Animal toy reviews and walk-arounds

Recent reviews and walk-arounds


animaltoyforum
September 20, 2018, 02:22:53 PM by animaltoyforum
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Reposted here with permission from @stargatedalek

This small pompano is marketed [on aliexpress - Ed.] as fake food, but given the variety of fish available at pretty good prices for their size I had to give it a shot. In a lot of ways it more than exceeds my expectations, the detail is better than the pictures show (I think itís almost certainly cast from a real fish), unfortunately it seems to be very fragile. Iím not about to cut it open and find out but I think it might literally be a sponge coated in plastic, as opposed to plastic stuffed with sponge, sounds like a subtle difference on paper but itís drastic in practice.

Overall I guess itís a failed experiment, but Iím glad I took the risk and found out (also glad I ordered just one as a test). If I ever want any large fish for a diorama or display these are definitely going to be put into consideration, but as figures they are just to fragile. The material reminds me of "stress-ball" animals that are often given out with promotional logos on them.





bmathison1972
September 17, 2018, 11:09:06 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of a rhinoceros beetle, Dynastinae, gen. sp. by an unknown manufacturer, which may be a Toy Major knock-off.

This is one of the medium-sized lines of insects released in the 1990s and beyond, larger versions of some of the tube-sized figures by TM. The figure is too generic to be assigned to a given species. It measures 62 mm in length and is a solid-piece plastic












Here with small TM figures (and their knock-off counterparts):



So, the main reason I wanted to show this figure is because it, or a similarly-sculpted figure, is on display as an educational piece at the Missouri Botanical Gardens:



bmathison1972
September 03, 2018, 04:14:58 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria (Linnaeus, 1758) by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. - B.I.G. Insects, No. 5, new for 2018. For most of the last several years, T-TARTS' annual 'B.I.G. Insects' set has included four scarabaeoid beetles and one non-scarabaeoid. Recent examples include the Japanese carpenter ant, the giant Asian hornet, a couple mantids, and a crayfish.

The figure is stunning. Definitely above par for T-TARTS insect figures! The four beetles that were released along side this figure are nice but simple: very smooth and monochromatic. The locust is anything but. Extreme detail went into the texture, and it has a nice matte-like finish. The colors are very nice, and depict the usual scheme of the species' solitary phase.

The figure measures 8.0 cm (not including antennae nor legs), making it slightly larger than 1:1 for the normal range of 4.0-6.0 cm. Like most figures in these series, assembly is required. This one comes in 9 pieces: wings; abdomen and meso- + metathorax; upper portion of prothorax; head; the middle and hind legs are individual, but the front pair of legs are part of the underside of the prothorax.

The figure is a real gem! Let the pics speak for themselves:













bmathison1972
September 01, 2018, 05:57:41 PM by bmathison1972
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Review of another one of those odd, novelty sets. This one is called Insect Set to the Party Box by a company called Aico (release date unknown). It looks like it was intended to be used for novelty toys for children's birthday parties and such. It is a random mix of figures. The figures themselves are quite varied in size, material, and level of quality, suggesting they were commissioned from different manufacturers. There are 12 figures representing 6 species. Most are your typical gashapon to bin style sizes.

Here is the box with a representative of each:



On to the figures themselves:

First up, a generic Dorcus hopei. It is very smooth, somewhat stylized, and solid/stiff. It is not clearly a knockoff of the more familiar companies that have produced this species. Size-wise, it is similar to T-TARTS B.I.G. Insects or maybe F-toys figures.



Next, a figure that was marketed simply as a 'bee' but most-certainly represents the giant Asian hornet, Vespa mandarinia. This figure is among the smallest in the set!



Next, a generic sphingid larva (hornworm). Too bad a species could not be attributed to it; it's a neat one!



One of two earthworms in the set. The earthworms are a very soft, rubbery material. I hope they hold up over time...



One of two cockroaches in the set. Similar to many bin-style figures, these are made of a very stiff, firm plastic.



Lastly, the ants. These are the same sculpt as the ant in the K&M International Itsy Bities Bucket (http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2185.0). There were five in the set. I decided to get creative here. I used super glue to adhere three of them to half of a 4D Master log. I then used super glue to attach one of the Kitan Club mushrooms to the log too. The final product a cool little ant diorama!

bmathison1972
August 31, 2018, 02:49:23 AM by bmathison1972
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Review of a set of crickets and katydids called Sound of Autumn by Dreams Come True, LTD, originally released in 2004. At the time of the initial writing, I have only five of the eight figures in the set. I hope to complete this set for sure! The theme is singing orthopteroids, and features eight crickets and katydids. Each figure comes permanently attached in a plastic cage (see first image). You can push a button on the side of the cage and it plays the sound the animal makes! The batteries in mine must have been dead as none made sound (or maybe batteries were not included - I did not feel like unscrewing the bottom to find out).

I do not like to display figures in captivity, so I physically removed them, which meant irreparably damaging the cages. The insects are attached by a rubber extension which was easy to cut off. The individual insects are small, including appendages they are roughly 3.4-4.0 cm long (to put things in perspective, the cages are 5.5 cm x 4.0 cm x 3.5 cm. They are a solid piece relatively soft plastic. Nice detail given their size.

Each figure also comes with a card with the scientific name and a piece of candy. I am so grateful Latin names were included. And of the first five I have, not only are they all new species, they are all new genera! Orthopteroids are not often marketed at the species level, so this is a nice treat!

First an individual box, figure still in the cage, and the accompanying paper:



Next the liberated crickets:



On to the figures, in the order they are labeled as on the packaging:

3. Mecopoda nipponensis.



4. Velarifictorus aspersus.



5. Dianemobius nigrofasciatus [marketed as Pteronemobius nigrofasciatus).



7. Xenogryllus marmoratus. I love the raised wings on this one!!!



8. Loxoblemmus doenitzi.



Now...to get the remaining three!!!!!!!!!!!!!
animaltoyforum
August 08, 2018, 10:55:21 AM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the Hercules beetle Dynastes hercules by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). I think this walk-around completes the ChocoEgg Series 6 on the Animal Toy Forum. Photos by @bugsnapz





animaltoyforum
August 07, 2018, 09:47:52 PM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the red-rump tarantula (Brachypelma vagans) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). Photos by @bugsnapz




animaltoyforum
August 05, 2018, 10:49:53 AM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the thorny devil (Moloch horridus), part of Bullyland's 'Bullyland Amphibians' collection (go figure, because it is a lizard. Perhaps 'herpetofauna' didn't have the same ring to it). It is 10cm long. This toy was retired this year (2018) so I picked it up just in time, from the Hanover Museum, Germany.





Beetle guy
July 24, 2018, 06:30:59 AM by Beetle guy
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Next to the walk-arounds for individual figurines, I will try to give an overview of my Sega beetle collection here. There is a lot, so I will be updating this topic from time tot time.


Bandai/Sega  has produced an unparallelled beetle figurine output. Dozens of beetle toys series were produced, compricing hunderds of beetles. A few species are (as you will learn from this post) very well presented. The beetle toys (and Card- and computergames, stationary and even clotches) were marketed under the brandname MushiKing (King of beetles).
I have collected not all series, but to my feeling only the more detailed figurines that had reasonable proportions and a realistic look. I will also mention the figurines I am missing or have skipped to give at least a complete picture of the series I will post in this topic.

As with Blaine's topic 'Blaine's Bug of the day', I highly value comments, but please do not place images in this post to keep the overview 'clean' ;)

The small Bandai beetle series complete

This series is formed out of 10 sets of 10 beetles each. So 100 beetles(!) in this series (some species are doubled or in alternative paint or even sculpted version). The were relaesed from 2005 till 2007. They came boxed per 10 with collecting- playing cards. The order of release of the sets I am still figuring out. I know the content of the sets via the official Bandai website.


The beetles have for white or black dots and a serialnumber on the abdomen.


SET 1 Released in 2008.

 

1. Prosopocoilus giraffa (black eyes), 2. Dynastes hercules lichyi, 3. Chalcosoma caucasus (black eyes), 4. Trypoxylus (Allomyrina) dichotoma septentrionalis, 5. Dynastes granti (black eyes),
6. Megasoma actaeon (black eyes), 7. Dynastes Neptunus (black eyes), 8. Mesotopus tarandus (black eyes), 9. Allotopus rosenbergi (black eyes) and 10. Hexarthrius mandibularis (black eyes).


SET 2 Mushiking Beetle Encyclopedia 2.

 

1. Chalcosoma atlas, 2. Dynastes granti (red eyes), 3. Eupatorus gracilicornis, 4. Dynastes Neptunus (red eyes), 5. Megasoma actaeon (red eyes)
6. Dorcus rectus, 7. Lucanus maculifemoratus, 8. Rheatelus speciosus, 9. Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyes), 10. Odontolabis burmeisteri.


SET 3

 

1. Eupatorus siamensis, 2. Chalcosoma moellenkampi, 3. Heterogomphus hirtus, 4. Allomyrina pfeifferi, 5. Prosopocoilus inclinatus,
6. Cyclommatus elaphus, 7. Dorcus grandis (red eyes), 8. Odontolabis spectabilis, 9. Prosopocoilus giraffa (red eyes), 10. Mush King mascotte (eyes "closed").


SET 4

 

1. Dynastes granti (black eyes), 2. Allotopus rosenbergi (black eyes), 3. Dynastes hercules (blue elytra), 4. Eupatorus hardwickei, 5. Odontolabis cypri,
6. Aegus platydon, 7. Megasoma gyas, 8. Prosopocoilus wallacei, 9. Lycomedes buckleyi, 10. Lamprima adolphinae.


SET 5

 

1. Trypoxylus (Allomyrina) dichotoma septentrionalis (alternate sculpt), 2. Golofa porteri, 3. Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyes), 4. Megasoma elephas, 5. Dynastes hercules lichyi (alternate sculpt),
6. Dorcus binodolusus (dark no detail paint), 7. hexarthrius parryi, 8. Mesotopus tarandus (red eyes), 9. Allotopus rosenbergi (red eyes), 10. MushiKing (eyes "open").

SET 6

 

1. Trypoxylus (Allomyrina) dichotoma septentrionalis, 2. Dynastes hercules lichyi (Blue, no yellow hair on head), 3. Trichogomphus martabani, 4. Xylotrupes gideon, 5. Megasoma anubis,
6. Dorcus pilifer, 7. Chiasognathus granti, 8. Homoderus mellyi, 9. Dorcus palawanicus, 10. Prosopocoilus fabricea.

SET 7

 

1. Prosopocoilus giraffa (black eyes), 2. Chalcosoma caucasus (black eyes), 3. Megasoma actaeon (black eyes), 4. Neolucanus maximus, 5. Dynastes satanas,
6. Dorcus alcides, 7. Odontolabis imperialis, 8. Xylotrupes pubescens, 9. Beckius beccarii, 10. Rhyssonotus nebulosus.

SET 8

 

1. Dynastes hercules lichyi (black eyes), 2. Dynastes Neptunus (black eyes), 3. Hexarthrius mandibularis (black eyes), 4. Augosoma centurion, 5. Rhaetulus didieri,
6. Prosopocoilus hasteri, 7. Sphaenognathus feisthameli, 8. Dynastes hyllus, 9. Dipelicus cantori, 10. Lucanus gamunus.

SET 9

 

1. Trypoxylus (Allomyrina) dichotoma septentrionalis, 2. Dorcus binodolosus (more detailed colour), 3. Mesotopus tarandus (black eyes), 4. Oryctes gigas, 5. Golofa claviger,
6. Megasoma mars, 7. Odontolabis alces, 8. Dorcus tityus, 9. Odontolabis duivenbodei, 10. Eupatorus gracilicornis edai.

SET 10

 

1. Dynastes hercules lichyi (brown), 2. Dorcus grandis (black eyes), 3. Dorcus palawanicus, 4. Neolucanus delicatus, 5. Scapanes australis,
6. Hexarthrius forsteri, 7. Strategus mandibularis, 8. Eupatorus beccarii, 9. Dorcus rubrofemoratus, 10. Dynastes tityus.

I have also this one. It does not belong to one of the 10 series. Maybe it was an extra/bonus or so, I do not know. It is the bluei version of D. hercules lichyi (alternative sculpt).


bmathison1972
July 23, 2018, 12:18:26 AM by bmathison1972
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I don't have much to do in this arena as I patiently wait for things to ship from Japan, so I thought I would take a break from my real entomological work on the Nearctic Elateridae and showcase some models by Toy Major.

These are very large insect figures, all produced by Toy Major in the late 1990s. They are very similar to their smaller tube-sized counterparts but are much bigger. All of these are at least 1 US foot (12 inches/30 cm) across their longest points.

I bought all of them except the mantis at a toy store in Tucson, AZ in 1999 or 2000. The mantis was purchased more recently on eBay and I was surprised when I got it that it was a TM figure (it was marketed as garden decor). I am not sure how many more were made. One note, the antennae on the grasshopper broke off. One broke off moving from Phoenix to Atlanta in 2007 and the other when I moved from Atlanta to Salt Lake City in 2016.

Since they are so big, I decided to take the pics on the patio of my apartment complex:











animaltoyforum
July 11, 2018, 03:04:12 PM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the only extant creature in the Prehistoric Sealife tube by Safari Ltd, the frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). Presumably included in the set as a 'living fossil'.






bmathison1972
July 09, 2018, 01:22:23 AM by bmathison1972
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This thread will serve as an overview of the Yowies arthropods. I will post a handful at a time. The Yowies series gives an insect collector the chance to get a large variety of unique models, as Australian arthropods are very uncommonly made. The nature of the figures does not justify long walkaround for each, so I will do single-image representations of each species.

There are figures here from both the Australian and UK releases. The former were small gashapon-like puzzles that required assembly; the latter are solid-plastic figures (and in many cases, more realistic than their Australian counterparts).

In no particular order:

1. paper wasp, Polistes rothneyi (this figure was marketed under the synonym, P. tasmaniensis).



2. the prehistoric horseshoe crab, Dubbolimulus sp.



3. trilobite, Kettneraspis clavatus.



4. jumping spider, gen. sp. This figure was not marketed at a given genus or species. Only one of three toy/model jumping spiders I am aware of!



5. the fiddler crab, Gelasimus vomeris (marketed under its original name, Uca vomeris.).
This species was in both the Australian and UK releases.



6. the cruiser butterfly, Vindula arsinoe ada.



7. spiny lobster, Panulirus cygnus.



8. mantis shrimp, Odontadactylus brevirostris.



9. the crab spider, Diaea variabilis.



10. Christmas scarab, Anoplognathus punctulatus.
Another one released in both the Australian and UK series. In this case, the UK figure is MUCH better than the Australian one.



11. Black-and-white tiger moth, Spilosoma glatignyi.



12. the transverse lady beetle, Coccinella transversalis.
Another species released in the UK and Australian series.



13. giant centipede, Scolopendra morsitans.



14. emperor gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti.



15. hairy hermit crab, Derdanus megistos.

bmathison1972
July 07, 2018, 04:26:29 AM by bmathison1972
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Later than expected, a personal request from Dr. Admin, the Life Cycle of a Mosquito, by Safari LTD, Safariology, originally released in 2014. As someone who studies the medical aspects of insects as well, this was a welcome treat! Over a short period, Safari LTD released several insect life cycles and this is probably my favorite.

The mosquito is not attributable to a given species (although the egg raft and length of palps in the adult rule-out the malaria-spreading anophelines).

Not a bad set; the adult is a bit stout, but that is to be expected when real mosquitoes are spindly: the figure needs to be sturdy enough to prevent breakage and not be too sharp as to risk injury to children.

On to the pics:

eggs:



larva:



pupa:



adult:



whole cycle:



in a mini-diorama:



bmathison1972
July 06, 2018, 02:47:34 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of a novelty food premium, a firefly by Chick-Fil-A Properties, Inc., originally released in 2014. I like food premium figures. They are often unique, original releases, that tend to disappear quickly after being released. As such they are often difficult to obtain and over time may fetch a bit of money to acquire them! I found this one randomly on eBay, probably not too long after it was released. I do not remember it being expensive or anything. I don't eat fast food enough to know why this was released (part of a larger animal set?).
 
The figure is generic and not attributable to a given species. The beetle itself is 7.5 cm and the entire figure (leaf included) is 10.0 cm. The beetle is securely attached to the leaf via screws (although the legs are physically part of the base). There is a button on the bottom that, when pressed, allows the abdomen to light up [see last pic]!

On to the pics:











animaltoyforum
July 03, 2018, 06:09:10 PM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the 2012 meerkats pair by Safari Ltd (Wild Safari Wildlife). Not to be confused with the 2016 Meerkat in this line. The 2016 one replaced the 2012 one when the earlier one was retired. According to toyanimal.info this figure was sculpted by @doug watson

Those of you living in the UK will know that a certain recurring TV advert has destroyed the public perception of meerkats forever. Sigh. ::)







bmathison1972
July 01, 2018, 05:16:23 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii (Girard, 1852) by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., 22nd Anniversary Collection. The figure is marked 2005 but not sure if that was when this anniversary figure was released, or that was the original date (assuming this is a re-release of an earlier figure). Like recently shown migratory locust and Japanese giant mantids, this is another 'non-scarabaeoid' figure released in the T-TARTs sets. This species is native to the southeastern USA, but has been introduced to Japan where it has achieved pest status, and this its frequent inclusion in Japanese sets.

The figure is 10.0 cm (body length, not including antennae or clawed legs), which does put it within the 1:1 range for a large individual. Some assembly is required and the front legs (pincers) do not attach snuggly.

The first image in on a custom base courtesy of @sphyrna18 (where it sits permanently on my shelves!) and does not come with the figure  ;)

On to the pics:













bmathison1972
June 28, 2018, 03:39:04 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkarounds of the Japanese giant mantis, Tenodera aridifolia (Stoll, 1813) by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (T-TARTS), B.I.G. Insects. I should note, these Japanese mantis figures are sometimes marketed as T. sinensis, which has been considered conspecific or a subspecies of T. aridifolia, but T. sinensis is now considered a valid species. I am not an orthropterist but I consider these mantids made by Japanese companies to be T. aridifolia unless otherwise convinced.

These two figures were released as the 'non-scarabaeoids' in the 2015 and 2016 B.I.G. Insects sets. Each year T-TARTS releases a set of 'big' insects that includes four scarabeoid beetles and one 'other'. In 2017 it was a Japanese carpenter ant and this year it is a forthcoming migratory locust!

The 2015 figure is 13.5 cm long and the 2016 figure is 10.0 cm long, making the 2016 figure 1:1 and the 2015 figure slightly larger. Like all T-TARTS figures, there is some assembly. The 2016 figure followed suit with the scarab beetles and has metal rather than plastic wing covers.

On to the pics of both (2015, then 2016, then both):

2015:











2016:











Both:





animaltoyforum
June 26, 2018, 07:40:56 PM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the American badger by Safari Ltd (Wild Safari North American Wildlife). What a floppy-looking creature!








bmathison1972
June 25, 2018, 04:53:58 AM by bmathison1972
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Walk-around of what is probably my favorite figure, the Japanese firefly (also known as genji-botaru), Luciola cruciata Motschulsky, 1854 by Kaiyodo, Natural Monuments of Japan No. 45. The species has been made a couple times, including previously by Kaiyodo for their Choco Q Animatales line. This figure is from the Natural Monuments of Japan set, one of the greatest sets produced by Kaiyodo.

This is such a lively and dynamic figure. The detail is exquisite. Plus, I am a sucker for figures on natural bases. Like most older Kaiyodo figures, assembly is required. The beetle's body is 3.5 cm, making it roughly 3:1 in scale.

On to the pics:















animaltoyforum
June 24, 2018, 06:02:48 PM by animaltoyforum
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Walk-around of the polar bear cub by Safari Ltd, part of their Wild Safari Sea Life line. The adult in this line has already been featured on the ATF by @Takama here: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1509.0 They make a nice pair. Can a polar bear really be considered sea life? Sure, they enjoy a paddle, but so does Michael Phelps. :))





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