The Carnegie Brachiosaurus is one of the Largest Sauropod Dinosaur Toys
The Carnegie Brachiosaurus
This is not merely a huge addition to the Dinosaur toys family (and a big volume "footprint" in my Dinosaur toys box) but a really beautifully detailed and interestingly painted 1/40 scale figure.
Weighing in at two pounds, four & three-eighth ounces (2.273 lb, 1032 gms), and measuring approximately nineteen and a half inches (19.5", 48.25 cms) from nose tip to tail tip and stands thirteen and seven-eighths inches (13.8725", 35cms) tall. This is a very impressive Dinosaur toy originally issued in 1988 and repainted in 1996 and reborn in 2006. This page is devoted to the newest iteration.
Taking a look (above) at the Carnegie Brachiosaurus reveals the very nicely sculpted head of what appears to be a very happy Sauropod. Looking at the "paint job" you will notice that the green, offered in multiple shades, is highlighted by a gray or pale purplish highlighting that appears to be actual dirt, ground into the Brachiosaurus' skin. A very nice effect!
(close-up of right and left sides, above)
In addition to the excellent coloration the actual detail of the skin shows the folds of the skin, stretching and compressing as the creature moves along. This huge Dinosaur toy definitely translates a sense of the size that the original embodied.
The Brachiosaurus itself was about eighty feet long and weighed in the neighborhood of thirty tons, making it one of the biggest (heaviest) known Dinosaurs. It was a herbivore, or vegetarian, probably not a strict vegan though because it could not afford to be too choosy about how it fed its huge self. Capable of raising its head to over forty feet there weren't too many tree leaves that could escape his browsing. You can learn more about the real-life
Carnegie Brachiosaurus here.
Here we see (left) three Carnegie Brachiosaurus browsing in the yard. Fall is here and the pickings are slim. This could lead to the need to migrate to better pastures. (below)
I've gotta say that these Carnegie Brachiosaurus are very photogenic. If they have a photogenic failing it falls in the field of fitting in the frame. That purplish highlighting makes them look very much alive.
Looking head-on (right) the Carnegie Brachiosaurus' feet (above) are shown to good effect. The large inner claws are clearly defined with a good view of its broad chest and stride. "Dearie, where did you get that gorgeous brown nail polish?"
Given the extended time period these lived, from the late Jurassic through the Cretaceous Period, they would have faced some of the mightiest predators the world has ever known.
(Left- You never quite know what dramas unfold in your own back yard.)
The belly has the Carnegie Collection imprint, and this is a good time for me to thank Safari Ltd. (opens new window)
for supplying the three Carnegie Brachiosaurus that made this page possible. Thank you for your generosity!
The feet bottoms are seen in this photo (above) as well. The large inner claws on all four feet clearly visible. It is doubtful that the Brachiosaurus did much hitchhiking but they may have served to enable it to raise its body and balance on its hind legs when feeding in branches higher than it normally stood. (Just as our big toes help us balance and our thumbs to grip. I am presuming that [nearly] all my readers are human in this.)
As for the imprint itself (right) my guess is that the "2" indicates that this is the resculpt figure.
(Carnegie Brachiosaurus Foraging on a Frosty Morn)
This figure is most assuredly a very desirable toy to own or give to the Dinosaur Collector you know and love (including the gifting of oneself). What is not to love? It's big. It's strong. It's highly detailed and very well yet simply and realistically colored.
(Right) Here seen in another backyard imbroglio, this time with a Carnegie Giganotosaurus (a very large South American predator, they only get to face each other in the backyard) the handsome Carnegie Brachiosaurus works and plays well with others. Especially others in the same 1/40 scale.
The Carnegie Tyrannosaurus Rex (right) would be a more normal and natural antagonist.
The Carnegie Brachiosaurus is currently in production and readily available in retail venues in person and on the internet. I have found that prices for this newest, new run between $37.00 and $44.00, sometimes with shipping, sometimes shipping is extra. Used they are going for $27.00. On eBay they cost less (for used, as would be expected) but because of their size shipping actually costs more. As of this writing there is one used one on eBay at $8.50 to open but shipping bumps the price over $20.00. You may also find a used one as part of a "lot" on eBay and end up getting a lot more for a lot less. Your "new" one will become a "used" one pretty much as soon as you take it out of the bag. And "used" for these means a few scuffs. I could live with scuffs. Life would be emptier and certainly lighter without my Carnegie Brachiosaurus.
Do these make good eating? Not if you're a Dinosaur toys collector- only if you're a Dinosaur toys predator. They are very tough and a pretty hard rubber and if my memory serves correctly rubber doesn't taste very good in the best of circumstances anyway. Will it kill you if you ingest some (say through teething or a nervous habit)? No. These are certified safe by the European Union (that's what the "CE" imprint on their bellies indicates).
Are these "collectibles"? Well, despite being in fairly continuous production for over twenty years and I can hardly imagine a serious collection without one I don't know if they will ever qualify simply given the extent of the production itself. There just may be too many of them. Are they collectable? Absolutely! But not, I think, for particularly young children. Their weight and size makes them quite awkward as playthings while their long necks make them fairly formidable as potential clubs. But for an older child who won't take out his/her frustrations in the form of violent proclivities towards playmates these should prove a joy.
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