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(Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:32:48 AM »


I was lucky enough to pick up this adorable little guy from a trade over on the JPToy forums, and its been amongst my most prized ever since. Its the only one I have from the Yujin turtles but I hope to get more someday. Its made of what I would call soft plastic, soft enough to have a bit of give to it, but not so soft that its stretchable or could ever be called rubber. A similar but slightly less soft material than the Colorata pieces I know (which admittedly is limited to their dromaeosaurs, so I don't know how helpful the comparison is). The turtles shell comes off revealing the text "1, YUJIN, CHINA" printed on the inside, but to take it apart requires a little bit of bending, don't fear though the soft material can take it without stressing the figure. The length totals 5cm long (from tail to beak tip), and almost 4cm across at its widest point (foot to foot). The paint application is very finely detailed for its size, and its almost "wavy splattering" effect definitely gives it a very natural look, but does still seem to show some discrepancies. Namely the painted on nostrils are slightly uneven, and one of the front feet appears to only have four claws. It has a very slight gloss to it.

Now that's my personal history with the piece along with its basics aside its time to talk about accuracy (everyone's favorite part I know ;) ). As a species I'm not especially familiar with (they are present here as invasive, but admittedly I'm not particularly familiar with them), I will refer you to Wikipedia for the basics on the species
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-eared_slider
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world, as, among other factors, it is easy to maintain. It has, therefore, become the most commonly traded turtle in the world. It is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, but has become established in other places because of pet releases and has become an invasive species in many areas, where it outcompetes native species. The red-eared slider is included in the List of the world’s 100 most invasive species published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
[I included some reference images for red eared sliders, one young and one adult.]
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e7/Trachemys_scripta_elegans23.jpg/799px-Trachemys_scripta_elegans23.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Tortoise1_cepolina.jpg
The newly hatched turtles take about 21 days after hatching before they can swim, and at 3cm carapace diameter this could very well be of that age. Its unclear whether it represents a very young individual at 1:1 scale or a somewhat older individual just before colour change. As such the scale could be anywhere from 1:1 to approximately 1:3 (at which size is when most individuals colour starts changing, but its not the same for every turtle). Aside from the aforementioned issue with one of the claws on the front right foot being missing (which I'm willing to chock up to paint app variation, especially given the left foot is correct), this figure is highly accurate and to my eyes appears to have no distinctive flaws in terms of accuracy.

Now for what everyone really came here for, the pictures!




« Last Edit: February 20, 2015, 01:43:31 AM by stargatedalek »


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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2015, 11:09:32 AM »
Wonderful little Red-eared Slider figure! :) And we have very few Yujin walk-arounds, yet, so that's even better. 8)

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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 01:23:59 AM »
I was rather surprised by how few Yujin walk-arounds there were too, I wish I had more of them to add.

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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 01:26:39 AM »
I was rather surprised by how few Yujin walk-arounds there were too, I wish I had more of them to add.

I'll try to do a Yujin insect or two...they have four amazing sets.

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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2015, 01:34:31 AM »
I would add the crabs that I have but they are from the Takara Tomy re-release

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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2015, 01:26:25 PM »
The lack of Yujin walk-arounds is also in part due to my own laziness... :-[ I have the entire four Yujin insect series but only made a walk-around of one of them. And I have many of their lizards and most of the crabs (I think Blaine has the original Yujin crabs, too).

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Re: (Juvenile) Red eared Slider
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 06:19:19 PM »
Beautiful cast friend  ^-^.
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