Review and photos by Stemturtle, edited by Plesiosauria.
Wonderful ‘toob’! New for 2013, this collection illustrates the explosion of new animal phyla in the Cambrian Period, from 541 to 485 million years ago. The eight toys in this set are well-sculpted, good-sized, and colorful. Safari Ltd lists the range of sizes as 1.5” (4 cm) to 3” (7.5 cm). Paint detailing is minimal. A species identification label was not issued with my toob. However, each ‘belly’ is marked with an ID.
Group shot. Schleich guy (not included) is 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) for scale.
Older figures of Charniodiscus (by Yujin), Ottoia (by Tedco), and Anomalocaris (by Kaiyodo) are not easy to find. The introduction of unique species enhances the desirability of this toob. New to collectors are Vauxia, Sanctacaris, Sidneyia, Naraoia, and Tricrepicephalus.
Curvature hints that this animal swayed in the current upon its base. Diorama enthusiasts should be cautioned that Charniodiscus was Ediacaran. A related genus, Thaumaptilon, which also resembled a sea pen, was fossilized in the Burgess Shale.
This figure also has a base. The surface of this model shows texturing. Sponges are generally ignored by toy manufacturers, so we are lucky to get Vauxia.
There is attention to anatomy. This worm could extend its proboscis out of a burrow to capture prey. The ID mark is misspelled “Ottioa.” I like the red color.
This proto-arthropod, as top predator, is larger than the other figures. We might wish for contrasting color for the eyes and a decorative pattern to disrupt the orange paint. Safari should make a detailed version twice this size as a standard issue.
The remaining four figures are all arthropods.
This tricolor has a realistic appearance.
Does the metallic finish remind you of a pyritized fossil?
Simple, yet elegant.
This trilobite is convincing. The diameter of the antennae should have been thicker to reduce deformation during shipping. A hair dryer and cold water can correct the shape.
I recommended this toob for its evolutionary significance as well as the new species it introduces to the world of toys. Thanks, Safari Ltd. This ‘toob’ is now available from Amazon here.