Classification: Reptile (other)

Review: Archelon (Favorite Co. Ltd.)

4.6 (11 votes)

Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy.

Too often, I see people dismiss Archelon as “just a large sea turtle.” Understandably, this makes many toy companies shy away from producing figures of it, since any modern sea turtle figure could be used as a substitute if that were really the case.

Review: Arizonasaurus (The World of Dinosaurs by Bullyland)

4.6 (14 votes)
Arizonasaurus was a 12 foot long, predatory, long legged Rauisuchian related to modern crocodilians, and it was a top predator in the lower Triassic ecosystem of yep, you guessed it, Arizona roughly 240 million years ago. The name translates simply to “Arizona reptile”. Although to a layperson Arizonsaurus and other Rauisuchians may resemble dinosaurs, they were not.

Review: Atopodentatus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

3.7 (19 votes)

Review and photos by Ravonium, edited by Suspsy

In 2014, a group of Chinese paleontologists working in Yunnan Province discovered a near complete skeleton of Atopodentatus, a new genus (and likely, lineage) of Sauropterygia (the main group of Mesozoic marine reptiles) with an odd and somewhat creepy skull unlike that of any other known vertebrate.

Review: Atopodentatus (Prehistoric Animal Models by PNSO)

PNSO Atopodentatus head

4.5 (32 votes)

The Middle Triassic began a mere five million years after the end-Permian extinction. On land, forests had finally staggered back from the destruction. Insects, mammal relatives, and sauropsids started to diversify into new–or sometimes rediscovered–morphologies. In the oceans, ray-finned fishes and coelacanths thrived, and some sauropsids returned to the sea.

Review: Batrachotomus (The World of Dinosaurs by Bullyland)

4.4 (10 votes)
Batrachotomus was a primitive basal rauisuchian, which were a group of crocodile-like archosaurs adapted to a strictly terrestrial lifestyle, and were the dominant predators of the Triassic. Batrachotomus existed around 235 million years ago during the Ladinian Age of the Middle Triassic, and is considered by many paleontologists to be an early form of the more widely recognized rauisuchian genus Postosuchus.

Review: Brachiosaurus (Playmobil)

3.7 (12 votes)
The ground is shaking. Is it an earthquake? No, it’s just Brachiosaurus! This gentle giant is hungry and looking for his favourite fruit tree.

Not surprisingly, the Brachiosaurus is HUGE. It stands nearly 27 cm tall and measures 51 cm long, making it the largest animal figure in any Playmobil line.

Review: Deinonychus and Velociraptors (Playmobil)

3 (11 votes)
The Velociraptor pack has come across an unguarded nest of eggs. But a hungry Deinonychus has also found the nest, and he’s not in the mood to share!

The Playmobil Deinonychus is a small figure, standing only up to 9 cm tall and measuring 14 cm long.

Review: Dimetrodon (Playmobil)

4 (9 votes)
Much to the delight of fans, Playmobil brought back its dinosaurs line in 2013. Although most of the prehistoric creatures were recolours from 2007, there were some new ones as well. These included the familiar and ferocious Dimetrodon.

The Dimetrodon measures a good 17 cm long and is 9 cm tall including the sail.

Review: Dino Trackers Minis (Jurassic World by Mattel)

Group shot.

4 (22 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.

Review: Dodo and Coelurosauravus (Primeval by Character Options)

3.8 (8 votes)

When it comes to TV shows, a chance to make merchandise and thus more money is a major point. With the success of the Doctor Who figures based on the series, ITV’s own time travel based show, Primeval, attempted the same. It ran for the first two series, but no further.

Review: Giant Wonambi (Lost Kingdoms Series A by Yowie)

3.6 (10 votes)

I love picking up rare species on the toy market, especially where they are part of groups that are rarely made. As mentioned previously, snakes are incredibly rare on the toy shelves, likely because they don’t vary too much so don’t sell well. Thankfully, Yowie comes in to the rescue, giving us the Giant Wonambi, a constrictor from the Pleistocene of Australia, the first fossil snake found in Australia.

Review: Glyphoderma (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

4.7 (16 votes)
Who here loves basal sauropterygians!? The Sauropterygia is a group of marine reptiles that include the well-known plesiosaurs and several other smaller-bodied groups, including nothosaurs and placodonts, which tend to receive far less attention. This is especially the case in toy form, which is unjust because these are fascinatingly weird creatures, well-deserving of a figure or two.

Review: Keichousaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)

4.1 (14 votes)
Review and photos by Ravonium, edited by Suspsy
Apart from the ever-famous Plesiosauria, the superorder Sauropterygia also contains a significant number of lesser-known taxa. Despite the diverse morphology of these reptiles, they are pretty rarely represented as toy figures. Thankfully, PNSO has made a (relatively speaking) sizeable number of these oddballs for their line of minis, including a Glyphoderma in 2016, and this year, an Atopodentatus and the subject of this review: a Keichousaurus.
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