Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys

Of all the Dinosaurs-Raptors Should Never do Childcare

Dinosaur toys are like everybody else and the Carnegie Dinosaurs-Raptors need jobs. And like many of us, they also require coffee.Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysCarnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
"Okay, let's get this show on the road!" (above left) "What is this stuff?" (above right)
Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysCarnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys"Is it coffee yet?"(left) "How do we get at it?" (above)
Yes folks. Many of us, Dinosaurs-Raptors included, are very much the same. We don't necessarily recognize a food in its raw form and we often show little patience when waiting for service.
Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysSmall at one and three-eighths ounces (1.375 oz- 39 gms) and eight inches (8"- 20.25 cms) in length. It is officially (according to the maker) 1/10 scale so it is fairly out of scale (~4x larger) with most other Dinosaur toys which range from 1/30- 1/40. This means that these Dinosaurs-Raptors of great size, are more or less Utahraptors, which are the largest known members of the Velociraptor family. At one-tenth scale these Carnegie Velociraptors are about 80 inches, or six-and-a-half feet long. They are still a bit small to prey on, for instance, the Jurassic Park Triceratops.

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
On the other hand if they can find a Bullyland Soft-Play Triceratops

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
who is just waking up they will take their chances and tenaciously follow it, attacking as best they can. But with little success.

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
So, with breakfast heading out to get its own our hungry Dinosaurs-Raptors with the job of Dinosaur toys childcare workers go off to work.

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
Some Dinosaur babies have a bite of their own (see left) and don't make for quick and easy snacking.

Others (below left) have particularly large and watchful parents (below)...Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysCarnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
Then, of course, there are those whose parents are both watchful and well armed...

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys
In both cases the little ones aren't the equivalent of 'pop-tarts'.
Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysCarnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysOf course there are always those whose parents aren't around, can't protect them and in whom Velociraptor nursemaids may take a "special" interest. (left)
But then there may be other potential "caretakers" (lower left) leading to a "Mexican standoff" child protective services type of situation. Let this be a lesson to us all: That Dinosaurs-Raptors should be discouraged from the nursery school profession. Always check references, and then check them again.

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur ToysBut our over-sized Velociraptors do get lucky and if breakfast was a bust then at least brunch may turn out quite well. Their combination of speed

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and agility serve to bring down a young Safari Apatosaurus. Who becomes not merely brunch for our duo, but a feast. Hunting is much more in line with their abilities and inclinations than are the responsibilities of a childcare center anyway.

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys

The Carnegie Velociraptor is made by Safari Ltd. (opens new window) (whom I want to thank here for their generous provision of the brown Raptor) and was introduced in 2002. The "red" Raptor is the initial incarnation and served until 2006-7 when it was more or less replaced by the brown re-paint. The brown is now in production but there are still red ones available, new. They can be found on the internet (Google "Carnegie Velociraptor") for from $4.99 to $7.99 (plus various amounts for shipping) and of course, on eBay. The red is reminiscent of Raptor Red, Robert T. Bakker's 1995 novel of the life of the Dinosaurs-Raptors. The brown actually looks a lot better to me which is indicative of how the company is constantly trying to improve their product.

On the other hand the balance on this is such that it cannot stand on its own two feet and must be stood in a three-point stance, using the tail for support. The upward curve of the snout and lower jaw are interesting takes on the taxonomy of the creature and combined with the quite narrow skull suggest that it is meant to be a Velociraptor mongoliensis. As can be seen from the photos these seem most at home climbing on Dinosaurs larger than themselves which is likely what they did in real life.
These do work and play well with others and are part of the very extensive Carnegie Collection so they need never lack for playmates and prey. Despite having seen how badly they behave you may still want one and if you are getting one (or more?) for a young child be aware that while chewing on them will not necessarily harm your child (or your self) the arms and legs are comparatively thin and severe damage to the Dinosaurs-Raptors may result. Let them do the biting!

Carnegie Velociraptor Dinosaur Toys

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