Our thanks to dinosaur and prehistoric animal model and figure collector Anne who sent into Everything Dinosaur some pictures of the stunning, limited edition PNSO bronze Sinosauropteryx figure that she had recently purchased from us. Marketed as the “Galley Series”, only 300 of these remarkable sculptures have been produced.
Limited Edition Bronze Dinosaur Statues
Of the 300 sculptures only a handful have been made available for sale outside of China. As Everything Dinosaur has the longest relationship with PNSO of any company based outside China, we were given special permission to bring some of these fantastic figures out of China and to our warehouse in the UK.
The PNSO Yuyan the Sinosauropteryx bronze statue is in 1:3 scale and comes in a beautiful presentation box complete with a certificate of authenticity, a Zhao Chuang Sinosauropteryx illustration and notes from Zhao Chuang and Yang Yang.
Views of the PNSO Yuyan the Sinosauropteryx Bronze Sculpture
This beautiful figure will take pride of place in the family home and it was very kind of Anne to send some pictures to Everything Dinosaur of her latest acquisition.
The model measures a fraction under 17.5 cm high and the figure is 17 cm long.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“The bronze 1:3 scale Yuyan the Sinosauropteryx was created to celebrate 10th anniversary of PNSO. It is wonderful to be able to supply these exceptionally rare and beautiful figures to our customers.”
To view the range of PNSO prehistoric animal models and figures available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.
Our thanks to dinosaur model collector William who sent into Everything Dinosaur an extensive review of the recently introduced PNSO Paul the Allosaurus dinosaur model. William postulated that this dinosaur model represented Allosaurus jimmadseni, a species of Allosaurus that was formally named and described last year (2020).
Describing the Head
William commented that in his opinion the head differed slightly than that of Allosaurus fragilis in that it had a longer, slimmer profile. That the head of this dinosaur model represented a more gracile species such as A. jimmadseni. The new PNSO figure reflected a fast, pursuit predator differing from other Allosaurus species and other closely related theropods known from North America and Europe.
When referring to the prominent head crests, William commented:
“Paul’s head crest is the best of the best of any present day Allosaurus model, accurate compared to his movie franchise versions.”
William added that the texture and execution of the skin folds around each of the glacier blue eyes makes each crest stand out even more. He also commented on the placement of the ear openings and the slight “shrink wrapping” effect caused by depicting the inferior temporal fenestra which was located just behind the eye socket.
Reviewing the Limbs on the PNSO Allosaurus
When reviewing the limbs of the dinosaur model, William stated that the forearms showed fantastic muscle definition, great claws and that the limbs were in an appropriate non-pronated position. The hind legs of this biped were also praised with William exclaiming that:
“PNSO know what to add and what to leave off their sculpts.”
When concluding his review of the hind legs, he noted the precise details associated with the foot claws.
Examining the Body
In the review, the torso was said to be of the highest design, not one inch is out of place and as with all PNSO figures a great deal of time and care has gone into the sculpt. The reviewer suggested that the figure would not appear out of place depicting an Allosaurus in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel “The Lost World”.
From the Tip of the Snout to the Tail – An Allosaurus’s Allosaurus
Before moving on to comment upon the figure’s colouration the reviewer described it as being “from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail we have an Allosaurus’s Allosaurus“. The colouration of the figure was described with the dark brown wash that had been applied to parts of the model singled out for praise. The painting of the mouth was complimented, the glacier blue eyes were regarded as a strong selling point.
The Tale of the Tape
In concluding his review, William provided some further information about the figure including model measurements.
Scale: 1/30th. Height: 3. 5inches. Length: 11.5 inches. Clear plastic support stand & booklet/poster included.
Providing Details on Allosaurus
As well as reviewing the new for 2021 PNSO Paul the Allosaurus dinosaur model, William supplied some additional information on “different lizard”.
Time Period : Late Jurassic, 155–145 million years ago (Morrison Formation). First described in 1877.
William commented that the sediments associated with the Morrison Formation of the western United States represent deposits from riverine and floodplain environments with contrasting wet and dry seasons. As well as many famous herbivorous dinosaurs, these Upper Jurassic sediments have provided fossils of numerous, large theropods. Allosaurus would have faced competition from massive megalosaurids such as Torvosaurus and ceratosaurs such as Ceratosaurus.
William reiterated his view that Paul the Allosaurus most likely represented Allosaurus jimmadseni. Fossil material now ascribed to this species formed the basis of the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs documentary “The Ballard of Big Al”. The documentary chronicled the life and death of an individual Allosaurus. He then provided further information about the fossils, where they were found and who discovered them.
William commented that in 2020, a new species of Allosaurus was announced (A. jimmadseni). The species name honours James H. Madsen the first, official state palaeontologist of Utah who has had a long and distinguished career helping to further our understanding of the predatory dinosaurs associated with the Morrison Formation.
Everything Dinosaur would like to thank William for submitting such a detailed and informative review of the PNSO Paul the Allosaurus dinosaur model.
To see the range of PNSO prehistoric animals including Paul the Allosaurus in stock at Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.
Everything Dinosaur team members have been working on a YouTube video that features the Irritator challengeri dinosaur model from YvY Figures. Marketed under the brand Dino Hazard, the plan is to show the model and provide a mini review and then discuss the steps that Everything Dinosaur have to take in order to place this exciting dinosaur model legitimately on the market.
Dino Hazard Irritator challengeri
YvY Figures contacted Everything Dinosaur a few weeks ago and enquired whether we were interested in stocking this figure, the first in the Dino Hazard series. In order to place such a product on the market, it is important to check the safety certificates and accreditation associated with the model.
Everything Dinosaur takes the safety of our customers extremely seriously and a sample was requested so that we could conduct our own independent safety tests.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“Before a product such as this can be placed on the market, it needs to undergo a series of product safety tests. These have to be carried out by an independent, accredited testing company. Everything Dinosaur uses Eurofins, a highly respected, global leader in consumer product testing for this work.”
A Model of a South American Spinosaurid
Irritator challengeri was the first spinosaurid described from fossil material found in South America (Brazil). The model measures around 37 cm in length and the manufacturer states that this is a 1:20 scale figure.
The video will be available on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel shortly.
The new for 2021 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus and Daspletosaurus dinosaur models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur. These are the last of five new prehistoric animal models that were introduced by Safari Ltd this year, after the armoured T. rex and Triceratops and the Baryonyx figures that came into stock at Everything Dinosaur earlier in 2021.
Two New Dinosaur Figures
Safari Ltd may have reduced the number of new prehistoric animal models they have introduced this year compared to 2020, (nine prehistoric animal models were introduced in 2020), but there is no denying the quality of these new additions. Each model is beautifully painted and reflect the very latest scientific thinking. It is wonderful to see a new model of a tyrannosaur introduced into a product range, a refreshing change from the ubiquitous T. rex models.
The Spinosaurus Tail
Last year (2020), a team of international scientists including researchers from the University of Portsmouth, the University of Detroit Mercy and Leicester University published a paper in the journal “Nature” that concluded that Spinosaurus was indeed an aquatic dinosaur. A review of fossil tail bones (caudal vertebrae), revealed that it had a wide and flexible tail which was very fin-like. The tail of Spinosaurus was well adapted to propelling this huge predator through the water. The design team at Safari Ltd have worked hard to incorporate this research into their model. The tail of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus, is broad and accounts for around half the model’s entire length. It seems ideally suited to propelling this dinosaur through the rivers and lakes of early Late Cretaceous North Africa.
Collectors have contacted Everything Dinosaur and commented on the beautiful markings and colouration. The Spinosaurus figure has attracted praise for its striking paintwork.
The new for 2021 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Daspletosaurus and Spinosaurus figures along with the rest of the prehistoric animal models in this range can be found here: Wild Safari Prehistoric World.
Whilst working in one of Everything Dinosaur’s packing rooms a PNSO Parasaurolophus model was spotted. This gave team members the opportunity to take some photographs of this superb, duck-billed dinosaur model. The Parasaurolophus figure (Wyatt the Parasaurolophus), is a recent introduction into the PNSO mid-size model range and it is the third hadrosaur to be added after the Corythosaurus and Lambeosaurus that came out last year.
A Blue-eyed Ornithopod
PNSO have built up a strong reputation in the last few years or so for the quality of their dinosaur models and figures. The Parasaurolophus has been beautifully painted with fantastic countershading, a spectacular, brightly coloured head crest and this ornithopod has been given a blue eye. The details on the skin are praiseworthy with lots of skin folds and texture giving the impression of bulk and movement. Stripes descending down the flanks and running along to the end of the tail would have helped to break-up the outline of this large herbivore and helped to camouflage it from marauding tyrannosaurs.
Rave Reviews from Dinosaur Fans and Model Collectors
Although this dinosaur model has not been out for long, it has already received rave reviews from dinosaur fans and model collectors.
For example, in a 5-star Feefo review posted on Everything Dinosaur’s website the reviewer described Wyatt the Parasaurolophus as “Perfect!”
Another reviewer who commented on their purchase on our website referred to this Parasaurolophus model as:
“very scientifically accurate, beautiful colour scheme and natural relaxed pose”.
The Parasaurolophus model measures a fraction under 28 centimetres in length and that magnificent head crest is around 11 cm off the ground.
To purchase the PNSO Wyatt the Parasaurolophus and to see the rest of the amazing PNSO prehistoric animals available from Everything Dinosaur: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.
Our thanks to model collector and dinosaur fan William who sent us at Everything Dinosaur a comprehensive review of his recently purchased PNSO Essien Spinosaurus figure (mid-size model range). Not only did William review the figure, he also provided some information about the science behind Spinosaurus.
The Spinosaurus Review
Starting with the head there is a fully articulated jaw. A perfect blend within the skull ending in the classical Spinosauridae notched upper rostrum which aids with holding slippery prey items. Essien’s teeth are carefully reproduced from the fossil specimen with slender and crocodile-like dentition. The eyes are correctly situated high on the skull, as are the nostrils to aid breathing while hunting with his rostrum dipped under the surface. An elongated crest completes the head sculpt.
PNSO have given Essien some very finely detailed and varied skin scaling, in addition, the model has a crocodilian-like dewlapped pouch. One could see a female Spinosaurus transporting her wriggling brood down to a safe nursery stream. The neck is muscular and powerful and there is only the slightest hint of a shrink-wrap effect around the eye socket.
The figure has strong, powerful forearms with three long claws on each hand. The right hand (manus), is set in a knuckle walking pose but looks very natural. The hindlimbs are on the money with correct toe placement and webbing between the toes. Essien has the signature body plan which denotes the pinnacle of Spinosauridae evolution. The model has a cloaca and it is correctly placed.
The Spinosaurus Sail
William describes this Spinosaurus figure as:
“The finest model on the market and one that will be rather hard to beat”.
He goes on to highlight the details of the sail which reflects the latest scientific interpretation. The sail is described as curving upwards into a rounded peak which then dips but then rises again forming a second peak over the hips.
The function of this feature is discussed and various suggestions proposed:
Showing maturity and fitness for breeding
A warning or threat display
An aid to propulsion through water
“Essien has been given beautiful, finely detailed vertebrae/ribs. Each section of the sail vertebrae is covered in large thick scales with smaller ones in the skin between them all anchored at the base of the sail with robust scute-like scales. One feature not found in any other model is if you hold him up to sun light the sail becomes translucent”.
William suggests that the figure has been posed as if it has spotted a rival and is about to bellow out a challenge. His comprehensive review also included commentary on the paint scheme stating that the main base colours are a combination of rich red and yellow ochres, with darker stripes running from the back of the neck to the end of the tail. The white teeth are set within a pink palate and tongue the head has a prominent nasal ridge. He comments that the wash coat given to the mouth area is a great finishing touch providing a natural wet look.
The review concludes with William providing some details on Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.
Time Period: 99-93.5 million years (Late Cretaceous).
William goes on to state that the debate continues with regards to how much time this dinosaur spent in water and how it hunted. Potential prey such as Onchopristis is mentioned.
The review concludes with William commenting:
“We Your Customers/Friends wish to thank you all for being a company owned and run by folks who we hold in the highest regard. Thank you for being our friends and thank you for being Everything Dinosaur. If you need accurate models to aid with school project diorama or information packs to aid with learning of the Wee Future Palaeontologists all you have to do is contact the team at Everything Dinosaur for prompt advice and assistance.”
Our thanks to William, we hope our synopsis of his comprehensive review in some small way does justice to the considerable time and effort put in producing it.
One of the new for 2021 CollectA prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur is the gory Brontosaurus prey figure. Everything Dinosaur takes a look at this fascinating dinosaur model. This replica of a dead Brontosaurus is the fourth carcass model to be introduced by CollectA in their not to scale Age of Dinosaurs Popular range. The Brontosaurus prey follows on from a dead Triceratops, a Stegosaurus carcass and a deceased feathered Tyrannosaurus rex.
The Demise of a Sauropod
The carefully sculpted Brontosaurus prey figure shows evidence of a theropod dinosaur attack as well as feeding. There are deep wounds obvious on the tail, at the base of the neck and on the throat, which we deduce was probably the fatal bite. The exposed stomach cavity, the defleshed femur and damage immediately behind the left hind leg probably depict feeding traces.
An Ideal Figure for Dinosaur Dioramas
The CollectA Brontosaurus prey would certainly add a degree of visceral realism to any prehistoric animal scene that is being created by a model collector. It is an ideal figure for use in dinosaur dioramas. Team members have been asked to comment on the dislocated right front leg on this particularly gruesome dinosaur model.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:
“The position of the right forelimb could have come about as a large theropod dinosaur such as an adult Allosaurus fragilis pulled at the limb in order to remove it from the corpse and carry it away so that this carnivore could feed in safety. Alternatively, the limb could have been dislocated as the bulky Brontosaurus collapsed as a result of the theropod attack.”
What Attacked the Brontosaurus?
As the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Brontosaurus prey measures around 25 cm in length, it could represent a sub-adult animal in a dinosaur diorama. If this is the case, then the range of suspects that could have attacked it is enlarged to some degree. As well as an Allosaurus, the attack could have been undertaken by a Ceratosaurus such as C. dentisulcatus or perhaps the unfortunate Brontosaurus was brought down by a megalosaur. The megalosaurid Torvosaurus tanneri is known from the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation, it was one of the largest theropods described to date from the Late Jurassic of western North America.
We shall leave it to the imagination of our readers as to whether the Brontosaurus was brought down by a single animal or as the result of an attack by a hungry pack of theropods.
Whether the Brontosaurus was attacked and killed, or the figure represents dinosaurs scavenging a corpse, this is a fascinating and very welcome addition to the CollectA range of not to scale prehistoric animal models.
Everything Dinosaur team members have been so impressed with the first batch of new for 2021 CollectA prehistoric animal figures that they have decided to review them all. Today, it is the turn of the CollectA Neovenator scenting prey dinosaur model. This figure replaces an earlier version of the theropod Neovenator within the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular range.
The CollectA Neovenator scenting prey has been beautifully painted. The light green tones contrast well with the striking darker green stripes that run from the nape of the neck right down to the model’s long tail. The tail makes up around 50% of the entire figure’s length. The body proportions of the Neovenator model reflect the graceful and lightweight nature of the dinosaur’s skeleton. Neovenator being regarded as relatively lightly built for a large predator with a gracile body plan. The grasping hands have been sculpted extremely well and the claws are skilfully painted. Their battleship grey colour matches the toe claws.
The pale underside provides a sharp contrast to the colouration on the flanks and the CollectA model has been given a row of small wattles that run down the neck. There is a row of similarly coloured spines that extend from the back of the skull to the tip of the tail. These spines are enlarged over the hips and immediately behind the head.
Features of the Skull
The figure is named “scenting prey” as an analysis of Neovenator cranial material published in 2017 revealed a substantial network of neurovascular canals in the upper jaw (premaxilla and maxilla) that were linked to the external surfaces of the bones in the jaw. The scientists concluded that this may have been a specialised tactile organ, enabling Neovenator to sense its environment through its jaw. These canals could have sensed jaw pressure, assisting this dinosaur to avoid bone when feeding, or this sensory organ could have played a role in intraspecies recognition and behaviour, or even assisted Neovenator in locating suitable nesting sites. The large nostrils suggest that this dinosaur had a powerful sense of smell. To read more about this research: The Sensitive Face of Neovenator.
Taxonomic Position Uncertain
The taxonomic classification of Neovenator remains uncertain, despite nearly 70% of the fossil skeleton being known to science. When first described in 1996, it was thought to have affinities with the Allosauridae family. Subsequent studies have challenged this suggesting a placement within the carcharodontosaurids.
The elevated head shows lots of amazing detail. The dark green markings that run from the eye socket down to the bottom jaw and then up to the postorbital bone are in stark contrast to the bright yellow jaw tips and the yellow patch that surrounds the eye.
This is an exquisitely created dinosaur model and Everything Dinosaur highly recommends the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Neovenator scenting prey.
On thanks to model maker and collector Hugh who sent into Everything Dinosaur a photograph of a diorama he had created that features the recently introduced Rebor Gorilla Z Alpha Male figure, a 1/11th scale figure of a mountain gorilla.
Using a Display Base in Proportion to the Figure
Hugh, as an experienced model maker has chosen to display his figure on a square base. He has been careful not to get the display base out of proportion to the actual animal figure. This is a well-proportioned composition, with the plinth not detracting too much from the model. The placement of the model’s feet has been considered and the use of rocks to break up the topography with the small tussocks of grass adding interest.
The dinosaur skull at the feet of the gorilla adds a nice touch and provides a sense of scale to this cleverly composed piece.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“These 1:11 scale gorilla figures from Rebor have been beautifully crafted and they are ideal candidates for use in prehistoric scenes and dioramas”.
Three Different Gorilla Colour Variants to Choose From
Rebor has continued the trend of offering different colour variants with the recently introduced Gorilla Alpha Males. Three colour variants have been produced. There is “primal”, the brown coloured gorilla that was used by Hugh in his diorama, plus “patriarch” a black colour variant and an albino figure (albino).
The design team at Rebor have been heavily influenced by monster movies of yesteryear and as Hugh has demonstrated, these models provide plenty of scope for the imaginative, creative model maker when it comes to designing and producing attractive dioramas and prehistoric scenes.
The production run for these gorilla figures was limited and Everything Dinosaur team members are not sure whether these models will be made again once existing stocks have been sold.
To view the Rebor Gorilla Z Alpha Male figures in 1:11 scale and the rest of the models and replicas in the extensive Rebor range: Rebor Models and Figures.
Megalosaurus was scientifically described way back in 1824 (Buckland), over the last 197 years, this dinosaur has had a number of makeovers. The lizard-like quadruped as depicted in the world-famous Crystal Palace dinosaur sculptures may be long gone, but its appearance is still debated. For example, did theropod dinosaurs have lips? The new CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Megalosaurus model provides collectors with a very modern interpretation of “Big Lizard”, lips are included along with a plume of bristles beginning at the back of the hips and running about a quarter of the tail’s length.
CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Megalosaurus
Part of the extensive CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular range, this new for 2021 Megalosaurus replica replaces an early CollectA Megalosaurus that was first introduced around eleven years ago. The “kangaroo posture” has gone, the hands are not pronated and the feet have been correctly proportioned.
The model is more scientifically accurate and it has been posed “mouth shut” a more natural pose than the previous figure with its large, open jaws revealing a set of beautiful but unrealistic white teeth.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“We think William Buckland, Richard Owen and indeed Robert Plot who first published a description of a Megalosaurus fossil bone back in 1676, would be most impressed with this figure. They probably would not recognise this interpretation. It reflects how far our understanding of the Dinosauria has changed.”
That Knowing Expression
The design team at CollectA have given their new Megalosaurus model lips. This is in line with some of the latest scientific thinking. As a result, our Megalosaurus in ambush has an intriguing expression on its carefully painted face. It’s as if it knows something we don’t!
Team members at Everything Dinosaur have nicknamed this dinosaur model “Mona Lisa Megalosaurus” – our tribute to the enigmatic look on this little figure.
Measuring around 16 cm in length, this is a skilfully painted model. The obvious counter shading on the previous model has gone, being replaced with more muted and subtle tones. The dark spots and stripes on the body and on the anterior portion of the muzzle contrast nicely with the underlying tan colouration.
The new CollectA Megalosaurus dinosaur model has been given a short row of bristles, a nod perhaps to megalosaur fossil material from Germany that reputedly showed evidence of an integumentary covering: Megalosaurs join the “Tufty” club.