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20 04, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews a Spinosaurus Dinosaur Model

By | April 20th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus Reviewed by JurassicCollectables

The team at JurassicCollectables have recently published a video review of the new for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus dinosaur model.  Over recent years, palaeontologists have revised their views regarding the Spinosauridae, with the largest known spinosaurid, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus becoming the focus for an intense debate regarding the ecological role these huge Theropods played in the Cretaceous ecosystem.  JurassicCollectables have taken care to highlight the characteristics and attributes of this new model, that reflect current scientific thinking, after all, it is believed that Spinosaurus was semi-aquatic.

The JurassicCollectables Video Review of the New for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus Model

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

A Dinosaur That Thought it Was a Crocodile

In September 2014, a paper was published in the journal “Science” that reviewed the S. aegyptiacus fossil material and proposed that this large predator was essentially a quadruped that had adapted to a semi-aquatic existence.  Here was a meat-eating dinosaur that thought it was a crocodile.  There has been a spate of aquatic Spinosaurus models, and this new figure from Safari Ltd depicts Spinosaurus in a swimming posture.  In this short video from JurassicCollectables (the video review lasts approximately 6 minutes and 40 seconds), the narrator comments on the crocodilian appearance of this figure.

The Spinosaurus is Depicted in a Swimming Pose

A video review of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus model.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus dinosaur model reviewed by JurassicCollectables.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

A Close Look at a Swimming Spinosaurus

The Safari Ltd model is in a swimming pose and the narrator takes viewers on a detailed guided tour of the figure.  The webbed feet for example, are shown in close-up and there are numerous comments about the scales and the careful painting of the Spinosaurus.  The figure is described as being very crocodile-like in appearance, with particular praise for the beautiful head sculpt and the subtle use of airbrushing.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog article on the revision of Spinosaurus published in the autumn of 2014: Spinosaurus – Four Legs are Better Than Two

Size Comparison Time –  A Pair of Spinosaurs

One of the great benefits of the JurassicCollectables video reviews is that dinosaur fans and collectors get to see models in great detail, they also have the opportunity to compare figures.  In this well-crafted video review, the Papo green T. rex dinosaur model is compared with the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus.  Off-colour Alan makes his customary appearance and intriguingly the recently introduced Schleich Spinosaurus is compared with the Safari Ltd replica.

Comparing the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus to the Schleich Spinosaurus Model

Comparing two Spinosaurus dinosaur models.

Two Spinosaurus models are compared.  The Safari Ltd Spinosaurus (left) is compared with the Schleich Spinosaurus model (right).

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

The similarities and differences between these two Spinosaurus models are discussed.  It is interesting to hear how the narrator highlights the differences between these two figures.   For example, the Schleich Spinosaurus may have an articulated lower jaw but it is actually much smaller than the Safari Ltd Spinosaurus.  The Schleich Spinosaurus has a gloss sheen giving the model a “wet look”, quite apt for a semi-aquatic dinosaur, this contrasts with the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus that has more of a matt finish.

Our thanks to JurassicCollectables for posting up a most informative video review.

JurassicCollectables has an amazing YouTube channel we recommend readers visit and subscribe: JurassicCollectables YouTube Channel

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World model range including the new for 2019 Spinosaurus: Wild Safari Prehistoric World

16 04, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews a New Pteranodon Model

By | April 16th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon Model Review

The talented team at JurassicCollectables have posted up a short video review of the new for 2019 walking Pteranodon model from the Wild Safari Prehistoric World figure collection.  This video review really helps collectors and prehistoric animal model fans to appreciate the vivid colours that Safari Ltd chose for their new pterosaur figure.  Unlike most flying reptile figures, this new for 2019 introduction, depicts Pteranodon on the ground, after all, these members of the Pterosauria must have spent some time on “terra firma”.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon Video Review

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Fantastic Details Around the Skull and Eye

In the short video review, (the video lasts six minutes and thirty seconds), the narrator takes the Pteranodon model out of its wrapping and provides viewers with a guided tour of the figure.  Much of the video focuses on the beautifully-painted head, crest and beak.  In particular, the painting around the eye is praised.  Safari Ltd  have made Pteranodon figures before, but this is the first Pteranodon model that has been depicted in a walking pose and not with the wings stretched out in a flying position.

In the Video, the Quality of the Painting Around the Eye is Highlighted

A close-up view of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon model.

The superbly painted Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon model.  In the video, viewers are given a close-up view of the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Pteranodon longiceps

The genus Pteranodon and the first species (P. longiceps), was erected in 1876 (Othniel Charles Marsh).  Numerous models of this famous Late Cretaceous pterosaur have been made, but few of them with the quality of sculpt and the paintwork of this Safari Ltd replica.  The shape of the crest denotes the species and the tiger colouration and the subtle airbrushing on the crest is admirable.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon (P. longiceps) Model

JurassicCollectables reviews the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon figure.

JurassicCollectables reviews the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon model.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

This well-crafted figure measures over eight centimetres long and the head is some ten centimetres off the ground.  The Pteranodon model used in the review was one of the first of the production figures to be made.  In this most informative video review, the model is compared with the recently reviewed Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figure .  The Papo green standing T. rex also features, along with a cameo appearance by off-colour Alan.  No JurassicCollectables video review would be complete without an appearance of the Alan Grant figure.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon Compared to the “Classic” Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Figure

A Pteranodon model compared to a T. rex model.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Pteranodon compared to the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Our thanks to JurassicCollectables for posting up such an interesting and helpful video review, of what is an excellent pterosaur model.

The YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables contains lots of informative and helpful dinosaur and prehistoric animal videos.  Everything Dinosaur recommends that readers subscribe to JurassicCollectables: JurassicCollectables YouTube Channel

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models and figures including the 2019 Pteranodon model: Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World

3 04, 2019

How Big is the PNSO Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model “Nick”?

By | April 3rd, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

How Big is the PNSO Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model?

The new for 2019 PNSO Ceratosaurus dinosaur model “Nick” is certainly making waves amongst dinosaur fans and model collectors.  Staff at Everything Dinosaur are not sure why our chums at PNSO chose to call their Ceratosaurus figure “Nick”, but all of us have been very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship demonstrated in this exceptionally large dinosaur model.  How big is the PNSO Ceratosaurus?   We could get out one of our tape measures or geological rulers to show just how huge this model is, but, instead we have created a short video that compares the PNSO Ceratosaurus with the recently introduced CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus.  After all, a picture (or in this case a short video), is worth more than a thousand words, or so the saying goes.

The New for 2019 PNSO Ceratosaurus “Nick” Compared to the CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus Figure

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Comparing the PNSO Ceratosaurus to the CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus

In this short video (it lasts a little over thirty seconds), we compare the PNSO Ceratosaurus dinosaur model with the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus, which itself is a sizeable dinosaur replica.  The CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus is a recently introduced model, it only came out last year.

To read about all the new for 2018 CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal models: CollectA Deluxe Figures Introduced in 2018

However, the CollectA figure is dwarfed by the impressive and enormous PNSO Ceratosaurus.   The PNSO replica is one of the largest Theropod figures that we have ever stocked.

The PNSO Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model “Nick”

The PNSO Ceratosaurus dinosaur model.

The PNSO Ceratosaurus dinosaur model “Nick”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Tale of the Tape – Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Models

The CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus is not a small dinosaur model by any means, but in our video, it looks tiny compared to the colossal PNSO Ceratosaurus.  For the statisticians amongst us here are the model measurements:

  • CollectA Ceratosaurus – length 27 cm approximately with a head height of 12 cm.
  • PNSO Ceratosaurus “Nick” – length around 58 cm approximately, with a head height of about 26 cm.

Remarkably, the base for the PNSO figure is around ten times the size of the base associated with the CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus.

Ceratosaurus But Which Species?

A number of species have been assigned to the Ceratosaurus genus and it is difficult to decide which species these replicas represent.  For example, do they represent C. nasicornis or perhaps C. dentisulcatus?  Whatever the species epithet, both these models are most impressive, but the PNSO Ceratosaurus is going to need a lot more shelf space.

In terms of calculating a scale for the PNSO model, this is challenging.  The maximum size for Ceratosaurus is unknown with estimated lengths ranging from about 4.5 metres to excess of 6 metres depending on the fossil specimen and the species.  If we take the upper figure (six metres) and we estimate the length of the PNSO Ceratosaurus to be about sixty centimetres, then, based on this crude assessment, the PNSO figure is in approximately 1:10 scale.

The CollectA Deluxe 1:40 Scale Ceratosaurus Compared to the PNSO Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Model

Comparing Ceratosaurus figures.

Comparing the PNSO Ceratosaurus dinosaur model with the CollectA Deluxe Ceratosaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of PNSO prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur including “Nick” the Ceratosaurus: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal figures including the 1:40 scale Ceratosaurus: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Life

22 03, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Kaiyodo Sofubi “Classic” T. rex

By | March 22nd, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex “Classic Colouration”

A few days ago, JurassicCollectables posted up onto their excellent YouTube channel an unboxing video featuring a trio of Tyrannosaur models that we, at Everything Dinosaur had sent them.  The narrator could hardly contain his excitement as he opened the box and unwrapped the three colour variants of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex.  In that short, unboxing video we were promised that each model would be reviewed at length in the near future.  True to their word JurassicCollectables have posted up a video review of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex “classic colouration”.

A Video Review of the Limited Edition “Classic” Kaiyodo T. rex Articulated Figure

Video credit: JurassicCollectables

Inspired by the Artwork of Zdeněk Burian

In this video review (it lasts for a little over twelve minutes), the narrator discusses the packaging (this model comes in a special edition box) and points out the degree of movement afforded by the ten points of articulation.  This Tyrannosaur is known as the “classic”, as the colour scheme chosen for this figure was inspired by the highly influential Czech painter and illustrator Zdeněk Burian.

The Articulated Dinosaur Model Can be Placed in a Variety of Poses

A video review of a Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex "classic" colour.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex can be put into a variety of poses.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

The recently reviewed Eofauna Scientific Research Giganotosaurus (G. carolinii), makes an appearance and helps to provide a size comparison with the Kaiyodo figure.  In addition, JurassicCollectables uses a Papo green standing T. rex model to help to give an impression of the figure’s size.  Naturally, off-colour Alan gets involved too and the narrator comments that when the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex is placed next to the Alan Grant action figure, it looks like a juvenile T. rex.  This is highly appropriate as a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex is referenced in the original Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton.

Beautiful Background Provided in the Presentation Box

The narrator comments upon the beautiful background image provided in the special presentation box and reflects on the skilful craftmanship and the care taken to produce the stunning paint scheme and the graceful airbrushing.   The mouth and jaws (the figure has an articulated upper jaw), are singled out for special praise.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Model Meets “Off-colour Alan”

A video review of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex "classic" colour version.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex meets “off-colour Alan”.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

To view the JurassicCollectables Kaiyodo unboxing article published by Everything Dinosaur: JurassicCollectables Unboxing a Trio of T. rex Figures

The YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables is jam-packed with top quality dinosaur themed videos, it has attracted almost 79,000 subscribers.  Well done JurassicCollectables.  Find the YouTube channel here and don’t forget to subscribe: JurassicCollectables YouTube Channel

There is Much to Admire in the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex Figure

A close-up view of a Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box Tyrannosaurus rex "classic" colour.

A close-up view of the head of the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex “classic” colouration.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Aimed at collectors and not for dinosaur fans under fifteen years of age, this limited edition and quite rare dinosaur model is available from Everything Dinosaur (whilst stocks last).

Find the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex “classic” and the other Kaiyodo models here: Kaiyodo Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Figures

5 03, 2019

Designing Dinosaur Models

By | March 5th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Designing Dinosaur Models

Designing dinosaur and prehistoric animal models is a tricky business.  With the advent of three-dimensional printing technology and modelling software, things have got a little easier but there is still all the work involved in creating prototypes, mould building and so on.  Today, we feature the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figure, a dinosaur model that was developed to demonstrate how scientific thinking regarding the stance of Theropod dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex has changed over the last hundred years or so.

The Japanese model maker Kaiyodo has employed state-of-the-art modelling techniques to produce fantastic, highly collectable dinosaur models and figures.  The design team excelled themselves when developing a collectable figure with ten points of articulation.  Many models have an articulated lower jaw, but for the design team at Kaiyodo, doing the ordinary was out  of the question, in their limited edition T. rex Toy Box figures, they opted for an articulated upper jaw instead.

Demonstrating the Articulated Upper Jaw on the Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex Figure

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

Articulated Dinosaur Models

There has been a trend in recent years for dinosaur models to have articulated jaws and front limbs.  One of the benefits of an articulated jaw for example, is this feature does permit collectors to be able to close the mouth of their figure.  Many Theropod dinosaur models tend to depict these animals with their mouth open, not a natural pose at all.  Most tetrapods don’t walk round all day with the jaws wide open.  It is the lower jaw that is articulated in the vast majority of these figures. However, in order to demonstrate their engineering credentials, the design team at Kaiyodo gave their Sofubi Toy Box T. rex an articulated upper jaw (premaxilla and maxilla), as demonstrated in this short forty-five second video.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex in “Kangaroo” Pose

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex in a “kangaroo” pose.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

From Kangaroo to a Balanced See-saw

When first scientifically described, Tyrannosaurus rex was illustrated as a biped whose tail dragged on the ground.  The articulated tail of the Sofubi Toy Box T. rex permits the model to displayed in this position, a pose described as a “kangaroo pose” or sometimes a “kangaroo stance”.  However, the ingenious engineering allows this figure to be displayed in what is thought to be a more anatomically accurate pose, with the centre of balance over the hips and the tail lifted off the ground – a sort of pose described as a “balanced see-saw”.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi T. rex Model in a “Balanced See-saw” Stance

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box articulated T. rex model.

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box articulated T. rex figure with the tail lifted off the ground.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

When it comes to the engineering behind the design of dinosaur models, you have to hand it to Kaiyodo…

A Handy Dinosaur Model

T. rex dinosaur model (Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box - T. rex A).

Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex dinosaur figure (T. rex A).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Kaiyodo Sofubi Toy Box T. rex figure is suitable for collectors from fifteen years and above and it can be found here: Kaiyodo Prehistoric Animal Models

27 02, 2019

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex Dinosaur Model (2019)

By | February 27th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex Dinosaur Model (2019)

Tyrannosaurus rex may have been formally named and described more than 100 years ago, but this iconic dinosaur has certainly not lost any of its appeal since Henry Fairfield Osborn’s scientific paper (1905).  The “tyrant lizard king” remains as popular as ever with casts of skeletons adorning many natural history museums and no dinosaur movie seems complete without an appearance or two of a T. rex.

Tyrannosaurus rex on the Front Cover of the First Edition of the Novel “Jurassic Park”

The front cover of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

The first edition of Jurassic Park, featured on the front cover a silhouette of a T. rex skeleton, albeit with a few anatomical discrepancies.

The Enduring Popularity of Tyrannosaurus rex

For dinosaur fans and prehistoric animal model collectors, there are a plethora of T. rex figures to collect and most manufacturers carry at least one replica of this, perhaps the most famous of all the dinosaurs, within their ranges.  Today, we take a look at just one recently introduced figure, that of the 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex made by Safari Ltd.

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex Dinosaur Model (2019)

T.rex Dinosaur Model

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A lot of print space has been devoted to trying to explain this carnivores’ enduring popularity.  In the 2019 Safari Ltd catalogue there are no less than five Tyrannosaurus rex models within the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range and that does not include the baby dinosaurs in eggs.  The most recent figure was introduced a few weeks ago (see picture above), this has led to some speculation that a number of the older figures in this range will be withdrawn.  Measuring around seventeen centimetres in length and with that powerful head standing some eleven centimetres off the ground, this is not the largest T. rex figure available, but as with all the models in the Safari Ltd portfolio, it is well painted and has lots of fine detail.  The figure has already attracted a 5-star review on the Everything Dinosaur website.

Safari Ltd have taken some beautiful photographs highlighting the exquisite details on their prehistoric animal models.  We intend to post these pictures up onto our social media platforms as they permit model collectors the opportunity to see more than just the standard figure studio shots.  Perhaps the photographs will inspire collectors to take their own pictures showcasing their very own “Jurassic Park”

An Outward Bound Tyrannosaurus rex 

The Wild Safari Prehistoric World T. rex dinosaur model.

The new for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Tyrannosaurus rex figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World figures available from Everything Dinosaur including the new for 2019 Tyrannosaurus rexWild Safari Prehistoric World

Admiring the Details – The Skin Folds and a Beautifully Painted Eye

T. rex (Wild Safari Prehistoric World)

A closer look at the new for 2019 Tyrannosaurus rex figure.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

21 02, 2019

Everything Dinosaur Receives Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2019

By | February 21st, 2019|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Top Marks for Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises that the UK-based dinosaur company delivers exceptional customer service as well as exceptional prehistoric animal models.  Feefo product and service ratings are provided by real customers, Everything Dinosaur has over 600 customer reviews and comments posted up on its award winning website.

Everything Dinosaur’s Gold Trusted Service Award

Feefo certificate of excellence (2019).

Everything Dinosaur has won for the second year in a row, the top award from Feefo.  We even got sent a certificate to prove it.

Picture Credit: Feefo

The Gold Trusted Service Award

The accolade was created by Feefo.  Trusted Service is only awarded to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and comments.  Those organisations that meet this high standard, based on the number of reviews collected, and their average rating, are recognised with this award.  It is regarded as a badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real people who purchase from Everything Dinosaur.  As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a Everything Dinosaur’s commitment to outstanding service.

To see what all the fuss is about check out Everything Dinosaur’s website: Visit Everything Dinosaur’s website

Gold Trusted Service Award to Everything Dinosaur

Gold Trusted Service Award to Everything Dinosaur.

Feefo awards top marks to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Feefo

To win this prestigious award, a company must meet the criteria of receiving at least fifty reviews between January 2018 and December 31st 2018, with a Feefo customer service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.  At the moment, Everything Dinosaur has six hundred reviews posted up on-line, over 98% of them are 5-stars.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are really pleased to receive this award from Feefo.  This is the second year that we have been eligible for this honour and it is the second year in a row that we have been awarded it.  The Feefo Gold Trusted Service award.  We are committed to delivering the highest quality of customer service and these days it is vitally important for companies to listen, understand and respond to customers.  We have lots of exciting plans for our websites in 2019, we are looking forward to another successful year.”

Praise from the CEO

Matt West, the Chief Executive Officer at Feefo congratulated Everything Dinosaur and added:

“The Trusted Service award has always been about recognising those companies that excel beyond the norm.  This year we’ve seen many remarkable businesses leveraging the full potential of Feefo to provide outstanding levels of experience for their customers – and rightly being awarded our most prestigious accreditation.  I’m looking forward to the continual success of the businesses that work in partnership with us throughout 2019.”

Over the next few months, Everything Dinosaur will be introducing new prehistoric animal models from Papo, Safari Ltd, CollectA, PNSO, Rebor, Mojo Fun and a number of other organisations.  For a company that specialises in dinosaurs, there is no sign that Everything Dinosaur is heading for extinction.

15 02, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Eofauna Giganotosaurus

By | February 15th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|1 Comment

Eofauna Giganotosaurus Reviewed by JurassicCollectables

Hot on the heels of several Schleich new for 2019 model reviews, JurassicCollectables have posted up a video of the new Eofauna Scientific Research Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.  The narrator correctly surmises that this is the first dinosaur figure to be introduced by Eofauna and the Giganotosaurus is heralded as being one of the most scientific accurate dinosaur models to have been made.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the New for 2019 Eofauna Giganotosaurus Dinosaur Model (G. carolinii)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

Exclusive Behind the Scenes Images

As Everything Dinosaur works closely with Eofauna Scientific Research, we were able to provide the JurassicCollectables team with exclusive images showing the three-dimensional skeletal reconstructions that the designers at Eofauna created in order to help ensure the accuracy of their figure.  Osteological measurements were taken in order to build up the muscles and the skin texture.  The wrinkles on the dinosaur model reflect how this Cretaceous hypercarnivore would have actually moved.

Three-Dimensional Images Were Used to Scientifically Construct the Giganotosaurus from the Inside Out

Three dimensional Giganotosaurus figure.

A three-dimensional model of Giganotosaurus carolinii was produced to ensure a scientifically accurate dinosaur replica.

Image Credit: Eofauna Scientific Research/Everything Dinosaur

A “Boxer’s Chin” and the Correct Size Scales

In this short video (duration just under nine minutes), the narrator opens up the plastic bag containing the model and the proceeds to take the viewer on a guided tour of the figure.  The close-up views of the articulated jaws and the inside of the mouth are particularly well done.  Everything Dinosaur team members pointed out to JurassicCollectables that if the lower jaw is viewed from the side, the tip of the jaw is thicker and more robust.  We have nicknamed this characteristic of Giganotosaurus anatomy the “boxer’s chin”.  Not that this dinosaur indulged in pugilism, however, this thickened bone may have evolved to help protect the rest of the jaw from impact damage as this predator lunged and attacked its prey.

On the Turntable the Eofauna Scientific Research Giganotosaurus Dinosaur Model

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus dinosaur replica.

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.  The anterior portion of the lower jaw is thickened, perhaps an adaptation to help protect the dentary from impacts.

Image Credit: JurassicCollectables

In the video review, JurassicCollectables note the care and attention taken over getting the scales on this dinosaur to look right.  In the section of the video that focuses on the ribs, viewers will note the very fine scales with just the occasional, larger rounded scale on the model picked out, these scales are most prominent on this part of the figure.  As the replica has been designed based on a 3-D simulation, Eofauna have been able to add lots of wrinkles and folds to depict movement, at the back of the femur (thigh area) for example, these are once again highly accurate based on the skeletal assessment.  Such features are skilfully highlighted in this excellent video review.

JurassicCollectables have a wonderful YouTube channel dedicated to prehistoric animals and dinosaur models.  Everything Dinosaur recommends that fans of dinosaurs subscribe: Subscribe to JurassicCollectables on YouTube

Comparing the Eofauna Giganotosaurus to Other Eofauna Figures

During the video review, the two other Eofauna figures, the Steppe Mammoth and the Straight-tusked Elephant are introduced and provide a size comparison with the Giganotosaurus.  Naturally, off-colour Alan also gets involved.

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus Model is Compared to the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus and the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth.

Comparing the Eofauna Giganotosaurus with the Eofauna Steppe Mammoth.

Image Credit: JurassicCollectables

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus and the Eofauna Straight-tusked Elephant Model

Giganotosaurus from Eofauna compared to the Straight-tusked elephant model.

The Eofauna Giganotosaurus compared with the Eofauna Straight-tusked elephant.

Image Credit: JurassicCollectables

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is an excellent video review.  JurassicCollectables have been able to provide model collectors with detailed information not only on the figure itself, but how it was created using the fossilised material to ensure scientific accuracy.”

To purchase the Eofauna Giganotosaurus figure and the rest of the Eofauna model range: Eofauna Scientific Research Models

6 02, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Schleich Animantarx

By | February 6th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Schleich Animantarx Model Reviewed by JurassicCollectables

The latest video to be produced by those creative people at JurassicCollectables features one of the new for 2019 Schleich prehistoric animal figures – the Schleich Animantarx.  The Animantarx is described as adorable and as it represents an armoured dinosaur that grew to a length of approximately three metres.  The model works well in scale with JurassicCollectables regular “off-colour Alan”, who makes an appearance towards the end of the review.

The JurassicCollectables Video Review of the Schleich Animantarx Dinosaur Model

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

An Adorable Animantarx

The narrator describes this model as an “adorable Animantarx” and it certainly has an appeal.  The figure is nicely proportioned and the wet-looking gloss added to the black eyes provides this replica with a certain charm.  It is described as “a cute looking dinosaur” and it is hard to disagree.

The “Adorable Animantarx” Dinosaur Model from Schleich

The Schleich Animantarx dinosaur model.

A close-up view of the Schleich Animantarx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Animantarx

The narrator correctly points out that this member of the Nodosauridae family was named and described relatively recently (1999).  It is known from very fragmentary fossils, including a partial skull and a piece of fossilised jaw.  This dinosaur had a distinctive domed skull and tiny horns behind the eyes.  Features that can be seen in the close-up view of the head in the picture above.  It is this attention to detail that elevates this armoured dinosaur model.  Clearly, the Schleich design team have worked hard to produce a model that reflect scientific understanding.   The model may have flaws, but as the narrator points out, there is much to be admired when it comes to examining the dermal armour, the skin tones and the detailing of the body scales.

Measuring the Length of Animantarx

Working out the size of the Schleich Animantarx dinosaur model.

Measuring the Schleich Animantarx dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Everything Dinosaur team members have also measured this new for 2019 Schleich model.  The figure is approximately fourteen centimetres long.  JurassicCollectables have amassed an extensive library of video reviews about dinosaur models.  The JurassicCollectables YouTube channel is a depository of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed information.  We suggest you check out their channel and subscribe: Subscribe to JurassicCollectables.

Two Schleich Figures are Compared (Animantarx and Dimetrodon)

The new for 2019 Schleich Dimetrodon is compared with the Schleich Animantarx model.

Comparing the new re-painted Schleich Dimetrodon (right) with the new for 2019 Schleich Animantarx model (left).

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Comparing Schleich Prehistoric Animal Models

One of the great benefits of a JurassicCollectables video review is that it enables viewers to see up close a new figure and to compare it to other recent model introductions.  In this video review, the new for 2019 Schleich Spinosaurus figure is shown and the 2019, re-painted Dimetrodon makes an appearance.  Both the Dimetrodon and the Schleich Spinosaurus have also been recently reviewed on the JurassicCollectables channel.  As mentioned earlier, “off-colour Alan” appears in the video as well.  It is always a pleasure to see “off-colour Alan”.

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

30 01, 2019

JurassicCollectables Reviews Schleich Dimetrodon and Schleich Giganotosaurus

By | January 30th, 2019|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Everything Dinosaur videos, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Dimetrodon and Giganotosaurus (Schleich) Reviewed by JurassicCollectables

Those talented people at the JurassicCollectables YouTube channel have released another video, this time, it is a review of two of the new for 2019 Schleich prehistoric animal figures, both re-paints, the Schleich Giganotosaurus and the Schleich Dimetrodon.

JurassicCollectables Reviews the Schleich Dimetrodon and the Schleich Giganotosaurus (New for 2019)

Video Credit: JurassicCollectables

New for 2019/New Colour Schemes

Both these figures are new colour schemes of previously introduced sculpts.  Providing re-painted versions of existing models can help to broaden a product range and provides a contrast to previously introduced figures.  For example, the new for 2019 Schleich Giganotosaurus has an altogether darker colour scheme than the Schleich Giganotosaurus (orange) that was launched in 2015.  The narrator points this out and goes on to provide a detailed analysis of the subtle use of airbrushing as well as commenting upon the darker colour palette associated with the skull and the airbrushing to bring out the textures in the neck.

In the Video Review, the Darker Tones of the Giganotosaurus Colour Scheme are Commented Upon

A Schleich Giganotosaurus dinosaur model.

The Schleich Giganotosaurus (2019).  This dinosaur model has a more muted and darker colour scheme than earlier Schleich figures of Giganotosaurus.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Five New Schleich Prehistoric Animals

The Giganotosaurus and the Dimetrodon are two of the five new Schleich prehistoric animals to be introduced in the first part of 2019.  We will post up details of other Schleich models due to be introduced in July, but for the meantime, dinosaur fans have a Spinosaurus, Dimorphodon, an armoured dinosaur (Animantarx) and these two prehistoric animals to collect.

Schleich Giganotosaurus and Schleich Dimetrodon Size Comparison

A Schleich Dimetrodon and a Schleich Giganotosaurus.

Comparing the new for 2019 Schleich Giganotosaurus and the Schleich Dimetrodon figures.

Picture Credit: JurassicCollectables

Everything Dinosaur has also announced a number of model retirements from the Schleich range.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article announcing Schleich prehistoric animal model retirements: Schleich Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements (2019)

The Schleich Dimetrodon (2019)

Dimetrodon seems to be a staple in prehistoric animal model ranges and is often described incorrectly as a dinosaur.  However, this Permian predator from Schleich is praised by the video narrator for its excellent airbrushing and fine detail, especially on the sail.  The texture on the animal’s flank and the carefully painted eyes are highlighted.  JurassicCollectables have a long history of producing dinosaur model reviews, they suggest that the colour scheme for the new for 2019 Dimetrodon reflects the original “Jurassic Park” Dimetrodon model that was introduced in the 1990’s.  The narrator comments that the figure has been painted in naturalistic colours, reminiscent of many living lizards.

The New for 2019 Schleich Dimetrodon Model

2019 Schleich Dimetrodon

The new for 2019 Schleich Dimetrodon model.

Picture Credit: Jurassic Collectables

The JurassicCollectables video is just under six minutes in length.  It provides fans of prehistoric animal models with an opportunity to take a really close look at these new Schleich replicas.

Take a look at the fabulous YouTube channel of JurassicCollectables: Subscribe to JurassicCollectables on YouTube

Everything Dinosaur will be providing information about the July releases from Schleich, they have some very exciting models to come, however, in the meantime, it is great to see these re-paints being added to the Schleich range of models.

To view the range of Schleich figures available from Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

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