All reviews by Guest Reviews

Dolphin (AAA)

Review and images by Sirenia; edited by bmathison1972 Cetaceans are an amazing example of the adaptability of the mammals. From giant filter feeders to smaller predators, they have a great variety of forms. This includes ones that mimic much older species, convergently evolving similar features to deal with the same environment. This review looks at …

Tamandua (Miniature Planet Vol. 5 by Eikoh)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Ants are a very common and numerous form of recent insects, and so it is no wonder that there is also a variety of myrmecophagus animals. A lot of them, though by far not all, rely on strong claws and long sticky tongues to get their small …

Blue Shark (Rhode Island Novelty)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 There are more than 350 known species of shark, and while many of them are quite distinctive, others are difficult to tell apart unless you are an expert or an enthusiast. Perhaps that helps explain why there are so many generic shark toys out there. Unlike the …

Boar (Early Learning Centre)

Review and images by Sirenia; edited by bmathison1972 When you think of domesticated farm animals, one of the first to be thought of is the pig (Sus scrofa domesticus), the delightful omnivore of the farm. There is something quite charming about the pig, maybe because it eats anything like we seem to, hence the expression …

Wedge-tailed Eagle with Brown Snake (Southlands Replicas)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Glaring sun scorches the land as a venomous death silently slides towards its den beneath the sparse shade of the burned grass. Suddenly night falls and accompanied by a hot but soft wind, eight fiercely piercing blades start to cut all life from its automatically wildly curling …

Thylacine (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 For millions of years, the modern thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), also known as the marsupial wolf and the Tasmanian tiger, was one of Australia’s apex predators. But thanks to over-hunting, habitat destruction, and sheer callousness on the part of human beings, this magnificent animal has gone the way …

Hippopotamus (FINA Save Wildlife Collection by Toy Major)

Review and images by Sirenia; edited by bmathison1972 When most think of dangerous animals in Africa, known for killing people, most will think of lions, crocodiles, and hyenas (oh my!). But the animal that actually kills the most people is the common hippopotamus, as they can be very aggressive about their territory. But leave them …

Frilled Lizard (Capsule Q Museum: Reptiles Lounge by Kaiyodo)

Images by postsaurischian; additional text by bmathison1972 The frilled lizard is a popular and familiar again that lives in northern Australia and southern New Guinea. It is famous for being able to run bipedal, but mainly for its neck frill, which makes it so distinctive, the species is immediately recognizable in even the cheapest of …

Aye-aye (Lemurs and Prosimians by Play Visions)

Review and images by stemturtle, edited by bmathison1972 The aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis, is a bizarre lemur, with ears like a bat, continuously growing incisors like a beaver, and a long bony middle finger for extracting grubs from under bark. These are adaptations for percussive foraging, which is to tap on wood, echolocate movement, chew a …

Quagga (Prehistoric by Mojo Fun)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The quagga (†Equus quagga quagga) was a South African subspecies of zebra, immediately recognizable by its unique stripe pattern. During the 19th century, it was hunted relentlessly for its skin and meat, and to eliminate it as competition for domestic animals. Last minute attempts to preserve the …