Category: Kaiyodo

Tuatara (Dinotales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Despite its long and interesting history, the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) keeps a surprisingly low profile among modern fauna. That may be because of its unexciting lifestyle, which renders the reptile a less sought-after star for modern media. Right in line with that is its rarity in the …

Galapagos Land Iguana (Capsule Q Museum: Reptiles Lounge by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 “Ugly” and of a “singularly stupid appearance“ were two of the things Charles Darwin had to say about the Galapagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus. His judgement about their more popular aquatic relatives, the Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus was not much better, those he describes as the “most …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Sofubi Toy Box by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972. Not a lot time has passed since my last review of a Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), so there is not much more to tell about the animal itself, so let us get straight away to the figure itself. Kaiyodo`s Sofubi Toy Box figures are produced in …

Common Snapping Turtle (Capsule Q Museum: Foreign Invaders and New Friends by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by jumboplayset; edited by bmathison1972 For me, my all time favorite animal is without question the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). I remember when I first saw the species in the wild, in a tiny creek down the way from my grandparents’ house. The creek ran between two streets but was unbelievably …

Japanese Firefly (Natural Monuments of Japan by Kaiyodo)

This is a modified version of the walk-around I did for the Animal Toy Forum. Walk-around of what is probably my favorite figure, the Japanese firefly (also known as genji-botaru), Luciola cruciata Motschulsky, 1854 by Kaiyodo, No. 45 in the Natural Monuments of Japan line. The species has been made a couple times, including previously …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Natural Monuments of Japan by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanothus; edited by bmathison1972 Through their long history, the group we accept as amphibians was, and still is, very diverse. Among the many fossils a great number of species grew to sizes that are hardly imaginable for us today. The extinct Prionosuchus grew up to 9 metres, longer than any know …

Tsuchinoko (Sofubi Toybox by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by stargatedalek; edited by bmathison1972 Editor’s Comment: We are posting this in appreciation of April Fool’s Day. However, please note that fantasy creatures in general will not be accepted for potential Blog reviews, except for fun occasions such as this or after Admin/Editor approval. The Tsuchinoko is a small pit viper native …

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 …

Snail-eating Ground Beetle (Capsule Q Museum: Japanese Animal Collection, 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 (Choco Q 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. …