Author: Lanthanotus

Lanthanotus goes by the name Dennis in analogue life and lives with his small family in Germany. His serious interest in dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures began in early primary school when he either got a dinosaur book for birthday or found some dinosaur book in the school library – whatever came first. As with a lot of things that caught one’s attention during childhood or youth, the interest slumbered for many years before coming back with force. Lanthanotus joined the Dinosaur Toy Forum in 2015 and ever since enjoyed catching up with recent scientific findings and collecting and reviewing toy figures. Outside the computer Dennis works as an educator and frequently travels the world with his family to contribute to his other passion: herpetology. He published several articles and holds lectures on monitor lizard biology.

All reviews by this author

Review: Mamenchisaurus (Age of Dinosaurs by PNSO)

3.9 (20 votes)
Review by Lanthanotus, edited by Plesiosauria
It’s been several months since my last review for the dinotoyblog (Styracosaurus by Tyco) and although I still have plenty of photos ready for reviews I somehow couldn’t get my hindquarters up to do so. [Since you submitted this guest review in August and I’m only now posting it now in December, it is I who should be apologetic!

Review: Styracosaurus (Tyco)

3.4 (8 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Months ago, there was a call for completing the Tyco page of the DTB and I replied that I’d add a review. I intended to have a look for the Pteranodon, a figure I just then had acquired, but couldn’t manage to write down a review in time and eventually this was done by Gwangi.

Review: Diatryma and Phorusrhacos (Starlux)

4.4 (8 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
A few months ago I stumbled upon pictures of several dinosaur figures made by the French company Starlux while I was reading through the “Recent Acquisitions” thread in the DTF. I looked up this company and found that they had made a great array of dinosaurs as well as some very obscure and rarely depicted prehistoric animals.

Review: Microceratops (Johan Scherft)

5 (2 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
It’s been a while since I promised you another review of a papercraft model, but here it is, Johan Scherft’s interpretation of Microceratops. Now, if you wonder why this name isn’t italicised here or why Google redirects you to a species of parasitic wasp rather than to a ceratopsian dinosaur the explanation is, that Microceratops is in fact an insect species and because of this, the few small parts of a ceratopsian dinosaur fossil found in Mongolia and decribed 1953 by Bohlin were renamed Microceratus by Mateus in 2008.

Review: Himalayasaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

3.6 (8 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Just recently, the Chinese company PNSO stirred the DinoToyBlog community with the release of their first dinosaur (and some not so “dinosaur”) figures, especially because they became available via Amazon, thereby lowering the costs and challenges of overseas deals by a good share.

Review: Giganotosaurus (TipToi by Ravensburger)

2.4 (5 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Large carnivores are always worth a headline, be it a shark attack or a prehistoric discovery in a country as neglected by international news media as Australia. Back in 1995 the world’s public was introduced to a dinosaur species which had been discovered two years before in the endless wastes of Patagonia by Rubén Dario Carolini, who is also the species’ namesake: Giganotosaurus carolinii.

Review: Velociraptor (Dakin)

2.4 (5 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Back in the pre-JP era, TV documentaries about dinosaurs were a rare sight on German TV. As a dinophile, it was a viewing obligation when the public TV station aired a four part series about dinosaurs in 1991. The documentary’s title was–you probably guessed it–Dinosaur!

Review: Monanthesia and Cycadeoidea (CollectA)

5 (13 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Greens, stems, and leaves, but no teeth, no blood, no gore . . . no wonder plants seldom provide more than background for movies or our dinosaur collections. Day of the Triffids (1962) is the classic plant horror film par excellence, where seemingly harmless plants attack and kill humans and charge to take over world domination within days (for those of you that can’t stand classic B-movies or modern semi-quality TV adaptations of them, Splinter may be a more thrilling choice, though the antagonist is !SPOILER ALERT!

Review: Corythosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

3.8 (11 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
When the term hadrosaur is combined with a toy, it usually results into a Parasaurolophus. While this genus may still not be as overrepresented as some carnivorous theropods, it easily exceeds all other hadrosaur renditions in number.

Review: Thyreophoran (Furkan)

4.3 (4 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Remember that long lost time when you had to search for an unknown term in a tremendous lexicon, through library research or by making contact with friends via mail in paper form (because phone calls were so expensive), post being delayed by two weeks and another two until you got an answer?

Review: Deinonychus Hatchling (Johan Scherft)

3.3 (3 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Following my review about the Styracosaurus hatched from a chocolate surprise egg, I’ll introduce you to a “real” hatchling in this review, just the right thing to put some Mesozoic spice to your upcoming Easter celebrations–the model of hatching Deinonychus by talented Netherlands artist Johan Scherft.

Review: Styracosaurus (Ferrero Kinder Überraschung)

3 (2 votes)
Review and photographs by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Styracosaurus?! Someone messed up the title, that’s obviously a Triceratops, isn’t it?” Well, let’s discuss this at a later point. This tiny figure is one of eight prehistoric reptiles dating back to 1978 and hatched out of those famous “Kinder Überraschung” chocolate eggs (“surprise eggs”).
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