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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:02:38 PM »
Hi Friends. I would like to show you my last creations 

Arthropleura armata. Scale 1:35: 4 inches / 10cm. 25$/ 22 euros.



Shipping cost are included. If you are interested in someone, send me a PM ;).

Ah Jetoar, a man after my heart :) LOL. That Arthropleura is very nice, and I have been dreaming of a nice Arthropleura figure with a nice base (I am a sucker for bases on figures). Will be getting that one for sure!

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:21:22 AM »
Updated with five more releases. Nice sculpts but nothing out-of-the-ordinary in terms of species, but I particularly like the gray whale. Still all mammals. If the chatter on the STS is correct, we may not get arthropods, birds, reptiles, nor amphibians this year. But we will see in the long run.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:10:15 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?

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:06:23 PM »
Big new reveal today! Photos added to first page. Kind of a lean year for Toobs, but some really nice chondrichthyans in the Sea Life series, cool fish in the GLM series, and a couple of nice arthropods in the Incredible Creatures series.

That spiny lobster is freaking awesome, but the scorpion is a repaint of the old HK one. I might get it if it's not bendy like the old one.
Really nice birds, that owl is really nice.

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:06:11 PM »
You don't discuss dinos at all here? Only on the other forum?

Typically, dinosaurs are not posted here because of the accompanying Dino Toy Forum (DTF). However I have the CollecA dinosaur pics and would be happy to post them if it's ok with Adam (frankly, I wish we would post extinct/prehistoric critters on this forum as well, if only for completeness--however we can leave the fantasy creatures out!)

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:12:41 AM »
Just updated with five more, but they are all hoofed mammals, and four are equines. Let's hope there is more taxonomic diversity going forward...(although that deer is pretty darn cool!).

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:21:08 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?)

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:35:25 PM »
Looks like they still have at least 2 arthropods to reveal (saving the best for last lol)
Also no other TOOBS yet?

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New for 2018 / CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:44:36 PM »
With many thanks to Numaan on the STS who is generously sending me CollectA 2018 pics as they get formally announced.

African civet



ring-tailed lemur



bongo, calf (to compliment the adult from 2017)



Pere David's Deer



white-tailed deer



blue whale



gray whale



common zebra



Friesian, foal



quarter horse, foal



Morgan Bay - deluxe model



Belgian Mare, chestnut



Falabella Mare, Palomino



Warmblood Stallion - Bay



Icelandic stallion - blue dun



There will be updates weekly, and I will update this thread as Numaan gets me images.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Centipede (Target Brands - Hyde and Eek! Boutique)
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:28:46 PM »
OK, this is a rather fun and silly walk-around. I like to do reviews of obscure or unusual figures, or neat figures of odd or unfamiliar brands. Today I bring you the review of a centipede, gen. sp. by Target Brands, as part of their Hyde and Eek! Boutique line of Halloween decor. This past weekend I was visiting a friend in Minnesota for her annual Halloween party and when I walked into her house, this is the first thing I noticed! She took me to Target to get another, but they were out, so she gave me one of the two she had bought earlier!

The figure is LARGE, measuring 52 cm, not including appendages. It is articulated (see the third image) and can be manipulated to some degree. It is not super accurate from a scientific standpoint, especially given its size, but it's a fun figure nonetheless.

I also have a large stag beetle in this series, and my friend gave me a couple large cockroaches that may be in this series (you probably saw them all in Recent Acquisitions).

Really not much more to say, so on to the pics:









On my kitchen floor with my other very large centipede:



With my smallest centipede figure, a small hard plastic vintage figure (possibly inspired by the old Creepy Crawly Thingmakers sets):


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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:36:18 AM »
I have a dozen or so much smaller versions of the translucent roach, they're probably around an inch long. Interesting to see the mold is still in use in some form so many years later.

Yes it is very much like the small figures, but this translucent roach is 100 mm :)

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Classifieds / PV Exotic Insects for trade
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:39:35 AM »
I have an extra set of 7 of the Play Visions Exotic Insects (missing only the leaf insect). I have available: assassin bug; thorn bug; velvet ant; grasshopper; bush cricket; lantern bug; mantis.

My interests are:

1) missing PV and K&M Insects
2) missing Wing Mau arthropods
3) larger, retired Bullyland insects/arthropods
4) Safari Smithsonian Monarch (adult).
5) anything else of interest

Pics avail by email, but they are in perfect condition and the paint jobs look like my pics on the review page: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1996.msg16003#msg16003

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:29:59 AM »
We just had Halloween here in the US, so that means lots of 'scary bugs' sold as Halloween decor. A large articulated centipede (to put things in perspective, this centipede is 52 cm long!); a large and cool, but probably not super accurate stag beetle; a couple large cockroaches; and a couple spiders, including a nice black widow (with a red hourglass painted on the underside; and no it's not a bootleg of the Safari figures).



Next I bought 6 of the vintage Schleich 'mini' insects. I already had the earwig (and I have the lady bug), but bought this set to get five I didn't have: bee, stag beetle, grasshopper, chafer, and dung beetle. Since these are old German figures, I assume the chafer is Melolontha melolontha and the 'dung beetle' is Aphodius fimetarius.


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:51:14 PM »
Today I am re-imaging my Collection on Shelves (and renaming the thread accordingly). I always love seeing other forum members' collections as displayed so I am sharing mine. Obviously, this is not everything. My shelves highlight taxonomic and manufacturer diversity. Because of space limitations, figures by unknown (and usually generic) manufacturers are not displayed unless they are unusual taxa. Also, a lot of Toy Major and Safari TOOB/K&M tube figures are not shown.
I do show large figures by major manufacturers and most Japanese stuff (although small Sega and some Kabaya figures are not shown unless they represent unique taxa). I also show most porcelain figurines except some of the flat feves.
Also, the make-up of what's on these shelves changes as new things come in, and sometimes things on shelves get pushed into the drawers...sigh

My availability to take pics will depend on lighting in my main room, so most pics will have to be taken mid-day on weekends when I am home.

Let's start with Lepidoptera:


















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Other/Miscellaneous / Puss Moth Caterpillar (Sun Wai Toys)
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:26:38 AM »
Walk-around of the caterpillar of the puss moth, Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758) by Sun Wai Toys. This species occurs throughout much of Europe, temperate Asia to China, and northern Africa.

A little history about this figure. I found it a few years ago, randomly online on Archie McPhee's novelty website when doing various Google searches for 'toy insects'. The first one was actually lost in the mail (quite possibly stolen from my front porch--that happened a couple times during that period), and was replaced free-of-charge by Archie McPhee. I knew nothing about the figure, but to find a toy of such an interesting and distinctive caterpillar, I had to have one. I didn't realize how interesting this figure was to other people. I have had a few private messages asking where to get one, and even a couple people practically begging me to sell them mine! This ranks up with my Imperial Toys walking stick as a real treasure!

I think Sun Wai made at least a sphinx moth caterpillar as well. Sun Wai figures, at least the few arthropods I have, are larger, yet detailed novelty-style. Most are fairly realistic (although their lobster looks like a mashup of a Maine and spiny lobster...)

Like many of the Sun Wai toys, the figure is large and a soft, hollow plastic. The figure measures roughly 225 mm (not including the caudal appendages), making it nearly 3:1 for an average caterpillar (although its stature makes it appear so much bigger). It is surprisingly detailed for what amounts to a novelty toy.

On to the pics:














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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:07:07 PM »
Added today's batch to the front page. Kind of a mixed bag. Some of these are real beauties, but the tabby cat, for example, is startlingly crude.

Thanks for keeping up with this, Halichoeres!

I will echo my sentiments from STS here:

Yeah the tabby is just a repaint from an older model, that was also gray (as well as orange), and doesn't like specifically like a tabby (unless it's the mackerel tabby). The Komodo dragon also seemed like an unnecessary remake (and not as good as some other brands).

I do like the Ongole cow (got to love exotic cow breeds).

The IC figures are nice. I like the frogfish and songbirds are a great idea for the IC line, esp. since some of them could easily be made 1:1

They clearly still have more to reveal, including a spiny lobster and scorpion. I am curious if those are TOOB figures or in the IC line. There are also more prehistorics to reveal, including at least one more sauropod and a ceratopsian.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:25:22 AM »
Last one for the day, the Tully Monster, Tullimonstrum gregarium. I was at one point interested in this species, but then decided against it when it was considered a chordate related to lampreys. Apparently, at the time of this writing, it is now back among the invertebrates. Because of its enigmatic standing I will collect a couple figures that become available.

This first one was a 'freebie' given to me by Pat May (Paleocasts) when I ordered a bunch of arthropods from him.


It turns out the original paper put its thumb on the scale by sampling non-vertebrate taxa very poorly in the phylogeny. They almost couldn't help but recover it as a vertebrate. So it probably isn't one, but it does have a few curious vertebrate-esque features like pigment stains that look suspiciously like retinas.

It's still cool enough to have in my museum for the time being  ;D 8) C:-)

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:35:23 PM »
Last one for the day, the Tully Monster, Tullimonstrum gregarium. I was at one point interested in this species, but then decided against it when it was considered a chordate related to lampreys. Apparently, at the time of this writing, it is now back among the invertebrates. Because of its enigmatic standing I will collect a couple figures that become available.

This first one was a 'freebie' given to me by Pat May (Paleocasts) when I ordered a bunch of arthropods from him.


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:32:02 PM »
The extinct swimming crab, Portunites. This is a plaster cast by Fossil Molds and Replicas. Normally I wouldn't collect something like this, but it represented a new genus for me!


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:29:55 PM »
The enigmatic extinct arthropod, Leanchoilia superlata.

I have two figures, one main figure and a smaller version, by Paleocasts.


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