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

Mosasaurus (Chomper)(Jurassic World by Hasbro)

1.3 (4 votes)

Mosasaurus has finally made it to the big screen in Jurassic World and while it might not be scientific accurate, if you look at it in terms of the cool factor, one could argue that it was the star of the film. Literally and figuratively it is involved in the biggest splashes of action during its screen time.

Ceratosaurus (Jurassic World by Hasbro)

1.5 (8 votes)
Ah, Jurassic Park, what it is, what it was, and what it shall be. In its fourth instalment, Jurassic World (weather you liked it or not) brought forth that warm and fuzzy inner child that beats deep inside each of us. I think many of us wanted to feel the same way about the toys that accompanied the film.

Smilodon (Carnegie Collection by Safari ltd.)

4 (6 votes)

This is the first Smilodon review on the DTB, so I think it is only fitting that I start with the original Carnegie Smilodon. When Safari launched the Carnegie line in 1988, Smilodon was in the first group of scientific models released. After a short run, this 1:10 scale figure was retired in 1997, and never re-sculpted or reappeared in the Carnegie line.

Hyaenodon (Mojö Fun)

4.3 (3 votes)

Hyaenodon was an interesting predatory animal that first evolved 42 million years ago and lived from the Late Eocene through to Early Miocene. The first thing to know about them is that they are not related to hyenas. In fact, they were a creodont, ‬ a long extinct group of mammals that did not survive the Miocene.

Allosaurus (Jurassic World Basher and Biters by, Hasbro)

1.3 (8 votes)
Available from here and here.

Big Al had a lot of early success in films starring in the lead role of predatory dinosaur.  It first appeared in celluloid for the 1925 film, The Lost World.  That Allosaurus was based on the artwork of Charles R. Knight, and had an epic battle with Brontosaurus. 

Velociraptor “BLUE” (Jurassic World by Hasbro)

1.6 (8 votes)
Velociraptor is one of the best known dinosaurs in the world, and it owes its popularity to Jurassic Park.  On screen, it is a cunning and deadly foe that is smart, fast, social, and hunts in groups so it can lay traps for its quarry.  In reality, it was small 3ft dinosaur from Mongolia that had feathers. 

Proceratosaurus (CollectA)

3.2 (6 votes)

CollectA, the master of obscure dinosaur toys, reached in to their menagerie of extinct animals and choose to produce a truly interesting Proceratosaurus. The identity shifting Proceratosaurus received its name due to it originally being thought as an ancestor of Ceratosaurus due to its nasal crest.  Now, this theropod is thought to be a coelurosaur, and an early member of tyrannosauroida. 

Spinosaurus (The Lost World: Jurassic Park by Kenner)

2.8 (4 votes)
For over a century, the paleontologists and museums were the guardians of knowledge concerning beasts from the paleo world. Before the dark times…before Jurassic Park. Ok, so maybe not the dark times, but the fact remains that many in the general public owe their knowledge of dinosaurs due to what they learned in Jurassic Park.

Amargasaurus (CollectA)

1.5 (8 votes)

I have heard it said that good things come in small packages, and the 2008 CollectA‘s Amargasaurus is certainly a diminutive figure. This was CollectA’s first attempt at the highly distinguishable sauropod, before releasing a deluxe figure a few years later. Of course, this strange early cretaceous dicraeosaurid was small by sauropod standards reaching 10 meters (33 feet) long and approx the same height as a Savanna elephant.

Woolly Mammoth (Papo)

4.1 (9 votes)

The famous Pleistocene pachyderm, Woolly Mammoth Mammuthus primigenius, is the one mammal that has been a pillar of toy lines, produced many times by many different companies, and in many poses.  In 2009 Papo replaced their dramatic running mammoth, with a peaceful placid version.
Most of the populace knows something about the mammoth, but indulge me for a moment to highlight the important points of the animal. 

Tapejara (Jurassic Park III, by Hasbro)

3.4 (5 votes)

How the Tapejara ever became a toy in the Jurassic Park toy line is puzzling when you look back at the turbulent time before Jurassic Park III was released. Hasbro downsized after the failure of the JP Chaos Effect toys, and the lower than expected sales from Star Wars Phantom Menace toys.

Woolly Mammoth baby (Prehistoric Life by Wild Safari)

4.8 (10 votes)

After completing the 2004 Wild Safari Prehistoric Life Woolly Mammoth review, it was brought to my attention that I should take a look at the retired WS Baby. With this thought in mind, I sat down and took a close look at this little toy. I suppose I could have added a small revision to my first review and added this little figure.

Megaloceros giganteus (Irish elk) (Prehistoric Times by Bullyland)

4.3 (4 votes)

I am sure most collectors are aware that Bullyland has produced an interesting collection of prehistoric mega fauna, mammals, and terror birds. One overlooked mammal by most toy lines has been the Irish elk. It was nice to see a company take a chance on an animal that rarely sees any toy love.

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