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.
Now here’s something rather exciting from Bandai: the Plannasaurus Spinosaurus. First you assemble the plastic skeleton, then you attach the skin and flesh pieces to create the most up-to-date restoration of the world’s most famous finned fish eater. I believe this is the very first “new” Spinosaurus figure that isn’t posed in a swimming or quadrupedal stnace.
Creative Beast Studio has released images of the completed Dilophosaurus prototype for the planned Cyberzoic series. Boy howdy, does it ever look amazing! The Kickstarter for Cyberzoic launches on October 3, so mark your calendar if you’re planning to contribute to this ambitious project!
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.
My sincere thanks to Happy Hen Toys for furnishing this review sample.
More Mosasaurus toys have been produced in the 8 years since Jurassic World than in the entire previous history of the toy industry. The majority of those toys have been influenced by the JW design, with spikes all over the back, cavities all over the head, and an old-fashioned tail.
Review and photographs by thunderlizard, edited by Suspsy
Kid Galaxy has released several dinosaur figure sets under the “Dinosaur Action” line. Most of these consist of Hasbro Jurassic Park III bootlegs. One of these sets, the Dinosaur Action 10 Pack, released in 2019, includes this Giganotosaurus. The figure heavily resembles the Dorling Kindersley model from books, and it’s most likely based on it, as Kid Galaxy has used DK models for reference before.
Another Pachyrhinosaurus is not something I needed in my collection. I already have five of them. But Pachyrhinosaurus is a favorite ceratopsian of mine and none of the figures I own quite nail the look of it for me. Safari’s comes close but it’s a bit too svelte for my tastes, and while Battat’s has the bulk that I desire its paintjob holds it back from true greatness.
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.