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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.

New for 2018 / Safari - New for 2018
« on: September 25, 2017, 06:40:27 PM »
Safari's extant critters are being discussed more on dtf than here. That just won't do. Here are the official announcements so far for non-fictional,
 non-prehistoric animals (stable photo links):


Bernie the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

Kangaroo with Joey (Macropus rufus)

Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis)

Babirusa (Babyrousa sp.)

North American Wildlife

Desert hare (black-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus californicus)

North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)

Bison Bison bison

Wildlife Wonders

Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi)

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

XL Bison (Bison bison)

Wings of the World Birds

Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae)

Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Incredible Creatures

Given as Antennariidae, looks like Antennarius pictus in particular

Flying frog, Family Rhacophoridae

Woodchuck/groundhog/whistlepig (Marmota monax)

Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Spiny lobster (Palinuridae)

Scorpion (Scorpiones)

Best in Show



Gray tabby cat

Siamese cat


Ameraucana chicken



Black sheep, looks like the same sculpt as the white one

Ongole cow

Texas longhorn bull

Winner's Circle Horses

Friesian mare

Morgan stallion


Przewalski's horse

Sea Life

Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)

Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)

Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Manta ray (Manta birostris)

Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus)

Gray reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)

Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)


Whale Toob: beluga, blue whale, bowhead whale, Bryde's whale, gray whale, humpback whale, minke whale, pilot whale, right whale, sperm whale

Good Luck Minis

Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca)

spider (given as Latrodectus mactans or L. hesperus but doesn't really look much like a black widow to me)

Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea)

hammerhead shark (Sphyrnidae)

barn owl (Tyto alba)

toucan (Ramphastos sp.)

hummingbird (Trochilidae)

tortoise (Testudinidae)

waving cat


green moray (Gymnothorax funebris)

blue tang (Paracanthus hepatus)

New for 2017 / Diramix new for 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:47:57 PM »
Posted this on the DTF recently for the prehistorics, but since it's mostly extant fish, maybe people here will be interested:

The very frenetic TV advertisement:

New for 2017 / Favorite Co New for 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:13:43 AM »
Teaser photo on Facebook:

New additions to the Ancient Fish line. Looks to me like a Scleropages (their existing arowana is an Osteoglossum) and an Atractosteus.

Classifieds / Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:19:33 PM »
Hi everyone, I collect almost exclusively prehistoric animals, but sometimes I end up with some extant things as bycatch. I offer them here, and I'll update as I get things organized. I have an extensive trade thread at the dino toy forum (, so check that out if you're interested in prehistorics. Everything is available for either sale or trade, and I ship anywhere (from the United States). Thanks for looking!

AAA common iguana

AAA original moose calf

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld turtles $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld lionfish, anglerfish, pufferfishes, and triggerfishes $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld humpback whale, narwhal, dolphin, orca, Pacific octopus, blue ringed octopus $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld sharks and torpedo rays $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld piranhas, sailfish, catfish, walrus, platypus $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld eels and what I think are meant to be weevers $3 each

Diramix Mega Squali hammerhead, basking shark, spotted carpet shark, albino white shark $9 each

Diramix Mega Squali guitarfish, whale shark, thresher shark, blue shark $9 each

Diramix Mega Squali leopard shark, megamouth shark, Japanese sawshark (but looks like a sawfish), zebra shark $9 each

Kaiyodo turtles: red-eared slider hatchling, standard and albino, green turtle, Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, Reeves turtle, yellow-marginated box turtle.

Kaiyodo dugong ($3), harbor seal ($4), sea lion ($6), humpback whale ($8), narwhal ($12), Dall's porpoise ($12), white sided dolphin ($7)

Kaiyodo goldfish and carp/koi ($7 each) One of these koi I no longer have, I'll have to check which.

Kaiyodo Japanese flying squid, Japanese spider crab, Monkey River prawn (Macrobrachium lar)

Ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda)
Black-banded sea krait (Laticauda semifasciata)
Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Small Japanese mole (Mogera minor)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Japanese grass vole (Microtus montebelli)
Japanese weasel (Mustela itatsi)
Japanese/white-cheeked giant flying squirrel (Petaurista leucogenys)

PNSO zebra, tiger, horse

Safari Monterey Bay Aquarium orca; sperm whale, I think the one from the Ocean Toob

Yowie Lost Kingdoms koala

My wish list:


Cog Ltd (Tedco, Dino Horizons)

Dawn of the Dinosaurs exhibition set
Saurosuchus (resin)

Dinosaurs in the Wild

Gojirasaurus (remote controlled)
Segnosaurus (remote controlled)
this small PVC Teratosaurus:



Los Angeles County Museum
titanosaur juvenile

Mattel (Xtractaurs)
Yingshanosaurus "Twinstrike"

Tully monster ("embryonic Nessie")

large Dicraeosaurus

Play Visions

WWD Ornithocheirus (though I don't think I'll ever find one)

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