Controversial Feathered Dinosaur Toys Make Cute Dinosaurs
Adding feathers simply creates cute Dinosaurs. It softens their edges and changes the texture of their "skin". It adds depth to the sculpture and provides for bright coloration.
It has been accepted evolutionary theory that modern birds have descended from Theropod (mostly carnivorous) Dinosaurs and the first manufacturer to take this into the toy box was Safari Ltd. with their
in 2004 and the introduction of their blue-feathered Oviraptor. The next year saw four more cute Dinosaurs produced in the forms of a Beipiaosaurus, Caudipteryx, Dilong (opens new window) and Microraptor. 2006 saw the issuance of a new Oviraptor sculpture, with more feathers and contrasting, brighter colors.
2005 also saw Safari Ltd. produce a very cute Dinosaur under their own Wild Safari brand (left), a juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex. Covered in green, down-like feathers and ready for action. (below)
Then in 2008 Bullyland came out with their own contribution to these cute Dinosaurs in the form their own feathered Velociraptor.
This figure is done in a softer rubber and is possibly the most controversial new figure to be released in the past several years. People, collectors, seem to either love it or hate it with most in the former camp. I personally like it.
These cute Dinosaurs vary in Scale
Most of the Carnegie Collection come in 1/40 scale. Their Oviraptor (opens new window), Beipiaosaurus and Dilong are in 1/10 while the Caudipteryx and Microraptor is in 1/4. (Microraptor left, Caudipteryx on the right)
The Bullyland Velociraptor is ostensibly in 1/20. The Wild Safari Juvenile T-Rex is probably in 1/60(+/-). These are all around the same size in absolute terms, ranging from six and one half inches (Microraptor) to nine (for the Bullyland Velociraptor). All are from the Theropod family and may be considered to be related to modern birds in some way although they all appeared later in the fossil record than the Archaeopteryx, an earlier and more bird-like creature.
List of All Dinosaurs of the Feathered Variety
(Click on the highlighted name to access the figure page)
Bullyland Velociraptor (2008)
Carnegie Beipiaosaurus (2005)
Carnegie Caudipteryx (2005)
Carnegie Dilong (2005)
Carnegie Microraptor (2005)
Carnegie Oviraptor (2004 & 2006)
Safari Dino-Discoveries Oviraptor on Nest (2007)
Safari Juvenile T-Rex (2005)
These Dinosaur toys are colorful and cuddly in a particularly "birdtilian" sort of way and visually delightful departures from the unfeathered, run-of-the-mill Dinosaur toys.m I think we'll be seeing more of these "feathered friends" coming in the future.
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