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Classifieds / Re: Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:48:46 AM »
I am interested in these two.

ChocoEgg 1 Japanese Luehdorfia butterfly
ChocoEgg 3 great purple emperor butterfly

Great! I'll send you a PM.

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Classifieds / Re: Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:21:08 PM »
Big update:

AAA
Colorata
Favorite
Kaiyodo/Furuta many different series
Safari

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New Members / Re: Brazilian biologist wants advice!
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:14:52 PM »

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Classifieds / Re: Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:53:26 PM »
New Kaiyodo Shinagawa Aquarium figures available. PM me with offers

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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »
Those marine figures are really pretty. I keep hoping that one day they'll do some prehistoric themed sets.

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Games / Re: Caption this
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:18:45 PM »

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:47:59 PM »
Oh yeah! I also got a pretty good fish in trade from SBell. Thanks!

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How good is the wing venation?

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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:38:18 PM »
My head went to Aspidorhynchus or Saurichthys, something like that...

I'm on board!

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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:30:40 PM »
There are so many now! And there are definitely a few that I still want (my collection has shrunk, but it's not exactly stopping!)

Plus, I need to figure out some kind of fun fish to commission from you!

Please make it pre-Cenozoic.

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:55:48 AM »
Positive for pelycosaurus, thanks!

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Bullyland / Re: Firefly (Bullyland)
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:45:12 AM »
What a great figure. I've always loved lampyrids. Their pronota look like little shelves over their heads.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:23:14 PM »
I've honestly never pursued much of this set, but your photos and descriptions make it seem more worthwhile (I have one of the cory cats, that's it). If I can find a really good price when the budget allows (currently awaiting the two new Favorite Ancient fish, so saving for that!)

It is a strange thing that despite their familiarity tetras, etc aren't made often as toys--other than this Bandai set there is the Marmit set with a few, and I think a couple of Kaiyodo ones or Takara ones or something.

Also, piranhas excluded as well! Although, honestly, even then it feels like there should be more piranha figures...

Yeah, I think they're worth hunting down if for no other reason than the Tucano. Most of the rest are duplicated in the Marmit set, with adipose fins.

And like any other clade, the big carnivorous members are more likely to be toys. The piranha family is definitely the best-represented characoid family, but until there's a good pacu and a good silver dollar I'll still consider it deficient!

If I were dreaming up a characin series, it would require a lot more molds, to show their morphological variation: a Tarumania, an alestid or two, a dogtooth, a serrasalmid, a bryconid, a Charax or Roeboides, a pencilfish, a freshwater hatchetfish. Not so cost-effective as the Bandai set.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:33:45 PM »
The last characin paint job from the Bandai set is the cardinal tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi. The cardinal tetra has a huge broad stripe of red below the lateral line, hence its common name.



Another one on a grassy base. This is one of the better looking paint jobs because the red of the cardinal tetra isn't iridescent and doesn't get diminished when rendered in plastic. The blue on the figure doesn't have any iridescence but it's not as noticeable with all that red.



The cardinal tetra is roughly life size. If you put these in a tank you might be able to fool someone.



I'm pretty happy with this set overall, despite the lack of adipose fins. The Characoidei is one of those incredibly diverse--by vertebrate standards--groups where only a smidgen have been made into figures. Unlike the Cypriniformes, which live in toy-making regions like the US, Japan, and Europe, the characins are almost exclusively tropical, which no doubt contributes to their scarcity as figures (not a lot of big toy companies in Brazil or the DRC, so far as I know). It's a pity, moreover, that the few that have been made are common aquarium fish, where the actual live animal is only a few dollars more expensive than the figure. Maybe someday some company will really explore all the weirdness of tropical ostariophysans (I know, I know, Toy Fish Factory, but honestly I haven't been impressed by those so far).

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: February 05, 2018, 02:10:33 AM »
Another characin paint scheme from the Bandai series, the green neon tetra Paracheirodon simulans:



The two P. innesi figures come on gravel bases, but the other three come on a base of some indistinct aquatic greenery, maybe a mat of algae.



The green neon looks blue from some angles and green from others, but the figure just looks straight blue. Perhaps to make it easier to distinguish it from the other Paracheirodon species in the set, they've left the red out almost entirely.



Not too shabby a figure. The only version of this species that I'm aware of.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 19, 2018, 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
« on: January 19, 2018, 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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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« 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
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:39:22 AM »
Here's the next version of the Bandai characin, Paracheirodon innesi, the neon tetra. This wild-type version is number 3 in the series, but I'm posting it second because I'm a rebel.



Not sure it's really possible to capture the electric glow of a neon, but these figures at least have the overall color distribution about right.



The acrylic rods they come with are ball-jointed at the base, so you can adjust each fish's angle of attack. Maybe the left one is going after a tasty chironomid larva.



The gravel base is very nicely done but it says "home aquarium" a little too loudly for my taste.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:27:25 AM »
Cool crabs, but I'm really drooling over those dioramas. Did you build those?

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