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 Here’s a video (on the Dinotoyblog Youtube channel) showing my collection, it’s a little outdated, but still shows the main part of it.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

Compsognathus (alias “Velociraptor”) by Tchibo

1.7 (6 votes)
Tchi – what?!
Here we have a funny dinosaur figure. It´s funny and bizarre for at least six reasons. It´s not only its overall look. It´s also because
1. its manufacturer company is unknown and
2. it was distributed by coffee trading company Tchibo from Germany who
3. called it Velociraptor what it definitely is not but

Deinonychus (Bullyland)

3.8 (6 votes)
Photographs by Lanthanotus, edited by Dinotoyblog
Reading Horridus´ great review of the vintage Carnegie Deinonychus trio, another Deinonychus figure came into my mind. A base? Non–feathered? Dynamic, Bakker-inspired pose? Wait, yes – it’s the Bullyland Deinonychus!

It is tiger–coloured and striped, 14.5 cm long and 8 cm tall, with the typical Bullyland approach that can easily be recognized.

Wooden Theropod of unknown origin

4.3 (6 votes)
The title of this review does not really sound promising, does it? But in the next few lines I´ll do my best to entertain you and of course introduce to you my recent acquisition:
My perception of what is a toy includes extraordinary fellows like this one. The theropod – it is probably a Tyrannosaurus but for a reason I´ll explain later I can´t really tell – is 38 cm long and 17,5 cm tall.

Dimetrodon (Inpro)

2.8 (6 votes)

Enough has been said about Dimetrodon. Although it is not a dinosaur, it is among the four best-known prehistoric creatures, together with T.rex, Mammoth and “Brontosaurus”. Dimetrodon is a favourite choice of nearly every company. This seems to have a long tradition, since even Marx and Linde in the 50s and 60s released this Permian synapsid as a figure.

Apatosaurus (Bullyland Micro Tiere)

3.8 (4 votes)

By now most of you should know my preference for sometimes strange dinosaur models, alleged outsiders, often being sadly overlooked.
I would like to introduce to you the Bullyland “Micro Tiere” Apatosaurus. I don´t exactly know about the release date, even Randy Knoll´s site doesn´t give any information. But it must have been somewhere in the 90s.

Brontosaurus (Marolin / VEB Plaho)

3.4 (5 votes)

A firm from the German Democratic Republic, VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb) Plaho, released a series of highly collectable dinosaur figures in 1967. They were sold in the Museum of Sena in Thuringia, Germany until the mid-1980s. The follower firm to Plaho, Marolin, re-released them in 1990. Plaho / Marolin did not only make dinosaurs but produced the complete span from wildlife animals to domestic animals, this broad span making it something like “East German Schleich”.

Oviraptor (Papo)

2.4 (12 votes)
Papo made an Oviraptor. And they made it well. Great fuss has been made around this figure, because again a Papo figure takes that typical “love it or hate it” – attitude as a basis, which I personally highly adore. Albeit Papo´s interpretation of this late Cretaceaous Mongolian theropod turned out to be very old school, if not obsolete, many people now regard it as another Papo masterpiece.

Apatosaurus (2008, Replica-saurus by Schleich)

4.3 (10 votes)
Photos by Philsauria
Size matters. Apatosaurus is the archetypical dinosaur, probably the most famous icon of palaeontology. Many companies have released it as a figure; Schleich did it for the third time now after their 1997 Apatosaurus, who was a blue, heavy, tail-dragging behemoth with a dull mien and its somewhat better baby.

Styracosaurus Maquette by Sideshow Dinosauria

4.8 (5 votes)
Styracosaurus Maquette by Sideshow Dinosauria
Review by Scar, Photos by Jeremy Killian
There are aspects of this piece in creative interpretation which I absolutely adore, and others which I feel could have been improved upon.
Overall, I will credit SS for infusing this piece with personality. It’s not one individual aspect of the piece which serves this purpose, but the cumulative effort of the various facets, encompassing both sculpt and paint application in a marriage which results in a dinosaur that really comes alive upon close inspection.

Pachycephalosaurus (Battat)

4.7 (7 votes)
Photographs by Doug Watson, edited by Dinotoyblog
The North American marginocephalian, Pachycephalosaurus, has been reconstructed as a toy or model quite often. This review is the best example for this thesis. To put it bluntly at the beginning: The Battat Pachycephalosaurus is one of the best Pachys out there, due to its anatomical correctness, very detailed head, credible posture, and unusual paint job.

Lambeosaurus (Invicta)

5 (10 votes)

Well known Lambeosaurus from North America belongs to the classic set of cretaceous dinosaurs being reconstructed as figures.
The 1993 Invicta release is probably the best one currently available. It is the last and probably the best ambassador of the highly esteemed Invicta line. It is 19, 5 cm long and 7, 5 cm tall.

Muttaburrasaurus (Collecta)

1.9 (8 votes)
Photographs by Suspsy
Muttaburrasaurus was an iguanodontid ornithopod from the Lower Cretaceous of Australia. It was seven metres long and its hallmark was a domed snout. Scientists suggest that Muttaburrasaurus had enlarged nasal caves, some even think that it had inflatable sacs for courtship displays or sounds.

There are not many Muttaburrasaurus figures out there.

Scelidosaurus (CollectA Deluxe)

3.2 (10 votes)

Review by Libraraptor, photographs by Zachary Perry (ZoPteryx)

Scelidosaurus was a Lower Jurassic thyreophoran from England. Discovered in the middle of the 19th century in Dorset and described by Richard Owen himself, this 4 m long, bird-hipped dinosaur is standing at the changeover from small bipedal ornithopods to quadrupedal ankylosaurs or stegosaurs.

Deinonychus (AAA)

2.3 (8 votes)

Once there was a time when Theropods simply were divided into ‘Carnosaurs’ (the big ones such as Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus) and ‘Coelurosaurs’ (the smaller ones such as Coelophysis or Compsognathus). Then along came Deinonychus, an irritating new predator who did not really fit into this concept. When it was discovered in 1969, no one could guess it was the herald of a radically different approach to looking at dinosaurs, eventually leading to a new theory of bird ancestry.

Paraceratherium (Collecta)

2.8 (11 votes)
Photographs by PhilSauria
Paraceratherium, also commonly known as Indricotherium or Baluchitherium, was a genus of gigantic hornless rhinoceros-like mammals, belonging to the family of the Hyracodontidae. Their fossils have been found in many parts of Asia, including Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, and China. It lived from the middle Oligocene to the early Miocene, roughly from 30 to 20 million years ago, when this region of Asia was covered in lush subtropical forests and woodlands.
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