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13 08, 2017

Papo Cave Bear Model Reviewed

By | August 13th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|2 Comments

A Review of the New for 2017 Papo Cave Bear Model

The Papo Cave Bear model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This eagerly anticipated Papo replica arrived at our warehouse today and team members at Everything Dinosaur have been busy checking inventory and putting models to one side for those customers who requested that we reserve one for them.  It really is a splendid model and it is great to see the French manufacturer extend their model range by including a prehistoric mammal, especially since the recent retirement of their popular Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta) figure.

The Papo Cave Bear Model is Now in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The new for 2017 Papo Cave Bear model.

Lateral view of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Ursus spelaeus

Cave bears shared a common ancestor with the modern Brown bear (Ursus arctus) and they evolved around 300,000 years ago and survived until the late Middle Palaeolithic of the Stone Age, (around 40,000 years ago).  The last Cave bears existed in the Caucasus mountain range, but these large bears once roamed an area of Europe from southern Russian to southern England.  Everything Dinosaur is not aware of Cave bear fossils having been found in Ireland, although the Brown bear is known to have existed in Ireland.

A View of the Beautifully Sculpted Snout and Skull of the Papo Cave Bear

Papo Cave Bear replica.

A anterior view of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows a close-up view of the Papo Cave Bear model.  Cave bears can be distinguished from modern Brown bears as they tended to be larger and more powerfully built.  The skull has a distinctive slope down to the bridge of the long muzzle, this feature can be clearly made out in the excellent Papo replica.  The large canines are prominent and each of the incisors at the front of the jaws have been individually painted, the paint work on the model is really good and we like the darker colouration along the back, giving the impression of a thicker coat on this part of the animal’s body.

The limb bones of Cave bears were of slightly different proportions when compared to their modern cousins.  The limbs on the Papo figure give an impression of huge power and strength, the Cave bear was a formidable animal best avoided by people, recent studies have suggested that there was very little ecological interaction between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens and Cave bears, they may have used the same rock shelters and caves but at different times in history.  A number of carved artefacts and paintings have led some anthropologists to suggest that these large mammals were revered by our ancestors.

A Close-up View of the Large, Powerful Paws of the Papo Cave Bear Figure

The huge paws of the Papo Cave Bear model.

The large paws of the Papo Cave Bear model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the new for 2017 Papo Cave Bear model and the rest of the Papo prehistoric animal range available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

Papo Cave Bear Model

Measuring a fraction under fourteen centimetres in length and standing some eight and half centimetres high at those muscular shoulders, this is an excellent Pleistocene-aged mammal model, one that works well in scale with several Woolly Mammoth replicas including the Papo Woolly Mammoth models as well as the CollectA Neanderthal figures.

The Papo Cave Bear Model (New for 2017)

The Papo Cave Bear Model.

A powerful looking Cave Bear model from Papo.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The remaining new for 2017 Papo models, the Sabre-toothed cat and the Dimorphodon replica should be available next month (September 2017).

14 07, 2017

The New Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex

By | July 14th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex Dinosaur Model

The three new Schleich models have just arrived.  These dinosaurs, come from the company’s “Conquering the Earth” replica range.  The models are Tyrannosaurus rex, a Carnotaurus and a model of a Velociraptor.  These are all dinosaurs that the Germany-based company has modelled on previous occasions.  For example, several Velociraptor figures are currently available and Schleich’s history of making Carnotaurus and T. rex replicas can be traced all the way back to the early days of the long retired “Saurus” series.

Just in Stock at Everything Dinosaur – Three New Schleich Dinosaurs

Dinosaur models from Schleich.

Three new dinosaur figures from Schleich.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tactile, Creative Play

Over the last few years, Schleich have largely focused on producing very colourful dinosaur models, which are stylistic and aimed at young dinosaur model fans.  An emphasis has been placed on creating models that have textured skins and a distinctive tactile quality.  The models have earned praise from teachers and home educationalists as these dinosaurs are great for kinaesthetic-themed sensory play.  At Everything Dinosaur, our teaching team have recommended a number of these replicas to one-to-one teachers and teaching assistants to help children learn more about the properties of materials through sensory exploration.  The big broad feet provide no stability problems and these models are very useful for helping children to develop their co-ordination and manipulating skills.

To read an article about the merits of a Schleich Brachiosaurus dinosaur model when it comes to sensory play: The Tactile Qualities of the Schleich Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Model

A nod is given in the direction of some of the latest research, hence the feathers on the forearms of the latest Velociraptor figure.  All the models are robust and sturdy and they stand up well to even the most enthusiastic play of your typical Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 young palaeontologist.

The Schleich Conquering the Earth Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model

Schleich T. rex dinosaur model.

The Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture below shows a close-up view of the head of the Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex replica.

Conquering the Earth Schleich Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model (Summer 2017)

Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex model.

A close look at the head of the Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows the different textures on the skin of this dinosaur model.  All three of these recently introduced replicas have articulated lower jaws.

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals

Another View of the Schleich Conquering the Earth Dinosaur Model (T. rex)

Schleich T. rex dinosaur model.

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Flashes of Yellow

The model has been painted in a dark green colour.  However, the underside is a pale daffodil yellow and this colour scheme is also reproduced around the articulated lower jaw and on the feet.  There is a subtle line of osteoderms running along the back of this dinosaur and down to the base of the tail.

Coming Right At You!  Schleich Conquering the Earth T. rex Model

The Schleich new for 2017 T. rex dinosaur model.

Conquering the Earth Schleich T. rex.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

7 07, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Cryolophosaurus

By | July 7th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Papo Cryolophosaurus Video Review (JurassicCollectables)

Dinosaur model reviews are coming in thick and fast from JurassicCollectables.  Today, we share their latest video review, a look out the new for 2017, Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.  The Papo Cryolophosaurus is the last of the Papo dinosaur figures to be introduced this year, but it has been well worth the wait as the paint scheme and detailing on this figure is exquisite.

The New for 2017 Papo Cryolophosaurus – Video Review by JurassicCollectables

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Frozen Crested Lizard

Found on the slopes of Mount Kirkpatrick at an altitude of around 4,000 metres Cryolophosaurus (C. elloitti), an Early Jurassic dinosaur is one of the most unusual of all the Theropoda.  The first fossils of this dinosaur were discovered during an expedition at the end of 1990/early 1991, during the Antarctic summer.  The genus name was inspired by that remarkable bony crest and the fossil site location – the genus name translates as “frozen crested lizard”.

In this short video (duration 4:49), the narrator talks about the beautiful bony ridges on the skull that gave this dinosaur its name.  The commentary includes details of the washes used to create such a glossy looking dinosaur.  Although, during the time of Cryolophosaurus Antarctica was a considerable distance away from the South Pole, the climate would still have been harsh, but not as extreme as today.

The Cryolophosaurus material comes from the Hanson Formation, several other vertebrates are known from the Lower Jurassic strata. Cryolophosaurus shared its chilly forested world with Pterosaurs, Prosauropods and Sauropods, Cynodonts (mammal-like reptiles) and several other types of Theropod.  Intriguingly, these rocks have yet to be fully mapped and explored and a number of fossil finds (including dinosaur remains) have yet to be formally described.

Detailed Video Description

In the JurassicCollectables video review, the narrator provides a detailed description of this skilfully made dinosaur model.  Particular attention is given to the skull sculpt including the detail on the inside of the mouth and the folds of skin on the neck, before the video shows the scales and other osteoderms that have been carefully crafted into the figure.

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel has lots of Papo model videos, plus reviews of many other new for 2017, prehistoric animal figures.  It is a “go to” site for many dinosaur fans and model collectors.  To visit the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel and to subscribe: JurassicCollectables on YouTube

The video review of the Papo Cryolophosaurus may have only been posted up for a few hours but it has already attracted over 3,600 views.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Just like the narrator, we have a couple of these Papo replicas on one of our shelves in the office.  It is the favourite new for 2017 Papo model of “Tyrannosaurus Sue”!  We are looking forward to the rest of the new for 2017 Papo replicas, the Cave Bear, Dimorphodon and the roaring Smilodon figures will be in stock soon.

To view the range of Papo prehistoric animal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Papo Cryolophosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Cryolophosaurus.

The Papo Cryolophosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

29 06, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews Mojo Fun Red Hunting T. rex

By | June 29th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Mojo Fun Red Hunting T. rex Reviewed by JurassicCollectables

In a first for the YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables, a video review of a Mojo Fun dinosaur model has been posted up.  The figure reviewed is the new for 2017, Mojo Fun red hunting Tyrannosaurus rex and in this brief video (it lasts around four minutes), dinosaur fans are given a guided tour of one of the newest models in the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric & Extinct” range.

The company was founded in 2009 and the range of figures and replicas has grown steadily ever since.  Today, there are over thirty models in the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric & Extinct” series and it is fitting for JurassicCollectables to start their association with this company by producing a video review of one of the hunting T. rex dinosaur models, as these figures are proving to be very popular with Everything Dinosaur’s customer base.

Although, this video review focuses on “red”, a number of Papo dinosaurs feature, helping to provide a useful comparison.  Also, look out for a regular appearance by “off-colour Alan”, he even tries riding on the back of the Mojo Fun model.

The Mojo Fun Hunting T. rex (Red) Video Review by JurassicCollectables

Video Credit: Jurassic Collectables

In the short video, the narrator guides the viewer through the details that can be seen on this carefully sculpted replica.  These videos are a great way for dinosaur model fans to learn about new collections.  JurassicCollectables takes great care to show the figure from numerous angles.  It is really helpful to have a 360-degree view.

JurassicCollectables have a brilliant YouTube channel crammed full of prehistoric animal model reviews and other very informative videos.  They have just achieved 55, 000 subscribers, that’s a fantastic achievement, our congratulations to the team.

Visit the YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , Everything Dinosaur recommends that dinosaur model fans subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel.

The Mojo Fun “Prehistoric & Extinct” Hunting Tyrannosaurus rex Model

Mojo hunting Tyrannosaurus rex.

Mojo hunting T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Mojo Fun has produced several Tyrannosaurus rex figures, the range includes a juvenile T. rex plus a 1:40 scale version, along with a green painted, hunting T. rex figure.

To see these Tyrannosaurs and the rest of the Mojo Fun “Prehistoric and Extinct” range at Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric and Extinct Animals

In the JurassicCollectables video, the narrator explains the colour scheme on the figure and highlights the fine details of the skin texture.  It certainly is a fearsome looking dinosaur with its huge jaws and vicious teeth.

Our thanks to JurassicCollectables for this super video review and we look forward to viewing more Mojo Fun model reviews in the near future.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article published earlier this month announcing the arrival of the new Mojo Fun range: Everything Dinosaur Adds Mojo Fun Models

For a recently published article that challenges the idea of a feathered T. rexT. rex Sheds its Feathers

28 06, 2017

Rebor Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

By | June 28th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus Model Reviewed

Rebor’s latest addition to their 1:35 scale model range is the “Crimson King”, a replica of Carnotaurus (C. sastrei), a large carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina.  The model has an articulated lower jaw and is supplied with its own base, a representation of a lava field.

The Rebor Carnotaurus Figure “Crimson King”

The Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

The Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model “Crimson King”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Abelisaurids versus Tyrannosaurids

Carnotaurus is a member of the dinosaur family called the Abelisauridae.  In fact, it was the discovery of the Carnotaurus holotype material, a partial skeleton of a single individual that led to the reaffirmation of this new dinosaur family.  South American scientists, trying to build up their knowledge about strange Upper Cretaceous carnivorous dinosaurs of Argentina had not discovered anything like Carnotaurus before, so this thin-snouted, lightly built, horned carnivore was assigned to its own unique Theropod family along with Abelisaurus (A. comahuensis).  Since then, a number of abelisaurids have been described from Africa, including Madagascar, elsewhere in South America and also, potentially from Europe (Tarascosaurus).  In general terms, towards the end of the Cretaceous, the tyrannosaurids were the dominant, apex predators in the northern hemisphere, whereas in the southern hemisphere, it seems to have been the Abelisauridae that held sway.

Rebor are to be congratulated for introducing another type of Theropod dinosaur into their scale model range.  The head is quite beautifully painted and there are lots of details to admire.  The jaw can be a little difficult to open, but a quick “dunk” in a cup of hot water should heat up the plastic enough to allow free movement.  Once the jaw is opened that marvellous painted tongue can be seen.  It reminds us of the tongue of a lizard.

A Close View of the Head and Jaws of the Rebor Carnotaurus Model

The Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model.

The Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus replica.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture above, you can clearly make out the horns over the eye-socket, the anatomical feature that was the inspiration for the Carnotaurus genus name – “meat-eating bull”.  As with Rebor, the skull has some lovely details and we like the skin texture, after all, the original Carnotaurus fossil material had skin impressions associated with it.

To view the entire Rebor model range, including the “Crimson King” dinosaur model: Rebor Prehistoric Animal Replicas

Wonderful Skin Texture on the Rebor Model

A lot of care has gone into the sculpting of this dinosaur model.  The skin impressions found indicate that this dinosaur had a scaly skin, covered in irregular scales, Rebor has taken considerable care to reproduce an appropriate skin tone and texture.

A Close View of the Tail of the Rebor Carnotaurus

The tail of the Rebor Carnotaurus.

The Rebor “Crimson King” tail (right lateral view).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Fast Theropod

Research undertaken (Currie and Persons, 2011), suggests that the tail was adapted to permit a larger, more powerful musculature than that found in other equally sized Theropods.  This built on earlier research which looked at the biomechanics of the Carnotaurus hind limbs.  These studies support the idea that this dinosaur was a fast runner, perhaps capable of bursts of speed in excess of fifty kilometres an hour (thirty mph).  The legs of this Rebor replica certainly look powerful and the model is very stable on its well sculpted toes.

A Lean and Powerful Apex Predator (Carnotaurus sastrei)

Rebor Carnotaurus dinosaur model the "Crimson King".

Rebor Carnotaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Rebor “Crimson King” is a very welcome addition to the range of Rebor prehistoric animal replicas.  It is often the little details that impress the team members here at Everything Dinosaur.  For example, on the base there is an illustration of the skeleton of Carnotaurus.   The cervical vertebrae are beautifully drawn.   It is these little touches that endears the Rebor range to dinosaur fans and model collectors alike.

The Base of the Rebor Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model (“Crimson King”)

The base of the Rebor "Crimson King".

The base of the Rebor Carnotaurus replica with a geological ruler to provide scale.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

5 06, 2017

A Couple of CollectA Video Reviews

By | June 5th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

CollectA Gigantspinosaurus and CollectA Excalibosaurus Video Reviews

Matthew the Dinosaur King’s YouTube channel has nearly 150 dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed videos on it.  In the last few days, two new videos have been posted, both reviews of new for 2017 CollectA Prehistoric Life models.  Matthew has provided a video review of the Chinese basal stegosaurid Gigantspinosaurus and the English Jurassic marine reptile Excalibosaurus and both videos are extremely informative.

Matthew the Dinosaur King Presents a Video Review of the CollectA Gigantspinosaurus

Video Credit: Matthew the Dinosaur King (YouTube channel)

Matthew’s YouTube channel has over 6,000 subscribers (that’s awesome) and we at Everything Dinosaur enjoy seeing the various prehistoric animal reviews and other items that the enthusiastic channel owner posts up.  It is a great channel for fans of dinosaurs and dinosaur model collecting, to subscribe: Matthew the Dinosaur King Videos

The CollectA Gigantspinosaurus Model (CollectA Prehistoric Life Series)

In the Gigantspinosaurus video, which lasts a little over five minutes, viewers are given the opportunity to have a really good look at this exotic member of the Thyreophora.  It is one of a number of armoured dinosaurs that have been added to the CollectA Prehistoric Life model series over the years, it is good to see such a wide variety of armoured dinosaurs in the range.  The narrator pays special attention to those amazing parascapular spines, although the anatomical position of these huge “comma-like” spines is still debated and their exact purpose open to some speculation, most palaeontologists would agree with the way in which these structures are portrayed in the CollectA model.  All praise to the video maker for taking time out to show the detail on the small head, including on the inside of the mouth.   In the video, the colour scheme is commented upon, like the narrator, we at Everything Dinosaur like the choice of colours.

The CollectA Excalibosaurus Marine Reptile Model

The CollectA Excalibosaurus Video Review

Video Credit: Matthew the Dinosaur King (YouTube channel)

In this short video (duration 3:43), the narrator provides information about when this bizarre marine reptile lived, how big it was and where its fossils have been found.  The CollectA Excalibosaurus model is then reviewed with the model being shown at lots of different angles so that would-be collectors can get a good look at this replica.  Towards the end of the video the CollectA Deluxe Pliosaurus model is introduced to provide a size comparison.  It’s helpful when various models are compared side by side, although for the Excalibosaurus in this case, it does not end well, with the narrator placing the figure in the jaws of the giant Pliosaurus.

Videos like these permit fans of prehistoric animal models and figures to discuss their collection, to highlight the details in certain models and to inform and educate the viewers about what scientists have deduced about these long extinct animals from their fossils.  We urge our blog readers to checkout Matthew the Dinosaur King’s YouTube channel.

To view the CollectA Gigantspinosaurus and the CollectA Excalibosaurus figures and the rest of the CollectA Prehistoric Life model range: CollectA Prehistoric Life models

9 05, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Ceratosaurus

By | May 9th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Papo Ceratosaurus Video Review

Those clever and talented people at JurassicCollectables have posted up another dinosaur model review onto their YouTube channel.  This time it is the stunning new for 2017 Papo Ceratosaurus in the spotlight.    The Papo Ceratosaurus is one of six new dinosaurs or repainted dinosaurs being added to the Papo range this year and it has attracted praise from many model forums and collecting communities, it is a fantastic model of the Late Jurassic predator.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

Video Credit: Jurassic Collectables

Ceratosaurus Takes Centre Stage

In this video, which lasts a little over four minutes, the narrator takes the viewer on a guided tour of this excellent figure.  Starting with a detailed examination of the skull and that articulated lower jaw, the spokesperson for JurassicCollectables comments on the use of various washes to add detail and the careful choice of paints as well as highlighting how nicely sculpted the digits and claws are.  In a lot of the artwork that depicts Theropod dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation of the western United States, it is often the larger Allosaurus that is given centre stage, a case in point being the David Bonadonna artwork that accompanied our article (May 5th), on the new diplodocid Galeamopus pabsti.*

With the introduction of the Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur model, Ceratosaurus is likely to gain in popularity, especially amongst dedicated collectors, who perhaps may not have heard a lot about this Late Jurassic Theropod.

The Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Ceratosaurus model.

Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Several Species within the Ceratosaurus Genus

A number of species have been assigned to the Ceratosaurus genus, including a species from Portugal and a tentative assignment after fossil material was discovered in Tanzania.  The large skull in proportion to the body size has been captured in this Papo replica and the JurassicCollectables video review provides plenty of scope for viewers to study this replica from a variety of angles.  Those bony ridges (extensions of the lacrimal bones), are shown in close-up view and the narrator takes care to discuss the paintwork associated with the dermal armour that runs down the back and the flanks.

The New for 2017 Papo Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Ceratosaurus.

The Papo Ceratosaurus dinosaur figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Scale Comparisons with Other Papo Models

A feature of the video reviews from JurassicCollectables are the size comparisons undertaken using other well-known prehistoric animals.  Naturally, “off-colour Alan” is on hand to help out and in this video, the 2016 Papo Kaprosuchus along with a Papo Velociraptor figure are used to provide an indication of the size of the Ceratosaurus.  For good measure, the recently reviewed Papo Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur model is filmed next to the Papo Ceratosaurus.  It is great to see these highly collectable figures shown in this way.

The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel is jam-packed with hundreds of amazing and very informative dinosaur and prehistoric animal videos.  Everything Dinosaur recommends subscribing to this really well managed channel: Find JurassicCollectables on YouTube Here

Papo’s “Les Dinosaures” Model Range

Although, Papo has chosen not to create scale models, their range of prehistoric animal figures is increasingly rapidly.  In addition, to the models already introduced this year, Everything Dinosaur is expecting stocks of the new Dimorphodon, Cave Bear, Smilodon and the Cryolophosaurus dinosaur to arrive shortly.  In terms of Theropods (not including models of birds), Papo currently offers nearly a dozen Theropods and several variations of the most popular carnivorous dinosaurs such as Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex.  There are plans to add yet more in the late autumn, (more about this nearer the time).  For the moment, we shall watch the JurassicCollectables Papo Ceratosaurus video review once more.

To the full range of Papo prehistoric animals including the Papo Ceratosaurus model on Everything Dinosaur’s website: Papo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

*To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on Galeamopus pabstiWhipping Up Interest in Whiplash Dinosaurs

8 04, 2017

Schleich Herrerasaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

By | April 8th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Video Review of the Schleich Herrerasaurus Dinosaur Model

Those clever people at JurassicCollectables have produced another dinosaur model video review.  This time it is the Schleich “First Giants” Herrerasaurus that is in the spotlight.  This figure was introduced by Schleich in 2016 and Herrerasaurus has been in the news lately following the publication of a scientific paper that reclassifies the Dinosauria.  The paper, written by a number of eminent palaeontologists, including researchers from the Natural History Museum and Bristol University, puts the Herrerasauridae, the family to which Herrerasaurus belongs, outside of the Dinosauria.  Herrerasaurus may not have been a dinosaur after all.

In this short video (duration a little under five minutes), a Herrerasaurus dinosaur model is unwrapped and put on the display turntable.  The narrator discusses the model and highlights some of the features, including the quaint, retro, almost 1950’s feel of the model.

The Schleich Herrerasaurus Dinosaur Model Video Review

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

The video review gives model collectors the opportunity to see this quite large dinosaur model up close.  The model may have a retro, almost “stop motion” feel to it, as pointed out by the narrator but there are still some lovely touches, such as the wet, glossy look to the inside of the nostrils and the careful paint job done on the eye and down the flanks.  The narrator summaries the Schleich “First Giants” Herrerasaurus succinctly when he says that “this is an early dinosaur that reminds you of an early toy dinosaur.”

JurassicCollectables on YouTube

JurassicCollectables have an amazing YouTube channel which is full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative and interesting videos.  This YouTube channel has tens of thousands of subscribers, that’s an incredible achievement, our congratulations to everyone at JurassicCollectables for such a brilliant YouTube channel.

Visit the YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , Everything Dinosaur recommends that prehistoric animal model fans subscribe to the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel.

To purchase the Schleich Herrerasaurus dinosaur model and to see the full range of Schleich prehistoric animal replicas that Everything Dinosaur offers: Schleich Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

The Schleich “First Giants” Herrerasaurus Dinosaur Model

Schleich Herrerasaurus

Available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Thanks, JurassicCollectables for your video review of Herrerasaurus (H. ischigualastensis), it may not be technically a dinosaur any more, but it is still great to see a manufacturer creating models of Triassic animals.

To read about the reclassification of the Dinosauria and the subsequent implications for Herrerasaurus: Root and Branch Reform of the Dinosaur Family Tree

23 01, 2017

JurassicCollectables Reviews Rebor’s Cerberus Clan

By | January 23rd, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

A Video Review of the Deinonychus Trio (Rebor)

Those hard-working dinosaur enthusiasts at JurassicCollectables have been busy making another dinosaur model video review and this time it is the Rebor Cerberus Clan model set that takes centre stage.  Once again, model fans are given the opportunity to get a good look at any potential purchases.  This video, which is just under ten minutes in duration, shows the models being unpacked, describes each of the Deinonychus replicas in detail, before uniting them with the Rebor Tenontosaurus corpse (Ceryneian Hind) and the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus (Hercules), in a spectacular three-part dinosaur diorama.

JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Cerberus Clan (Deinonychus antirrhopus)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Poseable Dinosaur Figures

The narrator takes great care with the individual model descriptions.  Each one of the dinosaur models has been given its own unique paint job and the narrator describes all three in detail before demonstrating that the wire aperture that supports each model can be manipulated, allowing the necks and tails of these meat-eating dinosaurs to be posed in different positions.

The Video Provides Lots of Information About the Rebor Cerberus Clan

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

JurassicCollectables have a wonderful YouTube channel packed full of dinosaur model reviews and other very informative videos, including reviews of the Rebor Acrocanthosaurus replica and the Rebor Ceryneian Hind (Tenontosaurus).

Visit the YouTube channel of Jurassic Collectables here: JurassicCollectables on YouTube , don’t forget to subscribe to the JurassicCollectables channel, after all, over 52,000 dinosaur model fans already have!

Tenontosaurus Bite Marks Line Up

Rebor’s attention to detail is highlighted in the video review.  JurassicCollectables show how all the bases of the Deinonychus models fit into the Tenontosaurus model base and they point out that the bite marks on the unfortunate Tenontosaurus match up to the positions on the diorama now occupied by the Cerberus Clan.  Model collectors can opt for a range of poses and positions for their own diorama, making their display truly unique. When all three Rebor models are shown together the whole diorama looks spectacular.  Viewers can see the completed diorama in the last portion of the JurassicCollectables video review (very appropriate music accompanies this part of the video too).

All three of the Rebor models, Acrocanthosaurus, the Tenontosaurus corpse (T. tilletti) and the Deinonychus set are available from Everything Dinosaur, to view the entire range of Rebor collectables available from Everything Dinosaur: Rebor Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models

 All Model Sets Together Make an Eye-catching Dinosaur Diorama

Rebor dinosaur diorama.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

It’s fantastic to be able to appreciate the care and skill that has gone into the making of these Rebor models and the JurassicCollectables team really have triumphed once again with their comprehensive and immensely informative model review.

5 01, 2017

Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” Arrives

By | January 5th, 2017|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Rebor Deinonychus Trio in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

Yesterday, this blog site featured an article all about saying farewell to “Dippy” the Diplodocus cast at the Natural History Museum.  Today, we say hello to three, museum quality replicas as the Rebor Deinonychus Trio “Cerberus Clan” has arrived and is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur the Trio of “Raptors” Deinonychus antirrhopus

Cerberus Clan from Rebor

The trio of three “raptors” from Rebor.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The view the Rebor range of replicas, including the “Cerberus Clan” Deinonychus Trio: Rebor Prehistoric Models and Replicas

Three Feathered Dromaeosaurids

The trio of Deinonychus dinosaur models have been named “Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill” and these replicas make up the third component in the 1:35 scale Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus diorama.  The idea being that an Acrocanthosaurus is being challenged over a Tenontosaurus corpse by the plucky raptors (no feather pun intended).  The Deinonychus models, can of course be displayed separately, each one comes with its own base, but when put together with the other 1:35 scale replicas a spectacular diorama is created.

All Three Rebor Replicas Combine to Make a Most Impressive Dinosaur Diorama

A trio of Rebor replicas.

The Rebor Acrocanthosaurus, Tenontosaurus and Deinonychus diorama.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

“Shoot”, “Tooth” and “Thrill”

Each of the Deinonychus replicas has an articulated lower jaw.  Once the jaw is opened some nice detail in the mouth is revealed.  The forelimbs are also articulated and we found that with our models, some adjustment of the forelimbs was required in order to get the model to stand upright.  With only two toes on each foot to stand on, we recommend that each Deinonychus is tacked onto its base to help secure the model.  Discreet sticky tabs can be used or even blue tac if model makers want to avoid using glue to attach the models to their bases.

The Three Deinonychus Models – “Shoot”, “Thrill” and “Tooth”

Rebor Cerberus Clan "Raptors".

The Rebor “Cerberus Clan”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of the Deinonychus dinosaurs measures around thirteen centimetres in length, the heads are approximately six centimetres high when the model is on its base.  The tails are quite bendy and flexible, but we have not tried to re-position them much, we have been too busy playing with the articulated forelimbs and working out which “raptor” to put where in our own Rebor Acrocanthosaurus/Tenontosaurus/Deinonychus prehistoric scene.

Praise for the Paint Job

Each of the pack members has been painted differently, a nice touch, providing each of the Deinonychus replicas with a very individual look.  The patterning on the feathers is very well done and there is much to admire when it comes to the colouration and the paint job.

In Greek mythology, “Cerberus” was the huge, three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld.  The eleventh labour of Hercules involved the capture of this monstrous beast.  Rebor has continued its mythology motif with the three members of the “Cerberus clan”, joining “Hercules”, the Acrocanthosaurus replica and the “Ceryneian Hind”, a giant deer, represented in this case by the Tenontosaurus corpse in this prehistoric scene.  The addition of the three “raptor” models, to what is, an already very impressive diorama, certainly makes this an attractive centrepiece to any dinosaur fan’s model collection.

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