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What an absolutely awesome model! :) Even the spiracles are sculpted! :o 8) I think most medium-sized Papilio species have caterpillars growing to around 45 to 55 mm or so, so the scale seems resonabe (although I don't have data about larva sizes for P. xuthus so I'm just guessing).

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:33:18 PM »
Yes, the owls look phantastic! 8) I should grab them before they are getting rare like the first set.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:30:33 PM »
The Brazilian white-kneed tarantula, Acanthoscurria geniculata. The only species I currently have in this genus.
Ah, so this one has movable legs and the other two new releases don't?

New Members / Re: Newbie
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:27:32 PM »
Hey akitalover, welcome to the Animal Toy Forum! :)

Bullyland / Re: Velvet Spider (Bullyland)
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:26:37 PM »
Ah, wonderful! 8) Still have to get this one. By the way, the 40 mm body length reminded me of something: while the sexual dimorphism is already considerable in E. kollari, the southern European E. walckenaerius has females that can be as big as the Bullyland model (but with shorter legs) while the males are still as small as E. kollari males. E. kollari is distributed here in Germany but quite rare and I've never encountered one, alas.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:20:15 PM »
Congrats, everyone! :)
Next, 4 spiders by Bullyland, including the three new species from this year: Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brazilian white-kneed tarantula, blue ornamental tarantula, and velvet spider (walkaround coming in a sec of the last one)

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Ah, great to see you already got them. They seem a little smaller than I thought but they look good. :)

New for 2017 / Re: Ichimon Co. - Nature Techni Colour - New for 2017
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:48:25 PM »
The ostracod reminds me also of the giant Gigantocypris, but Macrocypridina seem to have proportionally longer antennae, so this may be a better match than Gigantocypris. The other crustacean is not a decapod larva but a phronimid amphipod, possibly Phronima sedentaria. These feed on salps and use their emptied gelatinous shell as shelter. So this may also be the first ever thaliacean figure, even if it's a dead one! 8)
By the way, the entire set is great, the other figures look better than almost every other previously released figure representing those species. Especially the oarfish. :)

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:30:06 PM »
The new ones are phantastic! 8) Of course I'll have to get the Armadillidium vulgare! By the way, these are Sofubi Toy Box, they aren't part of the Mega Sofubi Advance series which, so far, only has two figures representing extant animals. The Humboldt Penguin looks excellent but it is definitely smaller than 1:1, I think 1:2 may be more realistic, even though it's one of the smaller penguin species.

General / Re: My Visit to Bass Pro Shops
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:16:20 AM »
All those wonderful fish mounts! 8) Since they look like fiberglass replicas I was wondering, are those by King Sailfish Mounts?

Papo / Re: Snow Leopard (Papo - Wild Animals)
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:14:43 PM »
Hmm, too bad. :( Papo has always been praised for their multi-layer paint jobs but it seems newer releases of the same figure are made with less care for paint quality.

Great overview of the K&M insects, Blaine! 8) I had forgotten that you got the butterfly later than the others. Despite some not matching paint jobs this is a great set - colour aside the No. 1 and 9 are pretty accurate as far as their sculpt goes.
9. Beetle, gen. sp.
This is the oddest of the group. For years I bounced this around families from Melyridae to Lampyridae! It was not until Andre repainted his ( that it became clear to me that morphologically it looks like a carrion beetle (Silphidae), although the paint job is nothing like a silphid (at least none I am familiar with). I have this among Silphidae in Bug of the Day.
Ah, glad you found the thread. :) I updated the image urls there, too, so the photos are back.

New Members / Re: Hello!
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:47:13 PM »
Hey Bryan, welcome to the Animal Toy Forum! :)

Does anybody have a comparison photo of all three Safari Great White Sharks? This, the older version, and the Monterey Bay version?
Her you go:


Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:23:39 PM »
Andre, yes you are right, that probably is a small S. serrata (AAA often made things in multiple sizes). My large S. serrata has a carapace width of about 15 cm, so slightly smaller than the dungeness crab
Thanks, Blaine. :) Hmm, now I'm undecided again. That's smaller in width but the Mud Crab is also more massive than the Dungeness crab. I'll have to think about it. We're talking about like 23 so that's more than I ever spent on an AAA figure. :-\

Schleich / Re: Elephant Seal (Schleich - Sea Animals 1:32)
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:19:04 PM »
brontodocus Thank you so much for all your walkarounds, and specially for reuploading all the pictures.  :D

I really like this elephant seal, and I can't wait to see the fight between him and Papo's. :)
Many thanks, arafan! :) Well, that can be arranged as soon as the Papo figure is out. ^-^

Thanks for the info, Helge! :) I thought Doug Watson is the only one who made sculpts for the Wildlife Wonders series? Because, he didn't mention the Arctic Fox.

Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Common Waterflea (Kaiyodo - Night Aqua Museum)
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:13:17 PM »
I'm glad the images are back :). It's still one of my favourite walk arounds.

Now go and re-arrange the DTF pics as well ;D! ..... just joking ;).
Many thanks, Helge! :) Well, fixing the walk-arounds was one thing, at least all photos were arranged in special walk-around albums and in their correct order. Photos from other posts, either here or on the DTF are usually scattered around multiple albums without any real system. Unfortunately I can't see which photo was originally posted so restoring those will probably not be possible. Because if that wasn't the problem I'd probably go and try to restore everything.

Papo / Re: Snow Leopard (Papo - Wild Animals)
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:02:46 PM »
Yes, this is a pity and the reason why I always try to buy figures as soon as they are released. It happens very often that the paintjobs are getting weaker and weaker the more the figure is being produced. Have a look at Papo's Allosaurus the way it is sold nowadays. It's a shame! Especially because Papo's figures aren't cheap.
Too bad that Papo's paint quality apparently doesn't stay the same. :( Yes, I try to get the figures I want as soon as they are released, too. On the other hand a local toy shop here has several Papo dinosaurs in stock and they looked like the initial releases - but of course I don't know how long they already have them.
Just got this guy on Ebay  ;D I hope he looks like the picture  :-\
Congrats and welcome, songkham! :)

Animal groups / Re: Odontoceti (Toothed whales)!
« on: February 12, 2017, 02:59:40 PM »
So, no porpoises made by major companies?
At least there are not many porpoise figures. Dall's Porpoise has been made by Furuta and a Finless Porpoise by PV. I think Vaquitas have been made, too.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 12, 2017, 02:53:16 PM »
Ah, the Famemaster Flower Mantis! :) Now you made me search for one - and I just found it. So many of those 4D puzzles I still don't have... :'(
IV. Miscellaneous portunid crabs.
These are all placed among my Portunidae based on the last pair of legs adapted for swimming.

A. Medium-large figures.
1. unknown manufacturer [K&M knock-off?]
2. K&M International (Aquatic Collection)
3. AAA

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When compared to your large AAA Scylla serrata from this post, I have the feeling that the AAA figure in this photo (I think I have the same figure in a different colour variant, i.e. without any blue) represents the same species. :) By the way, since someone here in Germany offers the big Scylla serrata for a bit more than I'd usually want to pay - have you measured its carapace width? I have measured my big Dungeness Crab at 177 mm carapace width. If the Mud Crab is even larger that price might be justified, though.

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