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Other/Miscellaneous / Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:52:37 PM »
Bandai's tropical fish set consists of 15 varieties, but only 3 sculpts. This thread is for the characin sculpt, which represents 4 species (and one domestic strain) by changing the paint job.

First up: Tucanoichthys tucanoi, a truly minute tetra species endemic to Uaupés River in Brazil. It's named after a group of indigenous tribes, the Tucano. I don't think the species has a standardized common name, but most people I know call it the Tucano tetra.

The maximum recorded length is 1.7 cm, so these figures, despite being only 2.8 cm long, are almost twice life size. Annoyingly, they're missing the adipose fin. Every tetra species in this set should have one. Sure, it's going to be small on these tiny characids, but it should still be visible.

I'll do the other characid species soon. I mostly collect prehistoric figures, and I would find it pretty annoying in that context if a company simply repainted a figure and called it a new species. But the truth it a lot of freshwater fish differ in extremely minor ways externally, apart from their coloration. You'd need geometric morphometrics (or tooth or fin ray counts, depending) to tell them apart with all color information removed. So I don't bedgrudge Bandai the re-use of this mold, but I still begrudge them the missing adipose fin.

New for 2018 / Safari - New for 2018
« on: September 25, 2017, 06:40:27 PM »
Safari's extant critters are being discussed more on dtf than here. That just won't do. Here are the official announcements so far for non-fictional,
 non-prehistoric animals (stable photo links):


Bernie the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

Kangaroo with Joey (Macropus rufus)

Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis)

Babirusa (Babyrousa sp.)

North American Wildlife

Desert hare (black-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus californicus)

North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)

Bison Bison bison

Wildlife Wonders

Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi)

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

XL Bison (Bison bison)

Wings of the World Birds

Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae)

Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Incredible Creatures

Given as Antennariidae, looks like Antennarius pictus in particular

Flying frog, Family Rhacophoridae

Woodchuck/groundhog/whistlepig (Marmota monax)

Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Spiny lobster (Palinuridae)

Scorpion (Scorpiones)

Best in Show



Gray tabby cat

Siamese cat


Ameraucana chicken



Black sheep, looks like the same sculpt as the white one

Ongole cow

Texas longhorn bull

Winner's Circle Horses

Friesian mare

Morgan stallion


Przewalski's horse

Sea Life

Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)

Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)

Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Manta ray (Manta birostris)

Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus)

Gray reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)

Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)


Whale Toob: beluga, blue whale, bowhead whale, Bryde's whale, gray whale, humpback whale, minke whale, pilot whale, right whale, sperm whale

Good Luck Minis

Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca)

spider (given as Latrodectus mactans or L. hesperus but doesn't really look much like a black widow to me)

Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea)

hammerhead shark (Sphyrnidae)

barn owl (Tyto alba)

toucan (Ramphastos sp.)

hummingbird (Trochilidae)

tortoise (Testudinidae)

waving cat


green moray (Gymnothorax funebris)

blue tang (Paracanthus hepatus)

New for 2017 / Diramix new for 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:47:57 PM »
Posted this on the DTF recently for the prehistorics, but since it's mostly extant fish, maybe people here will be interested:

The very frenetic TV advertisement:

New for 2017 / Favorite Co New for 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:13:43 AM »
Teaser photo on Facebook:

New additions to the Ancient Fish line. Looks to me like a Scleropages (their existing arowana is an Osteoglossum) and an Atractosteus.

Classifieds / Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:19:33 PM »
Hi everyone, I collect almost exclusively prehistoric animals, but sometimes I end up with some extant things as bycatch. I offer them here, and I'll update as I get things organized. I have an extensive trade thread at the dino toy forum (, so check that out if you're interested in prehistorics. Everything is available for either sale or trade, and I ship anywhere (from the United States). Thanks for looking!

AAA right whale $15

Colorata whale shark (no post or stand) $5

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld turtles $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld lionfish, anglerfish, pufferfishes, and triggerfishes $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld humpback whale, narwhal, dolphin, orca, Pacific octopus, blue ringed octopus $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld sharks and torpedo rays $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld piranhas, sailfish, catfish, walrus, platypus $3 each

Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld eels and what I think are meant to be weevers $3 each

Diramix Mega Squali hammerhead, basking shark, spotted carpet shark, albino white shark $9 each

Diramix Mega Squali guitarfish, whale shark, thresher shark, blue shark $9 each

Diramix Mega Squali leopard shark, megamouth shark, Japanese sawshark (but looks like a sawfish), zebra shark $9 each

Favorite Co blue whale $8

Favorite vinyl models: orca, polar bear, king penguin $12 each

Kaiyodo Aquatales:
winged argonaut
scalloped hammerhead
bottlenose dolphin
skipjack tuna
ocean sunfish
Japanese flying fish

Kaiyodo Aquatales:
potato cod (grouper)
African pompano
loggerhead turtle
giant manta with diver
great barracuda

Kaiyodo Aquatales:
spotted eagle ray
sargassum fish
oceanic whitetip shark
Laysan albatross
humpback whale with boat
common box crab/shame-faced crab

Kaiyodo Shinagawa Aquarium whale shark, nautilus, red frog crab, water scorpion, matamata, Humboldt penguin, sea otter, emperor penguin ×3

Kaiyodo Shinagawa Aquarium blue jellyfish

Kaiyodo Furuta insects:
ChocoEgg 1 Japanese Luehdorfia butterfly
ChocoEgg 2 giant water bug
ChocoEgg 3 ant lion
ChocoEgg 3 great diving beetle
ChocoEgg 3 golden ringed dragonfly
ChocoEgg 3 great purple emperor butterfly
ChocoEgg 4 migratory locust
ChocoEgg 5 blue longhorn beetle

Kaiyodo Furuta ChocoEgg box set. This and the other boxes are a little worn, but the figures are in perfect shape.
Scottish fold, hamster, Java sparrow, Shiba Inu
bantam, ranchu goldfish, budgerigar, red-eared slider
Japanese bobtail cat, Netherlands dwarf rabbit, whippet, ferret

Siamese cat, golden retriever, ranchu goldfish, bantam
Netherlands dwarf rabbit, ferret, red-eared slider, dachshund
Shiba Inu, budgerigar, American shorthair, hamster

Netherlands dwarf rabbit, whippet, Scottish fold, budgerigar
Java sparrow, hamster, American shorthair, Japanese bobtail cat
Dutch rabbit, dachshund, leopard gecko

Persian cat, Gouldian finch, leopard gecko
lop-eared rabbit, discus, hamster, Welsh corgi
Japanese bobtail cat, koi, lovebird

swan goose, Persian cat, bull terrier
pug, Argentine horned frog, lovebird, discus
hamster, lop-eared rabbit, koi

swan goose, Gouldian finch, Persian cat
horned frog, koi, lop-eared rabbit, pug
discus, lovebird, bull terrier

Kaiyodo Furuta
ChocoEgg 3 whale shark
ChocoEgg 3 manta
ChocoEgg 4 megamouth shark

Kaiyodo Furuta
ChocoEgg 2 Ryukuyu black-breasted leaf turtle
ChocoEgg 3 Chinese softshell turtle
ChocoEgg 3 Japanese striped snake
ChocoEgg 4 black-banded sea krait
ChocoEgg 5 Chinese box turtle

Kaiyodo Penguins' Lunch
Series 1 Adelie penguin
Series 1 emperor penguin chick
Series 1 rockhopper penguin
Series 2 Adelie penguin
Series 2 chinstrap penguin
Series 2 gentoo penguin chick
Series 2 erect-crested penguin
Series 2 Magellanic penguin
Series 2 royal penguin

Kaiyodo Kitadaniryu, all four variants. Best offer.

Safari blue whale 2007 version $4

unknown brand squishy, hollow rubber walrus. $1

More prehistoric stuff at the Dinosaur Toy Forum:

My wish list:


Dinosaurs in the Wild

Gojirasaurus (remote controlled)
Segnosaurus (remote controlled)
this small PVC Teratosaurus:



Los Angeles County Museum
titanosaur juvenile

Mattel (Xtractaurs)
Yingshanosaurus "Twinstrike"

large Dicraeosaurus

Play Visions

WWD Ornithocheirus (though I don't think I'll ever find one)

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