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Games / Re: Fish and Sharks A-Z
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:22:00 PM »

Animal groups / Re: Crocodilia - crocodiles, alligators, caimans & gharials
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:21:42 PM »
Oh, is the Tomistoma by PV? So far I had several opportunities to bid on the Schleich Gavial but it normally ends up higher than I'd be willing to pay for it. I like the K&M one, have to check if that set is available somewhere. :) I have a PV/K&M sized small Gavial figure with attached magnet at our fridge... just checked, it only says "CHINA" underneath... still a good looking one, I should finally cut that magnet off and take a photo!

I thought I put that there--yes, the Tomistoma is a PV.

As for the K&M set, that has been out of production for about 10 years now (along with anything good from them).  I know that a member from the DTF found some for sale about 4 years ago (Cordylus) but who knows what he still has, or if he can still find any (or would).

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:53:07 PM »
Amazing deeps seas. In Spain, we dont see this amazing figures  :(. I would like to have Colorata and Kaiyoodo fish in general but here this is impossible  :(.

We don't see them in Canada...or Europe, or Australia, or anywhere except Japan either. They are generally found through trading and buying online.

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:07:48 PM »
Yay, and I thought freshwater rays were virtually nonexistent as figures... although, I recall there's a Colorata Himantura of some sort, but I don't know if that's one of those that go into rivers. Hmmm, I never heard of that Hikari set, I guess I would remember if I had seen it so I may be of little help, at least for now, but who knows...

The Colorata is a leopard whipray, Himantura uarnak. Apparently they will go into freshwater.

And since we've mentioned Colorata:

Sharks of the World (original set--many of these were doubled in the box, although I traded several of the doubles away):

From the top:
Manta Ray, Whale shark, Great white shark, Tiger shark, Shark Ray (=bowmouth guitarfish), Leopard whipray, Spotted eagle ray, Scalloped hammerhead, Blue shark, Sand tiger shark, Blacktip Reef shark, Japanese bullhead shark

Sharks DX Deluxe box set:

Top to bottom, left to right: Whale shark, Basking sharkMegamouth shark, Great white shark, Bull shark, Tiger shark, Frilled shark, Cookie-cutter shark, Goblin shark
These ones are neat--even in the small photos, you can tell that some of these even have a slight dermal-denticle skin texture (it's especially prominent in the mid-water shark figures)!

And finally making a holocephalan appearance, from the Deep Sea Fishes set:

Silver (or Ghost) Chimaera.

I do not have the big Deluxe Great White or Manta though, so someone else will have to dig those out. And maybe someday we'll get a Colorata Rays box! Could you imagine a butterfly ray!?

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:40:24 PM »
Not even the Kaiyodo pets ones? That's not right.

As for the links, I just recently figured it out!  If you 'quote' my post, you will see the coding in the typing screen--it's pretty simple once you see it!

The front tags go like this:
[URL = website url] Then you type whatever text you want to show up. The hyperlink closes with the normal closing tag.
No, not even those, I'm afraid. I've seen them on ebay and jauce frequently but they were too expensive as individual figures. But that needs to be changed, eventually! :)
Oh, and thanks for the info on the hyperlink tags! :)

Funny thing, I got my first pair (one of each) almost immediately when they came out.  Over time, each was broken (invisibly, but still) but I lucked out and few one of each again for $1 each!  I haven't ever seen that again (even in the Japan auction sites, that seems to be one that still commands a fair price; I'd love to get a whole shoal of them, but I have better things to do with limited collection money).

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:29:31 PM »
Oh, of course I know about the coelacanths thread:,162.0.html. ^-^ Well, I guess at least in this thread I'm more of a lumper since I thought it's best to include Latimeria as a representative of a bathyal fish here, too. Of course, over at the DTF the thread contains many more models. By the way, I still don't know how to include hyperlinks like on DTF, i.e. how to connect an abbreviation or other word with the complete URL. But it must be possible since sbell did so in the chondrichthans thread... but how? Maybe that would be something for the help section?
Colorata Coelacanths!

Oh, thanks! :) Can't decide which I like better, they both are appealing. Sigh, I'll have to get that newer box, too. Still no Polypterus over here! :-\

Not even the Kaiyodo pets ones? That's not right.

I mentioned the links stuff, but the admin explained it
somewhere else, so deleted!

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:16:20 PM »
And because I was on a ray roll before, a few freshwater friends!

The potamotrygonidae is so ignored, yet they have such beautiful patterns.  These ones are ceramics; there are three different colours but I was only able to get 2:

Made by Klima:
Tiger river ray Potamotrygon tigrina

Spotted river ray Potamotrygon motoro

The other one is sort of P.hystrix-like.

The only other freshwater ray figure I know of is (of course) from Japan--I saw them on JAUCE briefly, but missed out.  It was a set of aquarium-type pets that were apparently giveaways from Hikari (a fish food maker).  It was a P. henlei or P. leopoldi (black with light spots).

The others were other fish and such--and I curse that I didn't get it, if just for the ray.  If anyone ever happens to come across one (well, 2, since you'd probably want one too) PLEASE let me know.

Animal groups / Re: Crocodilia - crocodiles, alligators, caimans & gharials
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:03:13 PM »
I don't have tons of crocs, but I do have a pic of the one Tomistoma figure:

And for good measure:

Schleich gavial:

K&M Gavial (from their Exotic Endangered Reptiles bin set):

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:02:14 PM »
Colorata Coelacanths!


And the new version on its own (now it looks like a live specimen!)

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:46:40 PM »
Taxonomically, yes, of course. I was thinking about this thread being more focused on bathymetric distribution. They should of course be in the chondrichthans thread, too. Hmm, I wanted to avoid posting the same photos in two threads. Suggestions?

Group shot? Or leave it to one of us--I have all of the same ones, and I'm sure others do too.

Animals / Re: Beautiful and unusual animals
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:43:30 PM »
Cool photographs friend ^-^. I think that the brands could do a Specticled bear  :)).

Here is a Play Visions one:

I think K&M also did one back when they did decent figures.

Animal groups / Re: Deep-sea fish
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:45:30 PM »
The sharks belong in the Chondrichthyans page! I guess it's hard given the topic...

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:41:43 PM »
I would say the PV is better than the K&M set, but the pain jobs are still kind of poor.  The Angel shark is definitely the highlight in this one.  And I remember that large angel shark--I asked for it too late!

But at least I got the MB Thresher shark when it came available from someone.

Animal toys (general) / Re: 2013 figures
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:30:21 AM »
Why is it always a bottlenose? There are so many more interesting dolphins and porpoises.

Animal art / Re: Fauna Casts Animal Models
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:09:37 AM »
Any suggestions as to animal figures you might want ot see me make in the near future? Also what is the best scale to make them in? I started some antelope figures in 1/20 scale-so far I have a finished sculpted 1/20 Sable others are just armatures.
I plan on making a series of figures of recently extinct animals, by this I mean to say ones that arent prehistoric- for example- Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk, Stellers Sea Cow, etc. I have a couple of books out of the library right now on extinct animals. It is sort of sad how many of the birds in the book went extinct where the last one was shot by a collector. I wonder if they still would have shot them if they knew it was the last one.
Anyways, hope you can help me get a sense of what would be more desirable, things to focus on more than others, you know.


Many of them were shot/caught by collectors because they were the last one (or close to it). I know that this was certainly the case for the great auk.

As for species--carnivorans. Not just wolves and lions :P but good ones--brown hyena, civets, tayra, ratel.  Good, unique colours and looks, and not common as figures. 1:20 to 1:40 would be good. Ideally, keep them in scale with the prehistorics where possible!

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:54:36 AM »
I can't believe I missed that shark!

And it seems ray vss skate causes a lot of issue for many companies--I think because skates are easier (thick tails) but stingrays are more familiar.

Speaking of which, last year was quite the year for cownose rays from Safari (L-R IC, Sea life & GLM lines). Counting the VC toob, that was 4 myliobatids in one season!

And just because it also got missed from the series, Sea Life Manta Ray:

And since I'm on a RAY ROLL:

Monterey Bay Big Eye Thresher shark:

MB Sawfish:

IC Blue-spotted stingray (that looks like one! More likely to be Taeniura)

Animal toy lines / Re: Wildlife Wonders by Safari Ltd.
« on: December 11, 2012, 12:09:56 AM »
These are great and well made figures. But as a parent they drive me nuts, because they're huge and hard to store (the IC line causes the same problems sometimes).

Animal groups / Re: Chondricthyans
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:12:41 PM »
Honestly, the Sawshark was my main reason for getting the K&M toob.

As for Safari: TOOB SHARKS!

Sharks toob:

Top to Bottom: Leopard shark, Crocodile shark (labelled as Grey reef shark, but there's no way), Great White shark, Whale shark, Thresher shark, Blue shark, Tiger shark, Hammerhead shark, Mako shark, Stingray (Blue stingray? not clear).

Other toob sharks:

Galapagos shark (Galapagos toob)

Hammerhead shark, Tiger shark, Common eagle ray (Ocean toob)

Bat ray (Venomous creatures toob)

The XX is indeed marked. It might be tough to tell otherwise.

Can't forget the XX Arizona Night Lizard! Probably not up to the Yujin/Kaiyodo standard...

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