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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by sbell on Today at 01:58:33 AM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)

Actually, I don't think I am familiar with it! I'd be interested in learning more.

this Takara set (all marine) looks like a re-release, but Sean will know for sure:

http://toypara.com/catalog.cgi?products/gasya/zukan/kaisui2008.html

Oh, I have seen that set, I just didn't know it was Takara. Thanks for the info! I only collect the medium-sized clade I study, and none of the living species is marine.

I do know about that series! I only have the cutlassfish...Not sure if they are re-releasing it using the same bases and peg-system (instead of holes, the fish I have is held by a clear 'claw' around the body).

For the most part, I collect freshwater fish, and generally more unusual/primitive ones--but the cutlassfish is unusual enough! I am glad that this one is back out, but I would prefer a new series of new species myself!
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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« Last post by Jetoar on Today at 01:06:36 AM »
Hi friends.

I Have had a really busy Christmas because I have been working in a project.



This is a line of figures has been made with the colaboration of the National Museum of National Science and the Regional Archaerologic Museum.

These figures show the most spectacular species from the exhibition "The Hill of Sabertooths" that show the species that were found in the digging site of "Cerro de los Batallones" one of the most importants Miocene sites of the world.

I show the available figures now

Tetralophodon longirostris scale 1:20:  9,84 Inchs / 25 cm.



Machairodus aphanistus  scale 1:20:  4,7 Inchs / 12 cm



Links of the store of the museum.

https://www.losviajerosdeltiempo.com/producto/tetralophodon/

https://www.losviajerosdeltiempo.com/producto/machairodus/

Best wishes.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by Halichoeres on Today at 12:30:38 AM »
The least interesting part of this set, for me, is the leucistic neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi). It's one of several captive strains of neon that you can get in the pet trade.



The pigmented eye tells me it's leucistic, although breeders also offer albino neons. Bandai's paint job does a pretty decent job of capturing the pearly sheen of a leucistic individual.



At least the aquarium-gravel base makes more sense for these. This is not a variety found in nature.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by Halichoeres on Today at 12:22:10 AM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)

Actually, I don't think I am familiar with it! I'd be interested in learning more.

this Takara set (all marine) looks like a re-release, but Sean will know for sure:

http://toypara.com/catalog.cgi?products/gasya/zukan/kaisui2008.html

Oh, I have seen that set, I just didn't know it was Takara. Thanks for the info! I only collect the medium-sized clade I study, and none of the living species is marine.
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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« Last post by animaltoyforum on January 18, 2018, 10:19:38 PM »
Okay, there are 15 contenders. If everyone is happy that their own personal top ten is represented amongst those fifteen, I'll create the poll. Check the list in the first post, then speak now or forever hold your peace...  ^-^
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 18, 2018, 09:50:59 PM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)

Actually, I don't think I am familiar with it! I'd be interested in learning more.

this Takara set (all marine) looks like a re-release, but Sean will know for sure:

http://toypara.com/catalog.cgi?products/gasya/zukan/kaisui2008.html
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by Halichoeres on January 18, 2018, 08:59:07 PM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)

Actually, I don't think I am familiar with it! I'd be interested in learning more.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 18, 2018, 06:59:46 AM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)
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Other/Miscellaneous / Butterflies (Land and Sea Collectibles)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 18, 2018, 03:05:00 AM »
So, one day on eBay I stumbled upon four small, interesting butterfly figurines (first image, below) by Land and Sea Collectibles. I bought them, and then started snooping around and eventually found their site. On their site, I saw a set of a dozen similar, but looking slightly different, butterflies. I ordered that set to see how they compare (are there multiple series, etc.). Land and Sea offers many 'miniature' animals like these; they are intended to be accessories for 'fairy gardens' (a popular horticultural activity).

When the first set from eBay came, I was very impressed. The four figures were well-detailed and sat upon a small base simulating wood. I am not sure, but the figures might be made of fiberglass? Feels too light to be resin or stonecast. Anyway I was impressed by them, especially since they gave me two new species (identifications are mine) and one species that I only have as a flat magnet figurine. I should point out that the painting on the ventral side is not accurate; it simply mirrors the dorsal side (which is accurate for each species). I can forgive that, given the detail they do possess at a small size.

Clockwise from top left:
1. The danaid eggfly, or mimic, Hypolimnas misippus, a new species for me [Parasarpa (ex: Limenitis) albomaculata also a good match, but I thought the shape of the white macula on the hind wings was a better shape for the former]
2. The gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae.
3. The red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.
4. The crimson patch, Chlosyne janais, the other new species



When I received the 12 butterflies from the actual site, I was disappointed. The 12 figures were essentially the same design, but painted differently and with slightly different bases. They remind me more of the previously-reviewed Steel Street butterflies. I took pics of six of them here, the ones I'll retain. They're nothing special but I'll keep at least these six for now. I am not even going to try to put species' names on them; even if they might slightly resemble something legit, I am sure they are all generically painted. Also, figurines in this set seem to be made of a stonecast-like material, not as light and graceful as the first four.



I am curious why there are two sets of such different styles and quality. When the second set, direct from Land and Sea, came, there was a catalog too, but I could not find anything like those first four in it. They must represent a retired set. I hope if the first four represent a larger set, I can find additional species.
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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 18, 2018, 02:47:55 AM »
Cool crabs, but I'm really drooling over those dioramas. Did you build those?

No I bought them with Brett's help on the Japanese auctions. I have four styles, but need a rocky/desert one too, and maybe a sandy beach/shore
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