The recently introduced (2022) CollectA deluxe Spinosaurus dinosaur model has been well received by dinosaur fans and model collectors. The latest incarnation of the largest theropod known to science is just one of the Spinosaurus figures that have been made by CollectA. Their range of Spinosaurus replicas helps to chart how our perceptions about this carnivorous dinosaur have changed.

CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus
The CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus dinosaur model. A recently introduced (2022) updated replica of the giant, North African theropod Spinosaurus.

The CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus

The first Spinosaurus model introduced by CollectA came out not long after the range was launched. It depicted this dinosaur as a colourful biped. The model was short-lived, it was replaced by a more muted version.

CollectA Spinosaurus Model
The first CollectA Spinosaurus model. The dinosaur was depicted as a colourful biped.

Spinosaurus Replicas and Models

Since the early days of the CollectA range, Spinosaurus has been an integral part of the company’s product offering. In 2010, the first Spinosaurus in the CollectA Deluxe range was added.

CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus
Smile Spino. please! Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

In 2015 CollectA introduced their first Spinosaurus replicas depicting this animal as an obligate quadruped (walking on all fours). Three models were introduced, a 1:40 scale CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus replica and two smaller models (Spinosaurus walking and Spinosaurus swimming). The 2015 swimming Spinosaurus model was the first CollectA model to be introduced that depicted a swimming dinosaur. These figures commemorated the centenary of the formal scientific description and naming of this theropod (1915 Stromer). CollectA was the first toy company to make a model of S. aegyptiacus based on the comprehensive reassessment carried out the previous year in a scientific paper entitled “Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur” (Ibrahim et al). The 2015 swimming Spinosaurus model was officially retired in 2019.

CollectA Spinosaurus models.
CollectA Spinosaurus available from Everything Dinosaur (2015). Picture credit Everything Dinosaur.

To view the current CollectA not-to-scale model range: CollectA Prehistoric Life/Prehistoric World Models.

CollectA Deluxe Spinosaurus 2022

The latest version of this iconic carnivorous dinosaur to be added, the 2022 CollectA deluxe Spinosaurus has a restyled dorsal fin and the tail has been thickened to reflect yet more published research on this dinosaur: Spinosaurus – The River Monster.

CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale swimming Spinosaurus
The CollectA Deluxe swimming Spinosaurus in 1:40 scale (approximately).

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the history of CollectA Spinosaurus models closely reflects the changing views held by palaeontologists. The changing models of Spinosaurus demonstrate how perceptions about this huge dinosaur have changed over the last two decades.

The new for 2022 Spinosaurus has certainly proved popular with one model reviewer posting on Everything Dinosaur’s website that this figure was the “best CollectA model ever”.

To view the CollectA 2022 Spinosaurus and the rest of the scale model figures in this range: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric World.

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