CARNEGIE DINOSAUR TOYS
The Carnegie Collection is a series of authentic dinosaur replicas based on dinosaurs and other extinct prehistoric creatures, using fossils featured at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as references. The line is produced by Florida-based company named Safari Ltd., known for their hand-painted dinosaur replicas. We stock all of the dinosaur toys from the Carnegie collection. They are beautiful dinosaur models. I’ve collected as much information on these dinosaur models that you can enjoy reading up on below!
Carnegie Dinosaur Toys
The world's premier line of dinosaur toys models collectibles! Researched and authenticated by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania. The Wild Safari Carnegie Collection of dinosaur toy figurines are hand-painted, authentic, and affordable toy dinosaurs replicas that stimulate creative play. Parents and children love these dino toys for their spectacular poses, quality, as well as their educational value for toy dinosaurs. The Prehistoric dinosaurs toys collection is phthalate-free. A color-coded 5-language educational hang tag is included with each dinosaur figure.
Shopping for dinosaur toy models is a breeze at Dinosaur Toys Superstore! We have put together the most complete line of museum quality dinosaur toy models from some of the best toy manufactures. These dinosaur toys are perfect dinosaur gifts for anyone who enjoys dinosaurs. They are very detailed, hand painted and are fun to play with too. The dinosaur toy replicas can be used in schools for teachers, or even to decorate your dinosaur themed room at home. You can choose your favorite dinosaur and collect just that particular dinosaur or you can collect the entire line! Our most popular dinosaur toy model is the Tyrannosaurus Rex or T rex and our second most popular dinosaur toy is the Velociraptor. Even though they are museum quality dinosaur toys at our house these same dinosaur toys were most often played with in our huge sandbox in the backyard for hours. We would turn the hose on so we could run them through swamps, add twigs, rocks, and lots of leaves. The creative imagination that these plastic dinosaur toys bring alive is amazing. They will forever hold wonderful memories of mommy-hood with my little son forever. I hope you and your family will enjoy these dinosaur replicas as much as we do! Once they are past their dinosaur craze you can pack them up and save them for the next generation. For the more serious dinosaur collectors I have listed the complete history of Safari Ltd. Carnegie Dinosaur Models for your pleasure!
The collection was first released in 1989, seventeen models. The line has seen a steady stream of additions since that time, usually two or three each year. As of 2009, 70 models representing 49 species of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals have been produced for the line, although several of these have been retired during the course of its run. Each of the models is hand-painted, ensuring that no two copies of the same model are identical. Each animal featured is authenticated by paleontologists employed by the scientific data available (although models are occasionally outdated by newer findings, see below). Most of the animals are designed at a 1:40 scale (where one inch on the model represents 40 inches on the real creature), although some models representing smaller creatures are built at a larger scale. Models in the collection range greatly in size from 24 inches long (original Diplodocus) to only three inches long (original Dimetrodon) with all shapes and sizes represented in-between. On the underside of each model is information detailing its name, year of initial production, and copyright information.
The models feature an informational hang tag providing scientific details about the animal represented by the replica. In some cases, the dinosaurs were packaged in cardboard display boxes, in which case a small booklet featuring information on each dinosaur featured in the collection was included in lieu of the hang tags. In some instances, two or three models would be packaged together in a box. Examples include Dimetrodon and Deinonychus, Protoceratops and Euoplocephalus, Apatosaurus and Apatosaurus Baby, Elasmosaurus and Mosasaurus, and Australopithecus Male/Female pair and Smilodon. The boxes are not often seen today, and most of the time the dinosaurs are found free of packaging. Also produced for the collection was a specially-designed display "mountain". The display featured multiple tiers upon which the pieces in the collection could be placed in a variety of creative ways. This display was touted primarily to retailers in order to encourage sales of the replicas, but the display has also become popular with collectors. A second display set was made in gray plastic that featured a volcano, but this design was short-lived.
All models released in the first ten years of the Carnegie Collection's history. All of the models that received updated sculpts in 1996 here are seen in their updated molds, except for Stegosaurus.
Prior to 1996, each model was cast from a grey material and covered in a coat of paint corresponding to the base color of the finished model. The details of the model were then painted onto this layer of paint, resulting in a loss of the finer sculpting detail due to the thickness of the paint on each finished model. Beginning in 1996, each model was cast from a pigmented material corresponding to the base color of the finished model. The details of the model were then painted directly onto this material, resulting in greater detail and a less shiny appearance.
To coincide with this change in production, eight models were retired between 1996 and 1997, and the sculpts of the remaining eighteen models were updated. Despite the modifications, the eighteen remaining models retained the same model numbers as their predecessors. This became the cause of some confusion as a single model number was used to refer to two versions of the same model, which was particularly noticeable with the new color schemes for Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Pachycephalosaurus. Colorful name tags were also designed and attached to each model in place of the original folded paper name tags.
In 2007, twelve more models received new color schemes.
These models, however, did not retain the same model
numbers as their predecessors. New model numbers were
assigned to distinguish them as new versions.