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 Amazon.com here.

8 Responses to Woolly mammoth (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

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  3. This is still the best of the Woolly Mammoths to date and surpasses the 1/20ish scale offerings from Schleich, Papo, CollectA and Mojo Fun. Always great to see a prehistoric mammal review as we don’t get many of these.

  4. Dont forget Safari’s Amebelodon. which is also a very nice prehistoric mammal figure.

    http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2014/047/8/0/amebelodon_and_megacerops_by_carnosaur-d69mlhp.jpg

  5. The Carnegie mammoth understand that criticism is great and that required to purchase all fond of prehistoric mammals, worth having so little success in the toy market.

  6. Great review, and love the picture of Mammoth carring the Gigantosaurus, awesome! I just wish they would make some of the other early elephants like a Mastodon. Wolly Mammoth is done by every toy maker, over and over again. More terror birds and prehistoric mammals I say! But I am not trying to take anything away from this great toy. It is well done.

  7. postsaurischian

    Great review of one of the most beautiful mammoth figures 🙂

    > There are three more Safari Carnegie mammals: Smilodon & two human beings 😉

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