Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 10th, 2009
Earlier in the week, Cryptomundo broke the news that Safara Ltd. will be releasing a new coelacanth figurine. Soon, the virtual message spread rapidly, for example, via Boing Boing buddy David Pescovitz’s plastic coelacanth alert and the Dinosaur Toy Blog.
Now the floodgates have opened and a wide variety of names and images are leaking out about two companies’ products for the end of this year and next.
The German company Schleich has announced their new 2009 figures: Saichania, Quetzalcoatlus, and Apatosaurus.
Cryptozoologically significant among these are the flying reptile Quetzalcoatlus and the very Mokele-Mbembe-like Apatosaurus (the old “Brontosaurus” of bygone years).
I’ll pass along the photos of those by posting the banner of Dan’s Dinosaurs who broke that one:
The exciting breaking news today is what is being confirmed for 2010, for the rest of the Safari Ltd’s Wild Safari prehistorics, for the middle of next year (in addition to the three I earlier released). WS 2010 will have a Apatosaurus (nee Brontosaurus), Brachiosaurus, Liopleurodon, and Mosasaurus.
There will also be a new Prehistoric Sea Life toob including Henodus, Metriorhynchus, Elasmosaurus, Tylosaurus, Dolichorhynchops, Nothosaurus, Icthyosaurus, Basilosaurus, and a frilled shark. The supplier Link and Pin Hobbies released the photos today.
Two new items in Safari’s Carnegie line are also set to be released in mid-2010. They are the Icthyosaurus and Crylophosaurus, but their images are not available yet.
Needless to say, the appearance of many “Sea Monsters” (marine cryptids) match some of the models being produced. Therefore, obtaining these replicas will mean several welcome additions to cryptozoological collections, in spite of the reality that few extinct marine reptiles will ever turn out to be the source of such cryptids.
Of course, the one notable exception may be the Basilosaurus, a genus of apparently extinct cetaceans (ancient whales). It may turn out, if they have survived, according to a few cryptozoologists, this species or one similar to Basilosaurus may be responsible for some of the traditional “Sea Serpent” sightings in the northern oceans.
Altogether, several exciting new replicas will be available in the coming months.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.