All reviews by Suspsy

Abelisaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Abelisaurus, which joins the distinguished likes of Ankylosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Mosasaurus, Plesiosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex in having an entire group of animals named after it, is presently known from only an incomplete skull. But based on what we have learned about other abelisaurs such as Rajasaurus, Majungasaurus, and, of course, Carnotaurus, we have a reasonably …

Albertosaurus (Jurassic World: Massive Biters by Mattel)

Repaints have been a mainstay of every single Jurassic Park and Jurassic World toyline since the very beginning, but retools are much less common. Probably the most famous and popular retool is the 2009 Tyrannosaurus rex by Hasbro that was created using Kenner’s Lost World Bull from more than a decade earlier. And one of the most …

Alioramus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Alioramus was one of the smaller tyrannosaurids to have arisen and thrived during the Late Cretaceous period. Mind you, the only known specimens thus far are juveniles and subadults, so just how big an adult could grow to be is unknown. Along with Qianzhousaurus, it appears to be part of a distinct branch of the …

Alioramus (Jurassic World: Wild Pack by Mattel)

By now, I think it truly is safe and reasonable to say that Mattel has done better with the Jurassic Park license than any other company. Granted, outshining Hasbro was hardly difficult given what a substandard job they did, but what about Kenner? They may no longer around, but back in the glory days of …

Allosaurus (Pencil Sharpener by Unknown Company)

Dinosaur products extend far beyond the familiar realms of CollectA, Papo, Safari, and other such companies. From clothing to cereals to shower heads, there’s not much our prehistoric pals can’t sell. Today I’ll be reviewing an Allosaurus that keeps my pencils nice and sharp. I’ve had this sharpener since I was a small child, but …

Allosaurus (Prehistoric Scenes by Aurora)

Prehistoric Scenes is a line of model kits made by a company called Aurora between 1971 and 1975. Rather than having to use glue, one needed only to snap the many pieces together. Moreover, these massive models boasted quite a good bit of articulation. They have been reissued by Monogram and Revell many times over …

Amargasaurus (Terra Series by Battat)

If one were to compile a top ten list of unusual sauropods, Amargasaurus would have to be on it. At only 9 or 10 metres in length, it was a far cry from colossal relatives like Argentinosaurus and Dreadnoughtus. Moreover, it had two parallel rows of spines running down the length of its neck and …

American Mastodon (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

The American mastodon, Mammut americanum, is one of the very best-known prehistoric mammals. Many complete skeletons have been found throughout the North American continent, from this one-tusked male at the Royal Ontario Museum to this female and calf from the La Brea Tar Pits of California. And yet the mighty mastodon has been largely overlooked …

Ammonite (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

The shelled cephalopods known as ammonites first appeared in the Devonian and then flourished all the way to the very end of the Cretaceous. They came in a wide variety of shapes and they ranged in size from ones you could hold in your palm to ones with shells measuring more than two metres in …

Ampelosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

Ampelosaurus was a relatively small sauropod that lived in Europe during the Late Cretaceous. To protect itself against predators, this titanosaur’s back was covered in an impressive array of armoured osteoderms. Meet Lans, the little Ampelosaurus from PNSO. He measures about 9.5 cm long, although he’d be longer if his tail were held out straight …

Andrewsarchus (CollectA)

Andrewsarchus mongoliensis could be thought of as the mammalian equivalent of Spinosaurus in that it was a gigantic carnivore known only from scant remains. Namely, a single skull discovered in Mongolia by the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews in 1923. Once thought to have been a mesonychid, Andrewsarchus has since been determined to be an artiodactyl, …

Ankylosaurus (CollectA)

With its wide muzzle and tiny, leaf-shaped teeth, Ankylosaurus, like the rest of its family, was clearly a herbivore? Or was it? In the summer of 2015, a study of its close Asian relative Pinacosaurus concluded that the animal possessed a long, prehensile tongue that it used to pluck and scoop up not only vegetation, …

Ankylosaurus (Deluxe by CollectA)

As the enemy approaches, the gladiator swings his heavy club from side to side, stamps his foot, and growls defiantly. The tyrannosaur is huge and hungry, but the gladiator has fought many battles and sent many would-be killers limping away bloody and broken. He is ready for this one. Have at it! Despite being the …

Ankylosaurus (Jurassic World by Hasbro)

For better or worse, Jurassic World toys are upon us. And while most of them, frankly, look worse to me, the iconic Ankylosaurus looked somewhat better. This “fused lizard” measures 16 cm long and is just under 13 cm tall including the raised tail. Main colours are raw umber and khaki with black and brown …

Ankylosaurus (Jurassic World Hero Mashers by Hasbro)

We’ve looked at an Ultra set, we’ve looked at a Deluxe set, and now it’s time to look at a Basic Jurassic World Hero Mashers Set. Specifically, that iconic walking battle tank, Ankylosaurus magniventris. The Ankylosaurus is made up of seven parts. The main colours are mustard yellow and cerulean blue with light blue eyes, …