American Bald Eagle (Incredible Creatures by Safari Ltd.)

Another Incredible Creatures walk-around! This time it’s the huge IC American bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766). One of the more rigid IC figures. Its total length is about 21.0 cm, making the scale approx. 1:4 – 1:5. I was very happy to get this one as part of the prize for a photo contest …

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 …

Kermode Bear (Wild Safari North American Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 In the lush coastal rainforests of British Columbia, Canada, lives the extremely rare Kermode, spirit, or ghost bear (Ursus americanus kermodei). It is a subspecies of the American black bear in which some individuals are born with creamy white fur due to a recessive gene. Only a …

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 …

Alpine Salamander (NaturimBild.at)

Review and photos by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Being new to the blog I decided to go with something very European… [editor’s note: Lanthanotus may be new to the Animal Toy Blog, but he is a regular reviewer for the Dinosaur Toy Blog] The Alpine Salamander (Salamandra atra) is a livebearing, totally terrestrial species restricted …