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This is a photographic reference of the Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures (Common) Squirrel Monkey, Saimiri sciureus (Linnaeus, 1758); item No. 2698-29, new for 2017. Snout-vent length is approx. 107 and tail length approx. 145 mm so the scale is approx. 1:2.5 - 1:3 - not 1:2 as stamped on the figure. But still, typically for the Incredible Creatures series, this is a considerably larger than normal figure. The sculpt shows a very nice and sharp texturing with a convincing paint job to match. The Common Squirrel Monkey is still widely distributed in the northern Amazon and IUCN considers its conservation status "Least Concern".

Walk-around of the Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders Whitetail Deer Buck, Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann, 1780); item No. 113599, new for 2017. Snout-vent length is approx. 175 mm and shoulder height approx. 100 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:10 and 1:12 (although there are also smaller subspecies for which the scale would be different). The Whitetail deer is a highly adaptable species and overabundant in the U.S.A. and Canada (but declining in some other countries within its geographical range) and can even be a pest, similar to the European Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus. As a consequence, IUCN lists the Whitetail Deer as "Least Concern".

And another WS Sealife figure! :) This time it's a walk-around of an older, retired figure that's probably not too easy to find anymore. So here comes the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Spotted Dolphin, item No. 2758-29. This is an old release, stamped 1996. It is most likely meant to represent the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Stenella frontalis (Cuvier, 1829). However, this species is very similar to the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata (Gray, 1846), and the figure is a bit too generic to clearly identify it as an Atlantic instead of a Pantropical Spotted Dolphin. Total length of the figure is 133 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:13 and 1:17. Human figure (Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli by Hallmark) is approx. 1:16.5 - 1:17 scale. The Spotted Dolphin figure is a bit on the chubby side and less detailed than newer WS Sealife figures but it is not too often that we see a dolphin figure that is not made to represent the ubiquitous (in figure form) Tursiops truncatus. Stenella frontalis is distributed in the tropical and temperate Atlantic but the global population is currently unknown which is why IUCN classifies its conservation status as "Data Deficient".

Walk-around of the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761); item No. 2024-29, new for 2017. I always thought it was a bit sad that the old version had been retired and initially I thought the new version may be a repainted old sculpt but in fact it is an entirely different figure. And what a pretty one, too! :) Total length is 97 mm and carapace length is 75 mm (CCL = Curved Carapace Length) so the scale is somewhere between approx. 1:13 and 1:28 (for CCL between 1.0 and 2.1 m). The scale is also very similar to the retired version which has almost the same carapace length. Back when the old version was available, Safari Ltd was known for quite sloppy paint jobs which sometimes obscured otherwise beautiful sculpts. Today Safari Ltd have improved the colouration of their figures a lot and the new version's paint job looks fine and matt. While the polygonal osteoderm pattern on the limbs may look nice at first I think they should have better omitted this pattern since in an adult the osteoderms are very inconspicuous and relatively smaller in size than the polygons on the figure's limbs. Although currently still decreasing globally, conservation efforts have apparently begun to pay off and IUCN expects a world wide population increase of over 100% by 2040. As a consequence, in 2013 IUCN downgraded the Leatherback Turtle from "Endangered" (1986-1996) and "Critically Endangered" (2000) to "Vulnerable".

Comparison with Papo Marine Life (left) and CollectA Sea Life (right) figures:

Here is a walk-around of the Safari Wild Safari Sealife 2017 (Shortfin) Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus (Rafinesque, 1810); item No. 2019-29. Only slightly longer than the 2014 CollectA Shortfin Mako, the total length of this figure is 167 mm (TL) and 152 (FL= Fork Length), so the scale is between approx. 1:16 and 1:26. The human figure (Freddie the Free Diver by Safari Ltd) is approx. 1:22.5 - 1:24 scale. It's an elegant figure which has one flaw, though, the lateral keel on the caudal peduncle is too faint for a lamnid shark. Like many other larger shark species this active and fast predator has been seriously depleted in numbers and IUCN lists it as "Vulnerable".

The 2017 Mako Shark is not the first release of this species within the WS Sealife line, though. Previously there was the similar sized, now long retired old version which looks like this:

Walk-around of the Safari Wild Safari Sealife 2017 Right Whale, Eubalaena sp.; item No. 2042-29. Total length is approx. 233 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:47 and 1:80 for an animal of 11-18.5 m total length. Human figure (man in suit by Preiser) is approx. 1:72 scale. There are three extant species within the genus Eubalaena (E. australis, glacialis, and japonica) which are separated genetically and geographically but are practically indistinguishable from each other morphologically. So Safari Ltd apparently refrained from attributing this to a particular species and released it as "Genus Eubalaena" instead. The figure is big and massive - 448 g, approx. 1.5 times the mass of the leaner WS Sealife Bowhead Whale (which is included in one photo for size comparison) and probably the heaviest WS Sealife figure ever. It is also highly accurate and has a nice matt paint job, not as glossy as the Bowhead Whale. My new favourite Eubalaena figure! :)

CollectA / Dugong (CollectA - Sea Life)
« on: February 07, 2017, 09:28:33 PM »
Walk-around of the CollectA Sea Life 88766 Dugong, Dugong dugon (Müller, 1776). The figure was one of CollectA's 2016 releases. Total length is approx. 142 mm so the scale ranges between 1:18 and 1:28. Human figures (Andreas Köpke by Minimen, Freddie the Free Diver by Safari Ltd, and standing man from Safari Ltd People in Motion Toob) are 1:20, approx. 1:22.5 - 1:24, and approx. 1:23 - 1:27 scale, respectively. Due to hunting and habitat loss the global population of Dugongs is in decline and as a consequence, IUCN considers the species' conservation status "Vulnerable".

Safari Ltd - Wildlife Wonders / Alligator (Safari Ltd - Wildlife Wonders)
« on: February 03, 2017, 08:02:48 AM »
Walk-around of the Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders (American) Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis (Daudin, 1802); item No. 113389. Total length (measured as if the animal was fully stretched out) is 289 mm, snout-vent length 148 mm, and head length is 45 mm. The scale is approx. 1:9 - 1:15 for a mature individual and up to 1:20 for world record size. This is currently my favourite alligator figure and highly accurate - down to the nuchal osteoderms which are arranged in the correct pattern (a rare exception in crocodilian toy figures!) so it is even possible to identify this one to species level. Surprisingly, Safari Ltd only identified it to genus level but this is obviously not representing A. sinensis. So, finally Bernie, Safari Ltd's brand mascot, received a figure that really does it justice! :) While only a few decades ago the American Alligator population was threatened by hunting and habitat loss the species has recovered since and it is considered "Least Concern" by IUCN. By the way, this is my first walk-around using, let's see if these image last longer than a year or two...

Bonus image - size comparison with some other toy figures representing Alligator mississippiensis; Schleich Wild Life, CollectA Wild Life, and the huge Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures figure:

General / Merry Christmas 2016
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:02:46 AM »
 :o Oh, it's that time of the year again, apparently... :o

 :D Merry Christmas and happy holidays! :D

New for 2017 / Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:55:27 AM »
Well, since we've just seen some photos of a few upcoming ones I think we can start a thread for Kaiyodo's 2017 releases. Helge has just posted two Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi figures which are apparently 2017 releases (it seems the other ones from his post which I omitted here but which can be seen here are all 2016 releases):

                                  A new series: Sofubi Toybox ^-^ - Gorilla and Panda have already been released:
                                These seem to be action figures. Not sure about the prototypes in the last pictures.

Here's the one that gets me really excited :D! It's going to be the largest Giant Salamander figure in my collection:

   Japanese Giant Salamander (release date: March-20-2017)


   Butterfly caterpillar (species?)

CollectA / Shoebill (CollectA – Wild Life Collection)
« on: September 11, 2016, 01:47:31 PM »
Walk-around of the CollectA Wild Life Shoebill, Balaeniceps rex Gould, 1850; item No. 88763, new for 2016. Finally, there is a good shoebill figure by a major toy figure company that is easily obtainable (the species has been featured by several Japanese companies before, including the rare Phat! Doki Doki Doubutu Shoebill). Standing height of the figure without base is approx. 77 mm and bill length is 16 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:12 and 1:15. Human figure (South American Father by Miniland "Los Amigos del Mundo") is approx. 1:13 - 1:14 scale. The global population of this unique bird is decreasing and it has been estimated that only approx. 3300 to 3500 mature individuals are remaining. As a consequence, IUCN lists the species as "Vulnerable".

Comparison with the Phat! Doki Doki Shoebill:

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CollectA / Blainville's Beaked Whale (CollectA – Sea Life Collection)
« on: September 11, 2016, 12:46:28 PM »
The Ziphiidae or Beaked Whales are among the least known of all cetaceans even though they make up about a quarter of all extant whale species. No wonder they are also underrepresented among animal toy figures, the only previous exceptions I'm aware of are Baird's Beaked Whale, Berardius bairdii, by Kaiyodo (Animatales Series 7), Hubbs' Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, by Play Visions, and the Strap-toothed Whale, Mesoplodon layardii, by Lontic / Nayab. This is a walk-around of the CollectA Sea Life Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville, 1817); item No. 88761, new for 2016. The figure is a male, total length is 168 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:24 and 1:28. "Freddie the Free Diver" by Safari Ltd is approx. 1:22.5 - 1.24 scale man from Safari Ltd "People in Motion" Toob is approx. 1:23 - 1:27 scale. Blainville's Beaked Whale has the widest known geographical distribution within its genus, occurring in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific and Indian Ocean and is known to dive up to 1,200 m deep to catch squid. The skin is often covered with scars from cookiecutter sharks (Isistius sp.) and males are usually covered with scratches from intraspecific combat. Little is known about the global population and whether they are endangered or not. Since the data is insufficient to determine if the species is really threatened and to which extent, IUCN classifies Blainville's Beaked Whale as "Data Deficient".

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Yawn... We don't really need yet another Great White Shark figure... or do we? :)) Here comes the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758); item No. 200729, new for 2016. This is an entirely new sculpt and so much better than the old version (No. 275029) which still remains in production, only with a different paint job. The new sculpt is elegant, more detailed and a lot better proportioned, especially the head. Teeth could have been a little less blunt for my taste, though, but it may be due to child safety. It may be one of the best Great White Shark toy figures by a major company yet. Total length (TL) of the figure is 167 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:24 and 1:35 for a mature individual. The human figure (paleontologist from the Tamiya Dinosaur Diorama series) is approx. 1:35 scale. And of course humans are a much greater threat to Great Whites than vice versa and therefore the species is in decline, resulting in IUCN listing it as "Vulnerable".

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While the three large species of Hammerhead Sharks (Smooth, Scalloped, and Great Hammerhead) are quite well represented among toy figures, the smaller sphyrnids are a rare sight. There has been a Bonnethead resin model by Neko Works (a Japanese company) but I'm not aware of any previous toy figures representing this species. So here is a walk-around of the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Bonnethead Shark, Sphyrna tiburo (Linnaeus, 1758); item No. 200329, new for 2016. It's a precious little figure measuring 132 mm total length (TL) which would put its scale somewhere between 1:6 and 1:11 (Bonnetheads don't grow longer than 1.5 m). Quite oddly, the Bonnethead is the only known shark with a distinct sexual dimorphism other than size and presence or absence of claspers – males have a different shape of their enlarged head margins (the cephalofoil) than females in that the latter do not have the distinct bulge at the anterior margin. So even if the claspers are indistinctive on this figure it is apparently representing a male specimen. In contrast to the large hammerhead shark species which are threatened, the smaller Bonnethead is still quite abundant and considered "Least Concern" by IUCN.

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Even though the species was represented at least several times by Japanese companies (Colorata, Kaiyodo, Takara Tomy T.A.R.T.S) to my knowledge this is only the second non-japanese figure representing a Megamouth Shark (the first being by Lontic/Nayab). And I'm quite happy about how it turned out! :) So here is the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios Taylor, Compagno & Struhsaker, 1983; item No. 201029, new for 2016. Total length is 180 mm so the scale is anywhere between approx. 1:30 and 1:39 for a mature individual. The human figure (paleontologist from the Tamiya Dinosaur Diorama series) is approx. 1:35 scale. The Megamouth Shark is one of the largest lamniform sharks and a plancton feeder just like the biggest of all lamniforms, the Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus. However, these two are an exception among the mackerel sharks. After its first discovery in 1976 only a handful of specimens were found over several decades. However, it seems to be caught more frequently than before and today more than 100 individuals have been reported. This led the IUCN to change the species' conservation status from "Data Deficient" to "Least Concern" in 2015.

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CollectA / Wandering Albatross (CollectA – Sea Life Collection)
« on: September 10, 2016, 06:41:13 PM »
Surprisingly, there aren’t that many figures representing this magnificent, gigantic tubenose bird so I was very pleased to see CollectA released one this year. So here is a walk-around of the CollectA Sea Life Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758; item No. 88765, new for 2016. It's quite large for a regular bird figure, body length would be approx. 95 mm and wing span approx. 224 mm if both were fully spread out so the scale would be between approx. 1:12 and 1:14. The human figure (South American father by Miniland "Los Amigos del Mundo") is approx. 1:13 - 1:14 scale. Over the last 70 years the global population of Wandering Albatrosses has declined by about one third and IUCN lists the species as "Vulnerable".

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CollectA / Himalayan Tahr (CollectA – Woodlands Collection)
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:02:32 PM »
Walk-around of the CollectA Woodlands Himalayan Tahr, Hemitragus jemlahicus (C.H. Smith, 1826); item No. 88758, new for 2016. Snout-vent length is approx. 77 mm and shoulder height 60 mm so the scale is between approx. 1:12 and 1:17. Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli is approx. 1:16.5 - 1:17 scale and The South American father by Miniland "Los Amigos del Mundo" is approx. 1:13 - 1:14 scale, respectively. The Himalayan Tahr has been introduced in Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, and New Mexico. However, it’s decreasing in numbers in its native countries and therefore IUCN lists it as "Near Threatened".

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Papo / Tigress, large (Papo - Wild Animal Kingdom)
« on: September 09, 2016, 07:36:41 AM »
Papo has started releasing large scale figures of animals and the first in line is the 2016 Tigress, Panthera tigris (Linnaeus, 1758); item No. 50178, new for 2016. This figure is almost twice as large as Papo's regular Tiger figures e.g. this one and very similar in size to the Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders Tiger (see photos below). Snout-vent length is approx. 207 mm, tail length approx. 115 mm, and the shoulder height is approx. 108 mm. Therefore, the scale is something between 1:8 and 1:10. It is also quite a heavy figure, mine is 473 g. Over the last two decades the global population of tigers has declined from an estimate of 5,000 to 7,000 in 1998 to a little over 3,000 individuals and the species remains "Endangered" according to IUCN.

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I know, I know, many, many photos - but this one absolutely demands for it! :D

Kaiyodo has just released the long awaited African Elephant as part of their small but growing series "Mega Sofubi Advance" which consists of very large, preassembled and prepainted, hollow vinyl models. It is their seventh model from the series and the second one representing an extant animal - the first one was last year's gigantic 1:35 Blue Whale.

So here is the walk-around of the Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance MSA-007 African Bush Elephant, Loxodonta africana (Blumenbach, 1797), sculpted by Shinobu Matsumura. Shoulder height is 263 mm, total height is 296 mm. Due to the curvature of the proboscis the length is difficult to measure but may be 590 mm snout-vent length and 722 mm total length. Based on shoulder height records for mature male individuals the scale is between approx. 1:11 and 1:15. The human figure (South American father by Miniland "Los Amigos del Mundo") is approx. 1:13 - 1:14 scale.
The detail on the Mega Sofubi Advance African Elephant is simply amazing and the huge but leightweight (1146 g) model easily dwarfs almost any elephant toy figure. The seams are very inconspicuous and the drybrushed paint job is very lifelike.

The population of this largest extant terrestrial vertebrate had been severely depleted during the 20th Century but thanks to protection they are slowly recovering. The current world population may be some 15,000 individuals with an estimated annual increase by 4% and therefore IUCN considers the species as "Vulnerable".

Bonus photos: Size comparisons with other animal toy figures by major brands.

Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance African Elephant with Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders (Mountain) Zebra, Equus zebra.

Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance African Elephant with Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders White Rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum.

Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance African Elephant with Papo La Vie Sauvage Leopard, Panthera pardus, Black-faced Impala, Aepyceros melampus petersi, and Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumenifer, CollectA Wild Life Black-backed Jackal, Canis mesomelas, Schleich Wild Life male and female Warthog, Phacochoerus africanus, and Safari Ltd WS Wildlife Spotted Hyena, Crocuta crocuta.

Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance African Elephant size comparison with some African Bush Elephant toy figures by major brands: Safari Ltd Wildlife Wonders, Papo La Vie Sauvage, and Safari Ltd Vanishing Wild Collection.

The figure may be an instant holy grail for elephant figure collectors, however, it would usually have to be imported from Japan and the enormous display box (approx. 520*340*340 mm) will make shipping expensive:

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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 tongue with elongated papillae (Trichoglossus means "hairy tongue") which are needed for their mostly liquid or pulpous diet (fruit pulp, nectar, and pollen). They are quite common and in Western Australia, where they have been introduced, they are even considered a pest. So IUCN classifies the Rainbow Lorikeet as "Least Concern".

Bonus: Semi-tame captive Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on a vitaminised nectar diet at Eureka, Texel, Netherlands, 2015-07-30.

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