Triceratops (Nanoblock)

“Greetings, fellow dinosaur lovers! I, Dr. Bella Bricking, am back with another Nanoblock review! And where would I be without my trusty and beloved Beth Buildit?”

“I shudder to think, Doc. What’s on the table today?”

“Today, Beth, we shall be reviewing the Triceratops. Let us tear open the packaging and begin!”


“You know, Doc, this would probably go a lot faster if you helped out instead of just staring through your giant magnifying glass.”

“I’m examining the fine craftsmanship of the blocks and the clever design of the model, Beth. And I wouldn’t dream of impeding on your building skills!”


“Fine, Doc, but you’re building the next one. Anyhow, here’s the completed Triceratops. It measures all of 12 cm long and is grassy green with a dull yellow underbelly, translucent yellow eyes, a brown beak, and white horns and hooves. Simple, but spiffy!”


“Agreed, Beth. The Triceratops is built in a simple walking stance with its right side limbs stepping forward. The relatively short brow horns allow one to envision this as T. prorsus as opposed to the more popular T. horridus. The head and body are cleverly designed, especially the frill. The feet all have only three toes, but that can be forgiven.”


“And don’t forget that the head is on a ball joint and the tail can also be turned to either side, Doc. Sure, it’s not a vast range of movement, but it does give this guy a good bit of character.”


“It certainly does, Beth. Overall, I’d say the Triceratops is a unique, challenging, and interesting building set for young and older dinosaur lovers. Just remember to handle it carefully! Ciao for now!”


“See you next time, folks. And don’t forget, Doc, it’ll be your turn to do the building!”

6 Responses to Triceratops (Nanoblock)

  1. Well I actually should not justify an opinion based on a personal taste. It’s a strange logic to think that people must justify their opinion if they dislike what you review, and the way you review it. Sometimes people can dislike things and that’s it, it is only a subjective matter of taste. That said, here you have it: those things can’t qualify as figures of any sort, they are just a bunch of bricks which turn up as bad Lego imitations. Give some Lego to any child with a minumum of imagination and you’ll get a better result. As for the silly approach to the review, it seems like you’re talking to 5-year-olds, which I doubt can read this blog, and I believe that anyone’s older than 5 cannot actually take your review as something of any value.

    Sorry, tell Beth I don’t own any Lego. Maybe I’ll step on something sharper and much more painful, who knows?

    • First off, Josephine, if you’re going to express a strong opinion, then yes, you absolutely should be prepared and willing to justify it.

      Second, you’re correct that Nanoblock dinosaurs aren’t figures like CollectA or Safari or Papo, but neither are wooden skeleton kits, statues, stuffies, or various other products that have been reviewed here. This is the Dinosaur Toy Blog, and these are most definitely dinosaur toys. Enough said.

      Third, Nanoblock is far more challenging to assemble than Lego due to the smaller size of the blocks and the greatly reduced number of steps in the instructions. Furthermore, a quick Google search reveals that there are *countless* MOCs made from Nanoblock, so it definitely encourages imagination and creativity. And perhaps you’re unaware that Nanoblock has won the 2010 Outstanding Performance Award in the High Target category at the Japan Toy Awards, the 2011 Grand Prize in the same category, and the 2012 Brand License Award at the Licensing of the Year Awards. So regardless of what you might personally think, it’s anything but a silly product.

      Fourth, the “silly” tone of the Lego and Nanoblock reviews is intended purely as harmless fun, a little variety from the standard approach. And plenty of people have expressed their enjoyment of them, including fellow reviewers and the owner of this site. So you’re wrong on that front as well.

      If you don’t enjoy this kind of review, that’s too bad, but it’s your problem, not mine. Perhaps you should simply scroll past them in the future.

      Bella thanks you for your input regardless. Dissension is an important part of society and science.

  2. I like the silly reviews. Even if it’s something I wouldn’t want personally, it might be something I want to get for the nieces & nephews, and hey – dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are always cool.

  3. Again, sorry but this is a silly “review” for a silly product.

    • Be nice if you could actually explain why you think Nanoblock is silly. Just because it doesn’t tickle your fancy isn’t justification enough.

      Also, Beth hopes you step on a Lego brick in bare feet. 😉

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