Safari Ltd Toob
The Toob concept is the US version of th Japanese UHA collections. The most inovative concept in the figure market.
Safari Ltd. Dinosaur Toob
These seem to be based on the Habitat figure but are smaller with variable colors.
Safari baby Dino toob
Carniverous Dino Toob
For 2005 Safari is released the Sue Toob.
Basically a mix from Carnivore and Dino toobs plus a new Sue the Tyrannosaurus figure.
Prehistoric LifeToob 2006
The Prehistoric Life Toob with Arsinotherium, Andrewsarchus, Doedicurus, Smilodon, Megatherium, Mauchrania, Woolly Mammoth, a family of cave people with a campfire and a tree.
American Museum of Natural History Museum (ANHM) Dino Toob 2005
The American Museum of Natural History's Division of Paleontology, Mark Norell who has been at the forefront of documenting the evolutionary relationship of theropod dinosaurs and birds. In particular the work done describing the finds of a variety of small feathered dinosaurs found in Liaoning Province in northeastern China. The toob contains 12 dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Apatosaurus, Protoceratops, Psittacosaurus andPachycephalosaurus and are well done only the Chasmosaurus being an uncommon choice. Then you get the interesting stuff the rare unique figure choices, Microraptor with flight feathers on the forearms and legs in mid flight. There a nice Dinosaur Planet Velociraptor with feathers. Dilong paradoxus ("Emperor Dragon paradox") is a small, feathered tyrannosaurid. There is Beipiaosaurus a segnosaur, Caudipteryx and Sinornithosaurus small therapods, all with feathery appendages.
Prehistoric Sea Toob 2010
My favorite 2010 product was the Prehistoric Sea life Toob from Safari Lt. There are ten excellent figures Liopleurodon, Metriorynchus, Nothosaurus, Tylosaurus, Basilosaurus, Chlamydoselachus, Dolichorhynchops, Elasmosaurus, Henodusand Ichthyosaurus. Establishing quality requires a baseline for comparison. Play Vision released its own marine reptiles a few years back based on Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures. Henodus, a three foot long placodeont, lived in the Late Triassic. Burien did an excellent print and it was part of a Pyro model kit before Play Vision picked it up. The Safari figure is larger; more detailed, and easily eclipses the earlier figures. Metriorynchus and Nothosaurus have a spirit of movement that leaves the older figures looking stale and wooden. There is Chlamydoselachus, therare frilled shark, a modern remnant of the Paleozoic sharks, and the ancient whale Basilosaurus. The Elasmosaurus captures the alternation of the front and hind limbs, the most recent proposal for how they swam, and the Ichthyosaurus is rather flat looking. The Dolichorhynchops, a small late pliosaur from the National Geographic documentary, is the star of the set. I would only suggest that the figures need some way to be displayed.
The tree toob, 10 plants; most are the normal range of modern conifers and deciduous plants but there is a Monkey Puzzle tree and a cycad. The is a much better alternative for HO scale scenes than using the trees you get from model train shops.
Fossil Toob 2011
Dinosaur Skull toob
Prhistoric Shark Toob
The prehistoric Shark Toob from Safari Ltd has ten species of extinct sharks. The oldest is Cladoselache from the Devonian, a meal for the Wild Safari Dunkleosteus. From the golden age of Sharks we have the Carboniferous, and we get the freshwater Orthacanthus and Xenacanthus. Helicoprion with the buzz saw tooth whorl, Stethacanthus with the brush like dorsal fin, and Edestus. The Permian extinction was hard on sharks; Sarcoprion dies out. Hybodus with its little horns makes it into the age of dinosaurs and gets a supporting part in the BBC episode featuring Liopleurodon. In the Cretaceous, Scapanorhynchus and Cretoxyrhina join the mosasaurs and elasmosaurs. Cretoxyrhina is the shark from the 3D Sea Monsters documentary. Modern sharks begin to show up in the Jurassic similar to those you get in the Shark Toob so you can extend you Prehistoric Shark toob with another ten types of sharks. Combined with the Prehistoric Reptiles, Prehistoric Crocodiles, modern Shark Toob and Marine Toob, you have all the accessories you need to create a prehistoric sea.
Prehistoric Crocodiles Toob
I will remember 2011 as the year of the crocodyliform. It is a very good year for crocodiles. Safari Ltd. has a full range of modern crocodiles and alligators in addition to the Carnegie Deinosuchus. It has released Prehistoric Crocodiles Toob. There are ten figures. The Early Triassic Euparkeria from was once considered a dinosaur ancestor. Chasmatosaurus alias Proterosuchus was a large Komodo size predator with crocodile features. The reconstruction captures the short legs, long tail and the distinctive hook at the end of the jaw. From the Late Triassic Postosuchus, Rutiodon, and Desmatosuchus. Postosuchus was a predatory land croc. Rutidon was alargephytosaur. It had narrow jaws like a modern gharial suited for catching fish and the nostril were set back over the eyes. Desmatosuchus was an armored plant eater. These are pieces are far superior to metal figures sold by RDF for miniatures gaming. Dakosaurus growing to 15 feet swam in the oceans of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. It is related to the smaller Metriorhynchus from last year’s Prehistoric Sea Toob. There are three Cretaceous figures. In northern continents of Laurasia, the giant Deinosuchus rules the waters but in the south Gondwana it is Sarcosuchus that the dinosaurs keep an eye on when they take a drink. Super Croc was 9 tons and 40 feet long. Montealtosuchus is a terrestrial predator from South America described about 4 years ago. Champosaurus is a real treasure. This is a medium size animal common the Late Triassic and Early Eocene. Not a croc but a cousin of the archosaurs. Finally the other Paleocene -Eocene figure Pristichampus, it had hoof like toes, long legs and armored skin. The red paint seems extreme but the traditional greens and muddy browns can be repetitive. The reality of retailing is that 1/40 scale museum lines are unlikely to produce small figures. They do not sell as well, provide a lower profit per unit, are shoplifting magnets, they are harder to provide the detailing expected in quality figures. A favorite of mine was the Tamiya Mesozoic creature’s models. It came with a crocodile, young dinosaurs and an Archaeopteryx that could be used for the 1/30 scale models. Toobs serve the purpose by providing quality small figures that can be used with 1/40 scale models. They provide the small UHA style collectables that cost less and take up less room. They are the perfect game pieces for RPG’s and miniatures.
2012 Prehistoric Mammals toob
Safari Ltd Cambrian Era Toob