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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by Rossano on Today at 02:25:07 AM »
The musk ox looks really great, the comparison with Safari's new one is totally in favour of Collecta's. I should add "judging from the photos", but I really think there is no doubt.

The hyppo and the sperm whale look good too, but not that exciting, even if I would like to see them in real. Size matters, too, about these animals.

Just curious: did Collecta release the measures of these new models?
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 02:00:03 AM »
If I ever find them sold individually I may get that miniature goose, and nothing from their extinct line particularly grabbed my eye either this year.

Makes it easier buying that wonderful giant lobster from Safari this year at least.

yes for a second year in a row I think Safari has dominated.

If I was a generalist, I'd buy the farm tube since I am a fan of taxonomically diverse TOOB/tube/box sets.
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by stargatedalek on Today at 01:43:45 AM »
If I ever find them sold individually I may get that miniature goose, and nothing from their extinct line particularly grabbed my eye either this year.

Makes it easier buying that wonderful giant lobster from Safari this year at least.
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 01:23:39 AM »
OK, updates are up. All mammals, and technically all hoofed mammals, now that Cetacea is within Artiodactyla  C:-) .

I think this is it for CollectA extant animals...

Nice models but I hope the lull in taxonomic diversity is a temporary thing as they work on new models for upcoming years.
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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by sbell on November 23, 2017, 05:57:50 PM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.

Sorry, yeah, that's it--the scan the fish to get a 'true shape' and then make them in their wiggly rubber!
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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on November 23, 2017, 05:57:22 PM »
OK, spent the last week doing lots of updates to Bug of the Day. Initially, it was to update all the scarabaeboid beetles I have acquired since late April (and trust me, there has been a lot). I updated 18 genera, including new species in Oryctes and Hexarthirus, and a new subspecies in Eupatorus. I should be getting something from Brett in the near future, after which I'll update a few more.

However, since I was systematically going through the posts, I added a bunch of minor updates throughout the thread.
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on November 23, 2017, 05:40:09 PM »
From DTF:
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Some good and bad news from the STS.
Good news, confirmed number of CollectA figures for next reveal, including extant animals.
Bad news, there will only be 3 models.

All I can really hope for next reveal is that the extant figures don't contain any horses and contain actually interesting (or even somewhat interesting) species of animal.

Update: It is confirmed that the above statement applies to all of the next reveal.

I should have pics of extant animals soon and will post as soon as I can. It's a holiday here so I may be away for the rest of the day...
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by Badger on November 23, 2017, 04:03:51 PM »
From DTF:
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Some good and bad news from the STS.
Good news, confirmed number of CollectA figures for next reveal, including extant animals.
Bad news, there will only be 3 models.

All I can really hope for next reveal is that the extant figures don't contain any horses and contain actually interesting (or even somewhat interesting) species of animal.

Update: It is confirmed that the above statement applies to all of the next reveal.
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Other/Miscellaneous / boxed insect figures (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on November 23, 2017, 02:07:02 PM »
This is the review of a set (complete?) of small, stylized boxed insects from an unknown Japanese manufacturer. I bought them from Beetle Guy, who got them in a large mixed lot. I have no idea who made them, what year they were released, or if the set is complete or not. I do know that among these 10 simple figures, I added six new species and three new genera to my synthetic insect collection ;-).

As I said the figures are stylized, but not to the point I could not made a decent attempt to identify them. Eventually and entomology colleague originally from Korea helped with the names on the back and confirmed or corrected my initial hunches (I had all the genera correct, just 1-2 species were off).

The figures sit in a nest of cotton and are contained within a small box that measures 50 mm x 35 mm x 17 mm. The box is a hard plastic, but the clear top is soft and taped on (so it does not have a hard clear cover). The boxes all interlock so it can form one unit (see the first pic below). On the back (in Japanese) is the scientific name, order, family, and a little biological information. The figures can be removed from the boxes (but I will display them boxed up).

I know this set is not for everyone, but itís a great chance to get some very interesting species.

This first pic shows the interlocked set (note the numbers were for another post and do not correspond to the individual images below). The Japanese text on the right is a mirror image of the figures on the left so if you want to match figure with text, you must mentally flip the image horizontally :).



And on to individual figures:

1. Deraeocoris ater
This is a unique species for me, at both the genus and species levels. Terrestrial Heteroptera are not common, so I am always excited to get one. This is the figure that inspired me to contact my Korean colleague, since he is an expert on Miridae.



2. Nezara antennata (green stink bug)
I originally had this identified as the more familiar, N. viridula but apparently it is intended to be N. antennata. Another unique figure at both the genus and species levels, and another terrestrial heteropteran.



3. Anoplophora chinenses (Asian citrus longhorned beetle)
This figure is marketed as A. malasiaca, which is generally considered a synonym of A. chinensis, and I will consider here as well unless otherwise convinced. This species was also made by Rement and Hayakwa Toys.



4. Allomyrina dichotoma (Japanese rhinoceros beetle)
No set of Asian insects would be complete without this species. This little gem marks my 45th figure of this species! It has been made by over a dozen manufacturers!



5. Parasteatoda tepidariorum (common house spider)
This was a pleasant surprise, a spider marketed to the species level (and a unique figure for me at both the genus and species levels). This spider is in the same family of the widows (Theridiidae) and marks my first member of the family not in the genus Latrodectus.



6. Carabus insulicola (left) and C. gehinii (right).
Two unique species of Asian carabines is a nice treat! The only other species in this genus I am aware of is C. auratus which was made by Bullyland and Kaiyodo. K&M International had a Carabus species in their European Garden Tube.



7. Chrysochroa fulgidissima (left) and C. buqueti rugicollis (right).
Two jewel beetles. The former has been made by Yujin and F-toys (the latter of which should be coming to me soon from Brett). The second species is unique. A third species, C. limbata was made by DeAgostini.



8. Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted ladybug)
Another commonly-made species, but a welcome addition to this set.


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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by stargatedalek on November 23, 2017, 05:06:11 AM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.
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