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Animal groups / Re: Old World Monkeys - superfamily Cercopithecoidea
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »

Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus (Hausser Elastolin), subfamily Cercopithecinae.
Length about 2.4 in. or 6.1 cm. ID is from Toy Animal Info. Figure is not marked.

The Barbary apes of Gibraltar are the only wild monkeys living in Europe, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria.

The vestigial tail, < 2.2 cm, compared to the tail of a Japanese snow monkey, Macaca fuscata (NTC, Ikimon), which can be 4 times as long, < 9.5 cm.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:33:31 PM »

King Louie, Gigantopithecus sp. (Disney / Just Play), height 2.25 inches or 5.7 cm.

The Jungle Book character King Louie identified himself as a Gigantopithecus in the CGI film by Disney in 2016. This extinct pongid is part of a set of 5 figures. It is not articulated. Life size may have been 10 feet or 3 m, which is only an estimate because of the scarcity of fossils. Orange is the new Kong. ;)  I like the realism of this figure.

The Jungle Book Collectible Figures (Disney / Just Play), view of back of box
King Louie, Mowgli, Baloo, Bacheera, Shere Khan

Available on eBay, Amazon, and some toy stores.

Seeing those treasures (especially Odontochelys) brings back lots of memories.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:25:19 PM »
Thanks for alerting us to the Gigantopithecus, bmathison1972.
I placed an order for a figure by Disney. When I post a photo, we'll see if it is worthwhile to collect.

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:50:24 AM »
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

I do not own the Gigantopithicus figure from the Jungle Book. Here is a link to King Louie by Bullyland on eBay.
Gigantopithicus belonged to subfamily Ponginae in Asia, with 3 species ranging from 9 million to 100,000 years ago.

Animal groups / Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:43:40 PM »

Group shot of apes

Apes are the sister group to Old World monkeys, together forming the parvorder Catarrhini. In addition to prosimians and to New World and Old World monkeys, apes are our fourth thread, which concludes this sampler of the primates.

The purpose of this thread is to show a figure for each different species, comparing their  relative sizes. Some product numbers are reported below because apes are popular with toy makers. This is not a complete collection, which would involve many unidentified figures. Manufacturers often produce a generalized toy without designating a species or subspecies. See more photos on Toy Animal Info.

Superfamily Hominoidea has two families: Hylobatidae and Hominidae.

family Hylobatidae - gibbons
   White-handed gibbon, Hylobates lar, by Papo #50146
   Siamang (baby), Symphalangus syndactylus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
family Hominidae - great apes with two subfamilies: Ponginae and Homininae
subfamily Ponginae - orangutans
   Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, by Safari #292929
   Sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii (ID is speculative), by CollectA #88730

subfamily Homininae - gorillas, chimps, humans and ancestors
    Dryopithecus sp., by Bullyland #58381
   Western gorilla, Gorilla gorilla, by CollectA #88033
   Eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei (ID is speculative), by Schleich #14770

   Common chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, by Safari #224729
   Bonobo (baby), Pan paniscus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
    Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), by Kaiyodo Study Room
    Paranthropus (syn. Australopithecus) boisei, by Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 2

    Homo habilis, by Bullyland #58382
    Homo erectus, by Bullyland #58383
    Neanderthal, Homo neanderthalensis, by Bullyland #58384
   Modern human, Homo sapiens (Charles Darwin) by Accoutrements

Your photos are welcome. Go ape!


Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:13:15 PM »
Lovely figure. Thanks.  :)

Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:38:09 PM »
Please identify the creature that looks like a sand crab in the third photo between the large sow bug and huge mantis shrimp. Who is the manufacturer? Thanks.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: February 28, 2018, 06:02:57 PM »
Nature Technicolor released a set of 8 Axolotls and Frogs for 2018.
See Recent Acquisitions, Reply #1612 for a group shot showing the
4 axolotl figures
, cast from 2 molds in 2 colors.

Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum, leucistic with chain (Ikimon)     

Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum, golden albino with magnet (Ikimon)     

Images of the color alternates are not repeated here.

New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:48:55 PM »
Thanks for the nice images, Beetle guy
I have seen the set called Scientific Technicolor microorganism acrylic mascot.

New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:50:43 PM »
Available now (thanks, Brett, for the pic): plankton on chains. They are flat and clear, but I'm still getting them!  (and I suspect stemturtle will as well) :-)

You are correct, sir!

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:22:37 PM »
Did you buy the whole set? Love to see some more pic's. Thinking of purchasing them.

A photo of the Colorata Paleozoic Creatures set of 6 was posted on the Dinosaur Toy Forum by Halichoeres:

I bought the set for the orthocone, since I grew up in the Ordovician.  :)

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:34:34 PM »

Nature Technicolor Axolotls and Frogs, 2018, set of 8

4 figures of Ambystoma mexicanum, 2 molds, 2 colors
Axolotl, leucistic (chain)        Axolotl, golden albino (chain)
Axolotl, leucistic (magnet)     Axolotl, golden albino (magnet)

4 figures of frogs, 3 species, 3 molds
Argentine horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata (magnet)
Red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (magnet)
Budgett's frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis (chain)

Budgett's frog is the only new species of animal toy. The pose makes it hard to stand the figure up unless hanging by the chain. Perhaps the artist intended it to be swimming in water. On land the hind feet should be turned under to raise up the back in a defensive posture. The figure is nicely fashioned.

Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:42:58 PM »
My gratitude to Beetle guy for kindly alerting me about the listing of the rare Epoch copepod on YAJ.
And positive for Brett, who managed the bid and shipping, in addition to two sets of new releases. Delivered today.
See the review of the Ecology of Plankton by bmathison1972.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:56:21 PM »

Comb jelly, species not identified, (Dynasty Gallery)

This laser-etched crystal has a diameter of about 3 inches.  It demonstrates how sampling diverse taxa can take us beyond animal toys and into the realm of collectibles.
Ctenophora is a small phylum, lacking the stinging nematocysts of the cnidarian jellyfish. Comb jellies are largely ignored by toy manufacturers, with the exception of
Fisher Price .

I wonder if the artist might have been inspired by the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi. Length of that species is about 4 inches or 10 cm. When disturbed, the rows of ciliated combs glow blue-green.
Available on Amazon.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: January 27, 2018, 09:25:53 PM »

Hydra vulgaris, syn. H. magnipapillata (Shapeways), frosted ultra detail, height 0.9 in or 23 mm.

This familiar freshwater cnidarian is capable of immortality.
Length from 5mm to 15 mm or 0.2 - 0.6 in.
Credit to Dr. Admin for the idea of a push pin for scale.

New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:18:39 PM »
Ikimon - Nature Technicolor, Deep Sea Life 1, two suggestions:

Giant ostracod (orange)

Amphipod in salp tunic

Thanks, I'm not sure what is the official name is then. I'll update the thread title.

Several times I have been misled by erroneous IDs from sellers on eBay. The langur (Old World monkey) is only distantly related to the sifaka (a lemur). I would write the official title as Verreaux's sifaka and delete the mention of a langur.

Furuta / Re: Hummingbird (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:36:00 PM »
ID is Swallow-tailed humingbird, Eupetomena macoura.

Animal groups / Re: New World Monkeys - Platyrrhini
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:13:33 PM »

Howler monkey, Alouatta sp. (K&M Record Breakers Adventure Tube)

The species of howler is not identified by K&M. This figure, which is hard to find, turned up in an animal lot on eBay.
The red howler has the loudest call of any new world animal, with 6 species as possible candidates for the ID.

Venezuelan red howler (Trendmasters) compared to the K&M howler.

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