November 29th, 2004

Portrait

Prehistoric Megafauna Extinct - Shock Report!

Up until a few months ago, there was an interesting range of 25mm dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts produced by a company called DZ Historical Miniatures. As far as dinosaurs were concerned, they went for the larger and less obvious choices - for example, a gigantic Liopleuridon emerging from the water (strictly speaking, a pliosaur rather than a dinosaur), the Spinosaurus, a couple of Iguanadons and a Baryonyx. At the other end of the scale there was a pack of a dozen or so tiny Dimorphodon. They also produced some prehistoric mammals, including cave bears, mammoths, coelodonta (woolly rhinoceros) and arsinoitherium, among others. They also had some modern animals, including officially the best tiger figure ever (because I say so).

Rather frustratingly, they disappeared from the North Star web site just as I was about to start buying the prehistoric ranges. I've made some inquiries since they disappeared, and it seems that the moulds now belong to the editor of Wargames Illustrated.

I've written to him requesting that the figures be re-released, but one letter isn't likely to make much difference. If you have an interest in this sort of figure, especially if you might actually buy, please consider writing a polite letter asking for the ranges to be brought back on the market.

In the meantime, if you want dinosaur figures, the best place to look is The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company. I can't say enough nice things about HLBS, their customer service is great.