“It’s, it’s a dinosaur”, these were the first words uttered in Jurassic Park upon seeing the first full sized dinosaur in the film, a Brachiosaurus. We see our protagonist’s reactions first and their acting sets the tone. The music swells, building to the moment we’ve been waiting for. The animal cries its haunting call, and then the camera pans from our perspective along the animal’s body and skywards along its impossibly long neck, showing us the scale of this animal like never before.
Callovosaurus (Jurassic World: Primal Attack by Mattel)
Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy
There’s been a trend in Mattel’s Jurassic World line to not only include the various species from the films, but also ones that have only appeared in the books. This explains the inclusion of the obscure Callovosaurus, a dryosaurid known from fragmentary remains found in England.
Carcharodontosaurus (Jurassic World Dino Escape 2nd ver. by Mattel)
What makes this particular release stand out is its coloration, which contrasts starkly with the plainer pattern of the figure’s first release.
The 1990s were a stirring time for big theropod news: the crocodile-snouted spinosaur Suchomimus from Niger was described in 1998, new fragments of the now-(in)famous Spinosaurus itself were discovered in 1996 and 1998, and the gigantic Giganotosaurus was officially named in 1995.
Carcharodontosaurus (Jurassic World Dino-Escape, Mega Destroyers by Mattel)
It has been a good year for Carchorodontosaurus, as I mentioned in my review of the figure by PNSO. The PNSO figure, along with the one by GR toys, gave sophisticated collectors a fantastic, updated pair of “shark toothed lizards” to display and admire whilst sipping brandy by the fireside.
Carnotaurus “Toro” (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous by Mattel)
Review and photographs by Shenuday the Great, edited by Suspsy
By now, most dinosaur fans have probably watched the new Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Like many viewers, it seems, I was pleasantly surprised by the show. I was, of course, equally excited by the new toys being produced by Mattel for the show.
Carnotaurus (Action Attack)(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)
Back in December 2017, the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released and fan favorite Carnotaurus was there in all its glory . . . only to get wrecked by the other fan favorite from this franchise, the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Carnotaurus (Walt Disney’s Dinosaur by Mattel)
Ceratosaurus (Hammond Collection by Mattel)
Gripe all you want about Jurassic Park 3 but we must give credit where credit is due. The movie featured a diverse assortment of dinosaurs with arguably the best color schemes in the franchise. Gone were the dull grays and browns of the first two films, JP3 went wild like a kid with a coloring book and the movie was better for it, though not by much.
Ceratosaurus (Roarivores)(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)
Chialingosaurus (Jurassic World Dino-Escape, Fierce Force by Mattel)
Chialingosaurus kuani was a stegosaurian that lived 160 million years ago in China. It is one of the oldest species of stegosaurs known and would have resembled Kentrosaurus in appearance. You would be forgiven for having never heard of it, not many have. It is an obscure dinosaur known only from fragmentary remains and its inclusion in the Mattel Jurassic World toy line has me wondering if Mattel sometimes chooses their dinosaurs by picking names from a hat.
Coelurus (Jurassic World, Dino-Rivals by Mattel)
Described by O. C. Marsh in 1879, Ceolurus is known only from a single skeleton found within the Morrison formation. This benign little theropod dates back to the late Jurassic where it rubbed shoulders with the likes of Allosaurus, Stegososaurus, and Brachiosaurus. Even if you’ve never heard of Ceolurus you’ve certainly heard of coelurosauria, the taxonomic group that contains everything from Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus to hummingbirds, and all birds for that matter.
Concavenator (Jurassic World Dino Rivals, Dual Attack, by Mattel)
Well, a full year has gone by, and it’s safe to say that the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom toy line has been a success. So much so that some of the toys have won the Toy Associations best Action Figures award for 2018, which is a lot more than Hasbro’s lazy attempts from back in 2015.
Diabloceratops (Jurassic World Dino Trackers, Wild Roar by Mattel)
It’s time for our annual review of a large Mattel ceratopsian. Every year since 2018 Mattel has released one of these and they always end up being among my favorite toys from Mattel. This year it’s a Diabloceratops, part of Mattel’s Dino Trackers line. What are Dino Trackers? Beats me!
Dilophosaurus (Jurassic World: Amber Collection by Mattel)
Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy
Before the mainline sized 3.75″ Hammond Collection came onto the scene this year and became all the rage, there was the ill-fated Amber Collection, a line of figures intended for 1/12 scale collectors. After its launch in late 2019, it saw poor species diversity (too many Velociraptor figures), poor quality control, poor accuracy to the source material at times, and limited distribution globally (mostly online only), etc.