Author: 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

Review: Parasaurolophus 2017 (Wild Safari, by Safari Ltd.)

4.6 (15 votes)
Kids perspective by William, edited by Laticauda

First impressions can be entirely wrong .
When I first saw a picture of the 2017 Safari Ltd. Parasaurolophus, I didn’t think very highly of it.   In the stock photo from Safari’s website, I thought it looked rather plain and uninteresting. 

Review: Smilodon Roaring (Papo)

2.2 (6 votes)

During the night, an old hulking Smilodon had spotted a baby mammoth that had wondered away from its mother.  It attacked the calf before mama saw what was happening.  The mother charged at the cat making it scatter, but the damage was done, the calf collapsed to the icy ground succumbing to its injuries. 

Review: Dinosaur Set with Cave (Schleich)

4.3 (12 votes)
Hidden by vines streaming down the rock face, there can be found multiple  fractures in the otherwise solid rock face.  One opening was wide, big, and served as entrance to the cave. There was also a small hole further up on the wall that could let in a dim beam of light during the mid afternoon sun.

Review: Pachycephalosaurus (Bullyland)

4.3 (10 votes)

During this seasonal, festive, frenzy of reviews, lets take a small time warp back in time and bring forth a toy that has been left behind by the relentless march of time. In 2009, Bullyland,  the purveyor of  goofy eyed yet expressive figures, released a interesting looking Pachycephalosaurus.

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Review: Excalibosaurus (CollectA)

4.7 (12 votes)

Excalibosaurus lived during the early Jurassic about 190 million years ago and at 22 feet (7 meters) long, it was a decent sized fellow.  Looking much like a modern sword fish, it was named after the sword Excalibur of Autherian legend.  This marine reptile is characterized by the extreme elongation of the rostrum, in which the lower jaw is a quarter shorter in length then the upper jaw.   

Review: Ophthalmosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by, PNSO)

3.1 (8 votes)
Kids perspective by, William and Erin

By day the squid lurk in the deep waters were only the brave dive into the unknown. It is in these murky depths were they hide from the predators above. When the sun goes down and the moon arrives they come up from down below to the surface to feed. 

Review: Tyrannosaurus Rex w/articulated jaw (Prehistoric & Extinct by Mojö)

1.8 (8 votes)

Ever since Tyrannosaurus rex was described back in 1905, this amazing animal has captured our imaginations.   Its not hard to see why. It was one of the largest land carnivores of all time and it had a huge skull with bone crushing jaws.  It is so recognizable that toy makers just can’t help themselves on trying to capitalize on their popularity by making as many as they can. 

Review: Ankylosaurus (Playskool Heroes Jurassic World, by Hasbro)

1.4 (7 votes)

When you think of the toys made for Jurassic World by Hasbro, there are  probably a lot of colorful adjectives that pop into your head .  I warn you not utter them out loud as there are preschool toys present.  One word I did not hear many people say about the toy line was “fun”. 

Review: Ankylosaurus (2011 Imaginext by, Fisher-Price)

3.6 (8 votes)

Warning:  If you are a serious collector and only interested in dinosaur toys that are prime examples of their species with impeccable accuracy, amazing detail, colors, and are brilliant works of paleo art, you may want to skip this review, as this figure is lacking in those key areas. 

Review: Brachiosaurus 1993 ( Replica-Saurus, by Schleich)

4.6 (7 votes)

To help set the mood, lets take a moment and imagine ourselves walking among the fern covered floodplains in the late Jurassic.  A muddy stream meanders and snakes across the landscape. There are green spreading fronds of tree ferns, along with cycads and gingkoes. There are numerous tall conifers. 

Review: Stegosaurus (HG Toys)

3 (3 votes)

Here is an interesting rendition of the popular, plate covered, thagomizer wielding stegosaurus.  HG toys made some interesting looking dinosaurs during the 80’s.   For inspiration on this stegosaur they must have looked at turn of the century paleoart.  They certainly didn’t reference any dinosaur renaissance ideas into this stegosaurus, as this toy looks squat and sluggish. 

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