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Rossano

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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2017, 06:30:27 PM »
True, sbell. I did not comment on the porcupine because it is really uncommentable. I think that a releavant part of the odd effect comes from the painting. The snout looks well made, and the quills made in that way could have given a good or at least acceptable result if they were painted with more detailed care. That confusing white brushing is really not working.

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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2017, 09:40:36 PM »
True, sbell. I did not comment on the porcupine because it is really uncommentable. I think that a releavant part of the odd effect comes from the painting. The snout looks well made, and the quills made in that way could have given a good or at least acceptable result if they were painted with more detailed care. That confusing white brushing is really not working.

I live around porcupines. They don't look like that at all. The quills don't fold in weird scales--it should look like the animal is a big, moving brush.

Most of the quills are hidden under a soft coat of long, wispy guard hairs--and I've never seen one that dark.

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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2017, 12:45:26 AM »
Ok, in my area only live hedhogs, and I dont' know how porcupines look like from real life.

Anyway, terrible model.

And anyway, I am amazed by the American mastodon, so cool!
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« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2017, 04:26:34 AM »
I don't think it's that bad, it looks more like long fur clumping together than quills, but the same could be said for the real deal. It would be hard to do better without making it huge.
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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2017, 09:19:36 AM »
that porcupine looks like a misshapen discolored bath sponge



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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2017, 11:58:12 AM »
I don't think it's that bad, it looks more like long fur clumping together than quills, but the same could be said for the real deal. It would be hard to do better without making it huge.

I agree. It's a tough morphology to capture in a figure, esp so small. I like it!

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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2017, 05:44:34 AM »
Updated the first post with photos; please let me know if there are any errors/omissions!

I have a lot of sympathy for anyone trying to make a porcupine toy. I don't know how to make it look realistic and not flimsy. Maybe like a Koosh ball?

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« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2017, 12:47:39 AM »
Updated the first post with photos; please let me know if there are any errors/omissions!

I have a lot of sympathy for anyone trying to make a porcupine toy. I don't know how to make it look realistic and not flimsy. Maybe like a Koosh ball?

Schleich made a pretty good attempt at an African porcupine...definitely miles ahead of the Safari abomination



The Safari porcupine's quality reminds me of the first Safari attempt at Suchomimus...it's almost impossible to tell how it got past quality control.

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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2017, 06:09:57 PM »
I agree that that Schleich porcupine looks better, but it's also less ambitious. An African porcupine is just easier to sculpt than an American because it has these big hollow spines that stick way out, unlike the somewhat hidden spines Erethizon. A South American would be easier still. Anyway, I don't collect modern stuff, so I won't get it, but I'm having a hard time imagining a good way to render an American porcupine in particular without making the production cost-prohibitive.

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Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Reply #29 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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« Reply #30 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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