Category: Birds

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 …

Rainbow Lorikeet (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

Here is a walk-around of the small Safari Ltd Wings of the World 2016 rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus moluccanus (Gmelin, 1788); item No. 150229. Total length is approx. 74 mm (if the head and neck would be fully stretched out) so the scale is approx. 1:4. This popular parrot species from eastern Australia has a specialised …

Shoebill (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 After the cassowary, I again want to introduce you to another bird figure, representing a most impressive animal, but nevertheless being mostly ignored by major toy brands. Toy Animal Wiki lists six different figures, five of them are made by Japanese brands and are probably produced from …

Common Kingfisher (Wild Animals by Papo)

Images by postsaurischian; additional text by bmathison1972 The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small bird endemic to much of the Palearctic, from Europe to North Africa, east to Japan, and south to the Malaysian Archipelago. Today we are looking at the 2019 rendition by Papo. The figure measures 4.3 cm tall, including the stump …

Southern Cassowary (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Only few species of the once varied and numerous group of ratites remain in our modern world. Amonge these, the cassowaries are a very impressive occurrence, they are the most colorful and the second heaviest. Three species are known, but the one shown here is basically the …

Dove, pair (Noah’s Pals by Caboodle! Toys LLC)

Review and photographs by Sirenia; edited by bmathison1972 Whatever your stance on religion, it is hard to deny the impact that the story of Noah has had on animal welfare and conservation. Zoos have been named in his honour, and peace symbols based on animals in his story. In the mid 2000’s it also inspired …

Great Lakes TOOB (Safari Ltd.)

Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Those are the names of the Great Lakes of North America that boarder the central/east United States and Canada. In total area they represent the largest freshwater lakes on Earth, holding roughly 20% of the world’s surface freshwater and 9/10ths of the water supply for the United States. The …

Emu, male (Southlands Replicas)

Review and photographs by Loon; edited by bmathison1972 Dromaius novaehollandiae, more commonly known as the emu, is the second-largest bird on earth, with the tallest being over 6½ feet or 2 meters tall. Being such an important part of Australian culture, it made sense that Southlands Replicas, a company that mostly specializes in replicas of …