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Collections / Overview F-toys beetles
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:48:12 PM »
This is an overview of the F-Toys beetles out there. The series has been running since 2007, having 12 line ups till now. Nowdays they are released once a year (spring/summer) under the name 'Insect Hunter'. The first five series went under the name 'World Insect Encyclopedia'. They could have called it World Beetle Encyclopedia for there are only beetles present in this series and to narrow it down; mostly beetles from the Dynastidae or Lucanidae family.

The beetles look very realistic. I asume their cast from real specimens. The first series had really big beetles present. Some can even compete with the DiAgostini beetles (a holy grail to insiders ;) ). The detailing however is of less quality than the later ones. Also the paintjob is not as good. But I think they are great, having collected and hunted them down them for years on auctions. I initially started collecting them to display them together with the DiAgostini beetles/insects. Because these F-toys ones have species not present in the DiAgostini line-up. Looking at my insect collection now I wonder where things got out of control  ;D.

The beetles came in individual carton boxes, each containing a small tablet of chewing gum. This was a marketing trick to slip the toys into the Candy isles of supermarkets. Thus expanding the market. The sets are available for a relatively short period of time, making it collectors items often a year after release. Till the line was renamed 'Insect Hunter' there were different kinds of educationel cards or flyers as a sumplement to the figurines.

Selection of cards/flyers.



So, here we go!

This is the first set. Released in 2007. This is an interesting set for the whole F-toys output for the female Trypoxylus dichotomus! Because male beetles of the Lucanidae and Dynastidae are most attractive to most people, female beetle figurines are very rarely made.  The secret was the redish brown Trypoxylus dichotomus male.
Also the two dorcus beetles have galea present (the bristle like mouthparts). Which were removed from the mold for later releases of the same beetles. Also you can see in this set that the molds of the figurines are fresh. For releases in later years I quess the same molds were used and you can see them fading.

The line up: Trypoxylus dichotomus, Dorcus hopei binodulosus, Lucanus maculifemoratus, Trypoxylus dichotomus (female), Dorcus titanus castanicolor, Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Trypoxylus dichotomus red (secret).

There was an extra so called secret that I have not added to the collection because it was nothing more than the same Dorcus from the lineup but with white eyes and it's mandibles wrongly turned upside down. I pass on such commercial tricks. ;D Though the Dorcus in this set is really good, on of my favorites!




Female Trypoxylus dichotomus


The line up.



The second line up from 2007, containing 7 huge beetle species!
The line up: Dynastes hercules hercules, Megasoma actaeon, Eupatorus gracilicornis, Dorcus titanus palawanicus, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Chalcosoma caucasus and a (bluish gray) Dynastes hercules lichyi (secret). So two subspecies of Dynastes hercules here!
I swapped the front and hind legs of the Eupatorus and the Dorcus because F-toys placed them wrong. Funny thing is they even got it wrong in the booklet (see picture)  ???



The line up.
The secret figurine from the set: bluish gray Dynastes hercules lichyi is depicted with the wrong (D. hercules hercules) head. The actual secret model had the D. h. lichyi head (and info card).


Front: head of D. hercules hercules (in the 2007 set with yellow elytra, pictured the gray one of the 2010 set). Back: head of  D. dynastes hercules lichyi.


The fault of front and hind legs in the booklet



On to the third release from 2008. This is a very special set in a few ways. First it features many species not so commonly made and it featured three female beetles of the species Lamprima adolphinae. By phoning F-Toys, they could be optained (after payment). They were then send to your home adress (I got it via an Japanese auction).

The line up: Lamprima adolphinae (green), Phalacrognathus muelleri, Mesotopus tarandus, Cyclomatus metallifer, Allotopus rosenbergi, Chrysochroa fulgidissima, Lamprima adolphinae (blue, secret) and the three mailorder Lamprima adolphinae females (yellow, red and blue).
The Allotopus and Mesotopus beetles have galea present (the bristle like mouthparts). Which were removed from the mold for later releases of the same beetles.



The line up.


The box in which F-Toys send their extra figurines.




The Lamprima beetles from the line up! Five different lamprima in one set




Not in both the beetle series there was a beetle released in a 2008 F-Toys 'Creatures of the Waterside' set. It is Cybister japonicus (scale 1:1).
Blaine did a walk around on this set. http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2109.msg17664#msg17664

Cybister japonicus


The line up of the set.



The 2009 release brings another batch of giant beetles. A variation on the Hercules beetle in colour of the elytra. No secret figurine with this set.
The line up: Dynastes hercules, Dynastes neptunes, Chalcosoma atlas (different thorax and head from the 2007 C. caucasus), Dorcus titanus and Prosopocoilus confusius.
The Dorcus titanus had the mixed up legs issue. So I swapped the front and hind legs of this beetle figurine making it right.



The line up.



The 2010 release with even more giant beetles. A Dynastes hercules hercules with bluish gray elytra as a variation. Forum member Brontodocus kindly helped me out by trading three of his double figurines from this set with me!! Thus completing my whole F-Toys beetle colection 8). Like the set released the previous year, no secret figurine.

The line up: Dynastes hercules hercules (bluish type), Dynastes satanas, Megasoma elephas, Chalcosoma Moellenkampi, Hexarthrius mandibularis.
The mandibles of the Hexarthrius mandibularis are just flat and do not have the curves that is typical for this species mandibles. So a bit odd since all F-Toys beetles are normally very realistic.



The line up.



These (above) were the sets that went under the name 'World Insect Encyclopedia'. The following sets were marketed under the name 'Insect Hunter'.


In the 2011 set creativity was low at the F-Toys beetle corner I asume. Which went a bit down hill from this release anyway. F-Toys  re-released five sculpts from the 2007 set. Removing the galea (bristel-like mouthparts) from the sculpt of the two Dorcus species. The was also no secret figurine with this set. So not much to say about it except that these are still very nice figurines!

The line up: Dorcus titanus castanicolor, Dorucus hopei binodulosus, Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Lucanus maculifemoratus, TrypoXylus dichotomus.



The line up.




the 2012 set brings like it's predecessor nothing really new. Except for the addition of a really nice Hexarthrius parryi figurine. The H. parryi suffers also from the front and hind leg mix-up. So in the first pic you see the legs ajusted to the realistic idea. No secret for this set. The galea (the bristle like mouthparts) have been removed from the sculpts of Allotopus rosenbergi, Dorcus hopei binodulosus and Mesotopus tarandus.

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus, Dorcus hopei binodulosus, Allotopus rosenbergi, Mesotopus tarandus and Hexarthrius parryi.



The line up.



The 2013 set brings something new. While still three of the five are re-used sculpts/molds. Interesting in this set is a subspecies of Dorcus titanus never before made in toy form (see line up).
Also there is a new sculpt of Prosopocoilus dissimilis.

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus (white eyes), Dorcus hopei binodulosus (red eyes), Lucanus maculifemoratus, Prosopocoilus dissimilis and Dorcus titanus sakishimanus.



The line up.



The set released in 2014 has all new sculpts, not all new species. New sculpts for the TrypoXylus dichotomus and Dorcus hopei binodulosus!

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus (black), TrypoXylus dichotomus (brown), Dynastes granti, Dorcus hopei binodulosus and Rheatulus didieri.



The line up.


different sculpt for TrypoXylus dichotomus. Left the old sculpt (2007), right the new one (2014).



So on to the 2015 set. Which brings three of the same figurines as in the previous year. And two familiar sculpts but in smaller size!! The sculpts look in many ways the same as their 2010 versions only smaller.

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus (black), TrypoXylus dichotomus (brown), Dorcus hopei binodulosus, Chalcosoma moellenkampi and Dynastes hercules.



The line up.


Size matters :). The Dynastes hercules from the 2007 set (left) VS the D. hercules from the 2014 set.


The big Chalcosoma moellenkampi from the 2010 set compared to the smaller 2014 one.



The 2016 set brings much the same as the 2014 and 2015 set. Repeating the same sculpts for T. dichotomus and D. hopei binodulosus makes collector wonder how long the series is to be continued.
The two new sculpts are (like in 2014) miniature versions of bigger older sculpts.

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus (black), TrypoXylus dichotomus (brown), Dorcus hopei binodulosus, Dynastes neptunus and Chalcosoma caucasus.



The line up.


The 2009 D. neptunes dwarfs the 2016 one.


As does the 2007 C. caucasus compared to the 2016 one.



There is not much different to say about the 2017 release. No new sculpts at all. Except for the different colour of the D. hercules figurine nothing new here. Using old sculpts of 2012 (H. parryi) and 2013 (P. dissimilis).

The line up: TrypoXylus dichotomus (black), TrypoXylus dichotomus (brown), Prosopocoilus dissimilis, Dynastes hercules and Hexarthrius parryi.



The line up.


The differnt size of the 2011 D. hercules (bluish gray) and the 2017 one.



THE END ;-) till the 2018 release is there.

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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA 'big beetles' (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great.

This one was released in a series including five other species: Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma, Dynastes hercules (blueish gray), Dynastes satanas and Chalcosoma moellenkampi.

On the beetle
Prosopocoilus giraffa is the world's largest saw-tooth stag beetle with long, sharp mandibles. It is found in a wide range of Asia (India to Indonesia). It is up to 119 millimetres in length. They have a mainly black body colour. There huge mandibles are used for fights with other males and because of the size the beetles can sometimes hardly control them. Is is said to be an agressive species.

On the figurine
A pretty rare find. The release must bin between 2003 and 2009. The figurine depitcs Prosopocoilus giraffa. And considering mandibles and size probably P. giraffa keisukei. This model came strapped to an information card (in Japanese). Some parts of the mould of this figure are used in the P. giraffa from the Sega big flying beetles.
It has less realistic details than the Sega DX version of the same species, except for the legs (Which are a bit bulky in the DX version). It is made out of hard ATBC-PVC, that's different compared to most of  the rest in this series. Mainly these figurines are made from more bendable material. This model is not poseable.

The figurine measures: 113 mm so almost scale 1:1 for a very big male (119 mm is the record known to me).

And the Pic's... I might give it a little paint update.


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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA 'big beetles' (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and one (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Hexarthrius mandibularis is a large stag beetle species from Indonesia. It belongs to the family of the Lucanidae.
This beetle has a dark, brownish/reddish body. With very large, antler-like mandibles with small teeth on the inside edge, and one large, forward-pointing pair located approximately in the middle of the mandibles (to a third) down from the somewhat inward forked tips. The larvae of  Hexarthrius mandibularis lives and feeds in rotten hardwood.
The size (depending on which subspecies, Hexarthrius mandibularis mandibularis or Hexarthrius mandibularis sumatranus) for a male ranges between 115 and 118,5 mm respectively.

On the figurine
A very rare find. The figurine depitcs Hexarthrius mandibularis mandibularis (I think). It was released in 2003. This model probably came in a blisterpackage with a Mushi King playing card. I do not know for a 100% though, because I bought it with a lot of used items.
It has far less realistic details than the Sega DX version of the same species. The legs (less bulky than the DX version) and mandibles are slightly bendable but not really poseable. The pronotum even has a design flaw, it is wrongly shaped (like no stagbeetle species pronotum in general is shaped). Also a minor pitty, there are no small teeth along the inner edge of the mandibles in this model.

The figurine measures: 120 mm so almost scale 1:1 for a very big male.

First the four Sega Hexarthrius mandibularis figurines I have.
Above left: From the MushiKing big beetles series, above right: From the Mushiking small series the black version,
Below left: From the Sega DX series (H. sumatranus) and below right the Mushiking small series the brownish version.



Comparing the DX version (left) and the 'Big beetles' version (right).



The flaw in the pronotum design (marked red is what the shape should be) and the toothless mandibles.





And the overview...


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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA Flying beetles, the big ones (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and with a base for display and detachable wings and elytra.
the beetles were produced around 2006-2008, I think. There is no release year on package, figurine, card or display base.

The series included: Megasoma elephas, Megasoma actaeon, Dynastes hercules, Mesotopus tarandus, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Hexarthrius parryi, Odontolabis burmeiseri, Allomyrina dichotoma, Allotopus rosenbergi and Chalcosoma caucasus.

On the beetle
On the beetle
Elephant beetles are black in color but apear yellowish/brown due to a coat of fine microscopic 'hairs'.  The Males have two horns protruding from the head. And two with one bump in the middle from the prothorax. Females have no horns. These horns are mainly used  in competition among males for food and mates and for defending. Elephant beetles are located in southern Mexico, Central America, and in South American rainforests. Male elephant beetles sizes range between 55-135 mm, females size between 50-90 mm.

On the figurine
This model is one  of the biggest in the series. It came in a blisterpackage with a simple card, holding no information on the series or beetle itself. It has a rubber feel to it but very realistic details and colour. The legs are slightly bendable but not all poseable, only the front legs. The head is moveable. The horns on the prothorax are not really realisticly shaped, a little bit to rounded. The elytra can be closed and the wings detached. The base that comes with it for display allows the beetle to be posed in two different ways and has the Japanese name for the beetle on it. From the cephalic horn to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 126 mm, so scale 1:1.

The pics...



compared to the other Sega Megasoma elephas figurines I have.
A: From the Mushi King small beetles series B: From the small 'deluxe' series. These came on a smooth brown plate with the species name on it. C: The big flying luxe model. With moveable legs, head and elytra (wing detachable) It came on a base for dispplay. and D: the Sega big one without wings.


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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and one (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Elephant beetles are black in color but apear yellowish/brown due to a coat of fine microscopic 'hairs'.  The Males have two horns protruding from the head. And two with one bump in the middle from the prothorax. Females have no horns. These horns are mainly used  in competition among males for food and mates and for defending. Elephant beetles are located in southern Mexico, Central America, and in South American rainforests.

Male elephant beetles sizes range between 55-135 mm, females size between 50-90 mm.

On the figurine
This model is one  of the biggest in the series. It came in a blisterpackage with a Mushi King playing card. It has very realistic details and legs. The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The head is moveable. The horns on the prothorax are not really realisticly shaped, a little bit to rounded. From the cephalic horn to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 132 mm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

First the four Sega Megasoma elephas figurines I have.
A: From the Mushi King small beetles series B: From the small 'deluxe' series These came on a smooth brown plate with the species name on it. C: The big flying luxe model. With moveable legs, head and elytra (wing detachable) It came on a base for dispplay. I will do a walkaround on this one shortly, since it is a good alternative for D: the Sega Big one.



The Pics..


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On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Prosopocoilus inclinatus (sawtooth stag beetle) is a beetle of the prosopocoilus family. It is a typical stag beetle that lives widely in Japan. It was named because of the large number of teeth in the inside of the males mandibles representing a saw. The body length is 24.2 mm - 77.0 mm for a male, and 19.5 - 41 mm for a female.

On the figurine
This model is one  of the finest in the series. I came across it on Global Rakuten once. I had never seen it before in an auction or for sale and have never seen one for sale since. It came in a blisterpackage with a Mushi King playing card. It has very realistic details and legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The mandibles are slightlys moveable. From the mandibles to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 71 mm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

The pic's..

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I had two Deagostini (from the 64 pieces beetle and a few other insects collection, still can't believe a commercial company went to produce so much great insect figurines!) Goliath beetles (Goliath oriŽntalis) so I decided to turn one of them into a Goliath goliath beetle.






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Sometimes you run in to something very special like this model from Hawk (kit no 516-98). A Pseudolucanus capreolus. It was released in 1960, so 58 years old!

The reddish-brown stag beetle (Lucanus capreolus) is a beetle of the family Lucanidae. It lives mainly in deciduous forests in the Eastern United States and in parts of Canada.
Capreolus, derived from Latin, meaning "roe deer" (actually "little goat"). In the Netherlands lives the species Platycerus caraboides (a beautiful metalic blue, females mostly green, Lucanidae species) which is called "Little blue goat".

I had seen the box a few times on Ebay, but never took serious notice. The box illustration depicts the beetle with funny proportions of the body parts. And it was named "BERTRAM" The stag beetle. So I thought it a kids model or a bulky model like the Heller-kits, which I personally do not like so much. The box came with a building plan and a little description of the beetle and it's lifecycle.



But then an Ebay seller had it complete for a good price and with good pictures of the box! I could read the text:
'Authentic to the smallest detail'and 'Faithfully reproduced from actual specimens supplied by a leading museum'. I decided to go for it ;-).
It is indeed very accurate!



There were also an ant, locust and dragonfly made in the series.







The stag beetle model had 56 unassembled parts, all in a redish brown colour. The plastic was very "weak", maybe because the age and/or storage it had. But what a magnificent detail!
So here are some parts in the first painting fase. I took the time to patiently paint it, using an actual (dead) specimen for reference.





Half a year later I had the time to paint the rest and start assembling.











I will post some more pictures of the finished model soon!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes satanas (Sega 2003)
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:04:58 PM »
On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Dynastes satanas is a species of beetle (family Scarabaeidae). Dynastes satanas can reach a length of 50Ė115 millimetres in males (the females 30Ė55 millimetres). Males have one large horn on the pronotum, with a dense reddish pubescence on the underside of the horn.
Because of collecting and habitat loss this rare species is protected and on the list of insects regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

On the figurine
This model is one  of the finest in the series. It has very realistic details and legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The head is moveable. From the horns to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 10,9 cm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

The pic's..


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Other/Miscellaneous / Chalcosoma moellenkampi (SEGA big beetles)
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:32:10 PM »
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find.

I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines.

The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

Such is this one; the Moellenkampi beetle (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) it's one of the large species of dynastid rhinoceros beetles from Southeast Asia. I got it in a huge lot of more than 1.000 beetles some years ago.

The model is, with exception from the missing gold/green gleaming elytra, spot on! It is one of my very favorites. It has very realistic legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). It is a one-piece figurine, no assembling needed. The legs are bendable but not poseable. From the horns to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 9 cm, so scale 1:1 for a reasonably big male.

on to the pic's..




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Other/Miscellaneous / Dorcus alcides (Sega/Bandai Mushi King DX-series)
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:57:02 PM »
And the Last one in the Mushi King DX-series!

Walk-around Dorcus titanus alcides by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX-series include:
Dynastes hercules lichyi (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (blueish-gray type);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (dark brown type);
Dynastes neptunus;
Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed);
Megasoma gyas;
Megasoma acteon;
Megasoma mars;
Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dorcus titanus palawanicus;
Dorcus alcides;
Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX-version had no wings!);
Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hyllus;
Mesotopus tarandus.

So Dorcus alcides, the figurine is almost 9,2 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).
The legs, mandibles and prothorax are a bit poseable.


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Walk-around Dorcus titanus palawanicus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX-series include:
Dynastes hercules lichyi (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (blueish-gray type);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (dark brown type);
Dynastes neptunus;
Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed);
Megasoma gyas;
Megasoma acteon;
Megasoma mars;
Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dorcus titanus palawanicus;
Dorcus alcides;
Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX-version had no wings!);
Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hyllus;
Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Dorcus titanus palawanicus, the figurine is almost 10,2 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).
The legs, mandibles and prothorax are a bit poseable.




One more to go (Dorcus alcidus) and then all beetles of the Sega/Bandai Mushi King DX-series have their walkaround ;)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes neptunus (Sega Mushi King DX series)
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:58:23 PM »
Walk-around Dynastes neptunus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

One of my favorites and the reason why I started collecting this series. I once bought a more than 1000 pieces beetle lot that contained almost the whole DX series. They sometimes apear on Yahoo for mainly absurd prices,

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Dynastes neptunus, the figurine is almost 11,7 cm in lenght (measuring tip cephalic horn to tip abdomen not measuring the legs). So that scale 1:1 for a big male.
The legs, head and prothorax are a bit poseable.

NOTE: the figurine shown is slightly customized. The hairs on horn, body and legs are (re)painted in a more realistic hair colour. The original is more yellow with the underside, legs and thorax hairs plain black.


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Classifieds / Beetleguy's trade or sell items
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:10:05 PM »
Dear members,

These are some of the figurines I have for trade or sale. Before I place them on Ebay, I want to give ATF members the first pick.
PM me with the corresponding itemcode if your are interested in one or two. Or if you want some details.

I will leave these for about three weeks before moving on to Ebay.

TRADE: If someone has the F-toys Chalcosoma moellenkampi (from the old series. a bigger one than the 2015 release) to trade, she or he can choose a lot of these for trade.

Section A

Divers insects. A1: Kaiyodo/Furuta Dynastus hercules, A2 + A3: Giant waterbug with frog prey, A4: soft rubber Sega Dorcus palawanicus, A5: Unknown brand Lucanus cervus, A6: Unknown brand Butterfly (with legs underneath) A7 + A8 + A9: Sega fridge little magnets, Allotopus rosenbergi, Dorcus grandis and  Hexarthrius mandibularis.


Section B

Tomy Takara A.R.T.S big beetles. B1: Allotopus moellenkampi, B2: Dynastes hercules (first version/mold), B3: Chalcosoma caucasus, B4: Prosopocoilus inclinatus, B5: Dorcus binodolosus (old mold), B6: Allomyrina dichotoma.


Section C

C1: Kaiyodo crane, C2: Kallima inachus pair form Kabaya, C3: Cicada emerging from nimph from Bandai, C4: Cicada emerging from nimph from Kabaya, C5: Cobra from Bandai's Animal Kaiser, C6: Shieldbug by Kaiyodo/Furuta, C7: Ibis by Kaiyodo/Furuta.


Section D

D1 Sega big Dynastes neptunus neptunus, and D2 SEGA big beetles Dynastes hercules, D3 Takara Dynastes neptunus with purpel shine.


Section E

Kaiyodo prehistoric fishes.

Section G

Two Epoch crabs


Section H


Figurines from a Tomy Takara/Epoch/Yujin like set then named Agatsuma Entertainment. Nice figurines of (deep)sea creatures. With an oval Takara like base. New in  wrap with box and paper al in Japanese though.



Small SEGA beetles.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Megasoma actaeon (SEGA Mushi King DX series)
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:22:15 PM »
Walk-around Megasoma actaeon by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Megasoma actaeon, the figurine is almost 9,5 cm in lenght (measuring tip cephalic horn to tip abdomen not measuring the legs). So scale 1:1.
The legs, head and prothorax are a bit poseable.


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Other/Miscellaneous / Mesotopus tarandus (SEGA Mushi King DX series)
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:13:43 PM »
Walk-around Mesotupus tarandus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Mesotopus tarandus, the figurine is almost 9,5 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).


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Walk-around Chalcosoma atlas by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Chalcosoma caucasus, the figurine is about 11 cm in lenght (not measuring the legs).



 I have painted the eyes more realistic, below the original.


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New for 2018 / Ikimon new for 2018
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:52:40 AM »
Februari 2018 release. From the Ikimon Twitterfeed.




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Cheirotonus jambar is endemic to the northern part of Okinawa Island in the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), Japan. Cheirotonus jambar lives as one small population on Okinawa Island in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. Although protected it faces many threads, the main thread being ongoing deforestation. More information (with a quite depressing outlook for the beetle) on http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/54143047/0

This is the model made by Colorata for their 2017 'Nature's library, Janbaru Creatures' release. It makes a nice addition on its base.










Next to the two Kaiyodo ones. The detail in the Kaiyodo ones is far superior to the rougher molding and little messy painting of the colorata beetle.




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General / Photobucket
« on: June 28, 2017, 04:06:53 PM »
I have just deleted my Photobucket account, having enough of all the agressive commercial feeding and that they blocked my free account by highjacking my pic's to force me to pay.

Been using PostImage for awhile that's suits just fine!

I will restore most of the relevant images in time or replace them by better ones. This may take some time though. If there is any specific image you want to see, please let me know by a PM.

- Beetle guy -

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