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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by Halichoeres on Today at 04:50:20 AM »
I had no idea Safari had so many sub-lines. I've edited the first post with that information. Apparently there was a dolphins and whales toob back in 2003 (http://toyanimal.info//index.php?title=Safari_694704_Whales_and_Dolphins_TOOB), but this new one looks like a significant improvement.
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Furuta / Re: Insect Science (Furuta)
« Last post by stargatedalek on Today at 03:03:31 AM »
Your posts alone make the atf a reference to rival the Animal Toy Wiki, as far as arthropod figures go!

Thanks! One of the reasons I post them is also for my own personal reference, in case I need to go back and check something.

I wish specialists in other groups would do more similar things (Sean, fish; Stargatedalek, birds; postsaurician, reptiles, etc...).
Yah, I've definitely fallen behind on walkarounds, or even acquisitions for that matter. I have probably around a half dozen birds just from the past month that don't have any photos here period. Thanks for the reminder, I should get some new bristol and start catching up.
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Furuta / Re: Insect Science (Furuta)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 12:16:08 AM »
Your posts alone make the atf a reference to rival the Animal Toy Wiki, as far as arthropod figures go!

Thanks! One of the reasons I post them is also for my own personal reference, in case I need to go back and check something.

I wish specialists in other groups would do more similar things (Sean, fish; Stargatedalek, birds; postsaurician, reptiles, etc...).
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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on Today at 12:14:42 AM »
Thanks Tim. Please post them as you get them, and it's OK to do prehistoric critters here too. Do you know if the jackrabbit and puma are Wildlife Wonders or North American Wildlife.

Is this their first whales TOOB? Neat assortment if so.
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Furuta / Re: Insect Science (Furuta)
« Last post by Halichoeres on September 25, 2017, 06:42:58 PM »
Your posts alone make the atf a reference to rival the Animal Toy Wiki, as far as arthropod figures go!
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New for 2018 / Safari - New for 2018
« Last post by Halichoeres on September 25, 2017, 06:40:27 PM »
Safari's extant critters are being discussed more on dtf than here. That just won't do. Here are the official announcements so far for non-fictional,
 non-prehistoric animals (stable photo links):

Wildlife


Bernie the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

North American Wildlife


Desert hare (black-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus californicus)

Wildlife Wonders


Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi)

Best in Show


Boxer

Farm


Lamb

Sea Life


Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)

Toobs


Whale Toob: beluga, blue whale, bowhead whale, Bryde's whale, gray whale, humpback whale, minke whale, pilot whale, right whale, sperm whale
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Other/Miscellaneous / Red Wood Ant (Heller)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 24, 2017, 03:28:49 PM »
Walkaround of the red wood ant, Formica rufa Linnaeus, 1761, No. 79400 by the French company Heller (2000). This is the fourth and final insect figure in their set of four. It was the one I was most excited to get, and finally did! While ant figures are commonly made in 'chinabug' bin sets, having figures marketed at the species level is actually quite rare considering. This species is the classic 'red ant' of Europe. This species, as presently delineated, does not occur in North America, but there are about 25 species in the rufa-complex that do.

On ATF and STS you can see other walkarounds of the Coccinella septempunctata and Oryctes nasicornis. Sometimes the four figures (there is a Lucanus cervus as well that I did not do a walkaround for) are marketed together as 'Forest Monsters' collection.

Like all Heller model kits, assembly is required. This model comes in 13 pieces (top, bottom, mandibles, 2 eyes, 2 antennae, 6 legs) in a matte black. I first assembled the body and mandibles and painted the body with a red-brown-yellow mix (in the final product it dried a little more brown than I would have liked, but I am still happy with it). I then added the antennae (painted first) and legs, sealing everything with superglue. They recommended painting the black parts black, but the base color is adequate to I left it as is. As usual, I coated the final product with a satin varnish.

The final figure is 110 mm long, making it roughly 16:1 for an average-sized worker (normal legnth 4.5-9.0 mm).

On to the pics:















And the final product:





And with the entire 'Forest Monsters' collection:

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 24, 2017, 02:40:53 PM »
Here are some acquisitions over the month of September. Some of these have shown up already in other threads on the various fora, but here they are all collectively:

Some porcelain French feves. A set of eight grasshoppers, plus a plaque depicting the Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) by the World Wildlife Fund.



Next, the fourth and final Heller model kit, the red ant, Formica rufa (walkaround coming soon).



A plaster cast of the extinct crab, Portunites by Fossil Molds and Replicas. Not something I would normally buy, but it's a new genus for me.



Three pressed glass figurines. Again, not into glass figurines but as a parasitologist I could not resist these three protozoa: Giardia duodenalis, Toxoplama gondii, and Trichomonas vaginalis. I guess if I were to get T. vaginalis, this is the way I would want to get it... >:D C:-) 8)

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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 23, 2017, 04:03:50 PM »
Your stuff is so nice. I would buy a lot more if I was more taxonomically diverse :)
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Animal toys (general) / Educational Toys For Kids
« Last post by Cheska30 on September 23, 2017, 11:45:18 AM »
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