Category: Starlux

Baluchitherium AKA Paraceratherium (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy It is amazing to think of the giants that once walked our own Earth. Not just the dinosaurs, but also their successors, the mammals. One such mammal has sparked my interest in palaeontology more than others: Paraceratherium. But when I first learnt of it, it was going …

Cave Bear (Prehistoire by Starlux)

Review and photographs by Stolpergeist, edited by Suspsy A lot of people feel a special connection to their local extinct Pleistocene megafauna, those mysterious beasts that once roamed where we stand along with the animals we see today. The majestic Irish elk among fallow deer, the American cheetah hunting pronghorns, the mighty giant wombat grazing …

Cephalaspis (Starlux)

The earliest vertebrates didn’t have jaws, but once true jaws evolved the animals that had them quickly became more numerous and diverse. These days, the only jawless fishes left are a few dozen species of lampreys and hagfishes, but in the Early Devonian most fishes lacked jaws. One of those Early Devonian beasts was Cephalaspis, …

Deinotherium (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy Once again I find myself returning to the origins of dinosaur figurines, Starlux, to look at another animal reproduced long before other companies got to it. This time, it’s Deinotherium, the terrible beast! A relative of modern elephants, this powerful probiscidian could grow to 13 ft tall …

Diatryma and Phorusrhacos (Starlux)

Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy A few months ago I stumbled upon pictures of several dinosaur figures made by the French company Starlux while I was reading through the “Recent Acquisitions” thread in the DTF. I looked up this company and found that they had made a great array of dinosaurs as …

Diplodocus (Starlux)

There are many wonderful paintings by Charles Knight, one in particular has a Apatosaurus in the fore-ground, with its head and neck rising out of the swampy water. It looks big and clumsy. In the back ground, grazing on the shore of this prehistoric swamp, there is a Diplodocus, painted in a boring grey color. …

Euoplocephalus (Starlux)

The air was hot and humid as the midday sun radiated down from a clear blue sky. An old Euoplocephalus was feeling the heat on her back from the glaring sun. While she was drinking at the edge of a small, shallow creek, she was surrounded by a group Edmontosaurus. By growing up in tyrannosaurid …

Glyptodon (Starlux)

The 70’s Glyptodon by Starlux is an interesting reproduction of an animal that had a curved and armored carapace which would have made nodosaurids and ankylosaurids proud. It is a strange toy. It has no articulation but it is able to be played with. It has some nice details but lacks finish. And what is …

Iguanodon (Starlux)

Review and photos by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy As one of the first dinosaurs ever discovered and described, Iguanodon has always stayed close to the limelight in spite of the discovery of more popular dinosaurs like Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and T. rex. Over the years, many figures of this species have been made. Naturally, the first …

Mastodonsaurus (Starlux)

In spite of the discoveries since Starlux closed down, I feel that the old line could be fantastically varied in comparison to some modern line, producing vast numbers of species, not just familiar dinosaurs, but those that existed alongside them. Here, for example, the giant amphibian Mastodonsaurus from the late Triassic, which reached lengths of …

Moeritherium (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy For many palaeontologists in my age group, the inspiration to become one came from watching the Jurassic Park movies and collecting the toy lines from them. I, on the other hand, became set on the idea from watching the Walking With . . . trilogy, specifically Walking …

Neanderthal (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy Time and new discoveries are incredible for changing ideas and concepts in every field of science and nature. Such is the way with the genus Homo, of which we humans are now the only living members. Our closest cousins, the Neanderthals, are an example of this change. …

Palaeotherium (Starlux)

Bonjour all, and welcome to another review of the classic line from Starlux. I always admire this old line for the variety it provides. Long before CollectA and Safari ltd., Starlux produced a wide range of species, many of which have not been made by a major company since. Here, we see one such example, …

Pithecanthropus (= Homo erectus erectus) (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Plesiosauria Once more, I find myself going through the Starlux repertoire of hominids. In this case, another nomen dubium, Pithecanthropus, the Java man. Now known as Homo erectus erectus (a subspecies of H. erectus), it is an example of the early expansion of hominids, spreading throughout Africa and …

Protoceratops (Starlux)

Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy I know what you’re all thinking: “Another Protoceratops review by Loon? It must be a day that ends in ‘y’!” This time it’s the one from Starlux, which is around 40 years old. Being made in the 1970s, it’d be incredibly unfair to judge this figure by modern scientific …