Classification: Therapsid (non-mammal)

Coelophysis (MIXVS MINIMAX)

4 (2 votes)

Time has come to introduce you to another gorgeous (and gory) model by our forum member MIXVS MINIMAX, the all time favorite Triassic theropod Coelophysis. As with all of the models in this line, the figures are scaled to 1:72, rendering this comparably small dinosaur a tiny gem that could fit onto a stamp.

Dinogorgon (Conquering the Earth by Schleich)

4.1 (11 votes)
Review and photographs by Lanthanotus, edited by Dinotoyblog
Permian synapsids are not a very popular group of animals and if a toy company does choose to create one, it is almost invariably a Dimetrodon. Few companies dare to make figures, let alone toys, of any other species from this ancient and fascinating group, despite the great variety contained within it.

Dinosaur Boxset 2 (Toyway)

4 (2 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.

Estemmenosuchus (CollectA)

4.7 (15 votes)
The Permian Period gets neglected by toy companies, despite its huge assortment of outrageously strange animals. Maybe this is just because there aren’t any true dinosaurs. When we do get a Permian animal, it’s usually Dimetrodon, where we’re really spoiled for choice. Today we’ll look at Estemmenosuchus, a distant relation of Dimetrodon with anatomy that was just as strange.

Estemmenosuchus (Jurassic Park by Kenner)

2.7 (7 votes)
Review and photos by Tim Sosa
Kenner’s Jurassic Park line was supposed to have had an additional wave of figures, but they were never released at retail. Fortunately, the 1997 Lost World line re-used some of those prototypes, one of which was this Estemmenosuchus. It was never released as a stand-alone figure, instead being included in a playset with a Scutosaurus, a human figure, and lots of accessories.

Inostrancevia (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

4.9 (12 votes)
Fearsome denizens of the Permian, gorgonopsids were rocking the sabre-toothed look hundreds of millions of years before cats came onto the scene. The largest, Inostrancevia, was roughly the size of a black bear and had enormous canine teeth for slashing or stabbing its prey to death. Beware, Scutosaurus!

Wild Safari’s 2011 Inostrancevia figure is sculpted in a classic walking pose with its right limbs as close together as possible and its left limbs stretched out to maximum length.

Jurassic World Dominion Minis part 2 (Jurassic World by Mattel)

3.5 (8 votes)

Well, I’ve shown you the worst of this line, let’s waste no time and get straight on to the best of them!

Starting off the top half is everyone’s favourite three horned herbivore Triceratops. This features one of the best poses of the lot (something I haven’t talked at length about as most the figures are in a generic standing pose), an aggressive fight pose, all the better when you have two to joust with.

Keratocephalus (DinoWaurs Survival by One2Play)

2 (3 votes)

Review and photos by Angel Vega (paleoteen13), edited by Suspsy

When it comes to synapsids, Dimetrodon is the animal that make its appearance in toy form the most. Many figures of this animal have been appeared over the years, but other few synapsids have been produced by toy companies.

Lisowicia (CollectA Deluxe)

5 (12 votes)

Time has eventually come, for one of the most impressive CollectA figures of 2020 to hit the European continent. And fittingly, it represents a European species.

In 2006 paleontologists Jerzy Dzik, Tomasz Sulej and Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki discovered large bones in a clay pit in Poland. What was initially considered to be sauropodomorph dinosaur, was later recognized to be a massive dicynodont synapsid.

Lycaenops (Jurassic Park, Series 2 by Kenner)

3.2 (6 votes)
Review and Photos by Griffin
Lycaenops was a three foot long mammal-like reptile, or Therapsid from Southern Africa during the Late Permian. It’s a distant later relative of the much more famous sail-backed, Dimetrodon. Its name means “Wolf Face” rightfully so due to its canine-like fangs on its upper and lower jaws.

Moschops (Paleo-Creatures)

4.2 (5 votes)

Review and photographs by Loon, edited by Suspsy

I’ll be honest: before I bought this figure, I had no idea what Moschops actually was. I mean, I somehow knew of it, but what type of animal it was or where it was from were mysteries to me. Well, after some “rigorous” research, I can tell you that Moschops was a therapsid, more specifically a dinocephalian, the group of large “mammal-like reptiles” that includes the likes of Estemmenosuchus.

Moschops (White Post)

3.5 (4 votes)

White Post is no company, but the location of “Dinosaur Land”, a theme park dedicated to prehistoric animals in Virginia, USA. This park has been run as a family business for over 50 years now. Early in the history of the park the operators had the idea of having some of their lifesize figures made into small plastic figures for their souvenir shop.

Placerias (Tyco)

4.3 (6 votes)
Although the Dino-Riders line consisted mostly of familiar faces like Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, and, of course, Tyrannosaurus rex, there were a few obscure animals tossed into the mix. I had never heard of Placerias until I came across it on the shelf at Toys R Us.

Placerias was a large dicynodont hailing from the Late Triassic.

Placerias (unknown company)

3 (7 votes)

Today I`d like to review a figure that is a quite uncommon in several ways. First of all, it technically already has a review on this blog as part of a box set, but I felt it deserves its own entry.

Secondly, it is a Placerias, a species that, despite its certain popularity for appearing in the BBC series “Walking with Dinosaurs” is neglected by almost any toy company you can name.

Prehistoric Animals (Panini, review part 2)

Panini prehistoric animals and dinosaur toys

4.6 (5 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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