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Megasoma elephas (Sega Mushi King, big beetle models series)
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:45:27 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 and one (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) can even compete with the DeAgostini beetles (64 models from real beetles, the best in beetle figurines there is) the SEGA DX_series and certianly some F-toy ones.

On the beetle
Elephant beetles are black in color but apear yellowish/brown due to a coat of fine microscopic 'hairs'.  The Males have two horns protruding from the head. And two with one bump in the middle from the prothorax. Females have no horns. These horns are mainly used  in competition among males for food and mates and for defending. Elephant beetles are located in southern Mexico, Central America, and in South American rainforests.

Male elephant beetles sizes range between 55-135 mm, females size between 50-90 mm.

On the figurine
This model is one  of the biggest in the series. It came in a blisterpackage with a Mushi King playing card. It has very realistic details and legs. The legs are slightly bendable but not poseable. The head is moveable. The horns on the prothorax are not really realisticly shaped, a little bit to rounded. From the cephalic horn to the tip of the abdomen it measures: 132 mm, so scale 1:1 for a big male.

First the four Sega Megasoma elephas figurines I have.
A: From the Mushi King small beetles series B: From the small 'deluxe' series These came on a smooth brown plate with the species name on it. C: The big flying luxe model. With moveable legs, head and elytra (wing detachable) It came on a base for dispplay. I will do a walkaround on this one shortly, since it is a good alternative for D: the Sega Big one.



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« Last Edit: January 03, 2018, 07:59:46 AM by Beetle guy »


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Re: Megasoma elephas (Sega Mushi King, big beetle models series)
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 12:11:15 PM »
I should hunt me down one of these big Sega M. elephas (with or without wings) to have it represented, but I am less-likely to pay a lot for single figures of commonly-made species.

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Re: Megasoma elephas (Sega Mushi King, big beetle models series)
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 02:02:53 PM »
I should hunt me down one of these big Sega M. elephas (with or without wings) to have it represented, but I am less-likely to pay a lot for single figures of commonly-made species.

of course I will give you a heads-up when I encounter one thats cheap!
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Re: Megasoma elephas (Sega Mushi King, big beetle models series)
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 09:55:49 PM »
Ah, another never-before-seen figure! :) It's nice to see figures of big Megasoma species in the size range of major specimens. I have a Sega M. actaeon which is about the same size. :)

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Re: Megasoma elephas (Sega Mushi King, big beetle models series)
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 08:13:06 AM »
Ah, another never-before-seen figure! :) It's nice to see figures of big Megasoma species in the size range of major specimens. I have a Sega M. actaeon which is about the same size. :)

Yes, they made Sega three big M. actaeon figurines, with slight differences (which is quite weird, I think) Two with longer forelegs than the other and all three have a different ventral moulds and colours.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 08:13:41 AM by Beetle guy »
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