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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:49:58 PM »
I just spent a little while looking through the photos on their web site. Really beautiful stuff! I wish they'd turn their talents toward the prehistoric. They could rival Kaiyodo.

Yes they are really good modelmakers. Wish they would make more beetles (form other than Lamellicornia would be really great!!)

It would also be nice if they would stop with the straps/ball&chains/magnet gimmicks. The figures are top quality (I have their newts, and a couple of the deep sea fish) but taking out an unwanted strap leaves an odd hole (and the material they are made from isn't really conducive to a fill-and-paint)

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:47:39 AM »
Updated the first post with photos; please let me know if there are any errors/omissions!

I have a lot of sympathy for anyone trying to make a porcupine toy. I don't know how to make it look realistic and not flimsy. Maybe like a Koosh ball?

Schleich made a pretty good attempt at an African porcupine...definitely miles ahead of the Safari abomination



The Safari porcupine's quality reminds me of the first Safari attempt at Suchomimus...it's almost impossible to tell how it got past quality control.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:46:53 AM »

Panini lamprey

This figure is part of a set of 40 marine animal miniatures. ToyAnimalInfo does not identify the species, but does give the maker as Panini. Length is 1 1/8 inches or 28 mm. Compare the size to the Schleich guy while under attack.


I've been eyeing that set, just for the lamprey...but I just can't justify the costs for the whole set for one little figure!

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:40:36 PM »
True, sbell. I did not comment on the porcupine because it is really uncommentable. I think that a releavant part of the odd effect comes from the painting. The snout looks well made, and the quills made in that way could have given a good or at least acceptable result if they were painted with more detailed care. That confusing white brushing is really not working.

I live around porcupines. They don't look like that at all. The quills don't fold in weird scales--it should look like the animal is a big, moving brush.

Most of the quills are hidden under a soft coat of long, wispy guard hairs--and I've never seen one that dark.

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:59:08 PM »
Overall, so far a good bunch...but that porcupine. Ouch. I'm surprised they let that through.

I know that the large number of quills would make for a daunting figure, but this attempt did not work out at all.

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Furuta / Re: Insect Science (Furuta)
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:32:39 AM »
Your posts alone make the atf a reference to rival the Animal Toy Wiki, as far as arthropod figures go!

Thanks! One of the reasons I post them is also for my own personal reference, in case I need to go back and check something.

I wish specialists in other groups would do more similar things (Sean, fish; Stargatedalek, birds; postsaurician, reptiles, etc...).
Yah, I've definitely fallen behind on walkarounds, or even acquisitions for that matter. I have probably around a half dozen birds just from the past month that don't have any photos here period. Thanks for the reminder, I should get some new bristol and start catching up.

It really is a time thing...I have lots of new and interesting things, but not much time to do nice things with it. I'm also going through a review of the collection, revamping my entire database after a major purge/deaccession of a lot of figures (like, in the thousands 'a lot'). And still working.

But the fish remain safe...just it's all time consuming!

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:30:27 AM »
I had no idea Safari had so many sub-lines. I've edited the first post with that information. Apparently there was a dolphins and whales toob back in 2003 (http://toyanimal.info//index.php?title=Safari_694704_Whales_and_Dolphins_TOOB), but this new one looks like a significant improvement.

Yeah, I have that whales/dolphins toob (had? not even sure anymore). This new one looks like high end miniature copies of their larger figures.

I am hoping that this means a revised sharks toob will be on the way soon as well--except keep the misnamed Crocodile shark, because it's great!

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New for 2017 / Re: Diramix new for 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:02:37 PM »
It would be great if Diramix (and DeAgostini) figures looked more like their priomotional materials--even the cartoony stuff. Still, they make some interesting things, maybe someday they'll be more readily available everywhere!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: August 04, 2017, 01:20:18 AM »
Am I the only one getting new figures lately?  :P

Yoou might be...I got my one thing recently. I have a couple things coming, but otherwise it's been a bit dried up lately!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: July 29, 2017, 05:06:09 PM »
I had a fishy day today!

Success! Despite the attempts of the USPS and Canada Post...not sure which...I was able to get most of the Arizona fishes from Marsh & Associates!



I already had the Bonytail Chub (centre front) and Desert pupfish (back right).

The new ones are Colorado Pikeminnow (upper left), Apache Trout (front left) and Loach Minnow (front right).

They are very cool! Now I just need to hunt down a Razorback sucker!

And most are still available from the Marsh & Associates site--I got the last Loach minnow, and they are out of razorbacks.

But the others are still there. And you can get stickers and a plush razorback as well!

If you like fish or education, stop by their store! http://www.marsheducation.org/?page_id=75


Nice Sean! Together you and I will bring attention to neglected animal groups in toy form  ;)

I hope to see walkarounds of these, or maybe a review of the entire set (if complete!).

It's not a complete set yet. I still need the Razorback sucker. Which they are out of from the source...there are ways, but I'm not sure yet.

Maybe once I have all six.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: July 29, 2017, 04:45:55 AM »
I had a fishy day today!

Success! Despite the attempts of the USPS and Canada Post...not sure which...I was able to get most of the Arizona fishes from Marsh & Associates!



I already had the Bonytail Chub (centre front) and Desert pupfish (back right).

The new ones are Colorado Pikeminnow (upper left), Apache Trout (front left) and Loach Minnow (front right).

They are very cool! Now I just need to hunt down a Razorback sucker!

And most are still available from the Marsh & Associates site--I got the last Loach minnow, and they are out of razorbacks.

But the others are still there. And you can get stickers and a plush razorback as well!

If you like fish or education, stop by their store! http://www.marsheducation.org/?page_id=75

But it was even more fishy this week! Thanks to the Tetrapod Zoology redbubble store, I also got a sticker, card and shirt with Darren Naish's bichir art! Plus Marsh sent me extra AZ fish stickers! Some of the things:


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Animal toy lines / Re: Colorata Deep Sea Fish differences?
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:02:40 PM »
Oh interesting! So is the less serpentine oarfish the newer, updated version?



I can't remember off hand what the new one looks like, but this is mine--I'm pretty sure that it is more serpentine and more red.

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New for 2017 / Re: Favorite Co New for 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:56:25 PM »
How did I miss this?

Also...squeeeee! ;D I am more surprised that they did the Osteoglossum first, and the Scleropages second (there are 3 figures of the former, and uncountable numbers of the latter).

A new gar is also welcome. Would have been nice to see one that wasn't an alligator gar, but maybe they'll add a genus later? Or maybe it will turn out to be a Tropical? Those are popular if expensive aquarium fish in Japan.

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:22:20 PM »
Some of the Bandai animal Kaiser figurines are very nice, but not all :)

I have several. You are correct, some are really nice, some are...less so. Many of their fish are decent at least!

As for other salamanders:

K&M International (as stated on the bellies) from the Atlanta zoo! These are obviously old stock...I should have bought at least one of each, but didn't (same moulds, different paint, like usual). But they did come with tags, with names and everything!

Red eft phase of green newt:


Red salamander:


Blue-spotted newt:

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Animal toy lines / Re: Colorata Deep Sea Fish differences?
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:15:00 PM »
The Colorata Deep Sea Fish set caught my eye for a few reasons, mainly because of the oarfish. I have a couple of these sets on my watch list and noticed that the oarfish appears to have different poses in each set. One is much more serpentine than the other, and upon closer inspection I saw that some of the bases and other animals have slight adjustments as well. Is this just a difference in stock images or are there actually two differing sets?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ha0636-COLORATA-Japan-Figure-box-Deep-Sea-Fish-Figure-Set-F-S/161339262427?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201979309931

They have indeed updated the set. I believe that they added a Barrel Eye, and the oarfish is definitely a different sculpt and paint job (it's more pink now).

This is not unusual for CollectA sets--the Saltwater fishes, Reef fishes, River life and Fossil fishes sets have all undergone additions, repaints and subtractions.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Kaiyouboukou Marine Models
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:25:33 AM »
The gar is beautiful...although not particularly alligator gar-y



But yeah, the prices...I can get a lot of other figures for that much!

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New for 2017 / Re: Ichimon Co. - Nature Techni Colour - New for 2017
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:39:09 PM »
Looks like they are doing two deep sea sets, one in June and one in July.

Sean, looks like an interesting fish in this set. Otherwise a lot of duplicates. I think the isopod might be the same from their set a couple years ago (the size is the same...)

imagur

Wow, this set looks awesome! Definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for this one.

I am getting the Indonesian coelacanth and Frilled shark. The others are either repeats or...meh.

And if you're looking for them...look soon. These sets are short-lived and restricted to Japan.

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I have ordered from Rakuten. The shipping can be high, but otherwise it's okay. Many of us are getting our Japanese figures through Brett (bmknj17). He has contacts there.

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Collections / Re: BlueKrono's Collections
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:19:14 AM »
Thank you!

Albeit similar to axolotl, Mudpuppies are different species so no thanks. I can only hope that a nice figure comes out soon.

True. Mudpuppies are my favorite amphibian, and I have a tattoo of one on my ribs. I'm actually surprised there aren't more axolotl figures out there with how popular they are in the pet trade. The Japanese especially seem to love them, but there aren't even a great abundance of Japanese figures of axolotls.

I believe there is also a figure (albino form) with the Hikari set of aquarium figures from Japan--and that one is even harder to find.

Also, I just noticed that Logan has the same salamander lure as you do! I cut the hooks off because, well, duh. It would be nice to pull the metal right out, but what are you gonna do!

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Books, film, and other media / Re: Field Guide Reference Thread
« on: June 08, 2017, 06:41:06 PM »
Dredging up an old topic here, but very relevant--coming late this year!

https://www.amazon.ca/Field-Fishes-Amazon-Orinoco-Guianas/dp/0691170746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496851353&sr=8-1&keywords=field+guide+to+fishes+of+the+amazon+orinoco+guianas



That is going to be one impressive book--and it's not even that expensive!

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