PAPO Oviraptor paint comparison!

Behold the two versions of PAPO’s oviraptors! Same model but with two different paint jobs; one drab and one bold. The sculpt features the animal caught in the act of egg-stealing…but who will snag a spot on your dinosaur shelf?

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Having a Devil of a Time with Schleich’s Diabloceratops!

I confess I haven’t been feeling much love for Schleich these days. You may disagree, and that’s okay, but IMHO their dinosaur designs just don’t seem to hold up when compared with their competitors. It seems like for every one good model you get five disastrous ones and this year is no different. I decided to pick up their latest Diabloceratops to see if it was worth dethroning my current model of the species from Safari Ltd. I only display a portion of my collection and have a specific shelf dedicated to ceratopsians. I prefer to have only one representative from each species of horned dinosaur on this shelf to highlight their incredible diversity. Schleich’s new offering had the dubious task of unseating Safari Ltd’s and sending it into obscurity along with countless other models I keep in storage. So which one of them remained standing?

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CollectA’s Elasmotherium is one Mammoth Rhino!

It’s been a while since my last model spotlight which featured Safari Ltd’s beautiful Woolly Rhinoceros. Now I’m back to review one of its equal furry cousins, Elasmotherium – a hulking behemoth the size of a mammoth! In celebration of this immense beast, CollectA has unleashed an equally impressive model and I honestly had no idea how big this sucker was until I saw it with my own eyes! So let’s dive in…

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It’s a Woolly Rhino Winter In Chicago!

A Woolly Rhinoceros would feel right at home in Chicago these days. With yet another round of subzero temps, I was reminded of the value of a nice, warm coat. Back in the Pleistocene, many animals adapted to frigid temps by growing impressive ones of their own, including an extinct species of rhino that’s the topic of today’s blog. As you know, I’m crazy about modern day elephants and rhinos, so it’s always a pleasure adding models of their ancient relatives to my collection. Though Woolly Mammoths get their fair share of attention, Safari Ltd. has shifted their focus to a couple of lesser-knowns such as the 2018 Mastodon and a brand new Woolly Rhino for this year. So let’s take a look at their latest “fuzzy” creation.

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2019 Safari Ltd’s Splashy Styracosaurus!

It’s a new year and a new Ceratopsian from our friends at Safari Ltd. And this one’s so colorful it has no trouble standing out from the rest. Their 2019 Styracosaurus is even more striking than last year’s Triceratops and already making a splash on my horned dinosaur shelf. Though many companies have released their own model of this creature, I believe this is one of the best. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…

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Beasts of the Mesozoic…finally on my Shelf!

Although I’ve always been fascinated with dinosaurs, it wasn’t until the summer of 2016 that I’d start collecting models. I was traveling through the Southwest and stopped off at the Dinosaur Track Museum in St. George, Utah. As I shared in my coverage of the museum, it was their gift shop that opened my eyes to just how far dinosaur “toys” had come along since the days of my Marx playset back in the ‘70s. They even featured some of the figures from Safari Ltd., CollectA, PAPO and Schleich alongside their fossil replicas to provide guests a handy visual of what the animal looked like in life. I thought this both clever and economical – especially considering how much attention to accuracy these companies put into them. In this regard, there are few that can match David Silva’s Beasts of the Mesozoic raptor series. At the time I began collecting, they were part of a Kickstarter campaign that saw fruition this past spring. This past summer, and exactly two years after my trip through the Southwest, these gorgeous pieces finally made it to my door.

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Have you “Herd” about Eofauna’s Straight-Tusked Elephant?

There’s no question, the most endearing order of mammals to me is Proboscidea a.k.a. “trunked” animals like their only living examples, elephants. And what’s not to love? Their majestic stature, fused nose with their upper lips (trunks), and specialized teeth/tusks make them all unmistakable cousins despite their incredible diversity. Every major model company has released members of this order with several standing out as my favorites. I’ve reviewed most of them already such as Safari Ltd.’s Woolly Mammoth and Mastodon, CollectA’s Deinotherium, and Eofauna’s Steppe Mammoth. This year the rogue Eofauna has struck gold again with their incredible sophomore release – Palaeoloxodon antiquus the Straight-tusked elephant.

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