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Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: Today at 08:01:55 PM »

These acrylic keychain figures were made by Ayano Katayama, sold on a website called Shown with keychains removed. Thanks to Brett and Emiko. Thickness is about 4 mm thick, like two quarter dollars stacked. They complement the new Science Technicolor set of microorganisms.

Amoeba proteus

Brachionus sp., a rotifer

Collections / Re: Brazilian animals sorted by ecoregions
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:32:21 PM »
Good advice, Beetle guy. Welcome, DiegoMoura.
The Takara Tomy set of Amazon animals is available on eBay.
$10 shipping to Brazil.

New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:56:47 PM »
One of the marine sets seems to have a Calappa lophos crab (which would be the first not by Kaiyodo), otherwise nothing for me.

Thanks for the crab ID, bmathison. The blue dragon nudibranch is probably Glaucus atlanticus. What we really need are sponges. Is the red figure a finger sponge or red coral?

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:46:08 AM »
Edited Reply #21 to change unidentified lemur to brown lemur, Eulemur sp.

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:46:55 PM »
Nice photo, Sbell. Another possibility is the mongoose lemur, Eulemur mongoz. Perhaps we could say that the artist created a generalized brown lemur, genus Eulemur, without including field marks for a particular species. Would you recommend that the ID be changed from Unidentified to Eulemur sp.?
As Dr. McCoy from Star Trek might say, I'm a collector not a primatologist!  :)

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:46:39 PM »
Sbell, thanks for reporting about the suggestion on STS that the species is the
white-headed lemur, Eulemur albifrons. The female white-headed is reddish-brown with dark feet, which is a good fit. However, the face and muzzle are dark gray, which is not a good match for the Zhongsheng figure. See an image on Wikipedia. Too bad the figure was not marked with an ID.

Collections / Re: Brazilian animals sorted by ecoregions
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:43:38 PM »
Beautiful displays. There is a set that is hard to find, but single pieces show up in lots on eBay: Play Visions Manu Amazon set of 8, 1998, see on Animal Toy Info.

Can you identify the species of the Safari howler? The genus is Alouatta. My best guess is the black howler.

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:49:21 PM »

Brown lemur, Eulemur sp. (Zhongsheng)
Misidentified by seller as a long-tailed langur monkey.
Coloration of face and tail confuse an ID match to a particular lemur species.

No inscriptions of the belly. Separate label for Zhongsheng Toys.

Ring-tailed lemur, Lemur catta (Wild Safari, 292229)

Marked underneath:
Ring-tailed Lemur, 2010 Safari Ltd., Miami FL USA, Made in China

Comparison of brown lemur and ring-tailed lemur.
Different paint, similar molds.

Edit: unidentified lemur changed to brown lemur, Eulemur sp.

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:57:10 PM »
It is labelled 'langur' And I don't recognize who it might be copied from. It does look lemur-ish to me, but that's about it (certainly not a langur)

And ideas?

You're right, Sbell, it's not a langur, which is a kind of leaf monkey.
I cannot name a species of lemur that is an exact match for this replica.
I ordered one that should arrive any day. Then I will post a photo to show if the belly is marked with an ID. Looks very similar to the ring-tailed lemur by Wild Safari, 292229. We'll see.

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:22:18 PM »
Lemurs and Prosimians (Play Visions), set of 8, 1999

The set of Lemurs and Prosimians is a holy grail for collectors. After nearly 2 decades, I was thrilled to find the figures offered for sale on the online market. The seller of my set currently lists it out of stock. You could try Taobao.

The models appear to have been inspired by images from the first edition of Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, even using some of the poses. Thanks to widukind for sharing pictures with me from that book. Previously, he posted photos on this thread for six of the PV strepsirrhines, missing only the ring-tailed lemur (#4) and the ruffed lemur (#5). Images of those two lemurs are included below, plus an itemized list of species with comments.   

1. Potto, Perodicticus potto
       Unique figure. The African equivalent of a loris.
2. Indri, Indri indri
       Unique figure. The largest lemur that lost its tail.
3. Coquerel's sifaka, Propitecus coquereli
       Marked Verreaux's Sifaka, P. verreauxi. See start of thread for figure by Furuta.
       Subspecies P. verreauxi coquereli was granted full species status in 2001.    
4. Ring-tailed lemur, Lemur catta
       Popular with toy manufacturers.

5. Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Varecia variegata
      Ruffed Lemur is marked on the figure.
      Subspecies V. v. variegata has a white back with black on the sides of the shoulders and hips.
6. Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis
       My favorite. Wins first prize for bizarre.
7. Brown greater galago, Otolemur crassicaudatus
       Unique species. Greater Bushbaby is marked on the figure.
8. Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Varecia variegata.   
      White Girdled Ruffed Lemur is marked on the figure.
      Subspecies V. v. subcincta has a dark-colored back, bisected by a white
      belt around the waist. Uncommonly, brown can be a color variant for black.
When my daughter was young, she liked to perform the dance of the sifaka by hopping sideways. The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.  :)

Animal groups / Re: Prosimians
« on: April 13, 2018, 03:25:04 PM »

Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Varecia variegata (Papo #50234)

The ID is not marked on the figure, but it is obviously the black-and-white ruffed lemur because the only other ruffed species is the red ruffed, Varecia rubra. Papo did a nice job of sculpting the fur. Released April 2018.

Comparison of black-and-white ruffed lemur (Papo) and red ruffed lemur (K&M).

Animal groups / Re: Old World Monkeys - superfamily Cercopithecoidea
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »

Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus (Hausser Elastolin), subfamily Cercopithecinae.
Length about 2.4 in. or 6.1 cm. ID is from Toy Animal Info. Figure is not marked.

The Barbary apes of Gibraltar are the only wild monkeys living in Europe, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria.

The vestigial tail, < 2.2 cm, compared to the tail of a Japanese snow monkey, Macaca fuscata (NTC, Ikimon), which can be 4 times as long, < 9.5 cm.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:33:31 PM »

King Louie, Gigantopithecus sp. (Disney / Just Play), height 2.25 inches or 5.7 cm.

The Jungle Book character King Louie identified himself as a Gigantopithecus in the CGI film by Disney in 2016. This extinct pongid is part of a set of 5 figures. It is not articulated. Life size may have been 10 feet or 3 m, which is only an estimate because of the scarcity of fossils. Orange is the new Kong. ;)  I like the realism of this figure.

The Jungle Book Collectible Figures (Disney / Just Play), view of back of box
King Louie, Mowgli, Baloo, Bacheera, Shere Khan

Available on eBay, Amazon, and some toy stores.

Seeing those treasures (especially Odontochelys) brings back lots of memories.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:25:19 PM »
Thanks for alerting us to the Gigantopithecus, bmathison1972.
I placed an order for a figure by Disney. When I post a photo, we'll see if it is worthwhile to collect.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:50:24 AM »
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

I do not own the Gigantopithicus figure from the Jungle Book. Here is a link to King Louie by Bullyland on eBay.
Gigantopithicus belonged to subfamily Ponginae in Asia, with 3 species ranging from 9 million to 100,000 years ago.

Animal groups / Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:43:40 PM »

Group shot of apes

Apes are the sister group to Old World monkeys, together forming the parvorder Catarrhini. In addition to prosimians and to New World and Old World monkeys, apes are our fourth thread, which concludes this sampler of the primates.

The purpose of this thread is to show a figure for each different species, comparing their  relative sizes. Some product numbers are reported below because apes are popular with toy makers. This is not a complete collection, which would involve many unidentified figures. Manufacturers often produce a generalized toy without designating a species or subspecies. See more photos on Toy Animal Info.

Superfamily Hominoidea has two families: Hylobatidae and Hominidae.

family Hylobatidae - gibbons
   White-handed gibbon, Hylobates lar, by Papo #50146
   Siamang (baby), Symphalangus syndactylus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
family Hominidae - great apes with two subfamilies: Ponginae and Homininae
subfamily Ponginae - orangutans
   Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, by Safari #292929
   Sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii (ID is speculative), by CollectA #88730

subfamily Homininae - gorillas, chimps, humans and ancestors
    Dryopithecus sp., by Bullyland #58381
   Western gorilla, Gorilla gorilla, by CollectA #88033
   Eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei (ID is speculative), by Schleich #14770

   Common chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, by Safari #224729
   Bonobo (baby), Pan paniscus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
    Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), by Kaiyodo Study Room
    Paranthropus (syn. Australopithecus) boisei, by Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 2

    Homo habilis, by Bullyland #58382
    Homo erectus, by Bullyland #58383
    Neanderthal, Homo neanderthalensis, by Bullyland #58384
   Modern human, Homo sapiens (Charles Darwin) by Accoutrements

Your photos are welcome. Go ape!


Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:13:15 PM »
Lovely figure. Thanks.  :)

Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:38:09 PM »
Please identify the creature that looks like a sand crab in the third photo between the large sow bug and huge mantis shrimp. Who is the manufacturer? Thanks.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: February 28, 2018, 06:02:57 PM »
Nature Technicolor released a set of 8 Axolotls and Frogs for 2018.
See Recent Acquisitions, Reply #1612 for a group shot showing the
4 axolotl figures
, cast from 2 molds in 2 colors.

Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum, leucistic with chain (Ikimon)     

Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum, golden albino with magnet (Ikimon)     

Images of the color alternates are not repeated here.

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