PNSO’s Essien the Spinosaurus a Jaw-Notch Above the Rest

One of my favorite acquisitions last year was PNSO’s Essien the Spinosaurus. I’ll never forget that day that large box (shipped courtesy of Everything Dinosaur) arrived at my doorstep. PNSO has such gorgeous packaging it’s like unwrapping a holiday gift. The box features a beautiful photo of the model and could practically be displayed on its own. The inside had soft foam dividers ensuring all items were well protected for its journey over the Atlantic. It also comes with a beautiful booklet offering more photos and details of this model. By the time I finished reading it, it felt like I’d bought a new car – and a nice one at that!

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Spinosaurids Gone Crazy – The Lastest from Schleich!

Since my last Spinosaurus model review in August, our concept of the animal has taken yet another turn. Thanks to recent discoveries, we now know that Spino was as much at home in the water as on land. It seems that in addition to its famous sail, it also had elongated tail spines giving it a paddle/oar shape perfect for aquatic navigation. This was big news in the paleontology world as it debunked the universally held belief that there was no such thing as a swimming dinosaur. In one fell swoop, all the spinosaurus models in our collection became fantasy figures; especially those resembling the one featured in Jurassic Park III. Personally, I love seeing new discoveries challenge old beliefs as it keeps the hobby dynamic (if not cost-effective). So for anyone stumbling on this blog in the future, bear in mind this crop of 2019 Spino models were based on discoveries made before the tail revelation. Our next model from Schleich represents my least favorite of the bunch.

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2019 Spinosaurids Gone Crazy – Safari Ltd.!

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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Illinois’ Dryptosaurus Stalks Lake County Museum

Due to erosion, fossils from the Mesozoic Era are largely missing from my native Illinois. Despite no dinosaur discoveries, Paleontologists are still pretty sure they were here – reinforced by species of the same dinos found above and below us. One of these is a theropod called Dryptosaurus; a dinosaur I’d never heard of until last week after receiving my monthly newsletter from national horror host, Svengoolie. In it, the man who designed a gorgeous replica of the animal was posing next to it at a museum I’d never heard of despite being just an hour north of me. It was time for another Prehistoric Pit Stop…

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