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Animal toys (general) / Re: Copyright infringement?
« on: September 08, 2017, 06:08:04 PM »
Google 'Newbifo animal' images to see a ton of bootlegs.

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New for 2017 / Re: Papo 2017
« on: January 04, 2017, 09:01:59 PM »
New African elephants are basically resculpts of the previous ones and those are still not discontinued.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Figure manufacturer identification thread
« on: December 02, 2016, 03:15:32 PM »
Found a set where that deer-antelope belongs.

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Animals / Re: The taxidermy discussion thread
« on: December 02, 2016, 03:12:23 PM »
With plastination, all organs are preserved. Except the eyeballs, which don't look 'alive' enough and usually changed to artificial eyes in finished specimens.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Figure identification thread
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:04:49 PM »
I don't own these ones, just found the pics.
A strange Chinese toy labelled deer and looking like nyala with weird horns...



And a seal with extra pair of limbs


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New for 2017 / Re: CollectA New for 2017
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:00:41 PM »
The figure is a male indeed, a tip of penis sheath is visible. I initially suspected it to be modeled after an old & obese captive specimen)))

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New for 2017 / Re: CollectA New for 2017
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:56:37 AM »
Bongo is too stocky, its proportions rather resemble elands (and even Collecta eland is more gracile...)

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New for 2017 / Re: CollectA New for 2017
« on: November 17, 2016, 10:44:32 PM »
Yes, that's how Colorata made their Secretary Bird.
Checked it out, still the base & acrylic rod support are present. Larger snake could serve as base completely.

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New for 2017 / Re: CollectA New for 2017
« on: November 17, 2016, 10:34:26 PM »
The bird models which are free from fused base/perch plague are mostly penguins & ratites, and several other bird taxa with tail/wing points of support.
Manufacturers likely don't want to improve stability of models so they could stand on their own. 

An awesome alternative for secretary could be snake grabbed by one or both feet, its coils serving for support.
Same with many other birds & their prey species or carrion.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Copyright infringement?
« on: November 17, 2016, 10:14:00 PM »
My new bootleg of Collecta bumblebee.
Painted differently from original, tip of abdomen is black instead of white.

The underside is unpainted, without any writing, and eyes are painted red over black.
Both original & bootleg have inaccurate anatomy: male traits (long antennae, lack of prominent mandibles) combined with female sting.


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New for 2017 / Re: CollectA New for 2017
« on: November 16, 2016, 11:31:13 PM »
The woodpecker's feet are larger than in real life, and way too thick (thinner ones couldn't be problematic to achieve if still fused with perch)

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New for 2017 / Re: Schleich New for 2017
« on: October 07, 2016, 03:47:08 PM »
Comparing to other brands, Schleich figures seem to have a higher degree of cuteness in proportions, that may ruin the realism, but appeal to kids. Even their newest horses are 'cute'.
In terms of kids safety, sharp points or long very thin appendages are undesirable, so that's why their bird legs are fused together & with base, tails fused with body, tusks/horns are blunted, etc.
The creators try to enhance realism with 'super-detailed' texturing, which is not always really necessary. For example, Schleich birds look shaggy because of attempt to show individual feather barbs, comparing to smooth plumage of real specimens or other brands' figures, which have finer, less deep texturing.

Also, it's nice to see big cats slowly evolving into something closer to Papo's ones (arguably the best of all).

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New for 2017 / Re: Schleich New for 2017
« on: October 06, 2016, 10:58:20 PM »
Elephant legs finally got less cartoonish, such an 'achievement'.
That ugly disproportioned head of asian female... they repeat the same mistake 3rd time.
The new calf is simply monstrous.

And why painting the skin folds so dark, adding to their depth? It's kinda justified with africans, but asians have smoother skin (previous version was better from this point), so advanced sculpt could be enough.


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Animal toys (general) / Lost 4dMaster models
« on: August 01, 2016, 10:09:33 PM »
Several years ago, I've seen 2 quite unique models at 4dMaster/Famemaster site.
They belonged in 4d Vision Animal Anatomy/Full skeleton series, representing African elephant and Blue whale.
Unfortunately I didn't save the pics, and those 2 models are now removed from product range.
I have no idea whether they were retired (strangely, considering how popular those species are) or just prototypes (both had single photo unlike other models where we can see parts layout and box).
So does anyone remember them or, even better, has the pics? Tried to contact the company to no avail.

Btw, the main site is missing several anatomy models which are available at other retailers (e.g. Tedco): brown bear, polar bear (lame repaint of same model), white tiger (also repaint), and gorilla.

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Animal toys (general) / Re: Copyright infringement?
« on: July 18, 2016, 09:45:10 PM »
But, I think it is still important to generate a list of examples, which might help in some way. At the very least it could raise it to the attention of the companies being copied.
The companies may be aware of it and regard bootleg production as inevitable 'evil', just like with media piracy. Law enforcement for gazillion of small cases is too complicated and not worth the effort (adding the international aspect), so not all copyright holders make fuss.
Moreover, with China goods, you can't realy tell a retailer from manufacturer.

For collectors, bootlegs may be somewhat useful. First, to practice repaint without risk of spoiling a more valuable item, and second, opportunity of getting a retired figure (though it looks like only ABC species are covered).
About a list... let's start with ID of following figures:

Mojo?


This lion set exists in Russia with Schleich versions as well


Donkeys seem to be Schleich, and horses?


Not sure about this moose, bootleg or not


At least 2 Schleich cats (top right, bottom left)


Looks like Schleich retired moose and wild rabbit.


One of forest sets

Schleich howling wolf

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Animal toys (general) / Copyright infringement?
« on: July 18, 2016, 12:16:39 AM »
Hello everyone,
I've stumbled across lots of Chinese figures that were obviously molded from those by respective companies and sold as original ones.
For example, enter 'Starz animal toy' at Aliexpress and see some for yourself.

And those soft vinyl ones are sold in my country (Chinese origin as well despite going under Russian brand).

Schleich sow & piglet



Schleich retired male African elephant and (not long ago) retired calf



Possibly Mojo giraffes

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