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This page has our brand new collectors guide to dinosaur toys. How to get started, what to collect and where to start hunting.

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The age of the dinosaur toy has only just begun and yet already theres a fascinating variety of dinosaur toys to discover and collect.

Almost from the moment dinosaur fossils were first unearthed people have been figuring out ways to make bigger, better and more accurate dinosaur models and replicas.

Currently the toy dinosaur can be divided into two categories. There's the soft or plush dinosaur toy and then there's the hard or soft plastic dinosaur figure. Dinosaur figures can be static or articulated and many increasingly have radio control. The radio controlled dinosaur toy is increasingly dominating the toy market.

What's more there are both modern and vintage ranges of toy dinosaurs to discover and collect. Contemporary toy companies tend to release a handful of new figures each year, whereas vintage ranges offer the tantalising possibility of being able to track down and collect every single dinosaur ever released by a particular maker.

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That's not to mention all the dinosaur board games, card games, magnets and books you can find. To be sure, you can even get your own dinosaur toy egg and hatch it right at home!

One of the great things about collecting the toy dinosaur is the fact that there are so many different varieties to choose from. Each one tells its own story and thus has great educational value. Besides, how could any budding paleontologist resist a visit to the toy shop on the way out after a trip to the dinosaur museum?

There are probably more models, replicas and toys of Tyrannosaurus Rex than any other dinosaur. But no toy collection would be complete without old favourites like gigantosaurus, velociraptor, stegosaurus, triceratops or iguanadon. Then who wouldn't want a toy pterosaur or two? Flying dinosaurs like pterodactylus were the largest flying animals ever. Its also both fascinating and educational to collect dinosaurs by era, for example just those of the Triassic, Jurassic or Cretaceous periods.

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Toy Dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes, making them the most remarkable toys. Theres the long neck herbivores like apatosaurus, barosaurus and brachiosaurus. Dinosaurs with huge fins like spinosaurus. And those with spectacular skull crests like stracusaurus or parasaurolophus.

So whether you have a passion for plant eaters or a craving for carnivores why not get your claws into dinosaur toy collecting and discover a hobby you can really sink your teeth into.