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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:22:59 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.)

So it is...but it's still fun to stare at!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:16:27 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

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:47:46 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!

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Forum business / Re: New title banner (2018)
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:03:31 AM »
I would argue that Toy Fish Factory lacks representation...! :P http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2189.msg18244#msg18244

As always, freshwater fish get completely left out! And you think inverts get forgotten!

Also, what? None of the 5 billion new horses made it!?  :o

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I have some stock 3D models in my library that could pass as these (one explicitly is a milkfish!), the only issue is they would need new fins made before they could be printed as currently most have 2D alpha channels for their fins.

If you're at all interested I'll get some screenshots for you. Making the fins is not difficult and after that I could put them up on whatever printing service you prefer (my printer is still on the fritz) or send you the models if you have access to a printer yourself.

Quite surprised to hear there hasn't ever been a john dory made.

I would love to see the milkfish! I don't have a printer, but I uploaded to Shapeways once, I'm sure I could do it again!

And yeah...you'd think, given the economic importance of the dories, and their unique appearance, that there would be at least one figure from a European company!

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Commission Jetoar to make some, he loves personal requests.

I have thought of that...but some are so boring looking, it feels like it would be a waste. Plus, kind of expensive in the long run! But it may go that way!

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9 pages of 100 fish figurine auctions on Yahoo.
https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?p=%E9%AD%9A&oq=&auccat=25888&mode=1&tab_ex=commerce&fixed=0&ei=UTF-8&b=1

I am aware of YAJ--but I don't see any fish auctions for the specific ones I am searching for, unless I missed something?

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Hi all, so as is not a surprise, I like my fish models. I have many, and have a certain type that I usually collect.

However, I also have a habit of getting all 'taxonomic' when I collect (I'm not necessarily a 'set' completist. but I do like my cladograms filled out...), and there are certain groups for which I have nothing--and also can't seem to find anything! Even the TAI doesn't list for (almost) any of them...of course, I have issues with the TAI groupings, but that's just me and my craziness!

I also know that many fish are missing, so I'm hoping that I just don't know about/haven't found some yet.

So first, the only one I have found a record of:

Beloniformes--I would really like a needlefish figure; the only one I know of is the MPC. Which is nice enough, but monochrome and costs too much for a small plastic fish. Any others?

(Okay, now it gets esoteric):

1) [strike]Alepocephaliformes (smoothheads, slickheads, tubeshoulders, etc) (formerly part of Osmeriiformes but apparently not so muych anymore...recently separated far from them in Alepocephali)
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=86&areacode=&spines=&fins=
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=87&areacode=
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=533&areacode=[/strike] FOUND!

2) 'Anotophysans' = Gonorhychiformes. Milkfish, Shellear, Kneria, Hingemouth and...others

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Gonorynchiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

3) Lepidogalaxiiformes--Australian salamanderfish (another 'osmeriforme' that for now, isn't). I can't believe there isn't a Yowie or something of this one...

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=&famcode=466&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

4) Atelopodiformes. Jellynose fish

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Ateleopodiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

5) Percopsiformes. Trout-perch, Pirate perch, cavefishes. Again, how are there no figures of these?

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Percopsiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

6) Zeiformes. Dories & Oreos. Given that some of these are food fish, you'd think there'd be a figure...

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Zeiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

7) Polymixiiformes. Beardfish

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Polymixiiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

8. Batrachoidiformes. Toadfish. Again, it feels like there could be one out there.

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Batrachoidiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

So thanks in advance...if any of these can be found, it would be appreciated. If only so that I can get pointed in the right direction!

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General / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:01:11 PM »
Happy New Year all!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:17:22 PM »
The first unidentified fish looks like it could be a California Sheepshead wrasse.

that first green one could also be a crude mahi mahi.

I thought of the Mahi mahi, but the dorsal fin originates too far back.

The wrasse is a possibility, but not sure about a sheephead.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:23:10 PM »
So to end 2017, I cam across one more thing! (cross post from STS)

At a Dollar Tree, no less! Obviously some of these are yet another batch of reissued Prior (the 'bala' shark, the crab)--but some aren't (that seahorse is different, for example)



Overall, not too much to speak of--except I found yet another Climatius!



I've now got quite the school of these...!

But there are a couple others that I could use a hand with species ID's on--I'm not much for typical fish, especially marine ones.



And then, because I wanted the species and they don't exist (yet?) I took some sub-standard Replica Toy Fish figures (they were less-than perfect condition) and turned them into new species!

First, a V1 (unreleased) brook trout (looks more like a Splake to me) became a Bull trout (I hadn't noticed until I was painting that the brook trout dorsal fin is totally wrong...but I did at least smooth away the spines from the adipose fin):


Original:

And a northern pike beacame an Amur pike! Which, to me, should be called a dalmation pike. They are white or grey with black spots and blotches! And after the fact, I realized that the proportions of one of the muskellunge figures would have been better...oh well.

Original:

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Mojö Fun / Re: Thylacine
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:53:21 PM »
Interesting, most of the thylacine figures I have seen have gaping mouths; maybe only a handful are being shown on the fora

Looking again, I guess it's true--of the 7 I have, 5 have a mouth open to some extent (none as wide as the SR version though). Only the Mojo and Innovative Kids is closed-mouth. My memory was apparently wrong!

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Mojö Fun / Re: Thylacine
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:55:07 PM »
I always liked this figure because it shows that the thylacine, and all predators, do not have to be sculpted with their mouths gaping open all...the...time!

Of all the ones I have (4? 6?) only the Southlands Replica has an open mouth--but in this case, it's to highlight the ridiculously wide gape, which makes sense! Couple that with the CollectA, showing a female with large young in pouch, and thylacines have some of the most varied representations of animal figures (given how many lion figures are made, you'd think there'd be more poses than 'walking' or 'standing', for example).

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Cool figure...though it is funny that they couldn't be bothered to at least remove the name from the original figure, if not remould that part.

As for the Yowies Katipo, it is the al-black version:



No red there...and it isn't much to put together either. Given how they often made very colourful figures, this one is almost disappointing in it's monochromatic form!

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Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:03:29 PM »
These are neat Sean. Any chance this company might branch out a little to the freshwater/brackish crustaceans (e.g., crayfish?).

None whatsoever. He's all about fish (and mostly freshwater fish; and modern, not prehistoric fish...)

I'm seeing some real potential here, though I feel Replica Toy Fish had more interesting species choices and I preferred the release format of varying sizes over themed sets. I like the original material, it's hard and sturdy but not so hard it's brittle and fragile like some gashapon figures. Hope this one isn't too much softer.

I assume you're going to be stocking these? I may wait until there are a few more sets and then get them in one go.

And I agree that RTF came out of the gate with a good range; I think the current plan is to straddle that line with worldwide 'exciting' and notable fish; and North American-focused popular fish. Still heavier on the game fish than the non-game fish, but I'll take it.

The material is soft enoigh to bend at the caudal peduncle and fins, but they don't fold or twist or anything like that. It probably means less risk of breakage if they hit the floor hard (I've handled hundreds of the RTF ones and never saw that mind you...)

I am hoping to carry them--his minimums and costs for wholesale are pretty high, so I have to work things out. I run a small operation, and his requirements mean I'd be sinking 10% of my inventory costs into 2 products...but I want to have them in. Plus, the price is tougher; each box set is 5 figures; the Monsters is $15 USD, the Angler is $10USD. Canadian exchange would turn that into $13 and $19-$20. Business deciding is hard...! ;)

It's a catch-22 here; he needs the sales of the first boxes to fund the next boxes; but people will tend to wait to get the next boxes all at once. Personally, I would not have advertised all of the planned sets just yet, maybe a few teaser 'coming up ones'. But that's just how I roll.

I do know that his goal is to have these stocked in stores, especially sporting goods stores. I really hope he can pull that off, because the presentation is great. I just wish that the boxes came with binomial names and even a tiny bit of info on the animals; give it that 'education' angle people like to see with animal models. Even to do it for his website (like Safari--tiny bit on the tag, more on the site!). I even offered to write copy for him.

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Animal toy lines / Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:51:40 PM »
Good news everyone! I received my first few sets of the new Toy Fish Factory!

The River Monsters are of course the big splash, but the American Angler series is good too. it's easier to compare the latter series to the original RTF series. The sculpts are very similar (maybe the same sculpts, if not molds?) but the paint jobs are a little different.

Really big difference is the material--the new TFF line is much softer material, so there is a little flex to them. The orignal RTF figures, as anyone that has any would know, are a very solid PVC material that doesn't bend.

But enough words---pictures!

Set 2: American Angler[/u]

Channel catfish:


Crappie (probably a White Crappie, unlike the RTF that was more like a black crappie due to the speckled markings...still hard to know for sure)


Largemouth bass:


Striped bass:


Bluegill:


And Set 1: River Monsters (I did them in reverse order for the dramatic reveal!)

Giant Snakehead:


Piranha (probably red-bellied, although the tail colour and orange belly are more like Serrasalmus altipinus):


Goliath Tigerfish:


Arapaima (it's a little long-finned, but nice. enough. Maybe there's a longer-finned species?):


Goonch catfish:


One thing that isn't easily clear in the photos--in the goonch and snakehead, the teeth are clearly sculpted and visible. But the figures are small, so it's harded to see in photos!

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Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:09:23 PM »

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

Bmathison1972, I appreciate your consideration.
"We are a friendly and open community..."  :)

That's crazy that the figures were released...with loops! Of course, the first version had goo in a jar, so clearly that was a period of 'experimentation' from Epoch!

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:53:12 PM »
A few weeks ago I was finally able to get one of those big K&M salamanders at a shop in the Zoo in Dortmund, they had two versions, Tiger and Red Salamander, both with the annoying forked tongue. I bought the Tiger Salamander. Wait, it's not shown in this thread? I'll need a photo of mine, soon...

I know I have seen all 3 of the large and the medium; I have put up photos of the two former and three latter that I have. Don't recall the third one--if it is a tiger, that would be kind of neat, since they don't actually show up much as figures!

Well, so I'll just show how mine looks like... not the best representation, obviously, but still:


It differs a lot from the one stemturtle showed in his walk-around here: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1283.0

I don't think they always had the best quality control on their paint jobs! But I seem to recall that the one I saw was even more green.

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:50:57 PM »
A few weeks ago I was finally able to get one of those big K&M salamanders at a shop in the Zoo in Dortmund, they had two versions, Tiger and Red Salamander, both with the annoying forked tongue. I bought the Tiger Salamander. Wait, it's not shown in this thread? I'll need a photo of mine, soon...

I know I have seen all 3 of the large and the medium; I have put up photos of the two former and three latter that I have. Don't recall the third one--if it is a tiger, that would be kind of neat, since they don't actually show up much as figures!

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:44:09 PM »
After all this time, I only just noticed that the Manta on page one is labelled Manta sp. The Safari site actually declares it to definitively be the 'Giant Ocean Manta', Manta birsotris (as opposed to Manta alfredi).

Which, based on articles from the summer, might be changed to Mobula birostris due to DNA analysis. At least Safari got ahead of the curve on the species differentiations!

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