All reviews by cordylus

Acrocanthosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

Acrocanthosaurus, in my opinion, is one of the coolest theropods ever. Many companies have tried and failed at creating a replica of this peculiar dinosaur, so it’s nice to see a respectable replica of one. This review will be focusing on kaiyodos attempt. As for Acrocanthosaurus itself, it lived in the early Cretaceous of North America, alongside some other …

Afrovenator (CollectA) (New for 2010)

Afrovenator – that’s one most people haven’t (and won’t) heard of. It almost makes me surprised that CollectA did one (but I guess if any of the mainstream dinosaur companies were to do one, it would be them). Afrovenator itself was a megalosaur (or allosaur or spinosaur, does anybody even know?) from mid-jurassic Africa, who …

Cladoselache (Kaiyodo series 1)

Edited by Dinotoyblog, photos by Halichoeres Ah, Cladoselache. The first shark! How exciting. Up for review today is the first rendition of the first shark, made by Kaiyodo. Cladoselache is believed to be a very agile and swift predator – this is very well represented in this replica. The smooth (and scaleless) skin, the large …

Dilophosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

Wow. Where do I start? This is one fantabulous replica, and it is new for 2009. It doesn’t surprise me that Safari ltd. decided to make a Dilophosaurus for 2009– After all, the only other dilophosaurs they made were the peculiar Carnegie pair from over a decade ago. This model is very nice. It’s main …

Liopleurodon (Invicta)

Invicta Liopleurodon

Review by Cordylus, edited by Dinotoyblog, photos by Dinotoyblog Ever since Walking with Dinosaurs came out a decade ago, Liopleurodon has been famous. However, this Liopleurodon figure by Invicta was made a good ten years before Walking with Dinosaurs, so, luckily for us collectors, it wasn’t ‘inspired’ by the WWD version like every other Liopleurodon …

Mosasaurus (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

mosasaurus carnegie collection safari ltd

If you like retro marine reptiles, this one’s for you. The Carnegie Collection Mosasaurus is clearly based on some archaic paleoart, so it really shouldn’t be taken too seriously – if you try to focus on every wrong aspect with this figure surely you will give yourself a headache! The sculpt – accuracy aside – …

Pachyrhinosaurus (Papo) (New for 2010)

The Pachyrhinosaurus by Papo is easily one of the most (if not the most) anticipated figures of 2010. This is one of the first times where papo has released one of their figures so early in the year; I’m glad I got mine so soon! Pachyrhinosaurus, despite being a very funky ceratopsian, is very obscure, …

Prehistoric amphibians (Play Visions)

Photos by Stemturtle, edited by Dinotoyblog Ahhh, the Play Visions prehistoric amphibian set. Originally released in 1998, this rare set of miniature prehistoric wibbly-wobbly critters is one of the most sought after in the world of prehistoric figure collecting. The one (one!?) time it sold on Ebay I think it went for over $350! This …

Prehistoric Sea Life Toob (Safari Ltd.)

Review by Cordylus, photos and figure captions by Plesiosauria This is truely a marine reptile lover’s dream come true. For years, Nothosaurus, Metriorhynchus, Basilosaurus and the like were all hard to find and expensive (if there were any to even be found) – until now. Last september the dinosaur collecting community was stunned by the …

Spinosaurus (2008 version)(Schleich)

Review by ‘Cordylus (AKA geckofan)’ and Dinotoyblog, photographs by “Cordylus (AKA geckofan) It seems as though Schleich has seen the latest attempts by companies such as Papo and Safari Ltd and are now trying to get away from retro-style dinosaurs and on to new, more modern versions. This is clearly evident in the new Schliech …

Spinosaurus (Papo)

Today we will be thoroughly looking over the Papo Spinosaurus– He is quite well loved in the dinosaur and Jurassic park communities, so I hope I don’t dampen spirits too much with my somewhat critical review. As for Spinosaurus itself, it was an extremely large theropod dinosaur that lived in northern Africa about 100 million years …

Stegosaurus (Papo)

Stegosaurus has always been a staple dinosaur. It’s featured prominently in museums, the media, museum toylines, chinasaur bins, and it’s been heavily researched. Many renditions of this animal have been done in toy form (just about every dinosaur toy collection has one!) so we’ll look at the attempt by Papo for now. f The detail …

Suchomimus (Dinotales by Kaiyodo)

Suchomimus was a large theropod dinosaur that lived a few million years before one of it’s famous cousins, Spinosaurus. Considering how it’s closely related to such a famous dinosaur, I’m surprised more replicas of this really cool dinosaur haven’t been produced. This Suchomimus by kaiyodo is easily the best on currently available. The sculpt itself …

Suchomimus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

Suchomimus is believed to have been a large piscivorous theropod, related to the extremely large Spinosaurus. Despite Suchomimus being relatively well known to dinosaur enthusiasts, it is usually not made in PVC form, in favor of Baryonyx. So, even though this toy has some flaws, it is still nice to see one in plastic. To …

Tarbosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 4)

The “Asian Tyrant”, Tarbosaurus, is unfortunately looked over in favor of it’s more famous American cousin, Tyrannosaurus, by toy companies most of the time. Kaiyodo has produced many obscure genera before, so making a Tarbosaurus doesn’t come as a surprise to me. Most aspects of this sculpt are good. It’s finely sculpted for such a …