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Other/Miscellaneous / Prosopocoilus giraffa (SEGA big beetles models, Mushiking)
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 15, 2018, 09:08:40 PM »
On this Sega figurine line(s)
The SEGA 'big beetles' (note: not an official series name, just to label it) came in blisterpack and some with a plastic strap holding a information card.
Many beetles were produced and sometimes with alternative or altered molds for particular species. The style of the series figurines differs so much that they can hardly be seen as a whole. Most of them were released from 2003 to 2009 and pretty hard to find. I do think to know all of them made by now. I did not keep/collect all, because some were a bit badly made to my opinion, focusing mainly on realistic figurines. The quality of the molds differs in these big beetles. Some look less realistic and/or very bulky, others are just great.

This one was released in a series including five other species: Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma, Dynastes hercules (blueish gray), Dynastes satanas and Chalcosoma moellenkampi.

On the beetle
Prosopocoilus giraffa is the world's largest saw-tooth stag beetle with long, sharp mandibles. It is found in a wide range of Asia (India to Indonesia). It is up to 119 millimetres in length. They have a mainly black body colour. There huge mandibles are used for fights with other males and because of the size the beetles can sometimes hardly control them. Is is said to be an agressive species.

On the figurine
A pretty rare find. The release must bin between 2003 and 2009. The figurine depitcs Prosopocoilus giraffa. And considering mandibles and size probably P. giraffa keisukei. This model came strapped to an information card (in Japanese). Some parts of the mould of this figure are used in the P. giraffa from the Sega big flying beetles.
It has less realistic details than the Sega DX version of the same species, except for the legs (Which are a bit bulky in the DX version). It is made out of hard ATBC-PVC, that's different compared to most of  the rest in this series. Mainly these figurines are made from more bendable material. This model is not poseable.

The figurine measures: 113 mm so almost scale 1:1 for a very big male (119 mm is the record known to me).

And the Pic's... I might give it a little paint update.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 15, 2018, 08:30:40 PM »
I don't have a lot of pics left either, except for what was used for the banner. So, that being said, the CollectA leopard seal and secretary bird and Schleich moon (sun?) bear might also be worthy candidates.
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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« Last post by animaltoyforum on January 15, 2018, 07:47:46 PM »
There are twelve contenders now. I could start the poll, but I reckon there are still a few more toys we could add for contention?
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Animal groups / Re: Crustacea: Decapoda (crabs, shrimps, lobsters, crayfish)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 15, 2018, 03:50:44 PM »
Today we visit the mud crab (also known as a mangrove crab or black crab), Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1775). This is an economically-important 'food' crab native to mangroves and estuaries in the Indo-Pacific [my mini diorama here might not be the best for this species, but it's currently the only marine one I have]. The figure on the right is a 'small' one by AAA (they also made a much larger model); the one on the left is by Kaiyodo (Aquatales Polyresin Series).

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 15, 2018, 03:50:24 PM »
Today we visit the mud crab (also known as a mangrove crab or black crab), Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1775). This is an economically-important 'food' crab native to mangroves and estuaries in the Indo-Pacific [my mini diorama here might not be the best for this species, but it's currently the only marine one I have]. The figure on the right is a 'small' one by AAA (they also made a much larger model); the one on the left is by Kaiyodo (Aquatales Polyresin Series).

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Animal groups / Re: Crustacea: Decapoda (crabs, shrimps, lobsters, crayfish)
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 15, 2018, 11:55:31 AM »
Nice collection!! Also reminds me I have to make a nice diodorama display one day!
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Animal groups / Re: Crustacea: Decapoda (crabs, shrimps, lobsters, crayfish)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 15, 2018, 03:50:19 AM »
With the loss of so many images due to Photobucket, will slowly revisit these taxa-specific posts with fresh images!

Today we visit the Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (De Haan, 1841). This species is endemic to Japan where it is considered vulnerable. This species is rather popular among Japanese manufacturers, and is often made in both brown and blue color variants:

above water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan)
4. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside) [blue variant]

below water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku) [blue variant]
2. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan) [blue variant - Special Release]
3. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 15, 2018, 03:47:47 AM »
Today we visit the Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (De Haan, 1841). This species is endemic to Japan where it is considered vulnerable. This species is rather popular among Japanese manufacturers, and is often made in both brown and blue color variants:

above water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan)
4. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside) [blue variant]

below water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku) [blue variant]
2. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan) [blue variant - Special Release]
3. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)

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Thanks for this walkaround, Takama! While I am excited for this figure (and the pygmy hippo) by Safari, I have seen side-by-side comparisons of the two species as made by Safari and CollectA and I think CollectA's are a little better (or, I should say they appeal to me more for some reason). Still, I am definitely a 'Safari guy' and would definitely get this if I was a generalist.
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This one is in our 2018 banner. Nice photos, and good to see you around again!  :)
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