2019 – Year of the Spinosaurus!

This is one blog I had trouble starting because I had no idea where to even begin. I considered just diving into a model review on Safari Ltd’s 2019 Spinosaurus without adding any historical context but felt I’d be doing a disservice to this product (and a few more model reviews slated in the near future) if I did. With so much controversy surrounding Spinosaurus these days, it was only natural that the new designs would be equally divisive and that the model companies would want to quickly jump on board with modern representations. So I’m going to give a quick, simple overview of this amazing dinosaur. The full story is quite fascinating and I encourage anyone out there to check out a NOVA special called “Bigger than T-Rex” which I believe you can see free on YouTube. Anyway, here it goes…

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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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“Sailed” Away by Safari Ltd.’s New Dimetrodon!

 As a kid, I remember playing “dinosaurs” with numerous Marx Dimetrodons – having no idea the animal wasn’t a dinosaur at all. This creature, notable for the large sail on its back, is actually a member of the synapsid family; a group of reptiles that lived over 270 million years ago and attributed to having mammal-like features. Though there’ been numerous models of the animal since, Safari Ltd. has just delivered one of the best!

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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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