Monthly archives: January, 2021

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Marine Life by Papo)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Out of all the shark species, the most distinguishable group is probably the ones from the family Sphyrnidae, while all but the winghead shark of the genus Eusphyra are placed under the genus Sphyra, better known as the hammerhead sharks. As of 2021, there are 10 recognizable …

Wild Boar (Wild Safari Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

An adaptable, intelligent animal, the wild boar (Sus scrofa) was already a successful species long before it was domesticated and transplanted around the world by humans in the form of the domestic pig (S. scrofa domesticus).  Naturally, they range across Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa, where they thrive in a variety of habitats. Because of …

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 …