Author: Faelrin

I was born in the early 90's, and some of my favorite prehistoric animals were molded by how I was introduced to them, such as Jurassic Park, BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs, Disney's Dinosaur, and more. Aside from my love of dinosaurs, I also really enjoy collecting and learning about other prehistoric animals across the span of time. Some of my favorite prehistoric animals include Anomalocaris, Carnotaurus, Deinonychus, Dimetrodon, Diplocaulus, Dunkleosteus, Parasaurolophus, Smilodon, Styracosaurus, Yutyrannus (in A-Z order), and plenty more. Some of my favorite figures within my personal collection include the 2016 Favorite Ltd Mini Model Cambrian Creatures set, 2018 Mattel Jurassic World Carnotaurus, 2020 Beasts of the Mesozoic Styracosaurus, 2020 Safari Ltd Deinonychus, 2021 PNSO Parasaurolophus, 2022 PNSO Deinocheirus, and the 2023 Beasts of the Mesozoic Yutyrannus, and that's just a small sample. Aside from working on reviews for the blog here, I also contribute to the DinoToyCollector website rather frequently, and various guides on the DinoToyForum. And when I'm not doing those things, I might be working on my Skyrim mods (or for other games).

All reviews by this author

Review: Medusaceratops (‘Fan’s Choice’ version, Beasts of the Mesozoic Ceratopsian Series by Creative Beast Studio)

Medusaceratops figure sitting like on the package art

4.3 (49 votes)

This figure is technically a repaint of the original sculpt, but since it wasn’t reviewed here yet, I feel I might as well give some background on the production of it. For starters, Raul Ramos initially sculpted a 3D model of the skull (first revealed on July 6 2019), which was then printed and served as a base, for sculptor Simon Panek to use for the final flesh reconstruction of the figure (revealed July 8, 2019).

Review: Borealopelta (Jurassic World by Mattel)

Borealosaurus armoured dinosaur action figure in side view

4 (43 votes)

Back in 2017, one of the best preserved fossils discovered was making the rounds. It was named Borealopelta markmitchelli, “Mark Mitchell’s northern shield”, honoring the man who spent more than 7,000 hours carefully preparing the fossil material, and slowly carving it out from the rock it rested in.

Review: Dino Trackers Minis (Jurassic World by Mattel)

Group shot.

3.6 (25 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Being a heavy collector of the Mattel Jurassic World line, it’s not often I give attention to their fantastic line of minis despite having collected a good portion of them ever since the line’s launch in 2018. In fact, this is probably my first review of these particular types of figures.

Review: Lystrosaurus and Velociraptor ‘Beta’ (Jurassic World by Mattel)

Toys in packaging.

3.6 (20 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

In 2022, the last of the Jurassic World films was released, ending the trilogy that started back in 2015, for better or worse. While I didn’t enjoy the film overall, I did enjoy some aspects of it, one of those being the batch of new creatures.

Review: Ankylosaurus (Jurassic Park: Hammond Collection by Mattel)

3.4 (96 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Since 2018, when Mattel got the Jurassic World license, I’ve been wanting and waiting to see if they would make a Jurassic Park III Ankylosaurus, which has always been my favorite take on this animal in the franchise.

Review: Deinocheirus (PNSO)

4.7 (107 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

In 1965, during part of a Polish-Mongolian expedition, a pair of giant enigmatic arms were discovered. The owner of these arms was then deemed Deinocheirus, meaning “terrible hand.” It wouldn’t be until 2014, nearly 50 years after the “terrible hand” was initially discovered when new, more complete material was described, showing the species was stranger than what had previously been envisioned for it.

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Review: Yutyrannus (Beasts of the Mesozoic by Creative Beast Studio)

4.7 (91 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Yutyrannus is both one of my favorite theropods and favorite dinosaurs in general these days. I still remember coming across an online news article about it back in early 2012 and being excited to see that they finally found a large feathered dinosaur.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (1/35 Scale Kickstarter Exclusive)(Beasts of the Mesozoic by Creative Beast Studio)

4.7 (104 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

The year was 2000 and I was 9 years old. I remember sitting wide-eyed watching the BBC Walking with Dinosaurs documentary series on the Discovery Channel on the big television in my family’s living room, with my parents.

Review: Dilophosaurus (Jurassic World: Amber Collection by Mattel)

3.5 (22 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Before the mainline sized 3.75″ Hammond Collection came onto the scene this year and became all the rage, there was the ill-fated Amber Collection, a line of figures intended for 1/12 scale collectors. After its launch in late 2019, it saw poor species diversity (too many Velociraptor figures), poor quality control, poor accuracy to the source material at times, and limited distribution globally (mostly online only), etc.

Review: Parasaurolophus (PNSO)

4.7 (42 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Parasaurolophus is easily one of the most recognizable and famous herbivorous dinosaurs, and ornithopods along with Iguanodon and Edmontosaurus. The long, hollow tube like crest is its most distinctive feature, easily recognizable, and setting it apart from most hadrosaurids, except for its close kin Charonosaurus and the newly described Tlatolophus.

Review: Plesiosaurus (Jurassic World Battle Damage by Mattel)

2.9 (10 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

If you had to ask me what my favorite prehistoric marine reptiles are, there’s probably only about a handful or two of them compared to the dinosaurs that they shared the Mesozoic with (and which they often are assumed to be, unfortunately).

Review: Postosuchus (Jurassic World Savage Strike by Mattel)

3.8 (12 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

The fauna of the Triassic period was highly diverse with many new branches of life, including those that would soon dominate the globe from the Mesozoic onwards, particularly the archosaurs. Early dinosaurs and pterosaurs themselves aside, perhaps one of the most popular of those Triassic era archosaurs is none other than Postosuchus, having been put in the spotlight thanks to the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series in which it featured many years ago.

Review: Indominus Rex (Destroy N’ Devour)(Jurassic World by Mattel)

3.6 (24 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

After more than a decade since Jurassic Park III was released, the next entry in the franchise finally got to see the day of light in 2015, after a long and troubled development cycle. That film was none other then Jurassic World.

Review: Velociraptor (Jurassic Park: Amber Collection by Mattel)

3.5 (13 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Among my earliest memories were my first viewings of Jurassic Park. I was probably only four or five years old when I first watched it, but it quickly became one of my favorite movies from then on, and also helped to inspire my love for dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

Review: Acheroraptor (Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series by Creative Beast Studio)

4.7 (60 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

With only two weeks left for the Beasts of the Mesozoic ceratopsian series campaign (as of this writing), it’s about time I got to writing perhaps the last of my reviews of these figures. either until I acquire more of the raptors or until I can get my hands on the ceratopsians.

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