Classification: Crocodile

Armadillosuchus (Dino Mecard by Sono Kong)

3.7 (3 votes)

There are only about 22 species of crocodilians now living, but they belong to a much larger and more ecologically diverse group called Pseudosuchia. Pseudosuchia includes the living crocodiles and gharials as well as the crocodile stem-group, namely the vast array of extinct animals more closely related to crocodilians than to birds.

Dakosaurus (PNSO)

4.1 (24 votes)

Dakosaurus means “biter lizard,” a most appropriate name for any metriorhynchid. There are currently two recognized species: D. maximus from throughout Europe and D. andiniensis from Argentina. Unlike other metriorhynchids, D. andiniensis possessed a noticeably short, deep snout, which has led it to be nicknamed “Godzilla.” It is also the geologically youngest known metriorhynchid, hailing from the Early Cretaceous as well as the Late Jurassic.

Deinosuchus (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

4.2 (17 votes)
Review by Cordylus, photos by Plesiosauria
There aren’t many prehistoric crocodilian figures, but out of the very few there are, the Carnegie Collection Deinosuchus stands out.

Deinosuchus was a big alligator (well technically it wasn’t an alligator- but it was more closely related to alligators than to crocodiles) from prehistoric Texas.

Deinosuchus (Recur)

2.4 (10 votes)
Deinosuchus was a giant alligatoroid (which is NOT the same as an alligator!) that inhabited the coasts of North America around 80 to 73 million years ago. Along with Purussaurus from South America and Sarcosuchus from Africa, it’s a contender for the title of Biggest Crocodyliforme Ever.

Deinosuchus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

3.6 (7 votes)
During the Mesozoic Era, the dinosaurs were the undisputed rulers of the land. However, more watery environments were ruled by other reptilian denizens. The waterways of North America during the Cretaceous period 75 million years ago were stalked by the massive 50 foot alligator Deinosuchus. With a name that fittingly means “terrible crocodile” (although it’s actually a giant primitive alligator), Deinosuchus likely preyed on turtles, fish, and the occasional thirsty dinosaur.

Deinosuchus vs. Parasaurolophus Diorama (Dinosauria by Sideshow)

4.3 (6 votes)
Review by Dan Liebman of
Photos by Jeremy Killian
The fifth entry in Sideshow’s Dinosauria line features a predation scene like many others, yet with only a single true dinosaur. Deinosuchus vs. Parasaurolophus looks to be an almost classical depiction of violence in the natural world, the massive jaws of a monstrous crocodilian clamping down on a hapless creature that was presumably ambushed while drinking at the water’s edge.

Dino Trackers Minis (Jurassic World by Mattel)

Group shot.

4 (14 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Being a heavy collector of the Mattel Jurassic World line, it’s not often I give attention to their fantastic line of minis despite having collected a good portion of them ever since the line’s launch in 2018. In fact, this is probably my first review of these particular types of figures.

Dinosaur Boxset 2 (Toyway)

4.5 (4 votes)
Review and photos by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy
We’ve all seen them. The crude dinosaur toys that you get in small museum shops for extremely cheap prices, normally just bought by parents to keep their children quiet for a while. The last thing you’d expect is to put six of these together and sell them as a box set.

Dinosaurs Of Japan (Capsule Q Museum by Kaiyodo)

4 (6 votes)
For most of the field’s history, the bulk of paleontological research has occurred in North America, a fact reflected in the average dinosaur shelf lineup. There’s certainly no shortage of figures representing classics like Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus, while more obscure species from elsewhere in the world languish in the shadows.

Kaprosuchus (DINOSAURS by Schleich)

3.8 (16 votes)

Review and photographs by Stolpergeist, edited by Suspsy

It’s about time to look at Schleich’s 2021 releases, starting with their Kaprosuchus. The animal in question is a mahajangasuchid crocodyliform from the Late Cretaceous of Niger. The known material is restricted to the skull, so that is the part most attention has to be given when reconstructing Kaprosuchus.

Kaprosuchus (Papo)

4.7 (15 votes)
The name Kaprosuchus means ‘boar crocodile,’ and that pretty much says it all about this fantastic and frightful crocodyliform from Late Cretaceous Africa.

Papo’s 2016 Kaprosuchus figure is positively massive, far more so than I originally anticipated. It measures 22 cm long and is slightly over 10 cm tall due to its raised tail.

Kaprosuchus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

4.5 (17 votes)
Recently described in 2009, Kaprosuchus is one of the latest additions to the extensive and continuously growing roster of known toothy prehistoric devilry. And that means nothing but good things for us paleo toy fans! With a name which aptly translates to “boar crocodile” (for obvious reasons), the 20 foot Kaprosuchus was an interesting terrestrial crocodyliform from Cretaceous Africa.

Mesozoic Creatures (Tamiya)

4.5 (2 votes)
Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy
When it comes to makers of model sets, the Japanese company Tamiya should be familiar to most. From planes to light infantry, they have created a wide range of products. One of those lines, however, consists of dinosaur models.

Plesiosuchus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

4.5 (15 votes)
Metriorhynchids were fully aquatic crocodyliforms with reduced forelimbs, no osteoderms, and shark-like tail flukes for propelling themselves through the depths. Plesiosuchus, at an estimated 6.8 m long, is the largest known member of the family. Like its very distant relative the modern saltwater crocodile, this Jurassic predator probably fed on whatever it could catch, from various fish to other marine reptiles.

Postosuchus (Jurassic World Savage Strike by Mattel)

4 (10 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

The fauna of the Triassic period was highly diverse with many new branches of life, including those that would soon dominate the globe from the Mesozoic onwards, particularly the archosaurs. Early dinosaurs and pterosaurs themselves aside, perhaps one of the most popular of those Triassic era archosaurs is none other than Postosuchus, having been put in the spotlight thanks to the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series in which it featured many years ago.

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