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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 :)
Animal toys (general) / Educational Toys For Kids
« Last post by Cheska30 on September 23, 2017, 11:45:18 AM »
Hello! I just want to share this with moms (and dads, too!) who want to give their kids these lovable plushies! They're like stuffed animals + building toys combined, you can mix & make new creations. They're giving away a free set here -
Furuta / Insect Science (Furuta)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 23, 2017, 01:54:06 AM »
Review of the complete set Insect Science by Furuta. This is an interesting set of eight figures, but marketed in four pairs; four main figures with one 'accessory' each (the accessory being prey, a mate, progeny, etc.).

Like most Japanese manufacturers, this set represents typical Asian fare, nothing unusual or uncommonly made. The figures are single piece (well, they came same piece, possibly they can be taken apart -- I certainly have not tried). The primary figures are slightly larger than most of the earlier Furuta/Kaiyodo Choco Q figures, being more inline with the Yujin Insects of Japan Series.

Each primary figure comes with a sturdy collectors card with lots of fun facts (in Japanese, of course) and a picture of the primary figure and its accessory.

On to the figures, in their numerical order:

1a. Asian swallowtail, Papilio xuthus.
This figure has a fine felt coating over its wings. This species has been made by Bandai, Kabaya, Koro Koro, and Rement as adults, and by Kaiyodo (twice, including Mega Sofubi Toy Box) and Shineg as larvae.

1b. Seven-spotted lady beetle, Coccinella septempunctata.
This figure, and the follow on which it is sitting, is the accessory to the swallowtail (above). I decided to display the beetle on the flower since it is so small (not too much larger than 1:1). This is probably the most commonly made non-scarabaeoid beetle. I have figures marketed as, or at least clearly attributable, to this species by 4D Master, Blip Toys, Heller, Kabaya, Kitan Club, plus several of unknown origin. It was also made by Bullyland (which I do not personally have).

2a and 2b. Sawtoothed stag beetle, Prosopocoilus inclinatus.
This figure and its accessory are the male and female of the same species. This is one of the more common stag beetles made in figure form, having also been made by F-toys, Hayakwa Toys, Kabaya, Kaiyodo (a couple times), Maruka, Rement, Sega (several times), Subarudo, Yujin, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., and Wing Mau. I only have one other female of this species, however. Unfortunately, females of these scarabaeoid beetles are way less commonly made than the males.

3a and 3b. Golden-ringed dragonfly, Anotogaster sieboldii.
This primary figure and its accessory are an adult and nymph/naiad of the same species. This is the most commonly made Asian dragonfly, having been previously made by Hayakwa Toys, Kaiyodo, Rement, and Yujin (both adult and naiad).

4a. Giant Japanese mantid, Tenodera aridifolia.
This is the fourth primary figure, again the most common member of its group made. Other figures I have are by Bandai, Hayakwa Toys, Rement, and Yujin. In addition some of the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. B.I.G. Insects mantids may be attributable to this species.

4b. Migratory locust, Locusta migratoria.
This is the accessory to the mantid (above). Not sure if they were lumped as orthopteroids or if this is a predator-prey pairing. Anyway, other figures of this species are by 4D Master, Funrise Toys, Kaiyodo (twice), Rement, Yujin, plus an additional figure by Furuta.

Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« Last post by Jetoar on September 22, 2017, 12:24:17 PM »
Hi friends I would like to show you a better list of some of my new creations after photobucket purgue.

Aegirocassis benmoulae : Scale 1:35. 3 inchs. 20€/25$

Deinonychys: Scale 1:35. 5 inchs. 40€/45$

Europelta carbonensis: Scale 1:35. 3,5 inchs/ 13 cm. 40€/45$.

Dilophosaurus wetherilli . scale 1:35: 7 Inchs / 18 cm. 37€ /40$

Pachycrocuta brevirostris. scale 1:20:  3 Inchs / 8 cm. 17€ /20$

Concavenator corcovatus. scale 1:35:  8 Inchs / 21 cm.  37€ /40$

Iberomesornis romerali.   scale 1:1:  8 Inchs / 21 cm. 20€ /26$

Kosmoceratops richardsoni. scale 1:35:  5 Inchs / 13 cm.  40€/ 45$

Koolasuchus cleelandi. scale 1:35:  7 Inchs / 18 cm.  40€/ 45$

Pentecopterus decorahensis. scale 1:35  3 Inchs / 8 cm.  15 €/ 20$.

Repenomamus giganticus. Scale 1:10  4 inches / 10 cm. 15 €/ 20$.

Saurosuchus galilei. Scale 1:35: 7 inches / 18 cm. 40 €/ 45$.

Torvosaurus tanneri. Scale 1:35: 8 inches / 20 cm. 40 €/ 45$

Tullimonstrum gregarium. Scale 1:3  6 inches / 15cm. 20 €/ 25$.

Xenacanthus . Scale 1:7  6 inches / 15cm. 30 €/ 35$.

Shipping cost are included. If you are interested in someone, send me a PM ;).
Yujin / Shrimps and Crabs Collection (Yujin/Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 21, 2017, 03:05:21 AM »
This is a review of the complete sets of the Shrimps and Crabs Collection, originally released by Yujin and then re-released by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. after the latter bought the former. I wish I knew the years of release for these sets. If anyone knows, please chime in. I bought mine first as a complete Yujin set, and then later individually bought the Takara additions.

The original Yujin set included:

1. spider crab, Macrocheira kaempferi
2. Alaska king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus
3. red-claw crab, Chiromantes haematocheir
4. blue crab, Portunus trituberculatus
5. coconut crab, Birgus lato
6. red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
7. blue-banded hermit crab, Pagurus samuelis (with one shell)
8. anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus
9. shrimp, Palaemon paucidens
10. mantis shrimp, Oratosquilla oratoria
11. SECRET A: red swamp crayfish (green form)
12. SECRET B: Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus

After Takara T-A.R.T.S. bought Yujin, they released it with the following changes:

1. removed 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 (above)
2. Added the following:
A. fiddler crab, Uca tetragonon (male)
B. slipper lobster, Ibacus cilatus
C. SECRET A: fiddler crab (female)
D. SECRET B: red swamp crayfish (albino) [but same sculpt as SECRET A in the Yujin set]
3. Added a second shell to the P. samuelis figure.

In all there are 13 species. Like most gashapon manufacturers at the time, the species are Japanese/southeast Asian. Also, like their contemporary Choco Q figures by Kaiyodo and Furuta, assembly is required for all of the figures. Despite their rather small size, they have amazing detail. The PVC is very firm and possibly more fragile (much like the Yujin Insects of Japan series), so care is recommended when assembling (especially with such think and delicate legs and antennae on some!

At the time of their release, many of these species were unique or rarely made. However, at the time of this writing all but three of them have since been made by other companies.

On to the species:

1. spider crab, Macrocheira kaempferi
This species is popular and commonly made, including by Chap Mei, Colorata, Epoch, Kaiyodo (three times!), Kitan Club, and even Play Visions.

2. Alaska king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus
This is another commonly-made species, also by Kaiyodo (twice), Epoch, Little Critterz, Nihon Auto Toy, and also by Play Visions.

3. red-claw crab, Chiromantes haematocheir
At the time of the original Yujin release, this might have been unique (Furuta released one in the third series of Choco Q Animatales). It has also been made by Wing Mau and Kaiyodo. Kaiyodo is releasing a large figure next year as part of their Sofubi Toy Box series.

4. blue crab, Portunus trituberculatus
Until very recently, this figure was a unique species. However, in 2014 Kaiyodo released a zoea-stage larva as part of their Microcosmos set. Still, two other members of the genus and a few other members of the family Portunidae exist in toy/figure form.

5. coconut crab, Birgus lato
This species is surprisingly not commonly made. Kaiyodo made one for their Okinawa Figure Collection and Colorata released one recently this year (although I do not have that one yet…).

6. red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
This species is commonly made and in multiple color forms. Interestingly this is the one species that is not native to Asia; it was introduced from the United States. Kaiyodo released red and blue versions of this species as part of the Choco Q Animatales series. Takara T-A.R.T.S. released a large figure, comparable to their large beetles, and Yujin release a very small figure as part of Gacha Edition depicting various critters in captivity.

7. hermit crab, Pagurus samuelis
This was, and continues to be, a unique species. Mine is from the original Yujin set, so it only has one shell option.

8. anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus
This is the smallest figure in the set and remains a unique species, to my knowledge. Love the symbiotic relationship depicted in this figure!

9. shrimp, Palaemon paucidens
This species is also unique, although Kaiyodo has released freshwater shrimp in other genera.

10. mantis shrimp, Oratosquilla oratoria
This is another species that surprisingly gets overlooked by figure/toy manufacturers. The only other one I know of from a formal company is the very large figure by AAA.

11. Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus
This native crayfish species is another one that is made several times and in both brown and blue forms. I have three other sculpts of this species (two by Kaiyodo, and one by F-Toys) and all three come in blue and brown forms. To my knowledge, this Yujin figure was not released in other colors.

12. fiddler crab, Uca tetragonon
The two Takara T-A.R.T.S. figures here were unique until Kaiyodo released one relatively recently in their Capsule Q Japanese Crabs Collection.

13. slipper lobster, Ibacus cilatus
At the time, this was the figure I was most excited to get. The only other one I am aware of is by Epoch.

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: European Kingfisher (Vienna Bronze)
« Last post by Beetle guy on September 20, 2017, 10:40:43 PM »
Very nice piece!!
Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 20, 2017, 07:45:31 PM »
Three protozoans as pressed-glass figurines. Normally I do not collect glass figurines, but as a parasitologist, human parasite figures cannot be ignored. These were bought on Etsy from Trilobite Glassworks.

left to right: Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. intestinalis, G. lamblia) (trophozoite), Trichomonas vaginalis (trophozoite), Toxoplasma gondii (tachyzoite)

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: European Kingfisher (Vienna Bronze)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 20, 2017, 01:55:05 AM »
Nice! These are the kind of gems I love to find!
Sorry if this is in the wrong section, please correct me if it is!

But recently, I've been browsing for animal figures and I've come across some species of dolphins I've never seen before in figure form made by Play Visions. Like the Commerson's dolphin, finless porpoise, boto, and the like. I've also spotted another company, K&M, which made some spotted dolphin figures. I'm also searching for the vaquita figure from Yowies. I have also seen that Lontic/Nayab has made a figure of my favorite animal ever, the strap-toothed beaked whale; the figure is the only one of its kind in existence. I also spotted an orca by Happy Kin Toys, but it seems they don't sell to individuals- just companies only. :(
If y'all have any info on these beauties, please let me know!


What informations you need? I think i have the most of them but nothing for sale. Look on Taobao, there you can have a little more luck as on Ebay.

I'm looking for their cetacean figures and K&M's white headed capuchin monkey figure. I can't find (or understand) anything on Taobao :(

Thats very strange but with luck and any key words you can find something. So for whales look for deep sea. It could be that i have a second white headed capuchin, i will look. Do you have something for trade?
Other/Miscellaneous / European Kingfisher (Vienna Bronze)
« Last post by postsaurischian on September 19, 2017, 05:36:25 PM »
                               This Vienna Bronze figure was made around the turn of the century in Vienna / Austria.
                             The founder of the best known bronze manufacture of these days, Franz Xaver Bergmann
                                         lived from 1861 to 1936, which is about the time period we're talking about.
                                                  My guess is 1910 - 1920, but I'm definitely not an expert on this.
                        The figure is pretty heavy and incredibly beautiful. I hope I could capture this a bit in these pics.
                                                   I found it at a flea market in Zόrich / Switzerland. :) Lucky me!





                                        compared to the figures of Nature Techni Colour (left) and Kaiyodo (center):

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