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24 11, 2018

New Beasts of the Mesozoic Figures for 2019

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New Beasts of the Mesozoic Figures for 2019

Everything Dinosaur will be stocking all nine of the new for 2019 Beasts of the Mesozoic “raptors” in the spring.  The amazing Beasts of the Mesozoic range of 1/6th articulated feathered dinosaur figures is being extended and Everything Dinosaur will be stocking all the new additions including the limited edition Velociraptor osmolskae replica “Alpha”.

The Limited Edition Velociraptor osmolskae Figure “Alpha” Coming to Everything Dinosaur in Spring 2019

Beasts of the Mesozoic limited edition V. osmolskae "Alpha"

The stunning limited edition Velociraptor osmolskae 1:6 scale figure will be available from Everything Dinosaur in spring 2019.

Picture Credit: Creative Beast Studios/Everything Dinosaur

New “Raptor” Figures Flocking Your Way in Spring 2019

The beautiful and skilfully crafted articulated models in this highly sought after range represent several different types of maniraptoran dinosaur and the spring 2019 models will feature new colour variants of popular figures such as Velociraptor mongoliensis and Dromaeosaurus albertensis.

The nine new sets coming into stock 2019:

  • Limited edition Velociraptor osmolskae figure.
  • Dromaeosaurus albertensis new colour variant.
  • Velociraptor mongoliensis new colour variant.
  • Velociraptor mongoliensis (black).
  • Saurornitholestes sullivani new colour variant (road runner) – see picture below.
  • Velociraptor osmolskae new colour variant.
  • Eastern “raptor” set featuring new colour versions of Microraptor and Mononykus.
  • Western “raptor” set featuring new colour versions of Buitreraptor and the young Stenonychosaurus.
  • White nestlings.

The New for 2019 Beasts of the Mesozoic Saurornitholestes sullivani Figure 

Flocking your way - the new for 2019 Saurornitholestes sullivani figure.

The purple Saurornitholestes sullivani figure (new for 2019).

Picture Credit: Creative Beast Studios/Everything Dinosaur

The New for Spring 2019 Velociraptor osmolskae Figure

V. osmolskae - Beasts of the Mesozoic

Beasts of the Mesozoic V. osmolskae.

Picture Credit: Creative Beast Studios/Everything Dinosaur

The Trio of White Nestling “Raptors” Flocking Your Way in Spring 2019

White nestlings - Beasts of the Mesozoic.

Beasts of the Mesozoic white nestlings set.

Picture Credit: Creative Beast Studios/Everything Dinosaur

Beasts of the Mesozoic “Raptor” Figures

To view the current range of Beasts of the Mesozoic figures available from Everything Dinosaur, the exclusive European distributor for this range: Beasts of the Mesozoic Collectable Figures

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is thought that maniraptoran dinosaurs, just like all the over non-avian dinosaurs had excellent colour vision, so it is very appropriate that such a colourful range of new figures should be added to the already impressive Beasts of the Mesozoic range.  These highly-collectable, articulated figures are fantastic display pieces and we heartily recommend all nine new additions to collectors aged fourteen years and older.”

The New Black Velociraptor Beasts of the Mesozoic Figure

Velociraptor mongoliensis (black)

The amazing “black” Velociraptor mongoliensis dinosaur figure, due to arrive in spring 2019.

Picture Credit: Creative Beasts/Everything Dinosaur

Aimed at Discerning Dinosaur Model Fans and Figure Collectors

The beautiful Beasts of the Mesozoic range of dinosaur figures is aimed at discerning model and figure collectors.  Hand-painted, articulated prehistoric animal replicas to display that are ideal for the serious, enthusiastic fan of prehistoric animal figures and palaeoart. State-of-the-art modelling techniques have been utilised to produce fantastically detailed feathered dinosaur figures, with numerous points of articulation.  Each Beasts of the Mesozoic prehistoric animal figure is based on the latest scientific research and when supplied by Everything Dinosaur, they come with a fact sheet and scale drawing so collectors can learn more about these fascinating members of the Dinosauria.

23 11, 2018

New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 4)

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New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 4)

Today, we conclude our look at the new for 2019 CollectA models by revealing the last of the figures scheduled to be released next year.  We also provide information on a prehistoric animal play set that has an augmented reality (AR) component.

  • CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotherium model (available mid 2019).
  • CollectA Prehistoric Animals Playset with Augmented Reality (available mid 2019).

The New for 2019 CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium Model

CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotheriuim.

The new for 2019 CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotherium model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Elasmotherium Model

As one member of the Rhinocerotoidea superfamily is retired and out of production (the CollectA Deluxe Paraceratherium model), so it is replaced by another member of the Rhinocerotoidea, albeit from a different branch of this large taxonomic grouping, the rhinocerotid Elasmotherium and what a fantastic looking replica it is!  Several species of Elasmotherium have been identified from the numerous fossils found in Europe and Asia and CollectA have chosen to create a model of the largest known species, and what is thought to be the largest true rhino to have ever lived, the giant, five-metre-long Elasmotherium sibiricum.

Commenting on this new Deluxe figure, designer Anthony Beeson stated:

“I thought that it would be nice to do a toy Elasmotherium sibiricum for a change rather than the usual Woolly Rhinoceros.  Our Elasmotherium is quite hefty, I plumped for a hairy animal and have based the presumed horn on the Palaeolithic cave painting from Rouffignac in France that is thought to represent the creature often referred to as ‘the Siberian unicorn’.”

The Rouffignac limestone caves (Grotte de Rouffignac), are located in the Dordogne (south-western France) and this location was given UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1979.  The cave walls depict more than 250 drawings attributed to the Magdalenian culture of the Late Pleistocene.  Many different types of animal are depicted with Woolly Mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius), predominating but there are a number of cave paintings that show Woolly Rhinos (Coelodonta antiquitatis) and one image that illustrates a powerfully built rhinoceros with a single, very large nose horn that has been interpreted as representing Elasmotherium.

The CollectA Deluxe Elasmotherium Compared to the Stylised Rhinoceros Cave Painting from Grotte de Rouffignac

Cave art compared to a prehistoric animal model (Elasmotherium).

The CollectA Elasmotherium model compared to the Palaeolithic art from Rouffignac Cave (south-western France).

Picture Credit: CollectA/Wikipedia

To view the current range of CollectA Deluxe figures and replicas: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

 The CollectA Prehistoric Animal Playset

CollectA will also be introducing a prehistoric animal themed playset in 2019.  Sources close to CollectA have stated that this is to be a 38-piece playset with a dozen CollectA dinosaur cards with augmented reality (the figures come to life via the AR technology).

The New for 2019 CollectA Prehistoric Animal Playset

The CollectA augmented reality play set.

CollectA augmented reality play set.  This playset incorporates AR (augmented reality). 

Picture Credit: CollectA

This playset is believed to consist of, a large playmat (estimated size 37 cm by 29 cm), two prehistoric trees, twelve mini-dinosaur figures, the twelve AR cards and a further ten accessories that permit a degree of playset landscape customisation such as the building of a volcano, a small hill or some coastal features of different shapes and sizes.  This cleverly constructed playset comes in a handy carry case and skilfully blends traditional prehistoric animal figures with cutting-edge augmented reality technology.

Model Measurements

  • CollectA Deluxe 1:20 scale Elasmotherium – length 25.5 cm, height 13.6 cm.
  • CollectA Prehistoric Animal Playset – length of playmat 37 cm, width 29 cm.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“CollectA have continued to innovate and extend their range of replicas.  Over the next few months they will be adding scale models of Edaphosaurus, Baryonyx, Carnotaurus, the amazing pterosaur Caiuajara and a scale model of Elasmotherium.  In addition, we can expect to see Fukuiraptor and Borealopelta make an appearance plus a new mini-set of prehistoric animals and a prehistoric animal playset in which to place them.  Next year is going to be an exciting year for model collectors.”

To view the other three articles that introduce the rest of the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models from CollectA.

New CollectA models (Part 1): Part 1 (New CollectA models for 2019)

New CollectA models (Part 2):  Part 2 (New CollectA models for 2019)

New CollectA models (Part 3): Part 3 (New CollectA models for 2019)

21 11, 2018

Royal Mail Update – Deliveries to Canada

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Problems with Parcel Deliveries to Canada

Canada is a very big country and at this time of year, delays can occur in their national postal network due to adverse weather conditions and the pressure on the network from having to deal with increased volumes of parcels as the build up to the festive season continues.  However, ongoing industrial action has led to significant delays and we are writing to inform our Canadian customers that Royal Mail has suspended the despatching of parcels to Canada.

Royal Mail Have Suspended Despatching Parcels Destined for Canada

Royal Mail parcels being sorted.

Royal Mail has received a request to suspend the sending of all mail including Christmas parcels to Canada until further notice.

Picture Credit: Press Association/Royal Mail

Affecting All International Post Operators

The strike action has been going on for several weeks.  A large back-log of undelivered mail and parcels has built up in the Canadian network.  A series of rolling strikes across the Provinces has led to a build-up of over five hundred trucks, all with parcels that have to be delivered before the network can handle any more mail.  As a result, all international postal operators, including Royal Mail in the United Kingdom, have been requested to stop sending more mail to Canada.

Canada Post are aware of the huge impact this is having, especially with Christmas approaching and they are continuing to attempt to reach a settlement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).  Royal Mail has recommended that companies like Everything Dinosaur consider delaying any parcels bound for Canada in the coming days and as this situation is likely to continue, it is not possible to say when the dispute will be settled or if the back-log will be cleared anytime soon.

Royal Mail is still accepting parcels, but they are not moving in the network, there are being held in the UK international distribution hubs until further notice.

Impact Across the Whole of the Canadian Mail Network

Negotiations between the parties are continuing but the rolling strikes have had an impact on the entire mail distribution network of Canada and at the time of writing, there seems little prospect of the industrial action over pay and conditions coming to an end.

Our Royal Mail account managers have promised to keep us informed regarding the progress and outcome of any negotiations.  If no break-through is achieved, then services to Canada are likely to remain suspended.  If the strike action is ended soon, there is still going to be a large amount of mail to be cleared before the Canadian mail network can return to normal operating conditions.  Customers sending parcels to Canada can expect their items to be subjected to many weeks of delays.

Delays Expected in Parcel Deliveries to Canada

Everything Dinosaur parcels.

Customers in Canada can expect considerable delays with regards to parcel deliveries.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have been kept informed by Royal Mail about the ongoing industrial action.  Unfortunately, this dispute will have a very significant impact on Christmas gifts being sent from the UK to Canada.  Team members have been exploring alternative postal routes and courier networks to try to expediate deliveries.  It might be helpful to contact Everything Dinosaur before placing an order for prehistoric animal items that are destined for addresses in Canada.”

To enquire about alternative parcel delivery services to Canada: Email Everything Dinosaur

20 11, 2018

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

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Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

At Everything Dinosaur, we do all we can to assist our customers.  We are seeing a big increase in orders being placed in the run up to the festive season.  It is that time of year once again, to publish Royal Mail Christmas post information in a bid to help our customers and to avoid disappointment on the big day.

We have plans in place to help, with team members on hand to advise telephone callers and to answer emailed queries and with the recently installed Happy Fox Chat, which lets website visitors chat directly with our staff.  In the warehouse, our dedicated team members are working really hard to ensure parcels are packed and despatched as quickly as possible.  Extra collections have been arranged so that we can speed parcels on their way.

In addition, we have checked with our Royal Mail account managers and we have published (below), details about the last recommended posting dates in the UK and around the world with regards to Christmas deliveries.

Royal Mail Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas 2018 (Royal Mail).

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas 2018.  We recommend that customers consult their local mail service provider for further details about Christmas post.

Table Credit: Royal Mail

Everything Dinosaur recommends that customers consult their local mail service provider for further details about recommended posting dates for Christmas gifts.

Happy to Help with Happy Fox Chat

In addition, to all our other support Everything Dinosaur has also placed a helpful chat plug in on our website (Happy Fox Chat).  This is real-time, live chat software that permits our customers to correspond directly with staff. We appreciate that at this time of year, more than ever, website visitors want quick answers and a fast turnaround of queries.  Everything Dinosaur is currently rated 5-star for our Happy Fox Chat responses and we have an average query response and resolution rate of just 62 seconds.

Where to Find the Chat Software on the Everything Dinosaur Website

Happy Fox Chat and Feefo ratings.

Happy Fox real-time chatting software on the Everything Dinosaur website.  The red arrow shows the Happy Fox Chat icon and the blue arrow indicates the Feefo customer feedback link.  You can check out how our customers rate our business by clicking on the Feefo link or you can chat with a team member in real-time.

 

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows (red arrow), the location of the Happy Fox Chat real-time software link.  Just click on this to correspond with an Everything Dinosaur team member.  To see independent customer reviews and feedback about our business just click on the Feefo link (blue arrow).

Something Important to Remember

Please note, the dates provided in the table above, are the last recommended posting dates.  Postal staff and postal services get very busy in the run up to Christmas, posting early is recommended and rest assured our helpful staff will be on hand to assist customers with any questions that they may have.   We heartily recommend that customers place orders early in order to give us the time needed to pack and despatch parcels so that they can be delivered in order to avoid disappointment.

Please, please order early.

16 11, 2018

New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 3)

By | November 16th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|5 Comments

New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 3)

Today, we post up the third part of our series of articles showcasing the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models from CollectA and part three introduces a pair of Theropod dinosaurs from very different parts of the world.

The two new dinosaur figures are:

  • A CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx (available mid 2019).
  • A CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular range Fukuiraptor (available mid 2019).

The New for 2019 CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Baryonyx Model

CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx dinosaur model.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx with an Articulated Jaw

The CollectA Deluxe 1/40th scale Baryonyx has an articulated jaw and model collectors will note that the back has a considerable “humped” appearance.  This is because this model has been created with a view to supporting the idea that this dinosaur had elongated neural spines on its dorsal vertebrae.  The holotype Baryonyx walkeri fossil material collected from a clay pit in Surrey, represents one of the most complete Theropod dinosaur skeletons ever found in Europe, even so, many of the back bones were incomplete and broken.  On a visit to the Isle of Wight, model designer Anthony Beeson had a conversation about Baryonyx with Steve Hutt, formerly with the Isle of Wight County Museums Service and a leading advocate for the establishment of a palaeontology museum on the Isle of Wight.  Steve was working on some recently discovered large Theropod vertebra that had been assigned to the Baryonchidae family.  So, as a result, this figure and the other Baryonyx figures including the 1:40 scale model introduced in 2009, have a distinctive hump.

A Close-up View of the Skull and Jaws of the CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx

The head and jaws of the new for 2019 CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx.

A close-up view of the skull and the jaws of the new for 2019 CollectA Deluxe Baryonyx model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

That articulated jaw has been designed to reflect the distinctive jaw-line and dentition associated with this large predator from the Lower Cretaceous of Europe.  As a dinosaur associated with aquatic environments, Anthony in collaboration with his colleague Matthias has given the Baryonyx model webbing between the toes, as befits a semi-aquatic animal.

Commenting on the hump-backed Baryonyx reconstruction, model designer Anthony Beeson explained:

“Because this new idea [elongated neural spines] did not appear in general reconstructions of Baryonyx, in 2006 I commissioned John Sibbick, who then lived nearby in Bath and was a friend of one of my close friends, to paint me a reconstruction of everyday life on the Isle of Wight in the Lower Cretaceous.  I wanted him to show a Baryonyx attending to a dead Iguanodon whilst about to be menaced by the recently discovered Neovenator, while other known Isle of Wight species went about their business in the background.”

The Artwork Commissioned Depicting the Isle of Wight in the Lower Cretaceous

A reconstruction of the Isle of Wight in the Lower Cretaceous

The prehistoric animals associated with the Wealden Group (Isle of Wight).  Note, Baryonyx is depicted with elongated neural spines providing the back with a distinctive hump.

Picture Credit: John Sibbick with permission from Anthony Beeson

Fukuiraptor – The “Thief of Fukui”

The second carnivorous dinosaur to be announced this week comes from a very different part of the world, the fossils of Fukuiraptor (pronounced Foo-kwee-rap-tor), come from Honshu Island, the largest island in Japan.  Ironically, although Baryonyx and Fukuiraptor lived thousands of miles apart, they lived at roughly the same time during the Early Cretaceous.  The CollectA Fukuiraptor will be a new addition to the “Dinosaurs Popular” range.

New for 2019 the CollectA Fukuiraptor Dinosaur Model

CollectA Fukuiraptor dinosaur model.

CollectA Fukuiraptor model.

Picture Credit: CollectA

Mistaken for a Dromaeosaur

When first discovered the heavy hand claws were thought to have come from the foot and, as the genus name indicates, it was considered to be a dromaeosaurid.  However, although its exact taxonomic affinity is debated, most palaeontologists consider this Theropod to be a member of the Megaraptora clade.  The design team at CollectA have based their replica on the holotype material and the restored skeleton on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Japan).  This dinosaur was named and described 2000 AD, its binomial name reflects the location of the fossil site and the geological formation where the fossils were found – Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis (from Fukui Prefecture and the Kitadani Formation).

Commenting on the model, Anthony Beeson stated:

“In our reconstruction I have followed the idea that megoraptorans are allosauroids.  I wanted to convey that it is a lively and lightly built carnivore.  The holotype is of an immature example and so I have scaled it up to presumed adult size.”

Is the CollectA Fukuiraptor a Scale Model?

In some of the documentation and technical files we have received from CollectA, the Age of Dinosaurs Fukuiraptor is described as being a 1:40 scale replica.  The adult size of Fukuiraptor is not known, but it is estimated that adults could have reached lengths of around five to six metres, so at a fraction under fifteen centimetres long, it could be argued that the CollectA Fukuiraptor is a 1/40th scale model.

Model Measurements

  • CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Baryonyx length = 26 cm, height = 8.2 cm.
  • CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Fukuiraptor length = 14.7 cm and height 6.8 cm.

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe models: CollectA Deluxe Models

To view the range of CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular: CollectA Prehistoric Life

For part 1 of our new for 2019 CollectA series: CollectA New Models for 2019 – Part 1

For part 2 of our new for 2019 CollectA series: CollectA New Models for 2019 – Part 2

15 11, 2018

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino Arrives

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Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This superb figure of an Ice Age rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis), arrived yesterday, it is the first of the new for 2019 figures and replicas from Safari Ltd that Everything Dinosaur will be stocking.

The New for 2019 Woolly Rhinoceros Model (C. antiquitatis)

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhinoceros model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Ancient Hollow Tooth” – Brought Bang Up to Date

The Woolly Rhinoceros, known by palaeontologists as Coelodonta antiquitatis (the name means ancient hollow tooth), has been brought bang up to date by the design team at Safari Ltd.  The model has stocky and short limbs and the figure has been painted to give the impression of a thick coat of fur covering the body.  The nostrils are large and have been given a varnish on the inside to give the impression that they are moist.  Like most rhinos, the eyesight of Coelodonta antiquitatis was quite poor but it did have an excellent sense of smell.  Large nasals also probably served to help warm air before it entered the lungs, an adaptation to living on the tundra and frozen steppe.  The large anterior horn is somewhat flattened and spatulate in shape, again, this is an accurate depiction of the horn, as it was used to help sweep snow away so that ground dwelling vegetation could be exposed permitting this large mammal to feed.

A Close-up View of that Flattened Anatomically Accurate Nose Horn

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhinoceros model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino model.  The anterior nose horn is somewhat flattened, this horn, along with the enlarged nostrils and the small ears accurately reflect what is known about this extinct rhinoceros.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Some of our customers have expressed their surprise at how quickly we were able to get this animal into stock.  At Everything Dinosaur, we do appreciate how keen model fans and collectors are when it comes to getting their hands on the latest additions to the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range and we did all we could to ensure that the Woolly Rhino model was available to them as fast as possible.  It really is a super replica of this extinct member of the Rhinocerotidae.”

More Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models To Come

One of the reasons why the agreement that Safari Ltd had with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History came to an end was that with the termination of the agreement, the Florida based figure company could focus on producing more models and increasing its range.  A further ten prehistoric animal figures are due to be introduced in the next few months or so.  Everything Dinosaur is optimistic that more new for 2019 figures will be coming into stock before the end of the year.  The last of the 2019 model introductions should be available in the spring.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Figures 2019 (Archosauria)

Wild Safari Prehistoric World - reptiles 2019.

The remaining new for 2019 prehistoric animal figures from the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range.  Top Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Prestosuchus, Camarasaurus, Pteranodon, Styracosaurus, Swimming Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Carnotaurus and Citipati.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see the full range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World figures, including the new for 2017 Woolly Rhino figure: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models

Stepping into the Limelight the Woolly Rhinoceros Figure

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhinoceros model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Woolly Rhino model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

9 11, 2018

New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 2)

By | November 9th, 2018|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|11 Comments

New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 2)

Here is the second part of our series of articles introducing the new for 2019 prehistoric animal models from CollectA and fittingly, part two features two new figures to be added to the range.

The two new prehistoric animal figures are:

  • A 1:20 scale replica of the sail-backed reptile Edaphosaurus (available first quarter 2019).
  • A 1:40 scale replica of the “meat-eating bull” Carnotaurus (available first quarter 2019).

The New for 2019 CollectA 1:20 Scale Edaphosaurus Model

CollectA Edaphosaurus model.

The CollectA 1:20 scale Edaphosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Deluxe 1:20 Scale Edaphosaurus Model

CollectA have expressed a wish to increase the number of Palaeozoic creatures represented in their range, hence the introduction of the Permian pelycosaur Edaphosaurus.  This beautiful figure is a great accompaniment to the Dimetrodon model that came out last year.  It is great to see another synapsid introduced into the CollectA range, especially a herbivore.

Commenting upon the 1:20 scale Deluxe Edaphosaurus model, designer Anthony Beeson stated:

“I have tried to make the Deluxe Edaphosaurus a more active animal than generally portrayed and again less sprawling.  My version of the sail is quite thickly fleshed, unlike the sails of Dimetrodons and you will see that only the knobs of the cross-pieces protrude from the sides.  I have always liked Edaphosaurus and never really understood why there are so few toy versions around.  The shape of the sail is very pleasing.”

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Carnotaurus

2019 will see CollectA add to their collection of abelisaurid dinosaurs.  Joining the Rugops, Rajasaurus and the Majungasaurus will be a spectacular Carnotaurus figure.  Unlike the existing members of the Abelisauridae within the CollectA portfolio, this will be a scale model (1/40th), the first of this type of dinosaur to be added to CollectA’s Deluxe range.

The New for 2019 CollectA 1:40 Scale Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Deluxe Carnotaurus.

The CollectA Age of Dinosaurs 1:40 scale Deluxe Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fans Requesting Carnotaurus

Fans of the CollectA dinosaurs have been requesting a Carnotaurus for quite a while.  It is wonderful to see a replica of this Argentinian giant from the Late Cretaceous added to the scale model range.  Dinosaur enthusiasts will probably know that skin impressions have been found in association with the fossils of this dinosaur.  A considerable portion of the right side of the dinosaur left a skin impression which was preserved in the rock.  The design team at CollectA have taken great care to ensure that the texture of their Carnotaurus reflects what is known about the skin of this carnivore, although, the striking flashes of colour on the head and neck are purely speculative.

The short, deep skull and those amazing horns that give this dinosaur its name have been beautifully crafted.  Note the use of a base to support the figure, this has permitted the sculpting team to give the Carnotaurus appropriately sized feet, after all, this dinosaur was nicknamed by palaeontologists studying the locomotion of this Theropod, the “Dinosaur Speed Demon” .

Commenting on the introduction of a Carnotaurus, designer Anthony Beeson remarked:

“The Deluxe Carnotaurus is the result of repeated requests from fans for a CollectA version of this creature.  I was never very keen to do it in the past as, when we started, almost every firm was producing models in the wake of the Disney dinosaur film and Jurassic Park.  I am glad that we waited.  I have tried to emphasise in the tail the shape proposed in the work of Currie and Persons and the fact that the caudofemoralis muscle in Carnotaurus was very large enabling great speed to be maintained.”

It was W. Scott Persons IV and Phil Currie who looked at the tail muscle structure in Carnotaurus sastrei and published a paper in 2011, suggesting that this dinosaur had a larger caudofemoralis muscle than any other Theropod described at the time – hence the “Dinosaur Speed Demon” nickname.  This muscle provides the power to help move the dinosaur forward and such a huge muscle indicated that Carnotaurus was capable of great bursts of speed.  Ironically, straight line running was its speciality, the shape of the muscle and the tail bones supporting it suggested that Carnotaurus was not so good at making tight turns.

We suspect that both the new 1:40 scale Deluxe Carnotaurus and the 1:20 Deluxe Edaphosaurus will be flying off our shelves in the warehouse when they come into stock in early 2019.

Model Measurements

Here are those all-important model measurements:

  • CollectA Edaphosaurus 1:20 scale – length 20 cm, height of sail just under 8 cm.
  • Carnotaurus Deluxe 1:40 scale The Age of Dinosaurs – length 28 cm, height 10.5 cm.

To view the current range of CollectA Deluxe scale prehistoric animal models including that superb Dimetrodon: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

To read about the first of the 2019 models to be introduced: New CollectA Models 2019 (Part 1)

7 11, 2018

Preparing for Prestosuchus

By | November 7th, 2018|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Maintenance on Website, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Preparing for Prestosuchus

Everything Dinosaur team members are preparing for the arrival of some of the new for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World models including the Prestosuchus replica.  The beautiful Prestosuchus figure is just one of a number of new Wild Safari Prehistoric World figures that Everything Dinosaur hopes to stock before Christmas.

Coming Soon – The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus Model

Prestosuchus model.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Formidable Predator of the Middle Triassic of Brazil

Prestosuchus (P. chiniquensis) was not a dinosaur, but a member of the Archosauria, just like the dinosaurs, but from a lineage that is more closely related to modern crocodilians than to living birds and extinct dinosaurs.  Fossils of this large predator have been found in south-eastern Brazil from strata that date from the Middle Triassic.  Prestosuchus was named by the German palaeontologist Friedrich von Huene in 1942, the genus name honours Brazilian self-taught palaeontologist Vicentino Prestes de Almeida and the trivial name honours the town where Vicentino Prestes de Almeida was born (Chiniquá, Rio Grande do Sul).

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus Model

New for 2019 the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus model.   A close-up view of the new for 2019 P. chiniquensis model from Safari Ltd.

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Producing a Scale Drawing

It had been thought that this animal measured around 5 metres in length, about the size of a Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), however, a specimen described in 2010 indicated that this quadruped may have reached lengths of around 7 metres and it might have weighed 1,000 kilograms or more.  Everything Dinosaur team members have had to examine a number of scientific papers in order to produce a scale drawing for use in their Prestosuchus fact sheet.  This fact sheet will be sent out with purchases of the Prestosuchus model.

Everything Dinosaur Prepares a Fact Sheet for the Arrival of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Prestosuchus Model

Prestosuchus chiniquensis scale drawing.

A scale drawing of Prestosuchus chiniquensis.

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To read an article from Everything Dinosaur published in 2010 that describes the discovery of this new, larger fossil specimen of Prestosuchus chiniquensisThe Most Complete Fossil of a Crocodylotarsian found in Brazil

1 11, 2018

Everything Dinosaur October Newsletter

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Rebor “Vanilla Ice”, Papo Update and the CollectA Brontosaurus

The October newsletter from Everything Dinosaur features the Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaur figures, a Papo update and the CollectA Brontosaurus.  The latest Rebor figures, the “Vanilla Ice” – Jungle (green colour scheme) and the “Vanilla Ice” – Mountain (slate grey colour scheme), have arrived at the company warehouse and after having alerted all those customers who had requested a model to be reserved for them, a newsletter was emailed out announcing that these two excellent figures were in stock.

The Two Tyrannosaur Figures “Vanilla Ice” Mountain and Jungle Headline the Everything Dinosaur October Newsletter

The Everything Dinosaur newsletter features the Rebor "Vanilla Ice" Mountain and Jungle.

The Rebor “Vanilla Ice” Jungle and Mountain Tyrannosaur figures feature in the October newsletter.

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Rebor Replicas

The Rebor 1/35th scale Tyrannosaur figures are stunning models.  Each figure measures 42 centimetres approximately and both Mountain and Jungle have articulated lower jaws and poseable tails.  In addition, to the arrival of these two tyrannosaurids, lots of other Rebor figures have come back into stock, including the very popular “Scout” series featuring juvenile dinosaurs such as “Hazelnut”, a young Triceratops and “Stan”, a baby Velociraptor.

To view the range of Rebor figures and replicas available from Everything Dinosaur, including the “Vanilla Ice” Tyrannosaurs and the “Scout” series models: Rebor Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Lots of Rebor Replicas and Figures Have Come Back into Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Everything Dinosaur October newsletter features lots of Rebor models.

Rebor models feature extensively in the October newsletter.

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The October newsletter features the set of hatching Velociraptors.  These hand-painted Rebor Velociraptor figures are supplied in a mystery blind box.  With nine different designs in the series, these little pocket money models are fun to collect.

Papo Prehistoric Animals and the CollectA Brontosaurus

Everything Dinosaur has also received a big shipment of Papo figures.  The majority of the Papo range is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur including the superb Spinosaurus juvenile, the Iguanodon and the new for 2018 Quetzalcoatlus figure.

Papo Models and the New for 2018 CollectA Brontosaurus

The CollectA Brontosaurus and the Papo model range.

Papo figures and the new for 2018 CollectA Brontosaurus.

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The newsletter features the Papo Ceratosaurus figure, a famous dinosaur from the Morrison Formation of the western United States.  Another replica of a Morrison Formation dinosaur is included as well, the CollectA Brontosaurus model.  The CollectA Brontosaurus measures an impressive 30.5 centimetres long and the head height of this Sauropod model is a fraction under 11 centimetres.

Everything Dinosaur newsletter subscribers are amongst the first to learn about new models coming into stock.  Subscribers can also be the first to join a priority reserve list to ensure that they can acquire new figures.  Our newsletter is sent out periodically and it is free to join.

To reserve a Rebor replica figure such as the Velociraptor figure “Sweeney” for example, or to request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s regular company newsletter, simply drop us an email: Email Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The newsletter is a great way for our customers to be kept informed and to stay in touch with developments at Everything Dinosaur.”

26 10, 2018

Preparing for the Arrival of “Funeral Pyre Lord” – Citipati

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Finalising the Citipati Fact Sheet

In the new for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World (Safari Ltd) model range, there is going to be a model of an oviraptorid – Citipati (C. osmolskae).  As a result, team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy preparing for the arrival of these models by finalising the fact sheet that will accompany sales of this colourful dinosaur model.  The fact sheet has just about been completed, it needs only to have the scale drawing added to it.

Everything Dinosaur’s Scale Drawing of the Mongolian Oviraptorid Citipati osmolskae

Citpati scale drawing.

Everything Dinosaur’s scale drawing of the oviraptorid Citipati (C. osmolskae).

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Citipati osmolskae – “Funeral Pyre Lord”

Our scale drawing is an approximation, the true size of this dinosaur is not known.  It may have measured more than three metres long, although a body length of 2.5 metres is also possible.  In the late spring (2018), a scientific paper was published that reported upon the finding of another oviraptorid specimen discovered in association with a nest.  This specimen has been assigned to the Citipati osmolskae taxon, after all, fossils of this dinosaur are relatively common in the Ukhaa Tolgod region of Mongolia, where this new specimen was discovered.  Intriguingly, a comparison of the upper arm bones indicates that this new example of dinosaur nesting behaviour represents an adult animal more than 10% bigger than the original Ukhaa Tolgod nesting Citipati osmolskae specimen (IGM 100/979).  Estimating size for this member of the Dinosauria is therefore somewhat difficult.

Although several examples of nesting/brooding behaviour have now been described (we think the total to date is five), no evidence for colonial breeding for these dinosaurs has ever been discovered.

An Example of a C. osmolskae Fossil Found in Association with a Nest

Citipati osmolskae fossil.

The Citipati fossil sitting on a nest.  The fossil has been nick-named “Big Mamma”.

Picture Credit: The American Museum of Natural History (New York)

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Citipati replica is one of several new models in this range. Everything Dinosaur is hoping to have the first of the new for 2019 introductions, including the colourful Citipati replica, in their warehouse and available to purchase in December (2018).

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models and the last of the now retired and out of production, Carnegie Collectibles: Wild Safari Prehistoric World and Carnegie Collectibles

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Citipati (C. osmolskae) Model

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Citipati dinosaur figure.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Citipati dinosaur model.

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Honouring the Polish Palaeontologist Halszka Osmólska

The genus name for this oviraptorid comes from the Sanskrit for “funeral pyre lord”, a reference to a story from Buddhist folklore about two monks that were beheaded by a thief.  These monks are frequently depicted as a pair of dancing skeletons surrounded by fire.  The beautifully preserved Citipati specimens excavated from the red sandstones of the Djadokhta Formation, reminded the research team responsible for their study (Clark, Norell et al), of the dancing monks.   The species name honours the Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmólska (1930 – 2008), who pioneered research into Mongolian dinosaurs and made a substantial contribution to our understanding of Theropoda from the Upper Cretaceous deposits of Mongolia.

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