Stegosaurus (World of History 2012 version by Schleich)

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History: One of the most recognizable dinosaurs, Stegosaurus continues to be a popular choice for TV specials, movies, and of course toys. Stegosaurus lived during the late Jurassic around 150-155 million years ago. It shared a habitat alongside some of the most well known dinosaurs, such as Allosaurus (which would dine on Stegosaurus), Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, and Diplodocus. It is also likely they lived in multiage herds, due to footprint evidence, which can lead to interesting possibilities for dioramas, or displaying different Stegosaurus models.
In 2012, Schleich introduced a new Stegosaurus toy into the crowded market of stegosaurus toys; let’s see how it stacks up.

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About the toy: The stegosaurus is approx 7inches long (19 cent) and 4 inches (10 cent) high from the tip of the plate above the hips. The pose is a slightly active one, with its left leg raised, head is pointed slightly toward the left side and the tail is bent to the right side of its body. It looks to be slowly shuffling along in search of some tasty veggies. On its head you can see its nasal cavity, textured beak, and a small ear hole behind the eye. It has a short neck, then it’s back raises up and looks like a small round hill. Its highest point is above the hips then it comes down a bit in a rounded fashion down the tail then levels out and curves to its right. There are 18 alternating plates along the back, starting with small ones on the neck, they increase in size a reach their apex in size over the hips and then become smaller down the tail. The plates all have texture lines that run vertically up the plates. The tail ends in four tail spikes that are in a classic V formation. The Front legs are short with 5 toes and the back legs are longer with 3 toes.

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The texture on the model is very wrinkly and saggy kind of like an elephants. Along the top of the back, but below the plates there appear to be Osteoderms or rounded ossicles of different sizes. On the head there are little skin folds for the jaws, creases on the neck, and a nice jowl of skin underneath the head. The legs show some nice flexed muscles, wrinkled skin along the legs and elbows. The mid torso shows sagging and wrinkled skin that continues all the way down the toy.

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The color is basically different shades of brown, and orange. The eyes are glossy black, and the spine is dark brown. The dark brown extends slightly up the plates and then turns to a light brown/tan. The dark brown also stops on the tail at the last plate, and the end of the tail is very light brown, with the spikes being almost white. The beak and toes are dark grey. Beginning at the neck and ending at the beginning of the tail are some circular orange pattern spots.

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Scientific accuracy: Not bad, not bad at all. It is missing the throat scutes covering the neck. The head is also a little big and I would have preferred the tail being a little higher, instead of the rounded back that ends in a lower slung tail. Of course they also added one extra plate, but most companies never get close to 17, so not too bad.

Playability: This toy is very playable and children of all ages will enjoy this toy. It is easy to play with, with the points all rounded enough not to hurt anyone. The paint stays on very well, so it can be played with roughly, and can be used inside or out.

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Overall appraisal: This is one of Schleich better attempts. I would have preferred a better color choice, but if one is so inclined, I think this would look awesome with a homemade paint job. The eyes are shark like, just black orbs, but it works. There is detail all over this toy, so it’s a joy from every angle. I happen to love Stegosaurus, so I am a bit biased, but this really is a decent toy. It is a good size, with good detail, and pose. I would recommend this for kids, and adults who don’t mind a few minor inaccuracies.

Available from here.

Woolly mammoth (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

There’s a vast array mammoth models out there in the world of prehistoric animal figures but they rarely get much attention here on the Dinosaur Toy Blog. That is, of course, because they are just boring old mammals, but let’s not hold this against them, they can’t help it. So, it had to happen eventually – I’m finally reviewing a mammal!

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

There are all sorts of different mammoth species (belonging to the genus Mammuthus) and many of them also have common names. For example, there’s the Steppe mammoth (M. trogontherii), the Columbian mammoth (M. columbi), and everyone has heard of the woolly mammoth (M. primigenius). It is this latter species that Safari Ltd chose to immortalise in plastic form as part of their extensive and ever-growing Carnegie Collection range. The figure was released in 2003 so it was quite a late addition to the museum line, especially considering the ubiquitous nature of the creature. The name of the animal is embossed on the inside of the left forelimb and reads simply ‘MAMMOTH’, but all of the other branding for the toy refers to the model as a woolly mammoth, so we are going with that.

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

This is a satisfyingly hefty figure, 14 cm high and 20 cm long (1:30 scale). It therefore rivals the size of most of the dinosaurs in the same collection, including some of the smaller sauropods.

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

The woolly mammoth was covered from head to toe, and from trunk to tail, in hair (or wool, I suppose), and the body of the Carnegie figure is masterfully sculptured with a shaggy-looking texture. This wavy hair hangs down from the midline in a natural way, and is expanded into a puffy hump above the shoulders, and a flat-topped dome atop the head – a distinctive characteristic of this species. The underside of the trunk is flat and smooth, presumably to assist its function as a manipulating appendage. The relatively small ears jut out from the body in a somewhat comical way, but this cuteness is counteracted by the sweeping and dangerous-looking coiled tusks. In my figure the tusks are slightly asymmetrical and distorted, but this does not detract in any way.

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

We have the preserved hair of woolly mammoths so we know they were brown, as is this figure. The eyebrow ridges are picked out in a slightly lighter tone, which gives the animal a mature, distinguished, almost wise appearance. There are no inaccuracies to speak of – mammals tend to have it good in prehistoric animal toy land. The tusks are a pale colour that I’d describe as…ivory.

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

There aren’t many mammals in the Carnegie collection, the only others are a pair of Australopithecus hominids, and a Smilodon, all of which are now retired. This is probably because Safari Ltd have had several other lines of which prehistoric mammals have played a significant part (Wild Safari; Missing Links). Now that Missing links line is retired, perhaps there’s justification for adding more prehistoric mammals, or other Cenozoic creatures, to the Carnegie Collection?

Wooly Mammoth Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd

“Who do you think you’re calling a ‘boring old mammal’!”

To conclude, this is a great figure of a woolly mammoth and, although I’m more of a reptile enthusiast myself, I highly recommend it. It is still in production and therefore easy to get your hands on. It is available, for example, from here.

Dilophosaurus pair (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

Review and photos by Emperor Dinobot, edited by Plesiosauria

The legendary Dilophosaurus pair by the Carnegie Collection (Safari Ltd), was first released in 1995 with follow-up variations in 1997 and post 2000s. Luckily, I have all three variations which are differentiated by coloration and mold. Newer versions seem to be more refined, but this review will talk about that later.

Dilophosaurus pair Carnegie Collection

The main difference between these figures and others in the Carnegie Collection is that these were often sold in pairs held together by a piece of cardboard. Normally, Carnegie Collection dinosaurs were (and still are) sold as a single figure, so the pair represents an oddity in the collection. Some of the Dilophosaurus figures also had the original tag (in addition to the cardboard backing), but the tag was later scrapped as they became more widely available.

Dilophosaurus pair Carnegie Collection

Dilophosaurus pair Carnegie Collection

A diversity of Dilophosaurus! Top left is the newest version; center is 1997-ish release; top right is the original release.

The models make nice companion pieces. One of the Dilophosaurus is crouching and the other is standing, so they can be posed as if they are fighting, arguing or talking. This makes this an awesome pair for diorama building.

Dilophosaurus pair Carnegie Collection

They have one of the fanciest color schemes of any Carnegie Collection figure up until that point. Original molds were made in grey plastic and were covered with a white belly undercoat and glazed with a nice shiny brown overcoat. Finally, heart shaped red spots were painted on them. Later versions had a more detailed color scheme and became somewhat darker and less shiny. Their eyes are always done in apple green and their claws are interesting because they sport both a grey and a black tip on both hands and feet. Later versions seem to be slightly more refined and symmetrical despite the pose. The original version has that primitive Carnegie look we all know and love.

Dilophosaurus pair Carnegie Collection

Done in a 1:40 scale and at around only 4 inches in length, the level of detail is pretty nice and standard for such a small Carnegie Collection dinosaur. I highly recommend this pair to dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere, although I may have a slight fascination with them as they represent my favourite dinosaur. The Carnegie Collection Dilophosaurus pair is a timeless classic. Unfortunately, the figures were retired in 2009, so they are now out of production, so the best place to find them today is on Ebay.

Sometimes available on Ebay here.