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Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« on: February 21, 2016, 11:06:12 PM »
I purchased this really special box in Japan. It is one of the gems in my collection. I watched it for years but it usually was listed in Yahoo Auctions very expensive. I won it, to my suprise, at a  very reasonable price though from a seller that made the start bid a very good one. Plus I had a coupon 'free international shipping' from the 'Buyee buying service. So...lucky me all together.

This is a set with six beetles made by Yujin.  Five did apear in the 'Insect book' series of Yujin, one was specially made for this set. This box was given to shareholders of Yujin as a present and was not ment for sale!

The box includes: Allomyrina dichotoma, Dorcus hopei binodolosus (a special figurine for this box so very, vrey rare! I never encountered it for sale as a loose figurine), Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Lucanus maculifemoratus, Neolucanus okinawanus and Serognathus platymelus.

The box:






Inside the box:








The beetles:

Allomyrina dichotoma



Next to the mass produced one (left) with dark red eyes and slightly different paint. The one in the box looks like the revised version of the mass produced one. Note the much more slender legs!!



Next to the Kitan club 'Nature of Japan series 02' one (left), also a really great figurine! Wish Ikimon Nature Technicolour (formerly Kitan Club Nature Techni colour) would make more beetles :)




Prosopocoilus inclinatus



Compared to the revised one (left) which has more bright redish highlights and a very glossy finish. I think the initial mass produced one and the 'Beetles in colour' one are more realistic.



Lucanus maculifemoratus



The revised version of the mass produced one (left) and the initially mass produced one (right). The revised one has actually less realistic colour and a bit to glossy finish than both others.




Neolucanus okinawanus



More colour nuances on the underside than in the mass produced one (Left).



But less colour nuance on the elytra, which is a good thing, as it makes the beetle even more realistic I think. So they did a nice job on this one!




Serognathus platymelus



Compared to the mass produced one (left). The colours and finish are just a bit more realistic ;-)



Dorcus hopei binodulosus
Last but not least... A really great figurine specially made for this box,full of detail and perfect colour! What a treat! ^-^
Serognathus platymelus on the background.







Slightly bigger than the Kitan club 'Nature of Japan series 03' one (right), also a great figurine!



« Last Edit: January 04, 2018, 11:12:59 AM by Beetle guy »


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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 12:00:16 AM »
nice set; these same species are becoming overwhelming among the gashapon manufacturers, and I am becoming more selective (I have 26 versions of Allomyrhina dichotoma alone!). Still I probably wouldn't have passed on this set either haha.

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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2016, 10:30:06 AM »
Nice! :) I've seen them on YAJ years ago but never bought them - I already thought with the exception of the D. hopei binodulosus these would be the same models as those from the Yujin Insects of Japan series. But I didn't know they were of better product quality.

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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2016, 10:47:30 AM »
Yujin has made awesome replicas  ^-^.
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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2016, 03:37:34 AM »
This set is currently available on YAJ for a BIN price of 110.00 USD. Tempted but that's a little too much money to drop since all but one figure are re-releasesv(if not the same sculpt, close enough for me not to justify the cost right now...).

neat though! :)



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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 10:56:25 AM »
Hi Blaine,
the molds are more or less the same. The legs look thinner and more delicate in most models. Same mold Like the revised version. The paint job they did is really good. It is a really nice box. One of my "holy grails" ;-) The Dorcus hopei was a must have for me since I'm a fan of Yujin beetle models.
Got it for about 60 Euro's on Yahoo Auction. Mostly they are listed more expensive.
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Re: Beetles in colour (Yujin)
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 09:46:30 PM »
Please look above for a revised post on the 'BEETLES IN COLOUR' from Yujin. I also updated the text. Well over 3.000 pageviews so worth the effort!

The Photobucket fail...let's write about that no more  :-X
So I am glad that it is restored!
« Last Edit: January 09, 2018, 02:28:00 PM by Beetle guy »
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