It is time for Everything Dinosaur to introduce the first of the new prehistoric animal releases for 2023 from CollectA. Today, we list the first new CollectA models 2023. There have been lots of problems for businesses to contend with over the last two years or so. The global pandemic has had a severe impact on manufacturing and there are continuing difficulties with production schedules and logistics.
In addition, Anthony Beeson, one of the leading lights behind the design of the CollectA prehistoric animal model range, sadly passed away in April. His inspirational legacy lives on reflected in the huge range of prehistoric animal models and replicas that CollectA manufactures and thanks to Anthony’s dedication there are many more new figures to come.
CollectA today announces three additions to their Popular Age of Dinosaurs range.
- Triceratops horridus – confronting (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
- Hadrosaurus (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
- Ceratosuchops fishing (Age of Dinosaurs Popular) due to be available early 2023.
New CollectA Models
Triceratops horridus – Confronting
CollectA have updated their Triceratops replica in their popular Prehistoric Life range. This is the second Triceratops horridus dinosaur model to be introduced by CollectA after the addition of the CollectA Deluxe 1:40 scale T. horridus in 2022.
This latest ceratopsian figure from CollectA incorporates the latest scientific research on the iconic “three-horned face”, just like the previously introduced 1:40 scale replica. For example, this new Triceratops has large, prominent scales embedded in its skin, as demonstrated in the skin impressions associated with the T. horridus specimen nicknamed Lane, which is still being studied.
The colourful head is lowered as if this dinosaur is preparing to defend itself from an attacking theropod dinosaur such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Hence the model’s name – Triceratops horridus – confronting.
CollectA Hadrosaurus (H. foulkii)
The second new for 2023 CollectA figure is Hadrosaurus, a model of the first duck-billed dinosaur to be named and the first member of the Dinosauria to be described from fossils found in North America.
Unlike the first reconstructions of Hadrosaurus (H. foulkii), which depicted this herbivorous dinosaur as a biped, the new for 2023 CollectA Hadrosaurus figure is a depicted as a quadruped, although this robust dinosaur could probably rear up onto its hind legs when compelled to do so. The large scales on the neck reflect recent studies into Hadrosauridae skin texture and the CollectA model has been given a flash of yellow paint around its eyes and a colourful, bright pink snout reflecting current scientific thinking that this animal probably lived in social herds and relied on visual communication amongst herd members.
In contrast to the Hadrosaurus figure, a model of a dinosaur that was described nearly 165 years ago, the last of the trio of new CollectA figures we announce this week is a model of a dinosaur that was only formally described last year (2021).
Known from fragmentary fossils found on the Isle of Wight, Ceratosuchops has been assigned to the Spinosauridae family and although this large theropod was capable of hunting smaller dinosaurs, it probably specialised in catching fish. The new for 2023 CollectA Prehistoric Life Ceratosuchops has been posed as if it was lurking close to the water’s edge preparing to catch a fish. In the scientific paper published in September 2021 (Barker et al), the researchers noted the rugose nature of the posterior portion of the nasal bone and the raised bone associated with the preorbital. These features suggest that Ceratosuchops had bony ridges above its eyes, and these have been coloured bright orange as these features may have signalled the dinosaur’s health and maturity.
The CollectA Ceratosuchops fishing has an articulated lower jaw.
- CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Triceratops horridus (Confronting) – length 19.3 cm, height of headshield 7.3 cm.
- CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Hadrosaurus – length 14 cm, height 5 cm.
- CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Ceratosuchops fishing with an articulated jaw – length 24 cm, height 8.5 cm.
This trio of fabulous CollectA Popular Age of Dinosaurs figures are scheduled to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur in the early part of 2023. When we have more precise information about a delivery date to our warehouse, we will post up details on our social media platforms.
To view the range of CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular figures/CollectA Prehistoric Life models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Prehistoric Life Models.
We will post up more details about new for 2023 CollectA models next Friday and a brief video about these three figures will shortly be posted on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.
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