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Dinosaur figures for 2008 – a review

It’s not the end of the year yet, but all of the major releases this year have been and gone. The only other line we were (especially!) looking forward to, the Sea Monsters figures, have been cancelled – to everyone’s dismay. But not wishing to dwell on our losses, Dinosaur Toy Forum member Bokisaurus had …

Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest 2018 – Results

I’m delighted to announce the winners and runners up in the Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest 2018, sponsored by Urzeitshop. 1st Place. Diorama 1. In the jaws of death by dreadmane 2nd Place. Diorama 25. Go for the tender meat by Andreioli 3rd Place. Diorama 38. The happy camper by Dinomike First honourable mention. Diorama …

Diplodocus (2008) (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

Although the 2008 Diplodocus has been featured several times on this blog already, it has never been reviewed, so it’s time to make amends with a photographic walkaround and short review. This is Safari’s second attempt at a Diplodocus and this version is a much improved affair. The overall appearance of the model is elegant …

Elasmosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

Here we have another new release from Safari Ltd for 2013, the long-necked Elasmosaurus. I lent a small helping hand with the design of this figure, as I had done previously with Safari Ltd’s other recent plesiosaurian offering (Liopleurodon). As such, I was pleased to finally see the figure ‘in the flesh’ and I’m delighted …

Feathered Dinos Tube (Safari Ltd)

Safari Ltd have produced several tubes (or ‘toobs’ as they call them) that contain a diverse selection of mini-dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. These tubes are a great choice for the indecisive amongst us. Why pick one single large dinosaur when you can get an entire tube of small dinosaurs for the same price. The …

First Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest – Winners!

I’m delighted to announce the winners of the recent First Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted! We had a total of seven unique entries and seventeen members cast their votes to decide the winners. All of the entries can still be seen here on the Dinosaur Toy Forum, the …

Giganotosaurus (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

At last the Carnegie Collection Giganotosaurus is available to the world. This is one of the finest dinosaur pieces of its generation, due to its high level quality. This is simply one of the best dinosaurs Carnegie has ever released, not because it’s an impressive dinosaur, but because it’s very accurate, and very detailed. Giganotosaurus …

Glyphoderma (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Who here loves basal sauropterygians!? The Sauropterygia is a group of marine reptiles that include the well-known plesiosaurs and several other smaller-bodied groups, including nothosaurs and placodonts, which tend to receive far less attention. This is especially the case in toy form, which is unjust because these are fascinatingly weird creatures, well-deserving of a figure …

Gorgosaurus (‘Gorgon’, Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie 3D, by Vivid Toy Group Ltd)

Now here’s a treat we weren’t necessarily expecting for 2013. A brand new range of dinosaur action figures: official accompaniments to the new Walking with Dinosaurs 3D movie, set for release in December 2013. The figures were produced by UK-based Vivid Toy Group Ltd in affiliation with the BBC (a BBC Earth logo adorns the …

Guanlong (Wenno)

The unusual Chinese tyrannosauroid, Guanlong, was described in 2006, so it is understandable that it is represented by only a few toys. Safari Ltd gave it a half-hearted shot, as did Geoworld and Kaiyodo, but the definitive Guanlong is still lacking. Unfortunately, this Wenno Guanlong is not going to fill that void. Let’s start with …

Huayangosaurus (Dinotales series 7 by Kaiyodo)

This spikey Chinese stegosaur is hugely detailed for such a tiny figure (about 8 cm long). Kaiyodo has this down to an art and their figures are often tiny but very detailed and highly accurate. The Huayangosaurus figure is part of Kayodo’s Dinotales line, specifically from  Series 7, the most recent release. Accordingly it is …

Hydrotherosaurus (Procon)

The long-necked elasmosaurs are one of the most unusual of all prehistoric animals. Most elasmosaurid toys and figures are allocated to the genus Elasmosaurus, the most famous of the very long-necked plesiosaurs, however, in reality Elasmosaurus platyurus is quite a poorly known species, and much of the original skeleton has been lost. Therefore much of …

Iguanodon (Jurassic Park Junior by Playskool / Hasbro)

Iguanodon Jurassic Park Junior toy

This so-called “Li’l Iguanodon” was part of a short-lived ‘Jurassic Park Junior’ toy line released in 2001, presumably prompted by the release of Jurassic Park 3 in cinemas that same year. The line was aimed at young audiences and is made up of cutesy renditions of several dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park film series. With …

Iguanodon (Marx)

I’ve been meaning to plug some of the gaps in our Marx review series for a long while, so thanks to the other reviewers who have been most patient with me. The Marx Iguanodon toy under review today was part of the Second Series Mold Group, PL-1083, first released in 1961. Obviously, there’s little point …

Iguanodon (Walking with Dinosaurs by Toyway)

Although a full review will be added in time, I just had to highlight the hind feet on this figure. As you can see below, they look more like alien feet than dinosaur feet; the four pedestal-like toes seem out of place on an Iguanodon sculpt that is otherwise very accurate.