Laticauda

My name is Rob but I go by Laticauda (which is a genus of Elapid “Sea” snakes) on both the Dinosaur Toy Blog and Forum. My dinosaur collecting journey began when I discovered the Carnegie line as a kid. They amazed me and I didn’t look at them as toys but as art. By the time I headed off to college I no longer collected prehistoric toys as I had moved on to new collecting pursuits. This all changed the day when my first child was born as it rekindled my passion for the prehistoric world. Now I have two kids and I enjoy sharing the hobby with them.

All reviews by this author

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Jurassic World Live Tour)

The show Jurassic World live Tour was quite a lot of fun. I took my seat and looked at the brochure, and read about each animal one by one. The Tyrannosaur was massive and not demure. She has often been cast as a villain and hero, and that is part of her allure as she …

Stegosaurus (Jurassic World Live Tour)

One day while driving to work, I passed a billboard that had Blue on it and saw that it was an advertisement for Jurassic World live Tour. I didn’t know what it was but as my kids are big Jurassic Park/World fans, I decided it might be worth going to. So I purchased tickets for …

Ichthyosaurus (Wild Safari Prehistoric World, by Safari Ltd)

It was a hot July day. To beat the heat and to stay cool I headed off to a nearby creek to sit by the water. I found a tall tree by the water and walked into the shade. I slumped back onto the trunk, closed my eyes, and let my bare feet extend past …

Brachiosaurus (Jurassic Park III Re-Ak A-Tak wave 2, by Hasbro)

This was the first full sized Brachiosaurus in the Jurassic Park line and was released for the Jurassic Park III movie. This marks the begging of Hasbro’s full control of the Jurassic Park toy line after closing Kenner in 2000. It strays away from the playful but not always successful Kenner style and into a …

Borealopelta (CollectA)

Before we sink our teeth into a toy that is based upon one of the most exciting fossil discoveries ever made, I have a few thanks to give out.  First I would like to thank CollectA for supplying this sample and its continuing support to the writers at the Dinosaur Toy Blog.  I also would …

Mosasaurus and Diver Imaginext (Jurassic World by, Fisher-Price)

With Mattel taking over the Jurassic World franchise from Hasbro, it has produced better toys when you compare the two lines. As for the Imaginext vs the Playschool Heroes Jurassic World lines they come across much closer in quality and style. With their ridiculous big feet to aid in stability, and the simple, yet overdone …

Euoplocephalus (Starlux)

The air was hot and humid as the midday sun radiated down from a clear blue sky. An old Euoplocephalus was feeling the heat on her back from the glaring sun. While she was drinking at the edge of a small, shallow creek, she was surrounded by a group Edmontosaurus. By growing up in tyrannosaurid …

Glyptodon (Starlux)

The 70’s Glyptodon by Starlux is an interesting reproduction of an animal that had a curved and armored carapace which would have made nodosaurids and ankylosaurids proud. It is a strange toy. It has no articulation but it is able to be played with. It has some nice details but lacks finish. And what is …

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Starlux)

If someone came up to you and said the word dinosaur, chances are good that the first mental image you would have is of Tyrannosaurus rex. This would not be a surprise as it is an icon and the favorite dinosaur of many children and adults. But how would you picture it? Would it be …

Minmi (Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Attack Pack wave 3 by Mattel)

It’s fantastic to see Mattel make so many different species of dinosaurs for the Jurassic World FK line. Minmi is another one of those wonderful rarely seen dinosaurs that is gracing us in plastic form.  This animal is not just a mini me version of an  ankylosaur. It is quite unique and is considered one of …

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Kinder Joy Eggs (by Ferrero)

Here is an interesting fact.  In the United States of America, the release of the limited edition Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Kinder Joy Eggs  would have been illegal if it had been released in previous years.  The reason for this is that any candy with a toy or “non-nutritive object embedded” inside it has been …

Tyrannosaurus Rex Thrash ‘N Throw (Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, by Mattel)

Pictures and co authored by William It is a warm sunny day and you are walking across your backyard enjoying the comfort of the warming rays upon your skin.  You suddenly feel a chill run up your spine, as you have a sudden sensation of being watched.  Unknown to you, a plastic creature is staring …

Allosaurus Roarivores(Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, by Mattel)

When ever I hear the theme from Jurassic Park it send chills down my spine and puts a smile on my face. That is the power of music combined with the nostalgic feelings that I have for the original Jurassic Park movie.  Ever since the original movie release, the franchises movies, music, and toys have had there …

Hyaenodon gigas(Wild Safari Prehistoric World by, Safari Ltd)

For over 25 million years Hyaenodons hunted across Africa, Asia, North America and Europe.  They were formidable predators that had oversized jaws.  When hunting they would have probably ambush their prey with a quick rush, grab on to the head or neck with that impressive maw, and secure the kill.   Where as the jaws were strong, the back …

Uintatherium (Wild Safari Prehistoric World, by Safari Ltd.)

Uintatherium was among the largest land animals in one of the stranger groups of large mammals that lived during the Eocene. Its flat and strongly built skull is quite the trophy as it is strange and bizarre.  The skull is adorned with six long paired knobs that protruded from its nose, forehead, and from the back of its head.  …