Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Macrauchenia!

Macrauchenia is one of the more confusing prehistoric mammals ever discovered with nasal openings high on the animal’s skull suggesting a tapir-like nose. Since soft tissue doesn’t fossilize, however, this can only be theorized. What is known is that the animal lived in South America during the Pleistocene (20,000 – 10,000 years ago) in an environment, not unlike today’s African Savannah. It shared its habitat with other herbivores such as camels and ground sloths while likely serving as a favored prey item for terror birds and saber-toothed cats. Their lineage has long been debated, though recent  DNA tests may have finally revealed their place on the mammal family tree. They’re likely the last twig on a now extinct, sister branch of perissodactyls – odd number of toes/grinding molar teeth such as rhinos. And now, Safari Ltd. has added this rare and wonderful animal to their collection.

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Safari Ltd.’s Malawisaurus: Out of Africa and Onto Your Shelf!

Though one of the smaller sauropods (and by small I mean over fifty feet and ten tons) Malawisaurus was no less impressive. The animal lived in Africa – specifically what is now Malawi, during the early Cretaceous and is one of the few titanosaurs where skull material has been found. And now, over 90 years later, Safari Ltd. is finally bringing one our shelves.

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Safari Ltd. vs CollectA: Mammoth Mash-Up!

As promised, I’m going to pit the CollectA Woolly Mammoth I reviewed recently up against Carnegie Safari Ltd.’s from years back. I’ve owned the latter since its release – well before I starting collecting. It used to sit on my home computer and merged two of my loves; elephants and prehistoric animals. There have been other woolly mammoths released by other companies but I never felt they came close to matching this one. This all changed when CollectA released their recent model as I was taken in by its pose and sheer bulk. Once it arrived, I had to decide whether it was worthy of dethroning the old mammoth and becoming the new king of the console. The decision proved easier than I thought…

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A Big “Tanks” for Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Ankylosaurus!

One look at Ankylosaurus and you can easily see why paleontologists often refer to it as a “living tank.” Plates of bone give the armored beast a defensive edge and, if that wasn’t enough, there’s always their signature clubbed tail. This dinosaur was discovered in North America back in 1908, though fossils from its family, Ankylosauridae, have been found in every continent except Africa. Safari Ltd. has added this dinosaur to their list of new 2018 prehistoric animals and it now has the distinction of being my first. In terms of Ankylosaurus representation, I couldn’t ask for a better one to put on the shelf.

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Welcoming Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Triceratops!

Coinciding with the release of their new Regaliceratops, Safari Ltd. is releasing a brand new version of the world’s most popular ceratopsian of all, Triceratops. The beast was first discovered back in 1889 and has the distinction of sporting the largest head of any known land animal; at about a third of its length. Triceratops is without question a North American classic and no stranger to the Silver Screen. In fact, I noticed one running in the trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’s a good bet that every dinosaur model collector reading this already has a replica of this animal in their collection which begs the question whether this one warrants you adding another. To this question, I would give a resounding. YES.

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A Royal Welcome to Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Regaliceratops!

If you love ceratopsian dinosaurs as much as I do, there’s no better time to be alive. With forty recognized species since Triceratops back in 1889, half were discovered since the year 2000. Considering the diversity of their signature horns and frills, it’s no wonder toy companies have been working hard to keep up and get their likeness on store shelves. Enter Safari Ltd.’s 2018 Regaliceratops; a nice follow up from last year’s Einiosaurus  and hopefully a signal that the company plans to make new ceratopsian models an annual tradition. But before we take a look, let’s discuss its dino-inspiration…

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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

Safari Ltd’s 2017 Tylosaurus: the Cretaceous Tiger of the Sea?

I was really on the fence with purchasing the 2017 Safari Ltd Tylosaurus which is surprising considering how much I love Mosasaurs; particularly this species. Last summer I traveled throughout the southwest and smack dab in what was once prime Tylosaurus territory. In fact, the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah was once the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway and rife with their fossils; one of which (affectionately named “Tyrone”) is on display at the Visitor Center. In that regard, Utah is far from alone as these marine reptiles were some of the world’s most prolific animals and their fossils can be found all over the globe.

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Safari Ltd’s 2017 Kronosaurus: Toy Titan of the Deep!

With its head the size of an adult human, and reaching over thirty feet in length, there’s little doubt that Kronosaurus was one of the top predators of the Cretaceous. It was also one of the largest short-necked pliosaurs; carnivorous marine reptiles that thrived in both the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The folks at Safari Ltd. recently released an equally impressive representation and I was eager to get a closer look at this menacing sea monster!

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