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Most of these are entirely new to me. Impressive specimen, I like the massive pronotum! :)

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New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:24:44 AM »
Actually, I'm quite happy to see some more European Wildlife figures. :) The Sealife figures look good, too, and a Ruffed Lemur would be a completely new species for my collection.

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:15:57 AM »
Okay, definitely too many horses for my taste, too, and not too many figures I really want to have... however, I'm happy to see a nice African Civet, a beautiful Muskox, Sperm Whale and Blue Whale which look far better than their predecessors plus a nice looking Gray Whale (I might end up getting all three). :) Oh, wait a moment... we're talking about CollectA, aren't we? No antelopes? :o
;D almost no antelope, but it is CollectA after all , so we do get one, the Bongo calf! ^-^ it's awesome!
Aw, sorry, forgot about that one... but they used to throw such a variety of antelope species on the market...

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:16:18 PM »
After all this time, I only just noticed that the Manta on page one is labelled Manta sp. The Safari site actually declares it to definitively be the 'Giant Ocean Manta', Manta birsotris (as opposed to Manta alfredi).

Which, based on articles from the summer, might be changed to Mobula birostris due to DNA analysis. At least Safari got ahead of the curve on the species differentiations!
Sean, now that you mention it - I've just checked fishbase, even alfredi is listed as a species of Mobula there. :o Wow, that's entirely new to me... http://www.fishbase.de/summary/65179

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New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:10:22 PM »
...not so much for the Blue Gropers, from photos I've been looking at it seems that even very large specimens only have a very shallow hump at best.

Blue 'Gropers'?? Well, we have an orange one here in the U.S...  8) :P :-X >:D C:-)
Hilarious name, isn't it?  ;D When I first read Mojö Fun's post I thought it was a typo and thought that one doesn't look like a grouper to me... but then I read that they are really named Blue Gropers...

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New for 2018 / Re: Schleich's - New for 2018
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:16:42 PM »
It's not only that Schleich is mostly, well, a bit uninspiring in their choice of new additions, it also seems that updated releases of represented species are not necessarily an improvement over their predecessors... Not so long ago, Schleich has released a male Chimpanzee I really liked. And now this one? Well, but as in previous years, I have to say that once again I'm not overly surprised how little inspiring I find those Schleich releases. :-\ The Walrus and Koala look quite nice, though...

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Encyclopedia of Insects Vol. 3 (F-toys)
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:06:05 PM »
Wow, I think I've never seen any of those before! :o I wouldn't have thought those would all come from F-Toys, I thought their diversity was much smaller...

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Floral Egg Crab (Epoch - Poisonous Creatures)
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:00:47 PM »
Oh, and I almost thought we would have the rare occasion of bryozoans represented in figure form - or at least printed on a figure! :o

Is that what the lace-like structures are? I thought it was their natural pattern. I cannot find any reference to them being some kind of symbiotic or phoretic organism?!?
No, actually I think you got it right in the first place, I think it's meant to be the colour pattern instead of bryozoans. :) That was only my first thought...

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Probably not the most beutifully detailed rhino figure (although it's not tha bad either) but since it's a Sumatran it's definitely a must have.
Thanks for this walkaround, OkapiBoy. I have always loved your photography. What figure is in the penultimate image? A custom? By whom?
That's the Likaon model by Joan Milelire: http://www.likaonmodels.com/available-models-former.html  :)

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:51:51 PM »
Okay, definitely too many horses for my taste, too, and not too many figures I really want to have... however, I'm happy to see a nice African Civet, a beautiful Muskox, Sperm Whale and Blue Whale which look far better than their predecessors plus a nice looking Gray Whale (I might end up getting all three). :) Oh, wait a moment... we're talking about CollectA, aren't we? No antelopes? :o

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Yujin / Re: Insects of Japan Vol. 1 (Yujin)
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:44:56 PM »
I knew about the two colour versions of the Platypleura kaempferi (which I have both) and the two versions of Damaster blaptoides (I have the one without the snail). But I surely didn't know about the different versions of the Sympetrum darwinianum and the Anotogaster sieboldii! :o

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:35:58 PM »
Actually, I have to say I quite like the Bernie figure, but I've always been fond of Safari Ltd... :)
I have to agree, the Pygmy Hippopotamus and Sumatran Rhino are not particularly aesthetically pleasing, but I'll get them, nonetheless. And the Babirusa, of course... I like the Muskox - and I still only have the muskoxes by Noah's Pals... I will also continue getting all releases of the Wildlife Wonders (a few years ago I have already decided I'd get all of the series) even if the Jaguar is the third release of the same sculpt, however, it's apparently the best of them, yet. I wonder how large the WW Bison will be... Of the Wings of the World series I will at least get the Asio otus... Wow, and the IC line has some great new additions like the Antennarius and this awesome looking spiny lobster, but the Corn Snake looks excellent, too. While I'm happy they'll release a Przewalski's Horse and I'll definitely get one, I think it looks a bit, well, geometric? ??? I will also get all the new Sea Life figures. I know, the paint on the Leopard Seal looks a bit strange but I always favour sculpt over paint job...

Yes, Safari Ltd will make 2018 another expensive year for me, and we haven't even talked about their prehistoric ones... :-X ;D On the other hand, I'll have to check but I have the feeling that 2017 had even more figures I desired (and bought).

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:08:11 PM »
Wow, those Paleocasts models! :o 8)

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General / Re: I'm Back!!!
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:06:06 PM »
Welcome back, CetaceanFan! :) Although, I have been away from the ATF for several months myself and have just returned...

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Dynastes neptunus (Sega Mushi King DX series)
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:02:14 PM »
What a beautiful piece! :) Looks especially realistic after your customisation, of course!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Floral Egg Crab (Epoch - Poisonous Creatures)
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:57:23 PM »
Oh, and I almost thought we would have the rare occasion of bryozoans represented in figure form - or at least printed on a figure! :o

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Colorata / Re: Coconut Crab (Colorata - Yanbaru Creatures)
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:52:31 PM »
Quite nice and crisp detail on this one, especially since the Colorata figures are quite soft! :)

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Ah, this one was an instant favourite of mine, too!  :)  Somehow I can't believe we didn't already have a complete overview of the set! :o By the way: here is a super-easy diorama idea for the Pthirus pubis and Pulex irritans: Take a flat piece of polystyrene, glue a piece of pinkish or tan paper onto it, take a few wooden skewers (painted black or dark brown) and stick them diagonally into the polystyrene - et voilà, human skin in the (more or less) perfect scale to match these two figures! The louse can even cling to the skewers! :D I know it works, I already did this... ;D

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New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:34:53 PM »
I've seen on Mojö Fun's FB page that they named the blue fish "Blue Groper", so still a member of the Wrasse family, but a different species, most likely Achoerodus gouldii. The only problem I see is that the distinct hump on the forehead is characteristic for the Humphead Wrasse, not so much for the Blue Gropers, from photos I've been looking at it seems that even very large specimens only have a very shallow hump at best. Still, according to Mojö Fun's id this may be a species that has not even been made by a Japanese manufacturer before! :o

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What an absolutely awesome model! :) Even the spiracles are sculpted! :o 8) I think most medium-sized Papilio species have caterpillars growing to around 45 to 55 mm or so, so the scale seems resonabe (although I don't have data about larva sizes for P. xuthus so I'm just guessing).

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