My name is Andrew, and I’ve been hooked with dinosaurs ever since I watched Jurassic Parkon television at age 3. I started collecting dinosaurs at around age 4, when I got several Jurassic Park toys as well as a few others. However, I stopped collecting for a few years and have recently started getting back into it. While I love all types of dinosaurs, my favorite group is the sauropods. My other interests include drawing, skiing, hockey, and most of all, fishkeeping.
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3.7 (11 votes)
In 2016 the PNSO (Peking Natural Science-Art Organization) line introduced large figures of often under-represented Chinese dinosaurs. The largest of the line is the obscure macronarian sauropod Huanghetitan, which lived in the Aptian age of the early Cretaceous (some time between 125 to 113 million years ago) of what is now China.
Dinosaurs Of Japan (Capsule Q Museum by Kaiyodo)
4 (6 votes)
For most of the field’s history, the bulk of paleontological research has occurred in North America, a fact reflected in the average dinosaur shelf lineup. There’s certainly no shortage of figures representing classics like Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus, while more obscure species from elsewhere in the world languish in the shadows.
The Dinosaur Expo 2016 set (Kaiyodo)
5 (10 votes)
In the first half of 2016, the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, held an event simply named ‘The Dinosaur Expo’ (still ongoing at the time of writing). Though I haven’t been myself, the exhibit seems to focus on recent dinosaur discoveries, with an accompanying set of figures.
Ceratosaurus (Terra Series by Battat)
3.3 (6 votes)
The Battat dinosaurs’ triumphant return to mass-production means that figures once unobtainable for the average collector with bills to pay and no time machine are now easily had by anyone with so much as a few spare dollars. The Ceratosaurus is no exception. Once one of the scarcest Battats, only rarely listed on eBay for exorbitant prices unbecoming of a plastic toy, this horned theropod can now be bought for $6 at your local Target store.
Siamotyrannus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 1)
4.8 (4 votes)
Obscure dinosaur species only known from fragmentary remains are generally not made into toy form, but there are exceptions to every rule. Today we will look at Kaiyodo’s representation of Siamotyrannus isanensis, a poorly-known theropod from early Cretaceous Thailand.
Not much can be said as to the accuracy of this figure.
3.9 (8 votes)
With its distinctive nasal horn and osteoderms, Ceratosaurus is certainly one of the more well-known theropods, making appearances in such films and documentaries as Fantasia, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic Fight Club. Yet for a dinosaur with such great media exposure, this species does not appear very much in toy form, with figures from Kaiyodo and Safari being the only other plastic versions.
4.2 (5 votes)
Photos by Niroot ‘Himmapaan’ Puttapipat
Ornithomimids are a horribly under-represented family of dinosaurs when it comes to dinosaur toys. For such fascinating animals, this really is a shame. Fortunately, the few ornithomimid figures out there are usually quite well-made. The Battat Gallimimus is one of these.
Made in 1994 (a year after the dinosaur’s appearance in Jurassic Park I should add), this Gallimimus is part of the now revered and rare Battat line, made for the Boston Museum of Science.
Male Velociraptor (Jurassic Park III by Kaiyodo)
4 (5 votes)
The Jurassic Park movies are what led Velociraptor to its great fame and popularity in popular culture. This dinosaur has been represented many times in Jurassic Park memorabilia, collectibles, and toys. It is fitting that when Kaiyodo produced a set of 13 figures based on the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park 3, figures of both the male and female Velociraptors in the movie were produced.
2 (3 votes)
Ever since it starred in a certain film in 2001, Spinosaurus has found its way into the hearts and minds of the general public and fanboys. Featured killing a sub-adult Tyrannosaurus in the movie, Spinosaurus has gained a reputation of being ferocious and omnipotent. This is reflected in many figures of this dinosaur, such as the offerings by Carnegie and Sideshow, which feature the dinosaur in a very active or at least roaring pose.
Kitadaniryu (Kaiyodo Animatales Series 6)
4.7 (3 votes)
After the release of a certain film having to do with dinosaurs in 1993, dromaeosaurs have captured the public imagination. While some are famous, such as the notorious Velociraptor and Utahraptor, there are many more obscure species as well. Kitadaniryu is a very mysterious dinosaur, as there is very little information about it available.
Anatotitan (Sue at The Field Museum by Safari Ltd)
4.3 (11 votes)
In 2005, Safari LTD produced a line of 4 figures for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. Among these is one of the best hadrosaur figures of recent years. Most famous for its role as the hapless victim of Tyrannosaurus in the classic Walking With Dinosaurs series, Anatotitan was a large hadrosaur that lived 68 – 65 million years ago in North America, coexisting with more famous dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Ankylosaurus.
Tyrannosaurus rex (Thrasher )(The Lost World by Kenner)
4.9 (57 votes)
Recently there’s been a string of ceratopsian (along with one abelisaurid) reviews here at the Dinosaur Toy Blog. However, any kid knows that the arch-nemesis of the ceratopsian is the tyrannosaur. There is no tyrannosaur more famous than the namesake of the family, Tyrannosaurus rex. One could pull anyone off of the street, and chances are that they would know what a T.
Triceratops (Jurassic Park 3 by Hasbro)
2.4 (8 votes)
Triceratops is one of the most famous and recognizable dinosaurs of all time. Anyone, even a member of the general public who knows absolutely nothing about dinosaurs, will recognize the classic three horns and frill. For over a century, Triceratops has been featured in countless books, movies, and other media where dinosaurs are involved.
Parasaurolophus (Jurassic Park III by Coca Cola)
4.1 (7 votes)
Famous among dinosaur figure collectors for their excellent Dinotales figures, Kaiyodo also produced a lesser known set of dinosaur figures in 2001, following the release of Jurassic Park III. The set, sponsored by Coca Cola, consisted of 12 dinosaur figures and a secret figure (a Spinosaurus skull). Today we will have a look at one of the best figures from the set, the Parasaurolophus.
Apatosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)
4.7 (7 votes)
Formerly known as Brontosaurus, Apatosaurus is perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognizable dinosaurs. Such fame and popularity guarantees its presence in many dinosaur toy lines. However, most of these figures tend to be on the larger side, and some of them are not quite accurate, with the hands often being inaccurate.