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10 02, 2017

Video of New for 2017 Papo Dinosaurs

By | February 10th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Papo Dinosaurs 2017 – Quick Video

Last month, Everything Dinosaur team members got the opportunity to view the finished dinosaur models that are new for 2017 from Papo.  Papo will be bringing out a number of prehistoric animals this year, including a re-painted Velociraptor, a Ceratosaurus, Cryolophosaurus, a Polacanthus, an Acrocanthosaurus, plus a re-paint of the existing Oviraptor replica.  We were able to shoot a quick video (fifty seconds), which showcases these new models.

New from Papo 2017 (Papo Dinosaur Models)

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dinosaurs for 2017

The video gives viewers an opportunity to see the relative sizes of the various new dinosaur models, the first of which (Polacanthus and the two re-painted replicas), are due in stock at Everything Dinosaur in a few days’ time.  The short video (we apologise for the lighting), gives viewers the chance to see how big the impressive Acrocanthosaurus is when compared to the other new models.  The Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat (Smilodon), the Dimorphodon figure and the Cave Bear models were not available at the time, but we do have some pictures of these finished models and we will be posting them up shortly.

To see the range of Papo prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

 Six New Papo Dinosaurs

The biggest of the new models, one of the largest models that Papo will be producing this year, is the awesome Acrocanthosaurus (A. atokensis) replica.  Like many dinosaur fans, Everything Dinosaur is delighted to see more models of this spectacular Cretaceous Theropod dinosaur coming onto the market.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Model Availability (Release Dates)

  • Polacanthus, Blue Oviraptor and Blue Velociraptor (imminent, expected within about two weeks).
  • Acrocanthosaurus, Ceratosaurus, the flying reptile figure (a Dimorphodon), the prehistoric cat (Smilodon) and the Cave Bear – around end quarter two, around June/July or thereabouts.
  • Papo Cryolophosaurus – the last model scheduled to be released, this is expected around August time, but it could be a little earlier.

Check out Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

The Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

Papo Polacanthus replica.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The photograph above shows the new for 2017 Papo Polacanthus, complete with that famous sacral shield.  The model should be with us in a few weeks, it too, is a great sculpt and we can’t wait to get this dinosaur (first named and described back in 1865), into stock.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

Papo Cryolophosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The last model to be introduced this year, is the wonderful Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur figure.  The photograph shows a close-up view of this skilfully painted, meat-eating dinosaur.  The design team at Papo are to be congratulated for their clever and very creative colour schemes.  We have already nick-named this particular model “the Papo Elvis”, in honour of that unusual nasal crest that this dinosaur had, the function of which remains unknown, but it has been speculated that it had a role in visual display.

23 01, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews Rebor’s Cerberus Clan

By | January 23rd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Video Review of the Deinonychus Trio (Rebor)

Those hard-working dinosaur enthusiasts at JurassicCollectables have been busy making another dinosaur model video review and this time it is the Rebor Cerberus Clan model set that takes centre stage.  Once again, model fans are given the opportunity to get a good look at any potential purchases.  This video, which is just under ten minutes in duration, shows the models being unpacked, describes each of the Deinonychus replicas in detail, before uniting them with the Rebor Tenontosaurus corpse (Ceryneian Hind) and the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus (Hercules), in a spectacular three-part dinosaur diorama.

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Cerberus Clan (Deinonychus antirrhopus)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Poseable Dinosaur Figures

The narrator takes great care with the individual model descriptions.  Each one of the dinosaur models has been given its own unique paint job and the narrator describes all three in detail before demonstrating that the wire aperture that supports each model can be manipulated, allowing the necks and tails of these meat-eating dinosaurs to be posed in different positions.

The Video Provides Lots of Information About the Rebor Cerberus Clan

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

JurassicCollectables have a wonderful YouTube channel packed full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative videos, including reviews of the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus replica and the Rebor Ceryneian Hind (Tenontosaurus).

Visit the YouTube channel of Jurassic Collectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , don’t forget to subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel, after all, over 52,000 dinosaur model fans already have!

Tenontosaurus Bite Marks Line Up

Rebor’s attention to detail is highlighted in the video review.  JurassicCollectables show how all the bases of the Deinonychus models fit into the Tenontosaurus model base and they point out that the bite marks on the unfortunate Tenontosaurus match up to the positions on the diorama now occupied by the Cerberus Clan.  Model collectors can opt for a range of poses and positions for their own diorama, making their display truly unique. When all three Rebor models are shown together the whole diorama looks spectacular.  Viewers can see the completed diorama in the last portion of the JurassicCollectables video review (very appropriate music accompanies this part of the video too).

All three of the Rebor models, Acrocanthosaurus, the Tenontosaurus corpse (T. tilletti) and the Deinonychus set are available from Everything Dinosaur, to view the entire range of Rebor collectables available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

 All Model Sets Together Make an Eye-catching Dinosaur Diorama

Rebor dinosaur diorama.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It’s fantastic to be able to appreciate the care and skill that has gone into the making of these Rebor models and the JurassicCollectables team really have triumphed once again with their comprehensive and immensely informative model review.

21 01, 2017

A Preview of Schleich 2017 Dinosaur Models

By | January 21st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

A Video Preview of Schleich 2017 Dinosaur Models

This month, saw a couple of Everything Dinosaur team members visit a trade show.  We had lots of meetings to attend and whilst at the event, we took the opportunity to shoot a quick video featuring four of the new for 2017 Schleich dinosaur models.  We appreciate the lighting at such venues does not always help when it comes to creating videos, but we thought that we could at least provide a quick peek at some of the larger Schleich models coming into our warehouse in just a few days.

The dinosaur models featured in the video are the Schleich Brachiosaurus (interesting skin texture on the back and tail of this model), the Allosaurus with an articulated jaw (please excuse the grammatical error in the narration).  Plus, the Stegosaurus and the feathered Utahraptor, Schleich getting to grips with feathered Dromaeosaurs by bring out a shaggy coated Utahraptor to join the existing range of Schleich models that includes “scaly raptors”.  The video is quite short, it is under forty-five seconds long, but at least it provides a preview.

A Short Video Showing Four of the New for 2017 Schleich Dinosaur Models

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich prehistoric animal brochures will be available to acquire from Everything Dinosaur’s new website, which is due to be launched next month (February 2017), the new for 2017 Schleich models, including those featured in this video, will be in stock at our warehouse shortly.

To view the existing range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models sold by Everything Dinosaur: Prehistoric Animals including Schleich Figures Available from Everything Dinosaur

The New for 2017 Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model

One of the new introductions is the Schleich Brachiosaurus.  The designers have chosen to give this dinosaur model a very textured skin, it’s as if this super-sized dinosaur had super-sized scales on its neck, its back and on the tail, plus partially on the upper limbs.  It is certainly quite an interesting effect, one that will make this dinosaur model very popular with those young dinosaur fans who like to see large scales on models.

A Photograph of the New for 2017 Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model

Schleich Brachiosaurus (2017).

The new for 2017 Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As with all the Schleich models the paintwork is very good, and there is plenty of detail to be found within the range. Schleich dinosaurs are suitable for children from three years and upwards.

The New for 2017 Schleich Allosaurus

Schleich Allosaurus (2017).

The new for 2017 Schleich Allosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Also featured in the video, is the new Schleich Allosaurus figure.

 Look out for more updates on new for 2017 models from Everything Dinosaur.

10 01, 2017

In Praise of “TheDinosaurMan 245”

By | January 10th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

Praising All Dinosaur Model Reviewers

At Everything Dinosaur, we get lots of emails and letters from fans of dinosaurs and prehistoric animal model collecting.  We do read them all and we respond to all those that require a reply.  Answering questions and commenting on all the amazing things that we get sent from our customers is something that we have always tried to do.  These days, the overwhelming majority of our correspondence is via email, the number of letters that we receive as a proportion of the total is dropping year on year.  However, we do get a great many thank you letters from school children who have taken part in our dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  We are keen to encourage the children with their hand-writing and a thank you letter makes a great extension exercise for the teachers.

We also receive lots of links to videos that dinosaur model fans have made.  A wide variety of subjects are covered, from comments about model collections, suggestions for new replicas, unboxing videos, lists of favourite dinosaurs even homemade “Jurassic Park” movies.  We do our best to watch as many as we can, although, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, what with all our other commitments.  Around ten days ago, we were emailed by the father of a young dinosaur fan who contacted us to thank Everything Dinosaur for the speedy dispatch of some dinosaur models.  We were also informed, that, like many of our customers, his son posted up prehistoric animal themed videos.  The young man’s video channel contains reviews of his Everything Dinosaur purchases, collection updates, as well as video game footage.  The eager young video maker goes by the moniker “TheDinosaurMan 245”.

Everything Dinosaur Unboxing Video by “TheDinosaurMan 245”

Video Credit: “TheDinosaurMan 245”

In Praise of All the Dinosaur Model Video Makers

We used to make some videos ourselves, these were our way of helping to pass on some of the background on new models as well as providing information about the prehistoric animals the models represented.  With so much going on in the company, we just don’t get the time to make them anymore, but those videos we have made, have had millions of views and we are grateful for every “like” and comment received.

Today, we pay tribute to all those collectors of dinosaurs and prehistoric animal models, who take the time and trouble to share their passion and enthusiasm for this hobby.

Our thanks to “TheDinosaurMan 245” and to everyone like him, who are fascinated with dinosaurs and enjoying telling the world about their collections.

27 11, 2016

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Schleich Barapasaurus

By | November 27th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

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.

17 11, 2016

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Concavenator Replica

By | November 17th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

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?

15 11, 2016

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Torvosaurus

By | November 15th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

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”

9 11, 2016

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Oddities Tylosaurus proriger

By | November 9th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

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.

27 10, 2016

A Video Review of the Paleo-Creatures Eotyrannus

By | October 27th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

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).
9 10, 2016

Everything Dinosaur Unboxing Video

By | October 9th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page|0 Comments

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

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