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

4.4 (10 votes)

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?).

Review: Brachiosaurus (ANIA/Animal Adventure by Takara Tomy)

4 (9 votes)

Brachiosaurus marks the fourth prehistoric animal Takara Tomy produced for their Animal Adventure (ANIA) line, following Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. The figure is a decent – if unremarkable – depiction of the long-necked giant, which I think it’s safe to say has eclipsed Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus as the default iconic sauropod.

Review: Dinosaur Colosseum (2019 release by Takara Tomy)

2.4 (45 votes)

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Takara Tomy is a prolific toy manufacturer which has produced a number of dinosaur-related toys in the past. Most of these toys have been released under the ANIA (sometimes “Animal Adventure”) line, but some have received more unique lines of their own.

Review: Eternal lost breeds, Extinct animal (Takara Tomy A.R.T.S)

5 (7 votes)

Despite the progress we have made as a species, there is one fact we cannot change: extinction is forever. As a result of our hubris, many spectacular species have been wiped from the face of the earth. Takara have created quite an exquisite set, showing a selection of the species that have been lost of the centuries, each with a stand stating scientific names and year of extinction.

Review: Fukuiraptor (ANIA by Takara Tomy)

3.5 (18 votes)

Review and photographs by Brontozaurus, edited by Suspsy

I recently visited the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (FPDM) while on a trip in Japan. The museum is located near the Kitadani Formation, where many of Japan’s dinosaur species have been found and described. It was well worth it, but even before I got to the FPDM, I was encountering Japanese dinosaurs in toy stores.

Review: Fukuisaurus (ANIA by Takara Tomy)

4.6 (7 votes)

Today I venture into uncharted waters and review a figure by a company I’ve never covered, or bought products by, before. Although I’ve long been aware of Takara Tomy, they’re a Japanese company, making their offerings somewhat difficult to get in the U.S. Also, since their prehistoric figures mostly cover well known genera, or represent Jurassic World animals, they also just weren’t of much interest to me.

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Review: Futabasaurus (Animal Adventure by Takara Tomy)

2.3 (4 votes)
Review and photographs by Takama, edited by Dinotoyblog
Futabasaurus was an elasmosaurid plesiosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Japan. It has become one of the country’s favorite prehistoric animals to create in figure form. Look at almost any Japanese dinosaur toy line and you’re likely to find a Futabasaurus in the mix.

Review: Isla Nublar Decisive Battle Set (ANIA by Takara Tomy)

4.4 (20 votes)

Review and photos by Zim, edited by Suspsy

June 12, 2015 was the day the Jurassic Park series was revived with a new film called Jurassic World. It features a revamped park along with many new species, including Dimorphodon, Mosasaurus, and a new hybrid, along with old favourites like Tyrannosaurus.

Review: Smilodon with Neanderthal (ANIA by Takara Tomy)

4.6 (20 votes)

The majority of items in my prehistoric collection are purchased online. Schleich abounds at several brick and mortar stores in my neck of the woods, but I’m not a huge consumer of their wares. Safari Ltd. products are sold at Michael’s and the local natural history museum, but the assortment is always woefully limited.

Review: Spinosaurus (Animal Adventure/ANIA by Takara Tomy)

3 (11 votes)

Review and photos by Charles Peckham, edited by Suspsy

Depictions of Spinosaurus have undergone massive changes since Nizar Ibrahim published his famous 2014 reconstruction. It’s a fairly popular dinosaur and it has many toys available, but almost all of them show a bipedal animal with a half circle-shaped sail on its back.

Review: Stegosaurus (Animal Adventure/ANIA by Takara Tomy)

3.5 (6 votes)
Takara’s figure is a pleasant little rendition of the roofed reptile and a compliment to its fellow dinosaurs from the same line. It’s no surprise that Takara Tomy opted to include the “roofed reptile” as the third prehistoric entry to their Animal Adventure (sometimes branded ANIA) toy line.

Review: Triceratops (Animal Adventure/ANIA by Takara Tomy)

2.5 (4 votes)
Triceratops is one of those dinosaurs too iconic for manufacturers to leave out of any toy line, yet it’s one of the genera that can easily fall victim to old stereotypes. This review covers Takara Tomy’s take on the classic three-horned face, which reflects some of these ups and downs of the dinosaur’s media depictions.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (Animal Adventure by Takara Tomy)

2.3 (7 votes)
Review and photographs by Takama, edited by Dinotoyblog
Following up on my previous review, now I’ll look at the second Animal Adventure by Takara Tomy toy in my collection: the Tyrannosaurus rex. This dinosaur needs no introduction so let’s just get on with the review!
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