The mighty Megasaur that could be yours for £9,000

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell it certainly beats owning a dog when it comes to keeping would-be burglars at bay – a Scottish toy company is selling a 6ft tall lifelike dinosaur that costs more than many family cars.

H Grossman Ltd, Scotland’s largest toy firm, is already renowned for bringing us Alien Eggs, Chrome Scooters, Pogo Sticks and Scoobies.

And now the company has turned its attentions to something a whole lot bigger.

There’s no doubt realistic pets are proving popular with little ones, as the success of the likes of the Fur Real brand with its lifelike kittens, puppies and rabbits proves. And most youngsters go through a phase when they are enthralled by dinosaurs.

Well, now Grossman has combined the two, coming up with realistic life-sized raptors with moving heads, eyes, mouth, body, legs and tails. Some of the figures even walk, and they all appear to breathe.

But, you would certainly need a big toy room to accommodate the Megasaur. A spokesman for Grossman said: “You don’t have to start with the mightiest of the Megasaurs, you can begin with a more manageable monster.

“The range includes the Triceratops and, of course, the notorious TRex. These raptors look like the real thing, springing into life when you walk past them. They compliment the lifelike, but static, range of Megasaurs, superbly moulded and meticulously detailed – good enough for any Natural History Museum.”

Company spokeswoman Julie Pittilla added: “They’re perfect for would-be palaeontologists, or pranksters who want to scare their friends.”

It seems dinosaurs are going to be one of the big trends this year and into 2014. The new toys should cash in on renewed interest set to be sparked by the release of the eagerly-awaited Jurassic Park 4, which is set to hit cinemas in the summer of 2014.

Jurassic ParkAt the moment, the film is very much in the early days of production, with Steven Spielberg expected to act as producer, but no director is officially attached as yet.

However, with Spielberg’s next film Robopocalypse being pushed back, some believe he may be ready to return to the director’s chair for the fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise.

The movie will be released in 3D, so its prehistoric monsters will be leaping out at cinema audiences next summer.

Jurassic Park remains one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, but it’s been a few years since we caught up with the dinosaurs cloned as amusement park attractions. The first in the series, adapted from Michael Crichton’s bestselling book, was made in 1993 and the third was released in 2001.

Speaking about the latest instalment, co-producer Kathleen Kennedy, said: “We’re trying to come up with a  story that makes sense and isn’t going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise.”

The new toy dinosaurs will be showcased at the Olympia Toy Fair, which starts on January 24. We can see these pre-historic creatures featuring on many Christmas lists in 2013 – we’re just not sure how Santa is going to fit them in his sleigh.