The Most Numerous Sauropod Dinosaur in North America- The Camarasaurus
The Carnegie Camarasaurus Sauropod Dinosaur
With its unlikely (un-Sauropod-like) boxish head and with an apparent ability to reproduce like bunny rabbits the Camarasaurus was, if not the largest, then certainly the most numerous member of the North American Sauropod Dinosaur family.
The Carnegie Collection Camarasaurus, introduced in 2001, is a large fourteen (and one eighth) ounce (14.125 oz, 401 gms) and seventeen inch (17", 42.7 cms) long 1/42 scale model of what was one of the primary items on the Late Jurassic Period Buffet menu.
Living in great herds (Below) these sixty-foot (60') long, twenty ton (20 ton) behemoths found safety in numbers.
feel pretty secure in their numbers. Unlike most other Sauropod Dinosaur the Camarasaurus have both relatively short necks and tails, with large heads. The Camarasaurus' head was used initially and mistakenly (opens new window) on the neck of the earliest Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) fossils.
The Carnegie Camarasaurus is a well detailed model (see head Below)
and interestingly hand-painted figure that can provide a unique and valuable addition to your Dinosaur toys menu collection....
A great face! The nostrils clearly placed high up on the skull. A somewhat angry look in profile, almost as if it is gritting its teeth, from the the front it bears a much sweeter and gentle countenance.
The Carnegie Allosaurus is pretty much as large as an Allosaurus can be (at one foot in length) and still be in scale. Here we see three inviting a Safari Dragon out to eat. The lunch is on the Camarasaurus' tab. (Left) And the Dragon is on the Camarasaurus itself. (Below)
Looking down from the top the Carnegie Camarasaurus is quite the lithe
creature. When looking up at its belly, however, we are surprised to find the
expected "Carnegie" is missing! And the belly-bottom appears to be a separately molded piece from the rest of the figure. This can also be seen in a very close examination of the Carnegie Apatosaurus and new Diplodocus where it is not nearly as obvious (requiring actual close study to find) and may be a factor in the manufacture of these larger Carnegie figures. While easily seen it is only noticeable actually looking at the belly of the beastie.
Sometimes it is safer for Carnegie Camarasaurus to hang out outside (Right) and just take their chances in the great outdoors than it is is to hang around inside where the density of predatoys is much greater.
Although all things taken into consideration it can get pretty thick out in the real sauropod dinosaur world and not being climate controlled (no global warming in the real world) coming back inside to the man-made climate controlled world has its advantages.
These advantages can become obvious soon enough. Even to Sauropod Dinosaur types who are not generally considered all that bright. (Below)
(Above)"It's cold! Our feet are wet! We wanna come inside!"
(Below)Aaaah, this is much better."
The 2008 Safari Allosaurus is laying in wait for our little herd of Camarasaurus canapeus and quickly go to work....
Cutting out and assaulting a likely lunch.
"Uhh, what's the number for nine-one-one?"(Above)
Meanwhile the rest of the herd considers calling the authorities but no one has a cell phone or knows the emergency number. Sometimes herds are no help at all.
The detail in the feet is also quite good (Below)
(Above) Front Feet- left. Rear Feet- right.
With the little toe nails painted a light blue, not so much contrasting with but more complementing the gray of the body and the metallic bronze eyes.
Being individually hand-painted to a general scheme each is similar in concept but slightly different in execution. The creases and folds lend a lifelike quality to these, making them less Dinosaur toys than miniature replicas, while the individuality makes each one unique....(Below)
In a sense the Camarasaurus had been done previously in the MARXBrontosaurus. The reality though is that this Carnegie Collection (opens new window) Camarasaurus is a unique Sauropod Dinosaur toys offering and if you want one, The Carnegie Collection is the only place to get one. They are selling for anywhere from $12.99 to $29.95 (don't forget to add taxes/shipping) with a recommended price of $21.99. They can be found both online and in local Dinosaur toy stores. Anyplace that carries the Safari/Carnegie line.
I would like to take this moment out of time to thank the nice people at Safari Ltd. (opens new window) for supplying the Camarasaurus Sauropod Dinosaur toys used for the creation of this page.
As was seen on the Cam's belly the Euro-Union's stamp of non-toxicity, the "CE" tells us that this Sauropod Dinosaur is non-toxic, if inedible and the U.S. government CPSC now requires everything be tested (though not sauteed) as well. But these are too nice to gnaw on.
They have been on the market now since 2001 and do seem to be holding their own. While a tad pricey to create an entire herd their size alone does make them somewhat intimidating to most would-be predatoys. Buy one and it will last a lifetime. For anyone seeking a complete Dinosaur toys collection it is a must. I would suspect that years in production will not serve it in the sense of becoming a "collectible" but it certainly is a popular figure. Otherwise it would have been retired by now.
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