Collecta 1:20 Scale Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

The Collecta 1:20 Scale Deluxe Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Originally described as a type of Megalosaur dinosaur, Carcharodontosaurus was first scientifically described in the mid 1920's. Fossils had been collected from Egypt by a German led expedition, unfortunately, most of the fossils associated with these excavations were stored in a German museum and subsequently destroyed by Allied bombing raids in World War Two. However, an American expedition to Morocco uncovered more fossil evidence of this huge, meat-eating dinosaur and much of what we know today about Carcharodontosaurus comes from studies of this Moroccan fossil material.

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At least two species have been identified. This dinosaur has now been classed as a member of the Allosaur family (allosaurids), a highly successful group of large to gigantic Theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Late Jurassic and into the Cretaceous. Fossils of Carcharodontosaurus have been dated to around 100 million years ago and this dinosaur was a giant predator

Skull bigger than a T. rex Skull

Size estimates vary as no near complete fossil specimen has ever been found. However, many palaeontologists estimate that this creature was around twelve to fourteen meters in length and that it weighed in excess of six tonnes. This makes it amongst the largest meat-eating dinosaurs known to science. The largest skull specimen measures 1.53 meters long, which is bigger than most of the skulls associated with Tyrannosaurus rex .

Collecta Carcharodontosaurus

The Collecta Carcharodontosaurus measures around thirty-two centimetres in length and the impressive head stands more than ten centimetres high. Based on an adult Carcharodontosaurus being around thirteen meters long (taking a mean average measurement), we estimate that this model is in approximately 1:40 scale. This is exactly the scale stated by the manufacturer (Collecta).

Detailed Dinosaur Replica

The model is painted a bronze color with black stripes running along the body. These stripes are also present on the long tail. The replica is beautifully balanced and stands without the aid of a base. Two blue splashes can be seen around the eyes and the snout has been painted a creamy white color. This contrasts nicely with the sandy colored underside of the model. The Carcharodontosaurus replica has a row of prominent spines that descend from the back of the skull, along the neck and down the body to the top of the tail. Other rows of large scales can be seen in the detailed texturing of the dinosaur's skin.

Grasping Hands and Big Teeth

The long, narrow skull is very well crafted and the open jaws show the large teeth of this dinosaur very clearly. Each tooth was highly curved and finely serrated to help this dinosaur slice chunks of meat from its victims. Grooves along the teeth allowed blood to flow away. Like most other allosaurids, this dinosaur had three-fingered hands. The arms of this dinosaur were bigger than in similar sized tyrannosaurids and they could have been used to help grasp and secure struggling prey.

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Collecta Saurophaganax Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta Saurophaganax Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta, a figure and replica manufacturer have released a model of the dinosaur known as Saurophaganax into their prehistoric animal model series. Saurophaganax may not be the best known of all the dinosaurs, but it does deserve greater recognition, as it may well turn out to be one of the biggest carnivorous dinosaurs of all. Some palaeontologists have even suggested that this dinosaur was the size of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Jurassic Predator

Fossils of this prehistoric reptile were first found in the State of Oklahoma. More recently fossils ascribed to this genus have been excavated from nearby New Mexico. This dinosaur was named Saurophagus in the early 1940’s, but this name had to be changed as scientific literature had already acknowledged this genus as being assigned to a species of fly-catcher, a bird. The new name Saurophaganax was erected, however, it was not until 1995 that this genus was established, following a review of the fragmentary fossil material by Daniel Chure of the Dinosaur National Monument (Utah).

Fantastic Detail on this Dinosaur Model

Unlike the majority of the Collecta range, this figure is supported by a base. This permits the hind feet to be kept in approximate proportion to the rest of the body. The figure is beautifully painted with a green body, and cream underside with dark, black stripes running down the trunk and along the lengthy tail. The crests over the eyes, so typical of an allosaurid dinosaur are very prominent. They have been painted a fetching pink colour, which contrasts nicely with the paintwork on the rest of the replica. This dinosaur is posed with its huge jaws wide open, the long tongue and rows of teeth can be clearly seen. Collecta are to be congratulated for the superb care that they have demonstrated in getting the detailing of the skull so accurate.

Allosaurus versus Saurophaganax

The genus name (Saurophaganax) remains in dispute with a number of scientists not accepting this as a valid genus (nomen dubium). The fossils, first excavated in 1931 are extremely fragmentary and although the bone bed where the fossils were found might contain the remains of four meat-eating dinosaurs, no skull material has been discovered and the bones that palaeontologists do have could be those of a very big Allosaurus. Some scientists prefer to call this dinosaur Allosaurus maximus rather than Saurophaganax maximus. These palaeontologists think that the fossil bones do not represent a new genus at all, but represent a super-sized species of an already named and described genus – Allosaurus.

This Collecta model of a Saurophaganax of if preferred Allosaurus maximus, is very well made and wonderfully well painted. We recommend this replica to dinosaur model fans and to collectors.

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Mosasaurus Model from Collecta Reviewed

Reviewing the Collecta Mosasaurus Model

This is a review of the Collecta Mosasaurus replica that was introduced into the Collecta Prehistoric Life range in 2014. Ironically, the first published description of a Mosasaur fossil occurred in 1764 when quarry workers uncovered the partial skull of a strange creature near the town of Maastricht in Holland. So this year marks the 250th anniversary of that discovery.

Mosasaurs are not dinosaurs They are not even closely related. Mosasaurs are part of the Squamata Order of reptiles, the lizards and snakes. As mentioned earlier, the first fossils of the animals we now know as Mosasaurs came from quarries in the Netherlands, located close to the River Meuse. The name for this river originates from old French which in turn has its root in Latin the word MOSA. Hence this group of marine lizards came to be called Mosasaurs which means "lizards from the river Meuse".

The Collecta model depicts Mosasaurus, there are a number of species in this genus, we suspect that this model is based on Mosasaurus hoffmanni , it is certainly a large model, but then this was one of the largest Mosasaurs, perhaps reaching lengths of 13- 15 meters, rivalling some of the very largest Mosasaurs known from the Western Interior Seaway of the United States. Unlike the largest of the North American Mosasaurs, Mosasaurus hoffmanni had a more robust appearance with a deeper, wider body. Weight estimates do vary, but some palaeontologists have suggested that this animal could have exceeded 2,000 kilograms in weight.

Advanced Member of the Mosasauridae Family

Mosasaurus was one of the most advanced of all the Mosasaurs. The strong skull and big teeth, that have been beautifully reproduced in this replica, would have given this marine predator a powerful bite. Many smaller Mosasaurs would have swallowed their prey whole, but it is likely that a fully grown Mosasaurus would have hunted much larger prey, including other marine reptiles such as turtles, smaller Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs. The jaws and skull bones indicate that this animal was capable of biting chunks out of its victims. Ripping large prey to pieces so that it could be more easily swallowed.

Wonderfully Painted Replica

This model is beautifully painted, the smooth skin has been colored battleship gray with a slight rust coloring around the skull and jaws. The white bands and spots remind us of Whale Sharks. As far as we know, each model has a slightly different arrangement of spots on it, making each replica unique.

Although this is not marketed as scale model, it is a relatively large replica measuring around 28cm in length. Based on a life-size of 14 meters or so, we estimate that this Collecta model is about 1:50 scale. It is a wonderful model and depicts this marine reptile as a stream-lined, powerful hunter. It represents a very modern interpretation of a prehistoric animal whose fossils were first described 250 years ago. This model is very well made and highly recommended.

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Collecta Arsinoitherium Model Reviewed

The Collecta Arsinoitherium Model Reviewed

One of the more unusual prehistoric mammal models introduced this year is a replica of the bizarre and spectacular Arsinoitherium made by Collecta. Arsinoitherium was a member of a group of prehistoric mammals that evolved sometime in the Late Eocene epoch around thirty-five million years ago and survived into the Oligocene. As a group, they became extinct around twenty-seven million years ago, living no direct descendants today.

As Big as a Rhinoceros

Arsinoitherium is one of the largest members of this strange group of placental mammals. It was about the size of a modern-day White Rhino. It lived in Egypt and males weighed more than one tonne and reached lengths in excess of three and a half meters. Despite its huge bulk, this animal was a gentle browser, spending a lot of its time in water and feeding on soft vegetation.

Huge Horns on its Head

The most striking feature of Arsinoitherium were the two pairs of horns on its head. The first pair were very small, only a couple of inches in height and these were located at the back of the skull. The second pair of horns were situated over the eyes and they were so big that they blocked the animal's vision. It was unable to see straight ahead because of these huge horns. Some of these individual horns measure more than seventy centimetres in total length.

Original Scientific Description

In the original scientific description published at the beginning of the twentieth Century, it was proposed that Arsinoitherium was an ancestor of modern Rhinos, but in a later part of the academic paper, the author acknowledges that the bony horns are physically attached to the skull and as they are made of bone, these horns are completely different to the horns of extant Rhinos.

Collecta Arsinoitherium

The model measures eighteen centimetres in length and it represents a male. This replica forms part of the Collecta Deluxe range of prehistoric animal models and it is in approximately 1:20 scale. The air-brushing work and detail on the model is fantastic, from the carefully painted teeth in the jaws to the squiggly tail, this is a wonderful replica of an extinct, ancient mammal. It is great to see a figure of one of the more bizarre types of creature from the Cenozoic fossil record depicted in a model range from a mainstream model manufacturer.

Ideal for Collectors

It is likely that this model will become highly prized by fans and model collectors. It is also likely that due to the obscurity of Arsinoitherium, the model may soon be out of production and only stocked by specialist suppliers and companies. It is highly recommended.

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The Collecta Gastonia Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta Gastonia Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta have added a model of the American dinosaur known as Gastonia to their prehistoric animal model range. The company, based in the Far East, has built up a strong reputation for making dinosaur toys and figures and this new Gastonia armored dinosaur is an excellent example of their craft.

The fossils of this plant-eating dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous geological period were found in the same quarry as the formidable Dromaeosaur called Utahraptor. It is no wonder that this dinosaur was heavily armored as it needed to be, to withstand attacks from packs of Utahraptors, the largest "raptor-like" dinosaurs known from the fossil record.

Heavily Armored Dinosaur – Gastonia

At least four fossilized individuals have been described. As a result, Gastonia ( G. burgei ) is one of the best known of all the Early Cretaceous amoured dinosaurs and examples of reconstructions of this dinosaur can be seen in a number of museums in the United States. The genus name of this dinosaur honors Robert Gaston, an American palaeontologist who discovered the first bones of this prehistoric animal.

Gastonia Dinosaur Model

Measuring around thirteen centimetres in length this replica represents an animal that would have grown to be the length of a car and it would have weighed over a tonne. The model shows the sacral shield of armor over the hips and the rows of dangerous looking spikes and spines that covered this dinosaur's wide body. The head is triangular in shape and the mouth and beak quite narrow. Scientists think that this dinosaur that lived around 125 million years ago was probably an unfussy browser of low growing plants.

Slow-Moving Herbivore

This heavily armored dinosaur was probably quite slow-moving. It relied on its extensive armor to protect itself. The tail, which palaeontologists believe was lined with rows of triangular spines could have been swung backwards and forwards and would have made a formidable defensive weapon. The bony armor, spikes and scutes on the model have been very well created by the model making team. The paint color is predominantly brown with occasional black stripes. The bony armor itself has been cleverly painted an ivory color and there is lots of detail on the underside of the figure to be admired too.

Works Well with Other Collecta Replicas

This dinosaur model works well with other Collecta figures, including the Collecta Utahraptor dinosaur, so model fans can recreate a battle between this powerful herbivore and the fleet-footed, dangerous Utahraptor. All in all, this is a super, armored dinosaur model and it is one of the best dinosaur models of its type on the market.

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The Collecta Bistahieversor Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta Bistahieversor Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Collecta the figure and replica manufacturer based in the Far East have added a model of a Bistahieversor to their dinosaur and prehistoric animal replica range and the Collecta Bistahieversor is a credit to the model makers at the company. For many years, palaeontologists had been finding fragmentary fossils in New Mexico that hinted at the likelihood that the Upper Cretaceous rocks in the area preserved remains of a large Tyrannosaur. In 1995, the partial remains of a sub-adult, carnivorous dinosaur were found. In 1997, the discovery of a second specimen, an adult animal, was announced. It was from these fossils that Bistahieversor was named and described.

"Bistahi Destroyer"

At nearly nine meters in length and weighing more than two tonnes, Bistahieversor was a formidable predator. It lived around seventy-five million years ago and it was an ancestor of the later, more famous tyrannosaurids such as Daspletosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. Ironically, this dinosaur had more teeth in its strong, powerful jaws than most of its more famous meat-eating relatives.

Bistahieversor sealeyi

This dinosaur species was only formally named and described back in 2010. The trivial name, otherwise known as the species name, honors Paul Sealey, a volunteer at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History who found the adult specimen in 1997.

Bistahieversor Model

The figure measures around eighteen centimetres long, but in reality the model is much larger than that as the black painted tail is curved round, back towards the hips. The model stands on a base and the model makers at Collecta even depict leaf fronds on the base of this replica, a nice touch of detail. However, judging by the carefully painted teeth in the open jaws, this dinosaur model would not have been interested in eating leaves, Bistahieversor was an apex predator, hunting and killing other large dinosaurs.

Not to Scale Replica

This figure is part of Collecta's not to scale dinosaur model range. It has been painted with alternating black and brown stripes with flashes of white on the flanks, the head and along the tail. The narrow skull possesses a small crest and directly in front of this, Bistahieversor has been given a red spot. It is a beautifully painted dinosaur.

Feathered Dinosaur

The texture of the skin indicates the presence of feathers. Scientists believe that many dinosaurs were covered in an insulating coat of feathers to help keep them warm. Although no direct evidence of the presence of feathers has been found with the Bistahieversor fossil remains, other Tyrannosaurs are believed to have been feathered and direct feather evidence has been discovered. This new figure represents the first model of an adult Tyrannosaur to be depicted as covered in a coat of feathers in the whole of the Collecta model range. This model is a must-have for dinosaur model collectors.

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