PNSO Sinosauropteryx prima

The popular PNSO Age of Dinosaurs range features a huge variety of different types of dinosaur and prehistoric animal.  However, at Everything Dinosaur, we are always delighted to see a dinosaur that once lived in China being produced as a replica by a company that is based in China.  One of our favourites from the PNSO portfolio epitomises this approach, the colourful PNSO Sinosauropteryx prima figure.

The PNSO Sinosauropteryx (S. prima) Dinosaur Model

PNSO Sinosauropteryx dinosaur model.
PNSO Yuyan the Sinosauropteryx dinosaur model.  A model of a compsognathid, fossils of which come from China.  The model has been carefully painted to reflect current scientific thinking about the colouration of this small theropod dinosaur.

PNSO Sinosauropteryx prima

The PNSO Sinosauropteryx is number 039 in the “Prehistoric Animal Toys that Accompany your Growth” range of figures, it is available as a single purchase or part of the enormous, suitcase-sized set of 48 prehistoric animal figures.

The Special Edition PNSO Gift Box with Includes 039 Yuyan the Sinosauropteryx Model

Forty-eight models in the PNSO gift box.
PNSO special edition gift box.  A superb gift box containing 48 prehistoric animal figures from the PNSO “Prehistoric Animal Toys that Accompany your Growth” product portfolio.  This set does include the Yuyan (Sinosauropteryx) model.

Sinosauropteryx prima

Named and described back in 1996, this little feathered dinosaur caused a sensation when its discovery was announced.  Whilst the discovery of feathered theropod dinosaurs has become more of routine event in the near quarter of a century since S. prima was named and scientifically described (Ji and Ji), Everything Dinosaur team members expect to report in the very near future about the finding of another feathered compsognathid, not from north-eastern China but from north-eastern Brazil.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The Compsognathidae is a diverse and temporally widespread family of small, cursorial theropods.  We expect to post up a blog article soon about a bizarrely feathered compsognathid that roamed north-eastern Brazil around 110 million years ago.  We are so pleased to see models of compsognathids such as Sinosauropteryx being produced by mainstream model makers.”


Everything Dinosaur’s post about the new South American compsognathid has now been published (December 15th, 2020).  The article featuring Ubirajara jubatus can be found here: One Very Flashy New Dinosaur – Ubirajara jubatus.

Sinosauropteryx is pronounced Sign-no-sore-opt-ter-iks  and it translates as “Chinese Lizard Wing”.  Ubirajara (pronounced You-bi-rah-jar-rah), has been placed within the Compsognathidae family, it is regarded as the sister genus to a clade formed between Compsognathus from the Late Jurassic of Europe and Sinosauropteryx from the Early Cretaceous of north-eastern China.

To view the PNSO Sinosauropteryx model and the rest of the figures in the PNSO prehistoric animal model range: PNSO Age of Dinosaurs.

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