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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:22:37 PM »
Did you buy the whole set? Love to see some more pic's. Thinking of purchasing them.

A photo of the Colorata Paleozoic Creatures set of 6 was posted on the Dinosaur Toy Forum by Halichoeres:

I bought the set for the orthocone, since I grew up in the Ordovician.  :)

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:34:34 PM »

Nature Technicolor Axolotls and Frogs, 2018, set of 8

4 figures of Ambystoma mexicanum, 2 molds, 2 colors
Axolotl, leucistic (chain)        Axolotl, golden albino (chain)
Axolotl, leucistic (magnet)     Axolotl, golden albino (magnet)

4 figures of frogs, 3 species, 3 molds
Argentine horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata (magnet)
Red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (chain)

Budgett's frog is the only new species of animal toy. The pose makes it hard to stand the figure up unless hanging by the chain. Perhaps the artist intended it to be swimming in water. On land the hind feet should be turned under to raise up the back in a defensive posture. The figure is nicely fashioned.

Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:42:58 PM »
My gratitude to Beetle guy for kindly alerting me about the listing of the rare Epoch copepod on YAJ.
And positive for Brett, who managed the bid and shipping, in addition to two sets of new releases. Delivered today.
See the review of the Ecology of Plankton by bmathison1972.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:56:21 PM »

Comb jelly, species not identified, (Dynasty Gallery)

This laser-etched crystal has a diameter of about 3 inches.  It demonstrates how sampling diverse taxa can take us beyond animal toys and into the realm of collectibles.
Ctenophora is a small phylum, lacking the stinging nematocysts of the cnidarian jellyfish. Comb jellies are largely ignored by toy manufacturers, with the exception of
Fisher Price .

I wonder if the artist might have been inspired by the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi. Length of that species is about 4 inches or 10 cm. When disturbed, the rows of ciliated combs glow blue-green.
Available on Amazon.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: January 27, 2018, 09:25:53 PM »

Hydra vulgaris, syn. H. magnipapillata (Shapeways), frosted ultra detail, height 0.9 in or 23 mm.

This familiar freshwater cnidarian is capable of immortality.
Length from 5mm to 15 mm or 0.2 - 0.6 in.
Credit to Dr. Admin for the idea of a push pin for scale.

New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:18:39 PM »
Ikimon - Nature Technicolor, Deep Sea Life 1, two suggestions:

Giant ostracod (orange)

Amphipod in salp tunic

Thanks, I'm not sure what is the official name is then. I'll update the thread title.

Several times I have been misled by erroneous IDs from sellers on eBay. The langur (Old World monkey) is only distantly related to the sifaka (a lemur). I would write the official title as Verreaux's sifaka and delete the mention of a langur.

Furuta / Re: Hummingbird (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:36:00 PM »
ID is Swallow-tailed humingbird, Eupetomena macoura.

Animal groups / Re: New World Monkeys - Platyrrhini
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:13:33 PM »

Howler monkey, Alouatta sp. (K&M Record Breakers Adventure Tube)

The species of howler is not identified by K&M. This figure, which is hard to find, turned up in an animal lot on eBay.
The red howler has the loudest call of any new world animal, with 6 species as possible candidates for the ID.

Venezuelan red howler (Trendmasters) compared to the K&M howler.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:57:46 PM »

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

Bmathison1972, I appreciate your consideration.
"We are a friendly and open community..."  :)

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:36:52 PM »
Plankton Keychain & Magnifier (Epoch)

Euglena, Vorticella, Sea sparkle, Horseshoe worm

The Ecology of Plankton (Epoch), released in 2004, was reviewed by bmathison1972. The same ten figures were released in 2007, each with a loop attached to a keychain and magnifier.

Thanks to Beetle guy for sending me four of the species after a year of searching, shown here removed from the chains.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:22:10 PM »
PeGe, I found the COG Cool Reptiles set of 16 on eBay UK about 4 or 5 years ago after several months of searching. The set was used and in a baggie, so I did not receive any official packaging. The seller called it Itsy Bitsy Bucket of Reptiles. A google search does not turn up this set from Wild Republic, although there are several other topical sets still on the market. If it is out of production, a lengthy search may be necessary. Good luck.  :)

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 28, 2017, 04:48:03 PM »
We include the caecilians on the salamander thread because the two figures from COG are the only examples of extant apodans. My set is called Itsty Bitsy Bucket of Reptiles. Thanks to sbell for posting the photos. Let's mention an extinct species of Gymnophiona too.

Eocaecilia micropodia () (Shapeways)

Eocaecilia, from the Jurassic of Arizona, is available on Shapeways . It has some features that are lacking in the caecilians from COG.
The snout is pointed, there is the hint of a mouth, and there is the suggestion of tentacles between the eyes and nostrils.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:02:47 PM »
PeGe thank you for sharing the group shot of your colorful salamander collection.

Here is a picture of the Skilcraft newt from the old Dinosaur Toy Forum, Version 1, showing that the tiny model is hard to paint.
Wish you luck finding the missing figures.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:39:25 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!

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.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:41:44 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.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:35:25 PM »

Common mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus (Play Visions)

After several years of searching for a Play Visions mudpuppy, I was thrilled to find this rare figure on eBay. It is not as realistic as the larger model by Safari . The PV mudpuppy completes the set.

Salamanders, set of 6, (Play Visions) 1995
1. Northern red salamander, Pseudotriton ruber
2. Spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum
3. Long-toed salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum
4. Marbled salamander, Ambystoma opacum
5. Long-tailed salamander, Eurycea longicauda
6. Common mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:23:44 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.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:53:23 PM »

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.

Animal groups / Re: Old World Monkeys - superfamily Cercopithecoidea
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:11:49 PM »

Northern plains gray langur, Semnopithecus entellus, by Play Visions, subfamily: Colobinae

The ID marked on the figure is Langur. This species is difficult to distinguish from the southern plains gray langur, Semnopithecus dussumieri (see the pair by Bandai). We accept the identification posted in ToyAnimal.Info.

It's been a while since last posting. That is how long it took to find this rare figure on eBay. The good news is that they are out there.

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