Monthly archives: October, 2019

North American Porcupine (Wild Safari North American Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

Today I am reviewing a figure that I think needs some special attention, the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), that was released by Safari Ltd in 2018 for their North American Wildlife line. When promo pics first came out for this figure, it got a lot of negative feedback, much of which I think is …

Golden-ringed Dragonfly (The Insects of Japan Vols. 1 and 3 by Yujin)

The Golden-ringed dragonfly (in Japanese Oniyanma) Anotogaster sieboldii is the biggest dragonfly in Japan. It is also known as jumbo dragonfly or Siebold’s dragonfly. It is the largest species of dragonfly in Eastern Asia (Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula). It can reach a lenght of 100 mm. The A. sieboldii nymph lives three to five years, moulting up to ten times and growing as long …

Common Cuckoo (Birdtales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

I’ve been intending to write a review of this figure for quite a bit now, but until now, schoolwork and other real life issues have gotten in the way of that. Anyway, let the review commence: Brood parasitism, the act of relying on other individual animals to raise young, is easily one of the most …

Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Animals of Australia, small series by Science & Nature)

Today we are visiting the yellow-footed rock-wallaby, Petrogale xanthopus, by Science & Nature. The figure was released for the ‘small series’ in their Animals of Australia line this year (2019). Science & Nature is an Australian company that focuses on the fauna of Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding areas. However, the do have a few …

Snail-eating Ground Beetle (Capsule Q Museum, Japanese Animal Collection 1, Tohoku by Kaiyodo)

The ground beetles are a large, cosmopolitan family of beetles (Carabidae) with more than 40,000 species worldwide. Many species of ground beetles (adults and larvae being predators of many invertebrates, including various pests) are considered beneficial organisms to humans. Carabus blaptoides is a species ground beetles distributed in Russia and Japan having many subspecies. This Kaiyodo figurine was released in …

Japanese Tiger beetle (ChocoQ Animatales series 9 by Kaiyodo)

The Japanese Tiger beetle Cicindela chinensis japonica is a subspecies of Cicindela chinensis, a species of ground beetles native to Asia. The real beetles size can reach 2 cm, the figurine is 3,5 cm (not including the legs and antennae). Kaiyodo released the figurine of this beautiful beetle in their 9th ChocoQ Animatales series line up in 2004. …

Ganges River Dolphin (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and photos by OkapiBoy Before we leave Mainland Asia, I wanted to make one last detour and check out some of the largest and mightiest rivers in India and Asia.The Ganges, Indus, Yangtze, and Mekong are just some of the largest river systems that flows and crisscross the continent.Here, one would encounter one of …

American Alligator, with babies (Incredible Creatures by Safari Ltd.)

This walk-around covers the Incredible Creatures (American) Alligator with Babies, Alligator mississippiensis (Daudin, 1802). A huge figure, stretched out it would be approx. 481 mm total length and 242 mm snout-vent length. Considering normal adult lengths between 2.5 and 4.4 m (although larger specimens are known) the scale would be between 1:5 and 1:9. However, since the juveniles …