Category: invertebrate

Ammonit (Bullyland)

As promised, here’s the follow up to the recent Bullyland “Belemnit” review, another take of German company Bullyland to prehistoric molluscs. Another, you’d ask? Yes, while most toy companies do not bother with prehistoric molluscs at all or just did so very recently (as Safari, Schleich or CollectA), Bullyland dashed out this, said “Belemnit” and …

Ammonite (Bullyland)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy Ammonites are one of the most iconic of all fossil groups. Once thought to be snakes turned to stone in medieval times, these ancient cephalopods are known throughout the world, and are important fossils for many purposes, especially in dating as they are exceptional index fossils. Despite …

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 …

Ammonoid (Paleozoic Pals by Jaag Plush)

First off, just to get it out of the way, this is not an ammonite. This is an ammonoid, the broader group to which ammonites belong. While ammonites lived through the Jurassic and Cretaceous the group ammonoidea first appeared 400 million years ago in the Devonian. Thus, here we have a plush ammonoid, not an …

Ancient Fossils (Toob by Safari Ltd)

Of all the product lines offered by stalwart manufacturer Safari Ltd, the “Toob®” line gives them the freest rein to explore unusual taxa. I’m personally fondest of the Toobs that furnish small versions of small animals that might scale well with Safari’s full-size figurines. We’ve reviewed some of their most interesting Toobs featuring “alive” animals …

Anomalocaris (Favorite Co. Ltd.)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy Imagine the weirdest alien you can think of. Give it as many tentacles, eyes, and other appendages as you like, but chances are they still aren’t as strange as anything from the Ediacaran or Cambrian Period, especially the latter. The Cambrian Explosion created some of the weirdest …

Anomalocaris (Sono Kong)

Review and photos by bmathison1972, edited by Suspsy This is a review of the Anomalocaris figure in the Dino Mecard line by the Korean company Sono Kong, in conjunction with Choirock. Figures in this line appear to be based on a TV show and corresponding card game, similar to Dinosaur King or Pokemon. I must …

Anomalocaris (The Great Old Sea by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and photos by bmathison1972, edited by Suspsy Today we are looking at Anomalocaris canadensis from the 2020 Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. set called The Great Old Sea. It is one of three figures in the set; the others being the trilobite Olenoides serratus and a coelacanth (which I presume is extant?). This is not the first review of Anomalocaris on the …

Anomalocaris (Yowie)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy For my first review, I will be reviewing the Yowie Anomalocaris. Anomalocaris was one of the largest creatures of its time, growing up to around 1 meter long (or 3.2 feet), and is one of the many species preserved in the Burgess Shale. It lived during the …

Arthropleura (Paleo-Creatures)

Review and photographs by bmathison1972, edited by Dinotoyblog Arthropleura armata is an extinct species of millipede that lived in North America and Europe during the Carboniferous Period. Millipede figures are rare in toy/model/figure form, and if you have all your fingers intact, you can count on one hand the number of such figures available! Today, …

Belemnite (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 …

Cambrian Creatures Mini Model Collection (Favorite Co. Ltd.)

Review and photos by bmathison1972, edited by Suspsy Today, we will be looking at an overview of the Cambrian Creatures Mini Model collection released by Favorite Co. Ltd. in 2016. It consists of eight smaller models representing primarily Cambrian invertebrates along with one chordate. All the species presented have been found in the Burgess Shale …

Cambrian Life Toob (Safari Ltd.)

Review and photos by Stemturtle, edited by Plesiosauria. Wonderful ‘toob’! New for 2013, this collection illustrates the explosion of new animal phyla in the Cambrian Period, from 541 to 485 million years ago. The eight toys in this set are well-sculpted, good-sized, and colorful. Safari Ltd lists the range of sizes as 1.5” (4 cm) …

Dickinsonia (‘Giant Disc Jelly’) (Yowie and the Lost Kingdoms Series A)

Review and Pictures by Nicholas Anning (“Brontozaurus”). Edited by Plesiosauria. Today on the Dinosaur Toy Blog, we’re going further back in time than we’ve evergone before. To a time when dinosaurs, and the humans who collect toys of them, were not even a gleam in the eyes of some primitive organism-assuming it had eyes to …

Dimetrodon (Revell/Prehistoric scenes by Aurora)

Aurora seemed to be quite an interesting line. Though showing most of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in the form of movie monsters, they still provide great figures with articulation and scenery to match. Their models were later reissued by Revell, allowing people to get a selection of their models again. Here, we look …