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Title: Insects (K&M International - Itsy Bitsies)
Post by: bmathison1972 on December 11, 2017, 12:38:24 AM
Review of the complete set of Insects by K&M International's Itsy Bitsies series (2009). Recent discussions on the COG Itsy Bitsy bucket of Reptiles got me researching to see if they had a bucket of insects. Nothing by COG, but I did come across this set by K&M International (did K&M take over and re-release COG sets, or is this something entirely different with a similar name?)

It was available on Amazon cheap enough, so I decided to invest in it. Honestly, I was expecting the usual Toy Major-style fare of generic toy bugs. And while many of these are generic, they represent sculpts I have not seen before (and I collect most every variation of generic toy bugs), and they are made of a relatively sturdy, quality plastic.

There are 17 critters, plus a small plant and a plastic rock, all packed within a bucket measuring 9 cm high and 8 cm in diameter. The insects are about 30-45 mm each. A few of them appear to be miniature versions of insects from their Polyvinyl bag set.

The bucket:

(https://s19.postimg.cc/5o6p2b2w3/20171210_171012.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3wdq7ejj3/)

Beetles. Now there are some interesting things here. There is a longhorned beetle (might be able to get a genus on it), and a carabid that most-certainly represents Carabus, even painted more like on than the Polyvinyl bag set (the European C. intricatus comes to mind early). There is also a short-winged beetle that may represent the same Polybag figure that, when repainted, looks a lot like a nicrophorine carrion beetle. There also appears to be a possible Cicindela (sens. lato). The lady bug is generic fare.

(https://s19.postimg.cc/nqzrtk91f/20171210_171201.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/l9o0map4v/)

Orthopteroids. Pretty generic fare of a mantis, grasshopper, and cricket.

(https://s19.postimg.cc/4ynwpz4xf/20171210_171214.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3wdq7fm3z/)

Odonota and Hemiptera. The dragonfly is generic, well all three are, but I really like the stink bug and little cicada!

(https://s19.postimg.cc/i2th2n243/20171210_171241.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/y126srwbz/)

Hymenoptera and Diptera. Usual fare here too, with winged and wingless ants (rather like the latter), bee, and fly.

(https://s19.postimg.cc/7389r1yub/20171210_171316.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ogik5wu5b/)

Arachnids. Generic scorpion and spider; at least the scorpion has a raised tail and for a small generic figure, accurately has 8 legs (many generic bin scorpions are made with 6 legs).

(https://s19.postimg.cc/aa2tao3ur/20171210_171325.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/h0jak3r0f/)

Lepidoptera. Here is the one butterfly, a swallowtail with its wings raised, along with the plant and rock. I might permanently attach the butterfly to the plant (and maybe the lady bug or ant to the rock) to make permanent mini-bases :)

(https://s19.postimg.cc/dtor0i95f/20171210_171352.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4954dmjtb/)