Category Archives: Geoworld

Concavenator (Jurassic Hunters by Geoworld)

Concavenator was a carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that hails from the Las Hoya Plateau in Spain. This animal is very special to me because I have fond memories of seeing it being reported in the news back in 2010 when I was only a lurker on the Dinosaur Toy Forum. This lead me to my first ever review in 2011 (which I admit, is pretty cringeworthy to me now) which just so happens to be a Concavenator.

This Concavenator is of your typical Geoworld quality, meaning its accuracy is minimal. It is clear that the model looks like a dinosaur, but it does not really have the care put into it to be worthy of purchase. The first thing that’s wrong with this figure is the total lack of muscle in most areas of the body. Basically, the model is very shrink-wrapped all over. But perhaps the one thing that really sinks this figure down the drain is the head. It looks like no theropod I have ever seen replicated. It is triangular in shape and almost terminates in a beak. As a result, the head bears no resemblance to the skull of the real animal. About the only thing that makes this a Concavenator are the tall spines on its back, which are sculpted like a sail as opposed to being a hump.

The colours on this model are very basic. The main colour is tan and there are black stripes painted on the back. The claws are black too. The base that the figure is mounted on is a light teal and the eyes are yellow. The inside the mouth is mostly hot pink, but the mouth is not opened very wide, so you would really have to examine it in order to see. As usual, the teeth are white, but for some reason, the tongue is topped with some purple.

Moving on to the card, all I can say is I’m happy to report that I can now tell you whose artwork has been exploited for this piece of paper. One look at this image is enough to bring back memories of the one used by Raul Martin in most news outlets when Concavenator was first discovered. It is very clear to me that the image was photoshopped to make it seem different from the actual piece, but there’s no denying the fact that this is still a textbook example of plagiarism. Other than the fact that the image used on this card is clearly the one by Martin, I don’t see anything else worthy of pointing out on this card at all. The info on this card is basic, but the grammar is very iffy.

Overall, I say skip this toy in favour of the retired Carnegie Collection version, or even the CollectA one for the time being. If you still want one, your best bet is DeJankins, as he is the best source of these products within the USA.

Euoplocephalus (Jurassic Hunters by Geoworld)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

Up today is the first ankylosaur that Geoworld ever released for their line. Euoplocephalus was once the go-to ankylosaur for toy companies in the 90s’ due to the fact that it was a better known species then its family’s namesake. However, over the years, it seems to have been phased out in favour of Ankylosaurus, even if the toy still ends up looking like a Euoplocephalus anyway.

​The Jurassic Hunters toy made by Geoworld is definitely one of the worst versions of the species ever made, but when one looks at the toy, it is easy to see that they were trying to replicate a Euoplocephalus and not some other type of ankylosaur, as the spike patterns match up with the known fossils at the time of the toy’s release. However, anyone who’s well-versed in dinosaurs can tell where the problems lie in this model. The head is way too big and not even the correct shape. Club-tailed ankylosaurs like Euoplocephalus are known for their relatively short skulls, but the one on this toy is triangular in shape. Now, I do know that Euoplocephalus‘ skull does sort of have a triangular shape, but it’s a lot rounder than what was sculpted on this toy. Another error lies with the mouth. The mouth was sculpted open, but it lacks any indication that it is hinged like a real mouth would be. It’s as if the sculptor made the head and cut out a piece of clay from it to create the opening for the mouth, giving it an unnatural appearance. Another issue is that the hips are definitely not wide enough. For a model that gets it right, Simply take a look at the Battat Euoplocephalus, which is an almost perfect representation of the species that looks like it had a lot of care put into it. To be fair, like the Battat, the Geoworld version has only one cervical half ring, which is not accurate for the species (it should really have two).

In terms of detail, there’s not much to write about, as the majority of the toy is sculpted with irregular shapes that I assume are supposed to be scales. The caputegulae (head armour) does not match up with that of the real animal, but then, neither does a majority of the toy, so no surprises there. And the feet are crudely made with minimal detail sculpted to make the toes. And in terms of colour, all I have to say is that this model reminds me of a corncob. The base colour is yellow, which takes up the head, neck, and entirety of the bottom half of the figure, and the back is green. The claws are painted black, the mouth is painted dark red, and the little bits of teeth present in the mouth are white.

Now that the figure is out of the way, it’s time to look at the fact card that comes with it. First off, the image used on the card is also the same exact image used on the card for the Ankylosaurus which I plan on reviewing in the future. The only difference is that there are a couple of spikes jutting out of the back of the neck. It should be noted that the card has terrible grammar, and there are contradictions on both sides. For instance, on the image side, it says that Euoplocephalus‘ head was without armour, but on the flipside, it states that it was protected by bony plates. Obviously it’s easy to tell which side of the card is wrong, as anyone with a good knowledge of dinosaurs would know that the head of this animal was indeed armoured, but it’s still apparent that the people who crafted this card did not proofread anything before sending it out to be mass produced. The card states that there are forty complete specimens of this animal known to science, however, it should be noted that this card was made before the genus was split into different genera, with the text referencing the holotype specimen of Scolosaurus as being the most well preserved of Euoplocephalus. As with the Spinosaurus card, I cannot say where the image was taken from, so once again, if you know, please say so in the comments.

​And it is, the Geoworld Euoplocephalus. It is one of only four thyreophorans in the entire line, despite the fact that the line spans over 96 figures. Honestly, I can’t say I recommend this figure to anyone, as it is a poor product that was made without much thought put into it, and clearly not worthy of a dinosaur enthusiast’s collection. If you need a Euoplocephalus that badly, then seek out the Battat model, which is still available under the Terra brand.

Spinosaurus (Jurassic Hunters by Geoworld)

Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy

Time for another Geoworld review. This time, it’s their take on the infamous Spinosaurus. Spinosaurus, as many of you know, has proven to be a conundrum for scientists. Everyone has been arguing over what the animal looked like because of a paper published in 2014 that ultimately altered the way we generally depict this creature. That being said, the subject of today’s review was a figure that was made a year before the paper was published, so we all know that it will not have the short legs that many restorations have been trying to incorporate in this day and age. Unfortunately, rather than take after the fossils known at the time, Geoworld opted to rip off the one from Jurassic Park 3 instead, giving us a highly inaccurate version of the animal.

​To start things off, I wish to talk about the head. To put it bluntly, it is way too robust. We all know what the skull of Spinosaurus looks like by now, but Geoworld opted to ignore it in favour of making their model look more like the one that appeared in JP3. To be fair, they did get the tooth notch in the upper jaw, but that’s about as far as it goes. As for the rest of the model, it’s your very typical theropod body. The legs are long, the high sail is made of skin and bone as opposed to being a hump, and the arms are nice and long. About the only things that’s missing are the fish hook foreclaws that spinosaurs are known for.

​Due to a request from an member on the Dinosaur Toy Forum, I will be including scans of the cards that come with these figures from now on. As you can see, the artwork on the card includes an image of a black Spinosaurus whose origins I cannot identify (if you recognize the source of the drawing, then please say so in a comment). There is also a little image of artist Raul Lunia’s Spinosaurus in the lower right hand corner which, thankfully, is public domain. The back of the card has information regarding Spinosaurus that many of us are well aware of, however, I can’t help but wonder if the grammar could be a little off due to the fact that these products were designed in Italy and the translation process was messed up. Also, in the upper left hand corner of the sheet, you can see an image whose origin I cannot determine. Once again, if you know who the original artist is, please say so in the comments.

The colours on this figure are pretty bright for a dinosaur toy. The main colour is orange with a light yellow line going down the length of the figure’s underside. The sail is blue in the middle and light yellow at the top, while the teeth are white and the claws are black. In terms of detailing, there is not much to talk about. The figure is decked out with a buck of large bumps that I assume are supposed to be osteoderms, but other than that, it just has wrinkles on the majority of its body. The Spinosaurus is posed in a fashion that’s become something of a cliche for theropod figures, with the tail raised in the air and the front half of the body lowered to the ground.

Overall, the Geoworld Spinosaurus not worth your money in the end, as I’m sure that most toys coming out in this day and age can blow it out of the water.