Classification: Ichthyosaur

Review: Carnotaurus with Ichthyosaurus (Jurassic World Hero Mashers by Hasbro)

2.5 (17 votes)
Time for a second helping of Hero Mashers! This time we’ll be looking at Carnotaurus, the mighty “meat-eating bull” of South America, and Ichthyosaurus, the English “fish lizard” that helped make Mary Anning a legend among paleontologists.

The Carnotaurus is made up of ten parts.

Review: Eurhinosaurus (Prehistoric Animal Models by PNSO)

4.6 (18 votes)
During the Toarcian age of the Lower Jurassic, early sauropods like Tazoudasaurus and early thyreophorans like Emausaurus were walking around on land. In the ocean, hildoceratid and dactylioceratid ammonites, plesiosaurs, and marine crocodiles were swimming around. It was also the heyday of ichthyosaurs, one of which was the large, long-snouted Eurhinosaurus longirostris (loosely, “long-beaked lizard well-equipped in the nose department”).

Review: Excalibosaurus (CollectA)

4.7 (12 votes)

Excalibosaurus lived during the early Jurassic about 190 million years ago and at 22 feet (7 meters) long, it was a decent sized fellow.  Looking much like a modern sword fish, it was named after the sword Excalibur of Autherian legend.  This marine reptile is characterized by the extreme elongation of the rostrum, in which the lower jaw is a quarter shorter in length then the upper jaw.   

Review: Himalayasaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

3.6 (8 votes)
Review and photos by Lanthanotus, edited by Suspsy
Just recently, the Chinese company PNSO stirred the DinoToyBlog community with the release of their first dinosaur (and some not so “dinosaur”) figures, especially because they became available via Amazon, thereby lowering the costs and challenges of overseas deals by a good share.

Review: Ichthyosaur (Playful Home)

4 (5 votes)
Most kids love dinosaurs, this is a fact. Other prehistoric creatures too but as we know many non-dinosaurs are still called dinosaurs, so the umbrella term here is dinosaurs. Kids love dinosaurs. Most adults however end up losing this interest, it’s a shame really. Who decided that dinosaurs were kid stuff anyway?

Review: Ichthyosaurus (2010) (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

4.8 (16 votes)
Review and photos by Dr Andre Mursch (“Brontodocus”). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Ichthyosaurus is one of the most iconic fossil marine reptiles, being a milestone in vertebrate paleontology since it was discovered by Mary Anning, and it was subject of a German poem about the lower Jurassic (“Der Ichthyosaurus” by Viktor von Scheffel, 1856).
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Review: Ichthyosaurus (Invicta)

4.8 (13 votes)
Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the last Invicta model that needed a review on this very blog. Over the past decade or two, these models have been a staple for our community as they are the very first museum quality scale prehistoric models to ever hit store shelves.

Review: Ichthyosaurus (Wild Safari Prehistoric World, by Safari Ltd)

4.6 (19 votes)

It was a hot July day. To beat the heat and to stay cool I headed off to a nearby creek to sit by the water. I found a tall tree by the water and walked into the shade. I slumped back onto the trunk, closed my eyes, and let my bare feet extend past the bank and dangle over the water.

Review: Ichthyosaurus-Leptonectes(Stuttgart NHM, by Bullyland)

4.3 (4 votes)

Ichthyosaurs are a well known extinct marine reptile.  They first appeared in the Triassic, became very diverse by the Jurassic, and then disappeared during the Cretaceous.  The ichthyosaur fossil record is well known and abundant with over 102 valid species.  They have been considered a great example of convergent evolution, especially since many people compare them to dolphins and tunas. 

Review: Magnetic Jurassic Sea Creatures (Geoworld)

3.9 (7 votes)

Most of us, if we’re familiar with Italian toy company Geoworld, are familiar with the extensive “Jurassic Hunters” line of dinosaur and Cenozoic mammal figures, or perhaps the “Jurassic Action” line of articulated figures. Many collectors have a low opinion of these figures due to their crude sculpts, uncredited accompanying artwork, or garish paint jobs.

Review: Ophthalmosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by, PNSO)

3.1 (8 votes)
Kids perspective by, William and Erin

By day the squid lurk in the deep waters were only the brave dive into the unknown. It is in these murky depths were they hide from the predators above. When the sun goes down and the moon arrives they come up from down below to the surface to feed. 

Review: Ophthalmosaurus (Mini)(Chap Mei)

4.3 (10 votes)
Ophthalmosaurus is one of the more recognizable ichthyosaurs thanks to its enormous eyes, which, at approximately 23 cm in diameter, rivalled those of the much larger Temnodontosaurus. Such peepers would have ideal for hunting squid in the depths of the Jurassic seas, or spotting dangerous predators such as Liopleurodon.

Review: Ophthalmosaurus (Scientific Art Sculpture by PNSO)

4 (17 votes)

Review and images by PhilSauria, edited by Suspsy

As if we didn’t know, PNSO is back! So too are the BIG figures that they made their name with and had collectors sitting up and taking notice. Of the five new figures available to buy since they’ve sorted out their behind-the-scenes issues and returned to retail, two are in the upper size range and the rest in the middle range of their releases.

Review: Opththalmosaurus (Walking with Dinosaurs by Toyway)

4.7 (9 votes)
Toyway produced a set of 11 dinosaur figures for their now out of production Walking with Dinosaurs line. This number includes the pterosaur Ornithocheirus, which was only available as a magazine give-away and is thus almost impossible to find. For this reason many collectors consider a WWD set complete even without the pterosaur. 

Review: Prehistoric Animals (Panini, review part 2)

Panini prehistoric animals and dinosaur toys

4.2 (9 votes)
In part 1 of this review we looked at 12 dinosaur toys (and one pterosaur) from Panini’s Prehistoric Animals line. In part 2 we pick up where we left off to complete the full set of 24 toys.

Figure numbers 13 to 15 are a trio of marine reptiles, and their dark blue colour works very well for aquatic animals.

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