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Toco Toucan (Wild Life by Schleich)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 The giant toucan or toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) is one of those unmistakable birds almost anyone recognizes even with no ornithological background at all. There are a number of models to choose from generally, although quite a number are hard to come by and the quality is …

Deep Sea Creatures TOOB (Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Of all the creatures in the world’s oceans, none are more bizarre and more terrifying to behold than those that dwell in the darkest depths where the light does not penetrate. Seven of these strange species are to be found in the 2014 Deep Sea Creatures TOOB …

Mandarin Duck (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Takama; additional text by Jetoar and bmathison1972 Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata) are my favorite ducks. So I am glad Safari Ltd. made one for their Wings of the World collection in 2008. Mandarin ducks are native to East Asia and Japan, with feral populations established in Great Britain, Germany, and in …

Bowhead Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as the Greenland right whale, is the bearer of multiple titles: largest Arctic denizen, largest mouth of any animal, thickest blubber of any animal, and longest baleen plates of any cetacean. It is also thought to be the longest living …

Pangolin (Incredible Creatures by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 In recent years, an uncommon and elusive animal reached quite a reputation, especially due to an increase of advertisement as “the most trafficked animal you didn`t know existed”. Although pangolins have existed in the form of toy animals at least since the early 80’s, and have quite …

Pilot Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 When it comes to cetaceans, I generally find all mysticetes equally interesting, but I have strong preferences between different odontocetes. Outside of sperm whales and orcas, my next favorites are the members of the Globicephalinae subfamily of oceanic dolphins. This taxon contains all the species of dolphins …

Polar Bear, 2009 (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 A truly iconic beast, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is the biggest of all extant bears, the undisputed master of the Great North, and the image on one side of the two dollar coin in my home and native land of Canada. 🙂 Due to its reliance …

Walrus (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Thanks to its wonderful whiskers and tusks, the walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is the most unique and recognizable out of all the 33 extant pinnipeds. Many toys of this massive beast have been made over the decades; here we shall be examining the Wild Safari Sealife version from …

Giant Squid (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Architeuthis dux, the giant squid, is one of the most iconic cephalopods known to humanity. It is the longest of the cephalopods and is only surpassed in mass by the colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. Large squid have been described as far back as the fourth century BCE, …

California Sea Lion (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) is perhaps the most familiar of all the eared seals due to its popularity in zoos and aquariums as well as its range across most of the western coastline of North America. Intelligent and adaptable, it is just as comfortable resting …