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Great review, Blaine! I was wondering if this is supposed to be Hadogenes troglodytes, since it was shown from Africa, and it seems to me that, although the tail is way too thick on the figure, the coloration seems very similar overall.  Actually, I think that some H. troglodytes even show the double lines along the length of the tail, don't they?  Either way, I think this is a step up paint-wise.  Thank you for the thorough review!
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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by bmathison1972 on February 17, 2018, 06:58:13 PM »
Arthropods from the Paleozoic Creatures set by Colorata:
1. sea scorpion, Acutiramus macrophthalmus (a new/unique species in toy/figure form)
2. trilobite, Olenoides serratus (once uncommon, it seems to be the go-to species these days)
3. anomalocarid, Anomalocaris canadensis (again, commonly made)

Despite the lack of originality with two of them, these are nice little figures!

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Bullyland / Grasshopper (Bullyland)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on February 17, 2018, 02:57:03 PM »
Walk-around of the grasshopper, gen. sp. by Bullyland, originally released in 1994. There is no way to attribute a species or even genus name to this figure; this is a typical GGG (generic green grasshopper). No bin-style set of insects is complete without a GGG!

The figure measures 11.0 cm, not including the protruding antennae. It is made of a relatively stiff plastic.

Because this is probably my oldest Bullyland figure, this is one that I was aware was copied by the dollar store set! It was not until these forums that I started seeing other Bullyland insects did I realize most of the larger figures in that dollar store set were Bullyland knock-offs.

Really not too much to say about this figure; it's simple and not specific, so onto the pics:











with it's dollar-store counterpart:

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Bullyland / Re: Sydney Funnel-web Spider (Bullyland - Animal World)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on February 17, 2018, 02:29:55 PM »
I have been reviewing classic Bullyland insect figures and checking back on what figures have been reviewed. I never noticed this has 'ATRAX', the actual genus, stamped on the underside!
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Bullyland / Stag Beetle (Bullyland)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on February 17, 2018, 12:24:57 AM »
The march of the 'Bullybugs' (thanks, Susanne) continues with the European stag beetle, Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758), originally released in 1994. This species is not as commonly made as some of its Japanese/Asian cousins, but is still well-represented in toy/figure form. I have 12 figures that can be reliable attributed to this species.

Bullyland's figure is an impressive major male. Measuring 8.0 cm (not including legs nor mandibles), the figure is 1:1 for a large specimen (I have seen true monstrous specimens of this species in Southern Moravia, Czech Republic). The color and texture are very nice.

Like several others reviewed, this figure also has its dollar-store counterpart (see last two images). Interestingly, the dollar store figure has a slightly better scuplt (in terms of shape and contours), but less-realistic texture and colors.

On to the pics:











With its dollar-store counterpart:





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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by stargatedalek on February 16, 2018, 10:57:47 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)
I don't mind them, if only because it's probably the only reason we're getting such interesting poses!
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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by sbell 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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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by stargatedalek on February 16, 2018, 09:53:44 PM »
Each of these sets has had one member that was either swimming or being held (as most of these are fairly typical pet species [or in the case of the 2nd set, the kind of native species that someone might catch and then hatch up in a home aquarium]).

The only exception being the giant salamander.
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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by stemturtle on February 16, 2018, 09:34:34 PM »

Nature Technicolor Axolotls and Frogs, 2018, set of 8

4 figures of Ambystoma mexicanum, 2 molds, 2 colors
Axolotl, leucistic (chain)        Axolotl, golden albino (chain)
Axolotl, leucistic (magnet)     Axolotl, golden albino (magnet)

4 figures of frogs, 3 species, 3 molds
Argentine horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata (magnet)
Red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (chain)

Budgett's frog is the only new species of animal toy. The pose makes it hard to stand the figure up unless hanging by the chain. Perhaps the artist intended it to be swimming in water. On land the hind feet should be turned under to raise up the back in a defensive posture. The figure is nicely fashioned.
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Bullyland / Lady Bug(s) (Bullyland)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on February 16, 2018, 03:10:59 AM »
Continuing my walkarounds of Bullyland's insects and arachnids, today we look at the lady bug, Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758. There are two figures, one with the elytra closed and one with the elytra partially open, revealing the flying wings; both figures were released in 1994. I am not sure if they were marketed at the species level, but the color pattern in conjunction with the fact this is the most common species of Coccinellidae in Europe, makes C. septempunctata the only real possibility!

The figures are 6.0 cm in length (not including appendages), making them roughly 7:1 for an average-sized specimen. It was a neat idea to release this figure in two forms. There are a few lady bug figures out there with exposed hind wings, but not many. Interestingly the underside of the figures are different; the one with closed elytra red and the one with exposed wings black (the latter is correct).

On to the pics:













Like the previously-reviewed rhinoceros beetles and house fly, I have a dollar-store knock off of the closed-wing figure (there was also a smaller version in the dollar store set):

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