Category: Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products

Carcharodontosaurus – A Very Popular Dinosaur

Carcharodontosaurus – An Enormous Carnivorous Dinosaur

Paleo Paul has been busy with his camera again as this week, team members at Everything Dinosaur were emailed some photographs of the latest addition to his fossil collection, a magnificent broken tooth from a very large Theropod dinosaur.  In his email, Paleo Paul explained that the tooth was from a North African, meat-eating dinosaur called Carcharodontosaurus, a dinosaur whose fossils first came to the attention of the scientific community in the early part of the 20th Century, although Carcharodontosaurus was not named and formally described until 1931.

The Large Theropod Tooth (Carcharodontosaurus)

Dinosaur fan sends picture of dinosaur tooth into Everything Dinosaur

The large, broken Theropod dinosaur tooth identified as Carcharodontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus

Paleo Paul wrote to say that this dinosaur was named and described by the famous German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach and this is a beautiful specimen.  In many of the fossil carcharodontid teeth that we have examined, the tip of the tooth is often missing and Paleo Paul is lucky to have this specimen in his fossil collection.  This is a broken tooth, the root is missing, this tooth was most probably shed when this dinosaur was alive.  The tooth may have been lost when this carnivore was either feeding or fighting.  Scientists now know that North Africa around 98 million years ago (Late Albian to Early Cenomanian faunal stages) was home to a number of large predatory dinosaurs.  Carcharodontosaurus saharicus is regarded as an apex predator, some of the teeth associated with this species are nearly twenty centimetres long!

A Close up of the Denticles (Serrations on the Teeth)

A close up of the denticles on the side of a Theropod dinosaur tooth.

A close up of the serrations on the side of the tooth.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows a close up the tooth serrations (denticles) which are found on the carinae (sharp edges) of the tooth.  The shape, number and size of these denticles are helpful when attempting to identify which dinosaur the tooth likely came from.  Denticles can be found on both the leading edge (anterior) and the rear edge of the tooth (posterior), most Theropod teeth have two carinae therefore, in bilateral symmetry, but not always, the carinae can be offset or even split in some genera.  Being able to see clearly defined denticles such as these reflects the high degree of preservation of this particular fossil tooth.  Well done to Paleo Paul for getting a super close up photograph!

An Apex Predator

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus was very probably the top predator in its environment.  In the Everything Dinosaur database, we record C. saharicus as being potentially, up to fourteen metres long, reaching a head height of nearly six metres and weighing in excess of 6,000 kilogrammes.  It really was a formidable animal.  Carcharodontosaurus is very popular amongst dinosaur fans and Paleo Paul also sent in a couple of pictures of his CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus model

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus in a Dinosaur Diorama

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur model.

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The CollectA Carcharodontosaurus provides an excellent example of what palaeontologists think this dinosaur looked like.

To view the CollectA Deluxe range of scale prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Scale Prehistoric Animal Models

Paleo Paul likes to modify and repaint his prehistoric animal replicas, but in this instance he has decided that the CollectA Carcharodontosaurus needs no such makeover. It is just fine as it is.

The CollectA Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus on the Prowl

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus model.

CollectA Carcharodontosaurus prehistoric scene.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Our thanks once again to Paleo Paul for sharing his photographs with us.

Spinosaurus and Pterosaur Prehistoric Scene

Spinosaurus and Anhanguera Prehistoric Diorama

Our thanks to the very talented Paleo Paul who sent us in a couple of pictures of his latest prehistoric scene that he had created.  A Pterosaur looks down on the meal of a Spinosaurus, a giant fish that this sail-backed reptile has just caught for itself.  We really appreciate all the pictures, drawings and images we get sent and yes, we do look at them all and respond to all those that request a reply.

A Spinosaurid and Pterosaur Inspired Prehistoric Scene

Cretaceous prehistoric animal scene.

Papo Spinosaurus and Schleich Anhanguera Pterosaur models re-painted and modified.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The spinosaurid is a re-painted and re-modelled Papo Spinosaurus and very splendid it is too.  The Pterosaur flying over the scene is a Schleich Anhanguera replica, which also has had a makeover by Paleo Paul.  It is always a challenge to paint water well and we commend the artist for this excellent effort, the Spinosaurus really does look at home on the shore.

Paleo Paul stated:

“The Spinosaurus has a central nasal crest added in conjunction with later discoveries.  The fish is Xiphactinus from the excellent Pegasus model kits.  All models slightly modified. Really get a buzz out of doing these compositions!”

A Wider Angle View of the Prehistoric Scene

Prehistoric animal model scene.

Papo Spinosaurus and Schleich Anhanguera Pterosaur models re-painted and modified.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

Thanks for sending in these pictures, we too get a big buzz out of seeing such well-constructed dioramas.

The Jurassic of Europe

Europe in the Jurassic

Our thanks to Robert Townsend who sent us some more prehistoric animal diorama pictures.  This time, Robert focuses on dinosaurs that lived in Europe during the Jurassic and he has created some fascinating scenes in his large-scale dinosaur diorama “The Lost World”.

A Lourinhanosaurus Stalks an Europasaurus

Stalking an Europasaurus.

A Lourinhanosaurus stalks Europasaurus.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

This is a nicely composed shot, the details on the foreground are clearly defined and the whole photograph has a sense of perspective.

A Close up of the CollectA Lourinhanosaurus Dinosaur Model

The CollectA Lourinhanosaurus dinosaur model.

CollectA Lourinhanosaurus in a dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The Lourinhanosaurus model is part of the “Prehistoric Life” model range by CollectA.  In this image, Robert brings out the detail on the figure quite nicely as well as revealing the level of care taken in the creation of the prehistoric scene, note the tiny pebbles in the foreground.  Clearly a lot of time and effort has gone into creating the prehistoric settings for these dinosaur models.

The CollectA Metriacanthosaurus at the Water’s Edge

CollectA Metriacanthosaurus.

CollectA Metriacanthosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

A number of environments are depicted in the dinosaur themed diorama, the use of water effects provides a good focal point to set various prehistoric scenes.  The low light in the background gives the impression of dusk, here is a Metriacanthosaurus (model by CollectA), coming down to the river late at night to quench its thirst.

A Metriacanthosaurus Confronts an Adult Stegosaur (Dacentrurus)

Metriacanthosaurus and Dacentrurus fight it out.

A CollectA Metriacanthosaurus threatens a CollectA Dacentrurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Robert is keen to depict various interactions between prehistoric animals associated with Jurassic-aged strata from Europe.  In this photograph, an adult Dacentrurus adopts a threatening posture when confronted with a Metriacanthosaurus.  The meat-eater better watch-out, as at nearly two tonnes, the Dacentrurus is a very formidable opponent.

Our thanks to Robert for sending in these photographs.  We get sent lots of pictures and other dinosaur related items, we enjoy looking at them all.  We really do enjoy the creative ways in which our customers display their dinosaur and prehistoric animal model collections.

Giants of Ancient South America

South American Themed Dinosaur Diorama

Dinosaur model enthusiast and collector Robert Townsend very kindly sent into Everything Dinosaur some further pictures of his prehistoric landscape.  This time he has focused on dinosaurs that roamed the southern hemisphere during the Mesozoic.  In his diorama entitled “South American Giants”, Robert highlights the diversity of Sauropods that once roamed the landmass of Gondwana, he has also added some large Theropod models to highlight the apex predators which once called South America home.

When the Sauropoda Dominated the Mega-fauna of Gondwana

South American giant dinosaurs.

An Amargasaurus (foreground), Saltasaurus (background).

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The picture above shows a Safari Ltd (Wild Safari Dinos) Amargasaurus in the foreground, in the background, a pair of long-necked dinosaurs (Saltasaurus) walk by.  This is a well composed photograph.   The position of the models provides perspective and depth perception, the animals moving in opposite directions provides contrast and draws the eye into the photograph, allowing the clever and careful use of foliage to be appreciated.

A Close View of the CollectA Agustinia Dinosaur Model

Agustinia dinosaur model.

The CollectA Deluxe Agustinia dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

A number of Sauropods feature in Robert’s South American themed diorama.  The picture above shows a close up of an Agustinia (pronounced Ah-gus-tin-nee-ah), a bizarre, herbivorous dinosaur whose fossils were first discovered around twenty years ago.  From the limited number of fossils found, palaeontologists remain uncertain as to the phylogeny of this particular dinosaur.  It could be a member of the titanosaurids, or perhaps it was more closely related to Diplodocus (diplodocid dinosaurs).  Until more fossil material is found and studied, the family classification of this particular South American dinosaur remains uncertain.

Carnivorous Dinosaurs of South America

Giant meat-eating dinosaurs roamed South America.

Mapusaurus and Giganotosaurus feast on a long-necked dinosaur.

A number of super-sized Theropods are known from South America.  Robert depicts different types of meat-eating dinosaur in his diorama.  Amongst the abelisaurids, Robert has included a number of different types of predator, including Mapusaurus and Giganotosaurus which are greedily feeding on the remains of a Sauropod in the photograph above.

A Lifelong Dream.

When asked how he got interested in collecting dinosaur models and making dioramas, Robert explained:

“When I was about eleven or twelve years old I saw the film “Valley of The Gwangi” which was about some cowboys in the old wild west who discover a lost world of living dinosaurs inside a secret and hidden canyon.  I was so impressed with the realism of the animation of the creatures that I wanted to make my own lost world of dinosaur models in a prehistoric world.”

In his childhood, Robert constructed a number of dinosaur model kits and he started building landscapes from a young age, but not always with the results he desired.  When it came to creating prehistoric scenes, Robert admits his early efforts were a case of trial and error.

“What materials did one use?  I didn’t have a clue.  My dad suggested that I make the landscape out of a large piece of white card he obtained from somewhere.  It was rolled up, and when unrolled and flattened out it was about four feet square.  On the dining room table I used a felt tip pen to draw where the rocks and the rivers were meant to go.  To make prehistoric type plants I rolled up pieces of white paper, coloured them in with green and brown felt tip pens and then cut one end to spread out the fronds at the top.  They were stuck on the card with sellotape.  After an afternoon of trying this, the whole thing looked such a mess and so totally unconvincing that I was disappointed with my clumsy efforts.  I threw the whole lot away in the bin.  I thought it was best to wait until a time when I learnt what materials to use and how to build properly with them.  Well, now that time has come and you can see some of the results above.”

A Juvenile Argentinosaurus Roams Across the Diorama

The CollectA Argentinosaurus.

A juvenile Argentinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Thank you Robert for sending your photographs to Everything Dinosaur, they are greatly appreciated.  The next project for Robert is to build “Jurassic Park III later in the summer.  His plans are well advanced, the landscape will have a water hole surrounded by prehistoric trees and plants, some plastic aquarium plants and rocks from a garden centre, even some model plants that Robert will have made himself.

The CollectA Williamsonia Helps to Bring Prehistoric Scenes to Life

The CollectA Williamsonia plant.

The CollectA Williamsonia prehistoric plant, a great addition to dinosaur dioramas.

For extra realism, Robert is keen to get hold of some of the prehistoric plants and other materials from Everything Dinosaur, sounds like a good plan.

The Williamsonia and other prehistoric trees and plants can be found here: CollectA Scale Models

Pictures of New for 2016 Papo Velociraptors

Papo Green Velociraptor and Papo Feathered Velociraptor

At Everything Dinosaur, we enjoy receiving pictures of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models.  We have lots of very talented customers who make gorgeous dinosaur themed dioramas and other prehistoric scenes.  We really appreciate the fact that we get sent photographs of model displays, even pictures of the models themselves can make our day.  The Papo Velociraptors are quite photogenic and here are some snaps we took of the new for 2016 Papo “raptors” when we saw them earlier in the year at a trade show.

 A Pair of Papo Velociraptors

Papo Velociraptor models.

The Papo Feathered Velociraptor and the Papo Green Velociraptor dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows the excellent green Papo Velociraptor in the background and in the foreground, the new for 2016 Papo feathered Velociraptor, both of these models are available from Everything Dinosaur.  In terms of size, the green “raptor” edges it as it measures about a centimetre longer than the feathered Velociraptor replica, although it might be a little unfair to compare these models in terms of size as they have different poses, the green Velociraptor for example, has a more upright stance.

Examining the Papo Feathered Velociraptor

The feathered Velociraptor from Papo.

Holding the Papo feathered Velociraptor model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

 Papo, the French model and figure manufacturer, has built up a strong reputation for its excellent replicas over the last few years.  The company’s dinosaur model range was believed to have been inspired by the first film, “Jurassic Park” that was released in 1993.  The current range consists of nearly forty different prehistoric animals.  The “raptors” certainly are very reminiscent of the “Jurassic Park” pack.

To view the full Papo prehistoric animal model range: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Velociraptors are part of a group of five new model introductions this year from Papo (dinosaurs range).  They were introduced along with a Baryonyx replica, a new colour variant of the running Tyrannosaurus rex and the fearsome Cretaceous terrestrial crocodile Kaprosuchus.  These are all excellent models and very welcome additions to the Papo product range.

Papo Velociraptor Model Comparisons

Close up views of Papo Velociraptors.

An aerial view of the Papo Velociraptor models.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Two Species of Velociraptor

Two species of Velociraptor have been described.  Velociraptor mongoliensis was named and described in 1924 (Osborn) and in 2008 a second species was erected – V. osmolskae.  A joint Belgian/Chinese expedition to the Bayan Mandahu region of Inner Mongolia in 1999, recovered two fragments of upper jaw bone, that, although very similar to V. mongoliensis, showed enough anatomical differences to merit the erection of a new Velociraptor species.  Velociraptor osmolskae was very probably closely related to V. mongoliensis and it is hoped that further analysis of fragmentary Theropod remains from Bayan Mandahu and more Velociraptor fossil finds from China will help to provide further information regarding the phylogeny of these two dinosaurs.  The Belgian palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit (and colleagues), honoured the Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmólska, a person synonymous with exploring Upper Cretaceous rock formations of Mongolia, when they erected the trivial name.

Velociraptor Pathology

A skull attributed to Velociraptor mongoliensis shows clear pathology.  There are two parallel rows of small puncture marks along part of the skull.  These punctures match the dentition of an adult Velociraptor.  This pathology has been interpreted as evidence of fight between two Velociraptors. The lack of any signs of healing preserved in the fossil bones, suggests that the recipient of the injuries was mortally wounded or that it died shortly after the encounter with the other “raptor”.

Perhaps some of our customers will send in pictures of their Velociraptor models posed in combat!

Back to School with Everything Dinosaur

Fantastic Dinosaur Themed Back to School Items from Everything Dinosaur

No sooner do the schools break up then our thoughts are turning to the Autumn Term.  The teaching team at Everything Dinosaur are already booked up quite a lot for both next term and into the Spring but there are still some dates available for our dinosaur workshops in school.  However, just as teachers commence preparations for their scheme of work to be delivered next term, so parents too are planning ahead.  Mums and dads, grandparents and guardians will be turning their thoughts to kitting out their charges ready for when the children go back to school.  For budding young palaeontologists Everything Dinosaur has a huge range of prehistoric animal themed school items, from pencils through to lunchboxes and backpacks, Everything Dinosaur has getting ready for school covered.

Some of the Dinosaur Themed Back to School Items Available from Everything Dinosaur

Back to school items available from Everything Dinosaur

Back to school stationery available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Whether you are looking for notepads with a dinosaur motif, or pens and pencils so that young dinosaur fans can jot down their discoveries, Everything Dinosaur is the place to go to find back to school prehistoric animal themed school sets and stationery.

Back to School stock in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Back to School

There are school kits, dinosaur stationery sets, soft and cuddly back packs, pencil cases, notebooks, notepads and a whole range of other items, a list as long as a the neck of a Tanystropheus – there is plenty of choice, enough to make even the most reluctant school child roar in approval like an angry Tyrannosaurus rex.

Back to School with Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur pens available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Notes for Teachers

As for our popular dinosaur and fossil themed workshops in schools, our team members are booked up well into the Spring term.  However, there are some dates still available and for further information about Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools, simply visit the link below for further information.

Contact Everything Dinosaur to enquire about dinosaur themed workshops in school: Contact Everything Dinosaur, request a quotation

Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Diorama

North America in the Late Cretaceous

Some of the most famous dinosaurs of all came from the Late Cretaceous of North America, famous formations such as the Hell Creek Formation of Montana.  Model maker Robert Townsend has put together a substantial prehistoric animal themed diorama that illustrates this time in our Earth’s history.  For fans of iconic dinosaurs such as Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex and Ankylosaurus there is certainly much to admire in Robert’s four metre long prehistoric scene.

A Herd of Hadrosaurs Down by the River Taking a Drink

A herd of Hadrosaurs.

A herd of duck-billed dinosaurs down by the river.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Robert began his dinosaur model collecting in the 1990’s and over the years he has built up an extensive collection featuring replicas from a number of manufacturers including figures from the “Walking with Dinosaurs” series, that were first made back in 1999.  These figures are exceptionally rare and quite collectable.  In addition, Robert has augmented his model portfolio by purchasing dinosaur replicas that come from other manufacturers such as the excellent Wild Safari Dinos Pachyrhinosaurus (Safari Ltd), seen in the foreground of the picture below.  Over the last decade or so, the choice for discerning collectors like Robert has increased enormously, take for example, the CollectA range “Prehistoric Life”.  Since this range was began back in 2005, it has grown to include over 150 different prehistoric animals, fossils of many of which, date from the Upper Cretaceous.

Torosaurus and a Pachyrhinosaurus Dinosaur Models

Two horned dinosaurs.

A Pachyrhinosaurus (foreground) and a Torosaurus (background).

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

A CollectA Kosmoceratops in Robert’s Dinosaur Diorama

A CollectA Kosmoceratops dinosaur model.

A CollectA Kosmoceratops

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

The beautifully detailed CollectA Kosmoceratops dinosaur model was introduced in 2012 and remains one of the favourite CollectA figures with Everything Dinosaur team members.  Kosmoceratops fossils have been found in Utah (United States) and although the fossils are from Upper Cretaceous rocks, this horned dinosaur lived earlier than the likes of Triceratops, Ankylosaurus and T. rex.  Kosmoceratops roamed some 75 million years ago.  The discovery of Kosmoceratops and other Late Cretaceous horned dinosaurs such as Mercuriceratops and Utahceratops has helped scientists to establish several distinct dinosaur faunas on the landmass that formed western North America.  This land, called Laramidia covered what was to become Utah and Colorado in the south stretching north up into Alberta, Canada.

To view the CollectA range of “Prehistoric Life” animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Prehistoric Animal Models

Tyrannosaurus rex Attacks an Edmontosaurus

An Edmontosaurus encounters T. rex.

A Tyrannosaurus battles an Edmontosaurus.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

It’s not just plant eaters that features in Robert’s detailed diorama.  There are plenty of carnivores too.  In the picture above a T. rex attacks an Edmontosaurus.  Both of these models come from the excellent Wild Safari Dinos range.  As you would expect from a prehistoric scene that depicts life at the very end of the Cretaceous, Tyrannosaurus rex features prominently.  In the picture below, a Battat Terra T. rex (1998 model version), challenges a Deinosuchus (prehistoric crocodile model which is part of the Safari Ltd Carnegie Collectibles series).

Down by the Waterhole a Deinosuchus Challenges a T. rex

T. rex and Deinosuchus models.

Deinosuchus and T. rex.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Sadly, the designer behind the great Battat Terra range, Dan LoRusso passed away last year, but Everything Dinosaur, in honour of this talented palaeoartist have brought the range into the company’s product portfolio, and once again the Battat Terra range is available (whilst stocks last).

To view the range of Battat Terra dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: Battat Terra Dinosaur Models

Commenting on the detailed Late Cretaceous prehistoric animal diorama created by Mr Townsend, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“The Late Cretaceous saw the evolution of a number of iconic dinosaurs.  It is great to see the way in which Robert has blended in the different prehistoric animals to make a diorama that depicts lots of scenes within such an extensive layout.  We are sure that the wonderful and talented Dan LoRusso would have approved.”

Ankylosaurus Wanders By

A baby Ankylosaurus and its mother.

An Ankylosaurus mother and young.

Picture Credit: Robert Townsend

Everything Dinosaur – Battat Terra Dinosaurs

Battat Terra Dinosaurs Added to the Range

Everything Dinosaur is delighted to announce that the Battat Terra dinosaurs model range is being added to the UK-based company’s inventory.  All twelve of the prehistoric animal models, including the discontinued therizinosaurid, Nanshiungosaurus (pronounced Nan-she-ung-oh-sore-us) are going to be stocked by Everything Dinosaur.  The models are due to arrive early next week and we expect them to be on line and available for sale in about 72 hours.

If you would like to reserve one of these excellent models, of if you would like more information, drop us a line: Email Everything Dinosaur

Battat Terra Dinosaurs – Added to the Everything Dinosaur Model Range

Available on line from Everything Dinosaur in early May 2016.

Available on line from Everything Dinosaur in early May 2016.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur Honours Dan LoRusso

The figures sculpted by Dan LoRusso for the Terra product line are re-painted versions of replicas originally designed for the Museum of Science (Boston).  Everything Dinosaur is proud to add the Battat Terra dinosaurs to its, already extensive model range, a fitting tribute to highly respected Dan LoRusso, who sadly passed away last year.

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

The Battat Terra Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the splendid Carnotaurus (C. sastrei) replica, which is one of six Theropod dinosaurs to feature in this twelve model series.  Everything Dinosaur will offer all twelve models for sale plus, for a limited time, the complete set of all twelve replicas will be available to buy in a single purchase and at a very special introductory price.

Commenting on the addition of the Battat Terra dinosaurs to Everything Dinosaur’s extensive portfolio of prehistoric animal figures, a spokesperson for the UK company stated:

“It is great to see all twelve of the first wave of the Battat Terra dinosaurs added to our model range.  The shipment is due to arrive in the next couple of days and then they will be available on the company website.  These models are ideal for collectors and dinosaur fans and we are delighted to announce that a number of the Battat Terra replicas will be exclusive to Everything Dinosaur.”

Battat Terra Dinosaurs – A Wonderful Model Range

The Battat Terra series features a mix of different types of dinosaur.  Very well-known dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus and Parasaurolophus are included along with some of the more unusual members of the Dinosauria such as the armoured dinosaur Euoplocephalus, Dacentrurus, Cryolophosaurus and Amargasaurus.  Naturally, as with all the named prehistoric animal figures sold by Everything Dinosaur, each replica will be supplied with its own fact sheet which will tell customers about the dinosaur, when it lived, what it ate and so forth.

Battat Terra Dinosaur Models Available from Everything Dinosaur

The excellent Battat Terra dinosaur models.

The excellent Battat Terra dinosaur models.

Picture Credit: Battat

The picture above features a Battat Terra Pachyrhinosaurus, with a Dacentrurus model in the middle and the beautiful therizinosaurid Nanshiungosaurus on the left.  Lurking in the background is one of the meat-eaters in this model series – Cryolophosaurus.

No need to pre-order but if you would like to reserve one of these excellent models, of if you would like more information, simply: Email Everything Dinosaur

JurassicCollectables Wild Safari Models Unboxing

Wild Safari Carcharodontosaurus, Masiakasaurus, Iguanodon and Shunosaurus Unboxing

The latest video from JurassicCollectables features a number of Wild Safari Prehistoric World animal models, mainly dinosaurs but the excellent Doedicurus replica, a re-issue of the glyptodont model that was retired by Safari Ltd a few years ago now, does make a brief appearance.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur carefully packed up the new for 2016 models and this video is an “unboxing video” with the narrator giving the viewer the opportunity to see the models as they come out of the packaging.

The Safari Ltd Models Unboxing Video by JurassicCollectables

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

The video is around seven and a half minutes in duration and it does provide a wonderful opportunity to view Safari Ltd models close up.  There is also a fleeting appearance of the 1:40 CollectA feathered Tyrannosaurus rex model that we sent JurassicCollectables.  This particular Theropod replica was reviewed a few weeks ago, if you haven’t had chance to see this video, we do recommend it and you can catch it here: CollectA 1:40 Scale T. rex Dinosaur Models and a JurassicCollectables Video Review.

New for 2016 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models Examined

The video provides a detailed view of each of the new for 2016 dinosaur models, the eagerly anticipated Carcharodontosaurus,  the snaggle-toothed Masiakasaurus, a stunning Iguanodon and Shunosaurus, one of the most remarkable members of the Early Jurassic Sauropoda.  Safari Ltd are to be congratulated for adding such a diverse set of models to their award winning model range.  The excellent lighting and clear narration provides the viewer with a comprehensive overview of each model.

To see the complete Wild Safari Prehistoric World range available from Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World and Rare Carnegie Collection Replicas

With the retirement of the “Carnegie Dinosaurs”, a range or prehistoric animal models that were approved by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Safari Ltd have been able to concentrate on extending their not to scale collection and we can expect a number of new additions to this diverse model range over the next few years.  We at Everything Dinosaur, predict exciting times ahead for the Florida based manufacturer.

Some of the Dinosaur Models Featured in the Unboxing Video

New dinosaur models for 2016.

New dinosaur models for 2016.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel is packed with lots of well made and very informative dinosaur and prehistoric animal videos, if you have not already checked out this most impressive YouTube site we urge you to take a look and to subscribe: Check out the JurassicCollectables YouTube Channel

The Papo Baryonyx “The Marmite Model”

The New Papo Baryonyx Divides Opinions

The new for 2016 Papo Baryonyx dinosaur model has been in stock at Everything Dinosaur for about a month now and team members have been monitoring the feedback and model reviews that we have received.  The figure measures an impressive thirty-three centimetres long and that head is approaching seventeen centimetres high, however, some dinosaur model collectors have found it difficult to come to terms with the very distinctive look that Papo have chosen to give this Theropod.

The Papo Baryonyx Dinosaur Model Divides Opinions

Available from Everything Dinosaur in a few weeks.

Available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A “Marmite Model”

This replica is one of the largest models that Papo intend to release in 2016, it certainly is a very striking figure with its row of spikes running down its back from the long neck to the tip of the tail.  Some collectors have suggested that the chosen colour scheme with half the model painted with brown stripes overlying battleship grey and the orange top line, is just a little too showy and elaborate, some have even termed the paint scheme as “positively garish”.  One thing is for sure, the Papo Baryonyx certainly stands out from the crowd, particularly when the more toned down greens and browns of the Papo tyrannosaurids and the Papo Spinosaurus are considered.

Those clever people at JurassicCollectables provided a very insightful guide to this dinosaur model in their recent video review.  Everything Dinosaur featured this video in an earlier blog post, to see the video and the accompanying article click the link: JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Baryonyx

The “Wet Look” Dinosaur

The finish applied to the top half of the Baryonyx gives the model a sheen, an almost “wet look”.  This has been commented upon by many collectors, it may not be to everyone’s taste but it is very likely that Baryonyx made its home in low-lying flood plains with extensive rivers and many lakes in the vicinity and as a piscivore (fish-eater), it would have been very much at home in or near water.

Baryonyx May Have Specialised in Eating Fish

Papo Baryonyx dinosaur model - available from Everything Dinosaur.

Papo Baryonyx dinosaur model – available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Correct Anatomical Features

The tripodal stance might annoy some, but there is a lot to admire in terms of the way in which the known anatomy of this Early Cretaceous dinosaur is reflected in the model.  For example, the nostrils are in the approximate correct place and the first digit has a large and strongly recurved claw (the thumb claw).  In addition, the jaw is elongated and care has been taken to give the upper jaw that distinctive notch.   The paintwork on the skull and in the very large mouth is quite exquisite, although we remain uncertain as to how wide this dinosaur could gape.  The folds of skin under the jaw give the impression that this dinosaur may have had a throat pouch, something that a number of palaeontologists have speculated upon.

To purchase the Papo Baryonyx and other prehistoric animal models in the Papo range: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Manipulation of the Feet to Improve the Stance

Some models, with a little bit of care and persuasion can stand and support themselves without the tip of the tail resting on the ground.  We have heard of dinosaur model fans using hair dryers or hot water treatment to make the lower legs more pliable and then have them manipulated so that they can provide more support.  We note the pads on the bottom of the feet are somewhat splayed out, this will help with stability as well as giving the impression that this heavy biped was well adapted to walking on soft mud.

The new for 2016 Papo Baryonyx model has got people talking, that in itself is not a bad thing.  We have nicknamed this dinosaur the “marmite model” as some people love it some people dislike it.

We would love to hear what you think about it.

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