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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA 'big beetles' (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great.

This one was released in a series including five other species: Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma, Dynastes hercules (blueish gray), Dynastes satanas and Chalcosoma moellenkampi.

On the beetle
Prosopocoilus giraffa is the world's largest saw-tooth stag beetle with long, sharp mandibles. It is found in a wide range of Asia (India to Indonesia). It is up to 119 millimetres in length. They have a mainly black body colour. There huge mandibles are used for fights with other males and because of the size the beetles can sometimes hardly control them. Is is said to be an agressive species.

On the figurine
A pretty rare find. The release must bin between 2003 and 2009. The figurine depitcs Prosopocoilus giraffa. And considering mandibles and size probably P. giraffa keisukei. This model came strapped to an information card (in Japanese). Some parts of the mould of this figure are used in the P. giraffa from the Sega big flying beetles.
It has less realistic details than the Sega DX version of the same species, except for the legs (Which are a bit bulky in the DX version). It is made out of hard ATBC-PVC, guite different from the rest of the series from which most figurines are made from more bendable materials. This model is not poseable.

The figurine measures: 113 mm so almost scale 1:1 for a very big male (119 mm is the record known to me).

And the Pic's... I might give it a little paint update.


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Nice collection!! Also reminds me I have to make a nice diodorama display one day!

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:37:16 AM »
Armadillidium vulgare, Sofubi Toy Box (Kaiyodo)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Blaine's Sega Beetles
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:54:56 PM »
Blaine, I am about to post the entire Sega small beetles series with species names.
I have painstakingly researched all the Japanese names.

Thought you will be pleased to know that the Golofa pizarro is actually a Golofa claviger..which means a new species for you!!

thanks for the effort. I actually have a G. claviger (Kabaya - World Insect Series 1).

I should have known  :o

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Blaine's Sega Beetles
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:18:51 PM »
Blaine, I am about to post the entire Sega small beetles series with species names.
I have painstakingly researched all the Japanese names.

Thought you will be pleased to know that the Golofa pizarro is actually a Golofa claviger..which means a new species for you!!

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Species identification thread (animal toys)
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:44:41 PM »
Anyone knows what specie of Bradypus is the new Sloth by Schleich?

https://www.schleich-s.com/en/US/wild-life/products/sloth-14793.html


Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
Bradypus variegatus (I think)

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New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:44:27 PM »
This set will be released round april. The comic characters corresponding to the sets animals will be released later.


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Once again a figure I (think I) haven't seen before! :o :) Interesting fact about the flawed anterior margin of the pronotum. I can understand that small details like serrations on the mandibles may sometinmes be omitted in a figure but the pronotum is strange. Maybe they had two specimens belonging to two different species as a template?

To my knowledge, no Lucanidae beetle has such anterior margin of the pronotum. But that's my knowledge :P

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Scorpion Anatomy Model (4D Master)
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:23:40 PM »
Oh, I was depating on whether or not to get the tarantula but I might have to get an A. dichotoma! And I see you changed your avatar?

Yes I did  8) The A. Dichotama is nice, but again not as detailed. There is a D. hercules as well. I think Andre has it.

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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA 'big beetles' (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and one (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Hexarthrius mandibularis is a large stag beetle species from Indonesia. It belongs to the family of the Lucanidae.
This beetle has a dark, brownish/reddish body. With very large, antler-like mandibles with small teeth on the inside edge, and one large, forward-pointing pair located approximately in the middle of the mandibles (to a third) down from the somewhat inward forked tips. The larvae of  Hexarthrius mandibularis lives and feeds in rotten hardwood.
The size (depending on which subspecies, Hexarthrius mandibularis mandibularis or Hexarthrius mandibularis sumatranus) for a male ranges between 115 and 118,5 mm respectively.

On the figurine
A very rare find. The figurine depitcs Hexarthrius mandibularis mandibularis (I think). It was released in 2003. This model probably came in a blisterpackage with a Mushi King playing card. I do not know for a 100% though, because I bought it with a lot of used items.
It has far less realistic details than the Sega DX version of the same species. The legs (less bulky than the DX version) and mandibles are slightly bendable but not really poseable. The pronotum even has a design flaw, it is wrongly shaped (like no stagbeetle species pronotum in general is shaped). Also a minor pitty, there are no small teeth along the inner edge of the mandibles in this model.

The figurine measures: 120 mm so almost scale 1:1 for a very big male.

First the four Sega Hexarthrius mandibularis figurines I have.
Above left: From the MushiKing big beetles series, above right: From the Mushiking small series the black version,
Below left: From the Sega DX series (H. sumatranus) and below right the Mushiking small series the brownish version.



Comparing the DX version (left) and the 'Big beetles' version (right).



The flaw in the pronotum design (marked red is what the shape should be) and the toothless mandibles.





And the overview...


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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Scorpion Anatomy Model (4D Master)
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:19:19 AM »
Wow!! That looks so much more detailed than the anatomymodel of A. Dichotoma I have from Famemaster.

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Ah, another never-before-seen figure! :) It's nice to see figures of big Megasoma species in the size range of major specimens. I have a Sega M. actaeon which is about the same size. :)

Yes, they made Sega three big M. actaeon figurines, with slight differences (which is quite weird, I think) Two with longer forelegs than the other and all three have a different ventral moulds and colours.

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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Microcosmos (Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Museum)
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:07:18 AM »
One of my favorites as well!

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This is one of my favourite CapsuleQ figures! :D One of the rare occasions I intentionally bought a figure twice (yes, I also bought doubles unintentionally, but that's a bit more embarassing...).

Those provide good trades Andre!  ;D

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Yujin / Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:46:30 PM »
Please look above for a revised post on the 'BEETLES IN COLOUR' from Yujin. I also updated the text. Well over 3.000 pageviews so worth the effort!

The Photobucket fail...let's write about that no more  :-X
So I am glad that it is restored!

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I should hunt me down one of these big Sega M. elephas (with or without wings) to have it represented, but I am less-likely to pay a lot for single figures of commonly-made species.

of course I will give you a heads-up when I encounter one thats cheap!

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I have snooped around some and the Safari Smithsonian stag beetle looks like a cross between an Odontolabis (pronotum) and Hexarthrius (mandibles)  C:-).

BUT, the two best options are Prosopocoilus confucius and P. giraffa daisukei

I thought the P. confusius as well, though I only saw it on photo's while ago. F-toys made a nice P. confusius as well.

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: January 02, 2018, 07:11:40 PM »
I posted two walkarounds for the Sega big Megasoma elephas and for the Sega big flying Megasoma elephas.

Sega big beetle model:
http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2200.msg18306

Sega big flying beetle model:
http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2201.msg18308#msg18308

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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA Flying beetles, the big ones (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and with a base for display and detachable wings and elytra.
the beetles were produced around 2006-2008, I think. There is no release year on package, figurine, card or display base.

The series included: Megasoma elephas, Megasoma actaeon, Dynastes hercules, Mesotopus tarandus, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Hexarthrius parryi, Odontolabis burmeiseri, Allomyrina dichotoma, Allotopus rosenbergi and Chalcosoma caucasus.

On the beetle
On the beetle
Elephant beetles are black in color but apear yellowish/brown due to a coat of fine microscopic 'hairs'.  The Males have two horns protruding from the head. And two with one bump in the middle from the prothorax. Females have no horns. These horns are mainly used  in competition among males for food and mates and for defending. Elephant beetles are located in southern Mexico, Central America, and in South American rainforests. Male elephant beetles sizes range between 55-135 mm, females size between 50-90 mm.

On the figurine
This model is one  of the biggest in the series. It came in a blisterpackage with a simple card, holding no information on the series or beetle itself. It has a rubber feel to it but very realistic details and colour. The legs are slightly bendable but not all poseable, only the front legs. The head is moveable. The horns on the prothorax are not really realisticly shaped, a little bit to rounded. The elytra can be closed and the wings detached. The base that comes with it for display allows the beetle to be posed in two different ways and has the Japanese name for the beetle on it. From the cephalic horn to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 126 mm, so scale 1:1.

The pics...



compared to the other Sega Megasoma elephas figurines I have.
A: From the Mushi King small beetles series B: From the small 'deluxe' series. These came on a smooth brown plate with the species name on it. C: The big flying luxe model. With moveable legs, head and elytra (wing detachable) It came on a base for dispplay. and D: the Sega big one without wings.


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