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19 05, 2024

An Amazing Dinosaur Model Collection

By |2024-05-21T18:50:31+01:00May 19th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models|0 Comments

Our thanks to Dave, an Everything Dinosaur customer, who sent in some photographs of his amazing model collection.  He began collecting prehistoric animal figures in January 2021. Since then, he has amassed a wonderful and eclectic collection.  To build up such an incredible dinosaur model collection is such a short space of time is quite remarkable.

Dinosaur model collection.

A beautiful and eclectic collection of prehistoric animal models and figures. Picture credit: Dave.

Picture credit: Dave

A Stunning Dinosaur Model Collection

At Everything Dinosaur, we enjoy seeing how our customers display their figures.  There is an active and very supportive model collecting community and we really appreciate all the photographs that we get sent.  This is an incredible collection, and our team members were able to spot some rare and difficult to find pieces.  We could spot some of our own personal favourites too.

Dinosaur model collection

Lots of Papo, Wild Safari Prehistoric World and CollectA figures on display. Picture credit: Dave.

Picture credit: Dave

Dinosaur model collecting has become an increasingly popular hobby in recent years. Hobbies involving building a dinosaur model collection boomed during the lockdowns of the pandemic. For many collectors, the thrill lies in the hunt for new figures and rare pieces. There is often a race to acquire a model before it is retired and out of production.

Dave commented:

“I am very pleased, and surprised, at the progress I have made in a little more than three years. I have managed to find many retired and difficult to obtain items along the way, but my quest is far from over and there are several pieces which still elude me.”

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained that the choice of figures is vast. There the “classic” models of our childhoods as well as beautiful, hand-painted figures inspired by movie franchises. The range of scientifically accurate figures is extremely large. Collectors often specialise in certain areas, such as collecting models from certain manufacturers or confining themselves to figures representing animals from the Jurassic or Cretaceous.

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

Displaying a Prized Collection

Beyond the collecting itself, many enthusiasts also take pleasure in displaying their prized prehistoric animals. Elaborate custom shelves and cabinets allow collectors to artfully present their miniature prehistoric figures. Some even go so far as to recreate entire dioramas and prehistoric scenes.

Dinosaur model collection.

A most impressive collection of prehistoric animal figures. Picture credit: Dave.

Picture credit: Dave

We have received photographs of elaborate prehistoric animal dioramas, complete with cycads, conifers and other prehistoric fauna.  However, how a collector chooses to display their figures is entirely down to them.  Every inch of shelf space has been exploited by this collector.  It is a truly remarkable prehistoric animal and dinosaur model collection.

Beasts of the Mesozoic figures dominate this section of the collection.

Articulated Beasts of the Mesozoic figures dominate this shelving unit. Picture credit: Dave.

Picture credit: Dave

Our thanks to Dave for sending into us these fantastic photographs.  This collection of exquisitely detailed dinosaur and other prehistoric animal models is truly impressive. It is clear that this collector has put an immense amount of time, effort and passion into building up such a comprehensive and awe-inspiring display.

Visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Toys and Figures.

17 05, 2024

New Review of the Haolonggood Megaraptor Model

By |2024-05-18T06:19:20+01:00May 17th, 2024|Haolonggood Prehistoric Animal Models|0 Comments

Our thanks to dinosaur model fan William who sent into Everything Dinosaur his review of the recently introduced Haolonggood Megaraptor model (M. namunhuaiquii).  William has been an avid prehistoric animal model collector for some years.  He has recently started collecting Haolonggood prehistoric animal figures.  This is his review of the blue/grey Megaraptor model known as Shi Qian.

Haolonggood Megaraptor model (Shi Qian).

The blue/grey Haolonggood Megaraptor figure called Shi Qian.

Haolonggood Megaraptor Model Review (Shi Qian)

William explained that from the moment he first saw the Haolonggood models on a YouTube video he was impressed with them.  He considers them to be very special. Furthermore, he thinks they are rare and unique examples of dinosaur models.  Haolonggood is to be praised for listening to what collectors wish to add to their collections.

The Haolonggood model range: Haolonggood Prehistoric Animal Models.

The Megaraptor figure was described as:

“A superb and accurate sculpt from the slender snout to the nicely balanced tip of the right toe.”

The hands were highlighted, and the claws commended.  In proportion to their bodies, Megaraptors have some of the largest hands of any big theropod known to science.  The long, narrow articulated jaw was also praised.

William also commented:

“Shi Qian’s ocean blue-green hues are very pleasing to the eye.”

In conclusion, our reviewer advised collectors to pick up both the Haolonggood Megaraptor figures if they could.  In addition, William thanked Everything Dinosaur for helping dinosaur model fans to build up their collections.

William added:

“Parcel and packaging are strong and secure from their clear address labelling to the securing of the item in protective bubble wrap.”

Haolonggood Megaraptor models Shi Qian and Duan Jing Zhu.

The product packaging for the two Haolonggood Megaraptor models Shi Qian and Duan Jing Zhu. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks to William for sending into Everything Dinosaur his Haolonggood Megaraptor model review.

Visit the Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models and Prehistoric Animal Figures.

14 05, 2024

The Limited-edition Beasts of the Mesozoic Triceratops “Steelhorn” Model

By |2024-05-16T14:03:48+01:00May 14th, 2024|Beasts of the Mesozoic Models|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members have created another YouTube video. This time, it is a YouTube #short.  The video features the limited-edition Beasts of the Mesozoic Triceratops figure “Steelhorn”.  Only a thousand of these articulated horned dinosaur models have been produced.

A YouTube #Short Highlights the “Steelhorn” Dinosaur Model

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

This short video highlights the twenty points of articulation and the interchangeable horns.  In addition, the limited-edition status of this model is confirmed by the narrator.  Only 1,000 “Steelhorn” models have been made.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Triceratops “Steelhorn”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic “Steelhorn” is a wonderful 1:18 scale figure.  This articulated dinosaur model is supplied with an Everything Dinosaur Triceratops fact sheet.  The model measures nearly forty-six centimetres in length.  A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur confirmed that the model does have twenty points of articulation.

To view the range of Beasts of the Mesozoic models available from Everything Dinosaur: Beasts of the Mesozoic Models and Figures.

Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn”

The Beasts of the Mesozoic Adult Triceratops “Steelhorn” in lateral view. A fantastic articulated figure with twenty points of articulation. The figure is supplied with an Everything Dinosaur Triceratops fact sheet and interchangeable metal effect brow horns.

Triceratops is a popular dinosaur model.  Numerous Triceratops models have been introduced by manufacturers. In the Beasts of the Mesozoic range, there is a sub-adult Triceratops figure and an adult Triceratops as well as “Steelhorn”.

The Everything Dinosaur spokesperson added:

“This horned dinosaur figure was introduced in 2022.  It has stunning colours and is supplied with interchangeable metal-effect brow horns.”

Be the Face of Your Brand

The YouTube short featuring the Triceratops figure was narrated by Sue.  She chose the “Steelhorn” figure as it is one of her favourite models from the Beasts of the Mesozoic range.  The video was created as part of an initiative to help team members to be more confident when making presentations.  Sue commented that she enjoyed talking about prehistoric animals and model collecting with dinosaur fans.  There are more videos including YouTube shorts scheduled to be made in the future.  The next YouTube shorts will probably feature some of the new for 2024 CollectA prehistoric animal models.

Visit the award-winning and customer friendly Everything Dinosaur website: Dinosaur Models and Toys.

13 05, 2024

The New CollectA Nanuqsaurus – Stalking Dinosaur Model

By |2024-05-16T13:54:42+01:00May 13th, 2024|CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular and CollectA Prehistoric Life Models|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur team members are looking forward to receiving the new CollectA Nanuqsaurus – stalking dinosaur model.  This figure is expected to be in stock later in the year.  The model is part of the CollectA Age of Dinosaur Popular range.  This range of not-to-scale figures features over a hundred prehistoric animals.

The CollectA Nanusaurus - stalking.

The new for 2024 CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Nanuqsaurus -stalking dinosaur model in lateral view.

The CollectA Nanuqsaurus – Stalking Figure

This new theropod dinosaur model measures a fraction under sixteen centimetres in length. It has been carefully crafted and represents Nanuqsaurus hoglundi. This dinosaur was formally named and described in 2014 (Fiorillo and Tykoski).

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post from 2014 announcing N. hoglundiAn Update on the New Arctic Tyrannosaur.

The name translates as “Polar Bear Lizard”. The binomial name being derived from the Greek and also the local dialect of the Alaskan Inuit people. The fragmentary fossils, including elements from the skull come from the famous Prince Creek Formation of Alaska.

To view the CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular range at Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Models.

Honouring the Inuit People of Alaska

The holotype fossils represented an animal around five to six metres in length. However, subsequent fossil finds such as isolated teeth indicate that Nanuqsaurus could grow much bigger. An overall body length of around nine metres has been proposed. This would make the size of the polar dinosaur Nanuqsaurus comparable with other Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurs known from lower latitudes.  It is likely that Nanuqsaurus was a permanent resident of the Arctic.  It was probably the apex predator in the palaeoenvironment.

A team member from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that they were expecting this new Age of Dinosaurs Popular figure in stock later in the year (2024).

Visit the user-friendly website of Everything Dinosaur: Dinosaur Toys and Models.

10 05, 2024

The New CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor will be in Stock Soon

By |2024-05-10T14:18:08+01:00May 10th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

The new for 2024, CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor dinosaur model will be in stock soon.  A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented that the first new for 2024 CollectA figures will be arriving shortly.  The model has been created to mark the centenary of the formal scientific description of the first Velociraptor species (Osborn, 1924.)  The first Velociraptor species was V. mongoliensis. A second species was named and described in 2008 (V. osmolskae).

A spokesperson from the UK-based mail order company confirmed that the CollectA Deluxe Dearc pterosaur figure along with the 1:100 scale Dreadnoughtus models were arriving first.  In addition, the set of mini-sauropod models will also be stocked shortly.  The new 1:6 scale Velociraptor will be available later in the year.

The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model.

The new for 2024 CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor figure in lateral view. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor Model

The new dromaeosaurid figure features some new anatomical features associated with this type of dinosaur.  This model has a propatagium on each forelimb. A propatagium is a fold of skin associated with the wing of volant birds. It is a soft tissue structure that unites the wrists and shoulders. It helps with the wing flapping motion. Scientists think that this structure may have first evolved to help these terrestrial animals make sharp turns yet remain balanced and stable as they ran.

To watch a short video review of the new Velociraptor figure: CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor Video Review.

A close-up view of the new CollectA Velociraptor dinosaur model.

The new Velociraptor model has an articulated lower jaw.  The propatagium can be seen on the model helping to form the leading edge of the wing.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of CollectA Deluxe prehistoric animal figures available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Prehistoric Animal Figures.

Scent Glands

The beautiful figure has also been given a pair of scent glands, either side of the cloaca.  Velociraptor was an animal that lived in a desert environment.  It probably lived in packs and had an extensive territory.  It may have used scent marking to define territory and to delineate individual status within the pack.  Many extant birds have scent glands.  Reptiles such as crocodiles have scent glands as well.  The CollectA design team have speculated that Velociraptor used scent marking too.

With such a big tail to waft any fragrances about, it does make sense.

The CollectA Velociraptor model in dorsal view.

The shape of the figure suggests an agile pursuit predator.  The big tail with its extensive surface area could have helped to disperse scent on the desert wind.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that the CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model would be in stock soon.

CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor dinosaur model.

The CollectA Deluxe Velociraptor model. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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5 05, 2024

Best Dinosaur Models and Where to Find Them

By |2024-05-06T21:01:46+01:00May 5th, 2024|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models|0 Comments

What are the best dinosaur models?  Where can I find them?  These are two questions that we at Everything Dinosaur get asked frequently. We would like to think that our website: Dinosaur Models, Toys and Figures. with its award-winning customer service, excellent reputation and worldwide delivery would be an appropriate answer for the second question.  However, what about the first question: what are the best dinosaur models?

The Papo Baby T. rex Models from Everything Dinosaur.  Papo is a popular range.  What are the best dinosaur models to buy?  To answer that question, you need to consider your motivation for purchasing prehistoric animals in the first place.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Best Dinosaur Models

In order to assist you on your search for the best dinosaur figures, it is helpful if we take a step back first.  What is your motivation for making the purchase?  For example, are you buying for yourself or for someone else?  Is this purchase a gift?  Just as we need to consider your motivation, we also have to take into account the needs of the end user, if the dinosaur model is a present.

Schleich prehistoric animal models are great for robust, creative play.  There are a wide variety of colourful figures to choose from and famous dinosaurs like Stegosaurus and T. rex are represented.  These figures tend to be inexpensive, at least when compared to large, scale models (more about these types of figures later). If you are a grandparent, parent or guardian buying a present for a child, then the Schleich range could be for you.

New Schleich dinosaur models (2023).

The new for 2023 Schleich dinosaurs have arrived at Everything Dinosaur. The Schleich prehistoric animal model range is quite large and features lots of famous dinosaurs. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the range of Schleich dinosaur models in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich Dinosaur Figures.

Mojo Fun Prehistoric Animal Figures

An alternative to Schleich is the Mojo Fun range of prehistoric animals.  This range is also quite substantial.  In addition, the models are colourful and suitable for robust, creative play.  In common with Schleich, the models are suitable for children from three years and upwards.

Mojo Fun repaints.

The five repainted Mojo Fun dinosaur models for 2024. The standing Parasaurolophus (left) and the Parasaurolophus in the quadrupedal pose (mid left). The repainted Baryonyx is at the back and the Stegosaurus repaint is also at the back (back right). A pair of Troodon repaints can be seen (right). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Find Mojo Fun prehistoric animal models here: Mojo Fun Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Figures.

Schleich prehistoric animal models are great for robust, imaginative play.  Mojo Fun have their advocates too. However, these ranges are not the most scientifically accurate.  What do you do when your young dinosaur fan wants figures that more accurately represent the fossil record?

Finding Accurate Dinosaur Models

Finding accurate dinosaur models can be challenge.  Fortunately, our dinosaur experts are on hand to provide advice.  There are two ranges that help support creative, imaginative play and also reflect scientific thinking.  Firstly, there is the Wild Safari Dinos model range.  This is a beautiful range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal figures.  It has an excellent reputation for scientific accuracy.  The models tend to be relatively inexpensive and there is a wide selection to choose from.

Nine new models in stock at Everything Dinosaur

The extensive range of Wild Safari Prehistoric World prehistoric animal models are in stock at Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase Wild Safari Prehistoric World figures: Wild Safari Prehistoric World Models.

Secondly, we can recommend CollectA.  This company produces two ranges.  The first range consists of models of prehistoric animals with a declared scale.  This range is called “CollectA Deluxe”.  The other, much bigger range consists of not-to-scale figures. This range contains hundreds of models, including many obscure ones which would keep the most fussy of young dinosaur model collectors happy.  It is referred to as “CollectA Popular Age of Dinosaurs” or sometimes as “CollectA Prehistoric Life”.

Two CollectA dinosaur models on display.

The CollectA Fukuiraptor dinosaur model (left) and the CollectA Deluxe Fukuisaurus (right). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

The figures in the image (above) are from the CollectA “Popular” and “Deluxe” ranges.

See the CollectA Popular Age of Dinosaurs range: CollectA Dinosaur Models.

CollectA Deluxe (scale models): Scale Models of Dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Models for the Serious Collector

Which ranges to recommend for the collector who just wishes to display their figures?  What can we say about those collectors who view model collecting as an investment?  There are two ranges that have emerged as favourites with prehistoric animal model collectors.

The first of these ranges is from PNSO.  This manufacturer has been around for ten years or so.  They produce small figures, but their reputation has been earned through their 1:35 scale model series and their beautiful mid-sized models.

Are these the best dinosaur models?

The extensive PNSO range of dinosaur models. A quality selection of prehistoric animal figures. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

PNSO dinosaur models and figures: Dinosaur Models from PNSO.

In addition, there is the recently introduced Haolonggood range to consider.  Everything Dinosaur began to ship in Haolonggood figures around two years ago.  These models have proved popular with prehistoric animal figure collectors.  There are about twenty models to collect in this 1:35 scale range.  Haolonggood intend to add another dozen or so this year.

Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur model (Shan Ting).

Haolonggood Baryonyx dinosaur models.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view the Haolonggood range of dinosaurs: Haolonggood Dinosaur Models.

The Best Dinosaur Models – These are the Ones You Decide to Collect

In truth, there is a huge selection of dinosaur models to choose from.  We have not mentioned Papo, Bullyland or Wild Past for example.  In addition, we have not included our thoughts on Nanmu Studio, Beasts of the Mesozoic, Rebor, Kaiyodo or ITOY Studio in this blog post.  With dinosaur model collecting, there are no hard or fast rules.  Our advice is to simply enjoy the dinosaur models that you purchase.  The best dinosaur models?  These are the ones that you like, and that’s really all that matters.

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