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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.
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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!

Update on Dinosaur Toy Blog’s Youtube channel

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Did you know that the Dinosaur Toy Blog has a channel on Youtube? Well, it does. I originally launched it two years ago to experiment with video reviews of dinosaur toys, but it has evolved into something slightly more variable. The channel features several types of videos arranged in playlists.

Dinosaur toy collections overviews
In my opinion these are the best videos on the channel because they allow viewers to experience other people’s collections in a way that images alone can’t replicate. When I posted my own collection video I had no idea it would receive a whopping quarter of a million views! Truly shocking. Other Dinosaur Toy Forum members who have shared their collections on the channel are Kayakasaurus, Lanthanotus, Libraraptor, and Patrx. So, many thanks to them! I’m hoping to upload more collections overviews soon, if any other collectors are interested to contribute.

Here’s my own collection video. I’m just about due an update.

Video reviews
We’ll always continue to review figures on the Dinosaur Toy Blog but every now and again it can make a welcome change to experiment with a different format. I started out by talking to the camera, but soon learned that it is easier to record through the viewfinder so I can see what I’m recording. The Youtube channel is more flexible in terms of what we review. So far, we’ve looked at an eclectic mix from dinosaur posters from the 1990s to Walking with Dinosaurs finger puppets…

Dinosaur toy unboxings
Why did I only start to record my dinosaur unboxings in the last few months!? I realise they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but these are some of the most popular videos on the channel, so someone’s obviously interested. The unboxing video with the most views is the first one I posted – an unboxing of Recur figures.

Top 10 videos
Another type of video on the channel is top 10 lists. These lists are generated by polls voted by the Dinosaur Toy Forum community. So far we’ve posted videos of specific dinosaur types; new figures by year; and a top 10 of Carnegie Collection figures to honour the recently discontinued line. The most controversial top 10 seems to be the ‘Top 10 best T. rex dinosaur toys of all time’. It got several dislikes, presumably because viewers disagreed with the results.

There are other videos too, including overviews of past Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contests, and random guest submissions. There are now 30 videos on the channel, but it is early days yet and more videos are planned. So, if you’re willing to put up with my English midlands accent and nasal tone, please check out the channel and let me know what you think in the comments – either here or on the individual Youtube videos. If you do like the channel then please also subscribe, we’d really appreciate it. Oh, and if you’d like to share your own dinosaur toy collection on the channel we’d be delighted to host it. Just drop us an email at [email protected]

Upcoming releases from Safari Ltd (New for 2017)

This month Safari Ltd excited us all by announcing a bumper lineup of 13 new prehistoric creatures scheduled for release over the coming months. Feathers play a key part of the story with five of the new dinosaurs sporting up-to-date plumage, including some very familiar species. Close observers have also pointed out a notable overlap with species previously portrayed by Safari Ltd in their recently discontinued Carnegie Collection. This suggests that the company is intentionally replacing those familiar figures with completely new versions for their Wild Safari line. We will leave the detailed analysis for the individual figure reviews when the models are released over the coming months. In the meantime, here’s a summary of what we can look forward to from Safari Ltd for 2017…

Einiosaurus

This is Safari Ltd’s first ever version of this curve-horned ceratopsian.

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Microraptor

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Coelophysis

This is Safari Ltd’s first ever version of this early theropod.

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Tylosaurus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Parasaurolophus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Quetzalcoatlus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Psittacosaurus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Deinocheirus

This is Safari Ltd’s first ever version of this unusual hump-backed theropod.

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Feathered Velociraptor

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Diplodocus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Kronosaurus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Giganotosaurus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

Feathered Tyrannosaurus

Einiosaurus Wild Safari new for 2017

What a fantastic selection! Safari Ltd have pulled out all the stops with some exciting depictions and clearly have no intention of slowing down after putting the Carnegie Collection to rest. Safari Ltd have also put a special effort into the content of their website recently: each of the new dinosaurs has a dedicated page with information about its history and palaeobiology. You can check these out and see more photos on Safari Ltd’s website here. You can also join in the discussion about these new releases on our Dinosaur Toy Forum here.