Before we sink our teeth into a toy that is based upon one of the most exciting fossil discoveries ever made, I have a few thanks to give out. First I would like to thank CollectA for supplying this sample and its continuing support to the writers at the Dinosaur Toy Blog. I also would like to thank Suspsy, who has made this review possible.
CollectA AR (which I presume stands for “augmented reality”) is the company’s venture into the seemingly infinite world of apps for your mobile phone or tablet. It consists of twelve blindpacked miniatures: the Baryonyx, Diplodocus, Mosasaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus rex from Prehistoric Tube A and the Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Velociraptor from Tube B.
In this review, I am going back to the mid-2000’s, to a time when Collecta was not the producer of high quality models they are now. They weren’t even called Collecta, but Procon. Many know of the fairly awful examples put out by the company then, but I am going to review one of the figures that showed genuine potential.
It isn’t easy to find a respectable range of dinosaur toys in brick and mortar establishments these days.
In 1978 (the same year I was born), the fossil remains of a hadrosauriform dinosaur were discovered at Brighstone Bay on the Isle of Wight. The remains were sent to the British Museum of Natural History (now the Natural History Museum) in London and declared to be those of the famous Iguanodon.
Brontosaurus is an animal with a history plagued by a series of bouts of mistaken identity with the earlier named Apatosaurus since its naming in 1879 by Othniel Charles Marsh, the 1905 mount at the American Museum of Natural History being given the wrong skull (based on Camarasaurus, a species that was itself also known for a time by another name, Morosaurus), and the mount given a name plate that said ‘Brontosaurus.’ We have Henry Fairfield Osborn to thank for those last two decisions.
One of the very first ornithopods I ever learned about as a small child was Camptosaurus, a mid-sized member of the iguanodontian clade hailing from Late Jurassic North America. Due to its utter lack of horns, spikes, and armour, it has long been depicted in books and museum displays as “stock fodder,” either fleeing from or being eaten alive by the merciless Allosaurus.
Review and photos by Bokisaurus
Hello dinofans, and welcome to another review! I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying spring. Today we will review one of 2019’s new figure from CollectA. Enjoy.
Since making its film debut in Disney’s animated movie Dinosaur way back in 2001, Carnotaurus’s popularity have soared, in fact so much so that it is now among the most famous dinosaur of all times.
At this point I think it’s fair to say that a new large-format pterosaur is among the highlights of CollectA’s new figure announcements. They don’t quite come every year, but they do seem to be coming more frequently. This year’s choice was one of the earliest pterosaurs, the peculiar Caviramus schesaplanensis from the Rhaetian (Late Triassic) of what would become Eurasia.
The first specimen of Caviramus was only a broken lower jaw which showed evidence of heavy teeth and an unusually low joint.