It’s little surprise that as the quality and details of dinosaur models improved, their prices would invariably rise. This gives toy manufacturers the dubious task of trying to make the best models they can for parents on a budget. The folks at Wild Safari Ltd offered their solution several years back via their “Great Dinos XL” line which included eight renderings; Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Spinosaurus, Pteranodon, and Velociraptor. Unlike their primary collection of models, these dinosaurs were larger and with no uniform scale. Consequently, the XL Velociraptor is roughly the same size as T-Rex. Despite being bigger, they were also noticeably lighter than their contemporaries due to being hollow plastic as opposed to solid PVC (poly vinyl chloride). Needless to say, parents looking to give their child more bite for their buck were hard-pressed to find a better deal at any attraction’s gift shop.
Last summer I visited a relatively new attraction called Moab Giants: Paleo Safari in Moab, Utah. I’m not being grandiose when I say this was one of the best dinosaur attractions I’ve ever seen! It featured a trail full of lifelike dinosaurs which were enhanced even further by the southwestern landscape. The trail was divided into four parts representing the Late Triassic, Jurassic, and Early/Late Cretaceous Periods. The admission was $16 for adults with Seniors and children 4-15 years old $12 (under 3 FREE). They also offered a 3D video presentation for an extra $5 which we chose to pass on. My buddy and I were far too eager to begin the ½ mile trail boasting over a hundred lifelike dinosaurs to watch a movie!
So happy to welcome my best friend and fellow Dave from Terror from Beyond the Daves, David Albaugh, to this site! David’s going to share his insight on a fantastic new playset we dinosaur fans all want to know about! So, without further adieu…
Growing up in the 70’s was a magical time and a great place to be a kid. Looking back, it’s amazing how times have changed on so many levels. If you wanted to watch cartoons you had to wait for Saturday morning when the three major networks showed a wide variety of animated and live-action fare. If you were lucky enough to pull in UHF stations with your rabbit ears or roof antennas then you would also be able to enjoy cartoons every day in the morning and in the afternoon, the perfect way to get ready for school or to unwind after a long day of being educated.
It was one of the last warm weekends of 2016 when I visited the Mammoth National Monument in Waco, Texas. I pulled in around 11 am and one of the tours had already commenced. Each one costs five dollars and the annual National Park Pass I’d purchased a few months earlier wasn’t applicable. Regardless, it was five bucks well spent! I quickly paid for my ticket before running down the path to join the group. The alternative was standing around thirty minutes for the next one. I followed a path down a ravine and found the group sitting on some bleacher stands listening to our guide.
Last February at the New York Toy Fair, Schleich unveiled their North America Volcano Playset and us dinosaur collectors spent nearly a year anticipating its release. It’s priced around $100 and, while that may not be in everyone’s budget, it’s well worth it. At nearly two feet long, over a foot tall, and weighing in close to fourteen pounds, you can’t say you aren’t getting what you pay for. It also comes with two dinosaur models; stegosaurus and an exclusive blue T-Rex! A full review of this playset is in the works but today I’m going to take a closer look at this fantastic Tyrannosaur. I confess that most of my excitement revolving this playset was in regard to this piece and was reminded of that when I finally got to hold him in my hands.
Of all Wild Safari Ltd’s new 2017 offerings, the feathered T-Rex was the one I most anticipated. While the presence of feathers on dinosaurs has become elementary in the last twenty years, some older enthusiasts have a harder time accepting it in relation to the most notorious dinosaur of all. Perhaps in our minds, the presence of quills detracts from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s image; seeing it more as an overgrown chicken rather than a fearsome meat-eater. However, the type of feathers and its disbursement is the real question and their presence need not make the animal less impressive in that regard. Scales, feathers, and smooth skin are all seen in their descendants, birds, and are sometimes even all exhibited by the same organism.
Although I’m fascinated by the ocean, I confess it scares the Hell out of me. I’m pretty sure it stems from seeing JAWS when I was kid, and that I’m far from alone in that regard. Millions of years ago, however, there were far deadlier creatures lurking in the ocean depths than a rogue great white shark. The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center dedicated lots of space to both bones and replicas of prehistoric sea beasts and I thought it was fantastic!