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AAA / Re: Mantis Shrimp (AAA)
« on: Today at 12:44:53 AM »
Received one of these in a mail today, it's a beautiful thing and I'm incredibly excited to have one, but it's giving me quite the scare. It's sticky. Is this plastic "meant" to be ever so slightly sticky? I can't imagine it is, but the plastic itself seems slightly different from the other AAA I own so I can't say for sure.

Mine is not sticky. I wonder if yours was previously stored under conditions that caused it to start to break down or something?
It must have been. The seller didn't note this, and I paid an awful lot for it, so I suppose I shouldn't get to attached. :'(

It's a real shame, I'm absolutely in love with the piece, even for the price I paid, but not when it's so sticky that it's actually uncomfortable to hold in my hands.

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AAA / Re: Mantis Shrimp (AAA)
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:36:36 PM »
Received one of these in a mail today, it's a beautiful thing and I'm incredibly excited to have one, but it's giving me quite the scare. It's sticky. Is this plastic "meant" to be ever so slightly sticky? I can't imagine it is, but the plastic itself seems slightly different from the other AAA I own so I can't say for sure.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:57:47 PM »
If that set had a wild-colour axolotl I would have been tempted...but I didn't need the morphs!

Still very nice figures though. Just wish they'd stop with the chains (at least the magnets can be invisible)
I don't mind them, if only because it's probably the only reason we're getting such interesting poses!

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:53:44 PM »
Each of these sets has had one member that was either swimming or being held (as most of these are fairly typical pet species [or in the case of the 2nd set, the kind of native species that someone might catch and then hatch up in a home aquarium]).

The only exception being the giant salamander.

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Animal toy lines / Re: Pica pica Games upcoming plans and input welcome
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:51:40 PM »
Apologies for the extremely delayed response, I was hoping to have some solid information right away last week but as it turned out I had some expectations that needed lowering.

First off; materials. I was hoping to have access to ABS or soft plastic material to print more fragile parts, but sadly both of these are currently beyond my reach. ABS produces nauseating fumes and though not dangerous strictly speaking still requires a lot of ventilation, and so I simply lack the infrastructure to use this material safely. Soft material in theory is within my grasp, but it requires very specific calibrations which would increase production time exponentially and will likely have a negative impact on detail anyway.

This does however come with some good news, basic PLA doesn't require any bells and whistles, and we've decided on the "basic but reliable" model of printer. I already have it in hand but it isn't set up yet. I'm hopeful I can start printing models within the next few weeks.

Some minor changes to my plans are necessitated, but overall things will continue as originally planned. The species lists for the first series of Forgotten and Bio-plastic remain unchanged, though there are going to be some pretty extreme changes to the Collector's Choice format.

Rather than producing X number of each species, a demo version of each species will be made and subsequent individual models will be started upon order. This allows you the buyer to specify things that only 3D printing would allow! You can not only choose from a predetermined list, but actively work with me to create and decide on the pose, base, and in most cases colour scheme of your model.

Every model is 3D printed and hand painted, with few exceptions most will have details sculpted by hand, and those that aren't large or detailed enough for this will be treated to minimize print lines and any print or assembly artifacts will of course be repaired. If desired, I can prepare a model as if it were a kit, for you to assemble and paint yourself.

Every Pica pica Games model is custom designed and built largely by hand just to fit your needs, and at prices comparable to molded and cast products because of the efficiency available using this 3D printing technology.

My "new" plans for the Collectors Choice line is to read any suggestions here for a location for the next few weeks, then together we can narrow things down from there. The idea is that each season of the line will have a diverse selection of animals that naturally coexist, each with its own base, and a little something extra along the lines of a skeleton, or perhaps a 1:1 skull, for the real anatomy nerds of us out there. The primary idea of this particular line is extant animals, primarily because this line is intended to be consistent in presentation and it's difficult to find "supplementary" material for extinct animals (fossil scans etc.), but there would of course be at least one extinct animal in a batch, potentially more depending on the location.

Some suggestions already are Yunnan Province in China, Northern Brazil, and Zambia, which are all wonderful options.

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Have you seen the AAA Spiny Lobster? Is it a different species?
The AAA spiny lobster is almost identical in size, about 16cm excluding antennae (31cm including).

The pattern of spines is very different, and the eyes are much larger proportionally. Since AAA figures are cast I think it's safe to say they represent different species. Most AAA casts are either of southeast Asian species (or relatively common as pets), so that would be the place to start looking for an ID.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Insects (K&M International - Magnamorphs)
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:18:39 AM »
I have the complete butterfly set (monarch, morpho, and a birdwing [presumably Ornithoptera sp.]), it was sold separately from the mantis/tarantula/bee set.

You have the birdwing head on the monarch and the birdwing itself seems to be missing. Your bumble bee is also using the morpho's legs.

The original gimmick behind these was to create strange grafted hybrid abominations, though it struck me as odd the butterflies came as a set of entirely repaints (no others seem to have).

These were later re-released with "clip-on" parts instead of magnets, I have a sadly mis-matched insect set with these parts, sadly also incompatible with the original magnets. perhaps this set was yet another release variant?

I didn't know there were two bees, do they use the same sculpt?

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Exciting to finally see it up close, though admittedly a touch smaller (which is to say, "of a smaller species" ;)) than I'd expected. I guess I'm just used to seeing those giant Pacific spiny lobsters.

A crustacean toob would be absolutely wondrous, dare I wish they might flesh it out with a few tiny crustaceans more or less in scale with the larger counterparts. Always room for another fiddler crab!

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:44:34 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

Thanks! They took their sweet time to arrive though. ???

I have the harlequin shrimp with starfish on base from the same series. If you are interested let me know ;)
Thanks for the offer but I'm going to need to decline for the time being.



Sadly I have to leave some mixed feedback for Minizoo (and I suppose in all fairness, for Australia and Canada Post).

Almost every item arrived bent, and the box was beat up with many dents and the structure of it was only being held together with the packing tape.

Nothing so severe I would consider requesting a refund or anything like that, but I have to caution because this package was prepared so poorly.

Package arrived rapidly considering the distance it traveled especially since I got the cheapest shipping option, but I should expect more than the items being thrown in more or less loose with just packing peanuts. The only "real" packing materials were some cardboard and wrapping on the CollectA Dimorphodon, which I'm fairly certain is how they arrive to the retailers.

Let this be a listen to us all, packing peanuts aren't ever good enough!

*edit*
Don't get me wrong, I still recommend buying through them, but this really was a shoddy job of packing.

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:03:02 PM »
I toke the advice to heart and bought that mantis shrimp, and only a few hours later they've put up another one. Incase anyone else is still looking:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152899619914?ul_noapp=true

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:01:11 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

which Epoch crabs are those? Are they among those I reviewed here: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2128.0
It's that fiddler crab and freshwater crab. I must say I really like these bases.

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Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:03:49 AM »
A huge positive for Beetle guy! Package arrived tonight, I'm loving these little Epoch crabs so much. He was even nice enough to throw in a Safari good luck mini cownose ray. ;D

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Huge sale!

I need to make room for a new desk in my own room so I can move my PC and have a proper 3D printing workshop set up in the current home computer office, and that desk needs to go right where I'm storing this stuff! ;)

Everything marked as under $10 is currently $1, and everything marked as under $1 is completely, 100%, no obligation to purchase something else alongside of it, FREE (except shipping, can't be paying to get rid of stuff).

This will last until the end of February (2018, for anyone reading this next year).

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Classifieds / Re: stars barter thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:28:30 PM »
Huge sale!

I need to make room for a new desk in my own room so I can move my PC and have a proper 3D printing workshop set up in the current home computer office, and that desk needs to go right where I'm storing this stuff! ;)

Everything marked as under $10 is currently $1, and everything marked as under $1 is completely, 100%, no obligation to purchase something else alongside of it, FREE (except shipping, can't be paying to get rid of stuff).

This will last until the end of February (2018, for anyone reading this next year).

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:40:54 PM »
The 2017 toad is posed like it's being held in ones hand, hadn't realized it's not been reviewed here.

If no-one has that whole set I can put up a walkaround of just the toad itself when I get around to posting photos again (camera issues).

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Classifieds / Re: New on Ebay
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:14:55 PM »
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/162883308028?ul_noapp=true

Even for my own holy grail this price is just way to high, but if someone with more cash on their hands than me is seeking the AAA mantis shrimp this is the only one I've ever seen come up for sale.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

I can't find them listed in either the 2016 or 2017 "New for" sections. A forum search didn't yield any results either. Have they been discussed on the forum anywhere?
http://sts-forum.forumieren.de/t18668-parrots-bird-garden-capsule-q-museum

It was a 2017 set. Even though the caiques are separate subspecies I wouldn't include both of them, but I would include both the blue and gold and rainbow macaws.

*edit*
The Kitan club Japanese common toad and Safari reef squid warrant inclusion.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:15:40 AM »
Was the Kaiyodo Bird Garden set 2016 or 2017? That's another 4 species (albeit 3 sculpts).

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I'm not near as well versed in beetles as any of you, but that species definitely fits the scale of the line.

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I have some stock 3D models in my library that could pass as these (one explicitly is a milkfish!), the only issue is they would need new fins made before they could be printed as currently most have 2D alpha channels for their fins.

If you're at all interested I'll get some screenshots for you. Making the fins is not difficult and after that I could put them up on whatever printing service you prefer (my printer is still on the fritz) or send you the models if you have access to a printer yourself.

Quite surprised to hear there hasn't ever been a john dory made.

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