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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

I can't find them listed in either the 2016 or 2017 "New for" sections. A forum search didn't yield any results either. Have they been discussed on the forum anywhere?

It was a 2017 set. Even though the caiques are separate subspecies I wouldn't include both of them, but I would include both the blue and gold and rainbow macaws.

The Kitan club Japanese common toad and Safari reef squid warrant inclusion.

New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:15:40 AM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

I'm not near as well versed in beetles as any of you, but that species definitely fits the scale of the line.

I have some stock 3D models in my library that could pass as these (one explicitly is a milkfish!), the only issue is they would need new fins made before they could be printed as currently most have 2D alpha channels for their fins.

If you're at all interested I'll get some screenshots for you. Making the fins is not difficult and after that I could put them up on whatever printing service you prefer (my printer is still on the fritz) or send you the models if you have access to a printer yourself.

Quite surprised to hear there hasn't ever been a john dory made.

Nice. I have a few Sega 'big' non-DX figures but not this one. I do have a Subarudo one to represent a large figure. Oh, checking my inventory I do have 20 figures of this species LOL
If I were to hazard a guess I'd say that this species is what a lot of indeterminate figures are meant to represent (Safari Smithsonian to name a more obvious one).

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:43:16 PM »
The first unidentified fish looks like it could be a California Sheepshead wrasse.

Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:44:30 PM »
How's this project coming along? Any updates? :)
Actually I do have some updates! I was waiting until I heard back from someone locally but I can at the very least show you guys what I've been up to in the interim.

Sadly it seems that casting is currently beyond my reach, so I've been pursuing this project more broadly with the goal of creating one of a kind sculpts instead. The species list is staying don't worry, but it means I'm also going to be making chickadees and finches to try and sell at craft shows in between. By sculpting on top of 3D printed armatures it saves considerable time especially when producing the same animal in repetition, and it also allows me to easily alter poses or use closely related species as requested without increasing costs.

If everything goes well I'll finally have a lot more guarantees with the printing process itself* within the next few weeks and can finally start on some serious projects, and I'd like to do a full follow through on all of the steps for this one if I can. I'm leaning towards Hibbertopterus.

*Really does seem you can't make commitments while only owning one of these things, they never seem to work for more than a few weeks at a time!

I started these ducklings a few weeks ago as a proof of concept and a bit of a practice and haven't worked on them since then. I'm not fully satisfied with them, but I think I've gotten down how to make light feathers flow or "puff" depending.

Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:37:20 AM »
I'm seeing some real potential here, though I feel Replica Toy Fish had more interesting species choices and I preferred the release format of varying sizes over themed sets. I like the original material, it's hard and sturdy but not so hard it's brittle and fragile like some gashapon figures. Hope this one isn't too much softer.

I assume you're going to be stocking these? I may wait until there are a few more sets and then get them in one go.

New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:21:28 AM »
I was hoping Papo would pick up CollectAs slack this year, no inverts sadly but I'm loving that Albatross and Rattlesnake. Any idea on an ID for the snake, seems quite distinctively bulky?

The sharks are also quite nice, though something about the paintwork on the blacktip seems off.

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:02:19 PM »
Humphead wrasses of indeterminate species have also been done cheaply by dollar store sets a couple of times, but it's unlikely any of them were meant as anything other than the humphead wrasse itself.

Even if the species choices are rather uninspired if you ask me Mojo still gets#2 this year for variety. The Veiled Chameleon is the only one that gets my attention, wonder how large it is.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:29:33 PM »
I have that and a complementary marine set, I had never known the name or brand before.

Unfortunately I've lost most of them since then, but there were some very interesting choices in both sets. I don't actually remember that yellow spotted salamander at all.

The salamanders don't give a good reference for just how detailed these tiny little things are.

New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:59:26 PM »
I have to agree, frankly I feel this has been a particularly weak year for CollectA and Schleich.

Both have broken new ground with their extinct lines (CollectA into Paleozoic and Schleich... into something worth buying?), so I can't really comment there except that there's nothing this year that particularly interests me specifically.

But both of them have nothing but mammals in their extant lines this year. Schleich doesn't even have some overpriced giant scenery pack with a few new small sculpts.

Safari has definitely been getting at least more consistent in their diversity, a few years ago it was "maybe they'll have a fish or an invert this year" and now they have one of each nearly every year, sometimes several. And they've always been the only one of the large brands to have a consistent flow of reptiles and thankfully that hasn't slowed down either.

Papo had an unusually diverse year (for them) last year, so let's hope we get something interesting from them again.

As much distaste as I have for horse spam I suppose I can see the appeal, if this was every company producing dozens of domestic pigeon morphs every year I'd be ecstatic.

New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 24, 2017, 01:43:45 AM »
If I ever find them sold individually I may get that miniature goose, and nothing from their extinct line particularly grabbed my eye either this year.

Makes it easier buying that wonderful giant lobster from Safari this year at least.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 23, 2017, 05:06:11 AM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:36:30 AM »
Animal Planet made that Raja miraletus, not Chap Mei, this was a set of mostly cartoony marine animals clearly marketed to younger children. Sadly my ray lost the tip of its tail many years ago, but the set had a few nice fish and a spider crab as well.

Books, film, and other media / I'm making t-shirts.
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:35:25 PM »
I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in animal art, but since I was concerned it might be better considered as advertising I decided to place it here.

For a while I've been haphazardly tossing up spare designs I had lying around on TeePublic, haven't sold all that many but it's been a fun experience regardless. I have a backlog of designs from the past year (or three) that I've finally recovered after a hard-drive crash last year and I've started steadily uploading them.

I've also been working on a few designs lately and have sort of gotten back into the swing so to speak, so I thought I would post the link to store around and ask people what animals they'd be interested in seeing (no obligation to purchase).

Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Humpback Whale - Kaiyodo - Sofubi Toy Box 013
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:39:54 PM »
For once I think I have to say I prefer the Papo version, the joint beneath the eyes just sticks out too much if you ask me.

Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:32:01 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.

New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:43:04 AM »
Getting only mammals would be a shame. Though if that long list was deliberate, maybe we've still got hope for some nice fish. ;)

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:52:55 PM »
Those suckers are great, I'd love to track down that line someday.

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