Review and images by bmathison1972; edited by Suspsy
In 2023, CollectA added Anomalocaris canadensis to its growing collection of Paleozoic invertebrates, following fellow arthropod Redlichia and mollusks Passaloteuthis, Pleuroceras, Orthoceras, Cooperoceras, and Pravitoceras (not to mention an extant nautilus and horseshoe crab). At this point A. canadensis probably doesn’t need much of an introduction on the Blog (I myself have reviewed it three times previously).
CollectA’s 2012 Argentinosaurus stands 18 cm tall and measures 22 cm long.
Released by CollectA in 2014, this Arsinoitherium toy measures just about 18.5 cm long from the tips of its horns to the end of its tail.
CollectA’s lineup for 2011 featured a good handful of obscure dinosaurs for us collectors to be excited about. Being an Australian however, one creature on that list got me into a fan boy frenzy. That creature would be none other than good old Australovenator wintonensis.
Review and photos by Bokisaurus
As far as uniqueness and spectacular ornamentation, Amargasaurus has held the distinction among sauropods as the one that stood out the most.But a recently discovered is about to challenge that title, and prove that there are many more bizarre dinosaurs out there just waiting to be discovered.
The badlands of Patagonia are today one of the world’s hot spot for new and unique dinosaur discoveries.In 2010 Argentine scientist discovered fossil remains of a medium size sauropod.
Baryonyx (2019)(Deluxe by CollectA)
Review and photographs by Patrx
To me, Baryonyx is the quintessential British dinosaur. Perhaps a more classic taxon like Iguanodon or Megalosaurus really deserves the top spot, but there’s something about Baryonyx that stands out in my mind as inescapably British, and I think this is very likely to do with the fact that, for a long time, the best Baryonyx toy available was the classic monochrome rendition produced by Invicta Plastics for the British Museum.
Baryonyx (CollectA standard figure)
Review and photos by Bokisaurus
One of the most famous dinosaurs from Europe, Baryonyx ( Baryonyx walkeri), has seen its fame continues to rise through the decades, and will continue no doubt. It even made an appearance in the hugely successful Jurassic park franchise, a testament to its fame.
Baryonyx, means “heavy claw”, is a genus of Spinosaurus from the Early Cretaceous of England.The holotype is one of the most complete theropod skeletons ever found and is often used to guide scientist when restoring other less complete members of the Spinosaurus clan.I think there is enough review of this species on the blog that covers some of its fascinating history, so I will be skipping most of that and instead focus on the figure.
Baryonyx (Deluxe by CollectA)
While there is no shortage of Baryonyx figures available if you are looking to add one to your collection, this guy and most of his relatives tend to be overshadowed by the species that gave their family its name: Spinosaurus. That was an unusual dinosaur that would have attracted attention anyhow, but really had its profile raised thanks to its appearance in a certain movie franchise.
Basilosaurus ( CollectA)
Happy New Year everyone! this will be my first review for 2019!
Back in the late Eocene, the world’s oceans were a much warmer, shallower than they are today. If you took a stroll along the beach back then, you may think that you have stepped into some hidden tropical paradise somewhere in the tropical pacific.
Beishanlong (Deluxe by CollectA)
Roaming the Early Cretaceous plains of what would one day become China was the giant Beishanlong grandis. A fairly recent addition to the growing flock of feathered dinosaurs, Beishanlong was only discovered in 2006.
Beishanlong belonged to the group of dinosaurs called ornithomimosaurs, more commonly known as the ostrich mimic dinosaurs.
Belemnite (Prehistoric World by CollectA)
CollectA has long been at the forefront of producing obscure toys of prehistoric animals but by and large they’ve all been tetrapods; four legged vertebrates and their descendants. This includes a variety of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, marine reptiles, and mammals. But this year CollectA has raised the bar and released four prehistoric invertebrate figures: a trilobite (Redlichia rex), Orthoceras, Pleuroceras ammonite, and a belemnite.
In stark contrast to 2013’s lethargic Daspletosaurus, the 2014 CollectA Bistahieversor is sculpted in a dynamic action pose.