Ah CollectA, what did we ever do without you? CollectA have pushed out the boat once more with another bona fide bonanza of new figures for us in 2012. Their massive line up of 21 new sculpts will add considerable taxonomic diversity to their ranks, but more than that, CollectA has raised its game with a clear increase in quality to match quantity. These offering have initiated much discussion over on the dinosaur toy forum 2012 thread, as photographs of the new models have been released slowly but steadily over the last month or so. Well, now all the images are in so we can take an overview of what we can look forward to next year (pictures from Mike at Everything Dinosaur, used with kind permission). Honestly, some of these look wonderful and the sculpting seems to be top-notch. Others less so, but all of them noteworthy for one reason or another. Enjoy the show!
Six new theropods stand proudly (without need for support from their tails) in the line up:
Top row: Mapusaurus, Deinocheirus. Second row: Therizinosaurus, Rajasaurus, Neovenator. Bottom: Tyrannosaurus with Struthiomimus.
A couple or sauropods make an appearance, plus a single new stegosaurid and a family group of ornithopods:
Top row: Hypsilophodon family, Argentinosaurus. Bottom row: Miragaia, Amargasaurus.
We can also expect this ceratopsian-lovers dream – six new figures of horned dinosaurs, including no less than three new Triceratops (one a repaint of an existing model):
Top row: Kosmosaurus, Triceratops corpse. Middle row: Triceratops (repaint), giant Triceratops (1:15 scale), Bottom row: Utahceratops, Koreaceratops family.
And in addition to the dinosaurs, there’s also a brontothere, a marine reptile, a pair of hominids, and some plant-life to boot:
Top row: Megacerops, Dolichorhynchops. Middle row, Neanderthal man and woman. Bottom row: Monanthesia + Cycadeoidea, Williamsonia.
CollectA are clearly moving forward with impressive purpose, energy and creativity. Their family groups of dinosaurs are especially intriguing, and their corpse and plant-life figures take their line into a fresh direction. One wonders how much longer CollectA can keep up this momentum, but it’s exciting to watch them continue to grow, and I hope we can review some of their new figures on the blog in more detail over the coming months. Also, Safari Ltd’s new offerings for 2012 have been out of the bag for a while now, so look out for an overview of those here soon as well.
Edit: For those who simply can’t wait, the new CollectA figures are already available from this seller on Ebay, but please note that they may be prototype versions: CollectA 2012 figures on Ebay Actually, there aren’t many left! They were there for a while but most have sold pretty quickly. Keep your eyes peeled for relistings 😉