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Exciting to finally see it up close, though admittedly a touch smaller (which is to say, "of a smaller species" ;)) than I'd expected. I guess I'm just used to seeing those giant Pacific spiny lobsters.

A crustacean toob would be absolutely wondrous, dare I wish they might flesh it out with a few tiny crustaceans more or less in scale with the larger counterparts. Always room for another fiddler crab!

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:44:34 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

Thanks! They took their sweet time to arrive though. ???

I have the harlequin shrimp with starfish on base from the same series. If you are interested let me know ;)
Thanks for the offer but I'm going to need to decline for the time being.



Sadly I have to leave some mixed feedback for Minizoo (and I suppose in all fairness, for Australia and Canada Post).

Almost every item arrived bent, and the box was beat up with many dents and the structure of it was only being held together with the packing tape.

Nothing so severe I would consider requesting a refund or anything like that, but I have to caution because this package was prepared so poorly.

Package arrived rapidly considering the distance it traveled especially since I got the cheapest shipping option, but I should expect more than the items being thrown in more or less loose with just packing peanuts. The only "real" packing materials were some cardboard and wrapping on the CollectA Dimorphodon, which I'm fairly certain is how they arrive to the retailers.

Let this be a listen to us all, packing peanuts aren't ever good enough!

*edit*
Don't get me wrong, I still recommend buying through them, but this really was a shoddy job of packing.

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:03:02 PM »
I toke the advice to heart and bought that mantis shrimp, and only a few hours later they've put up another one. Incase anyone else is still looking:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152899619914?ul_noapp=true

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:01:11 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

which Epoch crabs are those? Are they among those I reviewed here: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2128.0
It's that fiddler crab and freshwater crab. I must say I really like these bases.

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:03:49 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

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Huge sale!

I need to make room for a new desk in my own room so I can move my PC and have a proper 3D printing workshop set up in the current home computer office, and that desk needs to go right where I'm storing this stuff! ;)

Everything marked as under $10 is currently $1, and everything marked as under $1 is completely, 100%, no obligation to purchase something else alongside of it, FREE (except shipping, can't be paying to get rid of stuff).

This will last until the end of February (2018, for anyone reading this next year).

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Classifieds / Re: stars barter thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:28:30 PM »
Huge sale!

I need to make room for a new desk in my own room so I can move my PC and have a proper 3D printing workshop set up in the current home computer office, and that desk needs to go right where I'm storing this stuff! ;)

Everything marked as under $10 is currently $1, and everything marked as under $1 is completely, 100%, no obligation to purchase something else alongside of it, FREE (except shipping, can't be paying to get rid of stuff).

This will last until the end of February (2018, for anyone reading this next year).

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:40:54 PM »
The 2017 toad is posed like it's being held in ones hand, hadn't realized it's not been reviewed here.

If no-one has that whole set I can put up a walkaround of just the toad itself when I get around to posting photos again (camera issues).

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:14:55 PM »
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/162883308028?ul_noapp=true

Even for my own holy grail this price is just way to high, but if someone with more cash on their hands than me is seeking the AAA mantis shrimp this is the only one I've ever seen come up for sale.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

I can't find them listed in either the 2016 or 2017 "New for" sections. A forum search didn't yield any results either. Have they been discussed on the forum anywhere?
http://sts-forum.forumieren.de/t18668-parrots-bird-garden-capsule-q-museum

It was a 2017 set. Even though the caiques are separate subspecies I wouldn't include both of them, but I would include both the blue and gold and rainbow macaws.

*edit*
The Kitan club Japanese common toad and Safari reef squid warrant inclusion.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:15:40 AM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

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I'm not near as well versed in beetles as any of you, but that species definitely fits the scale of the line.

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I have some stock 3D models in my library that could pass as these (one explicitly is a milkfish!), the only issue is they would need new fins made before they could be printed as currently most have 2D alpha channels for their fins.

If you're at all interested I'll get some screenshots for you. Making the fins is not difficult and after that I could put them up on whatever printing service you prefer (my printer is still on the fritz) or send you the models if you have access to a printer yourself.

Quite surprised to hear there hasn't ever been a john dory made.

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Nice. I have a few Sega 'big' non-DX figures but not this one. I do have a Subarudo one to represent a large figure. Oh, checking my inventory I do have 20 figures of this species LOL
If I were to hazard a guess I'd say that this species is what a lot of indeterminate figures are meant to represent (Safari Smithsonian to name a more obvious one).

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:43:16 PM »
The first unidentified fish looks like it could be a California Sheepshead wrasse.

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Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:44:30 PM »
How's this project coming along? Any updates? :)
Actually I do have some updates! I was waiting until I heard back from someone locally but I can at the very least show you guys what I've been up to in the interim.

Sadly it seems that casting is currently beyond my reach, so I've been pursuing this project more broadly with the goal of creating one of a kind sculpts instead. The species list is staying don't worry, but it means I'm also going to be making chickadees and finches to try and sell at craft shows in between. By sculpting on top of 3D printed armatures it saves considerable time especially when producing the same animal in repetition, and it also allows me to easily alter poses or use closely related species as requested without increasing costs.

If everything goes well I'll finally have a lot more guarantees with the printing process itself* within the next few weeks and can finally start on some serious projects, and I'd like to do a full follow through on all of the steps for this one if I can. I'm leaning towards Hibbertopterus.

*Really does seem you can't make commitments while only owning one of these things, they never seem to work for more than a few weeks at a time!

I started these ducklings a few weeks ago as a proof of concept and a bit of a practice and haven't worked on them since then. I'm not fully satisfied with them, but I think I've gotten down how to make light feathers flow or "puff" depending.


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Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:37:20 AM »
I'm seeing some real potential here, though I feel Replica Toy Fish had more interesting species choices and I preferred the release format of varying sizes over themed sets. I like the original material, it's hard and sturdy but not so hard it's brittle and fragile like some gashapon figures. Hope this one isn't too much softer.

I assume you're going to be stocking these? I may wait until there are a few more sets and then get them in one go.

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New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:21:28 AM »
I was hoping Papo would pick up CollectAs slack this year, no inverts sadly but I'm loving that Albatross and Rattlesnake. Any idea on an ID for the snake, seems quite distinctively bulky?

The sharks are also quite nice, though something about the paintwork on the blacktip seems off.

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New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:02:19 PM »
Humphead wrasses of indeterminate species have also been done cheaply by dollar store sets a couple of times, but it's unlikely any of them were meant as anything other than the humphead wrasse itself.

Even if the species choices are rather uninspired if you ask me Mojo still gets#2 this year for variety. The Veiled Chameleon is the only one that gets my attention, wonder how large it is.

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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:29:33 PM »
I have that and a complementary marine set, I had never known the name or brand before.

Unfortunately I've lost most of them since then, but there were some very interesting choices in both sets. I don't actually remember that yellow spotted salamander at all.

The salamanders don't give a good reference for just how detailed these tiny little things are.

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