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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.

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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.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/AAA-ELC-solid-plastic-animal-figure-XL-GREEN-CRAB-30cm-across-approx-/132087232169?hash=item1ec10336a9:g:FiUAAOSwcUBYNKzu

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

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): http://www.minizoo.com.au/products/Giant-Weta.html
It's from the 2005 King Kong line.

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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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AAA / Re: Mantis Shrimp (AAA)
« on: February 08, 2017, 02:46:08 PM »
See, this kind of thing is what I get up for in the morning! I had no idea.

This may be the only AAA figure with perfect colouration.

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AAA / Re: Mantis Shrimp (AAA)
« on: February 08, 2017, 05:22:06 AM »
Perhaps it's actually cast from a zebra mantis shrimp, very similar aside from colour but I'm fairly certain they're larger.

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Same here! :) Maybe Safari Ltd should really think about releasing them unpainted if the molds are still good.
I assume they are, since they've released two of them in glow in the dark form. Why the most recognizable of them sans the mudpuppy haven't been I can't fathom.

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I really hope the rest of this series gets reissued alongside the mudpuppy some day, even if they're all glow in the dark.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Ants and Termites (Club Earth)
« on: January 30, 2017, 06:12:18 AM »
To be entirely fair, if the Safari blue tang had been a tad more unique, maybe make it startled with its tail blades visible, or make it large enough (~1:1) to stand out from the usual role as a bin or accessory figure, it could have been worth hunting down.

Surprised this is the only leaf-cutter ant, they're so famous (and not just "by invert standards") I'd think they'd be one of if not the go-to ant.

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New Members / Re: Hello There!
« on: January 29, 2017, 04:55:25 AM »
Aah, but birds already are dinosaurs, the best dinosaurs! ;)

Always great to see more people here, it feels like the DTF grows ever larger than the ATF every passing day (not that that's a bad thing [in either regard]).

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Forum business / Re: Posting images
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:25:32 PM »
I used to use Photobucket but switched to Deviantart a few years ago, the extra fields and other such gibberish things it forces you to fill out for every upload are worth the few seconds in exchange for better security and organization. I've never tried Postimage, how fast is it to upload with?

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:52:25 PM »
Very nice! The Safariology figure is more detailed than I'd remembered.

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Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:32:36 PM »
if I understand these are lines you are creating? Will they be orderable as-is or are these to be made on one of the 3D printing sites? You know me, you make arthropods I'll take 'em. That crab line-up sounds cool.
Yup ;D

These are going to be orderable as-is, although I can't promise through whom yet. Presumably either through myself at very limited quantity if I have them cast locally, or through whomever does cast them if I can find a willing partner.

Aside from the scans I also use 3D printing to create some of the armatures, it makes it a lot easier to scale things.

I've been wanting to do crabs for a long while now, so they were an obvious starting point.

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Animal toy lines / Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:36:59 PM »
 

This is going to sound foolishly ambitious I know, but keep in mind several of these are almost complete, and assuming this comes to fruition it would probably be next winter before a release (perhaps sooner if I can find someone to partner up with for casting, but I don't want to solicit anyone before I've finished).

I'm hoping to "launch", three separate lines with six new figures added to each every year. There is no set scale yet, and it's unlikely I will stick to any single scale, but feedback on this is appreciated.


The first has been underway for some time; "Bio-plastic" is an invertebrate line following a different group for each batch. This first batch is one of my favorite groups, true crabs. Some of these have been done before, some not, but I hope to make even the previously done species stand out.

All of these are already started in some capacity. Most of them use texture stamps taken directly from specimens or incorporate high resolution 3D scans of specimens that I've received permission to use, so I can assure the absolute best accuracy possible!

Alaskan king Crab: Paralithodes camtschaticus
Yellow-Clawed Fiddler Crab: Uca perplexa
Horned Ghost Crab: Ocypode ceratopthalma
Common Elbow Crab: Rhinolambrus pelagicus
Hime-Únkougani: Carcinoplax surugensis
Dark Finger Coral Crab: Atergatus subdentatus


The second line; "Forgotten" is going to be focused on underrepresented extinct animals. I tried to balance the species choices between ones that I myself want to do, and ones that I've seen requested in the past. A few of these have armatures made, but I'm still open to feedback on species choices. This first batch is the rather non-catchy "non-reptile extinct marine animals".

Xiphactinus audax
Hibbertopterus scouleri
Bananogmius ellisensis
Lyrarapax trilobus
Cheirolepis trailli
Boedaspis ensifer


Now for the fun part, the third line; "Collectors Choice" will be entirely decided by vote, every year, for as long as it goes on! It will feature one bird, reptile, invertebrate, fish, mammal, and an extinct animal from a given region.

Suggest a geographical region below, and I'll count them up after a week or two and then people may vote on species. Keep in mind I probably won't be getting to these until after finishing the other two lines.


Nothing to show yet, what progress there currently is looks like a bunch of disassembled crabs (and a bit of it actually is...) and some generic fish shaped outlines, so really nothing worth posting. I was going to wait until finishing a few of the crabs before posting this outline, but I decided I might want to take a break from them and work on some extinct fish in the meantime and I'd appreciate feedback on those before I progress.

As it stands I can't give any information regarding potential costs or material availability, but, and this is absolutely not a promise, there are companies nearby that do die-cast parts, so I will at least look into that if there is any interest.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 15, 2017, 03:44:02 AM »
Looking great! I for one can't wait to see all of your luna moths in detail.

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Classifieds / Re: Happy Kin Whales and Dolphins
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:40:17 PM »
Yes that's the one I meant. The one in the top left is a beluga so I assumed you must have meant right.

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Classifieds / Re: Happy Kin Whales and Dolphins
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:05:07 AM »
If the one on the upper left is a right whale dolphin I would be interested in it.
That would be the hourglass dolphin.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:28:06 AM »
Found a K&M hissing roach today, I'd expected it to be small (PV sized) but it's about 1:1 for a very large adult. Large enough it could safely be 2:1 for a small adult. If I'd known how large it was I would have tried to find one sooner.

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Collections / Re: BlueKrono's Collections
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:38:01 PM »
That is a very nice collection of yours BlueKrono!
Also I always wanted to know if that glow in the dark mudpuppy or Axolotl is squishy or not.
It's "soft", but firmer than a lot of Incredible Creatures figures (perhaps just because it's solid).

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I don't know if you have access to 3D printers (and if not you could try 3D hubs, it's the 3D printing equivalent of Uber), but I have this model I've been meaning to print in 1:1 for quite some time now.

https://sketchfab.com/models/ba482cf822e84d11950924b79ea8ed5b

I don't know if you will need to make an account before downloading, but hopefully this will let you print as many as you need.

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