Prehistoric sharks (Toob by Safari Ltd)

4.6 (14 votes)

The Dinosaur Toy Blog has been quiet in recent weeks. As for me, I’ve been distracted by my involvement in the new Animal Toy Forum, which was launched recently as a partner site to the dinotoyblog and forum. However, I’ve neglected the blog for too long and so it’s time for me to turn my attention back to prehistoric animal reviews. From the stillness, you might just be able to make out the infamous rhythmical strings of John Williams, rising and gaining momentum. This, of course, heralds the arrival of the sharks! The prehistoric sharks.

Prehistoric sharks toob by Safari Ltd
A group shot of the figures in the prehistoric sharks toob by Safari Ltd.

Safrai Ltd have released many prehistoric animal ‘toobs’ over the years and we’ve reviewed a few of them before. There’s a Cenozoic menagerie in the Prehistoric Life Toob, a fluffy gang of feathered beasties in the Feathered Dinosaurs Toob; and most recently we reviewed the the Prehistoric Sea Life Toob – a particular favourite of mine. There are also tubes of skulls and fossils. The content of the toobs seems to be getting more specific with time and 2011 saw the release of two smashing prehistoric tubes: prehistoric crocodiles and, under scrutiny here, prehistoric sharks (not to be confused with Safari Ltd’s Sharks toob, which contains extant members of the group). 2013 will see another new toob added to the series, this time of unusual extinct Cambrian critters. We hope to review them on the blog soon too, but for now, let’s focus on the prehistoric sharks.

Cladoselache by Safari ltd

Cretoxyrhina by Safari ltd

This 2011 recent release contains a wide selection of obscure, and in some cases downright weird, ancient selachians. I won’t review each of the ten figures individually because I’d be here all day, so I’ll treat them as a group. however, I will post a separate photo of each figure, so this review is going to be particularly image heavy.

Edestus by Safari ltd

Helicoprion by Safari ltd

The layperson might be stunned by the massive diversity of prehistoric sharks, with their various processes and accessories. It is wonderful to see such an overlooked group of animals portrayed as figures and collectors will be hard pushed to find most of these shark species in toy form anywhere else. This review has been something of a learning experience for me too, limited as my knowledge of prehistoric fish is.

Hybodus by Safari ltd

Orthacanthus by Safari ltd

As part of a series of of miniatures, you might expect them all to be tiny little figures but this isn’t the case. The average length of each figure is just short of 10cm so the set of ten stretches almost a metre when laid end to end. The level of detail is really quite sublime and Safari Ltd have clearly put a lot of effort into endowing each figure with a different posture and distinct colour scheme, from the campy pink of the Scapanorhynchus, to the sharky grey-blue of the cretoxyrhina. All of the figures are glazed with an appropriately shimmering and watery finish.

Sarcoprion by Safari ltd

Scapanorhynchus by Safari ltd

I highly recommend this toob and commend Safari Ltd for stepping out of the box. I imagine this was a bit of a risk from a business perspective, so I hope it pays off for them. Perfect toys for bath time!

Xenacanthus by Safari ltd

Stethacanthus by Safari ltd

Here is the official Safari Ltd page for this tube, which is also available on here for a very reasonable $10.99.

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  • I love this Toob, but it’s a little hard to look at the Orthacanthus and Xenacanthus because whoever sculpted them assumed that the ventral midline fins were paired! (No vertebrate, as far as I know, ever had more than two sets of paired fins.) It sort of gives the effect of a shark-arachnid.

  • I absolutely love this toob, the prehistoric mammal toob, and the prehistoric crocodile toob, and I wish they would make full-size toys of these. It’s definitely worth a buy

  • I would like to get this Safari’s toobs but in argentina i can’t found them

  • I think this and the prehistoric crocodiles toob are great! The species chosen are good choices. I think they should have sculpted the spikes on Stethacanthus’ head and fin though.

    The paint application on some of the sharks was really bad. I had to go through lots of toobs to get a Cretoxyrhina and Xenacanthus whose paint wasn’t full of bubbles!

  • Haha Safari has once again stepped even further outside the box with Cambrian critters!
    My family does gifts for Valentines Day so this might be the first thing my family should look for.

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  • Those pictures have finally convinced me that I need to get this toob.

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