Type: Action Figure

Review: Parasaurolophus (The Lost World: Jurassic Park by Kenner)

4.7 (22 votes)
In the week leading up to the May 1997 opening of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, one of my local radio stations held a daily contest where listeners could phone in and win movie tickets by correctly spelling a dinosaur’s name. After a couple of failed attempts, I managed to get on the air and win (easily).

Review: Tapejara (Jurassic Park III, by Hasbro)

3.6 (8 votes)

How the Tapejara ever became a toy in the Jurassic Park toy line is puzzling when you look back at the turbulent time before Jurassic Park III was released. Hasbro downsized after the failure of the JP Chaos Effect toys, and the lower than expected sales from Star Wars Phantom Menace toys.

Review: Triceratops (Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs by Kenner)

3.4 (7 votes)
Rounding out my assortment of Jurassic Park recolours is none other than the world’s most famous ceratopsid.

First released under the Lost World label in 1997, this Triceratops is rather small compared to the massive 1993 version. Its short horns and length of only 20 cm indicate that it is meant to represent a juvenile.

Review: Velociraptor “Alpha” (Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs by Hasbro)

1.9 (15 votes)
The closure of Kenner by parent company Hasbro in 2000 meant that an entirely different team would design the toys for Jurassic Park 3. Many dinosaur collectors, including myself, feel that the quality of the line took a major nosedive as a result. As proof, I give you the “Alpha” Velociraptor.

Review: Velociraptor “Cyclops” (Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs by Kenner)

3.4 (15 votes)
The various Jurassic Park lines have given us many Velociraptor toys over the years (and more still to come). One of the more interesting ones is the battle-hardened “Cyclops.”

Cyclops first appeared in the 1997 Lost World line, but like many of the smaller JP toys, it was re-released in subsequent years.

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Review: Tanystropheus (Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs by Kenner)

3.3 (11 votes)
Tanystropheus was one of evolution’s more bizarre concoctions: a carnivorous reptile from the Middle Triassic with a spindly neck longer than its body and tail combined. Like the Dimetrodon, it appeared several times in various JP lines. This particular version is from the 1999 JP: Dinosaurs line.

Review: Dimetrodon (Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs by Kenner)

3.7 (9 votes)
And now let’s tackle some Jurassic Park toys. First up is Dimetrodon. The famous finned ferocity first appeared in the original 1993 JP line. The humble toy must have been very popular indeed, as it would go on to be recoloured and re-released several times over the course of a decade.

Review: Giganotosaurus (Carnage Collection by ReSaurus)

4.4 (11 votes)
The late 1990s saw the release of a particularly unique line of figures known as the Carnage Collection by ReSaurus. Eight (that I’m aware of) boldly patterned and articulated dinosaur models were produced before the line ended. The models seem very much aimed at kids, all representing flamboyant and mostly carnivorous dinosaurs.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (CamoXtreme series, Arctic version, Jurassic Park 3, by Hasbro)

1.7 (12 votes)

All this buzz over the next instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, officially now in production under the title of ‘Jurassic World’ and set for a 2015 summer release, has spurred me to take a look back at some of the toys from previous films. And, why not, speculate a little about what the future may hold for Jurassic Park action figures.

Review: Troodon (Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie 3D, by Vivid Toy Group Ltd)

3.9 (8 votes)
Time to look at another one of the Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie 3D action figures, this time, Troodon. Previously we have reviewed the standard sized Gorgon and standard sized Patchi. Some of these standard-sized action figures are available in multi packs, but the Troodon figure is only available separately.

Review: Pachyrhinosaurus (‘Patchi’, Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie 3D, by Vivid Toy Group Ltd)

3 (7 votes)
Another day, another dinosaur. Yesterday we looked at the standard sized Gorgon, today we’ll cast our eyes on another action figure in this series, Gorgon’s ceratopsid nemesis, Patchi. The figure is sold separately, but is also available as part of a twin pack alongside Gorgon, so if you’re thinking of acquiring them both, you can save a little money in the process.

Review: Gorgosaurus (‘Gorgon’, Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie 3D, by Vivid Toy Group Ltd)

3.5 (11 votes)
Now here’s a treat we weren’t necessarily expecting for 2013. A brand new range of dinosaur action figures: official accompaniments to the new Walking with Dinosaurs 3D movie, set for release in December 2013. The figures were produced by UK-based Vivid Toy Group Ltd in affiliation with the BBC (a BBC Earth logo adorns the box) and they are currently available in the UK (e.g.
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