Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series Action Figures
Created by David Silva
Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsians- a line of scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures with elaborate detail and articulation
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Wave 2 Shipping Soon, Wave 3 Tooling completed and more!
18 days ago
– Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 04:02:52 PM
Hello again everyone, hope you all have been well. There's plenty happening lately with the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series, not the least of which is the imminent arrival of the Wave 2 Ceratopsians! So prepare yourself for one of those photo (and video)-packed updates.
Without further ado, let's get to it!
Wave 2 Fulfillment to begin in mid-April!
As of March 8th, the Wave 2 figures began their long journey from the factory in China and are currently 'on the water', making their way to the US, and to Everything Dinosaur (UK) right now. Estimated fulfillment is mid-April for US fulfilled orders and early May for Everything Dinosaur fulfillment. Keep in mind however possible delays due to customs clearances and freight transport to their respective warehouses.
We still have several weeks left before the Wave 2 figures are ready to go out, so there's still time to get addresses and payments in order. I'll be sending out a Kickstarter message reminder prior to fulfillment, but wanted to mention these key points:
If anyone has moved recently or would like to change their shipping address, please private message me with your new address as soon as possible.
For those that have requested split shipping thus far, I want to keep the additional shipment costs simple so here's how it breaks down: US orders: $8 per additional shipment International orders: $10 per additional shipment
The additional shipping expense will be billed to your order on BackerKit. Please message me if you have any questions, need help with payment options, or if you'd prefer to pay directly with Paypal. I plan to begin this process next week.
Please note that if your order contains Wave 3 items, the Wave 2 items will not ship unless split shipping is requested. If you'd like to have your order split into multiple shipments, please message me.
UK and EU fulfillment
In-stock Wave 2 UK and EU orders received by 2/24/21 will be fulfilled by Everything Dinosaur. For those in the EU concerned about customs fees from the UK, Everything Dinosaur has informed me that they will be shipping DDP (delivered duty paid), meaning that European customers will not have any additional costs.
I want also to mention that lately I've been receiving a large amount of messages and emails after each Kickstarter update, so in anticipation of this, please allow me a few days to respond to everyone. Rest assured that I will follow up as soon as I can.
Final Packaging for Wave 2
As we anticipate the arrival of the second wave of Ceratopsians, here's a look at each of the final products in-package!
You won't find this one on the BackerKit store- the orange variant GITD Zuniceratops is exclusive to Toypizza.com and will be available in April as well!
Wave 2 Early Review Videos
For an advance look at the new Wave 2 Ceratopsians, look no further. Collected here are the early review videos! A big 'Thank You' goes out to these YouTube reviewers for taking the time to provide us with an early glimpse at these figures.
Dino Scream Reviews
Andy's Dinosaur Reviews
I've also been posting quick preview videos on my own YouTube channel. I suppose you could call them 'articulation videos' or 'action previews' as I tend to push the joints a bit further than you may normally see in other reviews.
Remember if your new figure is stiff, heat it up with some hot water or a hair dryer for just a few seconds- there really is a lot of movement on these fellas.
Wave 3 Tooling completed!
As we head into Wave 3 production, the metal tooling molds for the largest figures in the line- adult Triceratops and Torosaurus (aka Body 5) are now completed. Here are just some of the molds.
Body 5 test shots
We also have our first look at the test shot figures for these huge beasts!
Notice the horn pegs on the Triceratops (below)- the only figure in the series to feature interchangeable horn options.
These photos were taken from the factory, but I'll be receiving my own test shot samples for review soon. Stay tuned to my social media for the latest on that.
Resized Ceratopsians Update
For those that caught the previous update, you'll remember mention that the 1/6th scale Psittacosaurus and Protoceratops andrewsi were getting rescaled down to 1/18th, matching the scale of the rest of the Ceratopsian Series. But there is one more addition to these little guys- say hello to Protoceratops hellenikorhinus!
The new head was once again brilliantly sculpted by Jake Baardse.
Could we see Protoceratops h. at the larger, 1/6th scale later on? Very possibly.
I'm hoping that these can be ready with Ceratopsians Wave 3 in September, but if not I intend to have these available in time for the holidays.
Well, that is all of the latest news Ceratopsian news for now. But I do have one more thing that I want to sneak in here (I hope you don't mind)...
And that's all for now. For the latest on the Ceratopsian Series, Tyrannosaur Series development, and all Creative Beast Studio related news, you can find me on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Not on social? No problem, you can check out the 'News' section of my website , updated every Sunday. Plenty of cool blog posts to read there as well.
Take care, and until next time!
Wave 2 Production and Fulfillment Status, Wave 3 Tooling News, and More New Items!
2 months ago
– Wed, Feb 03, 2021 at 11:34:56 AM
Hello again everyone, I hope you all had a great holiday season!
By now, all of the in-stock wave 1 orders and split orders have all been shipped and have (hopefully) been received. It's been a blast seeing all of the great photos on Instagram and various social media of the new Ceratopsian figures out 'in the wild'. The Wave 1 Ceratopsians are now in-stock and available at creative-best.com .
The holiday shipping season was much more hectic than usual so I thank you all for your patience as there were a lot of challenges regarding the deliveries, especially for international shipments. Big thanks goes out to Everything Dinosaur for helping with the UK and EU deliveries. They were super-efficient and thorough with shipping out the wave 1 rewards and preorders.
If anyone is still waiting for their wave 1 items, or if you need to split your orderto receive in-stock items as they are released, please send me a message and I'll assist you with your order. Please note that the information I can share via public comments is extremely limited.
It's been longer than usual since my last update, but progress has continued all the same, and we've even added a few new items in the process. There's plenty of news to catch up on, so let's get to it!
Wave 2 Status
Production for Wave 2 has been going very well. With the experience gained from the first wave, I'm hoping to make this second wave even better! My initial plan was to have these items shipped from the factory by Chinese New Year (Feb. 12th) in order for us to begin fulfillment in March. However they confirmed that doing so would require them to rush the final production so I asked them to take a little more time and make sure that it's done right. This means that the items will now ship from the factory in March thus pushing back the estimated fulfillment to delivery in April. I felt this delay was necessary in order to avoid having the figures rushed to meet a deadline.
I've received paint samples for each of the Wave 2 figures, which have now all been approved. Here's a look at each one sporting some fun poses.
I'll be posting more photos of each of these on my social media channels in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! These, as well as Wave 3, are still available at the preorder price at the BackerKit Ceratopsian Series Preorder Store.
In-Package Samples are en Route now
Not only are the Wave 2 figures now finalized, but the packaging is as well. The factory has just shipped final packaged samples of each item to me for approval. These photos were taken just before being shipped.
I'll be taking my own photos of each one later, but these are a good preview of what can be expected for the final versions.
Glow-in-the Dark Zuniceratops
In case anyone missed the announcement in December, there has been a new addition to the Wave 2 assortment- Glow-in-the-Dark Zuniceratops!
Inspired by GITD dinosaur toys from the 70's and 80's, this is a fun variant of the Zuniceratops bringing the retro color style to a modern dinosaur sculpt.
Even the packaging is designed differently to give it that vintage vibe.
As with the other packaged samples, these are also on their way to me as well.
The response for these so far has been very good for both Jesse and myself, so we're really hoping that there'll be potential to make more of these GITD variants in the future!
Wave 3- Torosaurus and adult Triceratops are tooling now
I recently received photos of the final fine cuts for the 'Body 5', the largest size at 18" long. Most of the photos show the Torosaurus arrangement, but photos of the adult Triceratops head are included as well.
Similar to how I had the details refined on the sub-adult Triceratops, Psittacosaurus, and Protoceratops, I had the scale details deepened and refined throughout to make sure that they would not get lost after being painted.
Tooling is currently underway and these will be shipping as part of wave 3, still expected in September of 2021.
1/18th scale Protoceratops, Psittacosaurus, and Raptors
The fine-cuts are now finished for the upcoming 1/18th scale Protoceratops and Psittacosaurus figures. These measure 4" in length and will be in-scale with the main Ceratopsian line.
Although there will be no articulation below the elbows and knees, each will include interchangeable lower legs to achieve a similar range of poses to their larger, 1/6th scale counterparts.
It's also worth noting that the bases will have the 'Beasts of the Mesozoic' logo embossed into them and will be cast in a clear plastic.
Here you can see the size difference when compared to their larger versions.
And what fun are the herbivores without some carnivores to go with them? The 1/18th scale raptors are also in development right now! Here's a look at the 'rough cut' of Linheraptor ( for size approval only).
Velociraptor and Dromaeosaurus will also be available with this first set at this smaller scale. I'm hoping to include these with the Wave 3 releases. Preorders will go live after the prototypes are completed and I can confirm the estimated month of delivery.
Wave 1 Is Shipping Soon- Last Call to Check Addresses!
5 months ago
– Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 04:09:43 PM
The Ceratopsians Have Landed!
I wanted to send out a quick heads-up to let you all know that the Wave 1 Ceratopsian shipment has arrived at the warehouse and we're planning to begin shipping orders out on Monday, Nov. 23rd! Here's a look at some photos of the new dinos direct from the warehouse.
Big thanks goes out to the kind folks at Fulfillrite for the photos.
Everything Dinosaur Fulfillment Update
There have been transport delays to the UK lately so Everything Dinosaur has updated me that their fulfillment is expected to be about a week behind the previous estimate of Nov. 23rd. However they are still hoping to begin shipping to the UK and EU backers by the end of this month.
Last Call for Address and Product edits
If you need to edit your address or have any other concerns regarding your Wave 1 order, now is the time to make those changes. Please private message me if you need me to assist with any last-minute adjustments to your order. I will also be sending out a mass private message reminder about this as well. All Wave 1 shipments will be final as of Monday morning, Nov. 23rd.
Wave 1 Preorders End on Monday morning, Nov. 23rd.
The Wave 1 BackerKit preorder will end as of Monday, Nov. 23rd, so this is the final weekend to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. After this, wave 1 items will be available at the regular retail price at the creative-beast.com shop. (Please note that since these are new items, they will not be eligible for the upcoming creative-beast.com Black Friday/ Cyber Weekend promotion.) Waves 2 and 3 will remain on the BackerKit preorder store until they are in-stock next year.
New Ceratopsian Product Reviews!
There've been several excellent new product reviews since the last update- take a look!
It's been quite an amazing experience so far making these figures a reality and I'm so happy that it's finally time for you all to enjoy some of these new Ceratopsians for yourselves. Thank you all so much for your patience and support throughout this entire process. With each release, this line builds more momentum and with it more possibilities for growth. I'm very excited for all that lies ahead and I'm grateful that you all chose to be a part of this.
Next time- on to wave 2!
Wave 1 lands in the US, 'Taco' gets a base, and an Early Look at Wave 2
5 months ago
– Sun, Nov 08, 2020 at 12:53:46 PM
Hi All- hope you all are doing well. It's time for the latest Beasts of the Mesozoic project news so let's dive in!
Current Fulfillment Status
Despite production for wave 1 moving at a fairly brisk pace, it the would seem that each step in the transit process has been met with some sort of delay and unfortunately I'm afraid we'll have to again add a couple more weeks to the fulfillment date. As of this past week, the wave 1 Ceratopsian shipment has just been released from US customs in California and is now awaiting freight transit to New Jersey. Normally freight transit from west coast to east coast takes about a week, but as I learned with the recent Raptors shipment, carriers have been understaffed as of late so two weeks will be more likely. Nonetheless, I'm still expecting to ship out all wave1orders by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And for those in the UK and EU region, Everything Dinosaur expects to begin fulfillment in about two weeks as well, so we're both planning to begin fulfillment by Nov. 23rd.
Psittacosaurus Gets a Base!
As some of you may have seen, I recently announced on my social media that due to possible bipedal standing issues with the Psittacosaurus, I'm having the factory make a full run of bases and posing rods to accompany all Psittacosaurus orders.
In case anyone missed the post:
'As many of you are aware, the figure (Psittacosaurus) has been advertised to be displayed as either a quadruped or biped, and the early samples of the figure could achieve both with little trouble. However, upon reviewing four of the final samples I received a few weeks ago, none of them could hold a bipedal stance for more than 3 seconds. This was obviously very concerning, despite the factory showing me multiple videos of their samples standing just fine. In any case, I’ve decided to move forward with a production run of bases for the ‘Taco’ so that the bipedal poses can still be displayed. If anyone is thinking that it should have come with a base all along, I won’t disagree, but I saw this figure as a test run for the Tyrannosaur series. It presented an opportunity to understand the challenges involved with free-standing biped dinosaurs and I’m very glad to have some experience with this now.
These bases, featuring all new deco, are currently planned to ship with the Psittacosaurus figures, due out in a few weeks, but the base and the base parts will be in a separate bag and not in the regular box.'
These bases are expected to be at the New Jersey warehouse by the time the wave 1 stock arrives so I'm not anticipating any delays associated with this. Although this wasn't the original plan, I'll feel a lot better knowing that the figures are secure on people's shelves no matter what pose they decide to go with. Future releases of this figure will have the base included in the package just like the Raptors.
Wave 2 Test Shots
Work has begin on Wave 2 and six of the eight wave 2 test shots figures are in. Here's a quick look!
Expect to see more photos of these guys on my social media in the weeks to come.
So 'where's Pachyrhinosaurus and Centrosaurus' you ask?
The larger 'Body 4' test shots are being made now, and the tooling for these has all been completed. This also includes the molds for Wave 3 figures such as Xenoceratops, Albertaceratops, Sinoceratops, Utahceratops, and Pentaceratops. Here's a few photos of the shiny new molds and some of the newly 'shot' parts.
I expect to have the Body 4 test shots in just a couple of weeks- can't wait!
There's still a little time left if any one needs to update their shipping address, request split shipping, or add items to an existing order. Please message me directly and let me know how I can help!
Unanswered Kickstarter Surveys and declined payments
As of this writing there are still 46 unanswered Kickstarter surveys and 9 declined credit card payments. These orders will remain in the system for the duration of the BackerKit project (until wave 3 ships next fall), but the orders can not be fulfilled until these issues are resolved. Please note that if you did not back the Kickstarter campaign and ordered only through BackerKit, you don't need to worry about the survey.
Last Call for Monoclonius Pins!
If you missed out on purchasing the Kickstarter exclusive Monoclonius pin or if you just want more of them, I still have a few available. They are $8 each- please message me if you're interested. These will ship separately from your action figure order. Once they're gone, they're gone!
VideoReviews and Previews
There have been some early reviews as of late for the wave 1 Ceratopsians. These are professional, in-depth looks at each figure so I invite you all to please take a look!
I'll be sending out a follow up 'Update' once wave 1 is ready to ship to everyone to give you all a last chance to check your orders (but please don't wait that long).
Until next time, take care everyone!
Boxed Samples are in- Wave 1 Production Completed!
7 months ago
– Thu, Oct 01, 2020 at 07:36:29 PM
Hello again everyone, I hope you all are doing well as we enter into the fall season. This update comes a little later than planned due to some unexpected computer issues on my end, but that just means I have more to show you all now. So settle in and get ready for another one of those photo-heavy Kickstarter updates!
Ceratopsian Series, Wave 1 is completed!
Despite some minor setbacks along the way, I'm happy to report that the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series Wave 1 has been completed and is on it's way now to the US warehouse! Please note also that Everything Dinosaur's shipment has also been sent and contains backer orders up until August 30th, 2020.
You may recall from the previous update that these were planned to ship from the factory by 9/12, however we had another minor setback recently which pushed back the finish date a few more weeks. For more on that read on.
Boxed samples- round one
'They look awesome!' is what I think when I see this photo, but upon closer inspection, there is a big problem with the products in the above image. Thankfully it's not the figures, they all turned out great I'm happy to say. Nope, this time the issue is with the packaging.
It's an uncommon mistake, but it does happen occasionally. The wrong type of paper was used for printing and all of the packages were made using thin, matte cardstock. While at first glance it looks fine, this type of paper is not structurally sound and lends itself to being damaged too easily in transit. I had several instances of this already with these samples and each one was individually bubble wrapped. So I decided to halt the shipment and had every unit repackaged. My artists and myself put too much time into the packaging not to have it presented correctly.
For comparison, the first version is on top, the final version is on the bottom. Not only is the box thicker now, but with the gloss paper, the colors are much more bold
Again, it's not too obvious in the photo, but the first version (top) has thinner cardstock than the final (bottom). The difference between the matte and gloss surface however is much more noticeable.
Despite the issues, the first printed versions still looked okay, but the way the Monoclonius box turned out was heartbreaking. It was the one I looked forward to the most and the dull matte finish just killed the look.
The bottom version is final and dare I say way better than the first version. It was especially important to me to nail this package design, and I do think this was achieved as you'll see more of later.
With all of that said, the new expected fulfillment period is now late October or early November, but for most backers, early November is probably more likely as there still could be delays with getting the product to the New Jersey warehouse.
And what about all of those first-run samples? Well I don't have room to store them at the studio, so I'll likely post them on my ebay store after fulfillment is completed in case anyone is interested in obtaining those 'rare' package versions. That way they don't get confused with the regular stock.
Final boxed samples
And now we take a look at the (real) final versions of the wave 1 figures in-package.
The red lettering was missing on my sample for some reason, but the factory did confirm that the actual shipped product all has the red lettering.
You'll notice that Protroceratops and Psittacosaurus both have the gold boxes instead of the green like the others. This is to distinguish them as being in the 1/6th scale. The box color is meant to go with the Raptor Series, which is also 1/6th scale.
Each figure also includes a full-color backdrop, a profile card, and instructions for attaching the tail. I'd expected the backdrop to be printed on gloss paper, but it's on matte and it actually works better for photography so I suppose it was a happy accident. The profile cards are matte as well, which looks great but again I'd expected the gloss. Both are from the first round of printing hence the matte finish.
I wanted to give the Kickstarter exclusive it's own spotlight here since it's especially personal to me, as I'm sure it is for many of you who owned the original Dino Riders Monoclonius.
I'm very pleased with how this turned out and it really gave me a new appreciation for the old Dino Riders packaging layout design.
And after removing the sleeve, here's the inner box.
It was tempting to create another diorama backdrop for this one, but it would've just been too busy visually. The original packaging was perfect as is.
I was going for about a 85% Dino Riders/ 15% Beasts of the Mesozoic esthetic for the design, being mostly an homage, I wanted to be careful not to remove it from BotM completely so I kept certain elements like the removable sleeve and the checklist.
I actually bought the original Dino Riders Monoclonius in-box at Comic Con last year in anticipation of this package design and I learned so much having it in-hand. I'm very grateful to be in a position to make an homage to the toy line that really sparked my interest dinosaurs as a kid.
And just a heads-up to the Kickstarter backers, if any of you would still like to add this to your existing order, I do have a very limited number left so please message me if you're interested.
Split shipping reminder
With fulfillment expected to begin in about a month, I want to make sure that I remind you all about the split shipping. If you have an order that contains wave 1 with wave 2 or wave 3 figures, the order will only ship once all of the items are in-stock. However if you'd like to split the order for multiple shipments, you'll need to message me as this is only done by request.
Additional shipments will be based on the current shipping rates at the BackerKit store. There is one base rate for each shipment, and then you add the per item rate which varies depending on figure size- Zuniceratops (Body 1) being the smallest and adult Triceratops and Torosaurus (Body 5) being the largest. The first shipment will use the shipping balance that's already been payed, but later shipments will likely require some additional funds.
Unanswered surveys and declined cards
As of this writing, there are still 49 backers with unanswered surveys and 9 backers with errored payments. These orders will remain open until wave 3 ships next spring, but please know that your items are not guaranteed until paid for.
If you've moved since you placed your order and need to change your shipping address, please private message me and I'll send you a direct link to your order so you can to edit your info. Now is great time to double check this if you're unsure.
Wave 2 Production begins soon
With wave 1 now in the books, production is set to begin now on wave 2. This means tooling the big body 4 and all the accompanying heads. I've had time to look over the fine cuts thoroughly and have made minor adjustments on these parts to get them all just right. They're back at the factory now and tooling will begin for this next week.
Wave 2 test shots are coming soon!
More Ceratopsian Skulls Available Now
Just a quick note for all you Ceratopsian fans- we've added four more skulls to the Creative Beast Studio Shapeways store- Diabloceratops, Sinoceratops, Regaliceratops, and Kosmoceratops. All are 1/18th scale skulls sculpted by Raul Ramos. These skull sculpts were used as the structure for the action figure head sculpts so they complement the figures nicely.
I think that covers everything for now. I'll follow up again with you all just before fulfillment begins to give everyone a heads-up. In the meantime, you can still preorder the ceratopsians at the BackerKit Store. The wave 1 figures will remain at the preorder price until they reach 'in-stock' status, and at that point will move to the shop at creative-beast.com at the regular price.
If you've made it this far, thank you and I'll leave you now with a little video I took of my Beasts of the Mesozoic shelf where I finally put the raptors and ceratopsians together. It won't be long though before I need more space!