Cave Bear (Playmobil)
The Playmobil cave bear(Ursus spelaeus) measures about 10.5 cm long and is medium brown in colour with black eyes, a red tongue, and white teeth.
Deinonychus and Velociraptors (Playmobil)
The Playmobil Deinonychus is a small figure, standing only up to 9 cm tall and measuring 14 cm long. That said, it is probably the scariest-looking dinosaur in the line.
Evolution of Man (Safariology by Safari Ltd)
The main theme of Safari Ltd’s Safariology line is education. The line includes life cycle sets, fossil replicas, a solar system model, and other items to encourage children to learn more about nature. Perhaps the most important teaching tool in the Safariology line is the “Evolution of Man” set, especially since, depending on the region, this important lesson might unfortunately be omitted from school curriculums.
Explorer with Dinos (1.2.3 by Playmobil)
Gigantopithecus (Disney’s A Jungle Book by Just Play)
Review and images by bmathison1972, edited by Suspsy
In 1967, Disney released a feature-length animated movie of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book series. One of the most iconic characters from that film was the singing and dancing orangutan, King Louie. Interestingly, Louie never appeared in any of Kipling’s original works.
Leaps in Evolution (Kaiyodo)
From July-October 2015, the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo hosted an exhibit called “Leaps in Evolution: Tracing the Path of Vertebrate Evolution.” To commemorate the exhibit, Kaiyodo made a set of five vending machine capsule figures, most representing a stage in the evolution of vertebrates.
Mammoth Skeleton Tent with Cavemen (Playmobil)
Time and new discoveries are incredible for changing ideas and concepts in every field of science and nature. Such is the way with the genus Homo, of which we humans are now the only living members. Our closest cousins, the Neanderthals, are an example of this change.
Neanderthal vs. Denisovan vs. Homo Sapiens Set 1 (Linear-A)
The last million years has seen the rise of one of the most successful mammals of all time: humans, now the last of the genus Homo. It wasn’t so long ago that this wasn’t the case, as 50,000 years ago humans shared the world with at least 3 other Homo species.
When I first joined this community, I fell in love with the company known as CollectA due to their abundance of species that no other company had made before. At the time, their models were only starting to become the gems they are today.
Pithecanthropus (= Homo erectus erectus) (Starlux)
Once more, I find myself going through the Starlux repertoire of hominids. In this case, another nomen dubium, Pithecanthropus, the Java man. Now known as Homo erectus erectus (a subspecies of H. erectus), it is an example of the early expansion of hominids, spreading throughout Africa and Asia.
Prehistoric Life Toob (Safari Ltd)
Sabre-Toothed Cats (Playmobil)
Rounding out Playmobil’s prehistoric megafauna is this the menacing pair of sabre-tooths, clearly belonging to the Smilodon genus.
Playmobil’s version of the número uno ceratopsid measures 23 cm long and stands 9 cm tall at the hips.