Author: Griffin

Chris DiPiazza (aka Griffin8891) has worked with exotic animals for seven years now and has been a wildlife exhibitor, bringing live animals to camps and schools to educate children, for almost four years. In addition to living animals, he has an equally, if not stronger affinity for prehistoric ones as well. He also loves drawing, sculpting and painting and has recently illustrated a series of illustrations of dinosaurs to be used in lecture slides at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ (which can be found under his thread in the art section of the forums). As far as dinosaur models go, he does not consider himself a true collector, but one who buys only what truly interests him. He loves all species of dinosaurs and other manner of prehistoric creatures but ultimately, he considers the Ceratopsians his favorites.

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Review: Achelousaurus (Antediluvia Collection)

3.3 (6 votes)
Yes, another Achelousaurus and yes, that’s a nickel its standing on.  Let me introduce the second member of the Antedeluvia collection to be reviewed here on the blog, David Krentz’s rendition of Achelousaurus.  If you would like more information on this particular ceratopsian dinosaur simply scroll down a bit and read the first paragraph of my review for CollecA’s version of it.

Review: Achelousaurus (CollectA)

3 (23 votes)
Achelousaurus was a ceratopsian that lived during the Campanian stage of the late Cretacious period.  It is named after the Greek river deity, Achelous who, according to myth, had his horn broken off during a fight with the famous Greek hero, Hercules.  The skull of Achelousaurus has a low, flat boss (or lumpy mass of bone) on its snout that looks like the animal has had its horn broken off.  

Review: Albertosaurus (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

3.7 (26 votes)
Albertosaurus was a mid-sized theropod that flourished throughout what is now North America during the Campanian era of the late Cretacious about 75 million years ago.  It can best be described as a smaller, more lightly built version of its later, more famous relative, Tyrannosaurus rex.  It coexisted with and most likely hunted other famous dinosaurs like Parasaurolophus, Styracosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus just to name a few.

Review: Tsintaosaurus (CollectA)

3.3 (12 votes)
Available from Amazon.com here.
Tsintaosaurus was a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, that lived in China about 84 to 71 million years ago.  Like many Lambeosaurs, Tsintaosaurus is believed to have sported a fancy crest on its head.  In this case, the crest is a skinny rod that stuck out above of the dinosaur’s face much like a mythical unicorn’s horn. 

Review: Triceratops (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

3.5 (13 votes)
When Wild Safari began pumping out figures that all of a sudden were leaps and bounds better with regards to detail and accuracy then their previous work, it shouldn’t be surprising then, that they decided to revisit many old classic kinds of dinosaurs and give them much needed face-lifts. 

Review: Triceratops (Jurassic Park by Kenner)

3.8 (15 votes)
Triceratops is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable dinosaurs ever discovered.  Possessing three lance-like horns and a solid bone frill, this largest member of the ceratopsian group has been depicted in countless movies, books and other media involving dinosaurs all around the world.  It lived at the very end of the Cretacious alongside the other iconic dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (Antediluvia Collection)

4.8 (20 votes)
David Krentz, also responsible for sculpting and designing the Sideshow Dinosauria Collection, has created a line of dinosaur models on a much smaller and thankfully less expensive scale.  The Antediluvia Collection consists of dinosaurs all made in exactly 1/72 scale but don’t let the small size fool you. 

Review: Allosaurus (Carnegie Collection by Safari ltd.)

3.2 (22 votes)
Allosaurus is one of the most well known meat-eating dinosaurs.  Its fossils date back to the late Jurassic and have been found in both Portugal and the United States.  It is characterized by wicked three-clawed hands and a skull that could have been utilized like a hatchet to slice off chunks of meat from carcasses. 

Review: Chasmosaurus (CollectA)

2.7 (13 votes)
Chasmosaurus is a fairly well known ceratopsian that lived in Canada during the Campanian era of the Late Cretacious.  It’s characterized by a distinctly tall and wide frill accompanied by three horns on its face.  At least three individual species of this dinosaur are known due to variation amongst frills and horns on various skulls. 

Review: Dracorex (CollectA)

1.8 (13 votes)
The skull of Dracorex was found in the Hell Creek Formation in the United States and dates back to the Maastrichtian age at the very end of the age of dinosaurs.  Its full name, Dracorex hogwatsia, translates to “Dragon King of Hogwarts” which pretty much makes it the coolest official name in science ever. 

Review: Struthiomimus (Tyco)

3.7 (3 votes)
Review and photos by Griffin.
Struthiomimus isn’t really the first dinosaur that comes to mind upon hearing the word “theropod”.  It has no giant mouth full of killer teeth.  It sports no set of shredding claws.  Instead, this quirky animal bears a striking resemblance to the modern day ostrich complete with long slender legs, swan-like neck and a tiny head with big round eyes and no teeth. 

Review: Monoclonius (Tyco)

2.7 (6 votes)
Review and photos by Griffin
Monoclonius was always known as a sort of “little brother” to Triceratops, characterized by its short frill and singular nose horn.  Sadly for it, like several other dinosaurs I remember growing up with like Trachodon and Brontosaurus, it’s no longer believed to be a valid genus of dinosaur. 

Review: Dimetrodon (Carnegie Collection by Safari ltd.)

2.4 (20 votes)
Review and photos by Griffin
Dimetrodon is probably one of the most well known non dinosaur prehistoric creatures of all time.  It lived during the early to middle Permian era way before any dinosaur and is actually more closely related to us mammals than it is to other kinds of reptiles. 

Review: Triceratops (Carnegie Collection by Safari ltd)

3.6 (7 votes)
Review and photos by Griffin
Ever since it was discovered in the late 1800s, Triceratops has remained one of the most well known and iconic dinosaurs of all time.  By this I mean it’s actually one of those dinosaur names that an average person with no interest in paleontology taken off of the street would know (A true honor only a select few kinds of dinosaurs have ever been able to claim). 
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