Review and photos by EmperorDinobot, edited by Suspsy
Hello and welcome to another Beasts of the Mesozoic review by me, Emperor Dinobot! Today we shall be looking at the long awaited and exquisite 1/6 scale Psittacosaurus mongoliensis! The truth is, I have been meaning to do this review since 2020, but better late than ever, especially for a worthwhile dinosaur figure such as this one!
Psittacosaurus, the “parrot lizard” is a very early member of the broad dinosaur group Marginocephothelia which includes the horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops and also the distantly related dome-headed dinosaurs such as Pachycephalosaurus. It lived in Asia during the early Cretacious about 130 million years ago and was relatively small for a dinosaur, only about 6 feet in length.
Review by Mihnea Nicolae (aka Wildheart). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Psittacosaurus (parrot lizard) was a small ceratopsian that lived during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Eastern Asia. A number of species have been recognised so far based on the shape of their skulls and the area in which they were discovered.
Review by Amargasaurus cazaui, Edited by Gwangi
In early 2018 Schleich introduced several new models for the year, including a new Psittacosaurus. The model appears to be P. Sibiricus, and is surprisingly well done. Measuring in at just under 5 inches and over 2 inches tall at its highest point, it is a decent sized model.
Review and photos by Cretaceous Crab, edited by Suspsy
This time around, I have the pleasure of reviewing one of my favorite dinosaur toys as a kid: the Psittacosaurus from Playskool’s Definitely Dinosaurs line. I remember carrying this one around everywhere. Of course, in those days, we didn’t think too much on saving toys that may be considered vintage or “collectible” decades later, so when I got old enough not to play with toys (as if!
The more I go into the DinoWaurs Survival line, the more I love the diversity of it. It’s not just the giants and often repeated species like Tyrannosaurus, but everything from Permian synapsids to plesiosaurs. Another thing I like is that they give the smaller species a chance to shine, such as today’s subject: Psittacosaurus, a genus so common that it is used as a bio marker in stratigraphy.
This is the third ‘first’ for the Dinosaur Toy Blog this week. Having earlier cast our eye over Wenno and Timpo toys, this next review is prompted by a discussion on the Dinotoyforum about Funrise. Funrise were founded in 1987 and still seem to be going strong today (http://www.funrise.com), although dinosaurs apparently left their repertoire a long time ago.
Review and Photographs by Amargasaurus cazaui, edited by Gwangi
Starlux began in France, in 1945, producing small miniatures of soldiers and animals. In the late sixties and early seventies several launches were done of various prehistoric mammals, dinosaurs, and other animals, as well as prehistoric man.
The set is composed of 85 prehistoric animals and 13 prehistoric humans.
Review and photos by amargasaurus cazaui, edited by Suspsy
In 2005, a fossil specimen surfaced at the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show that would soon set the world of paleontology on end. The slab, containing a single specimen of Psittacosaurus, had been preserved in such a way that it would soon yield a treasure trove of scientific firsts, new information, and depth to our understanding of this species.
Review and images by Aldon Spencer, edited by Suspsy
What Australian dinosaur has something in common with Horace Walpole and Arthur C. Clarke? The answer is Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei. This dubious dinosaur is based upon a single ulna discovered by Tom Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich in 1993 while digging at Dinosaur Cove, an Early Cretaceous sediment belonging to the Wonthaggi formation near Kilcunda, Victoria, Australia.
Time for another journey to the world of true minatures, and smaller they rarely get. German forum member MIXVS MINIMAX currently works on his interpretation of Giraffatitan, here however I want to introduce you to two of his smaller creations. The Velociraptor and Protoceratops regarded here are not two pieces in one set but are sold seperately.
Discovered in 1971, the “Fighting Dinosaurs” fossil is particularly special, as it preserved two dinosaurs apparently in a literal fight to the death. Because of this, the combatants, Protoceratops and Velociraptor, have joined the most legendary dinosaur rivalries. You’d be hard-pressed to find a piece of paleoart that doesn’t depict the two going at each other.
The Destruct-A-Saurs line of figures is yet another reminder of how controversial the distribution for Mattel’s Jurassic World figures has been. They were originally to be exclusive to Toys R Us (in the United States at least), and with the stores closing nationwide, it is no surprise these would soon seem hard to get for those in the States, let alone elsewhere.
This modestly-sized (and priced) action figure is a fine representative of the detailed and stylish designs featured in David Silva’s spectacular Ceratopsian series.
I first heard of Zuniceratops a good 20 years ago, when Discovery Channel’s documentary special When Dinosaurs Roamed America aired on television. Ranging from 2.2-3.5 meters in length – equivalent of a modern sheep to a (short) cow – the “Zuni horned face” was on the smaller side compared to its relatives at the end of the Cretaceous; however in Turonian-age New Mexico (94-89 million years ago) it was probably one of the largest herbivores in its environment.
With the release of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Ceratopsian line, I wanted to look back at other attempts to recreate these marginocephalians. And who better to look at how not to do them then Geoworld. I have reviewed one of their Ceratopsians before, and was less than impressed.