I usually post about CollectA’s new figures towards the end of the year preceding release, so better late than never! However, in this case, the delay has been rewarded, because since revealing most of their upcoming 2015 releases at the end of 2014, CollectA squeezed a few more figures into their lineup in January 2015. So, let’s start with the newest announcements!
Spinosaurus (2015 deluxe version)
Spinosaurus (2015 standard version)
These last-minute additions to the 2015 lineup reflect new research published in 2014 (just a few months ago) which has impacted of the appearance and behaviour of this infamous genus. This dedication shows how CollectA is at the forefront when it comes to incorporating the latest scientific findings into its toys. Going by these publicity shots they are impressive, and according to Everything Dinosaur, three new CollectA Spinosaurus are scheduled for release in 2014 with this new short-legged design. One deluxe version in a quadrupedal walking pose, one in a swimming pose, and a third as yet unrevealed Spinosaurus figure. The former are pictured above and I’ll add a picture of the third when it is announced. Note that these late additions are not in the 2015 CollectA catalogue.
The other new figures represent a real mixure, including dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine reptiles, are equally exciting. We will take them in alphabetical order.
A Chinese sauropod.
Feathered Tyrannosaurus (deluxe)
A T. rex with full plumage! Sure to divide collectors.
A beautiful pterosaur, described in 2012, in a quadropedal pose.
A new(ish) ceratopsian, named in 2010.
An unusual prehistoric mammal from North America.
Another new ceratopsian, named in 2013.
A battle scarred pliosaur. [Edit, the features on the flank are not gashes as I thought at first, but parasites]. I’ll be adding this one to my collection and will have lots to say about it when I review it.
An old favourite.
A large ichthyosaur species in the process of giving birth.
A theropod described in 2010.
So, this brings the total number of new releases from CollectA for 2015 to 15. Most of these represent species named within the last five years. To be honest, CollectA have so many figures in their line now they don’t have much choice other than to select new or obscure taxa, but that’s all good from our perspective! Can CollectA really keep this up in years to come?