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Upcoming releases from CollectA (New for 2017)

CollectA’s exciting line up for 2017 includes one ‘supreme’ model, four ‘deluxe’ models, and five standard models, so their relentless trend of releasing bucket-loads of new dinosaur toys each year continues! CollectA’s categories refer to their scale: ‘deluxe’ models are larger and more detailed than standard models, and the ‘supreme’ models are larger still. On the opposite end of the scale are CollectA’s minis, of which they are also releasing one new set in 2017. So, let’s summarise, starting with the ‘supreme’ and ‘deluxe’ models.

The ‘supreme’ toy this year is a pterosaur, Dimorphodon, which will look great alongside its predecessor the deluxe pterosaur Guidraco. According to Everything Dinosaur this model is 37.5cm long. That makes it not far off a life size 1:1 scale.

CollectA new for 2017

The four new ‘deluxe’ figures are as follows:

Deluxe Kronosaurus. It will be interesting to compare this one with the new Safari Ltd Kronosaurus also being released for 2017. Two Kronosaurus‘ in one year – perhaps this shows that great minds think alike?!

CollectA new for 2017

Deluxe Uintatherium. A great option for fans of prehistoric mammals.
CollectA new for 2017

Deluxe Styracosaurus. One of several new ceratopsians from CollectA this year.
CollectA nw for 2017

The new deluxe Deinocheirus is based on their excellent existing standard toy of this genus.

CollectA new for 2017

The five new standard models represent…

Basilosaurus, and about time too!
CollectA new for 2017

Einiosaurus, another toy that it will be fun to compare with Safari Ltd’s new version (great minds thinking alike again?).
CollectA new for 2017

Excalibosaurus, an ichthyosaur with a swordfish-like snout – a great choice in my opinion!
CollectA new for 2017

Gigantspinosaurus, an unusual stegosaur and another great choice.
CollectA new for 2017

Regaliceratops completes a trio of new ceratopsians from CollectA. The horned dinosaurus seem to be out in force every year!
CollectA new for 2017

Finally, the new set of prehistoric minis is marine creatures, with some interesting choices in the lot, some based on existing standard and deluxe CollectA models, others completely new sculpts.

CollectA new for 2017

All in all, this is another great show from CollectA. For some reason CollectA’s publicity shots seem a little washed out to my eye, as if taken through a mist, which makes them feel drab and does them no favours. I’ve tried to correct this in the above shots, purely for aesthetic reasons, so although the colours may not be quite true to life, at least they are eye-catching. I can’t wait to see the real things!

Triceratops (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Review and photographs by Triceratops83 and Plesiosauria

Available from Amazon.co.uk here.

The PNSO brand has taken the dinosaur collecting world by storm, releasing within a year a respectable range of impressive figures and high end models. PNSO dinosaurs have become known for their realistic sculpts and the recently released Triceratops is no exception. We recently unboxed it on our Youtube channel and here we’ll take an in depth look.

PNSO Triceratops

This Triceratops is a hollow PVC figure and doesn’t have any of the prominent seam lines featured in the other large PNSO dinosaurs (there is a slight seam around the neck but it is subtle). The model has branding hidden on the underside of the feet – “PNSO” on the right foot, “Made in PRC 2016” on the left foot, “CE” on the left hand, and what appears to be a signature (presumably the sculptor’s) on the right hand. The model is about 37 cm long and fits in comfortably with other 1:20 scale dinosaurs. The pose is in mid-stride, as if it were pawing the ground with its front limb just before charging. Its pose and general appearance are reminiscent of the Safari Ltd Great Dinos Triceratops, but larger and significantly more detailed.

PNSO Triceratops

Anatomically, this brilliant Triceratops offers little to criticize. It’s not too shrinkwrapped like some of the other large PNSO models and is quite stocky. Its head is properly proportioned in size to the rest of the body. The back is nicely rounded, reaching its peak above the hips and the tail is the correct, short length. The front limbs are slightly bowed and sprawling, and the hands are oriented correctly, inclined away from the body. At first glance the hands appear quite stubby, so maybe the fingers could be a little longer, but it’s not really bothersome. The number of fingers and toes is correct, as is their arrangement.

PNSO Triceratops

The figure is highly detailed, showing fine skin texturing all over the body. The hide is lovingly sculpted with small round scales, interspersed with the larger, raised nipple-shaped scales (which are sometimes interpreted as the bases of quills in other ceratopsian figures). Along the spine is a line of rectangular scutes. The underside looks like that of a crocodile, with symmetrical lines of broad scales. There is no obvious cloaca. Along the outer edges and rear of the frill appears to be a series of growth lines, resulting in an oyster like effect.

PNSO Triceratops
PNSO Triceratops

The paint application is well done, if a little sloppy on the underside. The body is predominantly blue-grey, with the belly scales a creamy brown. The head subtly fades into orange, with black markings around the frill and eyes. The eyes are neatly picked out with tiny black pupils. This subdued paint scheme invokes large modern day mammals.  One notable paint detail is a white wash between the scales on the upper body, creating the impression of dust caked into the skin like a Serengeti elephant.

PNSO Triceratops

The model comes packaged in a quality box with a sleeve featuring impressive photographic artwork of the model in a forest setting. The figure also comes with a fold-out leaflet/poster. We’ve included ‘Age of the Dinosaurs’ in the title of this review under the presumption that the Triceratops belongs to that line, but the information is almost exclusively in Chinese so we aren’t sure.

PNSO Triceratops

In our opinion this is one of the very best Triceratops figures on the market. It is scientifically accurate, beautifully detailed and realistically painted. It is easily available on Amazon.co.uk and is reasonably priced for such a large and well done model. A must have for any collection!

Glyphoderma (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Who here loves basal sauropterygians!? The Sauropterygia is a group of marine reptiles that include the well-known plesiosaurs and several other smaller-bodied groups, including nothosaurs and placodonts, which tend to receive far less attention. This is especially the case in toy form, which is unjust because these are fascinatingly weird creatures, well-deserving of a figure or two.

Glyphoderma PNSO Age of the Dinosaurs

Placodonts can be divided into two types: those with armour and those without. Glyphoderma is an example of the armoured variety from the middle Triassic of Southwestern China. It was described in 2008, and it is natural that PNSO would select such a locally significant and recently named taxon to represent in their acclaimed (by us, anyway!) Age of the Dinosaurs line. For an overview of the complete set of 24 PNSO little models, check out my unboxing video on youtube, in which you’ll also see the Glyphoderma find a happy home alongside his new best buddy, the Safari Ltd Henodus!

Glyphoderma PNSO Age of the Dinosaurs

This tiny figure is on par with the miniature Kaiyodo figures in terms of size and detail. However, the small PNSO figure is produced in a single mould (as opposed to several pieces), and consists of a slightly flexible PVC material, which makes it durable enough to be played with. Despite the temptation I won’t be taking mine into the bath!

This is an accomplished sculpt, with no errors to speak of, which is astonishing for a relatively new company such as this. Most companies tend to go through a teething period during which they find their feet (look back at some of the earliest models by Safari Ltd and CollectA), but PNSO have leapt straight into to deep end and are holding their ground against the big boys. Just look at the pictures, the detail is spectacular: the fine wrinkles, the bony tubercles, the spines along the tail. And remember, this toy is just 9 cm (3.5 inches) long. I’m enamoured.

Glyphoderma PNSO Age of the Dinosaurs

The limbs of the Glyphoderma are arranged in a dynamic paddling position and the tail and neck are twisted, which all help to make the creature feel alive. The PNSO artists have an obvious eye for realism, accuracy, and an attention to detail. It was a special pleasure for me to see their sculptors at work on new master sculpts when I visited their workshop in Beijing earlier this year.

Glyphoderma PNSO Age of the Dinosaurs

The paintwork on the figure is also realistic and expertly applied, consisting of a dappled pattern of multiple shades of green and brown. The individually packaged PNSO miniature figures come with a small fold-out poster featuring life restorations of the animals. In this case, the poster features a lone Glyphoderma, hungrily eying up an oyster.

Glyphoderma PNSO Age of the Dinsoaurs

To go back to my opening question, it doesn’t matter if you placo-do or placo-don’t have an affinity for sauropterygians, there’s no denying the charm of this little Glyphoderma by PNSO and the expertise behind it. It is incredibly detailed, relatively cheap, and will take little shelf space. What’s not to like?! The PNSO figures are also now easily available via Amazon although they are currently listed as out of stock.

Special thanks to the PNSO for providing the Dinosaur Toy Blog with review samples of all of their little Age of the Dinosaurs figures.