It seems that all of the Schleich releases planned for next year are known and the line up for 2015 is now looking quite extensive. On their Facebook page Schleich are still officially trying to tease us about what they have in store, so most of this information comes from unofficial leaks, I guess. Nevertheless, lists and pictures have been posted on various forums and blogs, so the information is out there. I’ll recap how things stand here, but I’ll edit this post if anything changes.
There will apparently be four new ‘large’ models added to the ‘World of History’ line, two of them species brand new to the set:
Anhanguera. Colourful if a little cartoony. Has an articulated jaw for playability.
Kentrosaurus. This figure is receiving the most critical acclaim and was one of the first Schleich 2015 figures to become known. In conjunction with the Anhanguera it gave collectors high hopes that Schleich was heading in a new direction in terms of anatomical accuracy, attention to detail, and finesse of sculpture.
This hope was misplaced and short-lived, for the two other figures in this line provided something of a swift slap in the face to those daring enough to entrust Schleich with producing museum-quality dinosaurs in the future. These two other ‘new’ figures demonstrate that Schleich hasn’t really changed at all.
Spinosaurus. Has an articulated jaw for playability.
Giganotosaurus. Also has an articulated jaw for playability.
Both typical Schleich affairs – colourful but lacking in realism.
There are plenty of other figures set for release in 2015 too. A series of ‘small’ figures including six species already produced by Schleich in other lines. Some of these look better than others:
Much ado has been made of the apparently armless Carnotaurus in this set, and in response Schleich has assured us all (via Everything Dinosaur) that arms are present in this model (even if they are not visible in the photographs) – time will tell.
Another new set of even smaller dinosaurs is also in the pipeline for next year. This ‘mini-dino’ set contains eight familiar species, as follows:
So, that’s at least 18 new dinosaur figures, in all sorts of sizes, from Schleich in 2015! One might think they are trying to tie in with some global dinosaur pop-cultural phenomenon scheduled for next year (cough – Jurassic World – cough).
But wait, there’s more! Schleich are also releasing some play sets/accessories in 2015. A cave, some plants, some raptor babies, and so on. I’ll post photos of these too when they become available.