Category: Kaiyodo

Acanthostega (Dinotales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

The murky pond lays silently in the riparian forest of the Late Devonian, 365 mya. Dragonfly like insects soar and hunt for smaller airborne relatives, their quiet buzzing is the only sound disturbing the lethargic scene. A pair of those hunters engages is their distinct mating ritual, the “heart”. Abruptly they land on a small …

Acrocanthosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

Acrocanthosaurus, in my opinion, is one of the coolest theropods ever. Many companies have tried and failed at creating a replica of this peculiar dinosaur, so it’s nice to see a respectable replica of one. This review will be focusing on kaiyodos attempt. As for Acrocanthosaurus itself, it lived in the early Cretaceous of North America, alongside some other …

Acrocanthosaurus Skeleton (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

While most of us prefer to collect dinosaur figures representing living animals there is something to be said about skeletal reconstructions as well. After all, we don’t really know what most dinosaurs looked like, almost everything we know about them comes from the ancient bones we’ve dug up and reassembled. Dinosaur reconstructions require a great …

Allosaurus (Dinotales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

Kaiyodo Dinotales – despite their significance and popularity amongst collectors, the famous Japanese series still lacks a lot of reviews on the blog. I myself own several figures still to be reviewed, but my collection is far from being complete. If you have not seen a Dinotales model in person yet, go get one of …

Allosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales 1:20 Collection)

A couple years back I put together a poll on the Dinosaur Toy Forum with the goal of compiling a top ten list of the best Allosaurus toys ever produced. It was no small task, up until the 1990’s the Allosaurus only played second fiddle to Tyrannosaurus in the popularity contest. Since then other theropods …

Anchiceratops (Dinotales Series 7 by Kaiyodo)

Anchiceratops was a large ceratopsian that lived during the late Cretaceous in what is now Canada. Like its relative, Chasmosaurus, Anchicratops is characterized by possessing a large frill complete with two large openings called finestre to prevent the skull from being too heavy. When if comes to scientific accuracy, Kaiyodo did a lovely job with …

Anchiceratops (Kaiyodo Dinoland Natural History)

Review and photos by Bokisaurus Part 4 of Kaiyodo Dinoland Natural History review series Anchiceratops is one of those dinosaurs that seems to have been forgotten in today’s popular culture. Despite being large and having a unique frill, you don’t really hear much about it, let alone see it in documentaries about dinosaurs, or even …

Apatosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

Formerly known as Brontosaurus, Apatosaurus is perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognizable dinosaurs. Such fame and popularity guarantees its presence in many dinosaur toy lines. However, most of these figures tend to be on the larger side, and some of them are not quite accurate, with the hands often being inaccurate. The …

Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinoland Natural History Collection)

Review and photos by Bokisaurus Part 5 – the conclusion of the the five -part Kaiyodo Dinoland Natural History review series. The name Brontosaurus is one of the classic and most famous dinosaur names in the world. For many, the name Brontosaur is synonymous with sauropods in general. It is a name that’s engrained deep …

Archelon (Dinotales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

Review and photos by Charles Peckham, edited by Suspsy Sea turtles. Seeing them majestically soar through the water with their stoic yet playful expression can inspire awe in any observer. Who doesn’t love them? Well, I suppose jellyfish don’t. And some crustaceans. And seagrass. You get it. The point is, sea turtles are amazingly easy …

Australopithecus (Paranthropus) boisei (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 2)

Toys and figurines representing early hominins and human evolution in general are rare in this hobby. The few that do exist by the likes of Safari, Bullyland, and CollectA are usually poorly sculpted and poorly researched, either looking like caveman stereotypes or generic upright monkeys. If anyone was to tackle this significant group of animals …

Axelrodichthys (Dinotales Series 1 by Kaiyodo)

When you hear the term “living fossil,” one of the first examples you’re likely to think of is the coelacanth. Fossil coelacanths were first described over 160 years ago, and their fossil record spans the Mesozoic, even reaching back to the Devonian. That means coelacanths have been on Earth for more than twice as long …

Bothriolepis (Kaiyodo)

Review and photographs by Tim Sosa Some of the commonest vertebrates on earth during the Devonian period were the antiarchs, a group of armored fishes that lived all over the world while the ancestors of you, me, and Triceratops were just barely starting to crawl out of the water. Despite their abundance, they went extinct …

Brachiosaurus (Dinotales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

Ah, Dinotales. You either love them, or you’re wrong. Although tiny, their finely-sculpted, pointy and brittle nature ensures that they are inherently unsuitable for use as toys; it also means that they combine the two desirable traits of being attractive and compact (particularly handy for the more fanatical collector who’s running out of space). This …

Camarasaurus (Dinotales Series 7, by Kaiyodo)

Review and photos by DinoLord Camarasaurus was the most common sauropod in the Morrison Formation, which is mainly distributed in present day Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Many different fossils have been found, including some complete and even fully articulated specimens, so it is surprising that this dinosaur isn’t made more often in toy form. The …