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General / Skeletons for sale?
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:23:38 PM »
Can anyone recommend a place to buy real animal skeletons (legally)?

General / Dinotoyforum diorama contest 2018 open
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:26:11 PM »

If only I had time, I could organise an ATF diorama contest as well! Maybe one day, once I have retired!

Furuta / Swallow-tailed hummingbird (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:36:55 PM »
Walk-around of the Furuta swallow-tailed hummingbird, Eupetomena macoura.

Furuta / Verreaux's sifaka (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:45:02 PM »
Walk-around of the Verreaux's sifaka, sometimes listed as a langur monkey, by Furuta. Give us a twirl!

New for 2017 / Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:25:22 PM »
This is where I will post the top 10 animal figures of 2017 poll. Please suggest contenders, i.e. figures you would personally vote for.

Edit - The shortlist! Images are mostly stock images with some others pinched from the Walkarounds section of the forum. I trust this is okay with the photographers. O:-)

CollectA, Bongo antelope

CollectA, Cameroon sailfin chameleon

CollectA, Ivory-billed woodpecker

CollectA, Leopard seal

CollectA, Saiga antelope

CollectA, Secretary bird

Ikimon - Nature Technicolor - Deep Sea Life 1, Giant ostracod

Ikimon - Nature Technicolor - Deep Sea Life 1, Amphipod in salp tunic

Kitan club - Nature Technicolor - Frogs, Japanese common toad

Papo, Brown-throated sloth

Papo, Elephant seal

Papo, Horned Frog

Papo, Ocelot

Papo, Walrus

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Nudibranch

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Reef squid

Safari Ltd - Incredible Creatures, Squirrel Monkey

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - North American Wildlife, Arctic hare

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - Sealife, Right whale

Safari Ltd - Wild Safari - Wildlife, Moon bear

Safari Ltd - Wings of the World Birds, Blue-footed booby

Safari Ltd - Wings of the World Birds, Harpy eagle

Schleich - Wildlife, Moose calf

Schleich - Wildlife, Sloth bear

Sofubi Toy Box, Kaiyodo, Armadillidium vulgare

Toy Fish Factory, Goliath tigerfish

New for 2016 / Top 10 2016 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:24:36 PM »
This is where I will post the top 10 animal figures of 2016 poll. Please suggest contenders, i.e. figures you would personally vote for.

New for 2015 / Top 10 2015 - poll
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:19:41 PM »
This is the thread where I will create the 2015 poll.

So, what 2015 figures do you think are viable contenders? We don't need an exhaustive list of 2015 toys. The poll only needs to include the ones we would actually vote for.

Anybody want to kick things off with some suggestions?

Forum business / New title banner (2018)
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:17:57 PM »
Thanks again to Blaine for composing a new forum title banner. Great work as usual!

General / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:40:26 AM »
Happy New Year to all Animal Toy Forum members! 2017 was a hectic year for me personally, so I haven't been on the ATF much! However, 2018 will bring me pretty much back to normality. Despite my absence, the forum had over 3 million page views in 2017 - the highest number of any year to date. So, I'm encouraged to keep the forum running! Here's to another fruitful year on the ATF.  8)

Forum business / The Great Photobucket Purge
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:01:39 PM »
Photobucket have disabled unlimited third party hosting and are now charging a fee (or a ransom).

Firstly, this means Photobucket is no longer a viable image host, don't continue to use it.
Secondly, it means the majority of existing Photobucket images on the forum are now broken. With so many users posting over so many years, this is swathes of images.

The solution?

It will be a huge undertaking but by working together systematically I'm confident we can rid the entire forum of broken Photobucket links. Therefore, I'm suggesting we team up to undertake The Great Photobucket Purge.

I suggest this to consist of two initiatives.

The first is a call for all members who have posted using Photobucket to transfer their images to a new host. There is a discussion about alternative hosts in the Posting Images thread on the dinotoyforum: (is there also one on ATF?) This involves risks (who knows which hosts will become the next photobucket?), but *anything* is better than Photobucket at this stage. After changing hosts, I request all users go into their old posts and replace their image links. There is no obligation to do this, of course - I realise the difficulties involved. However, I want to give people the opportunity to replace their old links prior to initiative two...

Initiative two will see myself (and any moderators willing to assist) go through the forum, thread by thread, post by post, to delete every photobucket link ever posted. I'd rather have blank posts than residual Photobucket spam. It might take months, but if we work as a team, little by little, we will get there.

Before I implement initiative two, I think it is important to give users several weeks to replace their images with the understanding that any remaining photobucket links will be removed by staff in due course. Every link a user changes will be a link a moderator doesn't have to delete, so I encourage users to take matters into their own hands to help out.

I also want to open this up for discussion before I implement initiative two. I'm aware that there are some photobucket-hosted images that still seem to appear on the forum. I'm not sure if this is because the users have paid the ransom, or if they haven't exceeded the number of third party images required to prompt the ransom message. My feeling now is that all Photobucket images should be purged, no matter what. Thoughts?

Animal toys (general) / Animals on the Dinotoyblog Youtube channel
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:59:24 PM »
A thread for me to share animal-themed videos on the Dinotoyblog Youtube channel. There probably won't be many of videos dedicated to animals, so it isn't worth creating a separate channel.

In this one I unbox some of the PNSO's 'Family Zoo' animals:

Other/Miscellaneous / MOVED: White Rhinoceros (PNSO Family Zoo)
« on: March 09, 2017, 11:46:16 AM »

Forum business / New title banner (2017)
« on: December 22, 2016, 02:29:59 PM »
Thanks to Blaine for input into the new banner, which we worked on together. We think it is a nice selection.

Note that I've shrunk the title to just 'Animal Toy Forum'.

Animals / Animals with fingernails/toenails
« on: November 22, 2016, 10:17:45 PM »
I'm curious. Outside of primates are there any animals that have fingernails or toenails? I realise many animals have unguals with a keratin sheath, but I'm thinking more along the lines of animals that lack unguals but still have a keratin covering, like we do. Maybe primates are unique in this regards?

Animal toys (general) / Sei whale recommendation
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:28:09 AM »
Can anyone recommend any accurate sei whale figures? If not, how about a similar species that could be easily modified?

Animals / Humpback whale flippers
« on: February 14, 2016, 01:27:10 AM »
Does anyone know what humpback whales use their large flippers for? Presumably humpback whales generate thrust mostly using their tails like other whales, or do they use their limbs to generate thrust as well? Maybe their diet/behaviour is different to short-flippered baleen whales?

Forum business / New title banner (2016)
« on: January 10, 2016, 04:10:21 PM »
Suggestions for figures to include, please! :D

General / Happy New Year 2016
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:54:56 PM »
Happy New Year to everyone! Last year was very busy for me so I wasn't able to spend as much time on the ATF (or DTF) as I would've liked. 2016 is shaping up to be equally busy but I'll make sure I pop into the forum every now and again! Have a good year. 8)

New for 2015 / Reptiles & amphibians 2015 - poll
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:20:17 PM »
Before we set up the poll (in this thread, later), I'll list all the figures. Let me know if I've missed any.

Frog (Wild Safari)

...aborted for now because the new for 2015 company threads aren't complete and I don't have time to investigate.  :-[

New for 2015 / 2015 top 10 poll discussion
« on: October 10, 2015, 12:43:23 PM »
Last year it was quite an undertaking for Brontodocus and myself to set up all the polls to vote for the best figures of 2014. Even so, it would be a shame not to do the same for 2015 figures. Brontodocus, are you up for this again? Would anybody else be willing to help out?

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