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New for 2017 / Re: Ikimon Co. - Nature Techni Colour - New for 2017
« on: August 03, 2017, 02:27:10 PM »
Scaled sea slugs are really awesome!

Anyone knows what species might be this bat by Bullyland?

Megabalanus rosa: EX-TRA-OR-DI-NA-RY!

Great models! But are they all the same scale? looks that the elephant is smaller than the other two, am I wrong?

Animal groups / Re: Mammalian Spitters: Camels and Llamas
« on: July 03, 2017, 01:58:46 AM »
I was going to buy a Llama figurine from Papo, but it had a broken ear and I letf it and took just the very good Yak.

I think it is the best figurine among those that I see here. Is there some other piece that's been produced in the meanwhilwe?

Schleich / Re: Przewalski's Horse (Schleich - Farm Life)
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:51:32 AM »
can I upload pics directly from the camera of my mobile?

Schleich / Re: Przewalski's Horse (Schleich - Farm Life)
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:49:32 AM »
I decide I need a Przewalski one - my son has been taking equitation lessons since last year and is asking more and more new horses in his collection - so I am considering wheter going for the Collecta one or trying to find an old Schleich's one. What is your opinion?

If you want a Przewalski's, you'll be better off finding a CollectA one. The Schleich is nicer, but has not been made for at least a decade--and when available, it can get very expensive. The CollectA is still in production, and if you're in Europe, you should have no trouble finding one online.

I have been lucky, I found a Schleich Przewalski one in a shop in a seaside town in Tuscany where I am spending some holidays with my son! The piece painting is not perfect at all, since it spent many years on the shelf being manipulated by children in strict contact with other models, I'll consider to fix at least the major lacks of paint, any advice about this issue is welcome.

Papo / Re: (Loggerhead) Sea Turtle (Papo - Aquatic Animals)
« on: June 02, 2017, 03:30:59 PM »
How can one distinguish the Caretta caretta caretta from the Caretta caretta gigas?

CollectA / Re: Kiwi ( CollectA)
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:22:57 PM »
This is really nice. Small, and really well made. What species might this be?

CollectA / Re: Manatee (Collecta - Sea Life)
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:52:07 PM »
I got my Collecta Manatee yesterday.


Animal groups / Re: Odontoceti (Toothed whales)!
« on: April 16, 2017, 08:00:21 PM »
I finally got my Mesoplodon densirostris, cool figurine, finally.

I can find only Maia and Borges' common dolphin on sale online, is there some other producer making this species?

Papo / Re: Scorpion (Papo - Wild Animals)
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:48:48 PM »
I just got mine, looks really nice and it goes to make a very nice couple with Papo's wolf spider.

Now my usual question. My son believed that with a spider and a scorpion he had a model for each order of the Aracnidae, but I had to inform him that there are many other ones! Are there some other species that are part of the other orders of Aracnidae which are made by major companies?

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:34:57 PM »
Ok, I think we'd better realize what can be done.

First point: these figurines come in BLIND bags, so there is no possibility to know what is inside each of them, if you buy them in the newsstands. That means that eventually single species should be bought by some dealer who bought them in bulk, opened them and is selling each piece with its name, likely on ebay, amazon or such site.

Second point: as sbell says, intercontinental shipping costs are very high, the minimum (1kg) rate for North America is 28 euros for the "pacco ordinario internazionale" (10-25 days delivery) , and 40 euros for the "paccocelere internazionale" (2-4 days delivery) .

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:33:54 PM »
Congrats, Andreas and Sean! :) DeAgostini Fish? I've never seen any of those! :o

Thank you, yes DeAgostini. They was available (it could be possible it is not over) in blind bags in german toy shops.

At least some of their sets appear to still be available in Italy (where the company is from). As well as Diramix, which appears to use figures from the same manufacturer, but different models.

So if anyone from Europe can find out if figures from this set are still around:

Especially the gar, paddlefish, sturgeon & tiger fish...that would be fantastic. Or is that FIN-tastic!?

Sbell and anyone who is interested in these De Agostini bags, I live in Italy and they are quite popular among children, you can find them in most of the newsstands. If you are interested in this particular collection, The epic animals - Mostri di fiume, I'll check out in the local newsstands, and eventually will phone directly to De Agostini, their offices are in Milan, some 40 kms away from my home.

Animal groups / Re: Odontoceti (Toothed whales)!
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:14:13 AM »
So, no porpoises made by major companies?

This is the best Right Whale figure out there, in my opinion.
Thanks, CetaceanFan. The Colorata figure is very nice, too, but it's only about half as large.

Wow! Everything in this Colorata Right Whale is really awesome! It's a pity it's so smaller than this, since all my other cetaceans are about in the scale of Safari's Right Whale, and it would not show well aside them. Luckily also Safari's is a nice figurine, but damn... Colorata is another level!

Animal toys (general) / Re: Figure manufacturer identification thread
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:33:53 AM »
Thanks. I found the review on dinotoyblog and other pics on the internet, but the quality of the painting looks defintely lower (darker patches neater and less realistic) and actually different colour (green instead of grey). Does it depends on the light of the picture, or from two different lots?

Animal toys (general) / Re: Figure manufacturer identification thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:23:39 AM »
I found this pic on the internet and would like to know if someone can tell me what producer is this. Looks pretty good stuff!

On the site there's a reference to a "local GoodWill store", but this does not help me at all.

Correct, Brontodocus, just a literal translation from Italian to English. By the way, what is the reason of the name "basking", that I learn now means something like "warming up at the sun"?

Bullyland / Re: Edible Snail (Bullyland - Animal World)
« on: February 06, 2017, 11:36:41 PM »
Great pic as usual!  ^-^

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