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Animal groups / Re: Mirandornithes - Flamingos and Grebes
« on: April 01, 2017, 06:52:48 PM »

Playmobil, custom painted on the right.

Awww...I thought the crabs would be first  O:-)
The crabs might take a while longer because I'm not making them entirely from scratch, and I'm still waiting on some parts to be printed (and for a specimen of Alaskan King Crab to reference for texture, I'm considering swapping it for our native Snow Crab [Neolithodes grimaldii]). Once I have the parts they should be presentable quickly, but printer repairs sadly are not.

Succes, sound very interesting!! some insect nimph, larvae or pupae would also be great ;-)
You will not be disappointed ;)

Sorry for no recent updates, I've been having difficulties getting more materials, but most of the fish are nearing a point where I'd be comfortable showing them off.

New for 2017 / Re: Ichimon Co. - Nature Techni Colour - New for 2017
« on: March 26, 2017, 03:01:06 AM »
I don't mind the magnets when they're unobtrusive (IE the newts set), but I can't picture a magnet possibly being unobtrusive on a fish.

Animal toys (general) / Re: Rubber blue ringed octopus?
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:27:07 PM »
I know exactly to what you're referring, I have some turtles by the same manufacturer. I haven't seen them in some years sadly. The octopus mold was quite nice.

Classifieds / Re: More animal replicas on Alibaba
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:06:13 PM »
I recognize most of these bootlegs. I think it's safe to say they're all bootlegs, but probably not scams as far as thee buyer is concerned.

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:03:10 PM »
I don't think they even come with the cages, they're just part of the background.

From what very little of pet owls I've seen they don't behave at all like other birds of prey do in zoos, and are generally not kept in cages but instead left to wander through the home like a macaw or even a cat would be. Owls generally wander a lot less than other birds of prey, especially smaller ones like barn owls (which are seemingly the most common as pets, probably because they're more sociable than most).

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:01:36 AM »
Corvids do very well in captivity, arguably better than parrots, so more docile and/or less wandering birds of prey like owls could potentially fair quite well too. At least in terms of adapting to captivity in general, I doubt they'd make for particularly affectionate house pets like highly social birds do.

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:37:04 PM »
Are captive owls unusual? I met someone once who had a saw-whet.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 28, 2017, 05:15:21 AM »
Might be worth noting that the other New Ray cicada seems to be painted based very loosely on Magicicada, although I don't think any cicadas look like that one does, even when soft.

Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 24, 2017, 02:32:51 AM »
Big positive for bmathison1972.

New for 2017 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2017
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:40:05 PM »

More photos of the Mega Sofubi Caterpillar, Penguin, Woodlouse, and Giant Salamander.

The penguin in particular I can't wait for, a 1:1 penguin; how could I not be!

If anyone is interested in these, I'm going to be making a large order with most of the Mega Sofubi and a few Monster Hunter items in June so it may save some money to combine shipping to North America.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:32:46 PM »
Wow, that AAA lobster is so real-looking!

That is because, like many AAA models, it is cast from an dead specimen of an actual animal! Plus, it helps they didn't paint it to look 'cooked' like Safari did...  >:(
To be fair, the Safari seems closer to a very dark calico colour morph than an actual cooked specimen to me.

Still missing a few antenna though ;)

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2017, 12:05:32 AM »
I agree, it would make the most sense to send them all at once to one of us in North America and have that person redistribute them. How could we figure out how to obtain all the ones people want when some people only want a couple while others want many? Obviously it would be more expensive to find a greater number of figures from blind bags. My most wanted are 1. Alligator gar 2. Arapaima 3. Matamata, in that order.
I think it's safe to assume the only series any of us would have much interest in would be the river and reptile lines, as those contain the less made species. As for only being interested in a few, that's why I recommended we make lists, so if you only wanted a few you'd be more likely to get them.

My list would be something like this (for just the river [= Monstre Di Fiume] series):

Storione = Sturgeon
Pastinaca Gigante = Giant(?) River Ray
Anguilla Elettrica = Electric Eel
Mata Mata
Pesce Tigre Golia = Goliath Tiger Fish
Pesce Spatola Americano = American Paddlefish
Xenopo Liscio = Clawed Frog(?)
Luccio Alligatore = Alligator Gar
Delfino Rosa = Amazon River Dolphin
Salmone Rosso = Sockeye Salmon
Pesce Siluro = Catfish
Salamandra Gigante Giapponese = Japanese Giant Salamander
Pesce Sega = Sawfish
Drago D'Aqua Cinese = Chinese Water Dragon
Coccodrilo Del Nilo = Nile Crocodile

Let's say there's only one Alligator Gar in the batch, you're going to end up getting it because it's further down on my list than on yours, whereas I'm more likely to get the sturgeon (let's pretend it was #4 on your list just for the example) since it's higher on my list, and that process would continue until everyone had the same number of figures. Everyone needs to have every figure from the series that you want figures from on their list.

So if you only wanted creatures from the river series, but I wanted ones from the river and reptile series, you wouldn't be paying for the reptile blind bags, only for a portion of the river ones.

I for one like to have duplicates, so if it's from an animal higher on my list I would be willing to purchase any extras that someone didn't want.

Here are all the lines in this series. The YouTube adds at the bottom show the figures themselves in slightly more detail since some pages don't even picture the actual toys.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:26:01 PM »
Well with those shipping rates it would probably be best if we came up with some way to split costs. Perhaps we could split the cost of X number of bags and have them all shipped to one party in NA who would then distribute them based on lists of which creatures everyone wanted (in order of most wanted, for fairness).

We'd also have to come to an agreement on how many of each series to order.

Thanks for the awesome offer mate!

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:25:12 AM »
I would also be interested in ordering some! Quite a lot of them actually.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:59:35 PM »
Stars, that's the large AAA dungeness crab. I'll add the dungy to the Bug of the Day next...gimme a couple minutes
Gaah! I somehow missed the legs being completely different, I was so busy looking for small differences I missed the obvious. So many great things I need to start looking for, somehow I'd forgotten about that 4D flower mantis.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:56:00 PM »
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.
Is this it? I own one of the two above it (another K&M bootleg presumably?) and that crab on the listing is definitely much larger. The carapace width seems to be about 8 inches.

Collections / Re: BlueKrono's Collections
« on: February 10, 2017, 06:21:50 PM »

If you'd part with the dark weta on the right, I'd def buy it from you :)

And if not, can you tell me who made it and when?

By the way, the S&N weta is available here (and they ship to the US):
It's from the 2005 King Kong line.

On the other hand it's strange that only two of the TAC salamanders were released as part of the Translucents series - Mudpuppy and Yonahlossee Salamander - and the same two are now sold as glow-in-the-dark figures. But it seems none of the other sculpts have ever been released again. :-\
Quite foreboding indeed, hopefully they still have those molds. :'(

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