Japan has a prolific industry for collectibles and merchandise, although it is a fairly insular market that western collectors might find tricky to break into. There are always new surprises to uncover from riches of new releases each year. One such item which caught my attention in 2022 was a set of minifigures produced by The Access, a company dedicated to planning, manufacturing, and wholesaling a variety of in-house products for multiple age ranges.
Chialingosaurus (Jurassic World Dino-Escape, Fierce Force by Mattel)
Chialingosaurus kuani was a stegosaurian that lived 160 million years ago in China. It is one of the oldest species of stegosaurs known and would have resembled Kentrosaurus in appearance. You would be forgiven for having never heard of it, not many have. It is an obscure dinosaur known only from fragmentary remains and its inclusion in the Mattel Jurassic World toy line has me wondering if Mattel sometimes chooses their dinosaurs by picking names from a hat.
Chungkingosaurus (Age of the Dinosaurs by PNSO)
Chungkingosaurus was a small, Late Jurassic stegosaurid measuring in at around 4 metres in length (although there are two other purported species at around 5 metres and +5 metres in length), making this figure approx 1:8 scale. It is known from several fossil fragments, enough to provide some idea of its appearance in life.
Compstegnathus (Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect by Kenner)
Review and photographs by Sketchy, edited by Suspsy
Although the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect was far from successful upon its release, it has since generated a cult following from some hardcore collectors. One of the most well known and easiest to find of the hybrids is the Compstegnathus. A creature that is half Compsognathus and half Stegosaurus with a hint of frog mixed in.
This figure measures 9.5 inches long from nose to tail and stands 4 inches tall.
Dacentrurus (Terra Series by Battat)
Dinos (Toob by Safari Ltd.)
Toobs might be the unsung heroes of Safari Ltd.’s toy lines. I see them wherever Safari products are sold, even when their larger, standard-sized kin are absent. Among the numerous Toobs released have been several focused on prehistory, and they all started with the original Dinos Toob.
Dinosaur Advent Calendar 2016 (Schleich)
This year Schleich followed in the footsteps of companies like Lego and Playmobil in offering an advent calendar, but this one is dinosaur-themed! 24 days of dinosaur goodies sounds pretty attractive, so I bit the bullet and picked one up. I opened it long before Christmas, so that maybe this review can help you decide whether to buy one yourself.
Dinosaur Bath Buddies (Little Hero)
As a young child, I loved splashing around in the tub with my toys. Who didn’t? Most of my bath toys were sharks and whales and other aquatic creatures, but occasionally a plesiosaur would find its way into the mix. My older son, however, enjoys taking his bath with the Classic Big Four: Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus rex.
Dinosaur Mini Tub A (Papo)
Today, we will be taking a look at Papo’s first tub of miniature dinosaurs, which contains Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Velociraptor. The second tub contains Carnotaurus, Allosaurus, Pteranodon, Dimetrodon, Ankylosaurus and Giganotosaurus. Papo has not yet released a bigger version of Giganotosaurus, although there are still high hopes for it.
Dinosaur miniatures (unknown company)
Review and photos by Rebecca O’Neill, edited by Dinotoyblog.
This group of ten novelty, cartoonish dinosaurs were purchased on Ebay in 2018, and don’t seem to be available anymore. Very much in the style of The Land Before Time or Dinosaurs the television show from the 1990s, they are a variety of well known dinosaurs rendered in a caricature form.
Dinosaurs (Tim Mee Toys by J. Lloyd International Inc.)
Back in 2012 a representative from the toy vendor VictoryBuy joined the Dinosaur Toy forum looking for member feedback with regards to reissuing the Tim Mee set of toy dinosaurs, originally produced in the 1970’s. Flashforward to 2014 and VictoryBuy once again stopped by the forum, this time to announce the actual release of the set.
Dinosaurs I (Authentics Habitat Collection by Safari ltd.)
These six little dinos, sculpted by the Carnegie Collection’s own Forest Rogers, may look pretty dated today; but they manage to blend old and new aspects of science to produce a charming set as a whole.
Safari ltd. stands as one of the giants of educational, scientifically accurate dinosaur & animal toys today; but it’s easy to forget the company didn’t start out this way.
Discover Dinosaurs: Dino Jurassic Vol. 3 (Colorata)
Discovery Kids Smart Animals 4-Set (Jakks)
The objective of many lines of dinosaur figures (aside from making money) is to educate children and adults alike about extinct animals. In the last ten years, many lines have been integrated with modern technology to give children more information on dinosaurs besides a 3D view of these animals.