Editor’s note: As one of the most prolific contributors to the Animal Toy Forum, Brontodocus has posted dozens of spectacular visual walk-arounds over the years. With the launch of the Animal Toy Blog he has kindly given the editors permission to migrate his walk-arounds from the forum to the blog. This post will therefore be the first of many! As per the walk-around format, these overviews will be text-light and image-heavy, but what spectacular images they are! Brontodocus has also become an author for the Animal Toy Blog so he can potentially edit/supplement old walk-arounds, or even post new reviews in the future. Now, onto the walk-around! – Animaltoyforum
The AAA mantis shrimp, Oratosquilla oratoria (De Haan, 1844), like so many AAA figures, is a cast from a real specimen. This time it’s not only identifiable but also correctly identified by AAA – it’s stamped “ORATOSQUILLA”.
This is probably because that species is the most important stomatopod in commercial fishery – these are commonly sold as food in Asia.
The length of the carapace is 73 mm, total length (anterior margin of head to tip of the telson) is 255 mm. The figure is made of translucent rubber.
The rest of this post will be a detailed walk-around of the figure…