Giant Panda, male 2017 (Wild Life by Schleich)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 A conservation icon, a beloved zoo attraction, and a star of a hit animated franchise, the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is quite possibly the most immediately recognizable animal on the planet. Naturally then, it has enjoyed countless toys over the decades, including this 2017 figure courtesy of …

ANIA Blind Box Series 3 (Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 ANIA is a line of animal figures released under Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. catered towards educating children about wildlife. These figures are highly detailed, inexpensive, and often accurate to the animals they are made to portray. The line has gained popularity in Japan, with them branching out to …

Pygmy Sperm Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Our latest cetacean review will shift its attention to a long-overlooked species, the pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps). The cetacean clade ‘’Physeteroidea’’, is one of the oldest lineages within the odontocete order. Its only extant members are the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and the species within the …

Common Pheasant (Wild Animals by Papo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 The bird life of Middle Europe generally does not flaunt too much color, although if one looks closely there are a few corlorful species, as the gold finch or the green woodpecker. A fairly common species in middle European fields and meadows nowadays is the common pheasant …

Brown Bear Roaring (AAA)

Once more we delve into the “Winter Wonderland”, to a creature that sleeps during this time of cold and hardships, the bear. These carnivorans are fairly successful, thanks to their ability to tackle any food, be it fauna or flora, to build themselves up for hibernation in the cold winter months. These iconic mammals have …

Epaulette Shark (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 The blog will now take its first look into the epaulette shark species. Epaulette sharks belong to the genus Hemiscyllium, composed of nine formally described species, with one having yet to be described. This genus belongs to the Orectolobiformes order of sharks, commonly described as ‘’carpet sharks’’, …

Galápagos Tortoise, 2020 (Wild Animals by Schleich)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 “I frequently got on their backs, and then giving a few raps on the hinder part of their shells, they would rise up and walk away;—but I found it very difficult to keep my balance.” – Charles Darwin Such was the experience of the legendary naturalist when …

Shrimp (Incredible Creatures by Safari Ltd.)

Today we are looking at a review of, and for me a total reassessment of, the ‘shrimp’ produced by Safari Ltd. in 2015 as part of their Incredible Creatures line. When I first received this figure, I was very happy for it, since it was the first arthropod produced by Safari in five years (that …

Blue Hippo Tang (Saltwater Fish in Colour Part 1 by Yujin)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 The surgeonfish are a group of fish that inhabits warm waters around coral reefs. They are mostly herbivorous and benifit the reefs by eating algae, which balances the coral and algal growth. They range in size from the small bristletooth tang which can get up to 15 …

Backyard Birds TOOB (Safari Ltd.)

Birds are without question the most prevalent tetrapod vertebrates in today’s world and for many people, especially in urban settings, birds are the most intimate link to the natural world available. Step outside, no matter where you are, you’re likely to see or hear a bird. Even as a write, I can see about a …