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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by sbell on Today at 05:57:50 PM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.

Sorry, yeah, that's it--the scan the fish to get a 'true shape' and then make them in their wiggly rubber!
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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 05:57:22 PM »
OK, spent the last week doing lots of updates to Bug of the Day. Initially, it was to update all the scarabaeboid beetles I have acquired since late April (and trust me, there has been a lot). I updated 18 genera, including new species in Oryctes and Hexarthirus, and a new subspecies in Eupatorus. I should be getting something from Brett in the near future, after which I'll update a few more.

However, since I was systematically going through the posts, I added a bunch of minor updates throughout the thread.
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 05:40:09 PM »
From DTF:
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Some good and bad news from the STS.
Good news, confirmed number of CollectA figures for next reveal, including extant animals.
Bad news, there will only be 3 models.

All I can really hope for next reveal is that the extant figures don't contain any horses and contain actually interesting (or even somewhat interesting) species of animal.

Update: It is confirmed that the above statement applies to all of the next reveal.

I should have pics of extant animals soon and will post as soon as I can. It's a holiday here so I may be away for the rest of the day...
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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« Last post by Badger on Today at 04:03:51 PM »
From DTF:
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Some good and bad news from the STS.
Good news, confirmed number of CollectA figures for next reveal, including extant animals.
Bad news, there will only be 3 models.

All I can really hope for next reveal is that the extant figures don't contain any horses and contain actually interesting (or even somewhat interesting) species of animal.

Update: It is confirmed that the above statement applies to all of the next reveal.
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This is the review of a set (complete?) of small, stylized boxed insects from an unknown Japanese manufacturer. I bought them from Beetle Guy, who got them in a large mixed lot. I have no idea who made them, what year they were released, or if the set is complete or not. I do know that among these 10 simple figures, I added six new species and three new genera to my synthetic insect collection ;-).

As I said the figures are stylized, but not to the point I could not made a decent attempt to identify them. Eventually and entomology colleague originally from Korea helped with the names on the back and confirmed or corrected my initial hunches (I had all the genera correct, just 1-2 species were off).

The figures sit in a nest of cotton and are contained within a small box that measures 50 mm x 35 mm x 17 mm. The box is a hard plastic, but the clear top is soft and taped on (so it does not have a hard clear cover). The boxes all interlock so it can form one unit (see the first pic below). On the back (in Japanese) is the scientific name, order, family, and a little biological information. The figures can be removed from the boxes (but I will display them boxed up).

I know this set is not for everyone, but itís a great chance to get some very interesting species.

This first pic shows the interlocked set (note the numbers were for another post and do not correspond to the individual images below). The Japanese text on the right is a mirror image of the figures on the left so if you want to match figure with text, you must mentally flip the image horizontally :).



And on to individual figures:

1. Deraeocoris ater
This is a unique species for me, at both the genus and species levels. Terrestrial Heteroptera are not common, so I am always excited to get one. This is the figure that inspired me to contact my Korean colleague, since he is an expert on Miridae.



2. Nezara antennata (green stink bug)
I originally had this identified as the more familiar, N. viridula but apparently it is intended to be N. antennata. Another unique figure at both the genus and species levels, and another terrestrial heteropteran.



3. Anoplophora chinenses (Asian citrus longhorned beetle)
This figure is marketed as A. malasiaca, which is generally considered a synonym of A. chinensis, and I will consider here as well unless otherwise convinced. This species was also made by Rement and Hayakwa Toys.



4. Allomyrina dichotoma (Japanese rhinoceros beetle)
No set of Asian insects would be complete without this species. This little gem marks my 45th figure of this species! It has been made by over a dozen manufacturers!



5. Parasteatoda tepidariorum (common house spider)
This was a pleasant surprise, a spider marketed to the species level (and a unique figure for me at both the genus and species levels). This spider is in the same family of the widows (Theridiidae) and marks my first member of the family not in the genus Latrodectus.



6. Carabus insulicola (left) and C. gehinii (right).
Two unique species of Asian carabines is a nice treat! The only other species in this genus I am aware of is C. auratus which was made by Bullyland and Kaiyodo. K&M International had a Carabus species in their European Garden Tube.



7. Chrysochroa fulgidissima (left) and C. buqueti rugicollis (right).
Two jewel beetles. The former has been made by Yujin and F-toys (the latter of which should be coming to me soon from Brett). The second species is unique. A third species, C. limbata was made by DeAgostini.



8. Coccinella septempunctata (seven-spotted ladybug)
Another commonly-made species, but a welcome addition to this set.


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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by stargatedalek on Today at 05:06:11 AM »
If this is the same Savage Gear brand I know I'm pretty sure they aren't 3D printed in the soft material but rather the masters are 3D printed and then cast.
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Other/Miscellaneous / The Greatest Beetle Legend (Maruka)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 04:53:27 AM »
Review of the complete set of The Greatest Beetle Legend by Maruka. I was completely unfamiliar with this brand when I stumbled upon this set on the Japanese Yahoo! auctions. At a glance in the packaging, the figures appeared to be knock-offs of small Sega or Kabaya figures, but in fact they all appear to be original sculpts (well, original compared to anything else I have). They all have a round, flat surface on the bottom which suggests they may have been copied from something with magnets? If they are copies or knock-offs, I am not sure of what.

There are eight figures, each representing major males of large flashy scarabaeoid beetles (as the name of the set suggests). None of these species are uncommonly made, and they represent fairly standard fare. The Lucanus cervus is uncommon among Japanese manufacturers, so that was a pleasant surprise (even though it is commonly made outside of Japan). The figures are the same size as small Sega beetles or most gashapon-style figures. They solid-piece PVC and have detailed texture. Some are more accurate than others...

The figures came in a blister pack. On the back, the figures are identified to the species level., along with their Japanese names and some other stats in Japanese.

I am going to forgo my usual breakdown of each species, and all the companies that made each of these species, since all of these species are commonly made in toy/figure form and have been previously covered in other reviews of mine. So, on to the pics (in numerical order on the packaging):

001. Dynastes hercules.



002. Lucanus cervus.



003. Chalcosoma moellenkampi.



004. Prosopocoilus giraffa keisukei.



005. Prosopocoilus inclinatus.



006. Allomyrina dichotoma. [marketed as Trypoxylus dichotomus]



007. Chalcosoma caucasus.



008. Megasoma elephus.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by sbell on Today at 03:09:59 AM »
I was able to get the Arizona fish. Thanks for the heads up. Where can I get a Phil Farrell eel and the lures?

Unfortunately, the eel was a one-off custom (it was his first attempt when it was commissioned; his 'good' one sold for way more than I would have paid!). The lures are from a company called Savage Gear. Many of their lures are made as 3D prints in soft material--they also have several pike, gobies, etc. One of the pike even has a pattern like an Amur pike (think fish dalmation). I think they are online; I got mine from a local outfitter store that is closing down!

I kind of hope they are still limpoing along, there are some other intersting lures that might make good models!
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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by Beetle guy on November 22, 2017, 09:28:22 AM »
I was able to confirm/correct IDs in the 10 boxed figures above, thanks to an entomology colleague originally from Korea.
Great help, also nice to know ;-)
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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by Rossano on November 22, 2017, 12:49:34 AM »
I really like the three new sharks!

If they will show well made in the real as it is the Safari nurse shark I have, they will be great models. Looking forward to see the in real.
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