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Furuta / Barn owl (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: Today at 06:54:52 PM »
Walk around of the barn owl (Tyto alba) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). It is in a sort of hunched over pose so in the last photo I show its face full on. It looks a little startled! :)) The pin in the first photo and my thumb in the last photo give an intication of scale.

Animal toy lines / Yowies USA - discussion
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:45:50 PM »
I'm creating this topic in response to @Takama and his excellent proliferation of Yowies USA walk-arounds. Maybe this has been discussed already somewhere on the forum, so feel free to point me to the appropriate thread, but I have a few questions.

Does anyone know the relationship between the Australian Yowies and Yowies USA? The two lines look very different, the Australian ones are made of separate hard pieces, while the USA one seem to be single solid (but softer?) sculpts. If so, I'm guessing the company is just exploring a different approach?

What is the packaging like for Yowies USA, do they come with candy?

Lastly, are there any prehistoric critters in the line?

Furuta / Radiated tortoise (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:12:05 PM »
Walk-around of the radiated tortoise ('Geochelone' radiate= Astrochelys radiate) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). This is one of the better figures in series 6 because most of the seams are hidden - the shell consists of one single piece. The paintwork is pretty good, too. It is tiny, only 4cm long.

This must have been shared before but it is worth flagging again anyway. I've found myself referring to this website quite often:

It is an excellent resource for Japanese so-called animal 'food toys' (miniature animal toys sold with confectionary in plastic eggs, capsules, and so on). The list also includes Australian Yowies.

Furuta / Hamadryas baboon (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:51:51 PM »
Walk-around of the Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). It is a female, presumably, since the males of this species look rather different, carrying a juvenile on her back. I'm very nearly done with the ChocoEgg Series 6 walk-arounds, just one more figure to go, I think.

Furuta / Golden lion tamarin (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:51:13 PM »
Give us a spin,
Golden lion tamarin!

Walk-around of the golden lion tamarin, Leontopithecus rosalia, by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). One of the slightly more crude models in the series. The artificial perch it is crouching on makes it looks like it belongs in a zoo - I would've preferred a more natural base for this endangered animal.

Animal toys (general) / Chinamals or Chanimals?
« on: June 03, 2018, 05:59:26 PM »
The word 'Chinasaur' is widely used by collectors to refer to dinosaur toys created by unknown companies but marked "made in China" (or unmarked and presumed to be made in China or thereabouts). However, there doesn't seem to be a similar term for animal toys. I'm surely not the the first person to wonder about this? Let me know if I've missed a thread.

If there isn't such a term, could we create one? How about 'Chanimals'? Or 'Chinamals'?

Furuta / Red-eyed tree frog (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:10:34 PM »
Walk-around of the red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) by Furuta (Choco Egg Series 6). As usual for this series, the pieces don't snap together quite as cleanly and crisply as Kaiyodo's similar offerings.  It is in a really nice pose but the arms don't align properly with the branch. The colour is bright and grades nicely, but my frog was also missing one of its pupils, so I had to add it on with a black marker (which is why one eye looks so crude). All in all, a nice figure, but a shame about the execution.

Furuta / Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:43:00 PM »
Walk-around of the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey, also known as the Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). It always struck me as having a rather unusual facial expression and pose. It's sitting on the ground and reaching one arm way over to its side for some inexplicable reason. Or, is this model depicting some specific behaviour?

Furuta / Tasmanian Devil (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: May 31, 2018, 05:43:00 PM »
Walk-around of the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) by Furuta (ChocoEgg Series 6). It doesn't fit together perfectly so the seams are visible. I forgot to take a photo with a pin as a scale bar but it is small: only 6cm long.

In the news / New species of hairy crab?
« on: May 31, 2018, 12:49:39 PM »
Is this hairy crab the newest species found in the UK?

General / Skeletons for sale?
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:23:38 PM »
Can anyone recommend a place to buy real animal skeletons (legally)?

General / Dinotoyforum diorama contest 2018 open
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:26:11 PM »

If only I had time, I could organise an ATF diorama contest as well! Maybe one day, once I have retired!

Furuta / Swallow-tailed hummingbird (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:36:55 PM »
Walk-around of the Furuta swallow-tailed hummingbird, Eupetomena macoura.

Furuta / Verreaux's sifaka (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:45:02 PM »
Walk-around of the Verreaux's sifaka, sometimes listed as a langur monkey, by Furuta. Give us a twirl!

New for 2017 / Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:25:22 PM »
This is where I will post the top 10 animal figures of 2017 poll. Please suggest contenders, i.e. figures you would personally vote for.

Edit - The shortlist! Images are mostly stock images with some others pinched from the Walkarounds section of the forum. I trust this is okay with the photographers. O:-)

CollectA, Bongo antelope

CollectA, Cameroon sailfin chameleon

CollectA, Ivory-billed woodpecker

CollectA, Leopard seal

CollectA, Saiga antelope

CollectA, Secretary bird

Ikimon - Nature Technicolor - Deep Sea Life 1, Giant ostracod

Ikimon - Nature Technicolor - Deep Sea Life 1, Amphipod in salp tunic

Kitan club - Nature Technicolor - Frogs, Japanese common toad

Papo, Brown-throated sloth

Papo, Elephant seal

Papo, Horned Frog

Papo, Ocelot

Papo, Walrus

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Nudibranch

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Reef squid

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Squirrel Monkey

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - North American Wildlife, Arctic hare

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - Sealife, Right whale

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - Wildlife, Moon bear

Safari Ltd - Wings of the World Birds, Blue-footed booby

Safari Ltd - Wings of the World Birds, Harpy eagle

Schleich - Wildlife, Moose calf

Schleich - Wildlife, Sloth bear

Sofubi Toy Box, Kaiyodo, Armadillidium vulgare

Toy Fish Factory, Goliath tigerfish

New for 2016 / Top 10 2016 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:24:36 PM »
This is where I will post the top 10 animal figures of 2016 poll. Please suggest contenders, i.e. figures you would personally vote for.

New for 2015 / Top 10 2015 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:19:41 PM »
This is the thread where I will create the 2015 poll.

So, what 2015 figures do you think are viable contenders? We don't need an exhaustive list of 2015 toys. The poll only needs to include the ones we would actually vote for.

Anybody want to kick things off with some suggestions?

Forum business / New title banner (2018)
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:17:57 PM »
Thanks again to Blaine for composing a new forum title banner. Great work as usual!

General / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:40:26 AM »
Happy New Year to all Animal Toy Forum members! 2017 was a hectic year for me personally, so I haven't been on the ATF much! However, 2018 will bring me pretty much back to normality. Despite my absence, the forum had over 3 million page views in 2017 - the highest number of any year to date. So, I'm encouraged to keep the forum running! Here's to another fruitful year on the ATF.  8)

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