eotyrannus.  This is highly appropriate, as the fossil material related to this Early Cretaceous tyrannosaurid comes from the Isle of Wight, off the coast of southern England.  Eotyrannus (E. lengi) is in fact one of three members of the Tyrannosauroidea clade or superfamily known from the British Isles (we wonder if you can name the other two)?*

The Video Review of Eotyrannus lengi by Paleo-Creatures

Video Credit: Paleo-Creatures

A Video Introduction to the Paleo-Creatures Model Range

In this short, three-minute video, the narrator discusses the thinking behind the colouration of this particular dinosaur model.  In addition, the cleverly crafted articulated lower jaw is demonstrated and some interesting information about Eotyrannus is provided.  The video is shot outside and the figure really comes into its own when seen in bright, natural light.  Listen out for the sound of some avian dinosaurs in the background.

The speaker is quite correct to state that Eotyrannus most likely lived in a forest environment (hence the green and brown counter shading given to that feathery coat, this would have been excellent camouflage).  We at Everything Dinosaur have some information from a palaeoenvironmental study of the Isle of Wight and Portsdown High region during the deposition of the Wessex Formation that supports this view.   When Eotyrannus roamed, some 130 million years ago, to the north of the area where the fossils of this dinosaur were found, the land rose gently upwards and the tree fern dominated vegetation gave way to extensive conifer forests.  It has been suggested that Eotyrannus lived in the forest and only occasionally ventured out onto the open floodplain, an area dominated by much larger Theropods.

Things Change in Palaeontology

However, new fossil finds and continuous research can change viewpoints.  A few months ago, a palaeontology student on field trip to Compton Beach (western part of the Isle of Wight), discovered a single Eotyrannus tooth that measured nearly three centimetres long.  This was a much bigger tooth than the teeth associated with the known Eotyrannus lengi fossil remains.  The Eotyrannus holotype material was from a juvenile and the length of this dinosaur when an adult had been estimated to be around five to six metres long.  With this new fossil discovery, it is likely that Eotyrannus grew to be much bigger, perhaps in excess of eight metres in length and it would have been considerably heavier than the previously estimated quarter of a tonne.  If it was a large predator, then it may well have made its home in more open country, however, juveniles would still probably have sought safety in the cover of the forested areas, better to keep out of the way of any large carnivores.

The Eotyrannus lengi Dinosaur Figure

Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus dinosaur model.

Everything Dinosaur stocks the Paleo-Creatures range of prehistoric animal models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Scale of the Eotyrannus Dinosaur Model

In the informative and well-shot video, the narrator states that this model is in 1:32 model scale.  At Everything Dinosaur, we have assessed this beautiful, twenty-one centimetre replica to be around 1:28 scale, based on scaling up the known skeletal material from the holotype specimen.  With the recently discovered fossil tooth, the 1:32 scale interpretation given by Paleo-Creatures may prove to be more accurate.  That’s the great thing about science, just when you thought you were on firm footing something happens and the ground falls away from you, ironically very much like the highly unstable cliffs surrounding the plant debris bed where the Eotyrannus bone material was found.

To see the Eotyrannus lengi replica and the other Paleo-Creatures models stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Purchase the Paleo-Creatures range of prehistoric animal models here

Everything Dinosaur has an exclusive agreement to stock the Paleo-Creatures range of prehistoric animal scale models in the UK.  This growing collection features a number of dinosaurs as well as some of the more unusual creatures that once roamed planet Earth or swam in ancient seas.

*Just for the record, the other two members of the Tyrannosauroidea clade associated with the British Isles are:

  • Proceratosaurus bradleyi – from the Forest Marble Formation (Middle Jurassic – late Bathonian faunal stage).  Fossil material from Gloucestershire (central, southern England).
  • Juratyrant langhami – from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation (Late Jurassic – early Tithonian faunal stage).  Fossil material from Dorset (south-coast of England).

Everything Dinosaur Unboxing Video

Dino Toy Blog Unboxing Video

Those clever people responsible for the Dino Toy Blog and the Dinosaur Toy Forum have posted up an unboxing video having received some prehistoric animal models from Everything Dinosaur.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur always enjoy seeing videos such as these, it is always a pleasure to receive feedback on our models and our customer service.  We are very fortunate to have some amazing customers who are passionate about prehistoric animals and model collecting.  In this short video, the narrator talks through his latest acquisitions with a focus on marine reptiles.

Dino Toy Blog Unboxing (Everything Dinosaur)

Video Credit: Dino Toy Blog

Top Marks for Sauropelta

Included in the haul, is the fabulous Wild Safari Prehistoric World Sauropelta dinosaur model.  It was voted the top dinosaur toy of 2015 by Dinosaur Toy Forum members, just pipping the 1:4 scale CollectA Supreme Guidraco which also features in this unboxing video.  Look out also for the CollectA Temnodontosaurus platyodon and a recently introduced interpretation of the fearsome Liopleurodon from Bullyland.

The Dino Toy Blog YouTube channel has lots of informative video reviews of dinosaur toys and replicas, plus it showcases the private model collections of many of the dedicated forum members.

Check out the YouTube channel: The YouTube Channel of the Dinosaur Toy Blog and don’t forget to subscribe.

The Bizarre Atopodentatus unicus

This video also gives viewers the opportunity to take a close look at the Paleo-Creatures Atopodentatus figure, a replica of a basal sauropterygian of the early Middle Triassic of south-western China.  Everything Dinosaur sells the Paleo-Creatures range of hand-crafted prehistoric animal models exclusively in the UK.  The narrator points out that recent fossil finds may have changed our understanding with regards to the skull and jaws of this herbivorous sea creature, but the Paleo-Creatures Atopodentatus still remains highly collectible.

The Paleo-Creatures Atopodentatus Marine Reptile Model

The Paleo-Cretatures Atopodentatus figure.

The Paleo-Creatures Atopodentatus marine reptile figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Paleo-Creatures line at Everything Dinosaur: Paleo-Creatures Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Praising Everything Dinosaur’s Customer Service

Regular customers of Everything Dinosaur won’t be surprised to hear that the narrator praises Everything Dinosaur’s speedy delivery service.  The parcel arrived the following day.  This rapid delivery is mentioned in the video review, lots of companies may promise speedy service, but at Everything Dinosaur we really try to leave up to our reputation for a fast turnaround and despatch of orders, after all, we know how keen dinosaur fans and model collectors are to receive their items.

Once again, we would like to express our thanks to those talented people behind the Dino Toy Blog and the Dinosaur Toy Forum for creating this video of an unboxing of prehistoric animal models from Everything Dinosaur.

To read our original article published in 2014 announcing the discovery of Atopodentatus: Bizarre New Marine Reptile Described

To read our May 2014 article updating the description of Atopodentatus in the light of further research and a study of less distorted skull fossil material: Atopodentatus Unzipped

JurassicCollectables Reviews Rebor “Winston and Stan” Velociraptors

Rebor “Winston and Stan” Velociraptors Reviewed

Those talented people at JurassicCollectables have produced another super video review of a Rebor replica, this time the limited edition, bronze-effect “Winston and Stan” model is in the spotlight.  Just 1,000 of these models have been made, also known as the “father and son” Velociraptor model set and what a fantastic item this is for dinosaur fans and model collectors.  Rebor have produced a number of dromaeosaurid replicas to date, this is the second limited edition “raptor” after the “Lock, Stock and Barrel” hatching Velociraptors that were introduced in 2015.

In this short video review (it lasts a little over six minutes), the narrator talks through the detailing on these bronze-effect models and compares them to the colour version of the 1:18 scale Velociraptor “Winston”, that we at Everything Dinosaur and JurassicCollectables reviewed last month.

The Review of “Winston and Stan” Velociraptors by Jurassic Collectables

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Videos such as this one by JurassicCollectables gives would-be purchasers the opportunity to get a really good look at a model before deciding to buy.  The close up shots really show the excellent attention to detail on these two figures, the models certainly do have a metallic look to them and they compliment the coloured version of the Rebor Velociraptor extremely well.

To see the video review of the colour version of the Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor figure “Winston”: JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Velociraptor “Winston”

The Limited Edition Rebor Velociraptor Models in Bronze-effect Finish (Father and Son)

Limited edition Rebor Velociraptors "Winston and Stan".

The Rebor replicas “Winston and Stan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Swapping Model Bases – Mixing and Matching

The narrator swaps the bases over between the Rebor coloured Velociraptor version “Winston” and the bronze-effect counterpart.  This is an interesting idea and when the coloured model is put on the metallic effect base, the effect is that it looks like the dinosaur is running over volcanic ash.  Being able to mix and match Rebor replicas to create individual, unique dioramas is one of the great attractions of the Rebor model range.  We congratulate the narrator for pointing out this aspect of the Rebor product offering.

JurassicCollectables have a fantastic YouTube channel brim full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative videos.

Visit the YouTube channel of Jurassic Collectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , don’t forget to subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel.

 To view the range of Rebor replicas including the wonderful, limited edition Velociraptor models “Winston and Stan” (whilst stocks last), click the link below:

The Rebor range of prehistoric animal models: The Rebor Range of Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

We at Everything Dinosaur, look forward to viewing more well-crafted videos from JurassicCollectables in the future.

An Excellent CollectA Thylacine Video Review

CollectA Thylacine Video Review

Everything Dinosaur customer Matthew (the Dinosaur King), has produced another excellent video review of one of his recent model purchases.  Talented and knowledgeable Matthew, has created a short video showcasing the rather excellent CollectA Thylacine model.  The Thylacine was a marsupial predator, the last known surviving member of the Thylacinidae, a once diverse family of predatory marsupials which were common throughout Australia and New Guinea.

The CollectA Thylacine Figure Reviewed

Video Credit: Matthew – The Dinosaur King

A Brief Video Review

In Matthew’s carefully scripted video, the viewer is treated to a detailed look at this new for 2016 replica.  The video itself lasts a little over five minutes in duration.  In this time, Matthew is able to get over just what an excellent replica the Thylacine figure is.  With the model out of its protective packaging, the narrator uses his hand to provide a scale for the Thylacine and the commentary includes a close up look at those gaping jaws and individually painted teeth.  Although, scientists know that the Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus – the name translates to “dog headed pouched one”), could open its jaws very wide, it very probably preyed on animals much smaller than itself.  The Thylacine was hunted to extinction (it is probably extinct), as it was thought that this nocturnal hunter attacked sheep and other domestic animals.  Matthew discusses the demise of the Thylacine in the video, he also speculates on whether or not some small numbers may still survive in the remotest parts of Tasmania or within the wild outback of the Australian mainland.

The Remarkable and Highly Detailed Female Thylacine Model by CollectA

The CollectA Thylacine replica.

The CollectA Thylacine model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Female Thylacine

The model represents a female of the species, there is a sizeable joey in the pouch.  The tail of the juvenile can be seen sticking out.  The design team at CollectA certainly seem to have studied very carefully the few old photographs that show a Thylacine with a distended pouch.

To view the CollectA range of prehistoric animal models including the female Thylacine replica: CollectA Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The video gives discerning model collectors the chance to view the model in detail.  The narrator comments on how accurate and life-like the figure is.  The video shows a close up of the black eyes of the Thylacine, a feature noted in the description of the Thylacine written in 1806 by Tasmania’s Deputy Surveyor-General George Harris.

Harris stated:

“The length of the animal from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail is 5 feet 10 inches, of which the tail is about 2 feet…Head very large, bearing a near resemblance to the wolf or hyena.  Eyes large and full, black with a nictant membrane, which gives the animal a savage and malicious appearance.”

Our thanks to Matthew for sharing this video with us, check out his YouTube channel for lots of other very informative prehistoric animal videos: Matthew the Dinosaur King YouTube Channel

JurassicCollectables Reviews “Winston” Rebor Velociraptor Replica

A Video Review of the Rebor “Winston” Velociraptor Replica

JurassicCollectables have produced a video review of the Rebor 1:18 scale, coloured Velociraptor called  “Winston” and what a wonderful opportunity to view this new Rebor model close up it is.  The Velociraptor figure has been introduced to pay tribute to Stan Winston, the special effects wizard behind the dinosaurs in the first three “Jurassic Park” films.  It is these films that really cemented the “raptor” amongst dinosaur fans as one of the most dangerous dinosaurs of all.  The Velociraptors in the movies may have been depicted much larger than they would have been back in the Late Cretaceous, but since “Jurassic Park” came out (1993), palaeontologists have identified a number of large dromaeosaurids, links to articles about some of these discoveries are provided at the end of the article, but without further ado, let’s look at the video.

The “Winton” Velociraptor Unboxing Video Review by Jurassic Collectables

Video Credit: Jurassic Collectables

Velociraptor Replica Reviewed

In the brief video, (it lasts a little over six and a half minutes), the narrator guides the viewer through the details that can be seen on this carefully sculpted model.  The replica stays true to the non-feathered principles of the first “Jurassic Park” offerings and the viewer is guided around the dinosaur with a special focus on the beautifully crafted, articulated lower jaw.  A comparison is made between this figure and the Scout series Velociraptor “Stan” introduced by Rebor earlier this year.  The “Stan” and “Winston” figures are united in a special, limited edition (1,000 made), bronze effect replica set, JurassicCollectables will be reviewing this figure once Everything Dinosaur has sent out a set to them.

JurassicCollectables have a brilliant YouTube channel “ram packed” full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative videos.

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The Rebor Velociraptor Figure “Winston”

The Rebor Winston replica.

The Rebor Winston Velociraptor dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the Rebor Velociraptor dinosaur model “Winston” as it comes out of the box, it is worth noting that the forelimbs are articulated too, one of several points made by the narrator in the highly informative JurassicCollectables video review.

To purchase “Winston” the spectacular Velociraptor model by Rebor and the rest of the Rebor range at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

JurassicCollectables conclude that this is an exquisite “raptor” figure, one that would fit in well with any dinosaur model collection.

We can’t wait to report on the bronze effect, limited edition “Winston” and “Stan” replica set once the talented folks at JurassicCollectables have published their video review.

As Promised, Dromaeosaurid Related Articles

Below are some articles from this blog site that provide further information on recent “raptor” discoveries.

The fearsome Dakotaraptor: Dakotaraptor A Giant Raptor

Dakotaraptor compared to Utahraptor: Dakotaraptor and Utahraptor Compared

One big rock and potentially six plus Utahraptors: A Nine Tonne Block and the Utahraptor Fossils It Contains

New species of Velociraptor-like dinosaur described: Boreonykus certekorum A New Type of “Raptor” from the Far North

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Rebor Scout Series “Stan”: A Review of the Rebor Scout Series Baby Velociraptor Model

Getting Excited About Paleo-Creatures

A Short Video of the Paleo-Creatures Replicas

Team members at Everything Dinosaur are getting very excited at the imminent arrival of the first of the Paleo-Creatures prehistoric animal models.  Stocks of Xenacanthus, Tullimonstrum (Tully’s monster) and Atopodentatus (A. unicus) et al,  will soon be filling our warehouse shelves and we can’t wait for the shipment to arrive.  Everything Dinosaur announced recently that they would be stocking the Paleo-Creatures line of high quality, polyurethane resin replicas.

The Paleo-Creatures range of hand-crafted, scale model prehistoric animals has been created by talented Spanish artist and designer Jesús Toledo.  He very kindly sent Everything Dinosaur a link to a short video showing the models that we had ordered laid out ready for packing before they were despatched to our warehouse.  In this short video (one minute forty-five seconds), viewers get the chance to see up close for themselves just how gorgeous these models are.  Check out the video in this link: Paleo-Creatures Video

Video Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

A Row of Torvosaurus Models from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

A row of Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

 The picture above is from the short video that was sent to Everything Dinosaur.  The video shows some of the models lined up ready for packing prior to their despatch to our warehouse.   The model in the middle is the beautiful Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus replica.  What a fantastic dinosaur model this is!  Just behind Torvosaurus some Paleo-Creatures Tullimonstrum (T. gregarium) can be seen.  Lining up in front of the fearsome Torvosaurus are some Kosmoceratops models, perhaps being just in front of a hungry Torvosaurus, especially a model with an articulated lower jaw, is quite a dangerous place for a horned dinosaur model to be.

Aegirocassis and Koolasuchus Replicas (Paleo-Creatures)

Paleo-Creatures models.

The Aegirocassis replicas (foreground), Koolasuchus models (background).

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

The splendid Aegirocassis (anomalocaridids, also referred to as anomalocarids) are lined up ready to be packed, these are wonderful models of the giant Ordovician filter-feeder.  In the background, some of the Koolasuchus replicas are awaiting their turn to be packed.  They too, are very beautiful and highly detailed, hand-crafted models.

To read a press release announcing that Everything Dinosaur would be stocking the Paleo-Creatures model range: Paleo-Creatures Coming to Everything Dinosaur

A Close Up of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator

The Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

A close up view of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

The fine detailing on these models can really be made out, both in these still pictures and from the video that was kindly sent in to us.

Eotyrannus (E. lengi) Model from Paleo-Creatures

Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus model.

The Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus ready for shipping.

Picture Credit: Jesús Toledo (Jetoar’s Collectables)

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