Museum Line

Carnegie Safari 1988 - present

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Original 1988 Carnegie Safari

The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh is one of the world’s foremost museums and justly famous for its work in Paleontology.  In 1987 Carroll Carmen, the Carnegie Shop Director, came up with the idea to create a line of scientific models - and not just of dinosaurs. She knew Burnie Rubel of Safari, and made a proposal that became one of the most successful partnerships in the toy figure business. Since Safari was primarily an importer, the Bullyland Company in Germany did the tooling for the original run. The first releases were Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Apatosaurus, Apatosaurus juvenile, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Australopithecus male, Australopithecus female, Diplodocus, Euoplocephalus, Dimetrodon, Pteranodon, Protoceratops, and Smilodon. The Carnegie line is a microcosm of the changes in the study of dinosaurs of this period. Of the original dinosaurs, five are retired, seven have been replaced with new figures, and four have had a face or tail lift to revise the figures, because of mold fatigue or changes in paleontology.  Another indispensable player is Forest Rogers, the sculpture for the Carnegie line.  In 1987 she was in Pittsburgh, working toward her MFA at Carnegie-Mellon University. An acquaintance, who was doing some mold making at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, contacted her about the museum’s dinosaur model plans. Little did she guess what a long lasting project it would be! The Carnegie 3D display elements were designed and originally sculpted by her mother, Lou Rogers. Dr. Mary Dawson, who has retired as Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie, still honors the dinosaur line with her attention, and new figures are added each year.

A - D

Albertosaurus 2007 repaint


Albertosaurus Allosaurus Allosaurus Allosaurus Ankylosaurus
2001 2004 1988      
    retired   repaint  
Apatosaurus Apatosaurus Apatosaurus AMARGASOSAURUS
Apatosaurus Apatosaurus Apatosaurus Apatosaurus Amargasaurus Australopithecus
1988   1988     1988
  upgrade   upgrade    
Brachiosaurus 2007 repaint
Brachiosaurus Brachiosaurus Brachiosaurus
1988   2012




1998 2002 2010  
2007 repqint Carniege Carnotaurus Concavnator
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus Carnotaurus Caudipteryx Corythosaurus Concavnator
1997 repaint 2011 2006 1993 2013
    1/30 scale      







1988 2008 1994 1998 1990 1996
retired   retired retired retired