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  Be sure to  visit the site's YouTube channel, Jurassic Plastic ! WHAT'S NEW: 1/20/2024: Further updates to  Plateosaurus , as well as the addition of pages from a 1998 Safari Ltd. catalog and additional scans from the 1994 catalog to the Catalogs page. 1/19/2024: Big update to the Plateosaurus page with several new variants now recognized. 1/6/2024: Updated several pages with new photos and in some cases newly recognized variants:  Tylosaurus ,  Diplodocus ,  Brachiosaurus ,  Allosaurus ,  Apatosaurus Baby . Coming soon: A major update to Plateosaurus and its variants! 1/2/2024: Updated the  Allosaurus  page with recognition of the two different molds used for the first sculpt. 12/5/2023: Added a late variant of Miragaia . 11/10/2023: Added clearer photos to the gloss wash  Apatosaurus , and comparison photos showing differences between the matte and glossy versions of  Tylosaurus . 11/9/2023: Added several new variants and comparison photos of the green, mold 1  Apatosauru

The Carnegie Collection Brachiosaurus (2012)

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Prototype Name: Brachiosaurus Species:  Brachiosaurus altithorax First release: 2012 Retired: 2015 Model number: 4107-01 Size: 18.6" Scale: 1/60 Sculptor: Forest Rogers This model serves as an update to the original Carnegie Collection Brachiosaurus sculpt, which was in production from 1988 to 2012, though it endured numerous mold changes over that time and came to barely resemble the first generation model. Like most 20th century depictions labelled "Brachiosaurus", the original model was based on the species B. brancai, which has since been reclassified as Giraffatitan. Interestingly, despite being "remade" in 2012, this "updated" model actually represents the species B. altithorax, the original Brachiosaurus, and is therefore not really an update to this figure. As one of the only B. altithorax models in existence, along with its excellent sculpt and technical accuracy (sauropod specialist Mike Taylor acted as a consultant), this figure remains one

The Carnegie Collection Spinosaurus (2009)

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Name: Spinosaurus Species:  Spinosaurus aegyptiacus First release: 2009 Retired: 2015 Model number: 4216-01 Size: 42 cm long Scale: 1:35 Sculptor: Forest Rogers The Carnegie Collection Spinosaurus is a fully resculpted version of the 1992 original. Unlike the old version, which was made at a time when Spinosaurus was often portrayed as an allosauroid related to Altispinax , this version uses a corrected Baryonyx -like skull based on specimens first discovered in 1996 and described in the early 2000s, and is much larger in size. While the original description of Spinosaurus listed its size at over 40ft, comparable to Tyrannosaurus rex , this was mostly ignored in popular depictions until the early 2000s, when a giant Spinosaurus was featured in Jurassic Park 3, inspired in part by the new skull specimens which confirmed a huge size. Despite this, the model is actually too large compared to the original Spinosaurus, which was in 1:40 scale, while the 2009 version is closer to 1:35 scale

Terminology

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"Gold Wash" and other Carnegie Collection Terminology Terminology examples. Note that the Apatosaurus Baby was not released in any multicolor or 2007 repaint variants. Instead, the color vinyl version remained in production unchanged until 2014. The different mold groups are listed on the bottom. When I first started hunting for more information about the elusive early Carnegie Collection dinosaur models, I found myself hampered by a lack of terminology. I knew from a variety of posts on scattered forums that the first generation of Carnegies were generally drab colored, often very similar to one another. Searching for "dull color Carnegie dinosaurs" didn't get me very far. It wasn't until I discovered the term "gold wash" applied to these figures that I started cracking open the true diversity of early variants, because now I had a keyword and the start of a common language used by collectors of this unique subset of Carnegie dino replicas. The f

Review: The Carnegie Collection Quetzalcoatlus Replica

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Quick Facts 1998 Carnegie Collection Quetzalcoatlus replica Size:  28cm (wingspan) Scale:  1:37 (1:40 advertised) Sculpted by:  Forest Rogers Produced by:  Safari Ltd. Click here for full replica info and variants Quetzalcoatlus is the perennial “terrible dactyl” when it comes to pterosaurs, which is why I’m starting with this classic representation. This Quetz was already out of date when it debuted in 1998, despite some heroic efforts to make it the first “modern” looking pterosaur in the Carnegie Collection. The main problem with this replica is the head, which is based on the classic John Sibbick illustration found in Wellnhofer’s pterosaur encyclopedia. Sibbick based his Quetzalcoatlus head on a partial skull (number TMM 42489-2) which  probably belonged to a different pterosaur , leading to many years of Quetz being depicted with a short, blunt beak. So while this toy may or may not be a good representation of that unnamed azhdarchid, it’s certainly no Quetzalcoatlus

The Carnegie Collection Microraptor (2006)

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Name: Microraptor Species:  Microraptor gui First release: 2006 Retired: 2015 Model number: 4050-01 Size: 17.5 cm long Advertised scale: 1:5 Actual scale: 1:6 Sculptor: Forest Rogers Version: 1 Release: 2006 Material: Hard light beige vinyl Paint: Matte. 8 colors. Black (stripes, spots, pupils, claw tips); red-orange (wings, tail); orange (stripes); salmon (airbrush wash); white (face, teeth); pink (mouth); gray (claws), gold (eyes). Stamp text: Carnegie Microraptor / (C) 2005 Safari Ltd., Miami, FL USA / Made in China / CE CE mark: Large TDR  rating: 3/10 The Carnegie Microraptor was released at the same time as several other models based on then-recently discovered Chinese feathered dinosaur species. The model is relatively large for such a small species, and at 1:5 scale, it is not in scale with most of the rest of this wave, except the very large Caudipteryx, which is also 1:5. The wing proportions and configuration seem to be pretty clearly based on the initia