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10 08, 2021

PNSO to Add a Dunkleosteus

By | August 10th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

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).

PNSO the Dunkleosteus a close up view of jaw
A close-up view of the articulated head and jaws of the PNSO Dunkleosteus model.

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 (PNSO)
A stunning model of a placoderm – the PNSO Dunkleosteus model.

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.

PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus has an articulated jaw
The PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus has an articulated jaw and armoured plates.

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 Zaha the Dunkleosteus model measurements
The PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus measures 23 cm in length and the caudal fin stands some 7.5 cm tall.

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.

PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus
PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus the second prehistoric fish to the PNSO mid-size model range after Haylee the Helicoprion.

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.

PNSO Zaha the Dunkleosteus product packaging
The product packaging for the new for 2021 PNSO Dunkleosteus model.

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.

Dunkleosteus on display.
A spectacular Dunkleosteus exhibit. A museum display showing the armoured head and thorax of the giant Devonian predator Dunkleosteus terrelli.

To view the current range of PNSO prehistoric animal models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs Models and Figures.

9 08, 2021

Solving the Puzzle – It’s Paraceratherium

By | August 9th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

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 Replica
The silhouette image we posted last week as a teaser, our congratulations to all those who correctly guessed it was the ITOY Studio Paraceratherium model. The silhouette image was taken from the box image of 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).

ITOY Studio Paraceratherium.
The ITOY Studio Paraceratherium replica. This is the deluxe version (supplied with a display base).

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.

Box contents (Paraceratherium elite replica).
The box contents (Paraceratherium elite replica). The ruler provides a scale, giving an impression of the size of the ITOY Studio figure.

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)

To view the existing range of ITOY Studio prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: ITOY Studio Models and Figures.

6 08, 2021

A Little Teaser from Everything Dinosaur

By | August 6th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Just for a bit of fun, Everything Dinosaur team members have created a little teaser for their fans and customers, can you identify the model from the image we have posted? There are no prizes, but our knowledgeable customers can be assured that they have our total respect if they can identify the prehistoric animal model from the image below.

Can you guess the prehistoric animal model?
Can you guess the prehistoric animal model from the image that Everything Dinosaur has posted? There are no prizes or awards on offer, but are you up to the challenge and can you identify the prehistoric animal model just from its silhouette?

Very Well-informed Customers, Fans and Followers of Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are constantly amazed how well-informed and knowledgeable our customers, fans and followers on the Everything Dinosaur social media platforms are. We like to set little quizzes and tests from time to time just to keep them on their mettle, but we have not been able to get the better of our customer base to date.”

There are no prizes or awards on offer, just the satisfaction of having got the better of the Everything Dinosaur team members.

We will reveal the answer next week (week commencing 9th August 2021), providing an update on this exciting prehistoric animal replica.

31 07, 2021

Everything Dinosaur Receives 140 5* Google Reviews

By | July 31st, 2021|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur, the UK-based specialist mail order company has just received its 140th Google review. Every single review has been five stars – top marks for Everything Dinosaur. The award-winning supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models has chalked up a total of 140 five star Google reviews in a row.

Everything Dinosaur has received 140 5* Google reviews in a row.
Everything Dinosaur has recorded 140 five-star Google reviews in a row.

Feefo Platinum Trusted Service

The company has already been awarded Feefo Platinum Trusted Service accreditation. This is the highest award given out by the independent customer service company Feefo. The Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award was only brought out two years ago (2020) and Everything Dinosaur has been awarded top marks by Feefo and provided with Platinum Trusted Service accreditation in the two years that this award has been in existence (2020 and 2021).

Even in a global pandemic Everything Dinosaur is setting the standard for customer service.

The Feefo platinum service award.
The Feefo Platinum Service Award. Everything Dinosaur has won this top service award in the two years that this accolade has been awarded (2020 and 2021).

Prior to the introduction of this new award, Everything Dinosaur received Feefo’s Gold Trusted Service award. At the time, the highest award Feefo could give a company prior to the introduction of the platinum standards.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We appreciate that the global pandemic has been very challenging for many of our customers. We understand that on-line shopping has grown but customers want to be able to trust their supplier. We have continued to maintain our customer service and support channels and we have done all we can to help and assist our customers. Our work is reflected in our consistently high customer service rating such as the 140 Google 5* ratings in a row and our Platinum Trusted Service awards that have been awarded to us by the independent ratings company Feefo. We are truly proud and humbled to have received such praise and positive feedback from our customers over many years.”

28 07, 2021

PNSO to Introduce new Mamenchisaurus Model

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New PNSO prehistoric animal announcements continue to come thick and fast as the Chinese manufacturer announces the introduction of a new Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model in their Scientific Art range. This new version of Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus is in 1:45 scale, although it is roughly the same size as the existing PNSO Scientific Art Mamenchisaurus which has a stated scale of 1:35.

PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model (2021) in anterior view
A view of the giant PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model.

A Sauropod with a Club Tail

This new PNSO Mamenchisaurus figure has been given a small defensive club on the end of its tail, reminiscent of Shunosaurus. There may be some debate as to whether this dinosaur possessed such a club, fused caudal vertebrae in at least one specimen does suggest that a tail club was present.

PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus tail club.
The tail club as depicted on the new for 2021 PNSO Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model.

Several species of this Asian sauropod have been described, since the first taxon Mamenchisaurus constructus was named in 1954. In 2001, a well-preserved and nearly complete specimen assigned to the species M. hochuanensis was shown to have four fused vertebrae at the tip of its tail. These fused caudal vertebrae were not thought to have been caused by taphonomy and a pathological cause was discounted. It was proposed that these bones represented a defensive tail club or perhaps a tactile, sensory organ.

The new for 2021 PNSO Mamenchisaurus has been furnished with a tail club and in the release notes accompanying this figure’s announcement the model is described as representing M. hochuanensis.

PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model (2021 version)
The PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model (2021) standing on a prototype of the product packaging.

Mamenchisaurus Model Measurements

This is the second, large Mamenchisaurus to be introduced by PNSO, after the original Er-ma figure in 1:35 scale that came into stock at Everything Dinosaur back in March 2019. Although, these two dinosaur models have different declared scales, they are approximately the same size. This can be explained by the fact that the figures have different postures and they represent different Mamenchisaurus species.

  • The 2019 Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus (1:35 scale) measures 47.5 cm in length and has a head height of 15 cm. Everything Dinosaur team members have suggested that this figure represents M. constructus.
  • The new for 2021 Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus (1:45 scale) measures 48 cm long and is 14 cm tall, it represents the species M. hochuanensis.
PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model measurements
The PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus measures 48 cm long and the head is around 14 cm off the ground. It is reported as a 1:45 scale model.
The original PNSO Mamenchisaurus model
The original Er-ma the PNSO Mamenchisaurus dinosaur model. This is a 1:35 scale model, it is thought to represent a different species of Mamenchisaurus.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We welcome the new for 2021 PNSO Mamenchisaurus figure. We cannot confirm or deny at this stage whether the original Er-ma Mamenchisaurus model that has proved to be so popular with collectors, will be retired and withdrawn from production. The new for 2021 figure has a different declared scale, but since the models represent different species and the actual fully-grown size for these sauropods is not known, the declared scale for a figure of this type of dinosaur is somewhat irrelevant in our view.”

PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus product packaging.
The new for late 2021 PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus with prototype packaging shown behind the figure.

Due in Stock Later in the Year

The new PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus is due in stock at Everything Dinosaur later in the year (2021). Sending out such a huge model will prove challenging for the team. The box that this figure is supplied in measures 54 cm in length. This might require the UK-based company to commission a special cardboard box to permit these items to be sent out to customers safely.

PNSO Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus
Er-ma the Mamenchisaurus 1:45 scale dinosaur model. A view of the proposed product packaging.

To view the current range of PNSO prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

27 07, 2021

Rebor “Retrosaur” Californiacation

By | July 27th, 2021|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Rebor’s celebration of dinosaurs depicted in the popular media has kicked-off with the introduction of the T. rex figure entitled Rebor 1:35 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” VHS and what a splendid “old school” representation of Tyrannosaurus rex it is.

Rebor "retrosaur" Californiacation T. rex figure in lateral view.
The Rebor “retrosaur” Californiacation T. rex figure in lateral view.

T. rex from the Movies

The Rebor range of “retrosaurs” pays homage to how dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex were depicted in films in the 20th Century. For example, the Californiacation figure resembles the meat-eating dinosaur that attacked Kong in the iconic 1933 movie “King Kong”. We think Willis O’Brien, the pioneering American stop motion animator who worked on the famous monster movie would be most impressed with this new Rebor replica.

Rebor "retrosaur" a 1:35 scale T. rex dinosaur model.
The Rebor “retrosaur” a 1:35 scale T. rex dinosaur model.
Rebor retro T. rex and Rebor Gorilla model.
The Rebor 1:35 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” VHS confronts the Rebor Mountain Gorilla model “Patriarch”. Everything Dinosaur team members attempt to recreate a famous scene from the 1933 film “King Kong” in which a dinosaur does battle with the eponymous gorilla.

Attaching the Tail on the Rebor “Retrosaur” T. rex

Just like many of the recent Rebor model introductions the T. rex known as “Californiacation” requires some assembly. The tail is supplied as a separate piece that has to be attached to the body. This is done to save on packaging and to insert the tail is a very simple job. Some considerable force needs to be applied to insert the tail piece, but if the tail proves difficult to insert, try dipping the connecting plug on the tail in a cup of boiling water for 2-3 seconds. This should make the plastic plug more malleable and aid assembly.

Rebor Californiacation attaching the tail
Attaching the tail piece on the Rebor 1:35 80s T. rex toy HD remastered “Californiacation” VHS dinosaur figure. Considerable force is required to insert the tail piece, but assembly can be made easier by dipping the tail plug into boiling water for a few seconds to help make the plastic more malleable.

T. rex Figure with an Articulated Jaw

In common with many other theropod models, the Rebor 1:35 80s T-REX Toy HD Remastered “Californiacation” VHS replica has an articulated lower jaw. The forelimbs are also poseable.

Rebor "retrosaur" Californiacation T. rex figure has an articulated jaw.
The Rebor “retrosaur” Californiacation T. rex figure has an articulated lower jaw.
Rebor Californiacation T. rex dinosaur model.
Feeling very much at home at Everything Dinosaur the Rebor 1:35 80s T. rex toy HD remastered “Californiacation” VHS.

To view the range of Rebor prehistoric animal figures in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Models and Figures.

23 07, 2021

Papo Models in Stock

By | July 23rd, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

With all the problems occurring in global logistics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Everything Dinosaur team members were delighted to receive a large shipment of Papo prehistoric animal models. Dozens of different types of Papo prehistoric animal model including the Giganotosaurus, Pentaceratops and the Chilesaurus model were carefully unpacked and put into the various product bays at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse.

Papo prehistoric animal models in stock
Everything Dinosaur received (mid July 2021) a large shipment of Papo prehistoric animal models. More than a dozen Papo figures are now back in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

A Craving for Cryolophosaurus

Team members have been busy updating waitlists and emailing customer who had requested Papo models to be reserved for them. Dinosaur model collectors have been craving for the return of the Papo Cryolophosaurus, waiting patiently for Parasaurolophus and queuing for Quetzalcoatlus. Staff have spent much of the afternoon contacting customers to let them know about the stock updates.

Papo Cryolophosaurus.
The Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model. Introduced in 2016, this dinosaur model is quite hard to track down but Everything Dinosaur has brought in more stock for the summer (July 2021).

Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Papo “Les Dinosaures” model range is very popular with collectors, but like many companies, Papo have encountered problems moving stock from the factory into markets. The Everything Dinosaur shipment contains all the 2019 and 2020 additions to this range plus some of the more difficult to obtain figures such as the Papo Cryolophosaurus and the popular Brachiosaurus figure.

Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model
In our studio – Papo Brachiosaurus. The popular Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur (July 2021).

Make Room for Megaloceros

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that this shipment contained prehistoric mammal models as well as dinosaur figures. They were able to reassure collectors that the magnificent Papo Megaloceros, an introduction to the Papo range in 2020, was back in stock.

New for 2020 Papo Megaloceros model.
The beautifully painted Papo Megaloceros model. The Papo Megaloceros model is back in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

To view the Papo Megaloceros, the Brachiosaurus and the Papo Cryolophosaurus along with the rest of the Papo model range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

20 07, 2021

PNSO to Introduce Female T. rex in Resting Pose

By | July 20th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

PNSO will be adding a 1:35 scale replica of a female Tyrannosaurus rex in a resting pose to their 1:35 Scientific Art model series. This exciting new for 2021 dinosaur model will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur later in summer.

PNSO Andrea the female T. rex dinosaur model in lateral view
Although the position of the hind legs in this resting pose is controversial it is great to see a manufacturer introduce a figure of a theropod dinosaur in a prone, resting position.

A Prone Tyrannosaur

PNSO has received praise for the number of tyrannosauroid models that they have introduced. In the last few weeks Everything Dinosaur has announced Tarbosaurus and Nanotyrannus replicas that are being added to the company’s mid-size model range. These figures will join a Yutyrannus replica and the Qianzhousaurus dinosaur model. The PNSO Andrea the female T. rex is the first to show a tyrannosaur in resting pose and the first, definitive indication of a female dinosaur being reflected in a PNSO model sculpt.

PNSO Andrea the female T. rex in dorsal view.
PNSO Andrea the T. rex measures 19.7 cm long, accounting for the curve of the tail. The model is 13.8 cm wide and it has a stated scale of 1:35.

A 1:35 Scale T. rex Replica

Andrea the female T. rex has been designed to accompany the recently introduced new version of Wilson the T. rex. This implies that the two 1:35 scale replica rexes represent a pair, the larger, more robust female resting whilst the male (Wilson) stands nearby. In one of the promotional shots to illustrate Wilson, an illustration of a skeletal reconstruction of a resting Tyrannosaurus rex was included, a hint from the manufacturer about a future model release (Andrea).

PNSO "Wilson" Tyrannosaurus rex model.
The new PNSO “Wilson” Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model. The skeletal reconstruction was a hint about the forthcoming addition of a T. rex figure in a resting pose.
PNSO Andrea the Female T. rex in a resting pose.
The PNSO 1:35 scale T. rex dinosaur model in a resting pose.

Model Measurements

The resting Tyrannosaurus rex model measures 19.7 cm long, accounting for the curve of the tail. The model is 13.8 cm wide. Wilson the standing T. rex figure measures just over 34 cm in length and stands a fraction under 12 cm tall. Both figures have a declared scale of 1:35 and each model has an articulated lower jaw.

Andrea the female T. rex dinosaur model has an articulated jaw
PNSO Andrea the female T. rex dinosaur model has an articulated lower jaw.

An Eagerly Awaited Dinosaur Model

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that dinosaur model fans and collectors had been requesting a theropod dinosaur in a resting pose. The spokesperson also confirmed that they receive lots of emails asking questions about sexual dimorphism in the Dinosauria. Collectors have the chance to display a male and female T. rex together with the female representing a robust form.

PNSO Andrea the Female T. rex packaging
PNSO Andrea the female Tyrannosaurus rex (1:35 scale model in the scientific art series), product packaging.

Teasing Collectors

The first image of Andrea the female T. rex to be released by PNSO revealed just the head of the dinosaur model. Collectors remained unaware of the innovative pose that the design team had chosen for their female T. rex.

PNSO Andrea the T. rex dinosaur model.
A close view of the head of the PNSO female T. rex. This image was the first one to be released, model collectors were unaware that the model showed T. rex in a resting position.

Whilst there has been some debate about the positioning of the rear legs of the figure, the introduction of a theropod dinosaur model in a recumbent position has attracted lots of positive comments from fans of dinosaur models who are looking forward to adding this attractive replica to their collections.

Andrea the resting T. rex will be in stock at Everything Dinosaur later in the summer.

To view the extensive range of PNSO dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaur Models.

19 07, 2021

Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri Test Results

By | July 19th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The test report commissioned by Everything Dinosaur into the Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri dinosaur model has been received. Before a dinosaur model can be legally sold, an importer such as Everything Dinosaur has to ensure that it meets defined safety standards.

Team members have produced a short video and posted it up on the company’s YouTube channel explaining why product safety tests are conducted and revealing the result of the report by Eurofins into the Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri 1:20 scale figure.

The test results are in! In Everything Dinosaur’s short YouTube video (duration 5:12), we explain why product safety tests are carried out and reveal the results of the independent product safety tests carried out by Eurofins on the YvY Figures Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri dinosaur model.

The Importance of Product Safety

Product safety is very important. Customer safety is paramount and if Everything Dinosaur is going to bring a new model into stock, it is vital to make sure that it is safe and fit for purpose. Indeed, as a company that sources products from all over the world, we are obliged under international law to undertake certain actions to ensure that what we purchase and intend to “place on the market” is safe.

 Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri dinosaur model.
The Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri dinosaur model. Everything Dinosaur commissioned independent product safety tests prior to entering into negotiations to bring this model into the UK.

As such, when offered the opportunity to bring in the Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri figure, one of the first things we must do is to establish what product safety tests, if any, have been undertaken. Hence our decision to get a sample sent into us and to ask the independent testing company Eurofins to conduct tests under the General Product Safety Directive.

Test Results

The Regulatory Manager at Eurofins responsible for the tests concluded:

“I am of the opinion that the product was reasonably safe under normal conditions of use and is fit for its intended purpose”

However…

In order for this dinosaur model to receive a favourable report, Everything Dinosaur team members had to make changes to the product packaging, the labelling and the customer information that is provided with this figure. As far as we are aware, no other product safety tests have been carried out and as such, Everything Dinosaur is the only company to have commissioned tests and taken sensible steps to modify the product offering to help it to get a favourable report from an independent testing company.

The Irritator challengeri dinosaur model
An Everything Dinosaur team member holds the Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri dinosaur model, which in turn is holding in its claws the replica of a lungfish (Equinoxiodus alcantarensis) which is supplied as an accessory with this dinosaur figure. After negotiating with the manufacturer, Everything Dinosaur plans to introduce this model in the late summer of 2021.

Successful Negotiations

After concluding successful negotiations with the manufacturer the Irritator challengeri 1:20 scale dinosaur model is expected in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the late summer of 2021.

To enquire about the Dino Hazard range or to reserve an Irritator dinosaur model: Email Everything Dinosaur.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Subscribe to Everything Dinosaur on YouTube.

16 07, 2021

New Market Surveillance Regulations

By | July 16th, 2021|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Today, July 16th 2021, new EU regulations come into force which will have a profound effect on sales of dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures. These new regulations are entitled (EU) 2019/1020 – if you are in the European Union, if you buy dinosaur models from websites be warned, unless the seller or someone else in the distribution chain has taken steps to ensure compliance, that dinosaur model you purchased – you may never see it!

Market Surveillance Regulations (EU) 2019/1020
Under the new (EU) 2019/1020 regulations dinosaur models may not be offered for sale to EU consumers without an Economic Operator established in the EU.

Market Surveillance Regulations (EU) 2019/1020

It’s not just sales of dinosaur models that will be affected. These new regulations cover about 70 EU directives including the EU Toy Safety Directive – 2009/48/EC. Most dinosaur models are tested under this directive and therefore come within the scope of these new rules. Also, collectable figures such as Nanmu Studio, Rebor, W-Dragon, ITOY Studio models – they too come under these regulations.

Why (EU) 2009/1020?

Ecommerce has boomed, you can buy virtually anything from anyone from anywhere. This has led to new product safety challenges and issues in this global market. As a result, pressure has increased to strengthen enforcement measures.

The increasing number of illegal and non-compliant products from on-line shops has created a number of problems in the European market, disrupting competition among traditional businesses and potentially putting consumers at risk.

Put simply – these new regulations are about making sure that whatever you purchase, the product conforms to the relevant tests, certificates and safety standards.

CE marking on a dinosaur model
Whether on the model or on the packaging the CE mark provides assurances about how this item was manufactured. The international ASTM symbol is next to the EU CE mark. The ASTM symbol indicates that this model has been made to approved technical standards.
CE marking on a dinosau rmodel
The EU CE mark imprinted on the underside of a dinosaur model.

What This Means

This regulation aims to protect customers’ health and safety, the environment and other public interests by improving and modernising market surveillance.

It establishes controls on products imported into the EU. So, if you are buying a dinosaur model and you are based in the EU, then these new rules will apply to your purchases.

Key Points

  • Products may not be offered for sale to EU consumers without an Economic Operator established in the EU. This element will have a significant impact on on-line marketplaces and e-commerce sites located outside the EU. Unless these non-EU third-party retail companies have economic operators within the EU, they will not be eligible to sell their products in the region.
  • Until now, economic operators have been divided into four groups: manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers and distributors. The new regulation introduces a new role in the value chain, the Fulfilment Service Provider. The Fulfilment Service Provider is an economic operator, or any natural or legal person performing, in the course of commercial activity, at least two of the following services: warehousing, packaging, addressing and dispatching, without having ownership of the products involved. By outlining this new economic operator role, owners and operators of ecommerce sites will likely bear some of the liability in relation to product compliance and conformity, in the same way as the four existing roles currently do. This means Amazon and eBay sales platforms are covered by these new regulations too!
  • The Fulfilment Service Provider will be required to take on some of the responsibilities with regards to ensuring that products comply to safety regulations.

How Does this Affect Dinosaur Model Sales?

If you make a purchase from China, USA, the UK or any other country outside the EU for delivery into the EU, than unless someone in the supply chain has taken steps to ensure compliance to (EU) 2019/1020 it is likely that you will not receive your parcel. Getting your money back from the seller is likely to be a challenge too.

Everything Dinosaur Ensuring Compliance

Customers of Everything Dinosaur can be assured that the prehistoric animal models and figures supplied by them are compliant with the new regulations. Our parcels will carry the appropriate information to ensure that they are delivered to customers.

Parcels containing products that we have taken responsible for under these new regulations will carry the contact details of our economic operator within the EU.

Everything Dinosaur ensuring compliance with EU 2019/1020
Everything Dinosaur ensuring compliance with EU 2019/1020.

Everything Dinosaur has registered:

  • PNSO
  • Nanmu Studio
  • ITOY Studio
  • YvY Figures (Dino Hazard)
  • GR Toys/Musee
  • W-Dragon
  • Beasts of the Mesozoic

Customers can still continue to purchase from Everything Dinosaur – the products Everything Dinosaur sells including those listed above are covered. We are not able to comment on what steps if any, other suppliers have made.

Whilst the UK has not adopted (EU) 2019/1020 this market is governed by the Regulation on Accreditation and Market Surveillance (765/2008) or GB RAMS for short. This regulation comes under the jurisdiction of the UK Govt Office for Product Safety & Standards and it sets out to ensure that any product placed on the market is compliant with safety provisions.

Greater emphasis is being placed on the monitoring of ecommerce sites and more regulations are in place to help protect consumers. When purchasing prehistoric animal models from other companies – be warned. Unless steps have been taken to ensure compliance you may well end up not receiving your model and losing your money.

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