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Man you are a talented painter. And I won't like, I am really jealous for this figure ;-). I have searched vigorously online with no luck. I did find the grasshopper on Jauce for 200+ USD but not willing to drop that money (at least for the grasshopper)

Thanks! A lot of time went in it ;-)
The stag beetle is on Yahoo to I think,  but also very expensive.
It sometimes apears on Ebay. I got mine from an israellian seller. I saw them a few times but the US based sellers did not ship to the Netherlands.

if you see one let me know! If you can secure it that would be great. I might even double the price to have you assemble and paint as well hehe ;-)

Man you are a talented painter. And I won't like, I am really jealous for this figure ;-). I have searched vigorously online with no luck. I did find the grasshopper on Jauce for 200+ USD but not willing to drop that money (at least for the grasshopper)

Wow Marcel, that is awesome. That is exactly the kind of thing I'd like to hunt down! Very similar to the Heller and AMT model kits I have presented here. And, this might be the only figure specifically attributed to Lucanus capreolus, a North American species! And your paint job is exquisite. I cannot paint that good (as seen in my model kits).

EDIT: while hunting this down, I did find a cool L. maculifemoratus model kit, but uggh I want L. capreolus!!!!

Other/Miscellaneous / Insects (K&M International - Itsy Bitsies)
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:38:24 AM »
Review of the complete set of Insects by K&M International's Itsy Bitsies series (2009). Recent discussions on the COG Itsy Bitsy bucket of Reptiles got me researching to see if they had a bucket of insects. Nothing by COG, but I did come across this set by K&M International (did K&M take over and re-release COG sets, or is this something entirely different with a similar name?)

It was available on Amazon cheap enough, so I decided to invest in it. Honestly, I was expecting the usual Toy Major-style fare of generic toy bugs. And while many of these are generic, they represent sculpts I have not seen before (and I collect most every variation of generic toy bugs), and they are made of a relatively sturdy, quality plastic.

There are 17 critters, plus a small plant and a plastic rock, all packed within a bucket measuring 9 cm high and 8 cm in diameter. The insects are about 30-45 mm each. A few of them appear to be miniature versions of insects from their Polyvinyl bag set.

The bucket:

Beetles. Now there are some interesting things here. There is a longhorned beetle (might be able to get a genus on it), and a carabid that most-certainly represents Carabus, even painted more like on than the Polyvinyl bag set (the European C. intricatus comes to mind early). There is also a short-winged beetle that may represent the same Polybag figure that, when repainted, looks a lot like a nicrophorine carrion beetle. There also appears to be a possible Cicindela (sens. lato). The lady bug is generic fare.

Orthopteroids. Pretty generic fare of a mantis, grasshopper, and cricket.

Odonota and Hemiptera. The dragonfly is generic, well all three are, but I really like the stink bug and little cicada!

Hymenoptera and Diptera. Usual fare here too, with winged and wingless ants (rather like the latter), bee, and fly.

Arachnids. Generic scorpion and spider; at least the scorpion has a raised tail and for a small generic figure, accurately has 8 legs (many generic bin scorpions are made with 6 legs).

Lepidoptera. Here is the one butterfly, a swallowtail with its wings raised, along with the plant and rock. I might permanently attach the butterfly to the plant (and maybe the lady bug or ant to the rock) to make permanent mini-bases :)

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:02:54 PM »
How do you mean that Scarabaeus beetles are flightless?

It's always been my understanding Scarabaeus species cannot fly (despite their depiction as such in Egyptian art). I've snooped around a little and perhaps only the subgenus Mnematium is flightless. Maybe I was misapplying flightlessness in some African species to the entire genus?

Kaiyodo - Bottlecap series / Re: Souvenirs Entomologiques (Kaiyodo)
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:47:38 PM »
Thank you very much for adding these Andre!

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:39:28 PM »
updated with a pair of mustangs and an elephant seal. These are Maia & Borges models; Mojo has recently collaborated with M&B and will be releasing some of their sculpts with updated paint jobs.

New for 2018 / Re: Papo - New for 2018
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:58:54 PM »
Wonderful terrestrial mammals; also love the rattlesnake and macaw

I have over half of these large DX figures and this D. alcides may be my favorite among them. Maybe because this is not a 'typical' species (such as D. hopei).

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:28:12 PM »
Two holy graills arrived. ;D

From the F-Toys creatures of the waterside set. Laccotrephes japonensis (left, misspelled as japonennsis on the accompanying card) and Ranatra chinensis (right).

Been looking for years for these two, These together with the Giant waterbug (Lethocerus deyrollei) and the diving beetle (Cybister japonicus) which I allready had, where the ones I wanted from the set.

Good job Beetle Guy. That was a Holy Grail set for me too but i was lucky to get it complete years ago. Only water scorpion figures I'm aware of.

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:48:59 AM »
...not so much for the Blue Gropers, from photos I've been looking at it seems that even very large specimens only have a very shallow hump at best.

Blue 'Gropers'?? Well, we have an orange one here in the U.S...  8) :P :-X >:D C:-)
Hilarious name, isn't it?  ;D When I first read Mojö Fun's post I thought it was a typo and thought that one doesn't look like a grouper to me... but then I read that they are really named Blue Gropers...

And here I thought I was making bad political humor. LOL.  Updating tonight with another horse.

I have to say, I am not a generalist, and when I was I would rarely buy a horse that wasn't part of a larger set, but if I was a generalist I would probably buy the thoroughbred I posted yesterday! To me, that's the quintessential horse :).

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:09:01 PM »
...not so much for the Blue Gropers, from photos I've been looking at it seems that even very large specimens only have a very shallow hump at best.

Blue 'Gropers'?? Well, we have an orange one here in the U.S...  8) :P :-X >:D C:-)

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:01:54 AM »
Updated with another horse.

New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:17:05 PM »
Actually, I have to say I quite like the Bernie figure, but I've always been fond of Safari Ltd... :)
I have to agree, the Pygmy Hippopotamus and Sumatran Rhino are not particularly aesthetically pleasing, but I'll get them, nonetheless. And the Babirusa, of course... I like the Muskox - and I still only have the muskoxes by Noah's Pals... I will also continue getting all releases of the Wildlife Wonders (a few years ago I have already decided I'd get all of the series) even if the Jaguar is the third release of the same sculpt, however, it's apparently the best of them, yet. I wonder how large the WW Bison will be... Of the Wings of the World series I will at least get the Asio otus... Wow, and the IC line has some great new additions like the Antennarius and this awesome looking spiny lobster, but the Corn Snake looks excellent, too. While I'm happy they'll release a Przewalski's Horse and I'll definitely get one, I think it looks a bit, well, geometric? ??? I will also get all the new Sea Life figures. I know, the paint on the Leopard Seal looks a bit strange but I always favour sculpt over paint job...

Yes, Safari Ltd will make 2018 another expensive year for me, and we haven't even talked about their prehistoric ones... :-X ;D On the other hand, I'll have to check but I have the feeling that 2017 had even more figures I desired (and bought).

yes this is two great years in a row for Safari!

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Floral Egg Crab (Epoch - Poisonous Creatures)
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:18:09 PM »
Oh, and I almost thought we would have the rare occasion of bryozoans represented in figure form - or at least printed on a figure! :o

Is that what the lace-like structures are? I thought it was their natural pattern. I cannot find any reference to them being some kind of symbiotic or phoretic organism?!?

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:06:53 PM »
Even if the species choices are rather uninspired if you ask me Mojo still gets#2 this year for variety. The Veiled Chameleon is the only one that gets my attention, wonder how large it is.

I agree, and they probably are not done releasing figures! I also find the cobra, wrasse, and owl nice. And the standing rabbit gets me for some reason LOL. My guess is the chameleon is probably in the range of a Safari Wildlife model. Not large like the I.C. line.

New for 2018 / Re: Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:57:55 PM »
Some of these are quite nice and, in the case of the humphead wrasse, the first example of this species in toy form (correct me if I'm wrong!).

yeah, other than the dogs and horses I like them.

I believe the humphead wrasse has been made by the Japanese manufacturers a couple times, at least by Kaiyodo (Aqualand resin model) and I believe Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour. But this might be a first for outside of Japan.

New for 2018 / Mojo Fun - New for 2018
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:44:23 PM »
No one has started a Mojo thread, so I guess I will. I admit, I am snagging these from STS Forum. If anyone from Mojo objects to them being here, I will delete the images promptly.

In no particular order:

black bear, cub

rabbit, standing

domestic turkey

Jack Russell terrier

rabbit, laying

great-horned owl

Labrador, adult

Labrador, puppy



cobra [looks like a king cobra]

Friesian, gelding

manta ray

spotted eagle ray


humphead wrasse

Shibba Enu

thoroughbred horse

Dutch warmblood

mustangs (two color forms)

elephant seal

Review of the complete set of the Sanitary Insect Pest Exhibition by Kaiyodo (2015). This is an arthropod-centric set focusing on insects of public health importance, whether by parasitism, envenomation, or household pests. There are five figures, and all of them are unique to uncommonly made (at least at the species level; and since this is a Kaiyodo set, the figures are marketed at the species level with Latin names). I had originally done walkarounds on the ATF for the cockroach and pubic louse, but they were lost during the Photobucket purge and not replaced.

The figures are typical gashapon-sized. All come as a single piece except for the cockroach. All are free-standing except for the flea which comes with a detachable base.

As a professional parasitologist and entomologist, this set has a special place with me, much like the Fleas, Lice, and Ticks set by Play Visions.

On to the figures, in numerical order based on the paperwork:

1. Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarina.
This is the only species that has been semi-routinely made, and this figure is almost identical to the original Kaiyodo Choco Q figure (the front legs are held at a slightly different angle). Other figures are by Yujin, Rement, and Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.; Shineg made a larva.

2. Smoky-brown cockroach, Periplaneta fulginosa.
This figure was unique at the species level when first released, but Kaiyodo has since released a nymph a year later as part of the Sticky Tack Insect set.

3. Pubic louse, Pthirus pubis.
This is one of the boldest species ever made in figure form, and the only other one I am aware of is in the aforementioned Play Visions set (which remains to this date one of my last Holy Grail figures to acquire...).

4. Blow fly, Lucilia caesar.
This species is included in this set as its larvae can cause facultative myiasis. This figure is unique at the species level, however another species in the genus was made by Skillcraft.

5. Human flea, Pulex irritans.
This figure is unique at the genus and species level. Other flea figures are marketed as, or clearly attributable to, the genus Ctenocephalides (cat and dog fleas). The base allows this laterally-flattened figure to be displayed well!

Colorata / Re: Coconut Crab (Colorata - Yanbaru Creatures)
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:01:19 PM »
Someone on STS wanted a comparison shot of the coconut crab figures, so here they are (given Safari's run of crustaceans, might we see one of these one day?):

1. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)
2. Colorata (Yanbaru Creatures)
3. Kaiyodo (Okinawa Collection)
4. Epoch (Poisonous Creatures)

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