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Papo Prehistoric Mammals New for 2017

Papo Prehistoric Mammals 2017

Amongst the dinosaur (and one pterosaur), models being introduced by Papo this year, there are two prehistoric mammals, both members of the Order Carnivora.  The Acrocanthosaurus, Ceratosaurus and the Cryolophosaurus might be getting all the attention, but we thought we would shed some light on the intriguing Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear models that are also coming into stock over the next few months or so.

New for 2017 the Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat and Cave Bear

Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model and Cave Bear

Papo Smilodon and the Cave Bear.

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Papo Smilodon (S. fatalis)

When we saw the first images of the new for 2017 Papo Smilodon, we have to say we were somewhat taken aback.  It looks very different from the Papo Smilodon model that is currently in the range, a model that was originally introduced in the second quarter of 2011.  The new figure is certainly more flamboyant than the 2011 replica, the pose is fascinating but it is the combination of a lion’s mane and those rear tiger stripes that gives this particular representation such an unusual look.  In the modern lion Panthera leo, the males have manes.  The mane is thought to have evolved under selection pressure caused as a result of this social cat needing to impress females/intimidate rivals.  The mane provides a degree of protection during intraspecific conflicts, but we at Everything Dinosaur are not sure what evidence there is, if any, for a mane being present in the sub-family Machairodontinae of which Smilodon is a member.

The Papo Smilodon Model Introduced in 2011

Papo Smilodon model.

Excellent model of a Sabre-Toothed Cat

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Cave paintings of male Cave Lions (Panthera leo spelaea) show these lions without manes.  Although, this does not mean the members of the Smilodon genus were not maned either.  They could have had manes, there is simply not enough evidence to determine this either way (as far as we know).  Many scientists have argued that the likes of Smilodon fatalis were social animals living in groups rather than solitary hunters.  A mane could have evolved, an example of convergent evolution as Smilodon species were subjected to the same selection pressure as their modern, African counterparts.

The Papo 2017 Smilodon Figure

Papo Smilodon (2017)

The Papo Sabre-Tooth Cat model (2017).

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Several palaeontologists and palaeobiologists have proposed that Sabre-Tooth Cats could have possessed a ruff of thick hair around the neck.  This would have protected the neck and provided insulation against the cold.  The scientific evidence remains incomplete, but for the moment Papo offers a maned and a maneless Sabre-Tooth cat model for collectors.

As for those tiger stripes, research has shown that Smilodon was very probably an ambush predator.  Limb and locomotion studies have ruled out long pursuits of prey.  It is likely that the likes of Smilodon fatalis, S. populator et al were camouflaged, perhaps some species did possess stripes reminiscent of a tiger.

 The Papo Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear replica is a real delight.  There have not been that many Cave Bear models made by the mainstream manufacturers, Everything Dinosaur team members remember with fondness the Schleich Cave Bear, one of a series of prehistoric mammals that were once produced by that German company.  Papo’s interpretation of this Pleistocene beast (which although classified as a Carnivoran. (the collective term for a member of the Carnivora), might actually have been almost entirely herbivorous, certainly has attitude.  The thick, powerful frame is well-depicted and the beast is almost snarling at you, as if daring you to purchase it.

New for 2017 The Papo Cave Bear Model

Cave Bear model by Papo.

Papo Cave Bear.

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Looking like it has just been disturbed from its winter refuge, this Cave Bear model is very well painted and the sculpt shows lots of detail.  We congratulate Papo for introducing another prehistoric mammal into its “Les Dinosaures” model range.

A Skilfully Crafted Prehistoric Animal Model (Papo Cave Bear)

Papo Cave Bear.

The Papo Cave Bear model.

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The Smilodon and Cave Bear figures are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur sometime towards the end of quarter 2 (June or early July), we will keep readers posted about new editions to the model range.

To view the current Papo model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Video of New for 2017 Papo Dinosaurs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Schleich Models Have Arrived!

The First of the Schleich 2017 Prehistoric Animals are in Stock

The first of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models by the German manufacturer Schleich have arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.  Three new Schleich models are available, the Allosaurus with its articulated jaw, the large, green Brachiosaurus figure (amazing textured skin) and the feathered Utahraptor complete with poseable arms and an articulated jaw.

The First of the New for 2017 Schleich Dinosaur Models Have Arrived

New for 2017 Schleich dinosaurs.

New Schleich dinosaur models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

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These models are the vanguard for a number of new figures that will be introduced by Schleich, including a couple of models that have yet to be officially announced (expect to hear more news about them in the spring).

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of large Schleich dinosaur models including the 2017 additions: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animals and Dinosaurs

Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The trend for producing feathered dinosaur models continues with the addition of the Utahraptor to the Schleich range.  This model has moveable forelimbs and an articulated lower jaw.  Like the other new models, the Utahraptor comes with a hang tag booklet entitled “Conquering the Earth”.  The models are very well painted and the textured skin and feathers on the Utahraptor replica give these dinosaur figures a very tactile quality.  Such features are bound to prove popular with very young dinosaur fans, as will the bright blue colouration on the “raptor”.

The Schleich Utahraptor Dinosaur Model

The Schleich Utahraptor model.

The Schleich Utahraptor dinosaur model.

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Look out for those grasping hands!

Upper Jurassic Dinosaurs – Allosaurus and Brachiosaurus

The other two models to arrive are the Allosaurus and the Brachiosaurus figures, both dinosaurs that Schleich has produced models of in previous years.  The Allosaurus has an articulated jaw and the skin texture of the larger Brachiosaurus replica has been very finely crafted.  The neck, back, the long tail, and the upper parts of the limb bones are covered in large, pebble-like scales.  This is a very intriguing interpretation of this long-necked, Late Jurassic herbivore.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model (2017)

Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

The Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model (2017).

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The carefully crafted skin texture on the dinosaur will prove very helpful to us at Everything Dinosaur.  We use several Schleich dinosaur models in our work in schools with children who have special needs.  Feeling the scaly rough skin and comparing how the model feels compared to other objects will help us in our “exploring materials and the wider world” dinosaur themed workshops.  These workshops are aimed at children at Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 and we are often asked to spend a few minutes with a child and their one-to-one support after we have finished our main teaching session.  We are looking forward to adding the new Schleich Brachiosaurus to our range of school resources.  Its impressive size will also be a “wow” for young dinosaur fans no doubt.

The Schleich Allosaurus Model with Articulated Jaws

Schleich dinosaur model (Allosaurus).

The new for 2017 Schleich Allosaurus dinosaur model.

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Papo New for 2017 (Part 3)

New Models from Papo 2017 (Final Part)

The last of the new for 2017 Papo prehistoric animal models scheduled for release this year is the marvellous Cryolophosaurus dinosaur figure.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been lucky enough to have already viewed the new Papo dinosaurs and their counterparts and of all the models coming out from the French manufacturer this year, the Papo Cryolophosaurus is the favourite.

To view pictures of the first of the Papo prehistoric animal models to be released this year: Papo New for 2017 (Part 1)

New models from Papo (2017) – Part 2: Papo New for 2017 (Part 2)

New for 2017 the Papo Cryolophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

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The model is posed with the tail pointing downwards, giving this dinosaur a more upright stance than other new for 2017 Papo dinosaur replicas (the Acrocanthosaurus and the Ceratosaurus models).  However, we can confirm that the model we examined did not need to rest on its tail to stand (tripodal stance).  Our model was able to stand perfectly well, balanced on its two hind feet, with the tail hovering off the ground.   The lack of tail mark drags preserved in the vicinity of Theropod tracks indicate that these dinosaurs, like all other dinosaurs known to science, held their tails off the ground when they moved.

Cryolophosaurus elliotti

The feature that most clearly distinguishes this dinosaur is the unusual backward sweeping crest of bone that protruded from the top of the skull.  When the partial, crushed skull of this dinosaur was unearthed, the scientists noticed this strange “quiff” and nicknamed this dinosaur “Elvisaurus” after Elvis Presley, the American singer.

A Close View of the Papo Cryolophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Cryolophosaurus model close up.

A close look at the Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

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The beautiful scales on this new Papo replica can be seen in the close view of the head (above).  That strange frill of bone in front of the eyes has been well-crafted, it does resemble that found on the actual fossil material.  The articulated lower jaw joint can barely be seen and we love the careful painting around the mouth and on those fearsome looking teeth.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus is scheduled to be the last of the 2017 prehistoric animal model releases from Papo.  It is planned to be released towards the end of the summer, hopefully, Everything Dinosaur customers will be able to get their hands on this exquisite dinosaur model a little earlier.

To view the range of Papo models and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Everything Dinosaur’s New Website

A New Website for Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur will shortly be launching a completely revamped website.  The url destination address for Everything Dinosaur (Everything Dinosaur’s Website), will remain unchanged but the site will have a new look and it will have a number of new, customer friendly additions.  For example, the website will be much more mobile device friendly and there will be a formal review section for our customers to provide feedback on Everything Dinosaur’s products and our service.

In addition, new thumbnail images will be used to highlight key sections of the vast range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal items that we supply.

New Images for Everything Dinosaur’s New Website (Games, Arts and Crafts)

Everything Dinosaur website images.

New images for Everything Dinosaur’s new website.

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A spokesperson from the UK-based dinosaur company stated:

“Very soon, Everything Dinosaur will be launching a brand new and completely revised website.  All three of our sites, including this blog and our “dinosaurs for schools” website will be on the same, tailor-made server.  This will provide customers and visitors with a speedier service.  In addition, our main website has been re-formatted making the whole experience of a site visit much more customer friendly.”

New Dinosaur Models

The launch of the revised and redeveloped websites will coincide with the introduction of more of the new for 2017 prehistoric animal models.  Customers will be able to order free catalogues and navigate around the site far easier, just two of the improvements on the new sites.

Dinosaur Books and Posters – New Images for the Everything Dinosaur Website

New image for the Everything Dinosaur website.

Dinosaur books and posters.

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The new website will have enhanced newsletter compatibility, a more powerful product search option, plus FEEFO feedback and an increased range of subsidised postal options.  The newly commissioned images will help with navigation around the site, in total the much larger web presence will have over 1,000 tailor-made pictures and product photographs, each with its own complete and detailed description.  This year, 2017, in the Chinese calendar, is the year of the rooster (cockerel), or as we say at Everything Dinosaur, the year of the avian Theropod dinosaur.  It seems that shortly after the beginning of the Chinese New Year might be an appropriate time for a dinosaur company to change its website.  Look out for more information about our new website on this blog and on our social media pages.

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 2)

New Papo Prehistoric Animals (Part 2)

Today, we feature the second part of our series of articles about new Papo prehistoric animal models being introduced this year.  Papo intends to add several new models to its “Dinosaures” range of figures in 2017, ironically not all of them are dinosaurs.  At the end of quarter two (June), Everything Dinosaur will be receiving stocks of the Ceratosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus the Pterosaur figure (Dimorphodon) and two prehistoric animal models, a Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus) and a roaring Sabre-Toothed Cat (see, we told you it wasn’t just dinosaurs)!

To read our previous article about the first set of Papo figures to be released in 2017: Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

Available in the Summer the Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Figure

Papo Ceratosaurus.

The Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur figure.

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Papo Ceratosaurus

We at Everything Dinosaur, are not sure what species of dinosaur this Ceratosaurus model represents but it certainly looks quite frightening.  This model will have an articulated lower jaw.  It is expected to be in stock at our warehouse sometime in the summer, perhaps June.

Papo Acrocanthosaurus

Joining the Ceratosaurus is this splendid model of yet another Theropod dinosaur, the mighty Acrocanthosaurus – and what a spectacular model this is!  It too, is due out in the summer and it will also have an articulated lower jaw, making it great for creative, imaginative play.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

The Papo Acrocanthosaurus.

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Papo Dimorphodon

The Papo Dimorphodon is posed in a terrestrial position, after all, these flying reptiles did not spend all their time in the air.  We expect this Pterosaur figure to be available at around the same time as the Papo Ceratosaurus and the Papo Acrocanthosaurus models.

New for 2017 a Dimorphodon Model from Papo

Papo Dimorphodon figure.

The Papo Dimorphodon model.

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This is the third flying reptile model to be added to the range.  It joins the Pteranodon and the beautiful Tupuxuara model, however, the Papo Dimorphodon will have an articulated lower jaw.

An Impressive Cave Bear Model (U. spelaeus)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It was the German anatomist J. Rosenmüller who named and described this species of bear in 1794.  The famous French scientist Georges Cuvier also published work on these Ice Age animals.

Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

Along with the Cave Bear model, Papo will be adding a roaring Smilodon figure to its model range.  The colouration and markings chosen for this particular replica are highly unusual.  The artists involved in the painting seem to have been inspired by lions and tigers when it came to sorting out the “look” for this replica.  Still, it’s good to see prehistoric animals added to a range and not just dinosaur models.

The Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

The Papo roaring Sabre-Tooth Cat.

The Papo roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Shortly, we will be posting up details on the last of the planned 2017 prehistoric animal model releases from Papo.

To view the range of Papo models and replicas in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Papo New for 2017 Pictures (Part 1)

New Prehistoric Animal Models from Papo (Part 1)

Lots of Everything Dinosaur customers have been contacting us recently to enquire about release dates for the new Papo prehistoric animal models.  Papo have held their cards to their chest for a while, but we can reveal that the first three, of what will be a total of nine new model introductions, are scheduled to arrive in just a few weeks’ time.  We are expecting the re-painted Velociraptor, the blue painted Oviraptor figure and the carefully crafted Polacanthus models to arrive prior to the end of March.  They could be with us sometime next month.

The Papo Blue Velociraptor is One of the First New Models to be Released

Papo dinosaur model - blue Velociraptor.

Papo Velociraptor dinosaur model.

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Papo Blue Velociraptor and “Oviraptor Bleu”

2017 sees another re-painted “raptor” entering the Papo “les dinosaures” range.  A green re-painted Velociraptor was introduced last year, the additional of this new replica will give model collectors the opportunity to build up their own “raptor pack”, something reminiscent of what was seen in the film “Jurassic World”.

A Re-paint of the Oviraptor Model is Due in Quarter One of 2017

Papo Oviraptor dinosaur model (2017).

Papo blue Oviraptor dinosaur model.

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The other re-paint coming in shortly is a very colourful variant of the existing Oviraptor model.  No feathers to be seen, but lots of vibrant colours including a stunning metallic blue flash along the body and a spectacular looking skull and neck.  “Oviraptor bleu” is one of our most eagerly anticipated new models for 2017.  A number of species of Oviraptor have been named and described, although scientists still debate the various classifications. As to what this bizarre dinosaur ate, that too is open to speculation and debate.  Oviraptor could have eaten fruit, nuts, shellfish or even crunched the bones of other dinosaurs.  This genus was erected by the famous the American palaeontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924.

Papo Polacanthus Dinosaur Model

The first of the new sculpts to be introduced this year, is a wonderful replica of the armoured dinosaur Polacanthus.  It is great to see Papo introduce a model of this enigmatic member of the Thyreophora (shield bearers), especially as their model has a distinctive sacral shield.  The position of the head and the open beak of this dinosaur model gives the impression that this dinosaur is smiling.  It certainly looks quite content with life.

The New for 2017 Polacanthus Dinosaur Model from Papo

Papo Polacanthus model.

Papo Polacanthus dinosaur model.

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To view the current range of Papo prehistoric animal models stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

 Everything Dinosaur will shortly be posting up official pictures of the other six new models for 2017 to be introduced by Papo.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon Wins Award

Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure – Iguanodon

Congratulations to Safari Ltd as their recently introduced Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon dinosaur model has been voted the best prehistoric animal toy figure to be released in 2016.  Readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine were asked to list their favourite dinosaur and prehistoric animal models out of all those that had been launched in 2016.  The competition was tough, but the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon figure came top in the survey.

Voted Best Prehistoric Animal Toy Figure for 2016

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Iguanodon model.

Some very striking colours on this new replica.

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Safari Ltd figures have won this accolade before.   The model of the armoured dinosaur called Sauropelta, coincidentally, from the same replica range as the Iguanodon figure, triumphed in 2015.  This year it was a model of yet another plant-eating dinosaur that was voted number one by readers of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

Iguanodon – A Very Popular Dinosaur

As most young dinosaur fans will gladly tell you, Iguanodon was only the second kind of dinosaur to be formally, scientifically described.  The genus was erected in 1825.  Together with the carnivorous dinosaur Megalosaurus and the armoured dinosaur Hylaeosaurus, it was one of three genera that together were grouped into the Dinosauria by Sir Richard Owen.

Well done to all the team at Safari Ltd.  A special acknowledgement of the efforts of the design team who worked very hard to develop an accurate interpretation of this Ornithischian dinosaur (bird-hipped member of the Dinosauria).

An appropriate gesture would be to give everyone at Safari Ltd a “big Iguanodon thumbs up”.  Congratulations!

To see the award-winning Iguanodon dinosaur model and the wide range of prehistoric animals that are included in the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model collection, simply click the link below:

Everything Dinosaur stocks: Purchase Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models and Replicas

An Ammonite Aquarium

An Ammonite Aquarium Model Display

At Everything Dinosaur, we get sent lots of pictures from customers of their prehistoric animal model collections.  We are always most impressed with the collections and also impressed with the remarkable and innovative ways that fans of prehistoric animals display their models.  For instance, model collector Paleo Paul recently emailed over to us some photographs of a couple of ammonites that he had set up to look as if these cephalopods had been photographed underwater.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite on Display

Ammonite replica in an aquarium.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Ammonite replica.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

The photograph above shows the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica (a model that was introduced into the range in 2014), the shot has been carefully set up to make it look like the ammonite was photographed swimming just a few centimetres from the sea bed.  The use of a flash, mirrors the powerful glare of underwater search lights used by divers and the bright light helps to provide depth and shade to the image, enhancing the perspective.  It is a very clever way of showcasing a prehistoric animal replica, the ammonite model standing out and clearly defined against the sand representing the seabed and the light- coloured rock placed immediately behind the model.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s review of the Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite replica: Ammonite Model Reviewed

Two Ammonite Replicas on Display

Two Ammonite models on display.

Ammonite models on display.

Picture Credit: Paleo Paul

In a second photograph, the Bullyland large ammonite model has been placed in the foreground and the two figures look really good together.  The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life replica might represent one species, whilst the Bullyland ammonite figure could represent a second species.  The hypernome on the underside of the Bullyland ammonite is clearly visible and the angle that the model has been placed at gives the impression that the mollusc is about to shoot backwards and speed out of the shot.   Once again, it is a cleverly composed photograph with the distinctive spiral shells of the models, framed in the picture.

Ammonite Models and Replicas

The Wild Safari Prehistoric Life ammonite is around thirteen centimetres long and the shell some six centimetres across, whereas, the rare, Bullyland ammonite is a little larger, measuring nineteen centimetres in length with a shell diameter of more than nine centimetres.  The size of these models makes placing them alongside other marine animal replicas quite tricky when creating dioramas.  Even if these models were to represent a very big ammonite genus, perhaps the Late Jurassic Titanites, whose fossil shells can be more than a metre across, they would still look very much out of proportion when displayed next to 1:40 scale marine reptile replicas.

We commend Paleo Paul for finding such a creative way of overcoming this problem, creating an ammonite aquarium.

Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” Arrives

Rebor Deinonychus Trio in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Yesterday, this blog site featured an article all about saying farewell to “Dippy” the Diplodocus cast at the Natural History Museum.  Today, we say hello to three, museum quality replicas as the Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” has arrived and is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Trio of “Raptors” Deinonychus antirrhopus

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

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The view the Rebor range of replicas, including the “Cerberus Clan” Deinonychus Trio: Rebor Prehistoric Models and Replicas

Three Feathered Dromaeosaurids

The trio of Deinonychus dinosaur models have been named “Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill” and these replicas make up the third component in the 1:35 scale Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus diorama.  The idea being that an Acrocanthosaurus is being challenged over a Tenontosaurus corpse by the plucky raptors (no feather pun intended).  The Deinonychus models, can of course be displayed separately, each one comes with its own base, but when put together with the other 1:35 scale replicas a spectacular diorama is created.

All Three Rebor Replicas Combine to Make a Most Impressive Dinosaur Diorama

A trio of Rebor replicas.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill”

Each of the Deinonychus replicas has an articulated lower jaw.  Once the jaw is opened some nice detail in the mouth is revealed.  The forelimbs are also articulated and we found that with our models, some adjustment of the forelimbs was required in order to get the model to stand upright.  With only two toes on each foot to stand on, we recommend that each Deinonychus is tacked onto its base to help secure the model.  Discreet sticky tabs can be used or even blue tac if model makers want to avoid using glue to attach the models to their bases.

The Three Deinonychus Models – “Shoot”, “Thrill” and “Tooth”

Rebor Cerberus Clan "Raptors".

The Rebor “Cerberus Clan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of the Deinonychus dinosaurs measures around thirteen centimetres in length, the heads are approximately six centimetres high when the model is on its base.  The tails are quite bendy and flexible, but we have not tried to re-position them much, we have been too busy playing with the articulated forelimbs and working out which “raptor” to put where in our own Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus/Deinonychus prehistoric scene.

Praise for the Paint Job

Each of the pack members has been painted differently, a nice touch, providing each of the Deinonychus replicas with a very individual look.  The patterning on the feathers is very well done and there is much to admire when it comes to the colouration and the paint job.

In Greek mythology, “Cerberus” was the huge, three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld.  The eleventh labour of Hercules involved the capture of this monstrous beast.  Rebor has continued its mythology motif with the three members of the “Cerberus clan”, joining “Hercules”, the Acrocanthosaurus replica and the “Ceryneian Hind”, a giant deer, represented in this case by the Tenontosaurus corpse in this prehistoric scene.  The addition of the three “raptor” models, to what is, an already very impressive diorama, certainly makes this an attractive centrepiece to any dinosaur fan’s model collection.

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