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10 12, 2017

Packing All the Christmas Post

By | December 10th, 2017|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Working All Weekend To Help Our Customers

At Everything Dinosaur, we know how stressful it can be in the run up to Christmas, but with just over two weeks to go to the big day, when it comes to parcels, our dedicated team are keeping right on top of things.  Staff have been busy packing orders all weekend so that all orders placed on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday can be despatched as quickly as possible.  All orders placed over this period will go out on Monday.

Hot tea and warm mince pies have kept us going and we shall be working seven days a week now as the build up to Christmas continues.

Royal Mail service updates that we receive state that normal weekend deliveries and collections of mail should be made in all parts of the UK and we are not anticipating any problems with collections from our warehouse next week despite the inclement weather.  For our international customers, it is worth noting the last recommended posting dates for parcels to be sent overseas, we have listed this information in the table below.

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Last posting dates for Christmas.

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas (Royal Mail).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur and Royal Mail

The table (above) has been compiled using Royal Mail data.

Please note, Wednesday 13th December is the last recommended posting date for parcels heading for Germany, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic.  Thursday 14th December is the last recommended posting dates for the USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden, whilst next Friday (15th), is the last recommended posting dates for much of the rest of Europe.

Helpful Suggestions from Everything Dinosaur

Here are some helpful hints and tips to ensure you get your season’s greetings delivered on time:

1).  Post items as early as possible, this gives parcels the best chance of reaching their destination in time for the big day.

2).  Remember to check that delivery address (house number, business name, postcode/zip code) as you progress through the check out.

3).  Before pressing the “submit order” button, to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one more time, remember the phrase “check the address to save you stress”.

4).  You can always nominate a neighbour’s address where the parcel can be delivered to if you are likely to be out when the parcel is delivered.  There is a message box available for every order, so you have the opportunity to add helpful information about delivery or where the parcel can be left if you are out.

5).  A different delivery address, other than your home address can be specified during our check out process.  Perhaps the parcel could be sent to your work, a relative, a friend etc.

Our dedicated team are on hand to handle telephone and email enquiries, at this time of year, Everything Dinosaur is doing all it can to ensure its customers have a happy Christmas.

For additional help and advice over Christmas deliveries, simply email Everything Dinosaur: Contact Everything Dinosaur

1 12, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Gets Exclusive Access to Beasts of the Mesozoic Range

By | December 1st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur will be Stocking the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor range in 2018

Everything Dinosaur will be stocking in early 2018, the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series.  The UK-based specialist supplier of dinosaur and prehistoric animal models has been granted exclusive access to this exciting 1:6 scale model range.  No need for collectors and prehistoric animal fans to get their feathers in a flap, these amazing, highly-detailed and scientifically accurate feathered dinosaurs will be available on this side of the Atlantic.

The Range of 1:6 Scale Deluxe “Raptor” Figures Coming to Everything Dinosaur in Early 2018

Beasts of the Mesozoic Deluxe 1:6 scale "Raptors".

The Deluxe Raptors in the Beasts of the Mesozoic range coming to Everything Dinosaur in 2018.

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series consists of 15 deluxe Maniraptora models, including Dromaeosaurus albertensis, Saurornitholestes langstoni, Balaur bondoc and of course, Velociraptor mongoliensis, all skilfully designed and sculptured by the highly-respected David Silva of Creative Beast Studio.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is great news for collectors.  David Silva has done a brilliant job producing what will be a highly sought after and very collectable model range, all backed by Everything Dinosaur’s formidable reputation for customer service.”

Accessory Packs will also be Stocked Including the Superb Desert Scene Featuring Mononykus

Desert Accessory Pack (Beasts of the Mesozoic)

The amazing desert accessory pack featuring a replica Mononykus (Beasts of the Mesozoic).  For serious model collectors!

Coming to the UK in Early 2018

The first shipment of figures is due to arrive at Everything Dinosaur’s warehouse in February, although sources close to the company have stated that models could be in stock as early as January 2018.

Everything Dinosaur will also be bringing in the beautiful accessory packs that feature the likes of Microraptor and Troodon.  Thanks to David’s creative skills, there will even be a range of “raptor nestlings” with three different types of plumage available.

“Raptor” Nestlings with Colourful Plumage

For serious collectors Beasts of the Mesozoic nestling raptors.

A set of three “raptor” nestlings (amber) part of the Beasts of the Mesozoic range.

With Everything Dinosaur on board, the Creative Beast Studio team can accelerate their development plans for future dinosaur models.  The spirit of transatlantic co-operation is already evident, with Everything Dinosaur providing helpful data sheets to assist Creative Beast Studio staff as they plan a new range of horned dinosaur replicas, whilst facts and useful information that inspired the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series has been heading over to the UK.

David Silva (Creative Beast Studio) stated:

“We are immensely proud of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptors.  We want to create a range of scientifically accurate dinosaur figures that really does reflect the fossil evidence.  It is fantastic to be teaming up with such a well-respected company such as Everything Dinosaur, who like us, share a passion for prehistoric animals.”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor Series

This stunning model series highlights the amazing variety of feathered, meat-eating dinosaurs that once roamed our planet.  Each of the deluxe Raptors has 26 points of articulation, realistic detail and movement, all based on the latest scientific discoveries and is supplied complete with its own custom-made display base.

The Stunning Fan’s Choice Saurornitholestes langstoni will be Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2018

Saurornitholestes langstoni (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Saurornitholestes langstoni 1:6 scale figure. A great replica for discerning collectors.

Thanks to Everything Dinosaur and the Creative Beast Studio, collectors have the opportunity to build up their own collection of highly accurate, museum quality figures.

Aimed at Dinosaur Figure Collectors from 14 Years Upwards

Zhenyuanlong suni packaging (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

The beautiful Zhenyuanlong suni in its packaging (Beasts of the Mesozoic).

Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptors will be flocking your way very soon…

To request more information about the Beasts of the Mesozoic range: Email Everything Dinosaur

29 11, 2017

Last Recommended Posting Dates for Christmas (2017)

By | November 29th, 2017|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Christmas Posting Dates – Information (2017)

There are only twenty-seven days left before Christmas day, so, if you have not started already, time to start thinking about Christmas shopping, especially if you wish to send something overseas, a dinosaur themed gift for a relative abroad for example.  In a bid to help our customers, Everything Dinosaur will be extending packing hours once again in the run up to Christmas and we will continue to pack and dispatch orders for customers as quickly as we can, even arranging for collections from our warehouse on Saturday mornings.  We try to do all we can to ensure items ordered from Everything Dinosaur are sent out as quickly as possible.

The information below is the guide published by Royal Mail as to the last safe posting dates for Christmas mail sent in the UK and overseas.

A Table Illustrating the Last Safe Posting Dates for Christmas (2017)

Last posting dates for Christmas.

Last recommended posting dates for Christmas (Royal Mail).

Credit: Everything Dinosaur and Royal Mail

Please note these recommended last safe posting dates also to apply to our other international services such as tracked, signed and tracked and signed.

Helping Customers

Staff at Everything Dinosaur will do all they can to help customers and below is a list of helpful hints about the Christmas post.  Please remember the dates listed above are guidelines only and they are the last recommended posting dates, as always, the best advice we can give is to post early for Christmas, in this way you are helping to ensure that parcels get there in time for the big day.

Helpful Tips and Advice About Christmas Parcels

1).  Remember to include the house number or house name with the delivery address information.

2).  Check postcode/zip code details carefully.  We do have our own automatic address checking software and we do all we can to check delivery addresses.

3).  Before pressing the “submit” button to send an order to Everything Dinosaur, check the delivery address one last time, just to be sure.

4). Remember, with purchases from Everything Dinosaur, customers can write a message to us in the order message box.  You can write in confirmation of delivery address or any specific, relevant information required to help ensure a rapid delivery.

5).  If you want to specify a different delivery address to your billing address, our website allows you to do this easily and without any fuss or bother.

6).  If you want to send an item to your work address, please ensure that you include the company name in the delivery address information.  Once again, we will do all we can to check delivery addresses.

7).  For deliveries in the UK, Royal mail are once again offering a helpful “deliver to your neighbour” service, if you let us know that the parcel can be left with a neighbour, this information will be added to the front of your parcel as part of our labelling procedures, remember to tell us the house number and we will make sure this information is put on the front of your parcel for you.

If you have a query about Christmas deliveries, or indeed any aspect of Everything Dinosaur’s delivery service please feel free to contact us: Email Everything Dinosaur

For prehistoric animal themed Christmas gift ideas, visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Everything Dinosaur’s Website

21 11, 2017

Another Day – Another Pterosaur Fact Sheet

By | November 21st, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Tupandactylus imperator – Big-headed Pterosaur

Another day and another Pterosaur fact sheet is being prepared by Everything Dinosaur team members.  The flying reptile in question is Tupandactylus imperator, known from the famous Crato Formation in the Araripe Basin of north-eastern Brazil.  Known from only four skulls and a fragmentary jawbone, discovered in commercial limestone quarries, this Pterosaur sported the largest crest of any known flying reptile.  The head crests of the two species so far described (T. imperator and T. navigans) may have been different shapes.  The head crest of Tupandactylus navigans was taller and more sail-like, whilst the crest of T.  imperator was more swept back and broader.  Both crests were huge, with the largest specimens of T. imperator having a head crest that makes up 5/6th the total lateral area of the skull.

Everything Dinosaur’s Illustration of Tupandactylus (T. imperator)

Tupandactylus illustration.

A scale drawing of the tapejarid Pterosaur Tupandactylus imperator.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Closely Related to Tapejara

When described, back in 1997 (Campos and Kellner), the fossil material was assigned to the Tapejara genus, but subsequent, better preserved skull material showed enough anatomical differences to permit a new genus – Tupandactylus to be established in 2007.  The genus name means “Tupan finger”, a reference to the god of thunder of the indigenous Tupi Indians of north-eastern Brazil.  It may not be part of the Tapejara genus anymore, but it was closely related to Tapejara, although some palaeontologists, using what little stratigraphic evidence associated with the fossil material, suggest that Tupandactylus lived earlier in the Cretaceous than Tapejara (Tapejara wellnhoferi).

What did Tupandactylus Eat?

Fossils of this flying reptile are associated with a lacustrine (lake), inland environment.  A number of sources report that this Pterosaur ate fish (piscivore), although more recent research suggests that this Pterosaur may have feasted on a variety of foods and was probably omnivorous – feeding of fruit and seeds as well as small vertebrates.

4 11, 2017

Everything Dinosaur Reaches 4,000 “Likes” on Facebook

By | November 4th, 2017|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Reaches 4,000 “Likes” on Facebook

Over the last few days, Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page has reached the landmark of 4,000 “likes”.  Team members would like to thank all our fans and followers by honouring us in this way.

Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook Page Reaches 4,000 “Likes”

4,000 "likes" on Everything Dinosaur's Facebook Page

Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page has 4,000 “likes”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It was on June 22nd 2015, that our Facebook page reached 2,000 “likes”, twenty-eight months later or thereabouts, we have doubled this figure and we now have a total of 4,035.  Every single one of these “likes” are genuine and we are truly flattered to have received so many.

To read an article about reaching 2,000 Facebook “likes”: Everything Dinosaur Reaches 2,000 “Likes” on Facebook

Enabling Customers, Followers and Fans to Interact with Everything Dinosaur

The “like” button on Facebook enables users to easily interact with Everything Dinosaur and status updates, photos, links and comments.  Gaining legitimate likes on Facebook gives an organisation validity and provides reassurance to other Facebook visitors.  This helps to build up a community around the company or brand and helps to reinforce customer loyalty.

A spokesperson for the Cheshire-based dinosaur company stated:

“We are very pleased to have reached this landmark.  Getting 4,000 “likes” is real achievement and we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has taken the trouble to “like” Everything Dinosaur.  We are all very humbled and flattered.”

We believe customer service is the key to getting "likes".

“Like” our Facebook page.

Everything Dinosaur looks forward to writing about 5,000 Facebook “likes”.

23 10, 2017

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

By | October 23rd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|1 Comment

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

It’s that spooky time of year again!  The nights are drawing in and Halloween is rapidly approaching.  For mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and grown-ups in general, “All Hallows Eve” can be a bit traumatic when it comes to searching out suitable costumes for the kids.  However, for young dinosaur fans, we at Everything Dinosaur have it covered as we have in stock a range of dinosaur dressing up costumes, which are ideal of Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes for Halloween

Dinosaur costumes.

Dinosaur dressing up costumes for Halloween.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the dinosaur dressing up costumes as well as dinosaur face masks: Dinosaur Dressing Up Costumes

Dinosaur Dressing Up

With costumes for 3 years to age 9 and with prices starting from just £7.50 plus postage, Everything Dinosaur can take the “fear” out of shopping for suitable Halloween fare.  When it comes to the Dinosauria, most dinosaur fans would happily tell you, usually in gory detail, that the meat-eaters were particularly nasty.  Certainly, the big Theropods would have been best avoided if they were around today, however, even the smaller dromaeosaurids (the “raptors”), especially if they were pack-hunters, would have been creatures that you would not have liked to meet on a dark and stormy night.

Even the Smaller Meat-eating Dinosaurs Would Have Been Quite Frightening

A fierce looking dromaeosaurid dinosaur.

Even small dromaeosaurids would have been dangerous dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fearsome Flying Pterosaurs – More Scary than Bats

Bats (Order Chiroptera), are associated with Halloween.  These are the only mammals that are capable of powered flight.  Of the 1,200 or so, species of bat described, ten-times the number of Pterosaur species described to date, the vast majority are either insectivores or fruit-eaters (frugivorous).  Bats tend to be small, even the largest of the “mega-bats”, the Sub-order Megachiroptera, (which means “big wing hand”), are quite small.  The biggest extant bats have wing-spans in excess of 1.5 metres, but they weigh little more than a large guinea pig and they are entirely harmless, happily feeding on fruit rather than flesh.  Pterosaurs with their leathery wings would have been much more frightening.  There were small Pterosaurs, but some of the Pterosauria, some members of the Azhdarchidae, for example, were monsters.  Some species stood taller than a giraffe and had beaks more than 2.5 metres long.  Some super-sized Pterosaur fossils even come from Transylvania!

Giant Pterosaurs – Most Likely Carnivores

Powerful necked Hatzegopteryx feeds on a dinosaur.

Transylvanian giant azhdarchid pterosaur Hatzegopteryx sp. preys on the rhabdodontid iguanodontian Zalmoxes.

Picture Credit: Mark Witton

Dinosaur Costumes for Halloween

Take the stress out of Halloween, with a special dinosaur costume aimed at three-year-olds as well as a larger design for children aged from between four years to nine years, Everything Dinosaur has dressing up sorted.  Our fast delivery and speedy customer service are tailor-made to make shopping easy, convenient and hassle-free.

The Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume for Toddlers (Three Years)

Dinosaur dressing up.

Dinosaur costume for age 3.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We wish all our customers a happy and safe Halloween.

Dinosaur Dressing Up Costume

Dinosaur dressing up.

A dinosaur dressing up costume.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For dinosaur masks and other prehistoric animal themed dressing up items: Dinosaur Dressing Up and Costumes

16 10, 2017

“Rediscovering T. rex” Television Documentary

By | October 16th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

T. rex to Appear in a New Television Documentary

Everything Dinosaur has received the first preview picture for the television documentary that attempts to bust a few myths when it comes to the most iconic of the Dinosauria – Tyrannosaurus rex.  The one-hour documentary is a joint production between Talesmith and the leading North American producer, Cineflix Productions.  The programme, which is to be presented by naturalist Chris Packham, has been jointly commissioned by the BBC, France TV and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).  The working title is “Rediscovering T. rex“.

“Rediscovering T. rex” – A New Television Documentary

Naturalist Chris Packham and a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Chris Packham next to “Tristan” at the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin).

Picture Credit: BBC/Talesmith/Cineflix/Gordon Welters

Lifting the Lid on Tyrannosaurus rex

The television programme, which is believed to be scheduled in the UK for the Christmas period, aims to “lift the lid” on the most famous of all the meat-eating dinosaurs.  The programme makers state that Chris Packham will look at the fossil evidence and examine ground-breaking research to piece together the anatomy and potential behaviour of the most infamous predator to have ever walked the Earth.

Life-long dinosaur fan Chris, will embark on a globe-trotting journey to discover the truth behind centuries of inaccuracy and misrepresentation fuelled by misconceptions and gaps in our scientific understanding, gaps, which have often been exacerbated when Tyrannosaurus rex is featured in the media.  It seems that films like “Jurassic Park” and “One Million Years B.C.” have done T. rex a great disservice.

Viewers can expect to see the most accurate three-dimensional CGI depiction of Tyrannosaurus rex made to date (that’s what the programme makers promise).

Alongside the presenter, the other “star” of the show is the beautifully preserved T. rex fossil specimen from The Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin), known as “Tristan Otto”.  These fossilised bones, representing a single, sub-adult animal, consist of some 170 individual bones, making “Tristan Otto” one of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found.  Originating from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana and discovered in 2010, it took over four years to excavate the bones and prepare them for mounting in the museum.  Incidentally, this dinosaur is privately owned, the name “Tristan Otto” comes from the sons of the two owners and it is the largest original T. rex skeleton on display in Europe.

To read an earlier article by Everything Dinosaur on the forthcoming television documentary: New T. rex Documentary Coming to the BBC

15 10, 2017

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

By | October 15th, 2017|Educational Activities, Main Page, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

Education and Life-long Learning at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

Everything Dinosaur team members found lots of inspiring ideas at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair.  This huge event, showcasing the world of publishing, attracted some 286,000 visitors over the course of the five days that it was held.  Exhibitors from over one hundred countries took part, it was a good job the event organisers had taken so much care and attention over the site layout, despite there being so much to see and do, congestion in the halls was kept to a minimum.

Visitors Attending the 2017 Frankfurter Buchmesse

Visitors to the trade fair.

286,000 visitors attended the 2017 Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere

The spacious walk ways between the stands and exhibition areas, gave Everything Dinosaur team members the opportunity to peruse several displays and to get to grips with some of the latest teaching innovations.  Having heeded the advice of the event organisers, our pull along cabin cases were left in the hotel, this enabled us to pass through the numerous security checks quite quickly.  This was appreciated, as once again, there were so many stands and sectors on our “to do” list.

One of the sectors visited, was the area of the show dedicated to education – the “Hot Spot Education” zone.  It was easy to find and well sign-posted.  Once there, team members were able to look at the latest whiteboard technology and other classroom based interactive teaching hardware.

A Visit to the “Hot Spot Education” Area was a Highlight of the Exhibition

A section dedicated to the educational sector.

The “Education Hot Spot” area.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Hot Spot Education”

Lots of innovative teaching technologies were on display, alongside more traditional teaching methods all aimed at inspiring teachers and pupils alike.  It was pleasing to see a number of exhibitors tackling the special education needs market and Everything Dinosaur staff enjoyed trying out some of the kinaesthetic themed teaching materials as well as the digital technologies such as the VR (virtual reality) goggles.  The “Hot Spot Education” zone provided lots of inspiring ideas and insights, particularly when it came to the latest trends in learning aids.

“Professional and Scientific Information Hot Spot”

Located in the same hall as the education zone, the “professional and scientific information hot spot” catered for the needs of academics and librarians.  There were lots of specialist texts to peruse and an astounding number of academic publications to review, on just about every subject that we could think of.  These areas were certainly very vibrant and we enjoyed examining a number of new publications, particularly those orientated towards the English national curriculum and the concept of working scientifically.  During our, all too brief visit, we even found several books on prehistoric animals.  We just couldn’t help ourselves, we had to sit down in one of the many handy seating areas and indulge in our passion for reading about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric life.

A Dinosaur Book on Display

Dinosaur Books at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

A dinosaur book spotted at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

9 10, 2017

Papo Dimorphodon and the Papo Roaring Smilodon are in Stock

By | October 9th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Papo Roaring Smilodon and Papo Dimorphodon in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The last of the new for 2017, individual model releases from Papo are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  The eagerly awaited Papo Dimorphodon along with the Papo Roaring Smilodon have arrived at our warehouse.  All those model fans and collectors who wanted to be informed about these replicas have been emailed.

The Papo Dimorphodon Model is in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dimorphodon figure.

The Papo Dimorphodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Papo Dimorphodon Model

This is a beautifully crafted figure.  Everything dinosaur team members have been asked to estimate the scale of this particular Papo replica.  Papo themselves, don’t publish a scale guide for their models, but as this flying reptile has a wingspan of around fifteen centimetres and the fossils of the species Dimorphodon macronyx suggest a wingspan of about one hundred and fifty centimetres, it is not unreasonable to suggest a scale of 1:10.

The dimensions of the model are:

  • Length around 9.5 cm
  • Height of head 6 cm approximately
  • Wingspan 15 cm

The Papo Dimorphodon has an articulated lower jaw, continuing the trend for this French manufacturer to add articulated jaws to Theropods and other meat-eating animals in the company’s “Les Dinosaures” range.

A Closer View of the Skilfully Painted Head of the Papo Dimorphodon Model

The Papo Dimorphodon model (detail of the head).

The Papo Dimorphodon flying reptile head close-up.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The colour palette for this Papo model includes a lustrous, almost metallic blue for the integument of the back of the skull.  This is a superbly painted flying reptile model.

To view the Papo range of prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Prehistoric Animals

The Papo Roaring Smilodon

Flying in along with the Dimorphodon, we have the Papo “Roaring Smilodon”, a figure that has had a bit of a mixed reception from model fans and reviewers.  When we first saw pictures of this prehistoric mammal, we were a little concerned over the lion-like mane and the tiger stripes on the rump and back legs.  We are not aware of any fossil evidence for a mane in Smilodon species, stripes are controversial but they would have made effective camouflage, however, the model is very characteristically Papo and it has a certain degree of charm.  This replica, now that we have seen it up close, is beginning to grow on us.

New for 2017 – the Papo Roaring Smilodon Model

The Papo roaring Sabre-Tooth Cat.

The Papo roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The figure shows some amazing detail.  The musculature of this powerful predator is very well depicted and the raised paw has a fantastic finish.  The head and those gaping jaws have been skilfully sculpted and we love the way the nose is wrinkled.  It certainly is a very dynamic pose and when you look at our own photographs of the model, the details and the clever sculpting really stand out.

Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

The Papo Roaring Smilodon.

Papo Roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Getting to Grips with the Papo Roaring Smilodon Figure

Roaring Smilodon from Papo

Papo roaring Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture above, you can see the animal’s ribs and the musculature of those immensely strong and powerful shoulders.  Scientists now know that even young Sabre-Tooths had very strong forelimbs, to read an article about this recent research: Strong-armed Sabre-Tooth Kittens

This year, Papo has certainly introduced an eclectic range of figures, we look forward to commenting on the company’s new editions for 2018.

In the meantime, it is great to see “two form tooth” and a roaring “knife tooth” added to the Papo model range.

7 10, 2017

Everything Dinosaur and Proposed Royal Mail Strike Action

By | October 7th, 2017|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Contingency Planning in Place if Royal Mail Strike Goes Ahead

On Thursday (5th October), it was announced that Royal Mail workers in the UK are set to go on strike for 48-hours from the 19th October in a dispute over pensions, job status and pay.  The Communication Workers Union (CWU), has informed the management at the Royal Mail Group that 111,000 postal workers will walk out and go on strike until Saturday 21st October.  As a mail order company, this is quite troubling news, especially as we build up to the very busy Christmas period.  However, Everything Dinosaur has already started to put in contingency plans to help manage any potential disruption in UK mail services.

Potential Parcel Disruption with Proposed Royal Mail Strike Action

Royal Mail industrial action threatened (October 2017).

The threat of industrial action at Royal Mail.

Picture Credit: Andrew Milligan/Press Association

This industrial action is proposed to take place at or after 11am on Thursday 19th October and run until 11am Saturday 21st October 2017.  The CWU has already intimated that further industrial action cannot be ruled out at this stage.  This dispute, which has been ongoing for some considerable time, may escalate and industrial action of this nature could, potentially disrupt Christmas deliveries.

Everything Dinosaur has already been contacted by Royal Mail over this issue and we have plans in place to help minimise any disruption should strike action go ahead.

As a mail order company, we have put into place some contingency plans to help reduce any inconvenience to our customers.

  • More packing of parcels has been scheduled to take place on the weekend prior to the 19th October.  By ensuring all orders placed on Saturday and Sunday are despatched on the following Monday, these orders should avoid the worst of any industrial action.
  • Additional, mail collections have been organised for the Tuesday and Wednesday proceeding the proposed industrial action.  This should enable us to get parcels into the mail system more quickly and help to minimise the impact of any industrial action that has taken place.
  • Staff will continue to pack items during any period of disruption, this will ensure a prompt collection and placement into the mail network as soon as any industrial action has finished.
  • Time has been allocated on the Saturday (21st), to enable us to pack orders and to get them sent out on that day.
  • All our correspondence, letters and such like are being held back so that in our own small way we can reduce the workload and the subsequent backlog for local Royal Mail staff.

In addition to not having any Royal Mail service over the intended period of strike action, further disruption can be expected as the backlog of letters and parcels is cleared.  Orders despatched by other channels such as via courier services are not going to be affected and we have already discussed with our couriers contingency plans to cover any increase in the number of courier deliveries that we use.

Everything Dinosaur Putting Plans in Place to Minimise the Impact on Customers

Royal Mail parcels being sorted.

Royal Mail parcels (2017).  Plans are in place to help minimise the disruption.

Picture Credit: Press Association/Royal Mail

Everything Dinosaur, like many firms, is actively exploring alternative mail delivery systems.  The strike action, if it is to continue, may result in delays with the Christmas post.  We are doing all we can to assist customers and provide support.

However, we urge that it would be very sensible for customers not to leave ordering until quite late, especially as the Christmas mail build up increases.  It is always a good idea to order early, so for birthdays, parties and Christmas our advice is to plan ahead.

Royal Mail management have put a press release about the threat of industrial action, in this press release they state:

“We are committed to further talks as a matter of urgency to reach agreement with the CWU.  There are no grounds for industrial action.  We want to reach agreement.  Earlier this week we reminded the CWU of the dispute resolution procedures that we agreed in the Agenda for Growth.  These dispute resolution procedures were set up as a vehicle to resolve industrial disputes.  We wish to use them to do just that.  External mediation as set out in Agenda For Growth has not taken place.  We will use all legal options at our disposal, including applying to the High Court for an injunction to prevent industrial action.”

Naturally, we will keep all our customers informed.  We will keep you posted….

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