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AAA's Reptiles and More
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:02:02 AM »
I'd like to compile a list (with photos) of all known figures and variants made by this somewhat mysterious company.

Key:
         * = cast from a real taxadermy specimen
         ?? = need species ID help!
         ? = questionable species ID

Lizards & Crocodilians:
- "Lizard" (Garden Lizard)*
   - 2 versions: smaller looking straight and larger looking to side
   - 2 variants of each: naturalistic brown and green, and striped light and dark green
- "Fiji Iguana" (Green Water Dragon)*
   - 2 versions: smaller looking straight and larger slightly curved
   - 3 variants: solid light green, light and dark green stripes, dark bluish green (large only?)
- "Australian Lizard" (Frilled Dragon)
- "Iguana" (Common Iguana)*
   - 2 versions: hatchling and adult
- "Spiny Lizard" (Pyramid Agama)*
   - 3 variants: green, gray, and brown
- "Forest Lizard" (Western Fence Lizard)*
- "Anole Lizard" (??)*
- "Gecko" (Tokay Gecko)*
   - 4 versions: large, large with open mouth, small, small with open mouth
   - 2 variants: dark brown and light brown
- "Flat-tailed Gecko" (Lined Leaf-tailed Gecko)*
- Crested Gecko*
- "Fat-tailed Gecko" (African Fat-tailed Gecko)*
- Solomon Island Skink*
- Blue-tongued Skink*
   - 2 versions: one facing left and the other facing right
- "Spiny Skink" (Short-tailed Spiny Skink)*
- "Girdled Lizard" (??)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (Nile Monitor?)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (Peach-throated Monitor)*
   - 2 variants: green with stripes and light brown
- "Monitor Lizard" (??) (brown, mouth closed, curved body)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (??)*
   - 2 variants: reddish brown with black stripes and light brown
- Gila Monster*
- Komodo Dragon
- "Tegus" (Golden Tegu)*
- "Common Chameleon" (Graceful Chameleon)*
   - 2 variants: "rainbow" and green
- Parson's Chameleon*
- "Alligator" (American Alligator)

Snakes:
- "Yellow Rat Snake" (Baird's Rat Snake)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Snake" (Rough Green Snake)*
   - 3 versions: small with mouth open, medium, large
- "Rattlesnake" (??) (tan, diamond-backed)*
   - 2 versions: medium coiled and large uncoiled
- "Rattlesnake" (??)
- "Snake" (Indigo Snake?)*
   - 3 variants: chain-link patterned, green, gray with stripes
- "Snake" (Garter Snake?)*
- "Snake" (Amazon Tree Boa)*
   - 4 variants: chain-link pattern, green, black, gray with stripes
- "Black Racer" (North American Racer)*
   - 3 versions: small with mouth open, medium, large
- "Hatchling Snake" (??)
   - 4 verions: diamond-backed, black, gray, green
- "Python" (??) (gray with light blotches)*
- "Cobra" (??)*
   - 2 versions: large coiled and small uncoiled
   - 4 variants: striped, gray, black, brown
- "Snake" (??)
   - 3 variants: green, black, and yellow

Turtles:
- Chinese Pond Turtle*
- Blanding's Turtle*
- Reeve's Turtle*
- "Notched Turtle" (Keeled Box Turtle)*
- Alligator Snapping Turtle*
- "Snapping Turtle" (Big-headed Turtle)*
   - 2 versions: larger with head lowered and smaller with head raised
- "Notched Turtle" Asian Leaf Turtle*
   - 2 variants: green and brown
- "Sea Turtle" (Hawksbill Turtle)*
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Sea Turtle" (Green Turtle)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Tortoise" (??)
   - 2 versions: large and small
- Radiated Tortoise*
   - 4 versions: adult, hatchling emerging from egg, hatchling standing, hatchling hiding in shell

Amphibians:
- Narrow-mouthed Toad
   - 4 versions: 2 adults, juvenile, and tadpole
- "Toad" (??)
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Frog" (??) (brown with dark spots or green with stripes)
   - 6 versions: tadpole, tadpole with hind legs, tadpole with all legs, brown froglet, adult brown frog, adult green frog
- Tiger Salamander
- "Salamander" (??)

Insects & Arachnids:
- "Praying Mantis" (Chinese Mantis?)
- "Grasshopper" (??)
- "Lady Bug" (??)
- "Scarab" (??)
- "Cicada" (Periodical Cicada?)
- "Weevil" (??)
- "Bumblebee" (??)
- "Dragonfly" (Green Darner)
- "Hercules Beetle" (Caucasus Beetle)*
- Stag Beetle*
- "Scorpion" (Emperor Scorpion)*
- "Tarantula" (??)*
- "Spider" (??)

Crustaceans:
- "Crab" (Crucifix Crab)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Crab" (Dungeness Crab)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Crab" (Mud Crab)*
- Oratosquilla (Mantis Shrimp)*
- Tiger Prawn*
- "Lobster" (American Lobster)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
   - 2 variants: red cooked and green natural
- Spiny Lobster*
- "Hermit Crab" (??)*

Other Invertebrates:
- Goeduck Clam*
- Tuba False Fusus*
- "Scallop"*
- "Clam" (Quahog)*
- "Jack-knife Clam" (Pod Razor)*
- "Sea Mussel" (Asian Green Mussel)*
- "Oyster" (Pacific Oyster)*
- "Pinna Clam"*
- "Cuttlefish" (??)*
- "Octopus" (??)
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Jellyfish" (??)
   - 2 versions: yellow tentacles and green tentacles
- Earthworm*

Fish:
- "Devil Fish" (Winter Skate)*
   - 2 versions: tail lowered and tail raised
- "Salmon" (Chinook Salmon)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Moray Eel" (Viper Eel?)*
   - 2 variants: green with yellow spots and white with black spots
- "Seahorse" (??)*
- Great White Shark
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Shark" (??)
- "Hammerhead Shark" (??)
- "Tiger Shark" (??)
   - 2 versions: small and large
   - 3 variants: light gray, dark gray, yellow
- "Bluefin Tuna" (??)
- "Flying Fish" (??)
- Sailfish
- "Gulper Eel" (Pelican Eel)
- "Bat Fish" (Monk Fish)
- "Loosejaw" (Black Loosejaw)
- "Dragon Fish" (??)
- "Lantern Fish" (Barrel-eye)
- Dangle Fish
- "Viperfish" (Pacific Viperfish)
- "Hatchetfish" (??)
- Manta Ray
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Fish" (Cod sp?)
- "Fish" (Bluegill?)

Mammals:
- "Kangaroo" (??)
   - 2 versions: standing and hopping
- Right Whale (??)
   - 2 versions: tail angled and tail straight
- Humpback Whale
- Blue Whale
- Orca
- Sperm Whale
- Hippopotomus
   - 2 versions: adult and calf
- "Manatee" (Dugong)
- African Elephant
   - 3 versions: head turned, trunk raised, calf
- White Rhinoceros
- Cow
   - 2 versions: adult female and calf
- "Buffalo" (American Bison)
- Wildebeast
- Sheep
   - 2 versions: adult and lamb
- Goat
   - 2 versions: nanny and kid
- Giraffe
   - 2 versions: adult and baby
   - 2 variants: white background and yellow background
- "Zebra" (??)
   - 3 versions: adult looking striaght, adult looking right, foal
- Donkey
   - 3 versions: adult, foal sitting, foal standing
- Horse
   - 1 version: Clydesdale
- "Deer" (??)
   - 3 versions: buck, doe, and fawn
- Moose
- Warthog
- Pig
   - 4 versions: male with mouth open, male with mouth closed, sow, piglet
- "Camel" (Bactrian Camel)
- Orangutan
   - 4 versions: female with baby, male walking, subadult walking, standing female with baby
- "Gorilla" (??)
   - 2 versions: sitting, silverback crouched
- Chimpanzee
   - 5 versions: baby sitting, adult with bananas, adult walking with baby on back, adult sitting, adult crouching
- Proboscis Monkey
- Mandrill
- Ring-tailed Lemur
   - 2 variants: darker and lighter white areas
- Giant Anteater
- "Armadillo" (Nine-banded Armadillo)*
   - 2 versions: baby and adult
- "Porcupine" (??)*
- Beaver
- Pangolin (??)*
   - 2 versions: baby and juvenile
- Three-toed Sloth
- Polar Bear
- Brown Bear
   - 4 versions: adult, cub standing x 2, cub sitting
- "Black Bear" (??)
- "Panda" (Giant Panda)
   - 3 versions: adult, cub sitting, cub standing
- Cheetah
   - 4 versions: adult, juvenile, adult sitting, adult lying
- Tiger (??)
   - 3 versions: adult, standing cub, sitting cub
- Mountain Lion
- "Lion" (African Lion)
   - 5 versions: less detailed male, more detailed male, lioness, cub playing, cub standing
- House Cat
   - 3 versions: gray, orange, black and white
- Snow Leopard
   - 3 versions: adult, cub playing, cub standing
- Spotted Hyena
- "Hyena" (Brown Hyena?)
- "Fox" (Red Fox)
- "Wolf" (Gray Wolf?)
   - 2 versions: adult and cub
- Walrus
- "Seal" (Harp Seal)
   - 2 versions: adult and pup
- "Sealion" (Fur Seal sp?)

Birds:
- "Ostrich" (Common Ostrich)
- "Penguin" (Emperor Penguin)
   - 4 versions: adult large, adult small, 2 chicks
- Indian Peafowl
- "Flamingo" (Greater Flamingo?)
- Brown Pelican
- "Pelican" (Dalmatian Pelican?)
- "Owl" (Snowy Owl)
- "Eagle" (Bald Eagle)
   - 2 versions: perched and flying
- "Hawk" (??)
   - 2 versions: perched on slanted log and perched on upright log
- Sulfur-crested Cockatoo
- "Green Parrot" (??)
- Yellow-fronted Amazon
- Blue and Yellow Macaw
- "Red Macaw" (Scarlet Macaw)
- "Toucan" (Toco Toucan)
   - 2 versions: large standing and smaller perched
- "Toucan" (??)
- "Pintail Duck" (Canada Goose)
- "Hooded Merganser" (Bufflehead)
- Mallard
- Wood Duck
- Dodo
- Common Kingfisher

I'll update the list as new ones come to my attention. :)  Be sure to let me know if I've messed up or missed anything! ;)


Now for some photos:


Rough Green Snake


Garden Lizard


Big-headed Turtle

Now let's see your photos! :D
« Last Edit: May 27, 2013, 03:02:08 AM by Varanus »



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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 12:39:18 PM »
More images of AAA figures



Ring-tailed Lemur



Common Chameleon (Graceful Chameleon) green variant



African Elephant



Komodo Dragon



"Gecko" (Tokay Gecko)  large with open mouth dark brown



"Gecko" (Tokay Gecko) large dark brown



"Gecko" (Tokay Gecko) small with open mouth dark brown



"Devil Fish" (Winter Skate)
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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 01:16:09 PM »
there's also an AAA polar bear. here's mine.


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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 01:18:46 PM »
the AAA orangutan pair (and baby)


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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 02:23:31 PM »
It's a great idea to start a thread like this, Varanus! :) But it will be a mammoth piece of work, I have no idea how many AAA sculpted wildlife and sealife figures there are, but they are very likely in the hundreds, just like other figure companies, only more difficult to track down since I'm not aware of catalogues. :-\ A solution that would probably be more feasible is maybe to focus on the casts made from real specimens, it may still be a lot work to do if you concentrate on these. It's up to you, of course, if you really make a comprehensive list of all AAA figures that exist it would be really appreciated, I don't know if this has ever been done!

I have a few additions (and I will just mention casts of real specimens and there are certainly even more than those):

Invertebrates:
Tuba False Fusus, Pugilina (=Hemifusus) tuba, a very big figure, 275 mm shell length.
There are many more marine bivalves, I can't remember which ones at the moment.
Cuttlefish, family Sepiidae.
Several Starfish.
Scorpion, a representative of Scorpionidae, very likely Pandinus imperator.
Tarantula, a medium sized (body length like 50-60 mm) representative of Theraphosidae.
Rock Lobster, cf. Panulirus sp., a small specimen (153 mm and a little over 300 mm if antennae are included).
Lobster, probably the American Lobster Homarus americanus, two different figures (154 and 229 mm, the smaller one is sometimes offered as a crayfish), both are available in raw (greenish) and well done (red).
A quite small Hermit Crab, Paguridae gen. sp.
Dungeness Crab: There's a big one and a much smaller version, both are stamped "Crab".
At least two different sizes of the Crucifix Crab, Charybdis feriata.
Another "Crab" = Mud Crab, Scylla serrata. Yes, Scylla & Charybdis! Someone really liked Homer here. No, not Homer Simpson... ;)
Stag Beetle, Hexarthrius parryi.
"Hercules Beetle", actually a Caucasus Beetle, Chalcosoma caucasus.

Fish:
The larger version of the "Salmon" is apparently a cast from a real specimen. The number of soft rays in the dorsal and anal (14 and 15, respectively) exceeds the number known in Oncorhynchus mykiss but fall into the range of the Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, so it may be a juvenile of that one. However the anal fin usually looks longer in O. tshawytscha, but the colours match (including the dark inside of the lower jaw).
I've also seen a seahorse that may or may not be a cast from a dried spcimen.

Amphibians:
Toad (possibly Duttaphrynus melanostictus but I have not seen the figures in person and only on low quality photos), at least one juvenile and two different larger figures.
Narrow-mouthed Frog.
(Not cast from real specimens but rather sculpts are those frogs of the semiaquatic common water frog kind, similar to e.g. species of Pelophylax, at least two different adults and a complete life cycle).
Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum - a garishly orange one with black bands and open mouth.
Another salamander I have only seen on ebay in blister card, the photo was too bad to identify what it really was (not even sure it wasn't a lizard after all).

Reptiles:
"Forest Lizard", most likely a fence lizard, Sceloporus sp., looks similar to S. occidentalis.
The two "Snapping Turtles" = Big-headed Turtles are also quite different in size, the one with the head down is an adult female of 334 mm total length and 145 mm carapace length.
I have never seen a real Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, by AAA! :o But I believe they made an Alligator Snapping Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, not sure if it was a sculpt or a cast from a juvenile, though.
I believe they also made a Chinese Pond Turtle, Mauremys reevesi.

Mammals:
Pangolin, Manis sp. - baby (just about 180 mm including tail) and a larger juvenile.



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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 02:38:09 PM »
is AAA still making new figures? this brand (and even the other better Chinese brands like Nayab) could really give the big six brands a run for their money if they would only market the brands right internationally (with proper cataloguing and stuff).

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2013, 04:34:49 PM »
The names in quotations are the names that AAA themselves label their figures. I put the correct name in brackets (if it is known) I also listed the particular colour variation that I possess.

"Monitor Lizard" (Varanus Jobiensis) - green


"Lizard" (most likely a Tokay Gecko)


"Flat-tail gecko" (Uroplatus lineatus)


"Iguana" (Chinese Crested Water Dragon)


"Spiny Lizard" (possibly an Asian Rock Agama?) - green


Alligator (probably Alligator mississippiensis)


"Monitor Lizard"- green

Original and fake.

"Fat tailed gecko"


"Blue Tongue Skink"


"Solomon Island Skink"
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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2013, 06:19:39 PM »
The Fat-tailed Gecko is a Hemitheconyx, probably H. caudicinctus. The "Spiny Lizard" is definitely a Laudakia sp. due to the arrangement of scales on the tail forming distinct rings. The Blue-tongued Skink has been identified as a Merauke Blue tongued Skink, Tiliqua gigas evanescens (thanks to copper for helping identifying it :) ). And now that I see your photo again, tyrantqueen, I realise that your figure is different from mine! :o Mine is almost mirror-reversed, so there are at least two Blue Tongue figures by AAA:


How come I didn't notice that earlier?

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 09:35:43 PM »
The Fat-tailed Gecko is a Hemitheconyx, probably H. caudicinctus. The "Spiny Lizard" is definitely a Laudakia sp. due to the arrangement of scales on the tail forming distinct rings. The Blue-tongued Skink has been identified as a Merauke Blue tongued Skink, Tiliqua gigas evanescens (thanks to copper for helping identifying it :) ). And now that I see your photo again, tyrantqueen, I realise that your figure is different from mine! :o Mine is almost mirror-reversed, so there are at least two Blue Tongue figures by AAA
I never noticed it either. I can see now that they are indeed different. Maybe you can do a walkaround for your Blue Tongue?

Also, I would ask that if anyone has different colour variations of these figures, that they post those too :)

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 12:36:27 AM »
Mpore images  ^-^.



Right Whale.



Humpback Whale.



Blue Whale.



Great White Shark.



Star Fish.



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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 07:21:16 PM »


Cheetah family



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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 07:25:57 PM »
here's another AAA tiger cub

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2013, 12:51:21 AM »
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) - labelled as such and as ELC not AAA. An Ebay purchase:




"Flamingo" - i think a Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). An Ebay purchase




The following shells were bought at Veghead.com

"Scallop"



"Clam" - Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)



"Jack-knife clam" -  Ensis directus



"Sea Mussel"



"Oyster"



"Geoduck" - Panopea generosa


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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2013, 12:54:59 AM »
One more, "Pinna Clam" - Pinna Nobilis


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Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2013, 11:00:29 AM »
Great, so we see the bivalves here now, thanks for posting, dinocat62! :)

The jack-knife clam is Ensis siliqua, E. directus is more curved. The "Sea Mussel" is apparently the Asian Green Mussel, Perna viridis, and the oyster is a Crassostrea, probably the Pacific Oyster C. gigas (which may be the same as C. angulata). I have the ELC Grass Snake, too (and the Blackadder) but I believe those aren't really AAA. Didn't quite a few companies make figures which were distributed by ELC (even Safari Ltd.)?

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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2013, 02:16:34 PM »
Wow, I had no idea AAA made mussels. They are beautiful ^-^

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2013, 02:39:16 PM »
Thanks for the info and comments. I didn't know multiple companies marketed figures under ELC. Sure wish I could get my hands on a Crested, Fat-tailed and Flat-tailed Gecko. First time I've seen the fat-tailed. I love this forum!  ;D

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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2013, 08:21:53 PM »
Wow!  Thank you all for your contributions! ;D

I'll begin updating the list shortly.  As Brontodocus said, it'll be a major undertaking, but perhaps we can at least get close to having the first ever complete list of AAA figures! :)

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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2013, 08:24:50 PM »
I have never seen a real Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, by AAA! :o
I think that's because I was mistaken :-[... I was going off a crummy ebay photo, and I now see a few other turtles on Veghead that could fit the bill. :))

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« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2013, 09:21:25 PM »
I have never seen a real Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, by AAA! :o
I think that's because I was mistaken :-[... I was going off a crummy ebay photo, and I now see a few other turtles on Veghead that could fit the bill. :))
It didn't happen to be this one, did it?


I believe this photo was Brontodocus' photo, but was stolen by the eBay user Goldfish Girl and used for some time in their auctions...

Just wondering.

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