Tyrannosaurus Rex Sue is Movin’ on Up!

Call me biased, but I think Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is one of the best of its kind. I live and grew up just twenty-five minutes south of the city’s Museum Campus which, in addition to Field, includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Between recreational family visits and school field trips these institutions would be a staple of my youth with the Field Museum my favorite. As a child, I was guaranteed to see dinosaurs and maybe even bring one home courtesy of their twenty-five cent Mold-a-Rama machines. By the time Sue entered the scene, I was twenty-nine years old and married with kids of my own. I remember the entire city abuzz with news of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered moving in. “Her” arrival was accompanied by a huge media blitz and I recall driving to work one morning and hearing a local DJ parody the old hit, “Runaround Sue,” about it.

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Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Mastodon – it doesn’t get much better than this!

As many of you know, I recently snagged four of Safari Ltd.’s new 2018 models which I immediately tossed in my light box for photos so I could share them, as well as my impressions, with all of you. We’re now up to the fourth and final figure (actually three more arrived on Friday so it’s far from “final”) and, I’m not going lie, I was saving my favorite for last. Simply put, I think their new American Mastodon model is the best of its kind and not just because I’m obsessed with elephants! Before I delve into this little hunk of PVC gold, let’s take a look at the animal itself. Though the Colombian and Woolly Mammoths of the plains often steal the spotlight so far as  the our elephant’s prehistoric relatives are concerned, there was a more bulkier cousin dwelling in the forests.

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Safari Ltd.’s NEW 2018 Daeodon – the “Hell Pig!”

Of the four new 2018 Safari Ltd. models I just received, two were dinosaurs and two were prehistoric mammals. Having now covered the dinosaur end of things, it’s now time to switch gears over to the latter. In my last post I covered their new Anzu Wyliei a.k.a. “chicken from Hell,” and today it’s their brand new “Hell pig,” Daeodon! Actually, Daeodon is not related to pigs and its hooves were firmly planted on the Earth. In fact, this now extinct family of animals (the entelodonts) once roamed much of our planet as evidenced by fossil discoveries in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Safari Ltd. Unleashes the “Demon” with their 2018 Anzu Wyliei!

Earlier this year I covered the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and mentioned their amazing cast of an Anzu Wyliei. Named after an ancient Mesopotamian demon, this animal (initially described as the “chicken from hell”) has the distinction of being the largest feathered dinosaur ever found in North America. With multiple specimens uncovered, it would also become the most complete Caenagnathidae (family of bird-like theropods) ever found. Discovered in 1998 and described in 2014, it’s now further solidified itself in Dinosaur pop culture with an ALL-NEW 2018 model courtesy of Safari Ltd! Though this represents the creature’s first model representation, it is unlikely to be the last.

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Safari Ltd.’s NEW 2018 Armagasaurus is one Flashy Forager!

Argentina has seen some pretty impressive dinosaur discoveries including the largest sauropods on record (Titanosaurs) and a theropod larger than T-Rex (Giganotosaurus). While “bigger” tends to get the most attention in the dinosaur world, “weird” ain’t so bad either. This brings us to the subject of today’s featured model, Safari Ltd.’s ALL-NEW 2018 Amargasaurus; one long-neck dinosaur you’d have no trouble picking out of a line-up. This is in no short thanks to two rows of spines that protruded from the creature’s neck. Unlike the immense Titanosaurs, these sauropods were relatively small by comparison; serving a different ecological niche. As of this date, there’s only been ONE Amargasaurus fossil ever discovered but a nearly complete one at that. Consequently, one of Argentina’s most unusual dinosaurs is also one of its best known. Continue reading

Papo’s Allosaurus is a Jurassic Jewel!

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Taller than an elephant and the length of about three hippos, the “lion” of the Jurassic Period was hands down, Allosaurus. Though not as large as it’s yet-to-evolve cousin, T-Rex (nor its less famous closer relative, Acrocanthosaurus), this animal was a bit quicker on its feet and may have even hunted in packs. While it’s uncertain just how many species existed, the bulk of Allosaurus fragilis has been found here in the United States. In fact, it’s the most abundant predator excavated from the Morrison Formation and had likely been a stegosaurus’ worst nightmare. Though not as famous as the Cretaceous’ Tyrannosaurus Rex, it’s still a fairly well known dinosaur with several companies having issued replicas; the best of which I’ll be discussing today.

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