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Sometimes you run in to something very special like this model from Hawk (kit no 516-98). A Pseudolucanus capreolus. It was released in 1960, so 58 years old!

The reddish-brown stag beetle (Lucanus capreolus) is a beetle of the family Lucanidae. It lives mainly in deciduous forests in the Eastern United States and in parts of Canada.
Capreolus, derived from Latin, meaning "roe deer" (actually "little goat"). In the Netherlands lives the species Platycerus caraboides (a beautiful metalic blue, females mostly green, Lucanidae species) which is called "Little blue goat".

I had seen the box a few times on Ebay, but never took serious notice. The box illustration depicts the beetle with funny proportions of the body parts. And it was named "BERTRAM" The stag beetle. So I thought it a kids model or a bulky model like the Heller-kits, which I personally do not like so much. The box came with a building plan and a little description of the beetle and it's lifecycle.



But then an Ebay seller had it complete for a good price and with good pictures of the box! I could read the text:
'Authentic to the smallest detail'and 'Faithfully reproduced from actual specimens supplied by a leading museum'. I decided to go for it ;-).
It is indeed very accurate!



There were also an ant, locust and dragonfly made in the series.







The stag beetle model had 56 unassembled parts, all in a redish brown colour. The plastic was very "weak", maybe because the age and/or storage it had. But what a magnificent detail!
So here are some parts in the first painting fase. I took the time to patiently paint it, using an actual (dead) specimen for reference.





Half a year later I had the time to paint the rest and start assembling.











I will post some more pictures of the finished model soon!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes satanas (Sega 2003)
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:04:58 PM »
On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Dynastes satanas is a species of beetle (family Scarabaeidae). Dynastes satanas can reach a length of 50115 millimetres in males (the females 3055 millimetres). Males have one large horn on the pronotum, with a dense reddish pubescence on the underside of the horn.
Because of collecting and habitat loss this rare species is protected and on the list of insects regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

On the figurine
This model is one  of the finest in the series. It has very realistic details and legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The head is moveable. From the horns to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 10,9 cm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

The pic's..


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Other/Miscellaneous / Chalcosoma moellenkampi (SEGA big beetles)
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:32:10 PM »
The SEGA big beetles (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card (like this one).
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2006 to 2009 and pretty hard to find.

I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines.

The quality of the molds differs hugely in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great and some can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

Such is this one; the Moellenkampi beetle (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) it's one of the large species of dynastid rhinoceros beetles from Southeast Asia. I got it in a huge lot of more than 1.000 beetles some years ago.

The model is, with exception from the missing gold/green gleaming elytra, spot on! It is one of my very favorites. It has very realistic legs as well, not the bulky ones like some of the beetles in the DX-series (see my walkarounds on them). It is a one-piece figurine, no assembling needed. The legs are bendable but not poseable. From the horns to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 9 cm, so scale 1:1 for a reasonably big male.

on to the pic's..




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Other/Miscellaneous / Dorcus alcides (Sega/Bandai Mushi King DX-series)
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:57:02 PM »
And the Last one in the Mushi King DX-series!

Walk-around Dorcus titanus alcides by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX-series include:
Dynastes hercules lichyi (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (blueish-gray type);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (dark brown type);
Dynastes neptunus;
Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed);
Megasoma gyas;
Megasoma acteon;
Megasoma mars;
Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dorcus titanus palawanicus;
Dorcus alcides;
Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX-version had no wings!);
Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hyllus;
Mesotopus tarandus.

So Dorcus alcides, the figurine is almost 9,2 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).
The legs, mandibles and prothorax are a bit poseable.


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Walk-around Dorcus titanus palawanicus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX-series include:
Dynastes hercules lichyi (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (blueish-gray type);
Dynastes hercules lichyi (dark brown type);
Dynastes neptunus;
Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed);
Megasoma gyas;
Megasoma acteon;
Megasoma mars;
Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dorcus titanus palawanicus;
Dorcus alcides;
Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX-version had no wings!);
Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version);
Dynastes hyllus;
Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Dorcus titanus palawanicus, the figurine is almost 10,2 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).
The legs, mandibles and prothorax are a bit poseable.




One more to go (Dorcus alcidus) and then all beetles of the Sega/Bandai Mushi King DX-series have their walkaround ;)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes neptunus (Sega Mushi King DX series)
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:58:23 PM »
Walk-around Dynastes neptunus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

One of my favorites and the reason why I started collecting this series. I once bought a more than 1000 pieces beetle lot that contained almost the whole DX series. They sometimes apear on Yahoo for mainly absurd prices,

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Dynastes neptunus, the figurine is almost 11,7 cm in lenght (measuring tip cephalic horn to tip abdomen not measuring the legs). So that scale 1:1 for a big male.
The legs, head and prothorax are a bit poseable.

NOTE: the figurine shown is slightly customized. The hairs on horn, body and legs are (re)painted in a more realistic hair colour. The original is more yellow with the underside, legs and thorax hairs plain black.


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Classifieds / Beetleguy's trade or sell items
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:10:05 PM »
Dear members,

These are some of the figurines I have for trade or sale. Before I place them on Ebay, I want to give ATF members the first pick.
PM me with the corresponding itemcode if your are interested in one or two. Or if you want some details.

I will leave these for about three weeks before moving on to Ebay.

TRADE: If someone has the F-toys Chalcosoma moellenkampi (from the old series. a bigger one than the 2015 release) to trade, she or he can choose a lot of these for trade.

Section A

Divers insects. A1: Kaiyodo/Furuta Dynastus hercules, A2 + A3: Giant waterbug with frog prey, A4: soft rubber Sega Dorcus palawanicus, A5: Unknown brand Lucanus cervus, A6: Unknown brand Butterfly (with legs underneath) A7 + A8 + A9: Sega fridge little magnets, Allotopus rosenbergi, Dorcus grandis and  Hexarthrius mandibularis.


Section B

Tomy Takara A.R.T.S big beetles. B1: Allotopus moellenkampi, B2: Dynastes hercules (first version/mold), B3: Chalcosoma caucasus, B4: Prosopocoilus inclinatus, B5: Dorcus binodolosus (old mold), B6: Allomyrina dichotoma.


Section C

C1: Kaiyodo crane, C2: Kallima inachus pair form Kabaya, C3: Cicada emerging from nimph from Bandai, C4: Cicada emerging from nimph from Kabaya, C5: Cobra from Bandai's Animal Kaiser, C6: Shieldbug by Kaiyodo/Furuta, C7: Ibis by Kaiyodo/Furuta.


Section D

D1 Sega big Dynastes neptunus neptunus, and D2 SEGA big beetles Dynastes hercules, D3 Takara Dynastes neptunus with purpel shine.


Section E

Kaiyodo prehistoric fishes.

Section G

Two Epoch crabs


Section H


Figurines from a Tomy Takara/Epoch/Yujin like set then named Agatsuma Entertainment. Nice figurines of (deep)sea creatures. With an oval Takara like base. New in  wrap with box and paper al in Japanese though.



Small SEGA beetles.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Megasoma actaeon (SEGA Mushi King DX series)
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:22:15 PM »
Walk-around Megasoma actaeon by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Megasoma actaeon, the figurine is almost 9,5 cm in lenght (measuring tip cephalic horn to tip abdomen not measuring the legs). So scale 1:1.
The legs, head and prothorax are a bit poseable.


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Other/Miscellaneous / Mesotopus tarandus (SEGA Mushi King DX series)
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:13:43 PM »
Walk-around Mesotupus tarandus by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Mesotopus tarandus, the figurine is almost 9,5 cm in lenght (measuring tip mandibles to tip abdomen not measuring the legs).


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Walk-around Chalcosoma atlas by Sega (Mushi King DX series) which was released in Japan around 2006.

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

So here is Chalcosoma caucasus, the figurine is about 11 cm in lenght (not measuring the legs).



 I have painted the eyes more realistic, below the original.


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New for 2018 / Ikimon new for 2018
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:52:40 AM »
Februari 2018 release. From the Ikimon Twitterfeed.




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Cheirotonus jambar is endemic to the northern part of Okinawa Island in the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), Japan. Cheirotonus jambar lives as one small population on Okinawa Island in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. Although protected it faces many threads, the main thread being ongoing deforestation. More information (with a quite depressing outlook for the beetle) on http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/54143047/0

This is the model made by Colorata for their 2017 'Nature's library, Janbaru Creatures' release. It makes a nice addition on its base.










Next to the two Kaiyodo ones. The detail in the Kaiyodo ones is far superior to the rougher molding and little messy painting of the colorata beetle.




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General / Photobucket
« on: June 28, 2017, 04:06:53 PM »
I have just deleted my Photobucket account, having enough of all the agressive commercial feeding and that they blocked my free account by highjacking my pic's to force me to pay.

Been using PostImage for awhile that's suits just fine!

I will restore most of the relevant images in time or replace them by better ones. This may take some time though. If there is any specific image you want to see, please let me know by a PM.

- Beetle guy -

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And here is the Dynastes neptunus (re)paint. Like some of the other beetles in this set it was plain black and a nice orange brown for the abdomen. No paint.
The body mold is from 2011 (used for all Takara Dynastes hercules models from then on). The front piece is new.

The plain original figurine.


the painting result.





















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So here is my repaint, (paint actually, because the model has no paint at all) of the Takara Dynastes hercules (subspecies ecuatorianus, I think).

The model is scale 1:1. It is a great model. The head fits far tighter in the thorax part which make it more realistic than the ones from last years. The thorax part and head are new, nicely detailed sculpting.
Legs, thorax and head are moveable.

The original, almost plain black model.


added a very thin metalic red sheen.


Then (using acryllic model paint) adding some details.




Leaving it to dry and harden before varnishing.




The result:









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Other/Miscellaneous / Dynastes hercules lichyi (SegaDX)
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:58:29 AM »
The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

These are the four versions of the Dynastes hercules in the DX series made by Sega/Bandai. The lenght is 13cm (tip protonal horn to tip abdomen) so they are scale 1:1. Highly detailed and painted really good! The one with the yellow elytra was redone. They got rid of the red eyes and made the elytra a deeper yellow also most of the black parts are less glossy varnished.

The legs (mainly tarsus/foot) of all four are a bit bulky, but it doesn't spoil the fun;-). These were ment more or less as action figurines so they had to be sturdy I suppose. They all have the same mold. This is a bit of a pitty. By just a chance in the mold of the jointed head's cephalic horn, they would have made multiple species. The legs, head and thorax are moveable.

By the looks of the cephalic horn this must be the Dynastes hercules lichyi (Lachaume, 1985).
It occurs in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
The size of Males varies from 55-175mm (source: A.Wiegelt)
females sizes varie from 50 -80mm  (source: A.Wiegelt)











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Other/Miscellaneous / Flying beetles (Epoch)
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:11:11 PM »
Here is the serie of Epoch flying beetles.  The set contains 8 beetles: 
1. Allomyrina dichotoma
2. Dynastes granti
3. Eupatorus gracilicornis
4. Chalcosoma caucasus
5. Prosopocoilus giraffa
6. Hexarthrius parryi
7. Lucanus maculifemoratus
8. Scarabaeus typhon.



The Scarabaeus typhon 8 came as a "secret" figurine. The beetles are hold in the air by a plastic rod that is attached to a jungle like base. The Scarabeus typhon is a loose figurine on a stand depicting  sand with a ball of dung.

Epoch made different versions of this set, mainly finishing differs but the later versions (boxed) seem to be made with "worn out" molds. Luckily the D. granti 2 in the set I've got has the right thorax. In the later versions the D. granti has weird black starlike dots on the thorax, which is not common for the species. Also this D. granti has the yellowish grey/white colouring instead of the later versions plain white.
The first version Epoch made as capsule toys (in the photo's) have great paintjobs and nice detail. The second versions were sold in a box and contained the same figurines but less attractive paint (chalcosoma plain black for instance). And not so clear molds. I do not know if the Scarabeus typhon is included, think so, but not sure.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Prosopocoilus giraffa (Sega/Bandai)
« on: November 09, 2016, 03:35:11 PM »
The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

Another beetle of the Mushi King DX series; the Prosopocoilus giraffa (keisukei I would say by it's mandibles) made by Sega/Bandai in 2006. This is the revised version. The first one had red eyes and a much more glossy finish. On this version the detail is superb. The legs are a bit bulky but fine nontheles. The mandibles, thorax and legs are moveable. The model is scale 1:1, size: about 12 cm. Tip abdomen to tip mandibles.

There are a lot of P. giraffa figurines made in Japan. Sega alone made at least ten of them. But this one really stands out!


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Other/Miscellaneous / Megasoma mars (Sega DX)
« on: November 09, 2016, 11:03:42 AM »
The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

Well, another beetle of the Mushi King DX series; the Megasoma mars (Reiche, 1852) made by Sega/Bandai in 2006.
It is highly detailed like all figurines in the DX series. Probably the best 15 beetle models Sega/Bandai made within their huge beetle output.
The legs are a bit bulky but fine nontheles. The head, thorax andlegs are moveable. The model is scale 1:1 with it's 10.5 cm. Tip abdomen to tip Cephalic horn.

It is quite difficult to find these DX models in auctions. I was lucky, to my suprise, to have almost the whole series included in a (more than 1000 beetle models) lot on Yahoo auctions.
I will post more walkarounds of the DXseries soon!

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Other/Miscellaneous / Allomyrina dichotoma (Sega)
« on: November 07, 2016, 11:10:47 PM »
This beetle figurine is part of the Japanese Sega Mushi King DX series 1 (made in 2006).

The Sega Mushi King DX series include: Dynastes hercules (yellow (red eyed and revised black eyed version)/grey/dark brown type), Dynastes neptunus, Chalcosoma caucasus (red eyed no revised version), Megasoma gyas, Megasoma acteon, Megasoma mars, Hexarthrius mandibularis (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dorcus palawanicus, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma (only one with wings in this series. the later revised DX version had no wings!),Procopocoilus giraffa (red eyed and revised black eyed version), Dynastes hyllus and Mesotopus tarandus.

Sold as a high quality figurine it surely delivers.
With it's lenght of 8cm the scale is 1:1 (for a large male). It is very detailed and painted really good. It is the only model in the Mushi King DX series with moveable elytra and wings!
Personally I think one of the best beetle figurines made. I have been looking for one (complete with wings) for years. With the wings still there it is extremely hard to find (there was a version without wings released later same model. no wings, but better colouring).
Do not confuse this model with the other big, rubbery winged Sega beetles. The DX series are of much better quality; in detail, material and finishing! The wings on this figurine are detachable and the elytra, head, thorax and legs moveable. The elytra stays tight on the model when opened (this is almost never the case with for instance Tomy Takara big beetles).




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