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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:39:26 PM »
I have to recommend the Safari piranha, I have one and quite adore it.

I've looked at those Bandai fish in the past but I could never justify buying the entire set for myself with so many being repaints. Can't wait to see some up close shots and have some ID's.

I will second this for two reasons--1) FISH! FIGURES! 2) It is really nice...and piranha are strangely uncommon as far as figures go, given their popularity and familiarity. The Kaiyodo bottlecap one is of course better... ;)

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:45:41 AM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?



It's a freshwater fish line from Bandai. There were also some guppies and cory cats. I think there were 4 paint variants of each sculpt.

Thanks! I might have to pick some up. Although they seem to be missing their adipose fins.

They vary in their availability...I've never pursued them, but the one cory I have is nice. And the base is quite elaborate for a small fish!

Apparently there were secrets as well...you can get the whole set of 15 right here! https://lavitsfigure.com/products/bandai-dg-digital-grade-tropical-fish-gashapon-15-trading-collection-figure-set

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:26:35 PM »
Awesome Sean! Nice Arizona fish. Wish I knew you when I lived in Tempe, you coulda had them all a long time ago ;-). Are you planning on doing a review of the set? Or walkarounds of each?

I am hoping to. At least a set review. It was enough just to get the whole bunch photographed! I've been building up that lot for a few months!

Those suckers are great, I'd love to track down that line someday.

4 of them are still available at the source (Marsh Education store) http://www.marsheducation.org/?page_id=75

I got their last Loach minnow! And I had to get the suckers from China.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:15:33 PM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?



It's a freshwater fish line from Bandai. There were also some guppies and cory cats. I think there were 4 paint variants of each sculpt.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:04:10 AM »
I've been a little quiet, but I've been slowly building in the last few months...Here is the group photo!



In no particular order:
CollectA Basilosaurus, Excalibosaurus & Prehistoric Marine tube; Safari Marsh&Associates special release Razorback suckers (x2!) and Cave Dwellers toob Crayfish; Hikari Clown Loaches (x2); Phil Farrell Fire eel(!); K&M Red-Backed Salamander; Yowies Freshwater Catfish; PNSO Himalayasaurus; Capsule Aquarium Giant eel; Enoshima Aquarium Japanese soldierfish; DYDO Fangtooth (Ogrefish); Ichimon/NatureTechnicolor Frilled Shark & Indonesian Coelacanth.

And now I can say that I have the full set of Marsh&Associates Arizona fish!



Also, these burbot...they are fishing lures, but other than the tail are pretty much just rubber fish replicas!



(the larger yellow/brown one is obviously more realistic; the blue is more fanciful)

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:45:29 AM »
So fun follow up...I was at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC, and guess what they had? Some of the salamanders! I picked up the Red-Backed salamander myself (the tag--yes, it has one--says Red-Striped salamander). My son picked up the larger Tiger salamander. The only one we are missing is the larger Marbled (it is the same mold as the tiger, but with green on it).

They had lots of the small orange spotted ones, and appear to have ran out of tigers when we bought ours!

Sounds like you had a good time. I have never heard of a red-backed called a red striped, but that is why we have scientific names.

Several years ago I visited the museum. I thought the admission price was too steep until I saw the replica of the historical monument with the inscription
"Alex MacKenzie / from Canada / by land / 22d July 1793," which made the visit worth it.

Yeah, it is pricey. But it was raining a lot, and we had nothing else to do (indoors) so thought we'd take a look. It's very well done! Lots of fish stuff...almost entirely marine. I've never known a place to ignore it's freshwater habitats so thoroughly (unless salmon are involved...).

As for the salamander name--I found the same thing--no one refers to it as red-striped.

Red-Backed:


Spotted (sorry, not tiger...):

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:28:14 PM »
So fun follow up...I was at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC, and guess what they had? Some of the salamanders! I picked up the Red-Backed salamander myself (the tag--yes, it has one--says Red-Striped salamander). My son picked up the larger Tiger salamander. The only one we are missing is the larger Marbled (it is the same mold as the tiger, but with green on it).

They had lots of the small orange spotted ones, and appear to have ran out of tigers when we bought ours!

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:18:18 PM »
I should also shout out to Brett--and Emiko--for getting me a couple more fish for the shelves! And it got here from Brett super fast!

(the last package direct fromJapan took forever, and no one knows why).

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:17:19 PM »
Thanks for the link, sbell. We would have to ask Collectible Wildlife Gifts why tags were not supplied.
The brand Wild Republic was listed, while K&M is marked on the figures.

They are definitely older K&M models--around 1999. Before they rebranded everything to Wild Republic (which started out as just their plush line for along time). I think I have the tags, it might have a date. but I'd need to dig them out.

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:16:01 PM »
Looking at the blurry Poleroids, and the 'hints' Poleroids, the following still need to be revealed:

scorpion
spiny lobster
owl (with ear tufts, so it's not the barn owl GLM)
marmot
Hyaenodon/thylacine-looking thing
tiger-striped sauropod
falcon/hawk (African species, apparently)
possibly two cartilaginous fish (based on suspect fins)
koala (or something with an ear like a koala)
plus others not hinted at (any more TOOBs?)

Man, I hope so. Three of the four Toobs they've revealed so far are fantasy themed.

The worst part is that they are playing really close to the chest right now--no retailer lists, nothing. Which is great for secrecy I guess...but a real pain when planning orders when it involves a long drive and a visit through customs'. That's usually something you only want to do once!

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:08:08 PM »
Sbell posted photos of 3 K&M salamanders sold at the Atlanta Zoo (see reply # 84 above). Collectible Wildlife Gifts is offering similar figures.


Red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus, (K&M Intl.), length about 6.0 inches or 15.3 cm. ID is speculative. The year is not printed, so we can date it 2017.

The same mold, SZ16L2, was used for the blue-spotted salamander, Ambystoma laterale, which I purchased too. The mold is more accurate for the blue-spotted, which is a mole salamander, family Ambystomatidae, than for the red-backed, a lungless salamander, family Plethodontidae, which should have a much more slender body. Species ID is not marked for either figure, just the word salamander.

I passed on buying a spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, which is probably cast from the mold used for the red salamander as shown in Sbell's photo. I already own a spotted by Play Visions. My collecting discipline targets examples of different species, as display shelves get more crowded.

Here's the link for the blue-spotted! http://collectiblewildlifegifts.com/store/Item/F917B57

IUnterestingly, mine came with tags that specifically named the species...wonder why yours didn't?

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New for 2013 / Re: Schleich - New for 2013
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:27:48 PM »
Anyone knows what species or at least genus might be this Otter?

I watched some pics and looks like it might be a Lontra or an Aonyx. What is your opinion?

It's almost certainly Lontra. if it were any of the less common ones, they likely would have labelled it as such!

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:00:16 PM »
I really like the civet, nice to see one done! Now just a matter of finding a source for CollectA...

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New for 2018 / Re: Favorite - New for 2018
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:11:18 PM »
This makes the boring year Favorite had for prehistorics easier to bear...

Yeah, they didn't really do much of note this year...but this gar has already made 2018 their second best year! Because the bichir came out in 2016...

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New for 2018 / Re: Favorite - New for 2018
« on: November 01, 2017, 01:06:57 AM »
how big is this going to be? thanks for sharing

Probably the same as the other 'soft model' figures, so about 7" or so? Good size models.

As for oversized vinyls...I'd personally prefer a bichir!

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New for 2018 / Favorite - New for 2018
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:56:04 PM »
I knew from early proto pics that new Ancient Fishes were coming from Favorite, but I assumed the Atractosteus gar would be an alligator gar...

But they went with CUBAN gar! The most endangered of them all!



They've also teased a Scleropages arowana, but we'll see what species they do!

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Hello Sean and good luck with the store! How's that catfish lol? And are you going to put any of the Aussie Lost Kingdom dinos in your store, I can help you stock it lol!

Christine

It's been okay, but lots of supply issues (no good distribtuion of some important brands anymore...).

So far I haven't done things like the older models...I wasn't planning on it though! ;)

And the catfish is doing very well with the other Yowies! It's a pretty full shelf now...

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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:49:58 PM »
I just spent a little while looking through the photos on their web site. Really beautiful stuff! I wish they'd turn their talents toward the prehistoric. They could rival Kaiyodo.

Yes they are really good modelmakers. Wish they would make more beetles (form other than Lamellicornia would be really great!!)

It would also be nice if they would stop with the straps/ball&chains/magnet gimmicks. The figures are top quality (I have their newts, and a couple of the deep sea fish) but taking out an unwanted strap leaves an odd hole (and the material they are made from isn't really conducive to a fill-and-paint)

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:47:39 AM »
Updated the first post with photos; please let me know if there are any errors/omissions!

I have a lot of sympathy for anyone trying to make a porcupine toy. I don't know how to make it look realistic and not flimsy. Maybe like a Koosh ball?

Schleich made a pretty good attempt at an African porcupine...definitely miles ahead of the Safari abomination



The Safari porcupine's quality reminds me of the first Safari attempt at Suchomimus...it's almost impossible to tell how it got past quality control.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:46:53 AM »

Panini lamprey

This figure is part of a set of 40 marine animal miniatures. ToyAnimalInfo does not identify the species, but does give the maker as Panini. Length is 1 1/8 inches or 28 mm. Compare the size to the Schleich guy while under attack.


I've been eyeing that set, just for the lamprey...but I just can't justify the costs for the whole set for one little figure!

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