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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: Today at 02:39:22 AM »
Here's the next version of the Bandai characin, Paracheirodon innesi, the neon tetra. This wild-type version is number 3 in the series, but I'm posting it second because I'm a rebel.



Not sure it's really possible to capture the electric glow of a neon, but these figures at least have the overall color distribution about right.



The acrylic rods they come with are ball-jointed at the base, so you can adjust each fish's angle of attack. Maybe the left one is going after a tasty chironomid larva.



The gravel base is very nicely done but it says "home aquarium" a little too loudly for my taste.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: Today at 02:27:25 AM »
Cool crabs, but I'm really drooling over those dioramas. Did you build those?

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:17:20 PM »
Oh, the CollectA Cameroon sailfin chameleon was pretty sweet. So were the Safari nudibranch and squirrel monkey.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:09:38 AM »
I nominate the Toy Fish Factory's goliath tigerfish.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Insect World (Battat Terra)
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:05:14 AM »
What, no species-level assignments?  :))

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:07:18 AM »

Knowing that this is an unusual species makes it more interesting for me...but knowing that such an important physical feature was left off kind of makes it lower priority. Too bad, since Bandai is usually so good at this sort of thing!

At least it's not a really prominent appendage like the anal fin [cough cough CollectA Leedsicthys cough].

WHAAAAAAA!? :o I didn't even notice! To be fair, I haven't done much with it; I've been emptying and resetting my shelves, so it's just been kind of sittig around while I decide how to organize.

I guess I'll just stare at my giant 1/40 model Leedsichthys instead! ;D

Stare a little longer and you'll see that it too is missing its anal fin, and instead has pelvic fins, which most pachycormids lacked. (Granted, that portion of Leedischthys in particular is not preserved, to my knowledge.)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:05:48 AM »
Yeah, Tim! So glad you are contributing to reviews here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ha ha, well thanks for the enthusiastic welcome!

Knowing that this is an unusual species makes it more interesting for me...but knowing that such an important physical feature was left off kind of makes it lower priority. Too bad, since Bandai is usually so good at this sort of thing!

At least it's not a really prominent appendage like the anal fin [cough cough CollectA Leedsicthys cough].

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Other/Miscellaneous / Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:52:37 PM »
Bandai's tropical fish set consists of 15 varieties, but only 3 sculpts. This thread is for the characin sculpt, which represents 4 species (and one domestic strain) by changing the paint job.

First up: Tucanoichthys tucanoi, a truly minute tetra species endemic to Uaupés River in Brazil. It's named after a group of indigenous tribes, the Tucano. I don't think the species has a standardized common name, but most people I know call it the Tucano tetra.







The maximum recorded length is 1.7 cm, so these figures, despite being only 2.8 cm long, are almost twice life size. Annoyingly, they're missing the adipose fin. Every tetra species in this set should have one. Sure, it's going to be small on these tiny characids, but it should still be visible.

I'll do the other characid species soon. I mostly collect prehistoric figures, and I would find it pretty annoying in that context if a company simply repainted a figure and called it a new species. But the truth it a lot of freshwater fish differ in extremely minor ways externally, apart from their coloration. You'd need geometric morphometrics (or tooth or fin ray counts, depending) to tell them apart with all color information removed. So I don't bedgrudge Bandai the re-use of this mold, but I still begrudge them the missing adipose fin.

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:15:07 PM »
Thanks, Sean, I didn't read the fine print. I only read the top part of the page that says "Scientific Name: Genus Manta". I'll fix that.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Aquatic Museum (Wing Mau)
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:54:02 PM »
Those are so cool!

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:29:25 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.

I will second this for two reasons--1) FISH! FIGURES! 2) It is really nice...and piranha are strangely uncommon as far as figures go, given their popularity and familiarity. The Kaiyodo bottlecap one is of course better... ;)

I looked that one up and it was like $100. It's a nice figure, but jeez. Kinda wanna pick up the dorado, too.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:14:02 PM »
Thanks for the link, Sean. Having just completed a dissertation on tetras, I feel like I should have a few tetras. I picked up these and the Marmit bottle cap figures. Maybe when all the Safari dinosaurs are available I'll add their piranha.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:48:51 PM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?



It's a freshwater fish line from Bandai. There were also some guppies and cory cats. I think there were 4 paint variants of each sculpt.

Thanks! I might have to pick some up. Although they seem to be missing their adipose fins.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:09:44 PM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?






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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:33:22 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.

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:10:47 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?)

Man, I hope so. Three of the four Toobs they've revealed so far are fantasy themed.

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
Updated the first page! New today:

Sumatran rhinoceros
Babirusa
Bison
Przewalski's horse (oddly, they put it in the horse line rather than the wildlife line)
Tinker horse
Siamese cat
Ameraucana chicken
Sei whale
Flying frog
Corn snake
GLM barn owl
GLM horse
GLM squid

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New for 2018 / Re: Favorite - New for 2018
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »
This makes the boring year Favorite had for prehistorics easier to bear...

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General / Re: Need suggestion on autism
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:01:21 PM »
Hi, thank you for your reply. He is 5 years old and already attends therapy . I am thinking of toy trucks.

My brother is autistic and when he was young he was fascinated by anything with wheels, but particularly with trains.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:50:15 PM »
That's an impressive display!

When non-entomologist friends are over, do they ever make jokes about a can of Raid?

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