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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:23:10 PM »
If that set had a wild-colour axolotl I would have been tempted...but I didn't need the morphs!

Still very nice figures though. Just wish they'd stop with the chains (at least the magnets can be invisible)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:25:42 AM »
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...

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: February 05, 2018, 03:42:18 AM »
Righty, I've added images to the first post for ease of comparison, and the poll is now open! Hopefully I haven't made any mistakes interpreting the suggestions!

So, please cast your votes now! You can pick ten options, so please do select your own personal top ten.

If your favourites aren't on the shortlist, well, where were you the past few weeks? :P That's too bad. :'(

Happy voting!

I just forgot to do it...but I would point out that the tigerfish is more truly a 2018 release; they weren't actually available until January (and weren't released as photos until I put them out there in December).

But at least it's a fish...I should have thrown out at least the Ikimon Indonesian coelacanth and frilled shark...

Ah well, it'll have to be inelligable for the 2018 poll.

If you would've voted for them other fishies, then yeah, you definitely should've suggested them!

I just...didn't get around to it! And partially, it kind of slipped my mind that they (and probably others) were 2017 figures!

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: February 05, 2018, 12:16:01 AM »
Righty, I've added images to the first post for ease of comparison, and the poll is now open! Hopefully I haven't made any mistakes interpreting the suggestions!

So, please cast your votes now! You can pick ten options, so please do select your own personal top ten.

If your favourites aren't on the shortlist, well, where were you the past few weeks? :P That's too bad. :'(

Happy voting!

I just forgot to do it...but I would point out that the tigerfish is more truly a 2018 release; they weren't actually available until January (and weren't released as photos until I put them out there in December).

But at least it's a fish...I should have thrown out at least the Ikimon Indonesian coelacanth and frilled shark...

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People have already said where to get the figures (Mojo & CollectA both have terrible North American distribution now).

As for stands, you are probably seeing the ones made for a few Invicta prehistoric animals...and their blue whale. Those were/are not really sold separately.

But on Shapeways someone recreated them as 3D prints for a reasonable price:

https://www.shapeways.com/product/7G3X2ZAA3/base-medium?optionId=15989408

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:58:33 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.

I do know about that series! I only have the cutlassfish...Not sure if they are re-releasing it using the same bases and peg-system (instead of holes, the fish I have is held by a clear 'claw' around the body).

For the most part, I collect freshwater fish, and generally more unusual/primitive ones--but the cutlassfish is unusual enough! I am glad that this one is back out, but I would prefer a new series of new species myself!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:22:59 AM »

Knowing that this is an unusual species makes it more interesting for me...but knowing that such an important physical feature was left off kind of makes it lower priority. Too bad, since Bandai is usually so good at this sort of thing!

At least it's not a really prominent appendage like the anal fin [cough cough CollectA Leedsicthys cough].

WHAAAAAAA!? :o I didn't even notice! To be fair, I haven't done much with it; I've been emptying and resetting my shelves, so it's just been kind of sittig around while I decide how to organize.

I guess I'll just stare at my giant 1/40 model Leedsichthys instead! ;D

Stare a little longer and you'll see that it too is missing its anal fin, and instead has pelvic fins, which most pachycormids lacked. (Granted, that portion of Leedischthys in particular is not preserved, to my knowledge.)

So it is...but it's still fun to stare at!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:16:27 AM »

Knowing that this is an unusual species makes it more interesting for me...but knowing that such an important physical feature was left off kind of makes it lower priority. Too bad, since Bandai is usually so good at this sort of thing!

At least it's not a really prominent appendage like the anal fin [cough cough CollectA Leedsicthys cough].

WHAAAAAAA!? :o I didn't even notice! To be fair, I haven't done much with it; I've been emptying and resetting my shelves, so it's just been kind of sittig around while I decide how to organize.

I guess I'll just stare at my giant 1/40 model Leedsichthys instead! ;D

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:47:46 AM »
Knowing that this is an unusual species makes it more interesting for me...but knowing that such an important physical feature was left off kind of makes it lower priority. Too bad, since Bandai is usually so good at this sort of thing!

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Forum business / Re: New title banner (2018)
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:03:31 AM »
I would argue that Toy Fish Factory lacks representation...! :P http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2189.msg18244#msg18244

As always, freshwater fish get completely left out! And you think inverts get forgotten!

Also, what? None of the 5 billion new horses made it!?  :o

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I have some stock 3D models in my library that could pass as these (one explicitly is a milkfish!), the only issue is they would need new fins made before they could be printed as currently most have 2D alpha channels for their fins.

If you're at all interested I'll get some screenshots for you. Making the fins is not difficult and after that I could put them up on whatever printing service you prefer (my printer is still on the fritz) or send you the models if you have access to a printer yourself.

Quite surprised to hear there hasn't ever been a john dory made.

I would love to see the milkfish! I don't have a printer, but I uploaded to Shapeways once, I'm sure I could do it again!

And yeah...you'd think, given the economic importance of the dories, and their unique appearance, that there would be at least one figure from a European company!

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Commission Jetoar to make some, he loves personal requests.

I have thought of that...but some are so boring looking, it feels like it would be a waste. Plus, kind of expensive in the long run! But it may go that way!

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9 pages of 100 fish figurine auctions on Yahoo.
https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?p=%E9%AD%9A&oq=&auccat=25888&mode=1&tab_ex=commerce&fixed=0&ei=UTF-8&b=1

I am aware of YAJ--but I don't see any fish auctions for the specific ones I am searching for, unless I missed something?

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Hi all, so as is not a surprise, I like my fish models. I have many, and have a certain type that I usually collect.

However, I also have a habit of getting all 'taxonomic' when I collect (I'm not necessarily a 'set' completist. but I do like my cladograms filled out...), and there are certain groups for which I have nothing--and also can't seem to find anything! Even the TAI doesn't list for (almost) any of them...of course, I have issues with the TAI groupings, but that's just me and my craziness!

I also know that many fish are missing, so I'm hoping that I just don't know about/haven't found some yet.

So first, the only one I have found a record of:

Beloniformes--I would really like a needlefish figure; the only one I know of is the MPC. Which is nice enough, but monochrome and costs too much for a small plastic fish. Any others?

(Okay, now it gets esoteric):

1) [strike]Alepocephaliformes (smoothheads, slickheads, tubeshoulders, etc) (formerly part of Osmeriiformes but apparently not so muych anymore...recently separated far from them in Alepocephali)
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=86&areacode=&spines=&fins=
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=87&areacode=
http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/specieslist.php?famcode=533&areacode=[/strike] FOUND!

2) 'Anotophysans' = Gonorhychiformes. Milkfish, Shellear, Kneria, Hingemouth and...others

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Gonorynchiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

3) Lepidogalaxiiformes--Australian salamanderfish (another 'osmeriforme' that for now, isn't). I can't believe there isn't a Yowie or something of this one...

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=&famcode=466&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

4) Atelopodiformes. Jellynose fish

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Ateleopodiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

5) Percopsiformes. Trout-perch, Pirate perch, cavefishes. Again, how are there no figures of these?

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Percopsiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

6) Zeiformes. Dories & Oreos. Given that some of these are food fish, you'd think there'd be a figure...

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Zeiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

7) Polymixiiformes. Beardfish

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Polymixiiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

8. Batrachoidiformes. Toadfish. Again, it feels like there could be one out there.

http://www.fishbase.ca/identification/SpeciesList.php?class=&order=Batrachoidiformes&areacode=&c_code=&spines=&fins=&resultPage=1&sortby=species

So thanks in advance...if any of these can be found, it would be appreciated. If only so that I can get pointed in the right direction!

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General / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:01:11 PM »
Happy New Year all!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:17:22 PM »
The first unidentified fish looks like it could be a California Sheepshead wrasse.

that first green one could also be a crude mahi mahi.

I thought of the Mahi mahi, but the dorsal fin originates too far back.

The wrasse is a possibility, but not sure about a sheephead.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:23:10 PM »
So to end 2017, I cam across one more thing! (cross post from STS)

At a Dollar Tree, no less! Obviously some of these are yet another batch of reissued Prior (the 'bala' shark, the crab)--but some aren't (that seahorse is different, for example)



Overall, not too much to speak of--except I found yet another Climatius!



I've now got quite the school of these...!

But there are a couple others that I could use a hand with species ID's on--I'm not much for typical fish, especially marine ones.



And then, because I wanted the species and they don't exist (yet?) I took some sub-standard Replica Toy Fish figures (they were less-than perfect condition) and turned them into new species!

First, a V1 (unreleased) brook trout (looks more like a Splake to me) became a Bull trout (I hadn't noticed until I was painting that the brook trout dorsal fin is totally wrong...but I did at least smooth away the spines from the adipose fin):


Original:

And a northern pike beacame an Amur pike! Which, to me, should be called a dalmation pike. They are white or grey with black spots and blotches! And after the fact, I realized that the proportions of one of the muskellunge figures would have been better...oh well.

Original:

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Mojö Fun / Re: Thylacine
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:53:21 PM »
Interesting, most of the thylacine figures I have seen have gaping mouths; maybe only a handful are being shown on the fora

Looking again, I guess it's true--of the 7 I have, 5 have a mouth open to some extent (none as wide as the SR version though). Only the Mojo and Innovative Kids is closed-mouth. My memory was apparently wrong!

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Mojö Fun / Re: Thylacine
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:55:07 PM »
I always liked this figure because it shows that the thylacine, and all predators, do not have to be sculpted with their mouths gaping open all...the...time!

Of all the ones I have (4? 6?) only the Southlands Replica has an open mouth--but in this case, it's to highlight the ridiculously wide gape, which makes sense! Couple that with the CollectA, showing a female with large young in pouch, and thylacines have some of the most varied representations of animal figures (given how many lion figures are made, you'd think there'd be more poses than 'walking' or 'standing', for example).

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Cool figure...though it is funny that they couldn't be bothered to at least remove the name from the original figure, if not remould that part.

As for the Yowies Katipo, it is the al-black version:



No red there...and it isn't much to put together either. Given how they often made very colourful figures, this one is almost disappointing in it's monochromatic form!

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