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Oviraptor (2005 Version, Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

Review and photos by tyrantqueen

Oviraptor is a genus of small theropod dinosaurs, discovered in Mongolia. This figure belongs to the now extinct Carnegie line by Safari Ltd. It is seen by many fans as the “female” counterpart to the newer 2007 version, due to its more subdued plumage, but it really was never intended to be.


I do agree that the duller plumage works for a female, but unfortunately it is lacking the wing feathering that a mother oviraptor (and probably the male too) would have possessed and covered its eggs with, so logically, it doesn’t really work as a female of the species. There is also no reason why it shouldn’t have a tail fan. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from using your imagination.


It’s positioned in the tripod posture, which has almost become a Carnegie trademark by now. Despite this, mine still has issues standing, and will tip over very easily.


It seems as though Forest Rogers thickened up the limbs for the 2007 version. The original has very thin, spindly toes and fingers. But aside from that and the missing tail fan and wings, it is clear this is the same sculpt, just heavily retooled. The original has very slender lower legs, you can see in comparison how beefed up the newer sculpt is.


I think Forest Rogers style works very well for small theropods. It seems as though she takes inspiration from small extant birds alive today.


This figure has long been retired and harder to find still now that the Carnegie line has ended. I found mine with the aid of a tip off from a forum member (thanks Halichoeres) on eBay. I would only recommend it if you’re a big theropod fan or Carnegie collector, since the 2007 is mostly superior.


Apatosaurus baby (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd.)

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Apatosaurus was a large, robust, long-necked, small headed sauropod that lived 152-151 million years ago. When the Safari Carnegie line began in 1989 the adult and baby were part of the original line up, and has been part of the collection until the cancellation of the line in 2015. The baby is not just a companion piece to the adult; it has its own distinct style and personality. This makes sense since the Carnegie museum has on display one of the world’s only juvenile Apatosaurus fossils. There have been three distinct versions of the Apatosaurus baby toy during the Carnegie production run.

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The original pose for the Carnegie Apatosaurus baby had the neck twisted and turned so the head would be facing backwards and looking slightly up. It was also biggest and heaviest of the three versions. The original paint job was a boring grey and yellowish tan, which is not a surprise since that many of the original Carnegie were painted alike.

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The second version kept the same pose but had a brand new forest camouflage paint job. The third version, the head and neck were changed and it spent a few days on a treadmill or tail whipping a heavy bag and came back slightly leaner. The overall sculpt doesn’t appear to be really different from the original version. The body is a little leaner and the head and neck is repositioned so it is looking to the side instead of behind. They also kept the glossy forest camouflage green paint job.

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The toy has the classic Carnegie look and style. Many of the original Carnegies were basically sculpted with interesting elephant wrinkled skin look to them. The head on these models are expressive and have painted on peg like teeth over a mouth line. The original version the mouth is just a line with white teeth, in the later versions the line is painted pink. Of course, on some models the painted on teeth make the Apatosaurus look like a predator with sharp overhanging teeth. The original Apatosaurus baby’s toes are not painted and had a different eye color than the later versions.

As a toy, it works just fine. It is tough and robust so it can handle some rough play. The sculpt has no sharp edges and is safe for children to use. It should look good moving in herd and is at a convenient biting height for predatory dinosaur toys.

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Personally I like the toy, I think it has good personality (it’s kind of cute), playability, size, and the color is ok as well. Even though it is a baby, it is treated reverently, unlike the wild safari cute baby dinosaurs, this is a standalone sculpt, that has some heft to it, and can display just as nice as it can be played with. As for the cost, that might be the thing I like most about this toy, it is sold at a low price. It has a classic look, it’s versatile, and at a good price, what’s not to love.

Tyrannosaurus rex (Version 2)(Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd.)

There was once a time when no proper museum gift shop didn’t feature the legendary and now-defunct Carnegie Collection. Let us take a closer look at one of its biggest stars.


Here we have the second version of the Carnegie Tyrannosaurus rex, released in 1996. It stands a majestic 14.5 cm tall and measures 27 cm long. Grass green is the main colour, with very dark green running down the back, a pale underbelly, black stripes and claws, yellow eyes, a crude slap of pink inside the mouth, and grey teeth. The skin texture consists of large scales and thick wrinkles, pretty standard for a Carnegie toy.


As you can see, this T. rex is sculpted in Carnegie’s much-loathed signature tripod stance with the tip of its tail touching the ground. Even worse, it’s doing its best impression of Godzilla, rearing upright on its elephantine legs. On the positive side, the body is more or less proportional for a tyrannosaur and the wrists aren’t pronated—although I doubt that was deliberate on the sculptor’s part.


So what distinguishes this toy from the original version aside from slight colour differences? Well, the arms and the legs have been remoulded with better defined muscles and claws. More importantly, just take a look at that completely new head. While it’s still too short length-wise, it’s less boxy and more streamlined, and it even allows for the binocular vision that made T. rex a superior predator to its predecessors. And most importantly of all, there are real teeth lining the mouth! Granted, they look too short and stumpy, but at least they’re actually sculpted as opposed to just painted-on streaks of white!


Despite being outdated by today’s standards, I am rather fond of this vintage tyrant. Toys like these are a great means of gauging just how much our understanding of dinosaurs has changed over the years. This T. rex stands among my other, more recent versions like an aging but proud grandparent. Here’s to you, old timer!

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