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Yowies / Re: Devils hole Pupfish (Yowies - USA)
« on: Today at 12:34:27 AM »
This is the only one that I have on purpose (the fennec fox was sent along as well, just because). It's a great figure, it's too bad that they keep leaving fish out of their release lines.

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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:19:12 AM »
Oh, sbell, couldn't you host your images on your own website, or is space an issue?

Well, it's a retail site with limited space (as is everything) but I probably could. Of course, they wouldn't be 'anywhere' so I wouldn't have a place to link back to...

And when I cleared the dropbox images, I tried to leave ones like the walkarounds and such; it was mostly my database ones that moved, so it may have been those (I've never renamed the photos because it takes too long!) As I said, though, some like the tardigrade ones may be long gone

Yeah, you don't have to have them integrated into the retail site. For example, I keep my animal toy images in folders at animaltoyforum.com/animaltoyimages/company/blahblahblah No visitors will ever stumble across them unless I link to them directly. I think it would be the way to go for you, so long as you have plans to renew your domain for the foreseeable future.

I'm pretty confident in google photos now. It's unlimited and isn't going anywhere (as far as any site anyway...). Of course, it is also possible to host them on Facebook too, but I'm not sure if it's possible to keep photos in a 100% private folder there...

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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:22:10 PM »
Oh, sbell, couldn't you host your images on your own website, or is space an issue?

Well, it's a retail site with limited space (as is everything) but I probably could. Of course, they wouldn't be 'anywhere' so I wouldn't have a place to link back to...

And when I cleared the dropbox images, I tried to leave ones like the walkarounds and such; it was mostly my database ones that moved, so it may have been those (I've never renamed the photos because it takes too long!) As I said, though, some like the tardigrade ones may be long gone

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I've seen that site! It's not complete enough for my purposes though...he (?) has many partial sets, and it's always the ones I'm trying to find information on!

Oh, I didn't realise that - the pages I was using as a reference appear to be complete. :)

I'm mostly looking at the fish ones and capsule aquarium ones, and of course if I need to look one up, it's always the one they're missing!

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Forum business / Re: Image hosting problems
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:43:02 PM »
I know my dropbox ones got wiped out when my dropbox account got too full, and I had to migrate what I could do Google photos.

Unfortunately, not everything went over and some photos are long gone. Others I've just lost track of where they need to be updated (it's also pretty time and labour intensive, to redo the formats every time).

Image hosting would probably be the easiest in many ways, but it could mean a huge storage issue eventually. Plus, there could be lag issues with slower internet connections eventually.

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I've seen that site! It's not complete enough for my purposes though...he (?) has many partial sets, and it's always the ones I'm trying to find information on!

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Thanks for the replies! A values database would be amazing, though it would fluctuate with time and by country so it would be a big undertaking. There are amazing resources for lego which track the sales on several websites and give you current values of each set in a few different countries and whether the value is rising or falling. I donít imagine anything like that would be possible with animal figures but it is an amazing resource.

Maybe just a star rating system that indicates rarity rather than value? That would already be super helpful... unless there already is something like that and I havenít stumbled upon it yet?

Once you start going through things like the Toy Animal Wiki, it starts becoming clear that even a rarity rating is really hard to establish. There are lots of companies that do or did (or will) make animals, and they can vary in the rarity from city to city, never mind over time! But if you can determine a brand, it definitely makes it easier! If your figures aren't breaking with small children play, they are probably more recent, established brands (older rubbers tend to break down, and things like composite and are obvious when they are old and therefore possibly rare)

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New Members / Re: Hello from Cumbria
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:46:38 PM »
Hi! I thought I recognized the name!

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I don't think there is a specific resource that could tell you, unfortunately. Some brands--like Schleich--have been around for some time, and older ones can be more valuable.

But old is still mid-80s at earliest. Models before that are tougher to tell.

While nowhere near complete, this site is run through a different forum that can at least help track down what some of the older ones might be. Then the trick is determining if they are valuable (in money terms!) or not.

As well, sometimes it's the species that matters...animals that are rarely made tend to be wanted more, even if they're not great. Most lemurs (not ring-tails) and unusual carnivores and antelope, for example, or unique reptiles and birds.

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Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:04:22 PM »
Great, very nice! Tough the shoebill and Solomon Islands skink images looks like phantasmagoric faded...

Bold images indicate "unread messages". Faded images indicate "no unread messages". So, they change and are different for each member. All bold for guests.  :)

You still have two giraffes. Want to replace one? If so, how about a freshwater fish for Sean since he's one of the more active people here :)

Oh! I picked out a freshwater fish especially for @sbell but somehow forgot to use it! Just a goldfish, but that's something. I'll add it now...
Edit - done!

Thanks for fish! Although I share Darwin's opinion on goldfish...

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:38:05 PM »
Interesting set of Agatsuma "weird animals": https://www.ebay.com/itm/Agatsuma-weird-animal-set-of-9-secret-snake-MIP-w-boxes-Japan-not-Kaiyodo/202317572759

Looks like that tardigrade is in there for the Sacred Order of Tardegrade Collectors. Have these received the walk-around treatment yet?

It is indeed a series of strange animals...and definitely the biggest tardigrade model! I think...

I also believe that they were discussed somewhere around here, but not sure when.

I could have sworn @brontodocus did a walkaround of the tardigrade, but I cannot find it in the Other/Miscellaneous section. I have it (of course) and could do a walkaround if so desired. I have all my tardigrades (4 of them) in the Blaine's Bug of the Day thread.

This one by @sbell ? http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=351.msg3251#msg3251
Sadly, the images don't seem to be working.

Wow, I'd forgotten I'd done that...and that something happened with Dropbox, so most of my old photos are gone...I will see if I can find those ones again.

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: June 03, 2018, 10:53:46 PM »
Interesting set of Agatsuma "weird animals": https://www.ebay.com/itm/Agatsuma-weird-animal-set-of-9-secret-snake-MIP-w-boxes-Japan-not-Kaiyodo/202317572759

Looks like that tardigrade is in there for the Sacred Order of Tardegrade Collectors. Have these received the walk-around treatment yet?

It is indeed a series of strange animals...and definitely the biggest tardigrade model! I think...

I also believe that they were discussed somewhere around here, but not sure when.

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Furuta / Re: Red-eyed tree frog (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:29:42 PM »
It's a good attempt at the figure, but yes, those early Furuta ones ChocoEggs weren't quite the same as the Animaltales that came before.

But I'd take new series of either one again...nothing has come close to the diversity of those series!

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Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: May 31, 2018, 01:39:19 PM »
Oh, I convinced myself that you were trying to trick us.  :))

In that case, I don't know. Send in the fish experts! @sbell

It looks like a snailfish of some kind...but not really sure beyond that!

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:45:33 AM »
I toke the advice to heart and bought that mantis shrimp, and only a few hours later they've put up another one. Incase anyone else is still looking:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152899619914?ul_noapp=true

If anyone's interested, I found yet another AAA mantis shrimp, although once again the price is far too high for my tastes and the shipping is outrageous! But maybe someone here will snatch it up  :) https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Retired-RARE-AAA-Huge-mantis-shrimp-crab-PVC-Figure-Figurine-Model/163040273517?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40972%26meid%3D16885d14ed244f01b1736e45a7b8cedb%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D152899619914%26itm%3D163040273517&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850

It's still the same seller. So buyer beware (based on Star's review...)

What review? I missed that.

It wasn't a review (i.e. walkaround), I think it was more a warning under the Feedback Thread.

That's the one--I should have said seller review. Most of his stuff is far more expensive than normal...and in this case, Star's mantis shrimp arrived with degrading plastic. When she inquired, she was met with a 'meh'.

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: May 27, 2018, 02:34:25 AM »
I toke the advice to heart and bought that mantis shrimp, and only a few hours later they've put up another one. Incase anyone else is still looking:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152899619914?ul_noapp=true

If anyone's interested, I found yet another AAA mantis shrimp, although once again the price is far too high for my tastes and the shipping is outrageous! But maybe someone here will snatch it up  :) https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Retired-RARE-AAA-Huge-mantis-shrimp-crab-PVC-Figure-Figurine-Model/163040273517?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40972%26meid%3D16885d14ed244f01b1736e45a7b8cedb%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D152899619914%26itm%3D163040273517&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850

It's still the same seller. So buyer beware (based on Star's review...)

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Ah... The bald eagle looked like to have a tan head and brown tail... maybe is effect of lighting? Both should be white. The osprey is atonishingly bad done! Certainly don't reach the usual Schleich standards...

Perhaps, but for Schleich collectors they are very hard to find and usually sought after.

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The birds are a bald eagle, a golden eagle and an osprey. They are all retired figures from Schleich.

The whole series can be seen here: http://toyanimal.info//index.php?title=Schleich_Birds_of_Prey

Most of the birds in the set are very sought after and usually fetch a higher price. Other than the wings-spread bald eagle, mostly because it was around for so long.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:47:26 PM »
That's awesome! I don't think, even before I reduced my collection, that I had or 27 of any one species!

Spotted hyena might be the most frequent, but even then not even close.

Okay, check that...if my database is correct, I have 26! If I can get my hands on the PNSO one...or count the non-toy ones...I'd be at about 30!

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New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:49:13 AM »
There have been more items added to their site, including this sperm whale:

http://www.mojofun.eu/product/sperm-whale/

Which, I have to say, looks exactly like (and I do mean in every last detail) the Papo sperm whale being retired just now.

Am I the only one seeing this?

You can definitely see the M&B influence in some of their other new sealife--like the 'bull shark' that is clearly based on a sand tiger shark.

It's because this whale along with several other recent mojo sea life figures actually belong to another company called Maia & Borges.  These figures get licensed out to other figure manufacturers occasionally, and thankfully so.  Some of the whales were produced by Schleich around the early 2000s and were getting very difficult to find for a decent price until Papo & Mojo started making them as well.

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