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9 August 2023, 01:11

Toy Dinosaurs: The Carnegie Collection

Toy Dinosaurs: The Carnegie Collection
Collection Carnegie - a series of miniature dinosaurs, which in 1988-2015. produced by Safari Ltd. (USA). All models were developed based on information about prehistoric creatures obtained from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The museum was founded in 1896 by American industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Today, one of the most famous expositions of dinosaur skeletons in the world is presented here.
For 27 years, Safari Ltd. produced 65 models of ancient animals, many of them sculpted in 1:40 scale. However, some miniatures depicting smaller creatures are made on a larger scale. The largest model reaches a length of 60 cm (image of diplodocus). Sometimes the toys were sold in boxes and included booklets with scientific data about the dinosaur. In most cases, a tag with brief information was attached to the miniature.
To demonstrate the collection, the company released a special advertising stand. Dinosaurs can be placed on several tiers in any order. The stand was sold to retailers to encourage sales, however the addition immediately caught the attention of collectors.
The first 17 toy dinosaurs were released in 1988. The top five included Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Apatosaurus and Apatosaurus baby. The cast figures were completely covered with paint of a certain color, and then fine details were applied by hand. In 1997, the shapes of the figurines were updated, some were repainted in new colors. The latest miniature, the re-released Velociraptor, went on sale in 2015, just before the end of the entire series.

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