Everything Dinosaur has received news from our freight forwarders that a shipment of PNSO prehistoric animal models should be delivered to our warehouse tomorrow (September 9th, 2021). The delivery will include six new for 2021 PNSO figures – Haylee the Helicoprion, Connor the Torvosaurus, Gamba the Carcharodontosaurus, Yinqi the Yutyrannus and the 1:35 scale Stegosaurus model set (Biber and Rook).
PNSO Prehistoric Animal Figures
The delivery should include a total of 31 different PNSO prehistoric animal product lines. This will enable Everything Dinosaur to replenish stock of existing models as well as allowing them to post up the six new figures on the company’s website.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that they did not know exactly when the delivery would arrive, but team members would be at work even earlier than usual and they would do all they could to get the models safely unloaded, stored in the warehouse and then made available on-line as quickly as possible.
The spokesperson added:
“We know how keen dinosaur fans and collectors are to get hold of these wonderful replicas. Team members will be busy emailing all those Everything Dinosaur customers who have asked to have one of these prehistoric animal models reserved for them. Staff will be working late into the night to ensure that everyone is contacted.”
Mid-size Model Range
The majority of the new for 2021 figures coming in are from the PNSO mid-size model range. The exception is the PNSO 1:35 scale Scientific Art Stegosaurus pair Biber and Rook.
The Mojo Prehistoric Life Smilodon is in stock at Everything Dinosaur. This new sabre-toothed cat model is the only prehistoric animal figure being added to the Mojo Fun prehistoric animal model range for 2021.
A New Model of “Knife Tooth”
Mojo has had a long history of producing sabre-toothed cat figures. Almost ever since a prehistoric animal range was conceived, a Smilodon figure has been part of the range. In 2017, Mojo added an updated version to their product portfolio and now there is a new sculpt depicting this iconic cat.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that at this stage, no information about the continued production of the 2017 Smilodon model had been released, although it had been speculated that the addition of a 2021 figure might lead to the retirement of the 2017 Smilodon model.
The Smilodon genus was first established by the Danish palaeontologist and naturalist Peter Wilhelm Lund in 1842 following the study of fossil material from Brazil. The genus name means “knife tooth” a reference to the animal’s oversized and exceptionally long upper canine teeth, that in some specimens of Smilodon populator reach 28 cm in length.
Everything Dinosaur Supplies Photography
The original images of this new model supplied by Mojo did not reflect the actual colour scheme of the figure. Team members at Everything Dinosaur took their own images of the new for 2021 Smilodon figure as they did not want the official images to mislead model collectors.
Mojo Prehistoric Life Smilodon – Original Images
The original studio image for the new Mojo Prehistoric Life Smilodon showed a figure with a much lighter, paler colouration and more muted spotting. The side of each ear was also painted white. The sclera of the eye in the studio images is a pale yellow, whilst the production model has an amber-coloured sclera. The actual colour scheme on the model is much bolder with the spotted patterning of the figure much more pronounced. The sides of the ears are painted black.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We had been alerted by Mojo that the actual model had a different colour scheme to their studio images. We decided that it would be best to show the model rather than to rely on the studio shots as we did not want to confuse customers. It is our understanding that Mojo will commission new model photography in the near future and replace their original images with more accurate photographs of the Mojo Prehistoric Life Smilodon.”
Everything Dinosaur has opened a waitlist for the two new Rebor Smilodon models (plain and ice age colour variants). These exciting new Rebor models depicting Sabre-toothed cats are likely to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in mid-December or thereabouts and collectors can join a waitlist on the company’s website so that they can get a priority email alert when these Smilodon replicas arrive.
Smilodon populator Models with Interchangeable Heads
These innovative and cleverly designed models come with two interchangeable heads so that the figures can be displayed with their impressive mouths open or closed.
Smilodon populator is known from the Pleistocene of South America and is regarded as the largest species within the Smilodon genus. With a bodyweight estimated at over 300 kilograms and with a shoulder height of around 1.2 metres, S. populator is one of the largest members of the cat family (Felidae).
Choose Your Favourite Stray Cat – Plain or Ice Age?
The models entitled Rebor Smilodon populator Museum Class Replica Deluxe Pack Stray Cat Ice Age and Rebor Smilodon populator Museum Class Replica Deluxe Pack Stray Cat Plain are the same sculpts but they have different colour schemes. The “Ice Age” colour variant (above), has a body patterning reminiscent of a Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) and the sclera of the eyes is an icy blue colour. In contrast, the Rebor Smilodon populator Museum Class Replica Deluxe Pack Stray Cat Plain, (see below), carries the more traditional tan markings associated with this genus, in keeping with a predator of the open grasslands and scattered woodlands of South America.
Innovative Model Design
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“These are the first prehistoric mammal models made by Rebor and only their second mammal after their Alpha male Mountain Gorilla replicas. These beautiful Smilodon figures have been cleverly designed. Each model is supplied with two heads so collectors can choose to display their Sabre-toothed cat with the mouth open or with the mouth closed.”
Waitlist for these Models is Open
Everything Dinosaur expects these models to ship out from the factory sometime in late October and if all goes to plan, these stunning Smilodon figures should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in December (2021). These models can be found on Everything Dinosaur’s website and collectors can join a waitlist for each figure so that they can receive a priority email alert when the stock arrives.
Both the Rebor Smilodon populator Museum Class Replica Deluxe Pack Stray Cat Plain and the Rebor Smilodon populator Museum Class Replica Deluxe Pack Stray Cat Ice Age models can be found on the Rebor section of Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website and collectors and Rebor fans have the chance to join a waitlist for each figure.
Many retailers are already warning customers that manufacturing and supply chain difficulties are going to lead to product shortages in the Christmas sales period. For dinosaur model fans and collectors, a number of prehistoric animal model ranges are going to be in short supply as the impact of COVID-19 is felt around the world.
A Global Problem
Dinosaur fans and model collectors have already encountered difficulties in obtaining some of their favourite brands. Production schedules at factories based in the Far East have been severely disrupted due to the global pandemic and problems have been exacerbated by shortages of containers to bring goods from Asia into America, Europe and the UK. Many new for 2021 figures such as the CollectA and Papo models have yet to reach outlets and numerous production plans have had to be postponed or rescheduled.
Shipping costs as well as the cost of raw materials have increased rapidly, so dinosaur models and toys, like many retail items are going to be more expensive and higher prices are going to be seen leading up to Christmas and beyond.
Gary Grant, the chairman of The Entertainer chain of toy stores, has been widely reported stating:
“What is unique to us is that Christmas is a fixed date, so we are under extreme pressure at the moment to move as much stock as we can, but are significantly behind with the shipment of products.”
A Shortage of Cardboard
As well as having to cope with a near doubling of shipping costs, Everything Dinosaur, like all mail order companies has had difficulties obtaining cardboard and other packing materials. The company uses double walled cardboard for their parcels, these are stronger and help to protect the items inside the parcel from damage. Everything Dinosaur has committed to using 100% recycled cardboard as part of their environmental policy and sourcing recycled cardboard has proved challenging with a global shortage of this material.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“The current supply problems are likely to get worse as we go into quarter 4 of the trading year, this is historically the busiest time of year for retailers as Christmas approaches. Difficulties with the supply of goods will also be compounded by shortages of cardboard and other packing materials that will affect mail order companies.”
Longer Delivery Times for Parcels
The limited number of flights has restricted the movement of parcels. Many courier companies report a shortage of lorry drivers and remain understaffed due to team members having to self-isolate due to COVID-19. It is likely that Christmas parcels will take longer to be delivered.
One thing customers can do to avoid disappointment is to shop early to ensure that parcels can be sent out in plenty of time.
The spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur added:
“We are doing all we can to help our customers and we continue to work seven days a week to ensure we can support our customer base. Product shipments continue to face delays and we think the situation will get worse as demand for containers increases in the run up to Christmas. We have done all we can to ensure that we have stock of parcel packaging and we have set up new delivery routes into our UK warehouse to help alleviate some of the logistical problems. Our advice is to shop early and to be prepared for product shortages.”
Everything Dinosaur team members have been helping fossil collector and dinosaur fan Robert source various prehistoric animal figures and replicas to accompany his fossil collection. As a token of appreciation, he sent a little gift to our offices to say thank you for our work.
The parcel got mislaid on its way from Scotland to our warehouse but it finally arrived yesterday and when the package was opened we found this model of three hatching dinosaurs inside.
Recently Robert had telephoned asking us to help him source a model of a Maiasaura with young. A dinosaur model featuring a Maiasaura with a nest was once part of the Carnegie collection of figures, but this range was retired and went out of production back in 2014. We were able to provide Robert with a fact sheet on this herbivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Montana.
In gratitude and as a token of appreciation we were sent this little gift of hatching dinosaurs.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We were very touched to receive this little gift. We try our best to help customers and we provide all kinds of advice, information and support. We took some photographs of the hatching dinosaurs in our packing room and now we have put this on display in one of our offices.”
Thank you from Everything Dinosaur
When the parcel arrived, we sent an email to Robert, just to let him know that the parcel had got to us safely and to thank him for his very kind gesture.
Time for a little teaser! Everything Dinosaur team members have taken a close-up photograph of one of the many prehistoric animal models that we stock. We have challenged our social media followers, customers and blog readers to see if they can identify the particular figure from this close-up view. There are no prizes, just our total respect if dinosaur fans and model collectors can identify the prehistoric animal figure from the picture puzzle we have posted.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:
“Over the last few months or so, we have posted up various picture puzzles and challenged our customers and social media fans to see if they can identify the prehistoric animal model from a close-up photograph. We have been most impressed with all the correct answers received, we think we are going to have to set some more difficult challenges. Best of luck identifying the model from the picture we have posted”.
Remember, there are no prizes being awarded, it’s just for a bit of fun, but can you identify the prehistoric animal model from the picture clue that we have provided?
The latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter features new models from Rebor. The two Museum Class Maquettes Monty Resurgent and Brian Diccus have arrived and the first of the “Retrosaurs”- Californiacation and Mesozoic Rhapsody are in stock. In addition, the next pair of the Rebor GrabNGo tyrannosaurs are also available.
Rebor Titanoboa Figures
After the successful introduction of the limited edition “Monty” replica last year, Rebor have followed this up by producing two 1:11 scale replicas of the head of the giant prehistoric snake Titanoboa (T. cerrejonensis) swallowing a crocodile. Titanoboa is the largest snake known to science. Size estimates vary, but based on the fossilised vertebrae a length of between 12 and 15 metres has been proposed and this huge Palaeocene reptile might have weighed around 1,400 kilograms.
The two Rebor Titanoboa figures are in stock at Everything Dinosaur, Monty Resurgent with the brown crocodile prey and Brian Diccus, with its darker colour scheme and green crocodilian.
Last year, Rebor announced plans to produce a new range of vintage dinosaur collectables. The objective was to create classic dinosaur figures honouring prehistoric animals in movies from the 20th century. The first of the figures in this exciting range are now in stock. The Rebor 1:35 scale 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” and the Rebor 1:35 scale vintage palaeoart T. rex “Mesozoic Rhapsody”, both models feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur newsletter.
Film fans and vintage model collectors have been contacting Everything Dinosaur team members about these two new figures for some time, they are proving to be very popular.
The Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter provides helpful information to model collectors and dinosaur fans as well as free to enter competitions and contests. To subscribe to Everything Dinosaur’s newsletter, simply: Contact Everything Dinosaur.
The Latest Rebor GrabNGo T. rex Models
Our latest newsletter also provided the opportunity to announce the arrival of the latest Rebor GrabNGo T. rex dinosaur models. The new pair of figures are the Rebor GNG04 1:35 scale SA T. rex Type C and the Rebor GNG05 1:35 scale SA T. rex Type D. These models are at a lower pricing point than the majority of the Rebor range, helping to extend the Rebor product offering to a wider audience.
The amazing ITOY Studio Paraceratherium models have arrived at Everything Dinosaur. We have in stock the ITOY Studio Deluxe Paraceratherium that comes with a heavy polystone base and the ITOY Studio Elite Paraceratherium, the model being supplied without the display base.
A Very Large Model of a Very Large Prehistoric Mammal
The Paraceratherium genus is considered by many palaeontologists to have been the largest land mammal to have ever existed. Some fossil specimens indicate that this giant relative of the extant rhinoceros stood nearly five metres tall at the shoulder. The ITOY Studio model, in keeping with the fossil record, is also enormous. The figure measures over 40 cm in length and that beautifully detailed head is nearly 25 cm off the ground.
Everything Dinosaur customers who purchase this model will also receive our free fact sheet that provides information about this extinct genus. Scientists are learning more about Paraceratherium as new fossils are discovered. Recently, we published a blog post about a newly described species of Paraceratherium
Scientists had uncovered fossil bones and we produced a blog post summarising the paper that announced a new Paraceratherium species (Paraceratherium linxiaense) from Gansu Province, China.
The decision was taken to bring in both versions of the Paraceratherium replica (Elite and Deluxe). This enabled team members to price the Elite version (supplied without the heavy polystone base) lower than the price for the Deluxe figure.
The Elite Paraceratherium figure is supplied in a big black box, whilst the Deluxe model with base is supplied in a large white box. At least this colour scheme will help our packing team to differentiate between the two replicas.
To view the two new Paraceratherium models and the rest of the ITOY Studio figures available from Everything Dinosaur: ITOY Studio Models.
PNSO will be adding a replica of the prehistoric fish Dunkleosteus to their mid-size model range. This stunning placoderm model will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the autumn (2021).
A Perfect Placoderm
Those clever and talented people at PNSO have increased their range of mid-size prehistoric animal models dramatically over the last 12 months or so. For example, Zaha the Dunkleosteus is the second prehistoric fish to be introduced, after the announcement of Haylee the Helicoprion earlier this year. Dunkleosteus is a firm favourite amongst prehistoric animal model collectors, with a number of replicas of this Late Devonian terror already on the market, but we at Everything Dinosaur suspect that the PNSO Dunkleosteus figure is going to be very popular.
Zaha the Dunkleosteus
The Placodermi are famous for their armoured heads, but they were also the first fish to evolve pelvic fins, an important evolutionary step that was later reflected in the first tetrapods. Dunkleosteus was one of the last placoderms to evolve and at approximately 6 metres in length, it was an apex marine predator during the Late Devonian. The cleverly designed PNSO model reflects the hinged armoured plates associated with the head shield and this figure has been engineered in such a way to permit an articulated lower jaw to be added.
Commenting on the Scale of Zaha the Dunkleosteus
PNSO do not declare a scale size for their mid-size model range. However, the model measures around 23 cm in length and based on an adult Dunkleosteus terrelli which could have been 6 metres long, then this figure is in approximately 1:26 scale.
Ten species of Dunkleosteus have been described. The body plan and the maximum size of this fish is unknown. Some commentators have suggested that D. terrelli could have been up to 10 metres long. If this is the case, then a 23 cm long model would be in approximately 1:43 scale.
PNSO’s Placoderm – Zaha the Dunkleosteus
Several beautifully preserved fossils of the armoured head of Dunkleosteus have been found, but very little is known about the posterior portions of this fish. In the PNSO model a sloping dorsal fin has been placed quite far along the back of the animal, directly over the paired pectoral and pelvic fins. The PNSO model has been given a heterocercal tail, with an extended dorsal lobe of the tail fin and a much less prominent ventral lobe. This reflects what has been seen in smaller placoderm fossils and a heterocercal tail is commonly seen in many living sharks.
The sleek and supple body shape given by PNSO to their Dunkleosteus replica supports the hypothesis that the largest members of this genus were active, nektonic predators of ocean surface waters.
In Stock in the Autumn of 2021
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur praised PNSO for introducing a replica of the iconic Devonian predator Dunkleosteus into the mid-size model range and confirmed that this figure will be in stock at the UK-based company in the autumn of 2021.
Last week, Everything Dinosaur team members posted up a silhouette of a prehistoric animal model and challenged our customers and fans on social media to see if they can guess what the model was. Once again, our loyal customers, dedicated fans and followers on social media rose to the challenge and although we thought we had set quite a tricky test, lots of respondents guessed correctly.
The model in question was the ITOY Studio Paraceratherium.
ITOY Studio Paraceratherium Models
The eagerly awaited ITOY Studio Paraceratherium replicas (Elite and Deluxe) docked at a UK port last week and once cleared customs these models should be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in a few days’ time (mid-August 2021).
The ITOY Studio Paraceratherium is a very large figure. What an amazing replica the ITOY Studio model is! The detail on the figure is simply fantastic! It is incredibly realistic with beautiful skin folds and creases. It is very big too, the model measures over 40 cm long and the display base is a generous 32 cm in length and over 14 cm wide.
Two ITOY Studio Paraceratherium Figures
Everything Dinosaur has imported both models in the ITOY Studio Paraceratherium portfolio. The two figures that will be available are:
ITOY Studio Paraceratherium – Deluxe (model supplied with polystone display base)
ITOY Studio Paraceratherium – Elite (model supplied without polystone display base)