Prehistoric crocodiles (Toob by Safari Ltd)

4.8 (17 votes)

Having recently familiarised ourselves with the prehistoric sharks ‘toob’ by Safari Ltd, let’s now pour out the contents of a different toob. This time it’s the turn of the prehistoric crocodiles. Before we begin though, be aware that strictly speaking, many of the species in this set aren’t true crocodiles, as the toob contains a taxonomic mish-mash of non-dinosaurian reptiles.

Prehistoric crocs toob by Safari Ltd
A group shot of the figures in the prehistoric crocodiles toob by Safari Ltd.

Actually, of the 10 species represented, less than half are actually crocodylomorphs (Dakosaurus, Pristichampsus, Montealtosuchus, and Sarcosuchus). The rest are either close-relatives of crocodiles (within the group archosauriformes: Chasmatosaurus, Desmatosuchus, Euparkeria, Postosuchus, Rutiodon), or reptiles with a superficially crocodile-like appearance (Champsosaurus is a choristodere). I suppose the phrase “Prehistoric non-dinosaurian archosauromorphs and a choristodere”, or even just “prehistoric crocodiles and their relatives”, doesn’t flow off the tongue quite as well as the simple “Prehistoric crocodiles”, so the branding decision is understandable, I suppose.

Desmatosuchus by Safari ltd

Pristichampsus by Safari ltd

As mentioned in our review of the prehistoric sharks, the content of the toobs seems to be getting more specific with time, and this collection of ‘prehistoric crocodiles’ is another example of that trend. It’s great to see some more obscure prehistoric creatures get the attention they deserve! Again, collectors will be hard-pushed to find most of these species in toy form anywhere else.

Euparkeria by Safari ltd

Postosuchus by Safari ltd

The miniature Postosuchus will look familiar to most of us, being almost identical (but mirrored) in pose and colour to the amazing Wild Safari Postosuchus. All of the other figures are completely new, and therefore also unique, although isn’t it time we were treated to a standard sized prehistoric croc? I’d love to see a metriorhynchid of some sort (such as Dakosaurus) find its way into the Wild Safari or Carnegie range.

Dakosaurus by Safari ltd

Chasmatosaurus by Safari ltd

The level of detail is great, although a little less impressive overall compared with the prehistoric sharks. Crocodiles have more nooks, crannies, and surface details to get right. There seems to be something funny going on with the Champsosaurus‘ head, and the Desmatosuchus is a bit clunky-looking. My Montealtosuchus also struggles to stand. As a lot though, the set is visually striking, and each species is recognisable and accurate – with digits and nostrils and so on in the correct positions and arrangements. Safari Ltd have characterised each figure with a different colour scheme. I’m particularly fond of the blue-striped Chasmatosaurus (=Proterosuchus), which appears to be doing push-ups.

Sarcosuchus by Safari ltd

Rutiodon by Safari ltd

To conclude, I highly recommend this toob, and once again commend Safari Ltd for branching out. The weird world of archosauromorphs certainly provides us with something different from the usual line-up of tried and tested dinosaurs.

Montealtosuchus by Safari ltd

Champsosaurus by Safari ltd

Here is the official Safari Ltd page for this tube, which is also available on here for a very reasonable $9.80.

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Comments 7

  • Gyönyörű a szobrászat!
    Egy problémám van,méghozzá némelyiken hanyagnak tűnik a festés.De csodás,tényleg.Talán az Euparkeria a kedvencem,sajnos nem volt szerencsém élőben találkozni ezzel a toobbal,de megszerzése!

  • Pristichampsus is a junior synonym for Boverisuchus.
    Chasmatosaurus is a junior synonym of Proterosuchus.
    Rutiodon validus is a junior synonym of Machaeroprosopus.

    Roselaar should replace Pristichampsus and Chasmatosaurus on the USRL for Boverisuchus and Proterosuchus

    Here are all 10 Prehistoric “Crocs”:


    -Au revoir

    • Pristichampsus can’t be a junior synonym of Boverisuchus because Pristichampsus is the earlier name. It seems what’s happened is that Pristichampsus has become a nomen dubium due to being based on inadequate remains, and better fossil specimens that were previously considered Pristichampsus have now been reclassified as being in the genus Boverisuchus?

      I’m not sure things you say you’d like Roselaar to do for the USRL will be given attention if you post them here on the blog. Additionally, it appears to be irrelevant to the blog review.

    • Yes, you’ve been asked repeatedly in the past not to post this kind of thing here, Angel. Please join the forum already.

  • Looks like there is a colour variant of the Chasmatosaurus– the one from the set that I picked up today has only a single dorsal blue stripe, no lateral stripes.

  • this toob is really great

  • I think this toob is great! The species chosen are good choices. It’s nice that the Dakosaurus and Postosuchus both fall within 1:40 scale.

    The Pristichampsus’ colour seems really unlikely… And I don’t like that two of its feet are stuck together. I like the figure besides those things though. Yours doesn’t look in good shape!

    The teeth on the ones with open mouths leave something to be desired. And that something is better sculpting!

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