Type: Action Figure

Review: Orkoraptor (Jurassic World: Wild Roar by Mattel)

3.6 (34 votes)

Review and images by Cretaceous Crab, edited by Suspsy

Since the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018, Mattel has practically exploded in terms of the diversity of prehistoric genera it has offered, many of which are the first of their kind to be represented in toy or figure form.

Review: Herrerasaurus (Jurassic World Dino-Trackers, Strike Attack by Mattel)

3.9 (85 votes)

The late Triassic Herrerasaurus is one of the oldest dinosaurs known from the fossil record. So old and primitive is Herrerasaurus that there is still debate about where it fits in the dinosaur family tree. At various times it has been proposed that Herrerasaurus was a basal theropod, a basal sauropodomorph, a basal saurischian, or not a dinosaur at all.

Review: Tapejara (Jurassic World Dino Rivals/Primal Attack Savage Strike by Mattel)

2.1 (52 votes)

Ever since I, Emperor Dinobot, managed to get most of my Jurassic pterosaurs on the ceiling, I made the reealization that doing so would make it impossible for me to review certain individuals, especially many of the repaints and retools Mattel has released in the last few years.

Review: Nothosaurus (Jurassic World Dino-Trackers, Danger Pack by Mattel)

3.7 (161 votes)

Nothosaurus is a genus of Triassic marine reptile that belongs to the Sauropterygia clade, along with other weirdos like placodonts and plesiosaurs. Aside from the plesiosaurs all members of the clade would go extinct by the end of the Triassic. Looking at Nothosaurus it is easy to see the relationship between it and plesiosaurs but nothosaurs were a distinct group with their own unique features and did not give rise to plesiosaurs.

Review: Pteranodon (Electronic Alpha, Jurassic Park III, by Hasbro)

1.8 (83 votes)

It all began with a friendship, an illness, and the return to my favorite franchise. It is actually a sad story, but I feel like I must tell it because today is the 22nd anniversary of Jurassic Park III’s release in the United States, which is where I am writing this review from.

Review: Megaraptor (Jurassic World: Roar Strikers by Mattel)

3.3 (62 votes)

Megaraptorans are an unusual clade of theropods that are all presently known from incomplete fossil remains, yet are generally characterized by powerful arms terminating in frightfully huge claws. Just where precisely they fit into the greater theropod family tree has been an ongoing debate for years, but there is a growing consensus that they are either nested within Tyrannosauroidea, or represent a sister taxon to it.

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Review: Tupandactylus (Jurassic World, Dino Trackers Danger Pack by Hasbro)

2.2 (53 votes)

Here I am, Emperor Dinobot, offering thee another Mattel pterosaur review, this time of Tupandactylus.

Tupandactylus, formerly known as Tapejara, hails from the Cretaceous fossil rich Brazil. It was reclassified into Tupandactylus imperator and T. navigans in 2007 as it was found to warrant its own genus.

Review: Tyrannosaurus (Electronic Real Feel, Jurassic Park ’93 Classic by Mattel)

3.4 (122 votes)

Last year, when I wrote my review for the Hammond Collection T. rex I stated that, “I can finally say with some degree of confidence that I will never buy another Mattel T. rex, certainly not from the main line.” Well, I guess I’ll have to eat those words, because here we are.

Review: Ankylosaurus (Jurassic Park: Hammond Collection by Mattel)

3.4 (96 votes)

Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy

Since 2018, when Mattel got the Jurassic World license, I’ve been wanting and waiting to see if they would make a Jurassic Park III Ankylosaurus, which has always been my favorite take on this animal in the franchise.

Review: Lockwood Ultimate Battle Set (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by Mattel)

3.1 (47 votes)

The ending of Jurassic World opened a can of worms to a world of possibilities as to where our favorite sci-fi dinosaur franchise was going. Luckily there was a ton of lore to draw from, whether it was from the books, game or other media, though maybe not as deep as Star Wars, but just like the Star Wars sequel trilogy, there was not much of a plan going forward in terms of movie-making.

Review: Track and Explore Vehicle Set (Jurassic Park, ’93 Classic by Mattel)

3.6 (50 votes)

Coming up with something to review for Jurassic Park’s much hyped 30th anniversary was no easy task, simply because we’ve been reviewing Jurassic Park toys on this blog steadily for the last five years, thanks to Mattel. What could we possibly feature on the blog that would live up to the grandeur of toys like the Legacy Brachiosaurus and Hammond Collection T.

Review: Guanlong wucaii (Creative Beast Studios, Beasts of the Mesozoic Tyrannosaur series)

4.7 (73 votes)

It is quite refreshing to finally review a 1/18 scale dinosaur from Beasts of the Mesozoic that is not a ceratopsian. It is also refreshing to not have to write a review of a Mattel dinosaur or a pterosaur either. The BOTM Tyrannosaur series has arrived, and I, Emperor Dinobot, am excited beyond belief.

Review: Sarcosuchus (2021)(Jurassic World: Massive Biters by Mattel)

3.2 (81 votes)

Many of the most vibrantly coloured vertebrates living on the planet today are reptiles, particularly squamates such as the gold dust day gecko, the collared lizard, the rainbow boa, and the eastern coral snake. Certain testudines including the red-eared slider, the eastern box turtle, and the northern river terrapin also feature bold patterning and coloration.

Review: Triceratops (Subadult) (Beasts of the Mesozoic by Creative Beast Studio)

4.8 (58 votes)

For almost every Tyrannosaurus toy on the market, there’s a Triceratops toy to face off with – as it should be, considering the rich history of fossils and iconic paleo media depicting these legendary Cretaceous contemporaries. Triceratops was more than just a prime steak to fill a theropod’s belly, of course; this colossal herbivore would have been a spectacular animal in its own right, and a powerful presence roaming the forests and hills of Western North America.

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