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28 04, 2012

Schleich Apatosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

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“World of History” Schleich Apatosaurus Dinosaur Model

The longest and heaviest of the twelve prehistoric animals in the Schleich “World of History” prehistoric animal model series is the new interpretation of the dinosaur Apatosaurus.  This replica of the famous long-necked dinosaur, formerly known as Brontosaurus, measures thirty-three centimetres in length and it is robust and great for creative, imaginative play.

Apatosaurus has been classified as a heavily built member of the Diplodocid family of lizard-hipped dinosaurs.  A number of species have been described and many of these creatures have been estimated to have exceeded twenty-five metres in length.  Based on a full-sized adult Apatosaurus, this new replica represents a model that is in approximately 1:75 scale.

The “World of History” Schleich Apatosaurus Dinosaur Model

New Apatosaurus Dinosaur Model from Schleich

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These heavy-set herbivores had relatively small heads in proportion to their huge, bulky bodies.  The head on this new Schleich replica is carefully crafted, with the nostrils correctly positioned towards the top of the head, the position favoured by most palaeontologists these days.  The front feet have the correct number of toes, and the first digit has an enlarged claw, again, reflecting what can be seen in the fossil record.  The enlarged claw on the first digit, could have helped prevent this twenty tonne animal from slipping in soft mud, or it could have been used as a defensive weapon to fend off attacks from predatory dinosaurs.

In contrast, to earlier Apatosaurus dinosaur models made by Schleich, this model is very colourful.  Earlier replicas of this dinosaur, made by the German based figure and replica maker tended to be painted a dull battleship grey.  This new dinosaur model reflects a trend to depict prehistoric animals as more brightly coloured creatures.

This model of the dinosaur Apatosaurus, is well-crafted with a sandy brown colouration, topped by reddy-brown markings running from the back of the head along the neck, down the spine and continuing along to the very tip of the this dinosaur’s long, thick tail.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s model range: Schleich World of History Dinosaur Models

In common with the other prehistoric animal models in the “World of History” model range, the skin texture is very detailed.  The skin of the Apatosaurus dinosaur model resembles that seen on a modern-day elephant.  The model makers have given this particular replica a very rough skin texture.  The model is very well painted and robustly built and it will prove to be an attractive collector’s item as well as encouraging creative, imaginative play amongst young dinosaur fans.

This new Schleich Apatosaurus dinosaur model, is an interesting and thought provoking replica of this very famous Late Jurassic dinosaur.

28 04, 2012

A Review of the Schleich “World of History” Allosaurus Dinosaur Model

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Schleich Allosaurus Model Reviewed

Allosaurus may be one of the better known large, meat-eating dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic and many models of this Theropod have been made; but dinosaur model collectors have another interpretation of Allosaurus to add to their collection with the introduction of an Allosaurus replica from Schleich.

This Allosaurus model is part of a new series of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models introduced by Schleich, the German figure and replica manufacturer.   This range of dinosaur models, marketed under the “World of History” brand consists of twelve replicas at the moment, eleven of which are dinosaurs whilst the other is a model of that huge, flying reptile Quetzalcoatlus.

The New Schleich Allosaurus Dinosaur Model

A “snappy” model of an Allosaurus from Schleich

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The Allosaurus replica is loosely based on the previous 1:40 scale model of Allosaurus fragilis, part of Schleich’s “Saurus” range of scale prehistoric animal models.  The basic body shape is retained in this new model but there are some interesting differences.  For example, this Allosaurus model has an articulated lower jaw. The model can be posed with either the mouth open, the mouth closed or part way in between if preferred.   The articulating hinge is well disguised on the figure, but the size of the lower jaw does tend to give this Allosaurus a considerable over bite with all the teeth in the upper jaw clearly visible when the mouth is closed.  Such features can be seen in the fossil material assigned to Allosaurus specimens.

The model measures sixteen centimetres in length, with a head height of approximately ten centimetres.  This Allosaurus replica is painted a bronze colour with a lighter underside and there is a row of dark stripes running from the back of the neck down to the tail of the model.  The skin texture is quite authentic, there have been a number of fossil skin impressions of meat-eating dinosaurs discovered by palaeontologists, so the designers seem to have paid attention to the fossil record when creating the skin texture for their new model.

The feet are a little over-sized and the toes very splayed out, but this is to help keep the model stable and to allow it to stand on its own without any aids.  The claws on the grasping, three-fingered hands are well defined and overall the model gives an impression of a powerful, athletic predator.

To view the World of History Dinosaur Models: Schleich “World of History” Dinosaur Models

The new Allosaurus model from Schleich, part of the “World of History” prehistoric animal model collection is a welcome addition to the Schleich range of dinosaur replicas and we think this model will prove popular with dinosaur enthusiasts and model collectors.

28 04, 2012

New Schleich”World of History” Prehistoric Animal Models Arrive

By | April 28th, 2012|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

New Schleich 2012 Models now in Stock

The first of the  prehistoric animal models designed by the new team at Schleich have just arrived at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.  This model series, part of a revision and re-working of the Schleich model range are not to scale and fit between the Schleich “Saurus” range of generally higher priced models and the smaller “Dinosaurs” model series made by the German company.

Some of the New “World of History Prehistoric Animals (Schleich)

New Models now in Stock

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In total there are twelve new models, Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Quetzalcoatlus – the only non-member of the Dinosauria featured so far, Saichania, Stegosaurus, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, T. rex and a Velociraptor.

To view the models: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animal Models

No doubt, team members at Everything Dinosaur will be writing reviews and posting up videos on Youtube about these new additions to the company’s extensive model range.  The models range in size from sixteen centimetres in length for the likes of the Stegosaurus and the Saichania, to the Quetzalcoatlus with a wingspan of twenty-one centimetres up to the much bigger Sauropod models (Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus), which measure over thirty centimetres in length.

This is certainly an interesting new model series, we look forward to receiving feedback and comments about them from our customers.

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