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CollectA / Re: Monarch Butterfly (CollectA)
« on: August 20, 2017, 07:28:33 PM »
I have recaptured these images!

CollectA / Re: Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (CollectA)
« on: August 20, 2017, 07:24:42 PM »
I have recaptured these images.

I have recaptured images for this figure too.

I will probably re-do a couple CollectA figures as bear with me as I get images back.

Oops, looks like I missed a set. So I have now recaptured images for this set.

By the way, TAI mentions a ladybug as well. My set came as a boxed set with just these five, without a ladybug. It is possible this set was released multiple times with different species compositions.

Forum business / Re: The Great Photobucket Purge
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:38:31 PM »
I have updated all of my reviews of sets, a few 'taxonomic' groups, and a handful of the more interesting single-figure walkarounds. That's probably all I am going to do, at least for the foreseeable future. For some of the single figures I am not recapturing, I will probably revisit them in the form of 'set reviews'.
Again I don't have images prior to August 2016 and don't have the desire to recapture images of every single-figure walkaround.
Any other links of mine can be deleted.

I have used my administrative rights and started deleting entire threads of mine with lost images (as long as others have not posted their images on that thread).

On the plus, I have already added 4-5 new complete set reviews :)

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: treehopper (New Ray)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:58:31 PM »
OK, one last one, I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Will probably be the last one 'redone'.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Creatures of the Waterside (F-toys)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:19:43 PM »
Thanks! really looking for the Laccotrephes japonensis and the Ranatra chinensis. If you ever get doubles ;-)....

The set pops up on eBay periodically. If I ever see it, you will be the first to know!

Papo / Re: European Wolf Spider (Papo - Wild Animals)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:08:21 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

And I still think this is the BEST spider figure outside of Japanese manufacturers.

Papo / Re: Scorpion (Papo - Wild Animals)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:06:38 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Brown Dog Tick [pair] (Merial)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:04:46 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Castor Bean Tick (3B Scientific)
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:01:56 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Mange Mite (GPI Anatomicals)
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:59:12 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: mantis (Jasman Toys)
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:39:53 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: bee shrimp (AquaKitz)
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:37:01 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Also, since the original post, Epoch (2016) released three small figures of bee shrimp, so Aquakitz is no longer the only maker of this species.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: walking stick (Imperial Toys)
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:33:41 PM »
I have recaptured these images for Postimage.

Other/Miscellaneous / Creatures of the Waterside (F-toys)
« on: August 19, 2017, 02:12:36 AM »
Review of the complete set of Creatures of the Waterside by F-toys. Release date unknown. When I first discovered and started collecting the Japanese gashapon-style figures, this was one of the first sets I obtained, and it remains one of my favorites!

There are 6 figures (I also show one variant, below), all representing freshwater species native to Japan (or at least southeast Asia). Four species are rather commonly made among the Japanese companies, but two species are unique and together are the only members of their family (Nepidae, waterscorpions). Three of the figures are elevated on bases (the bases for all three are the same), the other three are independent figures. All figures are single-piece (or at least came fully assembled). They are typical gashapon-sized, comparable to early Kaiyodo, Furuta, others.

The figures, like many Japanese models, come with a card with a photograph of the species and biological information (in Japanese, of course).

This classic set continues to be one of the best of this kind, and comes highly-recommended, and not just to us entomophilic types :-).

On to the figures, based on their number designations in the set:

1. Japanese giant water bug, Lethocerus deyrollei.
This species has been commonly made; I have other figures by Bandai, Yujin, and three versions by Kaiyodo (Choco Q, Capsule Q, and Shinagawa Aquarium). This figure does not come with a base.

2. Korean waterscorpion, Laccotrephes japonensis.
This is a unique figure, and with the other nepid below (#4) are the only members of their families made. This figure comes elevated on a base (but like others are removeable from the base).

3. Giant Japanese diving beetle, Cybister japonicus.
Another popular species, made by Yujin and twice by Kaiyodo (Choco Q and Kyoto Aquarium). This figure comes with a base like the two waterscorpions.

4. Waterscorpion, Ranatra chinensis.
Like #2 above, another unique figure and another waterscorpion in the family Nepidae. It also comes with a base.

5. Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus.
This species is commonly made, and often in both brown and blue forms. I have four original sculpts, including this figure, one by Yujin, and two by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q and Natural Monuments of Japan). All but the Yujin figure come in brown and blue forms (and Yujin may have had another version I am unfamiliar with?).

5-variant. Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus.
The blue form of #5, above.

6. Freshwater crab, Geothelphusa dehanni.
This is another commonly-made species, and like C. japonicus often comes in multiple color forms per sculpt. I have additional figures by Kitan Club (2 sculpts), Kaiyodo (2 sculpts), and Epoch. I do not have all versions of all the sculpts (in fact the only sculpt I have more than one color form of is the Kaiyodo Choco Q figure), but among these sculpts there are at least 17 versions (maybe more?)! The Kitan Club 'strap' set comes in eight color forms (not even sure if this species naturally comes in eight different colors); the Kaiyodo Choco Q and Birdtales sets come in three and two colors, respectively; and Epoch comes in at least two colors. Only this F-toys figure and the Kitan Club Nature of Japan figures come in just one color (to my knowledge...).

Here’s the whole family in one of my mini-dioramas.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Insects Collection - Special (Hayakwa Toys)
« on: August 19, 2017, 12:58:03 AM »
Interesting about Hayakwa/Hayakawa. The latter returns approximately 1,000× as many hits on Google. Not that that makes it correct, but if it's wrong then the misspelling is very common indeed. Is it a transliteration problem, or are they two separate companies?

The first is correct. I had to do some snooping too and besides the correct spelling is on the underside of the larger figures :)

Interesting! I have a dinosaur set in which the two largest figures are stamped "Hayakawa," but I suppose I'm not sure the two are related. These insects are certainly more realistic.

I double-checked a couple and the insects are 'Hayakwa'. I wonder if it is abbreviated because of their size? The largest beetle, the large Chalcosoma, is 40 mm not including appendages.

Bullyland / Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland)
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:36:16 PM »
Continuing the butterflies sets with one more (and last for now), Butterflies on Strings (provisional name) by Bullyland. Release date unknown, but probably in the 1990s.

This set consists of eight figures. They are comparable in size with Safari LTD and K&M tube-style figures and are made with a thicker, heavier PVC. The figures were originally sold suspended on strings (as if to be displayed hanging), with the strings attached to the upper thorax by means of a small screw. I have removed the screw and strings, but it leaves a rather obvious hole in the top of the thorax. The figures do not have extended legs, but they are sculpted as ridges on the underside of the body.

Being traditional Bullyland, a German company, all the figures (except one) represent species native to Europe, a refreshing change! It is fun sometimes when sets are geographically specialized.

On to the figures, in no particular order:

1. Old World swallowtail, Papilio machaon.
This species is not commonly made, and outside of a couple feves or refrigerator magnets, the only other figures I am aware of are larvae by Kaiyodo and Shineg.

2. the red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.
Made a few times previously, most-notably by Skillcraft and Toy Major.

3. the common morpho, Morpho peleides.
This is the only non-European/Holarctic species in the set. It has been previously made by Furuta and four times by Safari LTD.

4. the common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni.
While probably unique as a toy figure, I do have one as a French feve.

5. the Eros blue, Polyommatus eros.
This one is a unique figure, although two other members of the genus have been made.

6. the painted lady, Vanessa cardui.
Insect Lore did a nice life cycle of this species as well. The paint job could be better on this one.

7. small tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae.
CollectA did a nice adult of this species, and Beam made a larva [tentative ID by me].

8. the European peacock, Aglais io.
Made twice by K&M International (Butterflies Mini Polybag and Butterflies Nature Tube); I also have this species as three different French feves.

Safari Ltd - Other lines / Butterflies TOOB (Safari LTD)
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:00:30 PM »
Since I have been recapturing images lost during the Photoshop Purge of the late (?) Holocene, I have decided to take images for a new review. I have done several butterfly-centric sets (Toy Major, K&M Butterflies Nature Tube, Koro Koro, two by the Franklin Mint, and the Authentics and Collectors Case by Safari LTD, plus a caterpillar set by Shineg). Here we have another by Safari, the Butterflies TOOB. I do not remember the release data, I am thinking 2012 or thereabouts. It is good to do these reviews, since these butterflies are often copied after one another, in paint if not sculpt, so it helps to keep track of what is what (it helps me so these online reviews also serve as my personal references :) ).

This TOOB contains eight figures, four different sculpts with two examples of each painted differently. All eight figures are marketed at the species level, and even have the Latin or common names printed on the underside! The quality is similar to that of the Collectors Case or K&M sets, but the plastic is a bit firmer. They are typical TOOB size, with wingspans of roughly 55-60 mm. Also, all figures, even the nymphalids, have 6 legs...just saying...

At the time of this writing, four of the figures are unique, others have been previously made (including a couple regularly by Safari!).

On to the figures (in no particular order):

1. the jazzy leafwing, Hypna clytemnestrata (marketed as Anaea clytemnestrata).
This is one of the unique figures in the set!

2. the green swallowtail, Papilio blumei.
This is a favorite of Safari LTD, being made for their Collectors Case, Authentics set, and Hidden Kingdom Insects.

3. the regal hairstreak, Evenus regalis.
This is an interesting choice. There are several figures out there attributable to E. coronata, based on the Club Earth figure that started the trend. But this, as presently delineated, is a unique figure.

4. the Menelaus blue morpho, Morpho menelaus.
This figure is only stamped 'Morpho' but was marketed as M. menelaus. Their Hidden Kingdom and Smithsonian morphos can also be attributed to this species, although the Authentics, Collectors Case, Good Luck Mini, and Insect TOOB figures are the common morpho, M. peleides.

5. Garlepp's swallowtail, Papilio garleppi.
Another unique figure!

6. the white-angled sulfur, Anteos clorinde.
Another unique figure. I do love the pierids!

7. the red glider, Cymothoe sangris.
This species was made also by Toy Major. Safari's figure has a better shape, but Toy Major's paint job is better. Still nice representatives of an African genus of butterflies!

8. the orange-barred sulfur, Phoebis philea.
This is another that is no stranger to Safari LTD, being made for their Hidden Kingdom, Authentics set, and Collectors Case. I also have a couple from unknown manufacturers and Beam did a larva.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M - Wild Republic)
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:25:08 PM »
I have re-captured these images for Postimage, with some additional updates and edits.

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