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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« Last post by Jetoar on October 21, 2017, 08:14:32 PM »
Hi friends I would like to show you a better list of some of my new creations:



Chilesaurus diegosuarezi: Scale 1:35. 4 inchs. 20/25$. Set of two.



Tanycolagreus topwilsoni: Scale 1:35. 4 inchs. 20/25$.



Anzu wyliei: Scale 1:35. 4.5 inchs. 20/25$.



i]Pakicetus attocki[/i]: Scale 1:20. 4 inchs. 20/25$.

Shipping cost are included. You can choice the pattern of colors too. If you are interested in someone, send me a PM ;).
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General / Schleich classics
« Last post by DT2017 on October 21, 2017, 04:13:52 PM »
Does anyone know whether Schleich horses of the classics series (till 1991) have a 'schleich' label or whether there is only a 'W. Germany' label?
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Other/Miscellaneous / Puss Moth Caterpillar (Sun Wai Toys)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on October 21, 2017, 02:26:38 AM »
Walk-around of the caterpillar of the puss moth, Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758) by Sun Wai Toys. This species occurs throughout much of Europe, temperate Asia to China, and northern Africa.

A little history about this figure. I found it a few years ago, randomly online on Archie McPhee's novelty website when doing various Google searches for 'toy insects'. The first one was actually lost in the mail (quite possibly stolen from my front porch--that happened a couple times during that period), and was replaced free-of-charge by Archie McPhee. I knew nothing about the figure, but to find a toy of such an interesting and distinctive caterpillar, I had to have one. I didn't realize how interesting this figure was to other people. I have had a few private messages asking where to get one, and even a couple people practically begging me to sell them mine! This ranks up with my Imperial Toys walking stick as a real treasure!

I think Sun Wai made at least a sphinx moth caterpillar as well. Sun Wai figures, at least the few arthropods I have, are larger, yet detailed novelty-style. Most are fairly realistic (although their lobster looks like a mashup of a Maine and spiny lobster...)

Like many of the Sun Wai toys, the figure is large and a soft, hollow plastic. The figure measures roughly 225 mm (not including the caudal appendages), making it nearly 3:1 for an average caterpillar (although its stature makes it appear so much bigger). It is surprisingly detailed for what amounts to a novelty toy.

On to the pics:













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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on October 20, 2017, 08:07:07 PM »
Added today's batch to the front page. Kind of a mixed bag. Some of these are real beauties, but the tabby cat, for example, is startlingly crude.

Thanks for keeping up with this, Halichoeres!

I will echo my sentiments from STS here:

Yeah the tabby is just a repaint from an older model, that was also gray (as well as orange), and doesn't like specifically like a tabby (unless it's the mackerel tabby). The Komodo dragon also seemed like an unnecessary remake (and not as good as some other brands).

I do like the Ongole cow (got to love exotic cow breeds).

The IC figures are nice. I like the frogfish and songbirds are a great idea for the IC line, esp. since some of them could easily be made 1:1

They clearly still have more to reveal, including a spiny lobster and scorpion. I am curious if those are TOOB figures or in the IC line. There are also more prehistorics to reveal, including at least one more sauropod and a ceratopsian.
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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« Last post by Beetle guy on October 20, 2017, 06:30:37 PM »

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)

I fully agree!
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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by Halichoeres on October 20, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »
Added today's batch to the front page. Kind of a mixed bag. Some of these are real beauties, but the tabby cat, for example, is startlingly crude.
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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« Last post by sbell 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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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on October 20, 2017, 01:25:22 AM »
Last one for the day, the Tully Monster, Tullimonstrum gregarium. I was at one point interested in this species, but then decided against it when it was considered a chordate related to lampreys. Apparently, at the time of this writing, it is now back among the invertebrates. Because of its enigmatic standing I will collect a couple figures that become available.

This first one was a 'freebie' given to me by Pat May (Paleocasts) when I ordered a bunch of arthropods from him.


It turns out the original paper put its thumb on the scale by sampling non-vertebrate taxa very poorly in the phylogeny. They almost couldn't help but recover it as a vertebrate. So it probably isn't one, but it does have a few curious vertebrate-esque features like pigment stains that look suspiciously like retinas.

It's still cool enough to have in my museum for the time being  ;D 8) C:-)
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CollectA / Re: Horse Collection
« Last post by ErinH on October 20, 2017, 12:22:48 AM »
Stargatedalek,
I would like to try out CollectA, but I wanted some professional advise. For my whole life, Schleich has been very close to my heart. They are such good quality. This is very important to me, so thank you for your advise.  :)
-Erin
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New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« Last post by Beetle guy on October 19, 2017, 10:14:15 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!!)
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