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Unknown / Re: Sheep Ked (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 09:36:20 PM »
What a funny figure. I wonder why they choose that species over, say, a spider. With no marking to state otherwise, I'm sure that's what most people would think it is anyway! ::)
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Unknown / Sheep Ked (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on June 23, 2018, 06:35:31 PM »
Walk-around of a rather bizarre creature in toy form, a sheep ked Melophagus ovinus (Linnaeus, 1758), a wingless fly species that lives as an ectoparasite on sheep. Native to the Palearctic, it occurs nearly worldwide in sheep-raising regions.

I bought this figure at a dollar store back in 2002. It is a rehash of some of the vintage 'jiggler' figures of the 1950s-1970s (called jigglers because they are made of a soft, rubbery plastic).

The figure is rather simple but I thought I would showcase it since it represents a species that many people would never guess would ever be made. That, and I am a parasitologist (although I focus on human parasites, not veterinary unless they are zoonotic).

On to the pics:







With another vintage jiggler, originally distributed by Doon Vending Services (DVS) to be sold in bubble-gum machines.



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Last night I went to the Loveland Living Planet aquarium in Draper, UT where they have a living bee hive as one of their exhibits. I was pleasantly surprised to see the outside of the display was decorated with a lot of Safari Incredible Creatures honey bees!

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Collections / Re: Stars Museum
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 04:22:56 PM »
Thanks, I've asked about these at the DTF. Curious.
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Collections / Re: Stars Museum
« Last post by stargatedalek on June 23, 2018, 03:33:05 PM »

Archaeopteryx siemensii and Protoceratops andrewsi [Unknown] full body wall mounts.



Hey @stargatedalek this reply is way way late, but I have this pair as well. Mine are marked 'SilverCorn', do yours have any markings on the back? I'm trying to rack my brains to remember how I got hold of them, but my memory is terrible! I don't remember buying them so I suspect they were given away with something else I bought. Cereal, maybe?
I am fairly certain I purchased them at a dollar store, and they came with a cheap plastic dinosaur skeleton to assemble (long since lost) that was made of thin cut-out plastic, but otherwise similar to the nicer wooden ones that are so common.

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Collections / Re: Stars Museum
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 12:37:13 PM »

Archaeopteryx siemensii and Protoceratops andrewsi [Unknown] full body wall mounts.



Hey @stargatedalek this reply is way way late, but I have this pair as well. Mine are marked 'SilverCorn', do yours have any markings on the back? I'm trying to rack my brains to remember how I got hold of them, but my memory is terrible! I don't remember buying them so I suspect they were given away with something else I bought. Cereal, maybe?
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Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 11:37:37 AM »
I just noticed if you click on the section 'Reviews and Walkarounds' or, on right bar, 'Read Recent Reviews and Walkarounds', all of these new Yowies reviews are not showing up? Did something not carry over when the child board was made?

Well spotted. Yes, I need to add the new child boards to the list...will do it now.

Any thoughts on my suggestions to rejig the forum?

Would general discussions for a certain company be intermixed with walkarounds? Personally I like walkarounds and reviews distinct (easier to search among them)

Yeah, but we only really have one general discussion topic per brand, so I was thinking of pinning (stickying) them to the top of each board. Other more general discussion in the Lines section can be moved to the 'Animal toys (general)' section, while the "New for..." threads could, but don't necessarily need to, be in a separate section.

I decided to keep the reviews and walk-arounds separate.
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Walk-around of the Incredible Creatures white-lipped snail (Cepaea hortensis) by Safari Ltd. The sculpt is very good. The colours are a bit more vivid than in the real animal. By my estimation, the model is about three times larger than life size. The figure was retired in 2014, which is a shame, since good snail figures are a bit thin on the ground.



Shot from above:


Shot from below:
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Animal toys (general) / 2019 hopes and dreams
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 02:05:48 AM »
We haven't had such a thread for a few years, but now is a good time of the year for it. What new releases would you like to see for 2019!? Any specific species, or animals in specific poses, and which companies?

You never know who might be watching this thread...  :))
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Forum business / How did you discover the Animal Toy Forum?
« Last post by animaltoyforum on June 23, 2018, 01:54:33 AM »
I'm interested to know how members discovered the ATF. I've set up a poll with options, but feel free to elaborate!
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