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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Spiny Lobster (Aquatop)
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:05:07 PM »
Great review and great pictures, as usual Blaine!!  I'm glad I was able to point you in the direction of a good "figure".... you can never really tell with aquarium decor pieces.  Sometimes they really do lack all detail.  I think it looks great!

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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Blue Whale (Kaiyodo - Mega Sofubi Advance)
« on: February 04, 2017, 03:36:14 PM »
Ugh, so jealous of your 1:40 collection, sphyrna18 !!! I've always wanted the complete set of MBA whales, but silly younger me was too impatient to save up for the big ones, and the Sperm Whale was out of production by the time I started collecting in earnest. I saw several cheap ones on eBay a while back, but I waited too long again.  :'(  Also, is that a 1:40 Minke Whale there?

Thank you! I've always liked displaying my figures by scale, and 1:40 seems to be a very popular one for figure makers.

It is a 1:40 Minke Whale! It was released in the Schleich 1:32 Sea Life collection, but it ranges in scale up to about 1:45 or 1:46 for a large individual.

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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Blue Whale (Kaiyodo - Mega Sofubi Advance)
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:52:56 AM »
Update:

Never one to admit defeat, I went back to work on the blue whale with renewed vigor - and it is paying off!  It isn't perfect by any stretch yet, but the throat IS starting to reinflate.  I think the problem may be related to shipping.  When shipped via airplane, the temperature differential may be what is causing the figure to "contract", thus leaving it with these strange dents.  It's the only thing I've come up with for how the figure could have gotten this way.  Once I had heated the throat area with a hairdryer, I took the smallest safety pin I could find and inserted it at an angle into the vinyl and pulled out, popping the heat-softened vinyl out with it.  Not the best fix, but it is starting to work, and I have most of the throat reinflated.  It has helped to put pressure on the sides of the figure, but too much pressure causes a deep crinkle in in the side of the whale behind the pectoral fins, which appears to mar the vinyl and paint.  Bummer.  But a little pressure on the rear or the figure on it's sides had helped to push air forward to reinflate the throat evenly. 


Before:

After:








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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Blue Whale (Kaiyodo - Mega Sofubi Advance)
« on: October 18, 2016, 09:31:30 PM »
After several more unsuccessful attempts to "fatten" up the figure's throat, I'm giving up.  It's an amazing figure regardless and I'm very grateful to Brett, who got it for me at a pretty great price and quickly as well.  I decided that I had waited long enough to display my Monterey Bay Aquarium whales, along with a few choice cetaceans from other lines, with this behemoth.  I was about 10 years old when I first started collecting the Monterey Bay Aquarium figures - eons ago - and hoped and prayed that someone would make a 1:40 scale Blue Whale to accompany them... Kaiyodo answered those prayers last year, and the minute I saw this bad boy I knew I had to have it.  So without further ado, I grabbed my MBA and other figures out of storage and threw them on an old tv stand for an impromptu photo session.  I think they all look amazing, but I'm biased!







I can't wait to get these set up into a proper glass display.... along with dozens of other 1:40 scale figures haha!!

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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Blue Whale (Kaiyodo - Mega Sofubi Advance)
« on: October 18, 2016, 04:50:52 PM »
I finally got one of my Holy Grails - the MSA Blue Whale - a figure I've dreamed about since I was a little boy has actually been made reality and I have it in my possession!  But my excitement has been dampened slightly by the fact that it looks like it's been squished - I don't get the impression from anyone else's photos that it is super flat, so I was hoping others who have it could chime in and let me know if theirs looks like this, too.

As you can see, it's tail end is very robust, but its front end looks quite skinny


Very wide across the back (there is the vexing, although characteristic for this figure, back dimple)


A better view of the throat and stomach. You can see how it looks caved in between the pectoral fins






I tried using a hairdryer on it briefly and squeezing the sides to pop the throat out, but I got some nasty looking creases along the side of the figure and decided that before I continue I should find out what others' figures look like.  Maybe everyone's is flat like this but they photograph them better haha.  Does the throat need to pop back out or is that how it's supposed to look?  It seems awfully slender  between those pectoral fins to me.  Should I just keep using the hairdryer until the throat pops back out? Any other suggestions?  I was thinking of heating it with a hairdryer then carefully inserting a wire and pulling the vinyl back out; again, though, I'm not sure it's even supposed to be different.

Thanks for any help or advice you guys can provide.

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Animal groups / Re: Odontoceti (Toothed whales)!
« on: August 15, 2016, 06:22:45 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my first post on the forum and I hope I am not just breaking some internal rule or habit.

I began collecting some toy animals with my son who is 7yo as a way to prevent him getting too much into videogames and the like, and now it is getting a more interesting and stimulating thing, for both of us.

The question is: my son got in love with the pseudorca crassidens aka false killer whale, and asked me if I could find a model of it, but as i browsed the catalogues of the three main producers that are easily available in my area (Milan, Italy) Schleich, Papo and Collecta, I found nothing, and nothing searching the database of this forum.

Anyone can help me? Thanks in advance.

Welcome to the Forum!  While False Killer Whales are very similar in appearance to pilot whales, pilot whale figures won't really substitute for a false killer whale figure.  So right now, there aren't any false killer whale figures available, but it's possible that one could be made in the future.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: walking stick (Imperial Toys)
« on: April 13, 2016, 12:21:10 AM »
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o NICE FIND, BLAINE!!!!! I WANT!!! Holy Cow! I don't even know where to start, but if you stumble upon any more of them I'd love to know about it... Such a simple creature, yet no companies seem interested in making them - and kids seem to be genuinely fascinated by them, too!  Really great find!

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General / Re: Salamanders and frogs
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:54:07 AM »
Guys, I just read several interesting facts about Salamanders that i think are worth sharing with you.:

1. The name Salamander comes from the Greek word for Fire Lizard. This name came about when salamanders came running out of the logs they   had been hiding in when those logs were thrown on a fire.
2. Salamanders are nocturnal.
3. Some salamander species can be poisonous and some even have teeth.
4. Some salamanders and frogs have tongues up to 10 times as long as their bodies.
5. The largest salamander in the world in the Chinese Giant Salamander. It can grow to a length of 5 feet.
6. The Americas are home to more species of salamander than the entire rest of the world combined.
How many were you already aware of?

Thanks! Interesting to know.
 I have made our garden at home an interesting one for birds, amfibians and insects. The pond in my garden is home to three Salamander species.Triturus cristatus, Triturus vulgaris and Triturus alpestris.

Wow, that's great. Do you basically stay home most of the time to take care of your pets or you've employed people to do it? Cause from the look of things your pets are numerous and require much attention.

Interesting facts, Owen. I was aware of most of those (not that some salamanders have teeth or about their tongues), but valuable info and it's great that you've shared it.  However, I don't think Beetle Guy was referring to those species as pets; rather, it seems he has designed his yard and garden to be very, very wildlife friendly, and he employs ecologically sound gardening practices to keep wildlife healthy.  The animals making their homes in his garden or using his yard are in no way pets, I don't think (correct me if I'm wrong, Beetle Guy); they are entirely wild, so he doesn't take care of them in the way you would a pet.

Great info about the salamanders, though.  Are you particularly interested in salamanders? Any species in particular?

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: September 29, 2015, 06:39:01 PM »
Safari ltd Blue Shark, I assume it must be from a toob but none come to mind.

Very awesome acquisitions, all!! But especially those Lubber Grasshoppers! Those are some really great sculpts.  The Blue Shark is from the Safari Sharks TOOB, in case you wondered.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: 1:40 Scale Animals
« on: September 25, 2015, 05:28:24 AM »
Here are a few more to add on to Andre's list of figures in roughly 1:35 to 1:50 scale (some of which I actually think I got the scales for from Andre's generous Facebook page :) )

CollectA Sealife - Tiger Shark (1:13-1:37)

Colorata
Endangered Species: Bears & Wild Dogs - Polar Bear (1:29-1:36) - Brown Bear (1:17-1:36)
Marine Mammals of the World - Beluga Whale (1:41-1:55) - Bottlenose Dolphin (1:23-1:50) - Dugong (1:29-1:48) - Manatee (1:27-1:44) - Steller's Sealion (-1:47) - Walrus (?)
Ocean Kingdom 2002 - Beluga Whale (1:38-1:58) - Bottlenose Dolphin (1:19-1:41) - Great White Shark (1:35-1:60) - Zebra Shark (1:18-1:44)
Sea Turtles of the World - Loggerhead Turtle (1:8-1:52; avg. 1:30)
Sharks of the World 2004 - Blue Shark (1:24-1:51) - Giant Manta Ray (1:34-1:107) - Great White Shark (1:33-1:60) - Sandtiger Shark (1:29-1:44) - Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (1:15-1:47) - Shark Ray/Bowmouth Guitarfish (-1:37) - Spotted Eagle Ray (1:29-1:55) - Tiger Shark (1:23-1:55) - Whale Shark (1:48-1:168)

Furuta Funny Animals - Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (1:28-1:59)

K&M International/Wild Republic
Sharks Tube - Bull Shark (1:26-1:50)

Kaiyodo
Aquatales - Northern Bluefin Tuna (1:34-1:79) - Oceanic Whitetip Shark ( -1:53) - Risso's Dolphin (1:42-1:57) - Sailfish (1:30-1:43) - Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (1:31-1:66) - Spotted Eagle Ray (1:16-1:51) - Swordfish (1:20-1:57)
Capsule Aquarium 3 Shinagawa Aquarium - Copper Shark (1:33-1:47)
Capsule Q Vol. 1 - Dugong (1:47-1:59)
Capsule Q Vol. 7 - Tiger Shark (1:29-1:87)

Kitan Club Nature of Japan Vol. 1 - Ussuri Brown Bear (1:21-1:36)

Safari Ltd.
Big Cats TOOB - Black Jaguar (1:21-1:34) - Jaguar (1:21-1:34) [also available in the Rainforest TOOB] - Tiger (1:40) [also available in the Wild TOOB] - White Tiger (1:40)
Fins & Fun Set - Atlantic Goliath Grouper (1:20-1:38)
Land Down Under TOOB - Crocodile
River TOOB - American Alligator (1:31-1:69; avg. 1:40) [also available in the Alligators Alive TOOB]
Whales & Dolphins TOOB - Short-nosed Common Dolphin (1:24-1:40)
Wild Safari Sealife - Great Hammerhead Shark 1996/2013 repaint (1:15-1:37) - Great White Shark 1996/2015 repaint (1:24-1:44) - Manta Ray (1:28-1:84) - Whale Shark (1:19-1:54)

Schleich
Wildlife - Sawfish, Largetooth 2014 (1:15-1:45)

Takara Tomy
T-A.R.T.S. Deep Sea Mystery Creatures - Goblin Shark (1:20-1:61)
T-A.R.T.S. Deep Sea Sharks Special - Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (1:29-1:46)

There are, of course, a myriad of others that I either don't have, don't have in my database for some reason, or haven't bothered measuring yet. As per playability, only the Furuta and Kaiyodo would pose any kind of an issue, but you would definitely figure that out when you saw them and/or handled them.  The rest can all, thankfully, take a bit of a beating.  I would know, since I routinely drop them, kick them, and do all sorts of other horrible things to them on a routine basis.

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New for 2015 / COLORATA - New for 2015
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:42:53 PM »
It appears that Colorata is updating some of their Real Figure Boxes and releasing new versions of older sets.  They first announced the re-release of the Endangered Species: Raptors box set, which includes a new Golden Eagle and reissues the Steller's Sea Eagle, Bald Eagle, Secretarybird, and Harpy Eagle, but no longer includes the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Northern Goshawk, or Greater Philippine Eagle.  I haven't had a chance to get the pictures to be posted here, but you can check out the website here:
http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/figure/figurebox_es4.

Colorata also appears to be releasing a new Endangered Animals: Wild Bears box, which replaces the retired Wild Bears and Dogs box set.  The new set features all new sculpts of all eight bear species: Polar Bear, Brown Bear, American Black Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Sun Bear, Spectacled Bear, and Giant Panda.  Again, I've been lazy about getting the pictures, but the set can be seen here:
http://www.colorata.com/fs/colorata/figure/figurebox_ea2.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:05:36 PM »
I love the Kaiyodo Owls - definitely some of the nicer Capsule Q "gimmick" sets released! Per chance, do you have any plans to do walk arounds of the owls? Including the scales haha? I'm terrible at getting good measurements of bird figures, especially species like owls, which are often portrayed huddled down. Even without knowing the scales, these are some mighty great sculpts. Congrats!
Thanks, Chad! :) I don't have the entire set (I passed on the Barn Owl and Snowy Owl). The Ural Owl stands 40 mm high and I estimated the total length at 55 mm (difficult to say exactly, just like you mentioned we don't know exactly how long the figure would be if it could be fully stretched out), so I'd say it may be around 1:9 to 1:11. The Little Owl's length would probably be around 40 mm, so that would make it 1:5 to 1:6, and the Northern White-faced Owl is just slightly larger, around 46 mm (height is 33 mm), so it would be around 1:4 to 1:5. I already thought about making walk-arounds, too. :)

Thanks, Andre! Sorry for taking so long to say that - I haven't had a chance to login for a while, but I always find your scales most helpful (especially since I predominately display my collections by scale).  I had measured the Ural Owl completely incorrectly (and thankfully had stopped there!), so your measurement and estimations could not have been more helpful! Thanks again!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:42:18 PM »
I love the Kaiyodo Owls - definitely some of the nicer Capsule Q "gimmick" sets released! Per chance, do you have any plans to do walk arounds of the owls? Including the scales haha? I'm terrible at getting good measurements of bird figures, especially species like owls, which are often portrayed huddled down. Even without knowing the scales, these are some mighty great sculpts. Congrats!

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Customised figures / Re: Asiatic Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii)
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:24:12 PM »
Thanks, Blaine! I appreciate that. This figure is such a definitive puma that it's hard not to look at it and still see a one, regardless of paintjob. I think that's one reason I went more orange with it instead of brownish.

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Customised figures / Azara's Zorro (Lycalopex gymnocercus)
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:23:28 PM »
Azara's Zorro (Lycalopex gymnocercus), otherwise known as Pampas Fox, is a member of the South American "false foxes," more closely related to members of the genus Canis than to the foxes.  Repaint of CollectA Woodland collection Red Fox. Completed in 2014.  Approximate scale 1:10 (1:7 to 1:11).






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Customised figures / Asiatic Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii)
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:13:25 PM »
Asiatic Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii) - repaint of the Safari Ltd. North American Wildlife Puma.  Completed in 2014.  Approximate scale 1:10 (1:9 to 1:11).  P. temminckii has always looked, to me, very much like a mini-puma, so I thought this robust figure from Safari Ltd (my favorite Puma figure to date) would make an ideal Asiatic Golden Cat.







It could probably stand to be a little darker in color, but playing with the reds/oranges/browns to get the color exact was beyond difficult, and this species occurs in such a wide range of pelage that the finished figure is not out of the realm of realism.  In fact, a Google search found ample support for such an orangey colored cat.  The facial markings also were no walk in the park, but turned out okay in the end.... I would definitely like to revisit this species in the future.

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Nice Flamingo replica! :) I wonder if those gracile legs are prone to warping when temperatures rise. And as Blaine said, this is most likely the American Flamingo. Besides, there is no flamingo species restricted to Africa.

Mine have never warped, and I've had them for a loooong time.  I'm sure if the temperature got high enough, sure, they would, but I have at least one of these flamingos displayed in a spot directly under the heat vent, and that spot can get extremely hot in the winter, and yet the flamingo stands tall as ever.

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Animal toy lines / Re: Kaiyodo Aqualand Series
« on: April 14, 2015, 07:11:51 AM »

These aren't new--they are from several years ago, and are no longer produced. Meaning that all of these pretty pictures are just here to make us all sad. :'(


Never a truer statement has been made haha.

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New for 2015 / Re: CollectA new for 2015
« on: April 11, 2015, 08:06:06 PM »
The limited edition Chiru box set is produced by a Chinese company for release exclusively within China. The figure is identical to the regular release (it is the regular release, technically). So CollectA isn't actually producing the box set, just supplying the figure in advance to the company that is. The box set is limited to 1000, and it retails for USD $42. Charging $100 for it is gross overcharging; unfortunately, since it is only available in China, those wishing to obtain it internationally will likely have to pay steep markups.

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Animals / Re: Can anyone tell me facts about the grey island fox?
« on: March 05, 2015, 03:39:34 PM »
Check out the Carnivora forum:

http://carnivoraforum.com/topic/9888904/1/

That link should take you directly to the Island Fox profile.  Outstanding resource for info about many different animals.  Otherwise, not sure what type of information you're looking for.

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