Review: Tyrannosaurus (unknown company)

1.5 (25 votes)
Review and photos by Conrad (AKA neovenator08). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Well, I’m no expert in dinosaurs or dinosaur toys compared to most, but I feel obliged as this toy is the pride of my (tiny) collection and there is no review so far. So, from what I can see this is quite a good representation of one of the most well-known dinosaurs out there.

Review: Psittacosaurus (CollectA)

3.9 (14 votes)
Review by Mihnea Nicolae (aka Wildheart). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Psittacosaurus (parrot lizard) was a small ceratopsian that lived during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Eastern Asia. A number of species have been recognised so far based on the shape of their skulls and the area in which they were discovered.

Review: Dickinsonia (‘Giant Disc Jelly’) (Yowie and the Lost Kingdoms Series A)

4.7 (3 votes)
Review and Pictures by Nicholas Anning (“Brontozaurus”). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Today on the Dinosaur Toy Blog, we’re going further back in time than we’ve evergone before. To a time when dinosaurs, and the humans who collect toys of them, were not even a gleam in the eyes of some primitive organism-assuming it had eyes to have gleams in.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (Dinosaur King by Sega)

4.6 (18 votes)
As per the introductory convention, I should probably mention how T. rex is a popular dinosaur rarely done well, and the animal’s pop culture significance, and all that stuff. Sod it, though –  just look at this beauty. That’s some serious tyrannosaur sexiness.

A little background: this model is rather scarce these days, and the specimen shown is not actually mine.

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Review: Tupuxuara (Sideshow Dinosauria)

5 (3 votes)
Review by Dan, Photos by Jeremy
After a slight delay, Sideshow has finally released their first Dinosauria statue of 2011. They have elected to market the statue under the name “Tupuxuara – Pterodactyl,” likely to foster recognition among mainstream demographics. Fortunately, the Tupuxuara is indeed a pterodactyloid, a term that would furrow fewer brows than a separate suborder such as “rhamphorhynchoidea.” Tupuxuara is also considered a member of the popular Tapejarid family, strongly associated with elaborate cranial crests.

Review: Parasaurolophus (Furuta)

4.7 (7 votes)
For many western paleo-enthusiasts, the world of Japanese miniatures is chock-full of wonders both common and rare. The fact that Japan produces so many outstanding prehistoric replicas is made even more jarring by their tendency to be packaged with manufactured candy, a marketing move that would make both products seem casual or cheapened to an American consumer of disposable goods.

Review: Irritator (CollectA)

3.3 (12 votes)
Nope, that’s not a spelling error or practical joke. There really is a dinosaur named “Irritator”. The Irritator was named as such because, as it passed through the unscrupulous hands of commercial fossil markets, many modifications were made to the original fossil in order to make it appear more desirable.

Review: Ampelosaurus (CollectA)

4.2 (27 votes)
Among prehistoric collectible enthusiasts, the company currently known as CollectA has a considerable reputation to cope with. Their figures, although competitively priced, have ranged anywhere from decent to embarrassing over the past few years. Fortunately, their lineup for 2011 kicks off with a batch of fresh faces that have clearly been more carefully constructed than their predecessors.

Review: Male Velociraptor (Jurassic Park III by Kaiyodo)

3.6 (8 votes)
The Jurassic Park movies are what led Velociraptor to its great fame and popularity in popular culture. This dinosaur has been represented many times in Jurassic Park memorabilia, collectibles, and toys. It is fitting that when Kaiyodo produced a set of 13 figures based on the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park 3, figures of both the male and female Velociraptors in the movie were produced.

Review: Rhomaleosaurus (CollectA)

3.5 (10 votes)
Another in CollectA’s (a trademark of Procon) range is this hefty Rhomaleosaurus, which joins the terror bird Kelenken and the stegosaurid Dacentrurus in the ‘Deluxe’ line up for 2011. Funnily enough, my PhD research project was dedicated to the study of Rhomaleosaurus, so this pliosaur is particularly close to my heart.

Review: Kelenken (Deluxe model by CollectA)

4.6 (18 votes)
This year’s new Collecta figures represent a huge leap forward from their rather ugly forebears, and one of the most handsome in the lineup is this sizeable model of the phorusrhacid ‘terror bird’ Kelenken guillermoi, released as part of the ‘Deluxe’ range. It’s a real treat for anyone who’s recently developed a fascination with these sadly extinct enormous carnivorous avians (as I have).

Review: Polacanthus (Walking With Dinosaurs by Toyway)

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4.5 (10 votes)
From a bygone age in which Toyway still made half-decent dinosaur figures comes this spiky beast, their rendition of the British ankylosaur Polacanthus, part of their terrifyingly collectible figure line originally released to accompany the TV series Walking With Dinosaurs (and long since discontinued).

Review: Kaprosuchus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

4.6 (20 votes)
Recently described in 2009, Kaprosuchus is one of the latest additions to the extensive and continuously growing roster of known toothy prehistoric devilry. And that means nothing but good things for us paleo toy fans! With a name which aptly translates to “boar crocodile” (for obvious reasons), the 20 foot Kaprosuchus was an interesting terrestrial crocodyliform from Cretaceous Africa.
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