Review and photographs by Stolpergeist, edited by Suspsy
Spinosaurus has always been an animal of mystery; the way it has been depicted over the years changes drastically with each new discovery. Just last year, we saw a huge change in its appearance with a new publication about its tail.
Review and photos by Charles Peckham, edited by Suspsy
Depictions of Spinosaurus have undergone massive changes since Nizar Ibrahim published his famous 2014 reconstruction. It’s a fairly popular dinosaur and it has many toys available, but almost all of them show a bipedal animal with a half circle-shaped sail on its back.
Review and photographs by Dinomike, edited by Suspsy
CollectA has demonstrated that they’re ready to play in the niche market scene by pandering to their small, but potentially loyal dinosaur community. Faster than a Gallimimus running on a Cretaceous treadmill, they’ve sped past their competitors and produced not only one, but three amazing interpretations of Spinosaurus aegypticus based on Paul Sereno and Nizar Ibrahim’s scientific paper published in 2014.
When it comes to dinosaur figures, many collectors favor pieces that possess either high levels of scientific accuracy, or eye-catching aesthetic embellishments. The dinosaurs produced by CollectA (formerly Procon, and Epixx in Europe) are generally lacking in these crucial traits. Their emphasis on obscure species has granted them some distinction in recent years, but their toys still have a long way to go before competing with the highly-detailed Papo figures and the incredibly accurate Safari figures.
Photos by Jeremy, Review by Dan of Dan’s Dinosaurs
One of my favorite things about my job is that it affords me a unique opportunity to interact with paleontologists and paleoartists from around the world. During a brief chat with the esteemed artist Tony McVey, he casually mentioned that he was working on a Spinosaurus for Sideshow’s Dinosauria line.
Another staple of the Chap Mei prehistoric line is that famous, finned, and fearsome fish-eater from Early Cretaceous Africa, Spinosaurus!
This version of the spined lizard measures a good 28 cm long and stands about 16 cm tall at the sail. It is posed in the classic theropod stance with the mouth open wide, the arms flailing, one foot in front of the other, and the tail curling to one side.
After the frustration surrounding this toy’s original release, Mattel has provided collectors their best chance yet to add the Jurassic Park super-predator to their collection.
I think we can all agree that Mattel has been doing a solid job with the Jurassic World brand. Since picking up the IP from Hasbro in the buildup to Fallen Kingdom, Mattel has been pumping out a wide range of species with generally strong sculpts and fun gimmicks.
Review and photos by Faelrin, edited by Suspsy
It has been 17 years since Jurassic Park III first came out, and with it, the controversial Spinosaurus. It was quite a surprise when it was first revealed that Mattel was going to be releasing one as part of the Legacy Collection.
Since the release of Jurassic Park 3, Spinosaurus has become one of the most popular and infamous dinosaurs. However, there are still relatively few figures of Spinosaurus and even fewer good ones. The Famemaster 4D puzzle is one of the more reasonable ones.
The Famemaster Spinosaurus has the long snout and tall spine typical for this species but there are various features absent in the figure – there is no hallux (innermost digit on the foot), one of the hand claws should be larger, and the snout and teeth (the mouth is open) are rather generic in shape.
Ever since it starred in a certain film in 2001, Spinosaurus has found its way into the hearts and minds of the general public and fanboys. Featured killing a sub-adult Tyrannosaurus in the movie, Spinosaurus has gained a reputation of being ferocious and omnipotent. This is reflected in many figures of this dinosaur, such as the offerings by Carnegie and Sideshow, which feature the dinosaur in a very active or at least roaring pose.
Well, after my third Spinosaurus review of figures based on the new reconstruction, I surely thought I was done, at least for a while. But here we are with yet another Spinosaurus review!But today, I am excited to review a brand-new figure that not only reflects the most current reconstruction ( the first one out of the gate so far), but also introduce this brand-new company from China for those of you who may not be aware of its existence.
Review and photographs by DrWheelieMobile, edited by Suspsy
British manufacturer Ravensden is nowadays best known for making plush toys of various extant animals, as their website states, “for the zoo, aquarium, leisure and promotional markets.” However, there was a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s when one would be hard-pressed to enter any zoo or aquarium gift shop and not find a rack containing another of their product ranges: the aptly, if unoriginally, named Inflatable Animals line.
Look at that, a whole week almost passed us by without one of these Jasman reviews. Well, we can’t let that happen now can we? Next up is the Jasman Spinosaurus, an odd blend of pure awfulness and kitschy appeal. This toy was released in 2001 alongside a sequel to a popular dinosaur franchise that just so happened to feature the same genus that this toy represents.
Review and photos by Takama, edited by Suspsy
Time for another Geoworld review. This time, it’s their take on the infamous Spinosaurus. Spinosaurus, as many of you know, has proven to be a conundrum for scientists. Everyone has been arguing over what the animal looked like because of a paper published in 2014 that ultimately altered the way we generally depict this creature.
Review and photos by Nathan ‘Takama’ Morris, edited by amargasaurus cazaui and Suspsy
Jurassic World featured its fair share of prehistoric creatures, and surprisingly, most of the animals that were featured in the previous three films made an appearance in some form. The only ones missing are Brachiosaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Compsognathus, Corythosaurus, and Ceratosaurus.