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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:57:12 PM »
Ascending Allomyrina! The Descending Dynastes was so much fun now let us go in the opposite direction with another species, Allomyrina dichotoma (Linnaeus, 1771). There are 10 figures not shown here, those are boxed figures, flying figures, and a couple female specimens.

1. unknown [possible dollhouse decor]
2. Club Earth (Backyard Bugs)
3. Sega
4. Sega
5. Sega [magnet figure]
6. Sega
7. Sega
8. Sega
9. Hawakya Toys (Insects Collection - Special) -small
10. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
11. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales Series 10)
12. Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer)
13. Maruka (The Strongest Beetle Legend)
14. Kabaya (Insect Directory)
15. Kayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) - large
16. Sega (Mushi King)
17. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
18. Sega (fighting beetles - black)
19. Sega (fightint beetles - brown)
20. unknown
21. Sega
22. Rement
23. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 2)
24. CollectA
25. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
26. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2011)
27. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014) - black
28. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014) - brown
29. MTC Trading Company (Creature Collection)
30. Sega (DX)
31. Subarudo
32. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.
33. unknown
34. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles - 2017)
35. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects - 2015)
36. K&M International (Wild Republic Insects Polybag)


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:57:43 PM »
That's awesome! I don't think, even before I reduced my collection, that I had or 27 of any one species!

Spotted hyena might be the most frequent, but even then not even close.

Okay, check that...if my database is correct, I have 26! If I can get my hands on the PNSO one...or count the non-toy ones...I'd be at about 30!

I probably have 45-50 Allomyrina dichotoma, because some companies (F-toys, T-TARTs) just keep releasing them. It's to a point where I don't retain the A. dichotoma in the annual F-toys Beetle Hunter sets LOL

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:38:03 AM »
Descending Dynastes! This is a size comparison of 27 figures of Dynastes hercules (Linnaeus 1758). This does not include winged/flying figures, boxed figures, figures on large bases, etc (as such it is not ALL of the figures in my collection; there are about 8-10 not shown here]). They are descending from biggest to smallest! I did this a few years ago when I had fewer members of this species.

1. Subarudo
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2017)
3. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2017 - melanic)
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2016)
5. Sega (DX)
6. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2003)
7. Tedco Toys [adult from life cycle set]
8. unknown [dollar store figure]
8. 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
10. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
11. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects 2017)
12. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Biology of the Amazon)
13. unknown [dollar store figure]
14. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2017)
15. Maruka (The Strongest Beetle Legend)
16. Sega [blue variant]
17. Sega
18. Sega (Mushi King)
19. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) [large]
20. ShanTrip
21. Kaiyodo (Wonder Figure Collection)
22. Furuta (Chocoegg Funny Animals Series 1)
23. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) [small]
24. Sega [magnet]
25. Sega [magnet - blue variant]
26. Sega
27. Sega


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New Members / Re: New member from Spain
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:44:39 AM »
Hi Isidro!

Welcome to the forum! We look forward to seeing what you collect!

Yes, if a certain brand is not available you would have to order online. I am sure you have a local branch of eBay that probably has a lot of what you might be looking for! Some of us rely very heavily on internet orders to fulfill our collections!

-BAM

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Animal groups / Re: Lepidoptera
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:28:32 PM »
With my cool, new acquisition it is time to revisit the cecropia moth, Hylaphora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758). Interestingly, only one of these is a plastic/PVC toy figure! We have a magnet figurine by Doug Walpus Art Studio and a handmade model by Jetoar (Paleo-Creatures). Then there is the recent figurine of unknown origin on the flower! The very small figure is a porcelain French feve. The only figure from the familiar toy manufacturers in the large caterpillar by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects).


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:28:02 PM »
With my cool, new acquisition it is time to revisit the cecropia moth, Hylaphora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758). Interestingly, only one of these is a plastic/PVC toy figure! We have a magnet figurine by Doug Walpus Art Studio and a handmade model by Jetoar (Paleo-Creatures). Then there is the recent figurine of unknown origin on the flower! The very small figure is a porcelain French feve. The only figure from the familiar toy manufacturers in the large caterpillar by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects).


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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: cecropia moth (unknown artist)
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:28:28 PM »
Nice stemturtle! I will be teaching at the Univ of Minnesota May 23-25 and going to a Saints game on the 25th :)

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Other/Miscellaneous / paper wasp (unknown artist)
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:52:52 PM »
Walk-around of a wasp figure by an unknown artist. The figure is probably generic but the morphology to me is most suggestive of the western paper wasp, Mischocyttarus flavitarsus (Saussure, 1854). This species is endemic to the western half of North America.

A little background on this figure. I stumbled upon it on eBay one day. It was being sold alongside a similar cecropia moth (also reviewed here today) as handmade tin insect figurines. The starting bid was about USD 3.50. I bid it, about 1-2 days before closing, with a max bid of USD 20. Well, about 4 hours before it closed, I was outbid. I decided to try for 50. Outbid. 70. Outbid. What the heck, USD 100. Outbid. Hmmm. 120. Outbid. 150. Outbid. I thought what the heck, did USD 200 and was not outbid. Then about 20 minutes later, I got outbid. I decided I was going to let it go. Anything 200 or more for these two figures couldnít be worth it, right? Well as the last couple hours ticked away I started thinking I was not going to get beat. No way, not today. With 13 seconds left, I snuck in a max bid of USD 225. As usual, when max bids are preplanned, they alternate up about 2 dollars at a time. Well, that started to happen, and I won them in the last second with a bid of USD 220.20! I canít believe I did that! But with the figures in-hand now, I have absolutely NO regrets!

I contacted the seller to see if she was the artist or know who it was. I introduced myself and my hobby and told her I like the info for my database. She said she was an artist, but not the creators of these gems. She bought them years ago at an estate sale in Florida (where the seller happens to live as well). Who knows where they originatedÖ

On the the figure. The wasp (shown here) measures about 6.5 cm, not including the antennae. The wings at their widest points apart measure 8.0 cm between them. The longest distance between two points of the base is 11.0 cm. It stands 9.0 cm high. Itís probably in the 2:1 size range. The figure was sold as being tin, but it feels maybe wood? Plastic? I honestly cannot tell. The wings are thinner and may be a coated paper of some kind. It is attached to a flower with a wire. The flower and its leaves are plastic, but not cheap like plastic flowers usually are. The plastic plant is then attached to a piece of driftwood.

Let these images speak for themselves:





















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Other/Miscellaneous / cecropia moth (unknown artist)
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:50:22 PM »
Walk-around of a cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758) by an unknown artist. This species occurs throughout much of the eastern North America, south and west possibly to southern Arizona.

A little background on this figure. I stumbled upon it on eBay one day. It was being sold alongside a similar wasp (also reviewed here today) as handmade tin insect figurines. The starting bid was about USD 3.50. I bid it, about 1-2 days before closing, with a max bid of USD 20. Well, about 4 hours before it closed, I was outbid. I decided to try for 50. Outbid. 70. Outbid. What the heck, USD 100. Outbid. Hmmm. 120. Outbid. 150. Outbid. I thought what the heck, did USD 200 and was not outbid. Then about 20 minutes later, I got outbid. I decided I was going to let it go. Anything 200 or more for these two figures couldnít be worth it, right? Well as the last couple hours ticked away I started thinking I was not going to get beat. No way, not today. With 13 seconds left, I snuck in a max bid of USD 225. As usual, when max bids are preplanned, they alternate up about 2 dollars at a time. Well, that started to happen, and I won them in the last second with a bid of USD 220.20! I canít believe I did that! But with the figures in-hand now, I have absolutely NO regrets!

I contacted the seller to see if she was the artist or know who it was. I introduced myself and my hobby and told her I like the info for my database. She said she was an artist, but not the creators of these gems. She bought them years ago at an estate sale in Florida (where the seller happens to live as well). Who knows where they originatedÖ

On to the figure. The cecropia moth (shown here) has a maximum distance between wing tips of 9.5 cm. The base is 9.0 cm long. It stands 7.0 cm high. It seems to fit into the 1:1 range for this species! The figure was sold as being tin, but it feels maybe wood? Plastic? I honestly cannot tell. The wings are thick and made of the same material as the body. The paint job is exquisite! The only thing that would have made it a bit more realistic is if the antennae were broad, so simulate plumose antennae (even females have slightly plumose antennae). It is attached to a flower with a wire. The flower and its leaves are plastic, but not cheap like plastic flowers usually are. The plastic plant is then attached to a piece of driftwood.

Letís let the pictures speak for themselves:


















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Review of the complete set, Insect Bucket by K&M International - Wild Republic, new in 2017. The set includes 30 pieces, 21 insects and 9 pieces of scenery (six pieces of ground/bark and three palm trees). I think these scenery pieces are in all of their bucket sets; they make sense of dinosaurs or large animals, but not insects unless they are intended to be kaiju :).

When I first saw publicity pics of the figures, I thought they were just repaints of their Nature Toob and large Polyvinyl bag sets. I was wrong. The smaller figures are clearly the style seen in their tube set, but are not the exact same sculpt and actually appear a bit smaller. The larger figures are truly new/original. They are smaller than the polyvinyl bag figures and appear to be influenced by (but not bootlegs of, as they are smaller) some of the 4D Master figures. None of the figures have elaborate paint detail, but the larger figures are very nicely detailed with regards to texture. All of them have a dull, matte finish. The larger figures also have a common name stamped on the bottom, but none have K&M nor a year stamped on them.

I was very happy with this set, especially the larger figures!

On to the pics. For the larger figures, I am including measurements to get an idea for how big they are:

first, the bucket!



Ants. The larger one (9.0 cm) has a similar form to the 4D Master ant, but is smaller and obviously in one piece. The smaller ant is in the classic TM-style.



Beetles. The large ladybug is 5.5 cm. The smaller one is  a common sculpt. The generic red goliathine scarab looks like it was influenced by XX and the cerambycid appears to be in the genus Anoplophora.



Wasps and Bees. The large wasp is 8.5 cm (including the stinger). The smaller bee is similar to many generic figures.



Scorpions. The larger one is very nice, measuring 7.0 cm (not including pedipalps); the smaller one is similar to both Safari and K&M tube figures (not TM-style).



Spiders. The large blue spider has an 8.0 x 9.0 leg span. The smaller one is the same sculpt style as in their tube set.



Misc. insects. A cockroach, centipede, and swallowtail caterpillar, all in classic previously-used sculpts.



Grasshoppers. The larger two are very nice; the largest measures 12 cm (not including antennae). It's a very large, robust figure!



Mantids. Again, the larger two are very nice; the largest measures 14.0 cm, including front legs. The two larger ones have short wings, similar to the 4D Master figures.




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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:10:58 PM »
hey Marcel

That firefly is awesome! I definitely need that set too!

The scaraebaeoids marked 'NAT' are by Nihon Auto Toy. I think I have an Allotopus by them, plus other arthropods (crabs, giant isopods, etc.)

I have a lot of neat stuff coming in upcoming days so I will be doing several walkaround and set reviews!

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New for 2018 / Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (New for 2018)
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:44:29 PM »
To kick off what T-TARTS has this year, here are there sets of B.I.G. Insects and B.I.G. Beetles. The migratory locust in the first set is a must-have!






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New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:40:14 PM »
This has been revealed for a while, but posting to ATF as well. The next Wild Bush set from Kaiyodo, due later this year. While nothing for me, it is nice to see Kaiyodo expanding beyond Asian species. I wonder if this means they will do one of these for every continent?


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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Imomushi (Beam)
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:20:24 PM »
Thanks to dinocat's discovery of the complete set of identified caterpillars (still not sure who made them, CE or maybe K&M), I was able to correct names for C and G and add a name for I.
F and H are still unknown but I am confident with the IDs. Only L remains unknown.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:38:54 PM »
I have a set of caterpillars with name on bottom:

American Painted Lady      
Anise Swallowtail      
Cloudless Giant Sulphur      
Creamy Marblewing      
Falcate Orangetip      
Gulf Fritillary      
Mylitta Crescentspot      
Phoebus Parnassian      
Pipevine Swallowtail      
Queen      
Zebra Swallowtail      

No photo hosting account. Maybe I could email a photo to someone?

That's very cool! I have the Phoebus and the Zebra, and I have others of some of these species that were from knock-off sets (from what I can tell, this assortment has been done 4+ times).
Please email me a pic (you should have my email; PM me if you don't).
This set might help me put names on some of the mystery ones I have from knock-off sets [I have two complete sets, both have some of most of these species]

Did you get the set recently? Anyway for me to obtain a set?

By the way, no one is completely sure who made the set with the names. Do you know the manufacturer of yours? Theories include Club Earth and K&M

thanks!

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Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:36:03 AM »
uggh, I wish I would have known about these before they got sold out. I have the entire Ikimon set coming though

I came late to that party too.
Hope you will have time to post a review of the Ikimon set when it is delivered.

yes I am planning on a comprehensive review of the whole set, per usual.

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Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:02:40 PM »
uggh, I wish I would have known about these before they got sold out. I have the entire Ikimon set coming though

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New Members / Re: Brazilian biologist wants advice!
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:05:54 PM »
Safari also produced a squirrel monkey in 2017. It's one of their Incredible Creatures so it might be on the larger size.

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New Members / Re: Brazilian biologist wants advice!
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:56:16 AM »
In 2017 Bullyland made the Brazilian white-kneed tarantula, Acanthoscurria geniculata.

upload image

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Collections / Re: Brazilian animals sorted by ecoregions
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:51:01 PM »
I didn't realize there was a blue version of the Dynastes. I have the yellow version and it is one of my favorite D. hercules figures!

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