Animal toy reviews and walk-arounds

Recent reviews and walk-arounds

March 19, 2019, 02:37:03 PM by postsaurischian
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                                                           My little Kingfisher collection (clockwise from the left)

                              Wiener Bronze      Papo      Rosenthal Porcelaine      Nature Techni Colour      Kaiyodo

March 17, 2019, 12:45:02 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao (Linnaeus, 1758) by National Collectibles Entertainment Association (NECA) - Ace Ventura 8" Pet Detective, released this year in 2019. The figure was sold as accessory to an Ace Ventura action figure based on the movie of the same name.

First a little discussion on the identity of this species. Before I researched it, I assumed this was a scarlet macaw because the cheeks are solid white (no red lines under the eyes) and the covets are predominately yellow, with some green highlights (the green highlights are not as pronounced on my figure as they are promotional pics of the toy). However the bird used in the actual movie for which this figure was based on was a green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus). I did some more snooping around and apparently most companies confuse the identity of these species. The Safari LTD green-winged macaw has the correct color of the covet, but the face lacks the red lines. Mojo Fun released a scarlet macaw but has the red lines under the eyes?!? In 2015, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. released a macaw for their Biology of the Amazon set; I am not sure which species it is, but the face looks like a scarlet macaw and the covets look like a green-winged macaw. For MY personal synoptic collection, I will use this Ace Ventura figure for the scarlet macaw and probably the Mojo Fun figure for the green-winged macaw. If any of you collect any of these, you can follow the morphology or manufacturers names. I'll stick with morphology.

Back to the figure. It is really well-detailed! The figure is 8.5 cm tall, making it approximately in the 1:10 scale range (average length of actual animal, 81 cm). The detail on the face and feathers is very well-done. The figure is designed to attach to the Ace Ventura figure's wrist, as such it can create some challenges for display. I made a branch out of Super Sculpey clay and painted it with acrylic paints before sealing it with satin varnish (see last four images).

With my custom branch:

I have been randomly picking up bird figures and haven't specialized on any groups yet, so I don't have many macaws for comparison. I do have the Kaiyodo Wild Rush hyacinth macaw however for comparative purposes:

March 15, 2019, 10:23:29 PM by bmathison1972
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Time for one of my less-than-conventional walkarounds. This time, the Panamanian white-faced capuchin, Cebus imitator (Thomas, 1903) by National Collectibles Entertainment Association (NECA) - Ace Ventura 8" Pet Detective, released this year in 2019. Historically, most white-faced capuchins were classified as C. capucinus. When justification for separation of the two species was most-recently proposed in 2012, it was realized that the 'familiar' species (e.g., the one featured in film, such as this one) was C. imitator and not C. capucinus. As such, I am going with C. imitator for my figure ( @stemturtle you have yours as C. capuncinus; I wasn't sure which taxonomy you were using).

This figure is actually an accessory to an Ace Ventura action figure from the film of the same name. It was brought to my attention on STS forum, on their thread for animal figures from action figure packs and sets. I had recently ordered the K&M Rain-forest Tube figure of this species, and the NECA figure is far superior!

The figure is hard to measure in this pose, but it seems to be about 6.0 cm long not including the tail, which would make it in the 1:13-1:17 range if I am doing the math right. The tail spins in a 360 degree fashion, so it can be displayed up, or down below the animal, or on its right or left side, all depending on how the figure is displayed.

For some reason, the camera angle makes the head look disproportionately big in my photos; in the actual figure it looks more natural. There are apparent seams at the base of the arms, but the arms do not move.

The set also came with a scarlet macaw and domestic pigeon. They are both fantastic (the pigeon is a bit small). I will highlight them when I focus on bird groups. I need to make a branch out of SuperSculpey clay for the macaw (it was designed to fit on Ace's arm).

With other similarly-sized New World monkeys: the black howler and red-faced spider monkey by Safari LTD and the golden lion tamarin by Papo:

March 14, 2019, 10:48:30 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the desert tortoise, Gopherus morafkai Murphy et al., 2011 by Safari LTD, Wild Safari - North American Wildlife (2010). In 2011, G. agassizii Cooper, 1863 was split into two species. While this figure is not marketed at the species level, I chose G. morafkai since it is the species native to where I grew up in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona (traditional G. agassizii is endemic to the Mohave Desert of California, Nevada, and extreme western Arizona).

The figure's carapace measures 6.0 cm, putting it in the 1:4-1:6 size range. This figure does not scale well with other 'standard-sized' figures, but it is unique at the species level for standard figures (some TOOBs/tubes have smaller figures that may scale better but are not as detailed).

March 13, 2019, 11:49:52 PM by bmathison1972
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Walk-around of the black-faced spoonbill, Platalea minor Temminck et Schlegel, 1849, by CollectA, Wild Life Collection, 2010. This endangered bird occurs in coastal areas of East Asia, including isolated areas of North Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, mainland China, and Vietnam.

The figure stands 8.5 cm, making it 1:8-1:15 is size. It is a dynamic figure with a tree-stump base (personally, as many of you know, I like habitat-style bases). This base is clearly to help the figure stand. Its wings are partially opened as if drying itself or about to take off (or maybe having just landed).

March 13, 2019, 11:32:05 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the golden snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana Milne-Edwards, 1870 by Safari LTD, Wild Safari Wildlife, new for 2019. This monkey is endemic to temperate mountain forests of central and southwestern China. Japanese companies have made this species a few times, but with this figure, Safari LTD launches it into the western market! It is difficult to discern the gender and subspecies from this figure alone, but it is suggestive of an adult male.

The scale is hard to determine, but it is roughly 6.0 cm body length (not including the tail), and with an average body length of 67 cm (range 51-83 cm) that makes it roughly 1:7.8-1:12.7, with a mean of roughly 1:10. Someone correct me if you think I am wrong; I am horrible with math! The figure, in this pose, stands 6.0 cm tall and takes up a maximum floor space of 4.5 cm.

March 09, 2019, 06:44:38 PM by bmathison1972
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Walk-around of the orange-striped shrimp goby, Stogonobiops yasha Yoshino et Shimada, 2010 by For Corporation, Another Aquarium (year of release unknown). The fish is displayed with its symbiotic shrimp, the red-clawed snapping shrimp, Alpheus randalli Banner et Banner, 1980. I have been after this figure a while now, albeit mainly for the shrimp. However since I started building a synoptic animal collection, this gives me an opportunity for a new fish species as well.

Shrimp gobies have a symbiotic relationship with snapping shrimp. The two species share a burrow together. The shrimp maintains the burrow and in turn gets to feed on food scraps from the fish. The shrimp is nearly blind and is very sensitive to movements of the fish, often keeping an antennae in constant contact with the fish. If the fish retreated into the burrow to avoid danger, this shrimp follows!

The figure comes in 6 pieces: 1) base, 2) shrimp body, 3) shrimp legs and claws, 4) fish, 5) fish's dorsal fin, and 6) signage (in Japanese, presumably the Japanese name of the fish). The base is 3.5 cm in diameter. The shrimp is just short of 1:1, so assuming the fish and shrimp are scaled together, the whole display can serve as 1:1 (I cannot measure the fish since the posterior end is incomplete, being 'within the burrow').

This is not the only goby-shrimp figure set. Colorata made the yellownose prawn goby, Stonogobiops xanthorhinica Randall, 1982 also displayed with A. randalli. I hadn't paid attention until I started focusing on fish, that these two figures are different fish species! For both figures, the shrimp is lacking some accuracy, as one claw should be larger than the other. The Colorata figure focuses on the fish, with the shrimp merely an accessory display, but the For Corporation figures seems to emphasize both equally.

Beetle guy
February 20, 2019, 12:27:19 PM by Beetle guy
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The green-and-black poison dart frog (Dendrobates auratus), also known as the green-and-black poison arrow frog and numerous other names.
This one, I strongly think, was made as a prototype. The My Favorite Animal models were on Yahoo Auctions and they are stunning! They went for sometimes high prices.
Well what can I say, it is allready one of my favorites! :))

It really has fine details and the pose is very, very nice!

This one is scale 1:1 for a large female D. auratus. It measures 42 mm. It cannot be removed from its (very nice jungle-like) base.
The materiaal it is made of feels like a resin, hard but the light weight kind.

Compared to the Kitan Club Nature Technicolour D. auratus

No name or information on the base or figurine.

February 15, 2019, 02:06:07 AM by bmathison1972
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Review of the complete primary set of Amazing Creatures by Agatsuma Entertainment (date of release unknown). I have also seen figures from this set advertised as being from a set called 'Strange Predators'. Not sure if there were two different sets, or just different interpretations of the name. I am reviewing the entire primary set here; there are three secret figures which are color variants of the mythical creature 'Tsuchinoko' (I have one of them if anyone is interested for TRADE, I am just not posting the pic in order to keep it in the original am not interested in mythical creatures).

I bought this set when I decided to create a synoptic animal collection because it consists of 9 very rare or unique species!

The figures are comparable to, or slightly larger than, gashapon/tube/TOOB style figures. To put things in perspective, the base shown in the images below is 8.0 cm long by 5.7 cm wide. All of the figures are single-piece PVC. Some figures can attach to the base by means of a clear plastic rod. None of the figures are permanently attached to the base. The base contains the Japanese name, as done the accompanying paperwork. Nowhere on the figure, box, or paper are there Latin names, so the names below are assigned by me or others in the toy animal community.

On to the pics (in no particular order):

1. Common Suriname toad, Pipa pipa

2. Sea pig, Scoptoplanes globosa

3. Vampire squid, Vampyroteuthus infernalis

4. Hooded nudibranch, Melibe leonina

5. Paper nautilus, Argonauta argo

6. Alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii

7. Predatory tunicate, Megalodicopia hians

8. Predatory nudibranch, Tyrannodoris luteolineata

9. Tardigrade, Echiniscus testudo
NOTE: I now have two of these, so one is available for TRADE.

February 06, 2019, 01:42:42 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the Japanese horseshoe crab, Tachypleus tridentatus (Leach, 1819), by For Corporation - Another Aquarium, released in 2018. A little background on this figure. This figure was originally sculpted for the Season 2 line by Aquameridian and intended to be released in 2013. When sales for the first series were not as good as expected, Aquameridian canceled Season 2. Eventually, Aquameridian folded entirely (at least, their website has been down for a while). For Corporation bought the rights to several figures from both Season 1 and Season 2 and released them under the line, Another Aquarium. The accompanying paper for this figure, includes the original credits to Aquameridian and acknowledges the original sculptor.

The figure is a single-piece plastic, measuring 7.0 cm in length, making it roughly 1:10 for a maximum-sized specimen. Like all Aquameridian figures, it is intended to be attached to a plastic water stream, which in turn is attached to a trophy-like base with a placard with the Japanese and Latin names of the animal. The figure has two pegs to attach to the water stream, so it probably does not display well as a stand-alone figure. Also, like all figures, the water stream has an LED light in the base so it lights up when you flip a switch on the bottom (see last image below).

The figure is fairly comparable to the Kaiyodo Natural Monuments of Japan figure (see 4th image, below), which it will replace for my Synoptic Display collection. The Kaiyodo figure has slightly more detail, but I love the dynamic display of the Aquameridian model.

February 05, 2019, 10:50:51 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of a new species for me, the snow crab Chionoecetes opilio (Fabricius, 1788) by MegaHouse. Snow crabs are popular commercial crabs native to shelf depths of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Surprisingly, this species has not been made before.

The figure is a 'Kaitai' puzzle consisting of 41 pieces! The pieces snap together without any adhesive. This figure has both internal and external organs, but interestingly, the internal structures are hidden when the figure is complete. The set also comes with a paper plate and plastic 'crab claw crackers', simulating a cooked specimen, and a recipe guide LOL. Interestingly, when we see red crustaceans like this, they are often meant to represent cooked individuals, however in nature C. opilio is more commonly red than green or brown! When completed, the carapace measures about 5.5 cm, making it about 1:3 for a large male and just over 1:2 for a large female.

There are positives and negatives to this figure. The carapace shape is about correct and the proportions are nice. However, the eyes are cartoony and somewhat anthropomorphized. Also, some of the part labels are permanently printed on the pieces (for those of you who like to customize and repaint, these are minor issues).

The first two pics below are courtesy of Hobby Search from where it was bought, the other three are mine. I did not take step-by-step pics as I assembled it. An interesting figure, but a new species for me!

February 05, 2019, 04:38:28 PM by Takama
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A Giant Albatross.   This figure is decent. It could be outstanding if it were not for the grass sculpted onto the model

Its also Big for a Wings of the World Figure.   
February 03, 2019, 05:48:53 PM by stemturtle
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Review of set of 5 jellyfish (Qualia, JOIN Collection).

The bases of any 4 figures join together to form a mini-diorama.
For no apparent reason, that leaves a fifth figure as odd man out.

The label is in Japanese, and the figures unmarked. Luckily the same species were included in a set of jellyfish by Nature Technicolor, that lists the scientific names. The NTC figures have straps, and are about twice the size of the Qualia figures. For example, the diameter of the upside-down species by Qualia is about 17 mm, while the one by NTC is 36 mm. Ikimon also wins for detail. Of course, standing figures are easier to display.

Upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea ornata

Moon jellyfish, Aurelia aurita

Spotted jelly, Mastigias papua

Flame jellyfish, Rhopillema esculentum

Atlantic sea nettle, Chrysaora quinquecirrha

Thanks to @brettnj for his excellent procurement service.
Link to Qualia Company site:
January 12, 2019, 11:49:40 PM by Takama
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These are old photos i took with an Expirimental Black background

Not too sure it holds up.

FYI this model is hollow @doug watson can you say why this particular model is hollow? :)

January 12, 2019, 12:52:15 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi (P-Cambridge, 1897) by Schleich, new for 2019. I am going to start with a little taxonomic disclaimer. There is confusion to the identity of spiders referred to as Mexican red-knees, since the description of a cryptic sibling species, B. hamorii Cleton and Verdez, 1997. The two species are indistinguishable morpholoically and can only be separated by DNA barcoding and strict geographic distribution. In the absence of a figure being specifically ascribed to a given species, I am referring to all figures as the classic B. smithi.

First thing first. This is, to my knowledge, Schleich's first standard-sized arthropod figure (they had some in their vintage 'Mini' line and some recent accessory sets, such as the Death Valley set or Scorpion Nest). But I think this is the first in a standard line, and I commend them on it! After so many years, this marks uncharted territory for Schleich. I encourage Schleich fans to buy it so they'll make more :-) . But my congratulations and thanks to Schleich for venturing out to this group of animals. Mojo Fun is also releasing their first arthropod this year, and the same species, too!

The figure is nicer than I thought it would be, looks better in-hand than in publicity shots. It is made of a solid, good-quality PVC (very similar in texture and feel to CollectA's insects and spiders). The size is nice, a little smaller than I anticipated, but I am actually grateful for that. The body length is about 4.0 cm, making it just under 1:1 for a small female (or 1:1 for an immature one). The maximum space occupied by the legs is 7.0 cm by 7.0 cm.

If there is one morphological mistake, it is with regards to the number and position of the eyes. For spiders, the eye arrangement usually defines the family, and this figures eyes are not consistent with members of the family Theraphosidae. While this might seem like a nit-pick, other major companies can get this right (see Papo's spectacular wolf spider, for example).

The underside is marked copyright '18, I guess because that is when it was commissioned. It also says, I think, 'Am Lines'. Perhaps this in reference to American dealers of Schleich? I don't know, it's my first ;-).

On to the figures:

Smaller than it's cousin from Bullyland:

With other figures of comparable size. Clockwise from top-left: Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Museum - Toxic Animals), Schleich, and Safari LTD (Authentics Insects)

January 11, 2019, 10:53:11 PM by Takama
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My second Invertabrate for my Wild Safari animal Collection

January 08, 2019, 06:02:29 PM by Takama
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My one and Only Gorilla Figure.   It is a nice sculpt, and a decent size as well

January 08, 2019, 05:58:56 PM by Takama
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For a while, Standing Bear figures have become a trend. As a man who only collects one model per animal, i decided to get the standing verison of this beast. and its a simple Walkaround too

January 08, 2019, 05:56:09 PM by Takama
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I cant beleive no one has posted a walkaround of this model yet.    And im mad at myslef for not posting this sooner.

January 08, 2019, 05:52:03 PM by Takama
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Sorry for the long abcence

Here is a American Bison which replace my older version of the animal

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