Although Dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago, they have been an interesting topic of discussion among many for as long as anyone can remember. And undoubtedly they will remain to be so for a long, long time. Even though Dino fossils had been uncovered from as early as the 19th century, it was Steven Spielberg’s movie franchise, ‘Jurassic Park’ that made them a household name. After the 1993 blockbuster, Dinosaurs became a worldwide cultural sensation and they still have the power to fascinate us without any age limit. Toys based on these ancient prehistoric creatures have allowed us to let our imaginations run wild, and to get a better understanding of how magnificent these creatures were. Not only have they provided us with tons of imaginative fun, but they also have given us plenty of historical educational insight as well. These Dino toys have been very popular among kids & adults alike and here are some of the best Dinosaur toys currently available in 2017.
1. Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs
For just under 30 bucks the Learning Resources’ jumbo Dinosaur collection, made of lightweight, durable, dishwasher-safe plastic is sure to be a Dino lover’s joy. The realistic-looking Dinosaurs consists of 2 carnivores; T-Rex and Raptor and 3 herbivores; Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. The Dinosaurs are just about the size of an adult’s palm with the largest (Brachiosaurs) measuring around 12”L x 9”H. Their coloring is very nicely detailed with good shadings and kids aged 3+ can surely get a chance to travel through time with them to inspire hours and hours of imaginative play. An activity guide is also included so you will be able to actively participate and interact with your kids and guide them through their play. The sturdy plastic that the Dinosaurs are made of makes them durable enough to be used indoors as well as outdoors. The toys’ uniquely modeled textures will not only allow imaginative play for kids but will also spark their curiosity for science too.
2. Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex
This historically accurate scaled down version of ‘Tyrannosaurs Rex’ (which means ‘King of Tyrant Lizards) is sure to be a king sized addition, whether it is a kid’s toy collection or to a Dino lover’s figurine collection. The Tyrannosaurs was one of the top predators ever to walk the face of planet earth and Schleich’s hand painted T-Rex, which is made of high-quality vinyl plastic, has managed to capture its impressive features with unparalleled attention to realistic scaling and detailing. Priced just under 20 bucks its dimensions are 2.2” x 3.4” x 1.6”, which makes it very easy to use. It is made in China and is recommended for ages 3 and up as there are small parts that might cause a choking hazard. The T-Rex is very life-like and the lower jaw is also movable, which is an impressive feature. This toy will give loads of fun to Dino lovers whether they are young or old.
3. Melissa & Doug Giant T-Rex Dinosaur
Looking for the best Dinosaur toy for your kid? Then look no further as Mellisa & Doug’s Giant T-Rex Dinosaur figure which costs just under 40 bucks will truly be your money’s worth. It is made from a soft polyester fabric which makes it a really lovable addition to any child’s toy collection. The bold colors also help it to stand out from the rest of the toys and the “roaring” design adds to the adventure and excitement. With dimensions of 32” x 27” x 11,” it has the ability to easily stand on its own two feet. Children aged 3 years and up can take this toy to any environment and its cuddly nature makes it a perfect companion for him/her. Although it does not make any sounds its life-like features are sure to ignite children’s imaginations which in turn will allow them to discover themselves and their true passions.
4. Rubie’s Triceratops Silly Safari Costume
Made from 100% polyester, this small Triceratops costume is a sure home run when it comes to kids dress-up. The adorable costume features a full-length jumpsuit with tail and the frilled headpiece also includes horns. It is imported and well-made and according to the manufacturer, the small size fits a child 44-48” tall with a 25-26” waist. It’s light-weight and slim design allows your kids to dress-up as a power-house Dinosaur and have maximum fun not only on occasions like Halloween or costume parties but all year long. It is a costume that is sure to ignite a kid’s imagination into overdrive and will surely be well worth the price which is just under 30 bucks.
5. LEGO Jurassic World Building Kit-Raptor Rampage
This LEGO kit allows you to recreate one of the most epic action sequences of the 2016 blockbuster, ‘Jurassic World’. It includes: the mobile Veterinary Unit, measuring 2 inches in length, over 1 inch high and just under 1 inch wide; a Motorbike, measuring over 1 inch high, 2 inches long and under 1 inch wide; Blue & Charlie (The ferocious Raptors), each standing over 2 inches tall. Accessories such as a driver’s cockpit, a rear door that opens, interior with details, work tools and a rooftop shooter (that rotates) are also included in the veterinary unit. The Raptors each feature legs, arms and neck that is movable and they also can snap their jaws. It also includes 3 mini figures of an ACU Trooper (with a tranquilizer gun), Owen and Claire. Although it’s priced over 60 bucks, the thrill of speeding the vet research truck past the Raptors, repelling them with the rooftop shooter that rotates, using Owen’s flare and motorbike to distract Blue and Charlie and taking them down with the aid of the tranquilizer gun, are guaranteed to give you your total money’s worth.
6. LEGO – Jurassic World Building Kit-Dilophosaurus
Even though priced just below $40, this Jurassic World LEGO kit provides super entertainment which is totally worth the price. Although the Dilophosaurus was not in the original film, the imaginative action this kit can unleash is sure to be nothing short of thrilling. It contains: a 4×4 Truck [measuring over 3 inches high, 5 inches long and 2 inches wide] from Jurassic World with cockpit, rubber tyres, and explode function; a Rolling Gyro Sphere [measuring over 2 inches across]; the Dilophosaurus [standing over 2 inches tall] with movable jaws and limbs. 2 mini figures of Gray and an ACU trooper (with shock rod) are also included. You can roll in the gyro sphere with Gray; evade the Dilophosaurus and its jaws that snap. You can also grab the Dinosaur’s legs using the winch to stop it from attacking and enabling the exploding function of the truck. Recommended for anyone who is ages 3 and up, this is surely an awesome kit to start your very own LEGO ‘Jurassic World’ collection.
7. LEGO Jurassic World Building Kit-Indominus Rex
Even if it is the highest priced toy in this best Dinosaur toys list it recreates the ‘Indominus Breakout’ which happens to be one of the most thrilling moments in the 2016 smash hit, ‘Jurassic World’. The kit includes: The Impound, measuring over 8 inches high, 12 inches wide and 15 inches deep; a Helicopter, measuring over 2 inches high, 5 inches long and 1 inch wide (without the rotors); Pallet, measuring over 1 inch high, 1 inch wide and 1 inch deep; The ferocious Indominus rex, standing over 6 inches tall (with movable arms, legs and jaws); a Gyro sphere measuring over 2 inches across. It also included 4 mini figures of Zach, an ACU trooper, Dr. Wu and a Vet with assorted weapons and accessories. These allow you to pursue the marauding Indominus Rex with the helicopter to create your own awesome action scenes. The small ball parts of this kit make it usable only for whoever’s aged 3 and up but that surely won’t stop it from becoming an essential kit for your LEGO ‘Jurassic World’ collection.
8. Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid and Toddler Backpack
Costing just under $20, the ‘Dakota Dinosaur’ backpack from Skip Hop Zoo’s little kid backpack range is the perfect pack for an on-the-go preschooler. Made from fabric mesh, the backpack comes with a top handle and easy to clean lining. It can easily hold a juice box, Sippy cup or water bottle in its mesh side pockets and the front pouch is ideal for snacks. Extra pockets are included for pencils or other travel necessities and the comfy straps are padded and adjustable. It is BPA and Phthalate-free with a size of 11L x 5W x 12H (in inches). It even includes a write-on nametag inside and is sure to let your kid (3 years and above) have loads of Dino fun at school.
9. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex
The Imaginext Ultra Ice Dino is truly a one of a kind toy, that let kids be innovative with fun activities and offers action every step of the way. The toy includes 3 main power pads that bring the big, bony Dino to life. The Power pad allows him to step forward and emit awesome sound effects. The second pad situated above the left hip allows him to raise his body to its maximum height (which is 2 and a half feet) and to light up the lights in his eyes and spikes as well. The final Power pad opens and closes his mouth and also fires projectiles. Another button allows ice bombs to be launched from his back & chest. These features, coupled with the sounds and movements will surely power up your children’s imagination and will allow them to have an awesome prehistoric adventure.
10. Gund Baby Ugg Dinosaur Baby Stuffed Animal
Although this is the cheapest toy in this best Dinosaur toys list, it is the cutest one among them for sure. The Ugg green Dino, constructed from soft high-quality plush is an adorable, cuddly addition to any playroom or nursery. It does not require any batteries and is machine washable. Its height is 11 inches (28 cm) and even though it has no sounds, it is definitely a totally safe toy, even for new infants. This will make a great gift to grow with a baby and will easily become his or her favorite snuggle item. The Dino’s features are similar to a baby ‘Alamosaurus’, and the additional knots down his neck makes it super easy for an infant to hold onto. The colors are vivid and very vibrant and the eyes are embroidered so it does not contain any parts that might cause choking hazards to babies as well. It can even be used as a stand-in pillow for a mother while she’s sitting in the rocker during late-night feedings.
11. Schleich Triceratops
Just under $20, this Schleich’s Triceratops toy is a must have figure if you are a Dinosaur lover. It’s made of high-quality plastic and has a perfect size for playing as well. The key feature of a Triceratops was its giant ruff and it also had one small horn and two large ones as well. When including the ruff, its head was as high as a person and its overall size and strength were similar to a modern day Elephant’s size and strength. Even though it looked menacing it actually fed on plants and trees only. This toy figurine is historically accurate and manages to capture the true beauty of this magnificent prehistoric creature with its highly textured details and vibrant hand painted colors. The recommend age for this is above 3 as it consists of small parts which could cause a choking hazard.
12. elope T-Rex Dinosaur Hat
Elope’s T-Rex Dinosaur Hat, made it to our best Dinosaur toys list as it is one of the best toys that lets you stomp your way through the urban jungle and feel what it must have been like to be a king among Dinosaurs. Made from Polyester, the hat cost just over $20 has fabric lining even has a hidden pocket. The size adjuster made of Velcro, allows it to be fitted to any head whether it is a kid’s head or an adult’s head (56-59 centimeters). It is printed on materials such as cotton, vinyl, velvet, tricot and even EVA. This toy’s finish is very good and it can be used to by anyone (without any age limit) to “Roar” into a party and have plenty of fun whether it’s Halloween or any other costume party.
13. Papo the Dinosaur Figure, Pachyrhinosaurus
Papo’s ‘Pachyrhinosaurus’ figure, earns its spot in this best Dinosaur toys list due to its museum quality and wonderful texture. Costing just over 10 bucks, this Dino toy made from a very high-quality plastic is measured approximately 6 inches long. Although it is said to be suitable for ages 3 and above it’s sure to spark not only the imagination of kids but also the interests of Dinosaur figurine collectors and teachers alike. This figure manages to capture the elegant beauty of the Pachyrhinosaurus (which means Thick-nosed lizard.) with its detailed textures and vibrant paint which is done by hand. Another special characteristic of this figure is its detailed posture, which gives it an animated feel that makes it look almost life-like. This fun, as well as educational figure, is sure to be a top addition to your child’s toy collection.
14. Aurora World Taddle Toes Roaree
Aurora World’s Taddle Toes Roaree T-Rex is made of high-quality plush and is one of the most adorable toys in this best Dinosaur toys list. The plush material makes it super soft and makes it easy for little hands to carry around and cuddle. The well-stitched toy has a chunky body and an endearing face. Its huge feet are embroidered with details that include an accent fabric. The Roaree T-Rex has a perfect amount of flop as it is filled with beans, so a child is able truly to enjoy its feel. The manufacturer has also assured the safety of the toy by enclosing the bean filling inside a double bag. This little T-Rex with its little toothy grin and lock-washer eyes is sure to make this a lovely toy that your kid will cherish for a long time.
15. Fisher Price Dino Fortress
For just under $50 the Fisher-Price Imaginext Dino fortress provides your kids with hours and hours of fun activities that they are sure to not get enough of. The fortress comes with 3 main Power pads and a group of tribal warrior figures that brings this Dino fortress to life in an epic way. The Dino spikes of the fortress light up when you turn the warrior on the first power pad. It also and raises the Dino head to reveal a ‘lava’ launcher. Turning the warrior on the second Power pad lets the volcano erupt and send lava boulders through the mountain to the load launcher. Pulling back and releasing the final pad fires four boulders in a row at any invading intruders. The lights, sounds, and action of this kit will surely power up your kid’s imagination and will totally give you your money’s worth.
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