Author: Libraraptor

Hello, my name is Stefan Schröder, aka ‘Libraraptor’ and I am a faithful soul on both the Dinosaur Toy Blog and the Dinosaur Toy Forum since 2008, when I stumbled upon the forum looking for the Invicta blue whale in order to complete my collection.  I found friendly people there and open ears and eyes for my growing collection. Later I began reviewing toys and figures here on the blog - sometimes  in a clumsy English, I must admit. But I still enjoy reviewing as much as I did in 2009. I am so happy to still be a part of the big DTB / DTF family! I come from Germany, was born in 1977, I’m married and I have a daughter and a son. I am a full-time social worker, working at schools for children with special educational needs. My collection is sometimes said to be somewhat quirky, I collect and review what I like with no special goal or focus. I am mostly into vintage and monochrome figures and museum exclusives. Here’s a video (on the Dinotoyblog Youtube channel) showing my collection, it’s a little outdated, but still shows the main part of it.

All reviews by this author

Review: Iguanodon (Marolin / VEB Plaho)

3.8 (43 votes)

Can you detect the tiny ear conches?

A firm from the German Democratic Republic, VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb) Plaho, released a series of highly collectable die casting plastic dinosaur figures in 1967. They were sold in the Museum of Sena in Thuringia, Germany, until the mid-1980s.

Review: Dimetrodon (Kellogg’s, cereal freebie)

2.3 (9 votes)

Ah, another Dimetrodon! This Permian synapsid belongs to the group of usual suspects in the competition for the most popular prehistoric animal. It is well-known, highly popular and long ago iconic. So nothing has to be written about the species itself here anymore, I guess.

Still there are many surprising figures of it out there, and this Kellog´s cereal freebie is one of them.

Review: Mammoth (Cuddly toy giveaway by Mammut)

3.9 (10 votes)

A Swiss company which produces outdoor clothing and equipment named itself „Mammut“ after the iconic Mammoth, probably because the prehistoric giants were as well equipped against cold and rainy weather conditions as you are supposed to be if you wear a Mammut product.  The company even leads a black mammoth in their logo.

Review: Protoceratops (“Ersthornsaurier”) (Margarinefiguren by Wagner)

3.9 (7 votes)

Five or so years ago I introduced to you a line of so called „Margarinefiguren“  (meaning margarine figures) which had been produced by or for a German food company named „Wagner“ 60 or so years ago.  The company added them to their food packages as little collectibles for kids as a buying incentive  for their parents.

Review: Minmi (Science and Nature, Pty Ltd.)

4.1 (8 votes)

Today I´d like to introduce to you Science and Nature Minmi. The company did it as a part of their signature line of figures, “Animals of Australia Realistic Toy Replicas.”

Minmi is the name of a small herbivorous ankylosaurian dinosaur that lived during the early Cretaceous Period of Australia, about 119 to 113 million years ago.

Review: Iguanodon (2001) (Bullyland)

4 (7 votes)

For some reason the 2001 version of an Iguanodon by Bullyland has not been reviewed yet. This text is going to change that.

I guess I don´t have to tell anyone here anything about lower Cretaceous ornithhischian Iguanodon, one of the most widespread, best known and best examined dinosaur species ever.

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Review: Agustinia (Schleich)

3.3 (22 votes)

A decent double – beam

Today I would like to do a review of Schleich’s Agustinia. I would like to begin this review with my conclusion: Overall, it is a decent sauropod figure, if it wasn’t for the goofy head and the blunt color scheme.

Schleich definitely saves on colors and efforts in supporting a decent sculpt with decent coloring.

Review: Postosuchus (Schleich)

3.5 (18 votes)

Traditional pose

Postosuchus, meaning “Crocodile from Post“, is an extinct genus of rauisuchid reptiles comprising two species, P. kirkpatricki and P. alisonae, that lived in what is
now North America during the Late Triassic. Its name refers to Post Quarry, a place
in Texas where many fossils of the type species, P.

Review: Utahraptor (AAA)

4 (22 votes)

Okay, let´s take a closer look at AAA Utahraptor today. After a long break, welcome to another Libraraptor review of a quirky figure!
By now, Utahraptor is a well known genus belonging to the group of Dromaeosaurs. Its size of seven meters in length makes it the biggest of the tribe.

Review: Pelecanimimus (De Agostini)

3.8 (5 votes)

Back in the 1990s there was a publication called “Dinosaurs!”. Publisher De Agostini would introduce to us the dinosaurs and their world in many issues. One special dinosaur would get a titlee story, there were stories about other dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts, a 3D – poster in the middle of each issue and on the last side my former idol Dr.

Review: Moschops (White Post)

3.5 (6 votes)

White Post is no company, but the location of “Dinosaur Land”, a theme park dedicated to prehistoric animals in Virginia, USA. This park has been run as a family business for over 50 years now. Early in the history of the park the operators had the idea of having some of their lifesize figures made into small plastic figures for their souvenir shop.

Review: Iguanodon (Naturecraft)

3.6 (7 votes)

The Naturecraft Ltd. company was founded in 1931 in Congleton, Cheshire, UK. It was one of Congleton’s oldest companies, and was headed until its buyout by Managing Director Peter Tomlins. Naturecraft England originally produced figurines such as dogs and other animals, as well as caricatures and other wall art.

Review: Nothosaurus (Margarinefiguren by Wagner)

1.3 (45 votes)

In my former review of the Wagner/Shreddies Pareiasaurus I announced some unusual species choices. Did I promise too much when I now introduce to you their Nothosaurus?
Nothosaurus was no dinosaur. Its name means “false lizard”, unfortunately I do not know which circumstances this name refers to.

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