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An introduction to the Prehistoric Life Collectibles Digest along with some statistics regarding what information is available

The Extinct Life Pictorial Encyclopedia

Fiction Novels Featuring Prehistoric Animals, Mutant Beasts & Primeval Man

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Ficticious (Fantasy/Pop Culture) Characters/Creatures
"Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations."
Steve Miller (Author of Freaks! How to Draw Fantastic Fantasy Creature)
This section of The Dinosaur Fan presents sets by the names of fictitious characters/creatures depicted on the items contained in the sets. I have restricted the information in this section to only those sets for which I have identified and/or entered the name of at least one character/creature. Sets that do not have any of these identified are not available in this section.

At this juncture, I should provide a little clarification. Creatures with legitimate names (genus) found in Fantasy/Pop Culture media are NOT included in this section of the site as they are, to one degree or another, a “representation” of real extinct animals. A good example of this differentiation is found with the Disney movie, ‘Dinosaur’. While all of the characters in the move are based on real animals (e.g., iguanodonts, brachiosaurs), I classify the talking characters (e.g., Aladar, Kron, Neera) as fictional life whereas the two legitimately named dinosaurs in this movie (i.e., Carnotaurus and Velociraptors) will be not found in this section but rather in the Extinct Life section of this site. Another quick example are the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park/World movies. All of these will be found in the Extinct Life section of this site with two obvious exceptions; the fictitious creatures Indominus rex and Indoraptor.

As a side note, this section of The Dinosaur Fan also attempts to associate fantasy/pop culture characters/creatures with their potential extinct life form inspirations. There really is no reason to do this except I thought it would be fun and interesting. I have not made any attempt to be "scientific" about this information. Most of the data was gathered from the internet with a minimal amount of validation on my part. In those cases where I could not find potential extinct life form inspirations published on the internet, I took the liberty of guessing based on images from my extinct life collection.

In a vain attempt to convince the reader that I have not totally lost my mind, below is a summary of the findings of a 1998 science-based, tongue-in-cheek analysis of Godzilla by the renowned paleontologist Ken Carpenter which, if nothing else, proves that I am not the only one who occasionally muses on such obscure trivia as is presented in this section of The Dinosaur Fan.

“Godzilla has traits that evolved multiple times among different groups of large carnivorous theropods, creating a strange dinosaurian mosaic. Not to mention all those radiation-spurred mutations.

Still, the monster’s anatomy holds enough clues to place him within a particular part of the dinosaur family tree. Godzilla’s long arms and four fingers on each hand indicate that the “Big Guy” is a basal theropod, or, in other words, belongs to one of the early branches of the group’s family tree. And even though the bony fins along Godzilla’s back are reminiscent of the herbivore Stegosaurus, Carpenter pointed out that some theropods–such as Ceratosaurus–had less-flashy bony armor along their spines. Perhaps the prominent ornaments on Godzilla were highly-modified versions of body armor that was more subtle among his ancestors.

More than anything else, though, Carpenter pointed to Godzilla’s head as the key to the mutant dinosaur’s identity. Godzilla has a short, deep skull reminiscent of a group of theropods called abelisaurids–dinosaurs such as Carnotaurus and Skorpiovenator that were cousins of Ceratosaurus. (In fact, the abelisaurids were a subgroup within the Ceratosauria.) Combined with the finger count and osteoderms, Carpenter noted, the creature’s skull suggests that Godzilla is some sort of ceratosaur–perhaps even a form that smooths the transition between more archaic ceratosaurs and the deep-skulled abelisaurids. Exactly how such a strange dinosaur survived to the modern era, and how radioactivity created such a monstrosity, are questions best left in movie mythology.” (Source: Smithsonian.com, What Kind of Dinosaur is Godzilla?)

It is certain that I've missed some pop culture characters/creatures, so if you can add to the list in this site, please feel free to contact me at: mmriley@dinofan.com so that I can add the information. Also, if you have an alternative extinct life form inspiration you think might be a better fit for a particular pop culture character/creature, please feel free to share your thoughts and I'll add the information.

Use caution; check the data before you use it. NOTE: the information presented throughout this website has NOT been reviewed by any person or organization. All information has been gathered and/or synthesized by me. I am doing my best to provide accurate data however, if you use material from this website for any reason, I would advise you do so with EXTREME CAUTION as there is a good chance that omissions, errors and/or outdated information may exist.
Current Collectibles Record Totals
# of Sets# of Items
Top 20 Most Popular Fictional Characters/Creatures Included in Sets
 CharacterQty. of Sets *
King Kong (King Kong)33
Aladar (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))26
Dino (The Flintstones)26
Devil Dinosaur (Devil Dinosaur)21
Bigfoot (Monsters, Myths & Cryptozoology)16
Baylene (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))15
Godzilla (Godzilla)15
Loch Ness Monster (Monsters, Myths & Cryptozoology)15
Kron (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))14
Yeti (Monsters, Myths & Cryptozoology)14
Eema (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))13
Neera (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))13
Suri (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))13
Indominus Rex (Jurassic World)12
Url (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))12
Zini (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))12
Indoraptor (Jurassic World)10
Rex (Beanie Babies)10
Bruton (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))9
Plio (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))9
Yar (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))9
Top 20 Most Fictional Characters/Creatures Items in Sets
 CharacterQty. of Items *
King Kong (King Kong)313
Godzilla (Godzilla)181
Yazoo (Comic Art)100
Baby Sinclair (Dinosaurs (TV Show))88
Aladar (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))87
Dino (The Flintstones)77
Earl Sneed Sinclair (Dinosaurs (TV Show))68
Denver (Denver, The Last Dinosaur)61
Vastatosaurus Rex (King Kong)44
Robert "Robbie" Mark Sinclair (Dinosaurs (TV Show))43
Barney (Barney & Friends)40
Devil Dinosaur (Devil Dinosaur)38
Diego (Ice Age)34
Charlene Sinclair (Dinosaurs (TV Show))32
Manny (Ice Age)31
Sid (Ice Age)31
Bigfoot (Monsters, Myths & Cryptozoology)30
Frances "Fran" Sinclair (Dinosaurs (TV Show))24
Indominus Rex (Jurassic World)22
Neera (Dinosaur (Disney Movie))22
Rex (Beanie Babies)22
* Counts only include sets for which I have populated the fictional Character/Creature name information.

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