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31 01, 2023

Royal Mail Cyber Incident – More News

By | January 31st, 2023|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

We received the following bulletin from Royal Mail with regards to their on-going cyber incident yesterday afternoon (30th January). It seems that Royal Mail in collaboration with UK authorities including the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre, have been working around the clock to find a work around after the Royal Mail cyber incident first reported on the 12th January.

Royal Mail Cyber Incident

Progress has been made, here is the full statement from Royal Mail:

Royal Mail Cyber Incident
Royal Mail cyber incident statement.

Everything Dinosaur

We at Everything Dinosaur can confirm that last night and this morning we have started to despatch international parcels with a tracked or tracked and signed service or just the signed for service. By 3.30pm GMT (31st of January), all parcels that were held and had tracked, tracked/signed or just signed shipping have been sent out.

Where we have been able to upgrade standard airmail parcels, we have and these have been sent out as well. This just leaves those standard airmail parcels that we were not able to upgrade being delayed by this current cyber incident.

We thank all those customers who have been affected by this for their patience.

At this difficult time, we would like to assure all our customers that we continue to implement contingency plans to minimise any delays to the despatch of parcels.

Please note, international customers based in the EU are not affected, our deliveries to EU customers have continued to operate as normal as Everything Dinosaur uses a different courier network for parcel deliveries to the European Union.

For further information and to contact Everything Dinosaur: Email Everything Dinosaur.

In Summary

  • International tracked parcels can now be despatched.
  • International tracked and signed parcels can now be despatched.
  • International signed parcels can now be despatched.
  • A significant proportion of those Everything Dinosaur customers who had purchased an item and paid for standard international airmail shipping have had their parcels upgraded free of charge to a tracked and/or signed service to permit their order to be sent out.
  • Only international standard airmail parcels are currently being held and cannot be despatched.

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29 01, 2023

Platinum Trusted Service Award Certificate

By | January 29th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The certificate acknowledging the 2023 Platinum Trusted Service Award to Everything Dinosaur has been downloaded and prepared. Everything Dinosaur can display this certificate in their offices and use it in company correspondence.

Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award certificate.
Everything Dinosaur’s Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award certificate.

Platinum Trusted Service Award

Feefo is a leading global customer reviews and insights platform on a mission to empower its clients to fully understand how their customers experience their product or service. The highest accolade offered by Feefo, the Platinum Trusted Service award, was introduced in 2020 and Everything Dinosaur has won the Platinum Trusted Service award every year that it has been available. Everything Dinosaur has been awarded top marks by Feefo four years in a row.

Tony Wheble, the CEO at Feefo, commented:

“This year has been a difficult one for so many businesses. I’m delighted to recognise thousands of our clients that have overcome various challenges to provide such high levels of customer service and satisfaction.”

Everything Dinosaur Has Won the Platinum Trusted Service Award Four Years in a Row

Platinum Trusted Service Award
Everything Dinosaur has won the prestigious Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award ever year that it has been offered. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Mr Wheble added:

“The Trusted Service Awards have always been about recognising companies that go way beyond the norm in customer service and in turn receive great feedback from delighted customers.”

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28 01, 2023

Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

By | January 28th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Newsletters, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Safari Ltd dinosaur models and the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth replica feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Everything Dinosaur team members like to keep customers informed about new products and company developments and a customer newsletter is emailed periodically. In the latest e-news mailing the Dino Dana Zuul armoured dinosaur replica is highlighted.

Dino Dana Zuul dinosaur model features in an Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.
The Dino Dana Zuul armoured dinosaur features in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur Customer Newsletter

The latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter also features the Dino Dana dwarf tyrannosaur replica Nanotyrannus and the colourful bone-headed dinosaur model Stygimoloch (Dino Dana Stygimoloch).

To request a subscription to Everything Dinosaur’s free customer newsletter simply: Email Everything Dinosaur.

The Safari Ltd Dino Dana Nanotyrannus and the Stygimoloch are featured in an Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter.
Two new Safari Ltd Dino Dana models feature in the latest Everything Dinosaur customer newsletter. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus and a Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

The other two models to feature in our January newsletter (2023), is the recently arrived Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model and the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth figure.

Albertosaurus and a Woolly Mammoth.
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus (left) and a new Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model (right). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the extensive range of Safari Ltd dinosaur and other prehistoric animal models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Figures.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We send out newsletters to customers so that they can be kept informed about new additions to our stock and updated on developments at Everything Dinosaur. Our newsletter is free, and we do not share customer emails with anyone else, so our customers can have the assurance that they will not find themselves receiving lots of emails from companies that they never subscribed to”.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth

Joining the Safari Ltd models in our latest newsletter is the Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model, an Ice Age figure that has received praise from model collectors since its introduction.

Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth
The Mojo Fun Woolly Mammoth model is available from Everything Dinosaur.

To view the range of Mojo Fun prehistoric and extinct models available from Everything Dinosaur: Mojo Fun Prehistoric Life Models.

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27 01, 2023

Royal Mail International Cyber Incident Update

By | January 27th, 2023|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Following on from yesterday’s blog post about the international cyber incident at Royal Mail team members can provide an update.

At 10:16am (GMT) on the 26th January, Everything Dinosaur received the following statement from the Managing Director of Royal Mail International, Antony Harvey.

Royal Mail International Cyber Incident Update
Royal Mail issued an update about their on-going cyber incident in the morning of 26th January (2023). Everything Dinosaur has published the Royal Mail statement in full.

International Cyber Incident

The cyber incident, believed to be a ransom ware attack was reported on 12th January (2023), Everything Dinosaur has been unable to send out certain parcels to its international customers, however, customers in the European Union have been unaffected.

Royal Mail has been making progress and implementing measures to mitigate the damage to their networks caused by this attack.

In summary, this is what this latest bulletin means for Everything Dinosaur customers:

  • International Tracked & Signed service as well as the International Signed service parcels can now be despatched.
  • Delivery likely to take longer than usual.
  • Customers may notice a different tracking information as items leave the UK.
  • We have been asked not to submit any new Tracked or Standard International Airmail parcels into the network for the moment.

Further updates on the Tracked and Standard International Airmail services will be provided in the coming days.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We continue to do our best to inform our customers about the current difficulties at Royal Mail. Contingency plans have been put into operation to allow us to continue to despatch parcels overseas, however, for a small number of our customers, parcels have been delayed to permit Royal Mail to resolve this problem. We hope to send out all these parcels in the very near future and we would like to apologise to our customers for any delay in delivery.”

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26 01, 2023

Update from Royal Mail (Cyber Incident)

By | January 26th, 2023|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Latest Update on the Royal Mail Cyber Incident (Wednesday 25th January)

Royal Mail has released a statement about its progress as it attempts to find a work around following the cyber incident, believed to be a malicious ransom ware attack.

Update from Royal Mail

Here is the Royal Mail update”

“Royal Mail has resumed the export of parcels from Northern Ireland to Ireland. This builds on the recent move to resume the export of international letters to all international destinations. Customers in Northern Ireland can now export parcels bound for Ireland into Northern Ireland Post Office branches. Online customers will be able to print labels on Royal Mail shipping systems from 7pm, Friday 20 January. These services are currently only available for customers based in Northern Ireland. They are not available for customers based in Great Britain where export restrictions continue to apply.”

Royal Mail and Everything Dinosaur
Everything Dinosaur team members are keeping their international customers informed about the continuing cyber incident at Royal Mail (January 25th, 2023). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The update from Royal Mail added:

“We have now resumed international export despatches for all mail streams including parcels and letters across a growing number of international destinations. We are making good progress in despatching items that are already in our network across all of our services. Please note you may see less tracking information than usual as we continue to restore our services. At this time, we continue to ask customers not to submit new parcels for export, and we will update further on service resumption as soon as possible.”

Mitigating the Impact

In addition, Royal Mail has released the following statement about their on-going work to resolve this issue:

“Royal Mail continues to work with external experts, the security authorities and regulators to mitigate the impact of this cyber incident, with a focus on restoring all services for export letters and parcels. Our import operations continue to perform a full service with some minor delays. Domestic services remain unaffected.”

The Impact on Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur would like to assure its customers that only a small portion of their international orders have been affected by this issue. All deliveries to customers in the European Union are unaffected. Everything Dinosaur uses a separate and distinct delivery company for customers in the EU, part of our strategy to offer more customer choice and to reduce dependence on one single supplier.

Customers in North America, South America and Australasia have had their parcels sent by an alternative courier wherever possible, however, a small number of orders have had to be held back and they cannot be sent out until Royal Mail opens up the international mail routes such as airmail and tracked and signed.

A spokesperson for the UK-based, award-winning mail order company apologised to that small proportion of customers that had been affected and stated:

“We are sorry for any delays that have been caused due to the problems at Royal Mail. We want to assure the small number of our customers that have been affected that as soon as we have permission to resume despatch of parcels to Royal Mail we will do so and we have put extra resources on standby to ensure we send out parcels as quickly as possible.”

Everything Dinosaur wins Platinum Trusted Service Award.
Everything Dinosaur wins Platinum Trusted Service Award for the fourth year running. Everything Dinosaur has an excellent record of providing customer service and has already put in contingency plans to minimise business disruption caused by the issues at Royal Mail. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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25 01, 2023

Zuul Dinosaur Model

By | January 25th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul dinosaur model is in stock at Everything Dinosaur. Team members have been busy contacting customers to let them know that this new armoured dinosaur model has arrived.

Zuul dinosaur model
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul dinosaur model in lateral view.

Zuul Dinosaur Model

The Zuul dinosaur model is one of four new figures to come into Everything Dinosaur from the Safari Ltd range. The other three models are the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus, and in the sub-brand “Dino Dana” a Stygimoloch and a replica of the controversial dwarf tyrannosaur Nanotyrannus.

Four new Safari Ltd dinosaur models.
Four new dinosaur replicas into stock at Everything Dinosaur including an Albertosaurus (left), a Stygimoloch (centre), a replica of the controversial tyrannosaur Nanotyrannus (right), and (top) the Zuul dinosaur model. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

The Gatekeeper of Gozer

The genus name was inspired by a monster that appeared in the 1984 film “Ghostbusters”, the horned monster being Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer. The species epithet combines crus (Latin) for shin or shank, and vastator (Latin) for destroyer, in reference to the beautiful sledgehammer-like tail club that was the first part of the fossil specimen to be discovered.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Zuul
The new Safari Ltd Zuul dinosaur model. A fantastic replica of a North American, Late Cretaceous ankylosaurid dinosaur.

To view the Zuul dinosaur model (whilst stocks last), and other prehistoric animal figures in the Safari Ltd range: Prehistoric Animal Replicas and Dinosaur Models (Safari Ltd).

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24 01, 2023

Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops

By | January 24th, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Our thanks to Caldey who sent into Everything Dinosaur her drawing of the recently introduced Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops dinosaur model. It is a superb illustration of a very colourful, iridescent dinosaur.

Fans' Choice Medusaceratops
Caldey has sent Everything Dinosaur a drawing of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops. It is a fantastic drawing of a horned dinosaur.

Picture credit: Caldey

Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops

The Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops is a relatively new edition to the ceratopsian series in the popular Beasts of the Mesozoic articulated model range and it is the latest figure to have been drawn by Caldey. Previously, this young artist has drawn numerous models in the Beasts of the Mesozoic range.

Caldey has been inspired to produce several illustrations depicting figures from the Beasts of the Mesozoic ceratopsian series including Zuniceratops, Styracosaurus, Spiclypeus as well as the original Medusaceratops.

An illustration of Medusaceratops
An illustration of Medusaceratops in the original colour scheme. Picture credit: Caldey.

An Iridescent Dinosaur

The Fans’ Choice Medusaceratops proved a particularly challenging subject as this brightly coloured and highly detailed model has a coating of iridescent paint. Metallic pens were used to create this effect on Caldey’s drawing and she has skilfully reproduced the various different types of a scale associated with the figure. In addition, her use of tones has given the Medusaceratops a sense of depth and perspective.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are grateful to Caldey for sharing her wonderful drawing with us. We think the illustration is fantastic, such amazing detail.”

Many of Caldey’s illustrations have been inspired by prehistoric animals depicted in the “Jurassic Park/Jurassic World” movie franchise, but she also likes to draw some of her favourite prehistoric animal models in her collection.

Our thanks to Caldey for sending in her Medusaceratops illustration.

To view the Beasts of the Mesozoic range of articulated dinosaur figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic Articulated Dinosaur Models.

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23 01, 2023

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus

By | January 23rd, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new Safari Ltd Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur. A magnificent and colourful tyrannosaur.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus dinosaur model. The new Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus figure.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus

This striking replica of a Late Cretaceous, North American member of the Tyrannosauridae family is a welcome addition to the Safari Ltd model range. This extensive model series already includes several T. rex figures and in 2021, a replica of Daspletosaurus was added to this range.

Albertosaurus dinosaur model.
Stalking amongst the model bricks, an Albertosaurus model, an excellent replica of a Late Cretaceous tyrannosaur from North America.

The model measures 25 cm long (10 inches) and that detailed head stands approximately 11.5 cm (4.5 inches) off the ground. A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the patterning on the model chosen by the designers would have helped to camouflage this large carnivore as it stalked its prey in the woodlands that were common throughout the Late Cretaceous landscape of northern Laramidia.

Albertosaurus fossils, specifically the nearly 1,150 fossil bones recovered from the Dry Island bonebed adjacent to the Red Deer River in Alberta, provide evidence that this theropod was gregarious and lived in packs.

The type species Albertosaurus sarcophagus was named and described by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1905, the same year in which Osborn named and described the much larger, geologically younger but closely related Tyrannosaurus rex.

Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus.
The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Albertosaurus dinosaur model, now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

To view the Wild Safari Prehistoric World range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Theropod Models and Other Prehistoric Animal Figures.

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22 01, 2023

Zuul Scale Drawing

By | January 22nd, 2023|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|1 Comment

As Everything Dinosaur prepares for the arrival of the new Safari Ltd prehistoric animal models and Dino Dana figures we have been finalising our Zuul scale drawing in readiness for adding this diagram to our armoured dinosaur fact sheet.

Zuul scale drawing.
Everything Dinosaur’s scale drawing of the armoured dinosaur Zuul. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Zuul crurivastator

Zuul (Z. crurivastator), was formally named and scientifically described in 2017 (Arbour and Evans). The fossil specimen, which is nearly complete was discovered in Judith River Formation sandstone sediments. The fossil material was purchased by the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), and the Zuul specimen is on public display.

The genus name honours a fictional ghoul from the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters”. The research team, were reminded of the monster “Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer”, when studying the dinosaur’s prominent horns and ridges on the exquisitely preserved skull.

The species name translates as “destroyer of shins” a reference to the defensive tail club, that was preserved. Zuul remains the only member of the Ankylosaurinae to be known from a complete skull and tail club.

A recent research paper suggested that the tail club was used during intraspecific combat. Although tail clubs were probably used to deter predators, damaged osteoderms on the Zuul specimen suggested that these large herbivores indulged in ritual combat behaviours, perhaps over territory or in fights over mates.

To read Everything Dinosaur’s article about this study: Tail Clubs for Social Dominance.

Zuul Scale Drawing

Zuul is estimated to have measured around six metres in length and to have weighed around 2,500 kilograms.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We intend to send out a Zuul fact sheet with every model of Zuul we sell. We are committed to helping educate and inform. For the vast majority of the prehistoric animal models and figures we supply we include a fact sheet on that animal.

To view the range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World models available from Everything Dinosaur: Armoured Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models (Wild Safari).

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21 01, 2023

Illustration of a Velociraptor

By | January 21st, 2023|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|1 Comment

Our thanks to talented, young artist Caldey who emailed to Everything Dinosaur her illustration of a Velociraptor. The drawing of the head in lateral view was inspired by the third film in the “Jurassic Park” movie franchise, which was released in 2001.

Illustration of a Velociraptor
Our thanks to Caldey for emailing Everything Dinosaur a wonderful illustration of a “Jurassic Park” raptor that she had created. The drawing was inspired by the Velociraptors seen in the third film in the move franchise. Picture credit: Caldey.

Picture credit: Caldey

Illustration of a Velociraptor

The drawing of the head of the dromaeosaurid shows a remarkable level of detail and a careful choice of colours to illustrate this dinosaur. The Velociraptor sports some quills on the top of its head and the head and neck are covered in a variety of different sized scales. The Velociraptor has a prominent, scarlet boss on its naris and blue pigmentation around the eye. The teeth are particularly well drawn. “Jurassic Park III”, was the first film in this movie franchise to depict Velociraptors with quills, whilst in the earlier two films, the Velociraptors were shown without feathers (entirely covered in scales).

Back in the autumn (2022), we received an image of an Atrociraptor from Caldey. This drawing was based on the “raptor” as depicted in the latest film in this series “Jurassic Park Dominion”.

To view our article about Caldey’s Atrociraptor: An Atrociraptor Illustrated.

A Detailed Drawing

A spokesperson for the UK-based Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The Velociraptor illustration is such a detailed drawing. Palaeontologists are beginning to understand a little more about the integumentary coverings of dinosaurs as more impressions of fossilised skin are studied. It is likely that many genera were covered in scales of different shapes and sizes. As visual communication was important to these lithe, little hunters, why not give Velociraptor bright facial markings.”

Our thanks to Caldey for providing Everything Dinosaur with such a fantastic Velociraptor drawing.

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