Despite the sad retirement of their long-respected and trend-setting Carnegie Collection this year, Safari Ltd have shown no signs of slowing down with their other major prehistoric animal line – Wild Safari. The company has five brand new for 2016 prehistoric animal sculpts in the pipeline: four dinosaurs and one marine reptile. Although slated for release next year, some are already available from Safari Ltd’s Amazon page here and will be available there in the coming months.
This year the Dinosaur Toy Blog was delighted to be invited to participate in Safari Ltd’s #GimmeNewSafari launch campaign surrounding these new releases. This saw Safari Ltd select several ‘influencers’ to receive a sneak peek of their new products, so we’ve been waiting for our surprise to arrive to give it the old walk-around photography and review treatment. Unfortunately, the ‘new’ figure we received isn’t technically new, but rather a re-issue of a 2005 figure already reviewed on the Dinosaur Toy Blog in 2009. So, we don’t have anything exclusive to offer our readers after all, but it was nice of Safari Ltd to think of us.
All of the truly new Safari Ltd figures will be reviewed here sooner or later, no doubt. So, let’s summarise what we have to look forward to:
Carcharodontosaurus – The giant African super-predator.
Masiakasaurus – The weirdly toothed small theropod dinosaur.
Iguanodon – An old favourite!
Shunosaurus – Club-tailed sauropod with an unusually short neck for a ‘long-necked’ dinosaur!
Plesiosuchus – The largest of the metriorhychid crocodiles (technically, crocodylomorphs). As a palaeontologist who specialises on marine reptiles it was a pleasure to be involved in the design process of this particular figure. In fact, it is the third Wild Safari marine reptile I’ve had the honour to assist with (so far!). So, although I’d have settled for any of the new dinosaurs, when my surprise package arrived from Safari Ltd this week I really had my fingers crossed that it would be this gem. Alas, it was none of the above! (A reissued mammal though – it hurts a little!)
Four very welcome re-releases of prehistoric mammal figures will accompany the brand new sculpts in 2016, as follows:
Woolly Mammoth baby
Doedicurus. Here’s a shot of our ‘sneak peek’ figure courtesy of Safari Ltd. Check out our review of the Doedicurus (Prehistoric Life by Safari Ltd) here.
Thanks to Safari Ltd for involving us in the launch and watch this space for the detailed reviews of the above new releases. We’ll just have to get in line like everybody else. You can find out more about Safari Ltd at their blog, here.
The figures will be available very soon, and some already are, from Safari Ltds’ Amazon page, here.