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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CollectA’s Woolly Mammoth is Mean…and sorta Green!

If you caught my review of Eofauna’s Steppe Mammoth, then you may have caught a glimpse of today’s model, CollectA’s Woolly Mammoth. Even though Steppe Mammoths were larger than their furrier cousins, this model’s a veritable hulk next to that one. Then again, it’s pretty formidable no matter what model you stand it next to. 

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A+ Uintatherium Model Flunks Anger Management!

Dinosaurs weren’t the only amazing beasts to have roamed North America. Take Uintatherium for example. This unusual looking mammal, reminiscent of a rhinoceros with its multiple knobby horns, lived about forty to forty-five million years ago in what is now Wyoming. In fact, Uintatherium means “Beast of the Uinta Mountains” where it was discovered. It was an impressive thirteen feet long and weighed in at around 4,000 pounds. In keeping with their proud assortment of amazing prehistoric animals, CollectA added one of these to their menagerie earlier this year.

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CollectA Deinotherium – Marvelous Model for a “Terrible Beast!”

African Elephants have always been my favorite living animal and are part of a proud, diverse family that can be traced over much of the planet. These Proboscideans included some of the Earth’s largest land mammals with the subject of today’s review one of its most impressive. Deinotherium dominated Africa as well as Eurasia approximately 10 million to 10,000 years ago, possibly crossing paths with early humans. Its name means “terrible beast” and was larger than modern elephants though with a shorter trunk. Its most distinguishing characteristic, however, were its tusks that curved downward from its lower jaw. In most other members of the elephant family, tusks jut from the upper jaw and curve in the opposite direction. The reason Deinotherium’s evolved this way is still up for debate with some suggesting they were designed for digging out roots and tubers much like a backhoe. Another notable featured that differed from its more dome-headed cousins was a nearly flat skull.

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