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Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:09:23 PM »

These were offered for sale to me, but since they appeared to be the same as the main set, I decided to leave them for someone else. Glad they went to you stemturtle!!!!

Bmathison1972, I appreciate your consideration.
"We are a friendly and open community..."  :)

That's crazy that the figures were released...with loops! Of course, the first version had goo in a jar, so clearly that was a period of 'experimentation' from Epoch!

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:53:12 PM »
A few weeks ago I was finally able to get one of those big K&M salamanders at a shop in the Zoo in Dortmund, they had two versions, Tiger and Red Salamander, both with the annoying forked tongue. I bought the Tiger Salamander. Wait, it's not shown in this thread? I'll need a photo of mine, soon...

I know I have seen all 3 of the large and the medium; I have put up photos of the two former and three latter that I have. Don't recall the third one--if it is a tiger, that would be kind of neat, since they don't actually show up much as figures!

Well, so I'll just show how mine looks like... not the best representation, obviously, but still:


It differs a lot from the one stemturtle showed in his walk-around here: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1283.0

I don't think they always had the best quality control on their paint jobs! But I seem to recall that the one I saw was even more green.

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:50:57 PM »
A few weeks ago I was finally able to get one of those big K&M salamanders at a shop in the Zoo in Dortmund, they had two versions, Tiger and Red Salamander, both with the annoying forked tongue. I bought the Tiger Salamander. Wait, it's not shown in this thread? I'll need a photo of mine, soon...

I know I have seen all 3 of the large and the medium; I have put up photos of the two former and three latter that I have. Don't recall the third one--if it is a tiger, that would be kind of neat, since they don't actually show up much as figures!

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:44:09 PM »
After all this time, I only just noticed that the Manta on page one is labelled Manta sp. The Safari site actually declares it to definitively be the 'Giant Ocean Manta', Manta birsotris (as opposed to Manta alfredi).

Which, based on articles from the summer, might be changed to Mobula birostris due to DNA analysis. At least Safari got ahead of the curve on the species differentiations!

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:15:09 AM »
We include the caecilians on the salamander thread because the two figures from COG are the only examples of extant apodans. My set is called Itsty Bitsy Bucket of Reptiles. Thanks to sbell for posting the photos. Let's mention an extinct species of Gymnophiona too.

Eocaecilia micropodia () (Shapeways)

Eocaecilia, from the Jurassic of Arizona, is available on Shapeways . It has some features that are lacking in the caecilians from COG.
The snout is pointed, there is the hint of a mouth, and there is the suggestion of tentacles between the eyes and nostrils.

Is that the same series as K&M's Itsy Bitsy Bucket of... series? I ask because they have an insect bucket I have seen but not yet pursued.

I've had several of the COG buckets (bought at a dollar store) and itsy buckets; they use the same buckets, but generally not he same figures.

And yes, the marine animals were also pretty unique--as were the dinosaurs (Montanoceratops!). But I don't have most of them anymore...

Also, I do have the Eocaecilia as well, but I figured someone would have a painted one!

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 28, 2017, 01:11:14 AM »
There are really lots of salamander models...so many are kind of generic though, and still miss much of their diversity.

But sometimes there are weird little sets that really do well!

Like these ones from a COG set called "Cool Reptiles":



Kind of indistinct, but nifty (and small).

But the same set came wtih two even more unusual animals--a couple of (probably) caecillians!



(not exactly Kaiyodo-level...but for a weird, cheap set it was a treat to find these in a reptiles & amphibians set. That didn't include any frogs or turtles!).

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 26, 2017, 02:44:31 PM »
Now that Safari, CollectA, Bullyland, and Schleich have their 2018 lineups, I think for a second year in a row Safari is the overall winner taking into account diversity and appearance. It's funny, a few years ago I felt it was the opposite, with CollectA leading the way (CollectA might be in a transitional state; we will get a better idea of where they are going a year from now when 2019 is revealed...), but Safari has stepped it up in recent years.

Take this year's IC line: mammal, bird, fish, amphibian, reptile, arthropod (2 of the last one!). Every major higher taxon represented! I have noticed Safari has fused some of their lines, and that what's left of the Hidden Kingdom Insects line is now merged with the IC line. This could be to my benefit, as if they continue like they did this year with at least one figure from each broad group, I could see more of my focus group :)

Now, don't get me wrong, every year Safari puts out multiple gems, I just feel like 2017 and 2018 are taking these further than recent years.

Now I understand my focus group is probably the least popular, and I don't expect companies to put them out every year, but when you consider insects are the largest class of animals, and arthropods the largest phylum (in the old hierarchy), in the entire history of the IC line there has been one insect and no arachnids (before 2018, and the 2018 arachnid will be the same sculpt as an old HK figure). There have been a small handful of crustaceans/horseshoe crab, but only 1 insect/arachnid.

I will have to afree, but with the caveat that, as always, eveyone ignores freshwater organisms almost entirely. And this year is no different. Which is why Replica Toy Fish's new line needs to get themsleves going properly!

Also...at least Safari keeps their horses to a small part of their overall line...they are the only one that does anymore. (Of the companies that matter).

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New for 2018 / Re: Schleich's - New for 2018
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:16:49 AM »
So, am I going with the dinos, or we are finished like this?

You can probably be done. The Prehistoric stuff belongs on the DTF anyway.

As for horses...most of us are wildlife collectors--but horse collectors are an entirely different breed; thanks to Breyer, they have been 'a thing' for decades longer than whatever we do--I remember an aunt and uncle, 35 years ago, had dozens of them across a high mantle on their shelf (since sold...which is sad, becuase they'd have been worth a small fortune). It was an existing community before the internet or even fax machines were common.

So the short answer is...money. Also, CollectA has an agreement with Reeves International (AKA jerks that mostly sell horses in North America) which has really bumped up their horse model numbers--and Schleich does not like to risk any market share loss.

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New for 2018 / Re: Schleich's - New for 2018
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:51:10 PM »
There is nothing here for me at all...sad.

Even that great white...the newer Safari or CollectA ones are hundreds of times better.

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 24, 2017, 04:23:52 AM »
So..they sign an agreement with a North American distibutor that is interested almost entirely in horses and farm...and we get a whole bunch of horses and a farm tube. Go figure.

The civet looks great though, so I'll have to figure out a way to get that. The way things currently are, probably Taobao!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 23, 2017, 05:57:50 PM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.

Sorry, yeah, that's it--the scan the fish to get a 'true shape' and then make them in their wiggly rubber!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 23, 2017, 03:09:59 AM »
I was able to get the Arizona fish. Thanks for the heads up. Where can I get a Phil Farrell eel and the lures?

Unfortunately, the eel was a one-off custom (it was his first attempt when it was commissioned; his 'good' one sold for way more than I would have paid!). The lures are from a company called Savage Gear. Many of their lures are made as 3D prints in soft material--they also have several pike, gobies, etc. One of the pike even has a pattern like an Amur pike (think fish dalmation). I think they are online; I got mine from a local outfitter store that is closing down!

I kind of hope they are still limpoing along, there are some other intersting lures that might make good models!

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Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:48:53 PM »
my sharks and rays

unknown chinese models and a yellow MC donanlds ray of unknown species ( i will look for specie informations if i find the time- help is welcome)



I just caught this post--and noticed that the McDonalds one looks a lot like a butterfly ray...which would be really, really unusual as a figure. Any more information about it?

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:23:42 PM »
I have to recommend the Safari piranha, I have one and quite adore it.

I've looked at those Bandai fish in the past but I could never justify buying the entire set for myself with so many being repaints. Can't wait to see some up close shots and have some ID's.

I will second this for two reasons--1) FISH! FIGURES! 2) It is really nice...and piranha are strangely uncommon as far as figures go, given their popularity and familiarity. The Kaiyodo bottlecap one is of course better... ;)

I looked that one up and it was like $100. It's a nice figure, but jeez. Kinda wanna pick up the dorado, too.

The piranha is expensive, yeah. I was able to get a Dorado of YAJ for fairly cheap, but of course those fluctuate a lot.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:39:26 PM »
I have to recommend the Safari piranha, I have one and quite adore it.

I've looked at those Bandai fish in the past but I could never justify buying the entire set for myself with so many being repaints. Can't wait to see some up close shots and have some ID's.

I will second this for two reasons--1) FISH! FIGURES! 2) It is really nice...and piranha are strangely uncommon as far as figures go, given their popularity and familiarity. The Kaiyodo bottlecap one is of course better... ;)

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:45:41 AM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?



It's a freshwater fish line from Bandai. There were also some guppies and cory cats. I think there were 4 paint variants of each sculpt.

Thanks! I might have to pick some up. Although they seem to be missing their adipose fins.

They vary in their availability...I've never pursued them, but the one cory I have is nice. And the base is quite elaborate for a small fish!

Apparently there were secrets as well...you can get the whole set of 15 right here! https://lavitsfigure.com/products/bandai-dg-digital-grade-tropical-fish-gashapon-15-trading-collection-figure-set

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:26:35 PM »
Awesome Sean! Nice Arizona fish. Wish I knew you when I lived in Tempe, you coulda had them all a long time ago ;-). Are you planning on doing a review of the set? Or walkarounds of each?

I am hoping to. At least a set review. It was enough just to get the whole bunch photographed! I've been building up that lot for a few months!

Those suckers are great, I'd love to track down that line someday.

4 of them are still available at the source (Marsh Education store) http://www.marsheducation.org/?page_id=75

I got their last Loach minnow! And I had to get the suckers from China.

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Animal groups / Re: Rainbow fishes
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:15:33 PM »
the title should probably be changed to "rainbow of fishes"
I was rather confused upon first reading and seeing no rainbow fish :P

I too was surprised, twice, first by seeing an entire thread devoted to melanotaeniids, and then by seeing it devoted to all fish except sharks.

Would somebody be kind enough to identify the maker of these tetras?



It's a freshwater fish line from Bandai. There were also some guppies and cory cats. I think there were 4 paint variants of each sculpt.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:04:10 AM »
I've been a little quiet, but I've been slowly building in the last few months...Here is the group photo!



In no particular order:
CollectA Basilosaurus, Excalibosaurus & Prehistoric Marine tube; Safari Marsh&Associates special release Razorback suckers (x2!) and Cave Dwellers toob Crayfish; Hikari Clown Loaches (x2); Phil Farrell Fire eel(!); K&M Red-Backed Salamander; Yowies Freshwater Catfish; PNSO Himalayasaurus; Capsule Aquarium Giant eel; Enoshima Aquarium Japanese soldierfish; DYDO Fangtooth (Ogrefish); Ichimon/NatureTechnicolor Frilled Shark & Indonesian Coelacanth.

And now I can say that I have the full set of Marsh&Associates Arizona fish!



Also, these burbot...they are fishing lures, but other than the tail are pretty much just rubber fish replicas!



(the larger yellow/brown one is obviously more realistic; the blue is more fanciful)

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:45:29 AM »
So fun follow up...I was at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC, and guess what they had? Some of the salamanders! I picked up the Red-Backed salamander myself (the tag--yes, it has one--says Red-Striped salamander). My son picked up the larger Tiger salamander. The only one we are missing is the larger Marbled (it is the same mold as the tiger, but with green on it).

They had lots of the small orange spotted ones, and appear to have ran out of tigers when we bought ours!

Sounds like you had a good time. I have never heard of a red-backed called a red striped, but that is why we have scientific names.

Several years ago I visited the museum. I thought the admission price was too steep until I saw the replica of the historical monument with the inscription
"Alex MacKenzie / from Canada / by land / 22d July 1793," which made the visit worth it.

Yeah, it is pricey. But it was raining a lot, and we had nothing else to do (indoors) so thought we'd take a look. It's very well done! Lots of fish stuff...almost entirely marine. I've never known a place to ignore it's freshwater habitats so thoroughly (unless salmon are involved...).

As for the salamander name--I found the same thing--no one refers to it as red-striped.

Red-Backed:


Spotted (sorry, not tiger...):

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