Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 2nd, 2009
Another year has gone by without the major animal replica companies designing cryptids.
Some of the first Schleich, Papo and other high-quality animal models for 2009 have been announced, and while they are intriguing, none venture into the cryptozoological realm.
What are some interesting new items, anyway, for the cryptozoocollectors?
Of course, the following could be a good replica (Tylosaurus) to demonstrate the look of a classic Sea Serpent, if you are in the reptilian camp.
The above is helpful to view in contrast to the replica of a basking shark, the actual specimens of which are often responsible for explaining mystery beachings of “sea monsters”:
Or how about the very bizarre looking pelican eel?
Papo has a nice new Mammoth.
A Thunderbird? No, but it’s a new model of a condor.
New and rare, a pangolin.
A living fossil, the horseshoe crab.
More diversity among the plains herds: There’s a new gnu…from Schleich, of an adult and a calf. While the image of the baby makes it look huge, they are correctly scaled.
It is February 1st, and your continued contributions to the Save The Museum fund (we are now running two months behind in the mortgage due to the IRS bill) are still needed, very much welcome, and can be delivered via PayPal to
or snail mailed to
Loren Coleman/International Cryptozoology Museum
PO Box 360,
Portland, ME 04112, USA.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.