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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:58:19 PM »
I was able to confirm/correct IDs in the 10 boxed figures above, thanks to an entomology colleague originally from Korea.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Blaine's Sega Beetles
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:55:31 PM »
So, I have been acquiring a lot of Sega beetles lately, and there has been some interest on STS to review them. So, this post is specifically the Sega beetles I have in my personal collection.

Sega made A LOT of sets containing primarily, if not entirely, stag beetles (Lucanidae) and rhinoceros beetles (Scaraebaeidae: Dynastinae). That is a lot of figures for only two suprageneric taxa! Figures can vary from very small to very large; some are solid, some are articulated; some require assembly, others not; some are flying; some are on bases. Many are marketed under the brand 'Mushi King' which I believe is a Pokemon-like card game. Beetle Guy on the AFT is an expert on Sega beetle figures and I am sure he will embellish more on what I am presenting here.

The thread is not to do a comprehensive review of all Sega figures, but rather to highlight the sets and figures in my personal collection (and frankly, help me organize what is what--when you get so many versions of the same species, it can be hard to keep things straight!).

Feel free to comment all you want, but as with my 'Bug of the Day' thread I ask that you do not post images to this thread. I want everything to be mine for logistical reasons.

So, without further rambling, here are my Sega beetles. Posts will be updated as I add figures.

1. Large series, standard. These are very large figures, many probably 1:1 if not larger. I am not sure how many were made, but at the time of this writing, I have the following four. All are stamped with the year 2003. Some assembly (legs) are required.

Left to right, top to bottom: Mesotopus tarandus, Dorcus titanus palawanicus, Allotopus rosenbergi, Megasoma actaeon.



2. Large Series, DX.
These are the ‘Deluxe’ versions of the larger figures, with slightly better materials and paint jobs (although the large standard figures are very nice as they are). Again, I am not sure how many were made, nor are any of them stamped with the year they were released. Like the standard figures, some assembly is required, the legs and sometimes the prothorax-mesothorax juncture.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Prosopocoilus giraffa, Dorcus alcides, Megasoma actaeon, Megasoma mars, Dorcus titanus palawanicus



From left to right, top to bottom:
Mesotopus tarandus, Dynasts hyllus, Allomyrina dichotoma, Dynastes hercules



3. Small Series, standard
This is the largest series I believe. There were (at least) 100 figures spread over 10+ sets. While there are a few duplications for color morphs, etc., the vast majority of the figures represent different species. At the time of this writing I have 62 of them. They are small, roughly gashapon-sized, single-piece plastic and very realistic for their size. Many are unique at the species if not genus level! The following are shown in alphabetical order for my convenience:

From left to right, top to bottom: Aegus platyodon, Allomyrina dichotoma, Allomyrina pfeifferi celebensis, Allotopus rosenbergi, Augosoma centaurus, Beckius beccarii, Beckius koletta, Chalcosoma caucasus, Chalcosoma moellenkampi, Chiasognathus granti, Cyclommatus elephus, Dipelicus cantori.



The Dorcus species, left to right, top to bottom: D. alcides, D. grandis, D. hopei binodulosus, D. rectus, D. rubrofemoratus, D. tityus.



The Dynastes species, left to right, top to bottom: D. granti, D. hercules, D. hercules (blue morph), D. hyllus, D. neptunus, D. satanas.



Left to right, top to bottom: Eupatorus gracilicornis, E. gracilicornis edai, Eupatorus hardwickei, Eupatorus siamensis, Golofa pizzaro, Heterogomphus hirtus, Hexarthrius forsteri, Hexarthrius mandibularis, Homoderus mellyi.



Left to right, top to bottom: Lamprima adolphinae, Licomedes buckleyi, Lucanus gamunus, Megasoma actaeon, Megasoma gyas rumbucheri, Megasoma mars, Mesotopus tarandus, Neolucanus delicatus, Neolucanus maximus.



Odontolabis species, left to right, top to bottom: O. burmeisteri, O. cypri, O. duivenbodei, O. imperialis, O. spectabilis.



Left to right, top to bottom: Oryctes gigas, Prosopocoilus fabricea, P. giraffa, P. hasterti, P. inclinatus, P. wallacei, Rhaetulus didieri, Rhaetulus speciosus.



Left to right, top to bottom: Rhyssonotus nebulosus, Scapenes australis, Sphaenognathus feistameli, Strategus mandibularis, Trichogomphus martabani, Xylotrupes gideon, X. pubescens.



4. Small series, DX
These are the ‘DX’ versions of the small standard figures. I know very little about them, and at the time of this writing I only have the following two (Allotopus rosenbergi and Golofa porteri). I doubt there are 100 different figures, however.



5. Mushi King.
There are several sets under the name ‘Mushi King’ (I think they were all affiliated with card games). If I remember, my twelve figures are from two sets of 6. They are all stamped ‘2003’. I am not sure how many others came like this on bases. They can swivel on the bases but cannot be removed from them.

Left to right, top to bottom: Megasoma elephas, Dorcus hopei, Mesotopus tarandus, Lucanus maculifemoratus, Dynastes neptunus, Dynastes hercules, Dynastes granti, Allomyrina dichotoma, Odontolabis burmeisteri, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Allotopus rosenbergi, Chalcosoma caucasus.



6. Mushi King – magnet set
These six figures are small, even smaller than the small standard and DX sets. I have six figures, which probably represents a complete set but I am not sure. They all have a small, unobtrusive magnet on the underside.

Left to right, top to bottom: Chalcosoma caucasus, Dorcus grandis, Allotopus rosenbergi, Dynastes hercules, Megasoma actaeon, Mesotopus tarandus



7. Mushi King – Flying Beetles
There were at least two sets of beetles depicted in flight. I have a complete set from 2005 and a partial set from 2006. Some assembly is required, notably, the attachment of the elytra and flying wings, sometimes also the pro-mesothorax juncture. They are all elevated on clear rods and bases and attach in a hole on the bottom of the prothorax (making the figures a little back-heavy). The PVC is relatively soft on these. Where species are duplicated, the sculpts are not 100% identical.

2005 set (complete), clockwise from top: Allomyrina dichotoma, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Dorcus hopei, Dorcus rectus, Mesotopus tarandus, Dynastes hercules.



2006 (partial), clockwise from upper left: Dynastes hercules (blue morph), Chalcosoma moellenkampi, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Dynastes satanas.



8. Mushi King – Fighting Beetles
These figures seem to have been made for some game whereby one figure can ‘flip’ over another by means of an articulation between the pro- and mesothorax. Again, I am not sure how many there are, but my figures are stamped with years 2003, 2005, and 2006 so there were at least three sets. These are normally something I would not collect, but after getting a few free from Beetle Guy, I decided to invest in more.

Left to right, top to bottom: Dynastes neptunus, Dorcus hopei, Hexarthrius mandibularis, Chalcosoma atlas, Xylotrupes gideon, Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Megasoma actaeon, Allomyrina dichotoma (black), Eupatorus gracillicornis, Odontolabis burmeisteri, Allomyrina dichotoma (brown), Rhaetulus speciosus, Dynastes hyllus.



9. Trunk Figures
These figures are small (the tree trunks are roughly 20 mm long) and single-piece plastic. I am not sure if this set if complete or not (or maybe multiple sets together), but it's one of my favorites. Because of their small size, it was sometimes hard to confirm the identifications.

1. Lucanus maculifemoratus
2. Mesotopus tarandus
3. Dorcus rectus
4. Dorcus hopei
5. Hexarthrius mandibularis
6. Prosopocoilus inclinatus
7. Megasoma elephas
8. Chalcosoma moellenkampi



9. Dynastes granti
10. Allotopus rosenbergi
11. Xyotrupes gideon
12. Allomyrina dichotoma
13. Chalcosoma atlas
14. Chalcosoma caucasus
15. Dynastes herculus
16. Allomyrina dichotoma (anime style)



10. Miscellaneous figures
These are random figures made by Sega. The largest is a two-piece Lucanus maculifemoratus. The seven 'mini' figures (which might not be part of the same set) include Chalcosoma atlas, Dorcus hopei, Allotopus rosenbergi, Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Eupatorus gracillicornis, and Odontolabis burmeisteri (identifications on the Chalcosoma, Dorcus, and Odontolabis are tentative due to their small size and lack of detail). The silver figures are a Dorcus species (Neolucanus?) and Prosopocoilus giraffa. The gold one is Allomyrina dichotoma. Lastly, there are two 'anime' style A. dichotoma. I was debating on whether or not I would retain them.


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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:24:28 PM »
Some recent stuff in November. I have stuff pending from Brett, too, but since there is no ETA on when his contact will send stuff, I thought I'd go ahead and post these now.

First, some 'aquarium decor', three hermit crabs and a porcelain crab (maybe genus Porcellana? Having trouble placing it). All are solid, sturdy non-PVC plastic:



Next, 10 ants as French feves. Like the recent grasshoppers, and unlike past butterflies, these are not attributed to exact species. I had seen this set on French eBay not available in the US, but then Beetle Guy alerted me to this set on the US eBay so I snatched them up:



Speaking of Beetle Guy, I bought A LOT...I mean a LOT....of critters from him, mostly Sega figures:

First, large Sega figures:
DX: Prosopocoilus giraffa, Megasoma actaeon, Dorcus alcides, Allomyrina dichotoma
Big but not DX (2003): Dorcus titanus palawanicus, Allotopus rosenbergi



Sega, flying set (2005): Mesotopus tarandus, Dynastes hercules, Allomyrina dichtoma, Prosopocoilus giraffa, Dorcus rectus, Dorcus hopei



Various small Sega beetles:

Sega, small standard figures: Dynastes hercules (blue morph), Rhaetulus didieri, Homoderus mellyi, Scapanes australis, Eupatorus gracillicornis edai, Hexarthrius forsteri.

Sega, Mushi King fighting beetles: Dynastes hyllus, Allomyrina dichotoma, Rhaetulus speciosus, Odontolabis burmeisteri

Sega small, DX: Golofa porteri, Allotopus rosenbergi

Sega, Mushi King Magnet Set: Chalcosoma caucausus, Dorcus grandis, Allotopus rosenbergi, Dynastes hercules, Megasoma actaeon, Mesotopus tarandus



Next, some miscellaneous scarabs.

Five Epoch figures (2005). Don't think this is all of them. They come with bases, but I only have bases for two of them; the bases interlock like puzzle pieces and I believe it is so the figures can be displayed face to face as if fighting (this might be another 'fighting beetles' set): Megasoma elephas, Dynastes neptunus, Odontolabis spectabilis, Allotopus rosenbergi, Prosopocoilus inclinatus.

F-toys, female Allomyrina dichtotoma (as commonly-made as this figure is, why aren't there more females?)



Lastly some very simple but neat boxed bugs by an unknown Japanese manufacturer.  I have tentative IDs on these, based on the morphology in combination with the text on the back (run through translation software). The image below with the text is a flipped 'mirror image' of the insects themselves, in case anyone wants to link insect with its corresponding text.

EDIT: 11/20/2017, an entomology colleague from Korea helped with the translations and clarified and corrected a few. These are the intended species:
*new species for my collection
**new genus for my collection

1. Carabus insulicola*
2. Nezara antennata**
3. Chrysochroa buqueti rugicollis* [marketed as C. rugicollis]
4. Parasteatoda tepidariorum**
5. Anoplophora chinensis [marketed as A. malasiaca, a synonym]
6. Deraeocoris ater**
7. Carabus gehinii*
8. Allomyrina dichotoma
9. Chrysochroa fulgidissima
10. Coccinella septempunctata




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Kaiyodo - other series / Re: Humpback Whale - Kaiyodo - Sofubi Toy Box 013
« on: November 18, 2017, 04:51:59 PM »
Welcome to the forum and thank you for this nice contribution!

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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:02:38 PM »
Hi Friends. I would like to show you my last creations 

Arthropleura armata. Scale 1:35: 4 inches / 10cm. 25$/ 22 euros.



Shipping cost are included. If you are interested in someone, send me a PM ;).

Ah Jetoar, a man after my heart :) LOL. That Arthropleura is very nice, and I have been dreaming of a nice Arthropleura figure with a nice base (I am a sucker for bases on figures). Will be getting that one for sure!

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:21:22 AM »
Updated with five more releases. Nice sculpts but nothing out-of-the-ordinary in terms of species, but I particularly like the gray whale. Still all mammals. If the chatter on the STS is correct, we may not get arthropods, birds, reptiles, nor amphibians this year. But we will see in the long run.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:10:15 PM »
Awesome Sean! Nice Arizona fish. Wish I knew you when I lived in Tempe, you coulda had them all a long time ago ;-). Are you planning on doing a review of the set? Or walkarounds of each?

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:06:23 PM »
Big new reveal today! Photos added to first page. Kind of a lean year for Toobs, but some really nice chondrichthyans in the Sea Life series, cool fish in the GLM series, and a couple of nice arthropods in the Incredible Creatures series.

That spiny lobster is freaking awesome, but the scorpion is a repaint of the old HK one. I might get it if it's not bendy like the old one.
Really nice birds, that owl is really nice.

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:06:11 PM »
You don't discuss dinos at all here? Only on the other forum?

Typically, dinosaurs are not posted here because of the accompanying Dino Toy Forum (DTF). However I have the CollecA dinosaur pics and would be happy to post them if it's ok with Adam (frankly, I wish we would post extinct/prehistoric critters on this forum as well, if only for completeness--however we can leave the fantasy creatures out!)

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New for 2018 / Re: CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:12:41 AM »
Just updated with five more, but they are all hoofed mammals, and four are equines. Let's hope there is more taxonomic diversity going forward...(although that deer is pretty darn cool!).

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:21:08 PM »
Looking at the blurry Poleroids, and the 'hints' Poleroids, the following still need to be revealed:

scorpion
spiny lobster
owl (with ear tufts, so it's not the barn owl GLM)
marmot
Hyaenodon/thylacine-looking thing
tiger-striped sauropod
falcon/hawk (African species, apparently)
possibly two cartilaginous fish (based on suspect fins)
koala (or something with an ear like a koala)
plus others not hinted at (any more TOOBs?)

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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:35:25 PM »
Looks like they still have at least 2 arthropods to reveal (saving the best for last lol)
Also no other TOOBS yet?

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New for 2018 / CollectA - New for 2018
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:44:36 PM »
With many thanks to Numaan on the STS who is generously sending me CollectA 2018 pics as they get formally announced.

African civet



ring-tailed lemur



bongo, calf (to compliment the adult from 2017)



Pere David's Deer



white-tailed deer



blue whale



gray whale



common zebra



Friesian, foal



quarter horse, foal



Morgan Bay - deluxe model



Belgian Mare, chestnut



Falabella Mare, Palomino



Warmblood Stallion - Bay



Icelandic stallion - blue dun



There will be updates weekly, and I will update this thread as Numaan gets me images.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Centipede (Target Brands - Hyde and Eek! Boutique)
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:28:46 PM »
OK, this is a rather fun and silly walk-around. I like to do reviews of obscure or unusual figures, or neat figures of odd or unfamiliar brands. Today I bring you the review of a centipede, gen. sp. by Target Brands, as part of their Hyde and Eek! Boutique line of Halloween decor. This past weekend I was visiting a friend in Minnesota for her annual Halloween party and when I walked into her house, this is the first thing I noticed! She took me to Target to get another, but they were out, so she gave me one of the two she had bought earlier!

The figure is LARGE, measuring 52 cm, not including appendages. It is articulated (see the third image) and can be manipulated to some degree. It is not super accurate from a scientific standpoint, especially given its size, but it's a fun figure nonetheless.

I also have a large stag beetle in this series, and my friend gave me a couple large cockroaches that may be in this series (you probably saw them all in Recent Acquisitions).

Really not much more to say, so on to the pics:









On my kitchen floor with my other very large centipede:



With my smallest centipede figure, a small hard plastic vintage figure (possibly inspired by the old Creepy Crawly Thingmakers sets):


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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:36:18 AM »
I have a dozen or so much smaller versions of the translucent roach, they're probably around an inch long. Interesting to see the mold is still in use in some form so many years later.

Yes it is very much like the small figures, but this translucent roach is 100 mm :)

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Classifieds / PV Exotic Insects for trade
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:39:35 AM »
I have an extra set of 7 of the Play Visions Exotic Insects (missing only the leaf insect). I have available: assassin bug; thorn bug; velvet ant; grasshopper; bush cricket; lantern bug; mantis.

My interests are:

1) missing PV and K&M Insects
2) missing Wing Mau arthropods
3) larger, retired Bullyland insects/arthropods
4) Safari Smithsonian Monarch (adult).
5) anything else of interest

Pics avail by email, but they are in perfect condition and the paint jobs look like my pics on the review page: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1996.msg16003#msg16003

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:29:59 AM »
We just had Halloween here in the US, so that means lots of 'scary bugs' sold as Halloween decor. A large articulated centipede (to put things in perspective, this centipede is 52 cm long!); a large and cool, but probably not super accurate stag beetle; a couple large cockroaches; and a couple spiders, including a nice black widow (with a red hourglass painted on the underside; and no it's not a bootleg of the Safari figures).



Next I bought 6 of the vintage Schleich 'mini' insects. I already had the earwig (and I have the lady bug), but bought this set to get five I didn't have: bee, stag beetle, grasshopper, chafer, and dung beetle. Since these are old German figures, I assume the chafer is Melolontha melolontha and the 'dung beetle' is Aphodius fimetarius.


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:51:14 PM »
Today I am re-imaging my Collection on Shelves (and renaming the thread accordingly). I always love seeing other forum members' collections as displayed so I am sharing mine. Obviously, this is not everything. My shelves highlight taxonomic and manufacturer diversity. Because of space limitations, figures by unknown (and usually generic) manufacturers are not displayed unless they are unusual taxa. Also, a lot of Toy Major and Safari TOOB/K&M tube figures are not shown.
I do show large figures by major manufacturers and most Japanese stuff (although small Sega and some Kabaya figures are not shown unless they represent unique taxa). I also show most porcelain figurines except some of the flat feves.
Also, the make-up of what's on these shelves changes as new things come in, and sometimes things on shelves get pushed into the drawers...sigh

My availability to take pics will depend on lighting in my main room, so most pics will have to be taken mid-day on weekends when I am home.

Let's start with Lepidoptera:


















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Other/Miscellaneous / Puss Moth Caterpillar (Sun Wai Toys)
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:26:38 AM »
Walk-around of the caterpillar of the puss moth, Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758) by Sun Wai Toys. This species occurs throughout much of Europe, temperate Asia to China, and northern Africa.

A little history about this figure. I found it a few years ago, randomly online on Archie McPhee's novelty website when doing various Google searches for 'toy insects'. The first one was actually lost in the mail (quite possibly stolen from my front porch--that happened a couple times during that period), and was replaced free-of-charge by Archie McPhee. I knew nothing about the figure, but to find a toy of such an interesting and distinctive caterpillar, I had to have one. I didn't realize how interesting this figure was to other people. I have had a few private messages asking where to get one, and even a couple people practically begging me to sell them mine! This ranks up with my Imperial Toys walking stick as a real treasure!

I think Sun Wai made at least a sphinx moth caterpillar as well. Sun Wai figures, at least the few arthropods I have, are larger, yet detailed novelty-style. Most are fairly realistic (although their lobster looks like a mashup of a Maine and spiny lobster...)

Like many of the Sun Wai toys, the figure is large and a soft, hollow plastic. The figure measures roughly 225 mm (not including the caudal appendages), making it nearly 3:1 for an average caterpillar (although its stature makes it appear so much bigger). It is surprisingly detailed for what amounts to a novelty toy.

On to the pics:














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New for 2018 / Re: Safari - New for 2018
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:07:07 PM »
Added today's batch to the front page. Kind of a mixed bag. Some of these are real beauties, but the tabby cat, for example, is startlingly crude.

Thanks for keeping up with this, Halichoeres!

I will echo my sentiments from STS here:

Yeah the tabby is just a repaint from an older model, that was also gray (as well as orange), and doesn't like specifically like a tabby (unless it's the mackerel tabby). The Komodo dragon also seemed like an unnecessary remake (and not as good as some other brands).

I do like the Ongole cow (got to love exotic cow breeds).

The IC figures are nice. I like the frogfish and songbirds are a great idea for the IC line, esp. since some of them could easily be made 1:1

They clearly still have more to reveal, including a spiny lobster and scorpion. I am curious if those are TOOB figures or in the IC line. There are also more prehistorics to reveal, including at least one more sauropod and a ceratopsian.

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