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30 04, 2019

Rebor Killer Queen T. rex – Attaching the Tail

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Rebor Killer Queen T. rex – Attaching the Tail

Fans of the Rebor range of prehistoric animal replicas will know that some of the recent model introductions have had flexible tails.  The three Ankylosaurus models “War Pig” for example, along with the two colour variants of the Tyrannosaur figure “Vanilla Ice”, these figures have all been supplied with detachable, flexible tails.  Team members at Everything Dinosaur thought it might be helpful to would-be Rebor collectors if we were to shoot a short video to show how these tails attach to the models.  In addition, for those people who had not purchased one of these Rebor dinosaur models before, we could show how the figures are supplied.

How to Attach the Tail to the Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Dinosaur Model (Jungle Colour Variant)

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Tail is Supplied as a Separate Piece

In this short, thirty second video, we show how the tail is supplied as a separate piece (Rebor Killer Queen Tyrannosaurus rex models) and how it can be inserted into the back of the figure to make the model complete.  Both the Rebor Killer Queen “jungle” and “plain” variants have this feature and the tails are flexible, allowing collectors to put their T. rex into a variety of poses.  The nature of the joint into the posterior of the animal reduces the amount of vertical movement, but in the Dinosauria, generally, the tail could not move a great deal in the vertical plane.  However, the flexible rod in the tail piece permits quite a degree of lateral movement.

In an earlier blog post, we included a short video that demonstrated the flexibility of the tail in a Rebor Tyrannosaur model.  To view this post: Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Models Have Poseable Tails.

A Trio of Dinosaur Tails

Three Rebor dinosaur tails.

A trio of Rebor tyrannosaurid dinosaur tails.  The tail piece (top) is from the Rebor Killer Queen T. rex model (plain colour variant).  The tail in the middle is from the Rebor Vanilla Ice Tyrannosaur figure (jungle colour variant) and the tail (bottom) is from the Rebor Killer Queen Tyrannosaurus rex (jungle colour version).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture (above), shows three tail pieces from three different Rebor tyrannosaurid models.  The tail piece (top) is from the Rebor Killer Queen T. rex model (plain colour variant).  The tail in the middle is from the Rebor Vanilla Ice Tyrannosaur figure (jungle colour variant) and the tail (bottom) is from the Rebor Killer Queen T. rex (jungle colour variant).

All the tails in the photograph come from 1:35 scale Rebor replicas.

The tail inserts into the posterior with a positive “click” and the separate tail piece helps Rebor to cut down on product packaging (less cardboard required as the model fits into a smaller box).

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Replicas

29 04, 2019

Cretaceous Crabs Ruffle Feathers

By | April 29th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Callichimaera perplexa et al Challenging the Definition of a Crab

An international team of scientists reported the discovery of a variety of Late Cretaceous marine crustacea that have challenged the current definitions of what makes a crab.  Writing in the academic journal “Science Advances”, the researchers from the University of Alberta, Kent State University, the University of Montreal, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Nevada, and the College of Communication and Design in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as Yale University , describe the discovery of hundreds of beautifully-preserved specimens from the USA and Colombia.

A Life Reconstruction of the Cretaceous Crab  Callichimaera perplexa

Callichimaera perplexa life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of Callichimaera perplexa.

Picture Credit: Elissa Martin, (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)

The preserved remains include hundreds of tiny shrimp fossils and an entirely new branch of the evolutionary tree for crabs (Order Decapoda).

A Very “Goofy-looking” Crab – Callichimaera perplexa

According to lead researcher, Yale University palaeontologist Javier Luque, the most significant fossil discovery is Callichimaera perplexa, which at around 95-million-years-old, is the earliest example of a swimming arthropod with paddle-like legs since the eurypterids (sea scorpions), that are believed to have died out in the Permian.  The genus name derives from the mythical creature called a chimera, which was formed from the body parts of a variety of different animals.  In a press release from Yale University, it is stated that the binomial scientific name translates as “perplexing beautiful chimera.”

Examining a Fossil Specimen (Callichimaera perplexa)

Callichimaera perplexa fossil specimen.

Examining a Callichimaera perplexa fossil.

Picture Credit: Yale University

A Unique and Very Strange Cretaceous Nektonic Crab

Measuring around 2-3 centimetres in diameter, Callichimaera is described as looking very strange with large, unprotected compound eyes with no sockets, bent claws, leg-like mouth parts, a long body and an exposed tail.  It was nektonic (an active swimmer), as an adult it resembled typical crab larval stages.  This suggests that some ancient crabs may have retained a few of their larval traits into adulthood, amplified them, and developed a new body architecture.  This is an evolutionary process called “heterochrony” – a change to the timing or rate of development relative to the ancestor.

The Diverse Body Plans of Swimming Crabs and other Nektonic Arthropods

The huge variations in the Arthropoda body plan.

The diverse body plans of selected arthropods.

Picture Credit: Yale University

Luque commented:

“Callichimaera perplexa is so unique and strange that it can be considered the platypus of the crab world.  It hints at how novel forms evolve and become so disparate through time.  Usually we think of crabs as big animals with broad carapaces, strong claws, small eyes in long eyestalks, and a small tail tucked under the body.  Well, Callichimaera defies all of these ‘crabby’ features and forces a re-think of our definition of what makes a crab a crab.”

A Computer-generated Image Showing the Underside of Callichimaera perplexa

Digital reconstruction of Callichimaera (ventral view),

A view of the ventral side (underside of the body) of Callichimaera.

Picture Credit: Yale University

The scientific paper: “Exceptional Preservation of mid-Cretaceous Marine Arthropods and the Evolution of Novel Forms via Heterochrony” by J. Luque1, R. M. Feldmann, O. Vernygora, C. E. Schweitzer, C. B. Cameron, K. A. Kerr, F. J. Vega, A. Duque, M. Strange, A. R. Palmer and C. Jaramillo published in the journal Science Advances.

Everything acknowledges the assistance of a press release from Yale University in the compilation of this article.

28 04, 2019

A New Hadrosauroid Dinosaur from Mongolia

By | April 28th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Gobihadros mongoliensis – A Newly Described Hadrosauroid from Mongolia

Scientists have described a new species of basal hadrosauroid from the Baynshire Formation of the central and eastern Gobi Desert (Mongolia).  It has been named Gobihadros mongoliensis.  At approximately three metres long, this cow-sized, Ornithischian may not be the most impressive dinosaur to have been found, but its discovery is significant for vertebrate palaeontologists.  G. mongoliensis is the first non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroid from the Late Cretaceous of central Asia known from an almost complete, articulated skull and postcranial material.

A Skeletal Reconstruction of Gobihadros mongoliensis

Gobihadros mongoliensis skeletal reconstruction.

A skeletal reconstruction of the basal hadrosauroid Gobihadros mongoliensis.

Picture Credit: PLOS One

Writing in the on-line academic journal “PLOS One”, the researchers David Evans (Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada), Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar (Mongolian Academy of Sciences), David Weishampel (John Hopkins University, Maryland, USA) and Mahito Watabe (Osaka City University, Japan), have concluded that Gobihadros is similar to Bactrosaurus johnsoni from eastern China and Gilmoreosaurus mongoliensis from the Iren Nor region of Inner Mongolia.

Outside of the Hadrosauridae Family

A phylogenetic assessment places Gobihadros outside of the Hadrosauridae, the family of dinosaurs commonly referred to as the duck-billed dinosaurs.  Gobihadros most certainly had a broad beak, very typical of a duck-billed dinosaur, but it has been classified as a basal member of the Hadrosauroidea, essentially the next classification bracket up from the Hadrosauridae, encompassing all the duck-billed dinosaurs and all dinosaurs more closely related to them than to Iguanodon.

Views of the Skull and Jaw Bones of Gobihadros mongoliensis

Views of the skull and mandible of Gobihadros mongoliensis.

Skull and mandible (MPC-D100/763) of Gobihadros mongoliensis in left lateral (A), dorsal (B), ventral (C), and posterior (D) views.

Picture Credit: PLOS One

From the Baynshire Formation

The fossil material was collected over a period of several years from the sandstone and mudstone deposits from a number of sites associated with the Baynshire Formation.  The dinosaur was described from two superbly preserved specimens, a complete and uncrushed skull (MPC-D100/763) and the holotype, which consists of an almost complete skull and postcranial skeleton found largely in an articulated state.  Although, the exact date of the Baynshire Formation remains open to debate, recent studies place the sediments in the early Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Santonian faunal stages).

Line Drawings of the Skull and Jaws of G. mongoliensis

Line drawings of the skull of Gobihadros mongoliensis.

Skull (MPC-D100/763) of Gobihadros mongoliensis in left lateral (A), anterior (B), dorsal (C), and posterior (D) views.

Picture Credit: PLOS One

Helping Scientists to Understand an Evolutionary Transition

The exquisite nature of the fossil preservation and its completeness has provided palaeontologists with one of the most detailed anatomical records of a hadrosauroid.  New information has been compiled documenting the evolutionary transition of the Hadrosauroidea towards the Hadrosauridae.  In addition, comparison with the fossil remains of much younger hadrosaurids from the Late Cretaceous of Asia (Maastrichtian faunal stage), such as Saurolophus angustirostris, Kerberosaurus manakini, Wulagasaurus dongi and Kundurosaurus nagornyi suggests that later Asian hadrosaurids migrated into Asia from North America, rather than sharing a common Asian ancestor with Gobihadros mongoliensis.

The scientific paper: “A New Hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Late Cretaceous Baynshire Formation of the Gobi Desert (Mongolia)” by Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar, David B. Weishampel, David C. Evans and Mahito Watabe published in PLOS One.

27 04, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews “Clover” Hatching Stegosaurus

By | April 27th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Rebor Club Selection “Clover” Hatchling Stegosaurus Video Review

JurassicCollectables have produced a video review of the limited edition Rebor Club Selection hatching Stegosaurus “Clover”.  Only 1,000 of these beautifully crafted figures have been made and there are only a handful of these replicas in stock, but by watching this video review, collectors are able to get an idea of the quality of this figure from Rebor, even though only a few models remain.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Rebor Club Selection “Clover” Hatchling Stegosaurus

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

A Baby Stegosaurus Model

Made in the spring of 2017, the hatchling Stegosaurus figure forms part of a set of limited edition figures manufactured by Rebor.  In this excellent video review from JurassicCollectables, the presenter first shows the matt finished packaging and then carefully displays the box contents before unpacking each of the items.  Rebor like to offer something a little different with this line, something that is quite quirky.  For example, in this video review a reference is made to the recently reviewed Rebor hatchling Baryonyx nicknamed “Hurricane”, that was supplied with a model of a football, to coincide with the 2018 World Cup.  The Stegosaurus figure set includes a skilfully crafted model of a four-leaf clover.  Clover (Trifolium genus), may not have been around during the Late Jurassic, but as a four-leafed clover is supposed to be lucky, then a young Stegosaurus could do with all the luck it could get growing up in the western United States with a large number of carnivorous dinosaurs in the same ecosystem, any of which would have greedily snapped up a hatchling Stegosaurus.

The Rebor Club Selection Hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”

Rebor "Clover" hatching Stegosaurus.

Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”.  The polystone figure is supplied with a detachable model of a “lucky” four-leaf clover.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Viewing the Rebor Club Selection Hatching Stegosaurus

In the video, the narrator comments upon the superb details that Rebor builds into their figures.  For instance, the finely detailed body scales on the baby Stegosaurus are highlighted.  The egg with its fine lines and carefully plotted cracks adds a degree of realism to the figure.  The model is placed on a revolving turntable and this provides the viewer with the opportunity to see this highly collectable figure from a variety of viewpoints.

A Video Review of a Rebor Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model “Clover”

A video review of the Rebor hatchling Stegosaurus "Clover".

JurassicCollectables reviews “Clover” the limited edition, hatching Stegosaurus figure from Rebor.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Highlighting the Exquisite Detail on the Club Selection Hatching Stegosaurus

A close-up of the Rebor hatching Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

JurassicCollectables reviews “Clover” the limited edition, hatching Stegosaurus figure from Rebor.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Measuring the Model

Towards the end of the video review, JurassicCollectables provide model measurements, always helpful information to collectors.  At Everything Dinosaur, we have measured this figure too.  We have recorded a height of 18 cm for this replica when resting on its base, the circumference of the egg is around 30 cm.  The hatching Stegosaurus with the ferns acting as a backdrop makes an excellent conversation piece, a point made several times by the video narrator.

Can You Spot the Four-leaf Clover?

"Clover" the hatchling Stegosaurus from Rebor.

The Rebor limited edition, club selection hatchling Stegosaurus “Clover”.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel has a large number of Rebor figure video reviews.  Everything Dinosaur recommends that readers subscribe to JurassicCollectables: JurassicCollectables on YouTube

To view the range of Rebor figures and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur, including the limited edition Club Selection hatching Stegosaurus (whilst stocks last): Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

26 04, 2019

A New Abelisaurid from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco

By | April 26th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Palaeontological articles, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Just How Successful were the Abelisaurs in Africa?

A partial ilium collected from the famous Kem Kem Beds of eastern Morocco hints that those enigmatic abelisaurids may have been widely distributed (both geographically and temporally) in Africa.  Writing in the on-line academic journal “PLOS One” scientists including researchers from the University of Southampton, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Marrakech (Morocco), the University of Debrecen (Hungary) and the Natural History Museum (Paris), report on a fragmentary ilium bone, collected in 2007 and sourced via the fossil dealer network that indicates that abelisaurids were present in Morocco around 100 million years ago.  This fossil find adds to the growing evidence to suggest that abelisaurids were the dominant predators in Africa in the Late Cretaceous.

The Fragmentary Ilium – Abelisaurid Fossil Remains

Abelisaurid ilium (Kem Kem Beds - Morocco).

Views of the fragmentary right ilium bone, assigned to an indeterminate abelisaurid dinosaur.

Picture Credit: PLOS One

Fossil Specimen (MHNM KK 04)

The picture (above), shows various views of the ilium fossil.  The pieces have been prepared and assembled and now form part of the collection of the Natural History Museum of Marrakech.  The ilium is shown in (A) lateral view, (B) medial view, (C) anterior view, (D) dorsal view and posterior view (E).  In the photograph the scale bar is given as 50 mm, however, in the accompanying notes, the scale is reported as 10 cm, it is therefore difficult to estimate the size of the individual Theropod without confirmation of the size of the fossils.

An Illustration of a Typical Theropod Dinosaur (Abelisauridae)

A drawing of a dinosaur (Abelisaurus).

A typical member of the Abelisauridae.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The fossils are believed to come from the Aferdou region, near the locality of Gara Sbaâ (eastern Morocco), based on biostratigraphical analysis, the terrestrial sandstones in this region are thought to date from the Lower Cenomanian faunal stage of the Upper Cretaceous.  Dinosaur fossils from the Kem Kem Beds represent either Theropods (most numerous), or Sauropods.  In the research paper, the authors state that no Ornithischian body fossils are known from the Kem Kem Beds.  However, most of the material is fragmentary, represents deposits that have been reworked and the thriving fossil trade is now playing a significant role in the local economy.  Commercial fossil hunters are affecting the quality of the research that can be carried out on the fossil bearing strata.

The scientists conclude that the ilium is likely to represent an abelisaurid, but no genera has been specified and no new species named.  Based on the shape of the bone, the specimen (MHNM KK04), is assigned to the clade Abelisauria.

This adds to the growing evidence to indicate that abelisaurids may have been the dominant land predators in Late Cretaceous Africa.  In 2017, Everything Dinosaur reported on the discovery of a fragment of jaw bone found in a Moroccan phosphate mine that led to the naming of a new species of abelisaurid – Chenanisaurus barbaricusC. barbaricus may belong to an as-yet undescribed family of Abelisaurs unique to Africa and its fossils are around thirty million years younger than the ilium bone from the Aferdou region.

To read about Chenanisaurus barbaricusThe Last Dinosaur in Africa

For an article that looks at why the Late Cretaceous of Africa might have been home to such a large number of predators: Why So Many Large Predators in Cretaceous Africa?

The scientific paper: “An abelisaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda Ilium from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of the Kem Kem Beds, Morocco” by Slimane Zitouni, Christian Laurent , Gareth Dyke and Nour-Eddine Jalil published in PLOS One.

25 04, 2019

Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Models have Poseable Tails

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Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Models have Poseable Tails

The new for spring 2019 Rebor Killer Queen T. rex models have poseable tails.  Everything Dinosaur demonstrates this function in a short video.  In order to showcase the beautifully engineered Rebor Killer Queen 1:35 scale Tyrannosaurus rex replicas, team members have produced a trio of videos highlighting the various articulated parts.  A few days ago, we posted up a short video from our YouTube channel that showed how to use hot air to safely free up the articulated arms on these dinosaurs.  In addition, a second video was shot which focused on the articulated lower jaw.  Today, we conclude our look at these new figures by revealing that the tail is also poseable.

Everything Dinosaur Highlights the Poseable Tail on the Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Dinosaur Model

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Available in Two Colour Variants – “Plain” and “Jungle”

The Killer Queen Rebor replica is available in two colour variants, “plain” and “jungle”.  The “plain” version has more of a browish hue to it, whereas the “jungle” colour variant is dominated by green tones.  Both models have proved to be extremely popular amongst model fans and collectors.  So many of these figures have been sent out, that Everything Dinosaur team members still get confused for a few moments over which model is which.  For example, in this short video highlighting the moveable tail, the model is referred to as the “plain” version, actually it is the “jungle” variant.  Please be assured, all boxes are checked carefully prior to dispatch, after all, we would not want to send out the wrong coloured model to a collector.

The Everything Dinosaur Killer Queen Videos Have Featured the “Jungle” Variant

Rebor Killer Queen "jungle".

The Rebor Killer Queen T. rex dinosaur model – “jungle” colour variant.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Stiffened Rod Carefully Built into the Tail Piece

The tail piece fits securely into the rear of the model and it is this tail piece that contains a flexible, stiff rod that enables the tail to be moved into different positions.  We commend Rebor for their creativity and for designing such a beautifully crafted T. rex figure.  The tail has quite a lot of lateral movement and some degree of movement in the vertical plane as well.  The combination of the poseable arms, the articulated lower jaw and the flexible tail permits collectors and dinosaur model fans to depict Tyrannosaurus rex in a huge variety of poses.  Furthermore, they even have two colour variants to choose from as well.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s comments about the articulated lower jaw and to view a short video demonstrating the jaw movement: Rebor Killer Queen T. rex – Articulated Jaw

For a short article that highlights how to free up the poseable forelimbs safely without damaging the model: Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Adjusting the Arms

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur, including the 1:35 scale Rebor Killer Queen “plain” and “jungle” colour variants: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

Look out for further updates on the Rebor range of replicas.

24 04, 2019

Updating Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Artwork

By | April 24th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|2 Comments

Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

Everything Dinosaur has been granted a trade mark for its brand.  As a result, we are having to change and update a lot of our visuals on our websites and our header images on those social media platforms where we can be found.  A trade mark is a sign that can distinguish the trade origin of goods and services from those of other companies.  The Everything Dinosaur brand logo has been approved as a trade mark as it has been considered to be acceptable and distinctive.  Our trade mark is yet another sign of our long-term commitment to the dinosaur and prehistoric animals market.

The Everything Dinosaur Logo (Trade Mark) 2019

Everything Dinosaur has a trade mark.

Everything Dinosaur logo trade mark (2019).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Words, Sounds and Symbols

A trade mark can include:- words, sounds, colours, smells, shapes and logos, or indeed a combination of these.  Registering a trade mark permits you  to display the ® symbol, it demonstrates that your brand has protection and informs people about its status.  Everything Dinosaur will be amending and changing various visuals and images in order to reflect these changes.  For example, the header artwork on the company’s YouTube channel has recently been updated.

The New Header Artwork for Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel Art - Everything Dinosaur 2019

Everything Dinosaur’s new header for their YouTube channel.  The PNSO Ceratosaurus figure “Nick” is shown (left), whereas the new for 2019 Beasts of the Mesozoic limited edition Velociraptor osmolskae figure is shown on the right.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Eagle-eyed readers will be able to spot the trade mark ® symbol on our new YouTube channel header, along with the heads of two new for 2019 dinosaur figures.  The header artwork features “Nick” the new, giant Ceratosaurus figure from PNSO, along with the limited edition Beasts of the Mesozoic Velociraptor osmolskae model.  The Ceratosaurus is already in stock, the Beasts of the Mesozoic V. osmolskae figure will be arriving in June along with the latest “raptor” figures and model sets.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We will be implementing a programme of changes and upgrades to our visuals in order to reflect our trade mark status.  Applying for a trade mark demonstrates our commitment to the prehistoric animal models and figures market, as indeed do the Ceratosaurus and Velociraptor osmolskae figures depicted on our YouTube artwork.  We are committed to increasing the number and the range of prehistoric animal figures that we offer.”

The Everything Dinosaur YouTube channel has over 2,200 subscribers and is packed full of dinosaur and prehistoric animal model reviews along with helpful advice and tips.

Subscribe to Everything Dinosaur on YouTube here: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

23 04, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus

By | April 23rd, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Review of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Model

Safari Ltd have a long history of making Stegosaurus models, in fact when Safari Ltd first introduced the Carnegie Collection of figures back in 1989, the first figure in terms of its catalogue reference number was a Stegosaurus (400-01).  Over the last thirty years or so, our knowledge of armoured dinosaurs has greatly improved and there have been numerous stegosaurid figures produced.  Those dedicated people at JurassicCollectables have just produced a video review of the latest Stegosaurus model to be added to the Safari Ltd prehistoric animal portfolio.  They have reviewed the 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus.

A Video Review of the New for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Figure

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

The 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Model

One of the most iconic and easily recognisable of all the dinosaurs, Stegosaurus was first scientifically described in 1877 by the famous American palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh and in this six minute video review, JurassicCollectables provide a detailed overview of this latest Stegosaur figure.  This is the third video review to be made in the last few weeks by JurassicCollectables that features a prehistoric animal from Safari Ltd.  Everything Dinosaur dispatched a Stegosaurus along with the new for 2019 swimming Spinosaurus and the beautifully painted, Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon model to the video making enthusiasts, as soon as these figures became available.  One section of this video review looks at all of these three models together, it is great to see new figures and models coming out from a mainstream model maker like Safari Ltd.

JurassicCollectables have already produced video reviews of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus and the Pteranodon figure.  These videos are available to view on the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel.  Everything Dinosaur team members recommend that dinosaur fans and model collectors subscribe to JurassicCollectables on YouTube, the channel can be found here: The YouTube Channel of JurassicCollectables.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Model

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model

The new for spring 2019, Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Compared in Size with Other Safari Ltd Figures

One of the benefits of a video review is that it enables potential buyers to get a really good look at a figure before purchasing.  The video format also permits a model to be compared with a number of other figures and replicas.  Naturally, we have a cameo appearance from “off-colour” Alan, an action figure of Alan Grant from the “Jurassic Park/World” franchise, but in addition, the video shows the Stegosaurus and compares it in size to the other recent Safari Ltd introductions.

Comparing Different Wild Safari Prehistoric World Figures Together

Comparing Safari Ltd Stegosaurus and Pteranodon models.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon (left) compared with the Stegosaurus model (right).

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

A Close-up View of the Head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus Model

A close-up view of the head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Admiring the head of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Stegosaurus dinosaur model.  Note the ossicles (small, rounded armoured scales embedded in the skin of the throat) can be made out.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World models and figures including the new for 2019 introductions: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models.

22 04, 2019

Prehistoric Times Issue 129 Reviewed

By | April 22nd, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Magazine Reviews, Main Page|0 Comments

Prehistoric Times Magazine (Spring 2019) Reviewed

The latest issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine has arrived at the Everything Dinosaur offices and once again this quarterly publication aimed at fans of prehistoric animal models and dinosaur enthusiasts is crammed full of fascinating articles and beautiful artwork.  Highlights include the latest instalment in the long running series discussing the artwork of Czech illustrator Zdeněk Burian by John Lavas.  In this issue, it is Burian’s prehistoric and not so prehistoric crocodilian illustrations that are reviewed.  In addition, look at for Tracy Lee Ford’s in-depth look at drawing Stegosaurus, throat ossicles and all.

The front cover of issue 129 features Deinonychus, one of the prehistoric animals examined by Phil Hore in this edition.  Phil was quick to point out that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking scientific paper on this dromaeosaurid published by John Ostrom.  The paper depicted dinosaurs as active animals and examined their close relationship to modern Aves (birds).  The artwork for the front cover was created by commercial artist Kurt Miller.

Dynamic Deinonychus Features on the Front Cover of Prehistoric Times Issue 129

Prehistoric Times magazine (spring 2019).

Prehistoric Times magazine (issue 129).  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a very important scientific paper (Ostrom, 1969).

Picture Credit: Mike Fredericks/Prehistoric Times

Kurt commented:

“I am very honoured to see that my Deinonychus painting was selected for the cover of the spring 2019 issue.  I thought to paint some prehistoric birds flying by a Deinonychus who has feathers of its own.”

There are lots of reader submitted Deinonychus illustrations too, look out for wonderful pictures from Julie Kitzes, Mike Landry and Evan King.

The Land that Time Forgot

It is also a hundred years since the book “The Land that Time Forgot” by the American fantasy author Edgar Rice Burroughs went to press, one of a trilogy of stories about a prehistoric land populated with dinosaurs and strange tribes.  Scott Tracy Griffin, the Director of Special Projects at Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.  provides an insight in how the story was written and explains how the book came to be published.  On the subject of books, in the “Mesozoic Media” section there are some excellent book reviews including a review of “The Palaeoartist’s Handbook” by Mark Witton.  Palaeontologist Steve Brusatte summarises the top dinosaur fossil news stories of 2018, a year in which there have been some amazing dinosaur discoveries, including the naming of several new types of armoured dinosaur.

2018 Was a Good Year for Armoured Dinosaur Discoveries

Invictarx life reconstruction.

A life reconstruction of Invictarx zephyri.  A newly described armoured dinosaur (nodosaurid), one of several named in 2018.

Picture Credit: Kara Kelley/Western Science Centre

Chalicotheres

Chalicotheres might be rare in the fossil record, but issue 129 is packed full of pictures of them and Phil Hore expands on this most bizarre of prehistoric mammals.  The report on these strange beasts concludes with stories of the “Nandi Bear”, a cryptid that is thought to lurk in the dark forests of eastern Africa.

Moropus – An Example of a Chalicothere

Moropus model.

Lots of Chalicotheres feature in the spring issue of “Prehistoric Times” magazine.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Prehistoric Times” is published quarterly and it has built up a fantastic reputation for its superb articles, illustrations and reader submitted artwork.  It is highly regarded by many model collectors and dinosaur fans from all over the world.

To learn more about the magazine and to subscribe: Prehistoric Times Magazine

21 04, 2019

Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Models Have Articulated Jaws

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The Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Models Have Articulated Jaws

Last week, saw the introduction of the latest prehistoric animal models from Rebor.  The Rebor Killer Queen T. rex figures arrived at our warehouse and team members were soon very busy informing all our customers who had reserved one of these models and packing orders so that our customers could get their precious parcels as quickly as possible.  We have already received some fantastic pictures from model collectors and dinosaur fans who shared snaps of these latest additions to the Rebor range of prehistoric animal models.  We promise to post some of these fantastic photographs on our social media platforms, but in the meantime, we have been busy making some videos to highlight the features of the Killer Queen figures.  Today, we demonstrate that the Rebor Killer Queen Tyrannosaurus rex models have articulated lower jaws.

The Rebor Killer Queen T. rex Dinosaur Model has an Articulated Jaw

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Jungle” Demonstrates the Jaw

This new 1/35th scale T. rex sculpt from Rebor comes in two colour schemes.  There is the brownish/tan coloured figure nicknamed “plain” and a second figure with more of a greenish colouration, this is “jungle”.  It was the “jungle” colour variant that Everything Dinosaur team members chose to make the jaw demonstration video.  The video is very short, just twenty seconds long, but plenty of time to show some of the fantastic detail incorporated into the head sculpt and of course, that articulated lower jaw.

The Rebor Killer Queen “Jungle” Colour Variant Features in the Everything Dinosaur Video

Rebor Killer Queen T. rex dinosaur model.

T. rex Killer Queen (jungle).  Both the Rebor Killer Queen “jungle” and the Rebor Killer Queen “plain” have articulated lower jaws.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Whilst we wait for our bespoke film studio to be constructed, team members can only make short videos, so we are rather limited in what we can do.  However, this and an earlier video we shot, demonstrating how the articulated arms on these models can be freed up have been well received by our customers.  We have one final short video of the Rebor Killer Queen “jungle” figure to post up, in this video we will demonstrate the poseable, flexible tail.”

The Rebor Killer Queen “Plain” Colour Variant – T. rex Model with an Articulated Lower Jaw

Rebor T. rex model "plain" colour scheme.

The Rebor Killer Queen “plain” colour variant.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s earlier video highlighting how to ease the moveable forelimbs on this model: Rebor Killer Queen Adjusting the Poseable Arms on the Model

To purchase the new for spring 2019 Rebor Killer Queen Tyrannosaurus rex models (both “plain” and “jungle” colour variants and to see the range of Rebor replicas that are stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Models and Figures

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