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Papo / Re: European Wolf Spider (Papo - Wild Animals)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on December 17, 2017, 09:33:38 PM »
It is the absolute best spider figure out there!
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: The minimum coexistence - Microbe (TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S.)
« Last post by Beetle guy on December 17, 2017, 08:09:55 PM »
Looks good!
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Papo / Re: European Wolf Spider (Papo - Wild Animals)
« Last post by Beetle guy on December 17, 2017, 07:59:49 PM »
really tempted to buy this one ;-)

I've gotten this wolf spider (Arctosa cinerea) on camera last summer.





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here is the additional Shapeways figure:

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: The minimum coexistence - Microbe (TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S.)
« Last post by Beetle guy on December 17, 2017, 05:34:35 PM »
This is mine collection of tardigrades. The Kaiyodo CapsuleQ one, the two colour variations of Agatsuma (the light one is really nice to and released when Agatsuma changed into Takara) and the Tomy Takara one.



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Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« Last post by stargatedalek on December 17, 2017, 04:44:30 PM »
How's this project coming along? Any updates? :)
Actually I do have some updates! I was waiting until I heard back from someone locally but I can at the very least show you guys what I've been up to in the interim.

Sadly it seems that casting is currently beyond my reach, so I've been pursuing this project more broadly with the goal of creating one of a kind sculpts instead. The species list is staying don't worry, but it means I'm also going to be making chickadees and finches to try and sell at craft shows in between. By sculpting on top of 3D printed armatures it saves considerable time especially when producing the same animal in repetition, and it also allows me to easily alter poses or use closely related species as requested without increasing costs.

If everything goes well I'll finally have a lot more guarantees with the printing process itself* within the next few weeks and can finally start on some serious projects, and I'd like to do a full follow through on all of the steps for this one if I can. I'm leaning towards Hibbertopterus.

*Really does seem you can't make commitments while only owning one of these things, they never seem to work for more than a few weeks at a time!

I started these ducklings a few weeks ago as a proof of concept and a bit of a practice and haven't worked on them since then. I'm not fully satisfied with them, but I think I've gotten down how to make light feathers flow or "puff" depending.

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Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« Last post by sbell on December 17, 2017, 04:03:29 PM »
These are neat Sean. Any chance this company might branch out a little to the freshwater/brackish crustaceans (e.g., crayfish?).

None whatsoever. He's all about fish (and mostly freshwater fish; and modern, not prehistoric fish...)

I'm seeing some real potential here, though I feel Replica Toy Fish had more interesting species choices and I preferred the release format of varying sizes over themed sets. I like the original material, it's hard and sturdy but not so hard it's brittle and fragile like some gashapon figures. Hope this one isn't too much softer.

I assume you're going to be stocking these? I may wait until there are a few more sets and then get them in one go.

And I agree that RTF came out of the gate with a good range; I think the current plan is to straddle that line with worldwide 'exciting' and notable fish; and North American-focused popular fish. Still heavier on the game fish than the non-game fish, but I'll take it.

The material is soft enoigh to bend at the caudal peduncle and fins, but they don't fold or twist or anything like that. It probably means less risk of breakage if they hit the floor hard (I've handled hundreds of the RTF ones and never saw that mind you...)

I am hoping to carry them--his minimums and costs for wholesale are pretty high, so I have to work things out. I run a small operation, and his requirements mean I'd be sinking 10% of my inventory costs into 2 products...but I want to have them in. Plus, the price is tougher; each box set is 5 figures; the Monsters is $15 USD, the Angler is $10USD. Canadian exchange would turn that into $13 and $19-$20. Business deciding is hard...! ;)

It's a catch-22 here; he needs the sales of the first boxes to fund the next boxes; but people will tend to wait to get the next boxes all at once. Personally, I would not have advertised all of the planned sets just yet, maybe a few teaser 'coming up ones'. But that's just how I roll.

I do know that his goal is to have these stocked in stores, especially sporting goods stores. I really hope he can pull that off, because the presentation is great. I just wish that the boxes came with binomial names and even a tiny bit of info on the animals; give it that 'education' angle people like to see with animal models. Even to do it for his website (like Safari--tiny bit on the tag, more on the site!). I even offered to write copy for him.
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Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« Last post by animaltoyforum on December 17, 2017, 12:07:05 PM »
How's this project coming along? Any updates? :)
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Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« Last post by stargatedalek on December 17, 2017, 04:37:20 AM »
I'm seeing some real potential here, though I feel Replica Toy Fish had more interesting species choices and I preferred the release format of varying sizes over themed sets. I like the original material, it's hard and sturdy but not so hard it's brittle and fragile like some gashapon figures. Hope this one isn't too much softer.

I assume you're going to be stocking these? I may wait until there are a few more sets and then get them in one go.
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Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« Last post by bmathison1972 on December 16, 2017, 11:52:54 PM »
These are neat Sean. Any chance this company might branch out a little to the freshwater/brackish crustaceans (e.g., crayfish?).
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