Collector's Guides

From the very beginning of the Carnegie Collection, Safari Ltd. produced a series of collector's guide booklets and leaflets in various formats, which provided background information on all the available models. Sort of like an expanded version of the information tags, but consolidated into one place, with photos or drawings of each model. Some collector guides also included ancillary materials, like posters. Collector guides were often provided for free near store displays, and the Carnegie Dinosaur Mountain display stand included a space at the bottom to accommodate a brochure holder.

During the early 1990s, Carnegie began producing collectors guides as full-color, stapled booklets. These came in full 4x9 brochure size as well as smaller 3x3 versions. There were several variations on these, mainly in regards to what models and other items were included, in the title, and the interior text. Notably, almost all of these feature the same image of a boy playing with a set of Carnegie models including the early "gold wash" T. rex. There were seven editions of the Collector's Guide in all, though I'm unclear exactly what counts as a unique edition, especially since all but the lest two were not numbered. The final, 7th edition of the Collector's Guide was available through 2006. It is pictured in the 2006 Safari catalog alongside Dinosaur Mountain, though oddly, the product entry for the Collector's Guide continued to show the 6th edition. In the 2007 Safari catalog, no Collector's Guides are available, and the brochure holder pictured with Dinosaur Mountain contains only the mini version of the complete 2007 Safari product catalog.

Presented below are various collector guide covers organized by date. Eventually, I plan to link each cover to photos of the interior pages. Note that much of the photography used in these overlaps with the larger product catalogs.

c. 1989 Fold-Out Leaflet
The earliest versions of the Carnegie Collector's Guides I can find are these black and white fold-out brochures or leaflets. There are two versions of this. The earlier one, likely produced in 1989, features all of the Carnegie models up through Pachycephalosaurus and Deinonychus. The later one (below) is dated 1990 and adds Iguanodon and Spinosaurus. The silhouette of the latter two species matches their appearance on one of the the early Carnegie posters. Note that I have only ever seen the earlier one printed in German, but it bears the Safari Ltd. logo rather than Schleich, unlike most other early promotional materials in Germany, which typically only mentioned Schleich, no reference to Safari.
(photos courtesy Jacob Cook)

1990 Fold-Out Leaflet - photos by

Early Collector's Guide c. 1990

1990 Schleich Brochure (Germany) - All photos by
This small brochure features photography which was used to advertise the Carnegie Collection in Europe by Schleich. It does not including a copyright date, it probably dates to 1989/1990 based on the lack of Deinonychus and the inclusion of the Schleich prehistoric figures in their updated 1990 colors. Note that this is the earliest source to picture the actual release models, and that they are the "gloss wash" variants. These differ appreciably from the prototypes shown in earlier catalogs in their somewhat simplified paint applications, though they are much closer to the prototypes than the "dull wash" variants. The gloss wash versions seem to have been unique to Schleich and were probably made in Schleich's factory in either China or Germany (the Chinese factory was shared with Safari for a number of years). Note that Schleich seems to have included some old Schleich dinosaur figures among the Carnegie Collection assortment without differentiating them as a different line! It seems that before they started their own line of in-house dinosaurs, "Replicasaurus", Schleich lumped all the dinosaurs they distributed under the Carnegie brand.

Above: The first photography featuring "gloss wash" style production samples.

Above: Prototype / paint masters for the Carnegie Collection prehistoric mammals.

Above: Prototype / paint masters for the Carnegie Collection prehistoric reptiles. Note the unusual "rainbow" Dimetrodon!

Above: The Schleich Classics dinosaur figures, in their new-for-1990 colors.

1991 Schleich Brochure
(photos by STS Forum user stecal)

Note that this does not include Iguanodon or Spinosaurus, so likely dates to 1991. This is also the earliest appearance in a brochure of the Carnegie's Dinosaurs poster.

1993 Brochure

1995 Collector's Guide

1998 Sixth Edition Collector's Guide

2003 Seventh Edition Collector's Guide
(Photos by Dino Scream Reviews on Instagram)


  1. Are you referring to the mountain display? Other than eBay, which many collectors peruse regularly, I would check out as well as the various dinosaur collector groups on Facebook.

  2. Hey Terrible Dactyl is there a site where I can possibly find the Monetery Bay collection? Thank you

  3. Not that I know of, unfortunately. You might try asking around at the Animal Toy Forum . ToyAnimal wiki also has info on most Safari figures, though not particularly in-depth.


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