Review: Meganeura (Dinotales Series 4 by Kaiyodo)

5 (5 votes)
Review and Photos by Dr Andre Mursch (“Brontodocus”). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Meganeura monyi was a gigantic insect belonging to the extinct Protodonata and superficially resembling a dragonfly. Its remains come from the Stephanian (late Carboniferous) of France and England and are approximately 300 million years old.

Review: Ceratosaurus (Dinotales Series 4, by Kaiyodo)

4.8 (9 votes)
Review and Photos by Dr Andre Mursch (“Brontodocus”). Edited by Plesiosauria.
Although it was rather uncommon and a good deal smaller than contemporaneous Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus nasicornis is arguably one of the most famous theropod dinosaurs. At its time it was a rather primitive theropod with a four-fingered hand, a deep and heavy tail and a less athletic chest than more advanced theropods had.

Review: Tyrannosaurus rex (Monster in my Pocket by Matchbox, Series 1)

2.3 (12 votes)

I thought I’d review something a little different for a change. As a kid I was fascinated by the original Monster in my Pocket and managed to collect them all. After the first couple of series the lines started to go downhill though and I eventually lost interest.

Review: Ouranosaurus (Battat)

4.9 (20 votes)
Despite the distinctive and unusual appearance of the sail-backed Ouranosaurus, it is rather rare in toy form. When it comes to iguanodontids, most companies tend to opt for the more generic and more familiar Iguanodon. Starlux, Schleich and CollectA have produced replicas of this fascinating species as well (review of the Schleich Ouranosaurus here), but the Battat figure is by far and away the superior figure.

Review: Baryonyx (Schleich)

1.8 (20 votes)

If this figure looks familiar that’s because it was reviewed here before! The original review of the Schleich Baryonyx was one of several interesting reviews here by former dinosaur toy blogger Tomhetleere. Sadly, Tomhet left the Dinosaur Toy Blog earlier this year and, to everyone’s dismay, removed his valuable dinotoyblog contributions on his departure.

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Review: Baryonyx (Dinosauria by Wild Republic)

2.6 (10 votes)
Wild Republic (or K&M International) have collaborated with the Natural History Museum in London to release a line of small, cheap plastic dinosaur toys with the tagline “When dinosaurs ruled the earth”, which I feel could do with an exclamation mark – mainly because it reminds me of a cheesy old Hammer flick (there was also a little tribute in…that movie).

Review: Tyrannosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd. – 2006 sculpt)

1.3 (47 votes)
Guest review by forumite Fooman666 (edited by Horridus)

This 2006 offering from Safari’s Wild Safari range of dinosaurs is a lovely (if inaccurate) replica of every child’s favourite dinosaur, the famed villain of almost every dinosaur movie available, Tyrannosaurus rex.

The first things most dinosaur enthusiasts will notice are the pyramidal crests above the eyes, this is quite a common feature among tyrannosaur replicas and is something that most collectors can accept.

Review: Tyrannosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

3.7 (50 votes)
Review and Photos by Rugops
Another T rex review for the blog, and this time around it’s the Wild Safari original version.

One thing you probably notice about this figure is that it’s rather athletic and slim looking for a Tyrannosaurus. In fact it looks little bit like a Daspletosaurus or even an Albertosaurus.

Review: Spinosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

2.5 (14 votes)
Review and Photos by Rugops
This model holds a special place for me, being my first museum quality figure, and the one that started off my collecting spree seven years ago. It is a really nice spino model, certainly nicer than the Wild Safari Suchomimus, the Carnegie Baryonyx, or the preceding Carnegie Spinosaur which had that ill fated head of an Allosaurus.

Review: Apatosaurus (Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 3)

4.8 (9 votes)
Formerly known as Brontosaurus, Apatosaurus is perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognizable dinosaurs. Such fame and popularity guarantees its presence in many dinosaur toy lines. However, most of these figures tend to be on the larger side, and some of them are not quite accurate, with the hands often being inaccurate.

Review: Gorgosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

2.2 (12 votes)
Few dinosaurs have had such a turbulent history of classification as Gorgosaurus. Due to the close similarities between this animal and Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus has sometimes been referred to as a junior synonym of Albertosaurus. Both predators were closely related and remains of both have come from the Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta, Canada, but Albertosaurus is slightly older.

Review: Tyrannosaurus (skeleton) (Dinotales Series 1 by Kaiyodo)

3.5 (4 votes)
The Dinotales series is well-known for high-fidelity detail at a preposterously small scale and low price. Even so, I must admit to having been sceptical as to Kaiyodo’s ability to successfully recreate highly complex dinosaur skeletons – such as this Tyrannosaurus – at the same minute size as their fleshed out reconstructions.

Review: Allosaurus (original sculpt) (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

2.4 (16 votes)
The famous Allosaurus was the T.rex of the Late Jurassic. This large Theropod could reach lengths greater than 30 feet. The name means “different or “other” lizard. The first remains of Allosaurus were recovered from the Morrison Formation in Colorado in 1869, but a lot of notable specimens have been recovered from the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry in Utah.

Review: Allosaurus (Schleich)

3.2 (17 votes)
Review & photos by forumite FOOMAN666 (EDITED by Horridus – take note Dan!)
Released in 2006, Schleich’s small scale Allosaurus is, to me, a breath of fresh air. It proves that the company who is well known among the dinosaur toy collecting circle for butchering many famous dinosaurs each year has finally started to pay attention and at least try to improve their products.
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