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Watch out the latest Schleich dinosaurs have arrived!!!
Dinosaurs are popular with many children including my son. Little man has been a fan for a while now and has a growing collection. He spends hours playing with them which is wonderful as they are ideal for encouraging creative play. Add a few more children into the mix and they’re also developing their social skills and having a fabulous time whilst doing so.
Roarsome New Dinosaurs From Schleich
My son’s dinosaur collection has just grown thanks to Schleich who have a lovely range of dinosaurs which is one of their most popular toy selections. The toys are suitable for ages 4-12 and make great gifts for dino fans.
This Spring, their collection will see the addition of some great new dinosaurs; the spiny-backed Animantarx (Ankylosaurus), and “winged” Dimorphodon.
A slow-moving herbivore covered in bony plates and spikes protected it from predators. It was approximately 3 meters long and similar to but smaller than the Ankylosaurus.
This was a type of flying reptile with a large head and beak, and sharp talons. Its short wingspan would have meant it would only be capable of short distances. Its diet consisted of insects, fish and lizards. We loved the colours on this little guy.
In addition, Schleich will be relaunching some top-selling classics such as the Giganotosaurus. This enormous and terrifying creature will be available as an adult and also as a dangerous yet cheeky youngster. Easily mistaken for the T-Rex these are equally as dangerous.
These dinosaurs were very similar to the T-Rex although slightly larger. Like the T-Rex they had short clawed arms, a large skull and walked on 2 legs. These dinosaurs existed at different times and in different locations. The Giganotosaurus could be found in North America, whereas the Tyrannosaurus Rex were located in South America. These gigantic dinosaurs would grow to between 12 and 13 meters long. This guy is really cool, he comes with a moveable lower jaw for more realistic prey which my son took advantage of.
This dinosaur was even larger than the T-Rex and Giganotosaurus. It was the largest carnivorous dinosaur to walk the earth. The Spinosaurus was named so due to the 7 foot long spines that protruded from its back made of skin and bone. It had a long crocodile-like snout and its diet consisted primarily of fish. Playtime with this guy is good fun. He can go fishing and catch his prey using his moveable jaw.
Dimetrodon (£9.99) (moveable jaw)
This prehistoric reptile is often mistaken for a dinosaur. That’s not surprising given its appearance. Like the Spinosaurus, Dimetrodon also had a large sail-like structure on its back believed to have helped to regulate the reptiles body temperature.
Dinosaurs didn’t just walk the earth and fly in the air, there were also found within the vast oceans. Plenty of room for some super-sized creatures such as the Plesiosaurus. This marine reptile had a long neck, turtlelike body, flippers and tail.
In July, 2 creatures from the Cretaceous Period will also make an appearance in the Schleich collection. The Dracorex, meaning dragon king, which was first discovered in 2004 in South Dakota. It has dragon-like features including spinal ridges along its back tail and across the top of its skull. The Dracorex is often classified as a herbivore although some think it was an omnivore (veg and meat) due to its sharp serrated teeth. The second of the dinosaurs to make an appearance in May is the Diabloceratops. This dinosaur boasted 4 horns and was a medium build. The ‘Diablo’ in its name comes from the Latin ‘Devil’ and is so named as a result of its horns. Although its name and actual size may be intimidating this dinosaur was a herbivore so luckily for us we wouldn’t be on the menu.
The dinosaurs were packaged in separate bags which labeled as PE-LD 4. I was a little concerned about the bags at first as we’re trying to cut down on plastic. Thankfully the symbol means the bags can be recycled although sometimes it will depend on the local recycling centre.
3 of the dinosaurs had a little extra support to keep them from getting damaged during delivery.
What Did Little Man Think
The dinosaurs have highly detailed modeling and are hand painted to give a realistic appearance. These figures look pretty lifelike and are great for dinosaur lovers for truly monstrous creative play sessions. Mini man and his sisters loved them. He is playing with the toys daily and the dinosaurs seemed to have lasted his bashing them about so far which is great. The moveable jaws on some of these was noticed straight away by my son. He enjoyed making them fight and of course eat each other.
Where to Buy
These and other great dinosaurs from the Schleich can be found at Smyths Toy Stores. Prices start from £6.99 and go up to £19.99. As an added bonus some are available as a 3 for 2 offer!
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