The Dinosaur Toys Collectors Guide Blog

The Dinosaur Toys Collectors Guide blog is the ongoing chronicle of the Dinosaur Toys Story, using my own collection for illustration. This is a picture-encyclopedia of Dinosaur toys since the mid-1940s. It will aid collectors in recognition and everyone in finding, recognizing and purchasing appropriate Dinosaur toys for themselves, their children and their friends. Just click on the "orange button" to painlessly subscribe. You can purchase Dinosaur Toys on Amazon buy-clicking the preceding link.

Mar 27, 2017

Tyrannosaurus Rex is the King of the Dinosaurs and the Dinosaur Toys.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the King of Dinosaur toys. Get yours anytime, they're always hot.

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Mar 27, 2017

The Triceratops is One of the Big Three Dinosaur Toys

The Triceratops has been one of the top Dinosaur toys for generations

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Mar 27, 2017

Apatosaurus was Brontosaurus and are great Dinosaur toys.

The Apatosaurus is one of the best known Dinosaurs and favorite Dinosaur Toys.

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Jul 28, 2016

With the extinction of Dinosaurs there was plenty of room for new animals.

The extinction of Dinosaurs saw the rise of Mammals onto the stage.

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Dec 02, 2015

Christmas Shopping

As Christmas gets ever closer you can treat yourself and treat Rexford as well. Our site is supported entirely by donations from our generous viewers (you) and through our affiliate relationships.

One of our most valuable and important affiliates is Amazon and so we are asking that you use the link below when you do your online shopping (especially/particularly your Dinosaur shopping) this Christmas season.

You can go directly to Amazon-Dinosaur Toys by clicking this link: All Things Dinosaur at Amazon.

...and if you prefer and Rexford certainly approves...

Donate to feed & house Rexford by clicking on the picture below of Rexford holding his cup....

Poor Tyrannosaurus Rexford lives in a tiny shack, in an 'outback' somewhere, that's barely big enough for his foot.

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"And the shack just barely fits that."

You Are Secure!

"Please help to fill up my cup. Thank you."

Dec 11, 2014

The Velociraptor has become one of the most popular Dinosaur toys.

The Velociraptor may be the most versatile of the Dinosaur toys.

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Dec 11, 2014

The Jurassic Park Dinosaurs are Among the Best Dinosaur Toys Produced.

In 1993 the First Jurassic Park Dinosaurs Hit the Toy Stores with a Bang!

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Dec 11, 2014

THE Dinosaur Toys Blog Archive.

The Dinosaur Toys Blog Archive offers the "best" of the blog.

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Nov 15, 2014

Carnegie Dinosaurs are the largest Dinosaur Toys collection.

The Carnegie Dinosaurs Collection is Produced by Safari Ltd of Miami, Florida.

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Oct 13, 2014

Battat Inc produced very collectible dinosaur toys.

Battat Inc, in Conjunction with the Boston Museum of Science, Produced a Series of Brilliant Dinosaur Toys

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Sep 29, 2014

Ceratopsians Aren't Your Grandma's Frilly Dinosaur Toys.

The Ceratopsians were Big Horned and Big Headed, not Frilled Doilies.

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Sep 24, 2014

Updating and Going Broke

We are currently updating our site and trying to add income sources through the addition of links to All Things Dinosaur at Amazon.

Each individual Dinosaur and Dinosaur Toy page will be updated with a direct link to Amazon so you can buy it immediately before thinking too much. Your kind purchase will help to support this site as it struggles to survive in a world it never made. Thank you in advance for saving us from extinction.

This entry will appear regularly until this work has been completed.

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Buy me a burger! Please....

Sep 22, 2014

Ankylosaurus: a living fortress and a tough Dinosaur toy.

The Ankylosaurus dinosaur toys are a rich variety of replicas.

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Sep 20, 2014

A Pack of Allosaurus For Your Dinosaur Toys Collection.

The Dinosaur Allosaurus is Known as "The Wolf of the Jurassic."

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Sep 15, 2014

21st Century Carnotaurus Comparisons: Pt 1

Comparison to the 1990 Disney Carnotaurus shows us we are dealing with similarly sized figures:

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The heads vary in structure:

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and moreso the faces,

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profiles are fine but Carnotaurus had a narrow skull and the Schleich figure's is excessively broad.

The feets are interesting on the 21st Century Carnotaurii

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as the largest belong to the structurally very husky Schleich model.

Close with some head comps of the Papo Carnotaurus-

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More next time with personal commentary.

Aug 27, 2014

Carnotaurus II: Today's Top Three

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In 2010 The Carnegie Collection came out with what is close to the definitive Carnotaurus with the (above) foot-long figure. Beautiful colors, fabulous detail and a wonderful sturdy toy. Wow!

Two years later Schleich came out with their jaw dropping 10" rendition:

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This figure has terrific detail as well, if a rather derivative coloration, along with an openable mouth following Papo's earlier examples.

The third member of the triad is from Papo itself: an eight inch figure

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and what some might consider the best of the lot, sporting the opening jaws, EXTREME detail and a beautiful reptilian color scheme. Its only flaw is the dramatic sculpt which (IMHO) doesn't lend itself very well to playability.

Next- comparisons.

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Aug 20, 2014

Carnotaurus Blog Part 1: The Early days

The early days, of course, were ~70mya, and Dinosaur Toys don't go back that far. We'll just go back to 1994 and the Jurassic park, JP-19 "Demon":

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A 14" long limited production figure with the "dino-bite" loseable piece (the stupidest toy accessorization ever).... Followed shortly by The Dinosaur Studio/ Battat smaller version.

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Both now iconic, rare and expensive versions of the South American Theropod. They also looked a lot alike with the same coloration and all.

In 1996 The Carnegie Collection came out with their toy-like Carno, first in gray and subsequently a slightly improved green:

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The final 20th Century one foot long edition comes from the Disney movie Dinosaur:

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Next: the 21st Century Carnotaurus revival.

Aug 11, 2014

For All Rexford's YOGA Buddies

Why this?

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Yes. Why?

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Because, dear Yogites, Yoga isn't a matter of achieving, it is a matter of doing. In the doing we achieve our goal. Experiencing ourselves, breathing and slowly, over time, easing into our practice and so our practice becomes perfection.

So never become discouraged. Rather enjoy and experience everything you do and know that your practice is a road that always brings you closer to your goal.

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Aug 10, 2014

Rexford says to Check It Out: 10 Dino Mysteries

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Hey kids! Ever wonder what happened to all those "terrible lizards"? Well, so does everybody else. Check THIS out.

And after that, check THIS out too.

Aug 08, 2014

The Papo Raptor(s)

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The Papo Velociraptor first came out in 2005 and was an immediate hit. The first, light brown Raptor was superseded in 2010 by the darker grey/brown figure.

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The figure is exactly the same, the only difference is the coloration.

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They make friends easily...

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like to get out and shop...

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but eschews office work.

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Aug 01, 2014

Bullyland Soft-Play: A Portrait of Velociraptor Gray

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The S-P Velociraptor started off fast as can be seen in the photos... all "before" thus far. Unfortunately after about a year deterioration set in. I had received an email from someone complaining about this but had not experienced it myself.

Look at these collages:

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It sets in.

And gets much, much worse.

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So I contacted Bullyland to ask for a replacement or redress.

Their response was most disappointing.

Summed-up and I quote, "Unfortunately we discontinued these items some time ago and really regret not having any better news for you...." And that is the sum total of their customer service.

I am greatly disappointed in both the quality of their product(s) and especially in their customer service.

Better Days Past

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Today.

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I'm so sorry....

Jul 30, 2014

Bullyland Soft-Play: Recent Additions

By recent I mean in the past two years. The new additions have plastic skeletons and are poseable.

Dinosaur Toys, Rexford, Bullyland Soft PlayI have a Velociraptor:

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Which is based on their controversial feathered and fragile Museum series Velo:

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And comparable to Rexford in size-

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The other is their beautiful Stegosaurus-

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Whose posing is limited to his legs. Here seen with Rexford-

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This Steg is terrific and has stayed intact for over two years. I wish I could say the same for the Velociraptor.

Next blog: Feathers Fly

Jul 28, 2014

Bullyland Soft-Play: A Retrospective

Our friends at Bullyland, in addition to their marvelous ~1/40 scale Museum Line they have initiated (and since discontinued) a line-up of what they call "Soft Play" figures. These were 'oversized', soft figures for smaller children.We have three:

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Triceratops, Rexford, Bullyland, Dinosaur ToysThis Apatosaurus, Dimetrodon and Triceratops from the early production have served my grandchildren for four years with no problems, occasionally flying through the air like Pterosaurs.

Even Rexford likes them-

Rexford, Bullyland, Dinosaur ToysTheir basic routine is to get up in the morning, have some coffee-

Rexford, Bullyland, Dinosaur Toys and go off to the playroom.

About two years ago two new Soft-Play Dinosaurs joined their herd a marvelous Stegosaurus-

Rexford, Stegosaurus, Bullyland, Dinosaur Toys and a somewhat less marvelous Velociraptor -

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More about these in the next blog.

Feb 18, 2014

Found A Peanut Part 3a (Recovery of a Sort)

REXFORD has survived his "procedure," and has been sent to a recovery room where he awakens.

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Why am I waking up in a cage?

The first thing was to check on Rexford's vital signs.

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You woke me up for this?

Once the medical staff was satisfied that Rexford was alright he thought he should call his friends so they wouldn't worry…

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I'm okay Charlie. I'll be coming home soon.

I didn't know you left. How about picking up a shrimp and field-mouse large pizza on the way home?

… and discovered that they hadn't been.

Next on the list of things to do is to see if Rexford can swallow. After all, that was the presenting problem. We start with simple liquids.

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Oh no! Now I've gone blind! Everything's gotten dark. Will my troubles never cease?

Yes. Rexford has a drinking problem. Luckily this one has a simple fix and our "hero" was ready to try slightly more solid food.

Will our hero be able to eat even semi-solid food ever again? Follow our adventure down below

Feb 17, 2014

Found A Peanut Part 3b (Getting High)

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Mmmmmmmm… good.

(Just for the record, this is what happens when you haven't eaten for 16 hours.)

This is the best stuff I've ever eaten….

Then he stripped a popsicle down to its roots….

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And only the bones remain.

And having eaten Rexford shows his good manners…

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This is very dry and sorta tasteless.

Now he is ready to explore his surroundings. First of all, the television.

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How do ya turn this thing on. I wanna watch Jurassic Park.

Then he discovered a tree in the room.

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Nice view from up here.

Oh, did you ever swing on a star….

And bring Hadrosaurs home in a take-out box…

It certainly seems like a good place to pounce upon the unwary from

Where's that nurse's call button?

(Now for those of you who are surprised to see Rexford "up a tree" we've got some news for you. And a even a picture,

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Well Rexford seems to have made a complete recovery and a poor impression and so he is ready to go home. But he does have to go through with the humiliatin' hospital protocol "perp ride"….

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Grrrrrrrr…..

And of course our thanks to everyone involved….

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And upon arriving home Rexford had a bite to eat….

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Gurgle… glork….

Will somebody pleeeease get me outta here?

Oh, noooooooo…………

Feb 15, 2014

Found a Peanut Pt 2 (The Shell With It)

Rexford Dinosaur tried to swallow a snack that didn't want to be. An esophageal donnybrook ensued leaving Rexford semi-conscious and at the hospital where his extinction is to be once again postponed. Hopefully.

His medical team consults some more.

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Dr D: He'll need lots of anesthetic. Got it right here.

Dr T: Let's make it fast. I have a tee-time in thirty minutes.

Ilia: OOOhhh, l LOVE Peppermint Tea!

Madine: I heard he's famous.

Dr T: So, where's the patient?

An "endoscopy" is called for. They carefully place a tube with a tiny TV camera down the patient's throat to see the obstruction, then push it out of the way, down into the stomach. A relatively simple procedure… usually.

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Dr T: OK everybody, careful and delicate placement is called for.

Dr D: So is anesthetic!

Ilia: He's got awfully big teeth.

Dr T: They can be removed if necessary.

GLONK!!

Dr T & Dr D: More Anesthetic!!

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Dr T: There's something in the way!

Madine: That's why we're here!

Baroness: What a revoltin' turn of events.

ER Nurse: Don't give up, doctor. Your patient needs you.

Dr D: More anesthetic!

GASP!

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Dr T: There, just one more shove.

Stomp…Stomp

Ilia: Perfect placement doctor.

Dr T: More anesthetic, Dr D.

Dr D: Right on Dr. T.

THUD!!

OOOOOHHHHH….

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Dr T: This too, shall pass.

Dr T: Turn on the pressure.

Baroness: Yahoo!!

Dr D: How about some more anesthetic?

SWOOOSSSHHHH.

And so it goes. The endoscopy is a success . Rexford is saved.

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Baroness: What a cute little hors d'oeuvre kinda fella.

Ilia: And he comes with his own plates and toothpicks.

ER Nurse: No wonder Rexford couldn't resist.

Dr T: Better check him out for tooth marks.

Dr D: He'll need anesthetic.

SRG Stegosaurus: I think I'll pass. Bye bye and thanks for getting me outta there.

ER Nurse: He too, did pass.

Next up. Recovery, of a sort.

Feb 12, 2014

Found A Peanut - Part 1 (Plates on a Platter)

REXFORD was just walking along one day when he came upon a tasty morsel-

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"MMMMmmmm…, food… Good."

Which he quickly immorsellzed….

But actual ingestion proved a problem.

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Glork… gaaahhhhck… urghhhhhh… OOOoooHHHhhh….

REXFORD is choking… the "food" repudiated the appellation, refused to proceed and took up residence in his throat, (BTW- This is a very real and regular occurrence referred to as "Steak House Syndrome." A piece of food gets stuck in the throat, one is unable to swallow and without treatment can prove fatal.) and the next thing he knew he was in the ER at Dinotown Hospital, LLC:

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ER Nurse: It's stuck in there pretty good.

Nurse Ilia: I look pretty good myself.

Gurgle….

Nurse Madine came in to help.

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ER Nurse: This looks serious.

Nurse Ilia; How good do I look?

Nurse Madine: Seriously good.

ER Nurse: Excuse me, we have a patient here.

Nurses M&I: Oh? Really? Where?

Gurgle…Glooorrrkkk…..

They try a procedure

.

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OOOoooHHHhhh….

So they called in the "operating team". "Dr T" is in charge, Dr. "D"(oom) is the anesthetist. And his case was fully, carefully and professionally diagnosed.

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Dr T: That's MISTER Dr. "T" to you.

Nurse Ilia: He ate something that doesn't want to be.

Dr D: He'll need anesthetic… LOTS of anesthetic.

Dr T: I pity the patient.

Baroness: This patient is making me hungry.

Nurse Madine: Let's all have lunch afterward.

Dr T: So. Where's the patient, anyway?

Gurgle…sssssss…..

What will happen to Mr Rexford? Will He survive his snack? His medical care? Stay Tuned.

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Jun 02, 2012

Fascinating Fan's Finds

As part of what Rexford and I are doing here we get submissions from "fans." Some are interesting. Some are presentable. This one is both. It concerns some apparently quite rare figures sold for a short time at the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History in New York) gift shoppe and was submitted by our friend, Fred.

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Enjoy. Fred has good taste. Whether he tastes good is still to be determined.

"About 2 years ago while visiting a friend, he brought out a Brontosaurus model he had come across in storage. He is in his early 50s & when he was around 10, he went to the AMNH for the museum's centennial (1969/70).

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He bought it himself & had kept it since then. I was quite taken. It resembled both the Sinclair & later DFC re-issues but I had never seen them in this coppery/bronze marbled/swirled color.

I contacted several people & got a combination of "I don't know" & "they are DFCs from the 80s". But my friend was absolutely sure where and when he had gotten his AND that it was not in the early 80s.

About a year went by & one day I same across a 'lot' of Marx Dinosaurs on Ebay w/some very familiar bronze dinos! I contacted the seller. He was from Pa & he told the exact same story. I won them & they were just like my friend's dino. I have only seen 5 others since then- a Bronto & Rex , an Anky & the last 2 (that I won in an MPC cereal dinos lot)[!?! -ed].

My hypothesis is this: in the 40s/50s the AMNH had sold SRG 'bronze-like' metal figures and then in the late 70s/80s they sold the monochromatic Invicta plastic figures.

I think these figures were a transitional concession of sorts. Made of cheaper/lighter/more durable(?) plastic but colored in a way to make them appear (at least to the casual observer) bronze- like their metal predecessors.

I am of the opinion that they are vary rare- that they were produced for the museum's gift shop from late 1969 until the early 70s when the first Invictas came out. "

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(Photo was taken by Rand Hoppe, curator of the online Jack Kirby Museum)

May 11, 2012

Something Stinks Around Here

It's been a while but we're constantly on the lookout for new and exciting information about Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Toys. (All links open to new page.)

Here is an interesting tid-bit of a "news" item,"Dinosaur Gas Emissions May Have Warmed Air," but what we are really interested in is Rexford's reaction.

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Ugh! It stinks around here. Those danged Sauropods are at it again. There's gotta be something a non-violent T-Rex can do.

It is an ill wind that blows no good. That giant clothespin can't be comfortable.

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These should solve my problem.

They're safety matches too. Rexford is really quite careful, for a Dinosaur.

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All Right! Clear the air with flame to spare....

Is the solution to 'global warming' as simple as this? Two matches and the will to use them?

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Ugh!! It still stinks around here.

I guess the answer is more complex than first thought.

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This is my last match. I'm gonna light up the barbecue and it's gonna be Sauropod burgers. You're all invited.

Well, so much for peaceful solutions. In this case an ill wind led to a fine meal.

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Apr 02, 2012

Rexford vs the Big-Box Business

Trips to "big box" stores don't come that often and always involve lots of shopping so Rexford prepared by having a coffee out in the parking lot.

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My arms are too short to hold the cup so I have to use a straw.

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A "gas" barbecue? Perfect! I've already got gas.

PeeEwww! Too much information. Rexford is also full of nutritional advice.

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Sugar is a lot like snow, but much sweeter.

No one can say that Rexford is lazy. Today he's on the look-out for work... gloves.

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Three pair? I'll wear these out in no time. Must check the fit.

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Is this right? How the heck can I work in these? What kind of work is this? Lights! Lights!

After this rather traumatic work-related incident Rexford found himself in need of some R&R.

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This is more like it. This would make for a great job.

While Rexford swung his staff finished shopping. On to the check-out.

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Fish Oil?? Where the heck is the rest of the fish?.

After the purchase we all sat down for something to eat. Rexford expected his food to be more natural in appearance.

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Whazzis? Where's the Beef?

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Someplace under this wrapping?

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Mmmmmmmm!!! Hotdogosaurus always hits the spot.

Ole Rexford has excellent table manners too.

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See. I can eat a napkin just like anyone else. Stop staring!

Oh, stop showing off. And so ended our latest shopping trip.

Mar 25, 2012

Overlooking an Overbite: Wild Safari Dinosaurs for 2012 Pt-I

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Since 2006 Safari Ltd has been updating and expanding their Wild Safari Dinosaurs lineup spectacularly. They recently sent me some samples of the newest members of the family and Rexford wants to share them with you before I do the more labor intensive profile pages.

Way back in 1996 Safari Ltd began producing what is now an out-of-production classic and highly prized, yet by today's standards quite toy-like, Ceratosaurus:

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As noted, this has been out of production for years and 'we' have been waiting. It is time for us, the 99% to get what SafariLtd, the 1% have- a New Ceratosaurus for 2012!!

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Come. Please. Occupy my mouth. I did say please.

What is really cool is that the teeth aren't a uniform white but, rather, are somewhat discolored, as after a recent meal. The Ceratosaurus roamed the late Jurassic and was a smaller contemporary of the Allosaurus.

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But I don't wanna brush my theethes, I don't wanna see the dentist....

The next figure is Dracorex, a member of the head-butting Pachycephalosaur clan from the late Cretaceous. It was only first discovered in 2004. Seen here (below) with "Me."

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The Dracorex was a vegetarian and had a thick, hard skull with bumps and lumps and horns all over it. It is believed that it used its head like contemporary mountain goats, et al, battling for prime territory and mating privileges by butting heads.

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Not tonight, dear. I have a headache.

Moving right along, you might even say wandering we come to the Vagaceratops, or "Wandering Hornhead" who was 'frilled' to be discovered barely a decade ago. (Not to be confused with the "Vegaseratops" that went extinct as the result of gambling losses betting on Dreidels.) He lived in the late Cretaceous and has been reborn for the 21st Century. Another example of Safari's being on the cutting edge of novelty and quality in the Dinosaur Toys World.

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With 'old yeller' back there extinct, the frill was gone.

Your wandering friend has returned and the frill is back.

Mar 25, 2012

Don't Bite Me, Acrocanthosaurus: Wild Safari Dinosaurs 2012- Pt II

The last but not least is first alphabetically but I saved it for last because I have the most pictures... the carnivorous (plasticivorous?) Acrocanthosaurus. This mighty Theropod Dinosaur was an apex predator the day before yesterday +110 Million Years; or right now for this Dinosaur Toy replica. The original was ~40 feet long, the one shown here is about 9":

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I had thought that 'white-face' would make you look like a clown.

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Don't mess with me, tasty one.

This does not replace the all gray Carnegie Collection Acro but it certainly supplants it. Seen together below:

Acrocanthosaurus, Safari Acrocanthosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus Dinosaur Toys

ALL in all these four new Wild Safari Dinosaurs amply increase the line and maintain the reputation for accuracy, attractiveness and playability that we have come to expect from what I consider to be the premier Dinosaur Toy manufacturer today. If only they were all in the same scale....

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Mar 12, 2012

Ou sont les neiges d'antan?: Francois Villons, c1461 - Ballade

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It certainly looks as if this Winter has reached a relatively ignominious conclusion temperature-wise here in Dinotown. An absolute nullity of snow, combined with well above average temperatures and the onset of "daylight savings time" have all conspired to make our snow-loving Dinosaurs want to bite something. Maybe you.

So we are taking a nostalgic sojourn down memory-lane to take a look at Winter-past.... The opening line is from Francois Villon, a 15th Century French Poet and roughly translates to: "Where are the snows of yesteryear." At least that's how Rexford translates it.

Tyrannosaurs rule whatever the conditions, that's for sure.

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Hey! Anyone for volleyball?

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Guess I'll check out the food locker over there.

The smaller Theropods find hunting difficult and also seek richer hunting grounds.

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Sniff. Sniff. Aww shucks. Let's go home.

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But which one's ours?.

The one that smells tastiest.

Others, that rely primarily on fishing have an even more difficult time.

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The ponds and lakes are frozen over. I may have to resort to carnivorism. No. Wait. There's a 21st century fish store.

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This isn't exactly what I was hoping for.

Meanwhile others are also out searching for food. Here's a pair of (X-Plus) Styracosurs digging in the snow for munchies.

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This can make you stop dreaming of a white Christmas.

I'm just dreaming of a green shoot.

But there are others out thinking of something to eat, too.

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You two are a dream come true.

We don't get your point. Perhaps you'll get ours?.

And so Winter 2012 blunders off into the record books.

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Mar 04, 2012

REXFORD & DinoBabe: The Early Days

Back when DinoBabe was younger and relatively helpless Rexford thought her to be a potentially tasty little dish. He can be a real cad when it comes to dietary planning. In this case I think he let his natural instincts get a bit out of hand.

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Her guardian, Snow Leopard, is sleeping on the job and she appears relatively oblivious.

La, la, la... {Me cwime up in chair....}

Rexford continues his stealthy approach, crossing the barren living room floor and approaching his helpless and innocent victim.... Dum, dum; dum, dum, da da da dum....

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Sneaking up on her is even easier than I thought.

Wook at me!! I walk on my hanz and neez!

Rexford maneuvers himself into an ideal position to pounce. da dum, da dum.....

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I am the world's smartest, bestest hunter ever.

Wook at me!! I stanz up on my feets!

Is it all over for poor, innocent DinoBabe? da, da, da, daaaa....

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Gotcha now, you tasty cutie pie.

Hewwo mistah Wexfud. My, what big teeefs you haff!

OH NO!! I can't watch.

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Mistah Wexfud, watta big soff nose you haff.

Nggghhh, uuuhhkk, grikkk.

Come awong mistah Wexfud.

Looks like DinoBabe has proven to be quite the Dinosaur wrangling Cowgirl. Rexford was the King of his world, but it was Beauty who led him by the nose in hers. I suspect that Rexford has learned a lesson about who he can pick on in her world. (And it's not his nose, either.)

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Yeah. My arms are too short.

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Feb 22, 2012

One Million B.C.: Remade

Back when I was a little kid, growing up in New York City, we had seven (7) count 'em seven TV stations, one part-time (13). Channels 5, 9 (WOR) and 11 (WPIX) all played a lot of old movies. One of my very favorites was Hal Roach's One Million B.C. starring Victor Mature.

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The TV was my movie theater.

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My favorite parts of the movie of course were those that had Dinosaurs involved. The Dinosaurs weren't the cool special effects creatures we see today but rather character actors. Alligators, horned lizards and monitor lizards with sails, spikes and/or horns glued upon them. One of the coolest scenes was a battle that took place between an "actorgator" with a "sail' on his back (a la Dimetrodon) versus a Monitor-type lizard. I have chosen to first present the original, and then my colorized remake.

Enjoy.

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And there you have the original movie. Pretty exciting, eh? I couldn't get Victor but I did get a look alike and here we go again....

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Looks like a Dimetrodon. Yes?

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Ooooohhh, I think I sprained my tail.

We hope you enjoyed our show.

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Feb 17, 2012

7 come 11: Rexford Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Rexford finally broke down and got some new foot gear today. His reasoning was that leaving those big old three-toed prints all over the place let just anybody know where he has been, get into his business and curtail his hunting style. Rexford is BIG on personal privacy.

Being rather new to shoes at first he wasn't sure exactly how they work....

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Hey!! Who turned out the lights? This can't be right!

No Rexford, they're boots and they go on your feet. Remember why you got them?

Oh, yeah.

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Oh. This is much better. Now, for shoes.

Rexford decided to accessorize.

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I even got sox. I'm dressed to kill.

He got so excited that he decided to try on everything at once. I mean, if two shoes are good, four must be better. Right?

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Hey!! Who turned out the lights?

This is the same problem I had when I began dressing up.

Clothes stink!

And if you never do laundry, like Rexford, they will, too. I don't think clothing is really in the cards here after all.

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Feb 10, 2012

PAPO 2012 T-Rex Update

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For those who are waiting impatiently (like yours truly) the new PAPO T-Rexes are expected to be released February 27. This would include the repaint of the original 2005 T-Rex:

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A welcome revision although the original Green version will now be going out of production and become a "collectible".

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And of course the long overdue and all-new "Running Green T-Rex"...

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for which I am truly on the edge of my seat.

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But, perhaps, I should be careful what I wish for. Eh?

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Feb 03, 2012

Not Your Granny's Sea Serpent-2

While seen in its entirety from the top

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the Safari Ltd Liopleurodon looks almost alive. There is just so much dynamic animation in this sculpt. Once again demonstrating that great things can come in little packages.

The bottom view shows a white belly....

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which contrasts with the deep 'navy' and pale blues of the upper body. Additionally the 'date stamp', in this case "1109" (November 2009) can be seen, showing the manufacture batch date. And of course a closer look will show the standard Safari Ltd imprint:

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A few more pictures- a) to show the dynamic movement inherent in the figure sculpt, b) to picture it actively 'on the hunt,' and c) just because I really like this figure.

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And of course, the obligatory last thing a Cretaceous Cod ever sees....

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All in all a highly recommended figure for any collection. If it has a fault at all (which it doesn't) it is in its small size. Rexford particularly likes this figure.

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I really love seafood.

I'd really love to get outta here....

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Feb 03, 2012

Safari Ltd Liopleurodon: Not Your Granny's Sea-Serpent

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You may have noticed the void on this site when it comes to nautical Dinosaurs or "Pre-evolutionary-Chickens-of-the-Sea." This is simply because I don't have photoshop and can't figure out a good way to do an underwater page. I have the same problem with the flyers as well. That said I really, really like the Safari Ltd 2010 Liopleurodon. Yes, it's small (~7"). But oh my gosh... what they have packed into those seven inches!

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From nose to tail this little flippered fellow is one fine figure of a sea-serpent. As can be seen in the accompanying photos the details... from the beady red eyes all the way to the very fine pebbling of the skin and the truly excellent paint-job make this figure's chassis quite a classy one to, if not envy, certainly enjoy.

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This very-fine 'graininess' is carried throughout the entire figure while folds of skin, as seen on the left (inner curve) side of the neck simply add to the realism while highlighting the figure's detail. That detail is found not merely in the coloring, and the 'skin' texture but seen in the muscularity and, particularly, in the boney character of the skull.

The head itself, as shown below, is highly detailed with exceptional attention payed to the teeth, which certainly deserve, even demand, said attention.

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When observed from above the narrow, arrow-like head truly focuses the predatory nature of the Liopleurodon, and the eyes... their binocular vision providing a clearly unobstructed forward view.

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Jan 30, 2012

PAPO 2005 T-Rex Review: Part Deux

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You may have noticed that one of these Papo T-Rex has some blue rubber bands on its right leg. Quite astute. Those bands are the ones I used to get him to stand on his own two legs, without the help of the tail, and he does so, so very well.

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(Actual photo of Papo T-Rex receiving foot adjustment.)

This blog (which will eventually be a part of the Papo T-Rex page) will essentially be a set of photo-comps of the original Tyrannosaurus with the "modified" model. One of the new 2012 Papo Rexs will be a repaint of this one, in a brown motif.

As you can see below, the modified Rex stands quite "naturally" on its two legs as compared to the original.

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For those of you who have some question about tail position relative to the 'ground'....

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On the left is the original tail position, on the right the modified.

But the real question is does this modification make a noticeable difference in the figure's posture? I think it does. The blue bands provide ready identification of the Modified-Rex.

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From some angles it doesn't seem to make much of a difference and becomes more of a personal aesthetic, I personally prefer Rexy on just two feet.

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Objectively though being up off its tail does seem to lend more movement to the 'creature,' more animation perhaps. What do you think?

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To me the three point stance often leaves the figure looking as if it is off-balance, back-on-its-heels; while the modified figure is in a more action-oriented and aggressive stance.

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So... How Do You Like Me Now? **

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Jan 27, 2012

PAPO 2005 T-Rex Review: Part 1

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With the upcoming new Papo T-Rex I'm reviewing the original in the blog.

It was a gorgeous Spring afternoon in 2006 when I first came upon this....

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on a shelf in my local toy store/gift shoppe. There were in fact two (along with two raptors, but they're another story) and I instantaneously coveted them. Luckily for me and unluckily for my finances I had my debit-card with me and within minutes all four were mine...bwa ha ha.

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This Papo T-Rex was and is the most realistic looking Tyrannosaurus toy figure available from anybody at an affordable price. It even has an adjustable lower jaw (opens and closes) for a great variety of expressions.

Just blown away I was. Of course, as with all love affairs, soon flaws began to appear. Flaws apart from the awful posture of the figure. It is posed more like a two legged dog or cat, swishing its tail back and forth (except for the swishing part as the tail does not move). True it is based on the Rex from the classic concluding scene of the original Jurassic Park movie, but still....

The major flaw is that by 2005 (when this was released) most toy manufacturers (SafariLtd, Bullyland, Schleich et al) had licked the balance problem and posed their Theropods on two legs. This Rex was balanced on its tail. The infamous Three-legged-stool-Rex; what to do, what to do.

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I had found previous answers using a hot water bath but this guy was ever so easy to bend I decided to try simple rubber bands. I used bands from Broccoli my wife purchased at our local food market.

The balance on the figure is excellent. All it needed was a bit of a push, or squeeze, in the right direction. That direction was simply pulling the right foot up, towards the right knee (you can see the bands in case they are needed again), overnight.

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We'll Be Back.

More on this figure coming soon.

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Jan 09, 2012

Safari Ltd for 2012: To Rexford's Taste

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One thing in the Dinosaur Toys world we can count on today are fabulous new figures from Safari Ltd coming out each new year. Our Happy New Year will be extended by these new figures in the Carnegie Collection and Wild Safari lineups.

Starting in 2006 with the Diplodocus the Carnegie Collection began the refurbishment of their line with new Sauropod sculpts. This continues in 2012 with this new Brachiosaurus:

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Maybe next year we'll get a new Carnegie Apatosaurus.

In the world of Wild Safari figures these have gone from their late 90's toy-like appearance (even then they were among the best Dinosaur figures) to being the best line of Dinosaur Toys (IMHO) available today. I decry that they are not in constant scale. If only. We have four new figures, two replacement figures and two utterly new.

Let's start with our replacement-predators. The best Acrocanthosaurus came from Battat in 1992 or so. Carnegie produced a decent one in 2001 and now Wild Safari is trumping that with this:

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figure that should prove to be the Acrocanthosaur-to-beat for the next several years.

This way comes the long awaited replacement for the highly collectible 1996 WS Ceratosaurus :

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(Original 1996 Wild Safari Ceratosaurus)

a much more 'realistic' appearing figure:

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This new Ceratosaurus looks like it will rool its roost for years to come.

On the prey side of the ledger, we have a new Dracorex:

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another thick-headed member of the Pachycephalosaur family, and a new Ceratopsian (and another exclusive to Safari, just named in 2010), the Vagarceratops:

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about 20 feet long in real life, and brought to you within two years of its determination as a unique species.

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These five new offerings from Safari Ltd should all prove Happy additions to your collection in the New Year.

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You better get 'em before I eat 'em all up.

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Jan 02, 2012

Papo 2012 Preview: Who's Stepping Out? Part II

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The current green T-Rex will be replaced by a 'new' (read- repaint) brown T-Rex of the same mold. And if you wonder where the brown T-Rex came from there is a brown baby (with the 'action jaw') also arriving for 2012.

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And while these are certainly something to look forward to... there's even more coming...

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A brand new Tyrannosaurus model, this called 'green running T-Rex' is coming, and coming on strong. I am really looking forward to this particular Theropod...

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coming onto the scene. Given Papo's history of realism and detail it looks just about perfect. (It, too, comes with a little green bun fresh out of the oven. Well, it doesn't actually come with one, they are sold separately.) And it is already threatening its smaller stablemates.

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Hello there tasty little snack-fella.

The least you could do is wait until you're released to eat me.

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Rexford is coming, too, and finds the Papo figures to be quite nice and really likes them.

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I'll take one from column 'A', two from column 'B'... aw heck, I'll take 'em all. Except for those bitey looking ones.

If Rexford likes 'em, they've got to be good.

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And I like YOU, too.

Uh-Oh.

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Jan 02, 2012

Papo 2012 Preview: Who's Stepping Out? Part I

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The first time I came across a Papo figure it was in 2006 in a small gift shop and it was their T-Rex. I was amazed. Having collected Dinosaur Toys for over fifty years I was used to continuing improvements in detail and realism but this was a quantum leap forward. It was obviously based on the original Jurassic Park movie and was accompanied on the shelf by a Raptor, also JP based. Apart from excruciating detail the figures sport a PAPO original- the movable lower jaw found on all their carnivores (see the Spinosaurus and Allosaurus). These figures are truly "Museum Quality" in appearance if not paleontologic accuracy. But heck, they're toys!!

Below is a picture of the complete 2011 Papo Dinosaur/Prehistoric lineup (less paleolitic fire-pit).

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However, there is something coming....

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Papo is coming up with some fabulous new pieces to combine with those already presented. I have done pages on several of these (Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Parasaurolophus among others) but held off on the Rex and Raptor pages, largely because I have not been sure I'd do them justice. Additionally, the pose of the T-Rex is a tad uninspired. So much for perfection.

But Papo has come up with some beautiful new figures (pictures of new figures lifted from Papo 2012 catalogue). First off is a Brachiosaurus, their first Sauropod. How big is it? I don't know but it has an entire page in their 2012 catalog all to itself:

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And a Tylosaur to join the Plesiosaurus introduced last year.

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Other introductions are two new Mammoths, a "young" one and a "baby" to join what is currently the finest adult Mammoth on the market today:

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But that's not all. Not even close. Read on to part 2.

Jan 01, 2012

To Old, Very Old, Acquaintance

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That wasn't all that bad, was it Dad?

No. And we've got a lot to look forward to in 2012.

Yeah. Safari Ltd is coming out with some great new figures....

and Papo is too. This is gonna be quite an exciting year all around.

I still wanna bite that guy who laughed at me though.

We always want to bite somebody, we're Tyrannosaurs.

And we've got the Papo preview coming up tomorrow, in two parts. That'll be really cool.

If this sounded a bit like a commercial we apologize, but we do want to thank Safari Ltd, Hotaling Inc (Papo distributor, USA) and Bullyland for their generous support over the past two years. And a very special thanks to SBI, who provides not only our server but invaluable expertise in creating, building and maintaining our website. For the best in Web-Business support, checkout S.B.I.

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Can I take this stupid sash off now?

Yes. But save it, I'll need it next year.

And tomorrow we re-present our two part PAPO 2012 debut, same Dinotime, same Dinochannel.

Dec 30, 2011

Happy New Year: More Years of REXFORDIAN Attitude

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Rexford and Rex-Jr. are here, once again, to say goodbye to the old year and usher in the new. So without further ado, let's say adieu to the old year:

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Once again, I'm humiliated. Every year for 65 million years this happens. Next year I'm going to Barbados right after Christmas.

And then, let us welcome in the New Year, 2012:

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I don't like this outfit. I feel ridiculous. This is worse than Dads. Can anyone see me in this?

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You! What are you laughing at? Yeah, You! You think this outfit is in bad taste? Well, as soon as I'm out of this stupid diaper we'll see how YOU taste, buddy. Hey! Somebody help get this thing off of me....

Looks to me like we're heading out of a tough year and into one with an awful lot of attitude. Just keep your attitude one of gratitude.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Dec 26, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering

why there was no Christmas blog. Or why you didn't get everything you wanted on your Christmas list. Or just what may have happened to good old Santa Claus this year.

Well, just as there was no joy in Mudville after Mighty Casey struck out there was no joy in Dinotown after mighty Rexford simply struck.

Late at night (or, perhaps, very early in the morning), just as Santa was depositing his presents around our magnificent Dinotown Plastifraser-Fir tree....

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Rexford struck.

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I finally caught that mouse that's been eating the popcorn off our tree!!

Ho, ho, uh oh, no, no, HELP!!

As soon as we flipped on the lights we realized a minor mis-steak had occurred.

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No!! No! Rexford! That's Santa, not a pesky popcorn purloining vermin! Put him down. Now! Please....

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Gaaack, ghhaaaackk... glupf....

Good grief! I was only reaching for the cookies and milk.

So you all can plainly see that Santa got a tad traumatized this Christmas and just wasn't quite up to par. Asked later how this could have happened Rexford had this to say for himself:

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First I would like to make it clear that there was no intent to deprive good little boys and girls of Dinosaur toys. It was dark and Santa was just scurrying around the tree and there had been this annoying mouse recently and I just chomped down, if you know what I mean. I coughed the old elf right up and besides, he didn't taste very good anyway and he was a lot tougher than that jolly, fat countenance suggests. This interview is over!

Dec 11, 2011

Dinosaurs... Cowboys; What's Not to Like?

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Rexford recently received a ConactOsaurus message from a fan regarding an action game he has devised. Rexford sees high potential in cleaning up the battlefield after each encounter and thought to pass the information on.

It looks like fun so here is what it is called and where you can find it: Dinosaur Cowboys- Yahoo!!

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Welcome to MY world, hot-dog....

Here then is a word (well, several) from the game designer:

"Dinosaur Cowboys is a fast playing (30-60 minutes) tabletop skirmish game of competing "posses" composed of up to 5 members and 1 dinosaur.

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Papo Paralophosaurus Posse (nice and alliterative) & Papo Styracosaurus Posse

Each character in the posse can be customized to fulfill a different role and purchase weapons and equipment from the many options available. Combat takes place in the futuristic landscape of the year 2285, where a supervolcano erupted and changed the course of mankind forever.

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Procon T-Rex surveys the ruins.

In general the game is built around twelve sided dice and is meant to be light, thematic, fast playing (and bloody in a non-staining sorta way! ed.). Players build a Posse containing 28mm figures representing a Leader, 2-4 Members, and up to 1 Dinosaur (Papo is a popular choice for these, Wild Safari, Carnegie, Bullyland and others are under consideration. Your posse, your choice. ed.) Different statistics (Movement, Hitpoints, etc.) are used to resolve actions on the table and can be customized by spending Improvement Points to really help differentiate Posses. Weapons and equipment are purchased from a list of over 75 items ranging from laser Six-Shooters to plasma Shotguns.

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Posses battle each other in one-off stand alone games or in linked campaigns where they can build and grow their gang."

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(Typical pre-game set up.)

All in all "Dinosaur Cowboys" looks like a great game to play and an interesting way to keep your carnivorous Dinosaurs from thinking too much about you.

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And an entertaining way to get others to do your hunting for you. Mmmmmmmmmm, tasty.

Check it out!

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Dec 05, 2011

The Carnegie Carnotaurus for 2011

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Carnotaurus Dinosaur ToysThis link will access the new 2011 Carnegie Carnotaurus page.

Wow! When Rexford has the time he can really punch out the pages. Here he has completed another page on the:

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The Carnotaurus was a 26 foot long 2-ton South American Apex predator of the late Cretaceous period. So named ("meat eating bull") for the two horn-like protuberances on his skull.

The head of this model is particularly well done and kind of unique. Whereas on every other carnivore model I have seen the teeth are a pristine white (like they brush after every meal) the teeth on the Carnegie Carnotaurus are a rusty, bloodied red-

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This is a real departure from the traditional and creates a very realistic "lean and hungry look," as well as a rather scary visage.

I really like this figure based on what appears to me to be its high level of "realism" given the excellent detail of the sculpture itself (beautiful skin texture with natural looking folds) as well as the beautiful paint job (how do they do it?).

WE usually poo-poo the concept of realism in Dinosaur toys. After all, who the heck knows from real when no one has ever seen these. All we have is conjecture as to how they looked. But the recent figures, the past half-decade or so, have seen a quantum jump in the appearance, the "realism" if you will, of the Safari Ltd/Carnegie Collection Dinosaur figures. This one is the best so far and sets a new and higher standard for those to come.

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