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Brachiosaurus (Baby)(Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

Although Brachiosaurus remains one of the most popular dinosaurs, in large part due to once being heralded(incorrectly) as the “biggest of the big,” the reality is that very little is known about this Jurassic giant. Only scant fossil remains have been found in North America, and what was once thought to have been an African species is now recognized as a separate genus, Giraffatitan. Interestingly though, SMA 0009, a nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile sauropod from the Morrison Formation, may actually be a baby Brachiosaurus!

Safari Ltd first released their Brachiosaurus Baby figure all the way back in 1997. This repainted version came out in 2013, at least according to the date printed on its tummy. Its main colours are grass green and sandy yellow with orange eyes, a pink mouth, and black claws. It’s a simple but bold look, appropriate for a children’s toy. The little giant proudly stands 7.5 cm tall and measures 8 cm long.

The Brachiosaurus is sculpted with its neck reared back and its head turned to the right. Being such an early Safari product, it lacks the magnificent sculpting detail that we’ve come to expect from their figures nowadays. The skin has a very basic wrinkled texture all over, a soft ridge of vertebrae runs down the back and tail, and a keel runs down the front of the neck. The proportions are pretty much what you’d expect in a baby sauropod toy: an oversized head, a relatively short neck and tail, and stout, stubby legs. Indeed, with its large, round eyes and decidedly friendly expression, this little sauropod looks quite, quite cute! You almost want to offer it a slice of grape or a fresh spinach leaf.

There are a couple of major inaccuracies to be found here. First, there appear to be no visible nostrils anywhere on the head. And second, the front feet each have five claws, whereas the real animal would only have had claws on its thumbs. I have no doubt that the overall proportions are off as well, but given the age and simplicity of this toy, I see little point in dwelling on them. And again, we don’t know for certain yet what a juvenile Brachiosaurus really looked like.

Overall, I find the Brachiosaurus Baby to be an endearing little toy in spite of its shortcomings. Young children especially should adore it.

Brachiosaurus (Conquering the Earth by Schleich)

​Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

With Schleich’s 2017 crop of models consisting of animals that hail from the Late Jurassic to the Early Cretaceous, it is understandable that at least one Jurassic sauropod would be released. Although to be honest, I was hoping we would get a new Apatosaurus, or even Brontosaurus.

The 2017 Brachiosaurus is the 5th model of the creature that Schleich ever released. However, I can’t help but wonder if they are getting lazier when it comes to making their new products. My first impressions are mixed with this model. It is a lot better than the previous World of History version, but it still has its flaws. One of them centers around the legs. They look weird, and remind me of sausages. On top of that, they have the EXACT SAME texture and look as the legs on the Barapasaurus, which indicates that this model may have been digitally sculpted and they simply reused aspects from the other one to save time and money.



When it comes to scientific accuracy, Schleich can at least be praised for their attempt to get the feet right again. The front feet only have one claw each as opposed to the elephantine feet of the WoH model, But this also stems from the fact that the feet are made the same exact way as those found of the Barapasaurus. The first issue that I found on this model is that they based it off the proportions of Giraffatitan brancai instead of an actual Brachiosaurus altithorax. Also, the nostril openings are in the wrong spot again, up by the crest when they should be lower towards the front of the snout. The only things that make this model in tune with modern reconstructions of Brachiosaurus is that the neck is held out in front instead of being held upwards like a periscope.

In terms of detailing, only the top half of the model is decked out with really big scales (which would be a lot smaller on the real animal) while the rest of it is features nothing but very minimal wrinkles. It’s almost like the model was supposed to be covered with the scales, but the sculptor was either running out of time, or simply did not care to finish the job and so Schleich ran with it because they wanted to save time and money. At around 14 inches long, this model would be around 1:64 Scale, making it around the same scale as your average run of the Mill Toy Car by Mattel. The colours on this model are simply different shades of green. The base is light green while the scales are dark green with some traces of light green painted on them. The eyes are orange and the teeth are all painted white, with a red tongue sculpted inside the mouth. The claws are black and the bottom of the figure is painted in a greenish beige.

Overall, I can’t speak for everyone, when I tell you all that i actually like this model. It looks a lot better then the WoH version, but that’s not saying much, as that model was looks very ugly by comparison to this. I would also like to note that, despite the weird-looking legs, this new version looks a lot more convincing as a real member of the brachiosaur family then the WoH one ever did, but I’m sure it will never live up to the very first one they made for the Replicasaurus line back in 1997, or the 2008 remake. As usual, if you want this model, you can find it (almost) anywhere Schleich dinosaurs are sold.

Ampelosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Ampelosaurus was a relatively small sauropod that lived in Europe during the Late Cretaceous. To protect itself against predators, this titanosaur’s back was covered in an impressive array of armoured osteoderms.

Meet Lans, the little Ampelosaurus from PNSO. He measures about 9.5 cm long, although he’d be longer if his tail were held out straight behind him instead of curling fluidly to the left. His head is held high and his left front leg is in mid-step. Like so many other PNSO miniatures, he looks like he’s out taking a casual walk without any fear or concern, which is probably what a lot of herbivorous dinosaurs really did spend most of their lives doing.

The upper half of Lans’ body is coloured dark green while the lower half is light brown. Dark brown is used for the horizontal stripes on his sides and to accentuate the many wrinkles on his body. Finally, his tiny eyes are black. For a sauropod figure, this is reasonably colourful.

The most distinctive feature about Lans is, of course, his armour. A tapering row of triangular osteoderms runs from the base of his neck to above his hips and his entire back is covered in round plates. The rest of his body features thick wrinkles. His small head has a typical titanosaur shape and his feet are correctly shaped. My only criticisms are that his neck looks a little too short and his body is too wide and flattened.

Overall, Lans the Ampelosaurus is yet another pleasing and unique little figure from PNSO. Indeed, to my knowledge, the only other existing toy of this genus is the one from CollectA, which is also quite good. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what PNSO has in store for us dinosaur collectors in the future. Thanks go out once again to them for this and many other miniatures. 🙂