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Beetle guy
August 11, 2019, 08:24:21 PM by Beetle guy
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The first series of Japanese treefrogs (Hyla japonica) has actually three versions. The version with the clear transparant bases, The colour variation version (with a light blue frog, when frogs have a lack of yellow pigment they look blue) having light green transparant bases.

and this version...The PERFECT COLOUR edition with five figurines on transparant blue bases (na strap figurines).
The colour is beter and with much more details on the legs feet and eyes. It was released in april 2015.

The complete set.



1. Hyla japonica on Half-dyed Slender Ceasar (Amanita hemibapha)
2. Hyla japonica on Panthercap Mushroom (Amanita pantherina)
3. Hyla japonica on Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa)
4. Hyla japonica on Javan Slender Ceasar (Amanita javanica)
5. Hyla japonica on Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Comparing the PERFECT COLOUR version of the Hyla japonica on Amanita muscaria with the first edition one.



 

 
bmathison1972
August 02, 2019, 02:39:15 AM by bmathison1972
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Overview of the Butterfly Acrylic Mascot set by Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour, new for 2019. This is a set of 10 flat acrylic figures. They are essentially photographs encased in acrylic. They came with keychains attached but I removed them. Normally I would not collect things like this, but since butterflies are essentially flat with their wings out, I could get into these (similar to the previously reviewed plankton acrylic mascot set). At least both sides of the butterflies and moths are shown: the dorsal side of the figure is an image of the dorsal side of the specimen, and likewise the ventral side of the figure has an image of the ventral side of the specimen. The figures are not to scale; they are on average 4.0 cm wide by 4.0 cm tall.

Of the 10 figures, seven of them, marked with an asterisk (*) are new species for me, possibly totally new in figure/model form!

Because they are flat, I thought I'd do group shots rather than individual pics.

The line-up; left to right, top to bottom:

1. Madagascan sunset moth, Chrysiridia rhipheus*
2. Rajah Brooke's birdwing, Trogonoptera brookiana*
3. eighty-eight butterfly, Callicore kolyma* [this figure as marketed as Diaethria sp., but the markings better resemble C. kolyma]
4. Ceylon blue glassy tiger, Ideopsis similis*
5. plain tiger, Danaus chrysippus*
6. Japanese luna moth, Actias artemis*
7. Helana morpho, Morpho helena*
8. greater death's head hawkmoth, Acherontia lachesis
9. Atlas moth, Attacus atlas
10. Japanese Luehdorfia, Luehdorfia japonica

Dorsal:



Ventral:



bmathison1972
July 31, 2019, 11:37:08 PM by bmathison1972
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Review of the Life Cycle of a Hornet set by Epoch, new for 2019. This is the life cycle of the giant Asian hornet, Vespa mandarinia Smith, 1852, a common and widespread species in the Orient. This is a new take on a commonly-made species.

The set consists of 5 components: queen hornet, worker hornet, pupa, larva, and two pairs of brood chambers (one pair each with the larva and pupa). I have seen various versions of this set sold with extra cells, larvae, and pupae, but the one I ended up getting had one of each developmental stage.

The queen and worker are 5.0 and 3.8 cm, respectively, making the adults 1:1 scale. They come assembled but looks as if they are made up of assembled pieces. The larva, pupa, and paired chambers are all single pieces of plastic.

First, the larva:



Next, the pupa:



Worker hornet:



Queen hornet:



The brood chambers:



The life cycle:



The complete set:



I made the colony bigger by adding the hornet larva made by Shineg:



And lastly we have a super colony with additional adults by Kaiyodo (2x), Rement, Yujin, and Break Co. LTD:



bmathison1972
July 31, 2019, 12:19:37 PM by bmathison1972
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Review of a nearly complete set of venomous snakes by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. I say nearly complete because the set came with two color morphs of 'tsuchinoko' but I don't collect or display mythical creatures. I was alerted to this set by Brett on his email distribution list. I decided to pursue it because there are 5 new species, and they are the desired size for my Synoptic Collection. Not only are they five new species, but with the exception of the black mamba that was recently made by Schleich, I think four of them are totally unique in toy/figure form.

Each snake is a single piece of plastic and comes with a base with the Latin and Japanese names and degree of toxicity (on a 1-5 skull-and-crossbones scale). This is similar to the scorpion and spider sets I have previously reviewed. To get an idea of the figure sizes, the bases measure 5.4 cm in diameter. The figures sit loosely on the bases, with no pegs or holes.

1. inland taipan, Oxyuranus microlepidoptus.



2. desert death adder, Acanthophis pyrrhus.



3. black mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis.



4. Belcher's sea snake, Hydrophis belcheri.



5. painted coral snake, Micrurus corallinus.

bmathison1972
July 09, 2019, 04:21:53 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the red-clawed crab, Chiromantes haematocheir (De Haan, 1833) by Kaiyodo for their Revogeo line, new for 2019. This is the Revogeo figure I think I was most excited for. The species is no stranger to figure form (it's the fourth by Kaiyodo alone), but it's fantastic (if I have any complaints about the Revogeo line, is that the species selections are not exciting. But, if you are going to test a new line, it's probably best to go with the familiar...).

The figure has a carapace width of 5.0 cm making it 1.4:1 for a male or 1.5:1 for a female, so almost twice natural size. The maximum width the figure takes up is 14.5 cm. On this figure, only the claws are articulated; the walking legs are not (which is fine by me; honestly I am not a fan of articulated figures). The detail is exquisite, especially the spines on the legs.

We will have to see what else Revogeo brings us. I am planning on getting the giant water bug, a 'maybe' on the hornet, but probably a 'no' on the stag beetle(s), at least for the time being.

Here are the pics. Unlike with the emperor scorpion, I did not image the packaging this time (it's similar to the scorpion). Enjoy!















Here is the Revogeo figure with other members of this species. From left to right:

1. Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Museum - Japanese Crabs Collection
2. Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Museum - Japanese Crabs Collection (juveline)
3. Wing Mau
4. Yujin
5. Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 3



bmathison1972
July 02, 2019, 12:54:53 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the Alaskan king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus (Tilesius, 1815), by CollectA Sealife Collection, new for 2019. This figure is one of a couple firsts. It is the FIRST crustacean by CollectA. It is the FIRST arthropod by a Western company's 'Sealife' line (not counting Incredible Creatures crustaceans by Safari LTD). It is only the second by a non-Japanese company, the other being a scientifically-inaccurate figure by Play Visions in the mid-late 1990s. This was a bold move by CollectA and per usual, they delivered big time.

This figure is fantastic and easily rivals the Yujin figure. The detail is stunning, from the plates on the body to the texture on the exoskeleton. The mouthparts are soft and flexible, but the rest of the figure is a hard, sturdy, high-quality plastic we come to expect from CollectA.

The figure is big, probably bigger than some of you expected. The carapace is 3.5 cm, making the figure 1:10.9 (1:11) on average. The  maximum dimensions of the leg-span are 12.5 cm wide by 10.0 cm long, so it takes up a bit of space if displayed flat. It is still significantly smaller than a Safari IC crustacean.

Overall this is an exciting, bold move for CollectA. Given the frequency they release certain taxa, I don't expect anything similar soon, but it looks promising for the future!













Takama
June 23, 2019, 06:57:42 PM by Takama
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Once again after a long abcence, i decided to post some walkarounds of figures that i have not posted here before.

This is one of a Few models with a Twig in its mouth





bmathison1972
June 19, 2019, 01:08:36 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the Jackson's chameleon, Trioceros jacksonii (Boulenger, 1869), by PNSO African Animals (2018). This has always been one of my favorite reptiles, and always surprised they were not more commonly made in toy/figure form due to the armature of the males. When I decided to build a synoptic collection, I was happy PNSO released one, and at a decent size for my tastes! PNSO like to anthropomorphize their figures with silly names. If you must know, this figure is 'Kesia the Jackson's Chameleon' (which is odd, as Kesia sounds feminine but this is clearly a male figure!).

The figure is about 6.0 cm snout to vent, making it 1:3.4-1.4.2 for a male. The total length of the figure is about 9.0 cm (keeping in mind the tail is coiled). The hands on the left side are open as if in an ambulatory pose.

This is my first PNSO figure (I got 3 more with it...) and so far I am VERY impressed with their animals!











bmathison1972
June 13, 2019, 01:26:38 AM by bmathison1972
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Review of the complete set of the Frogs in Colour Pictorial Book by Yujin (release date unknown). I am not specializing in amphibians yet (soon though), but this set was available so I snatched it up. I was going to show them when I covered amphibians, but the figures are so amazing I had to highlight itself! These are some of the best figures I own (Yujin were always among the best).

1. Japanese tree frog, Hyla japonica.
I will probably replace this figure with one of the Ikimon figures on a mushroom :-)



2. forest green tree frog, Rhacophorus arboreus.



3. Isikawa's frog, Odorrana ishikawae.



4. Japanese brown frog, Rana japonica.



5. Ryukyu kajika frog, Buergeria japonicus.



6. ornate narrow-mouthed frog, Microhyla ornata.



7. eastern Japanese toad, Bufo japonicus formosus.



8. American bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus.



9. red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas



10. Malayan leaf frog, Megophrys nasuta



11. Argentine horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata.



12. dyeing dart frog, Dendrobates tinctorius.



Secret A. black-spotted pond frog, Pelophylax nigromaculatus.



Secret B. Nagoya Daruma pond frog, Pelophylax porosus brevipodus.



Secret C. stream brown frog, Rana sakuraii.

Takama
May 25, 2019, 11:23:37 PM by Takama
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OK I boght this as a Gift for a friend of mine in South Africa (the same friend that will recieve the Fennec). and i was very disapointed to see that the model DOES NOT STAND. Despite the fact that it is made by a Company that i Grew to like.

It is made out of a VERY pliable plastic and as a result, it cannot stand on its own two feet, and the tail is no help either  :'(
It only stood for one photo on its own, but i for the rest i had to leave it in its plastic caseing





postsaurischian
May 23, 2019, 10:08:11 PM by postsaurischian
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                              PNSO Living Animal Models That Accompany Your Growth
                              No.04 - Manman the African Elephant (originally sculpted by ZHAO Chuang)

                         



                                                 v   next to the figure from Safari's Vanishing Wild Collection   v



                         

                         

                         

                         





                         

                         



                        v   the scale is not easy to determine. This human scale figure stands 14 cm tall; about 1:13   v



                                   v   protecting parent ~ Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi Advance No.007 - African Elephant   v

             
bmathison1972
April 25, 2019, 01:08:10 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi (P-Cambridge, 1897) by Mojo Fun, new for 2019. I am going to start with a little taxonomic disclaimer. There is confusion to the identity of spiders referred to as Mexican red-knees, since the description of a cryptic sibling species, B. hamorii Cleton and Verdez, 1997. The two species are indistinguishable morpholoically and can only be separated by DNA barcoding and strict geographic distribution. In the absence of a figure being specifically ascribed to a given species, I am referring to all figures as the classic B. smithi.

Just like my recent review of the Schleich tarantula, this is new, uncharted territory for Mojo Fun. Interesting that two major western companies are introducing arthropods to their standard animal lines and both are starting with B. smithi. I guess if you are going to experiment, do it with something familiar. It now means all major western companies have made this species, except for Papo! See also the last image.

This Mojo figure is similar in size to the Schleich figure, but a little better. The body length is about 4.5 cm, making it just under 1:1 for a small female (or 1:1 for an immature one). The maximum width between the legs in 8.0 cm. The plastic is firm and solid, good quality. The paint job is more matte, which I prefer. The arrangement of the eyes, while not perfect, is still better than the Schleich figure. The mouthparts are consistent with a mygalomorph.

Overall, for people that are generalists and just want a representative or two tarantulas in their collection, this is my recommendation (unless you want to hunt down retired or Japanese figures on eBay). It's a good quality and a good size. If Mojo Fun continues this trend, they are off to a good start!













A collection of Brachypelma smithi made by major western (non-Japanese) manufacturers:
1. Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects)
2. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
3. CollectA
4. Mojo Fun
5. Schleich
6. Bullyland



bmathison1972
April 23, 2019, 11:50:07 PM by bmathison1972
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OK, time for Blaine to get back to bugs! Today is a walkaround of the emperor scorpion, Pandinus imperator (Koch, 1842) by Kaiyodo - Revogeo, new for 2019!

I will be honest, I almost didn't get this (or any upcoming figures in the set, except maybe the crab). They are 1) large, 2) very expensive, and 3) species commonly made. With my 2019 focus being building a synoptic non-arthropod collection, I thought these would wait. I finally decided to get one, and boy am I glad I did! Later this month (or so), a red-clawed crab should be released in this series, and eventually a Japanese giant water bug, Japanese hornet, red swamp crayfish, mantis, and one or more (?) stag beetles.

The figure is hard to measure accurately since the tail is not fully articulated, but it measures about 20.0 cm, which technically makes it 1:1 for a maximum-sized specimen (although it's larger than any I have seen in terraria). It is made of a lightweight, durable plastic. Most of the figure is articulated: body segments, base of tail, claws (including the pincers themselves). The walking legs and the segments within the tail are not articulated. The detail is amazing (as to be expected by Kaiyodo) and the color is good.

The figure is actually not quite as big as I had feared (I think they have people with small hands model them for photos) and is comparable to the Safari Smithsonian figure (see last image). Another reason the figure seems large is that the Smithsonian insects were all supposed to be in the 2:1 range, but this figure does measure about 20.0 cm which technically makes it on the far end of 1:1

The figure comes secure in a nice large box reminiscent of a book (honestly I bet most of the cost of this thing comes from the packaging  C:-) ).

I bought mine on Saturday form Monsters in Motion out of California and got it in 3 days (and it was still one of the few under $100 USD, well, before shipping).

IMAGE-HEAVY thread:



































Alongside the Safari Smithsonian figure (right):


bmathison1972
April 05, 2019, 10:36:22 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the West Indian manatee, Trichechus manatus Linnaeus, 1758 by Papo,Wildlife, new this year for 2019.

When I started my Synoptic Collection, this figure had just been announced. I was trying to decide if I wanted this one, or the CollectA figure, but since this one came out early enough, I gave it a chance.

The figure is 14.0 cm, making it 1:19-1:25 in scale.

















Alongside the CollectA dugong; both figures are about the same length.



bmathison1972
April 03, 2019, 03:02:11 AM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the whale shark, Rhincodon typus (Smith, 1828) by Papo - Marine Life, released in 2018. The whale shark is the largest extant (largest ever known?) species of fish. It is a  filter-feeder in the circumtropical seas. I had the pleasure of seeing these live at the Georgia Aquarium when I lived in Atlanta.

The figure is 23 cm, making it 1:42.5 for an average sized individual. It is displayed with its mouth open, as if about to take in a gulp of plankon-rich water. This is one of the few shark figures for which I did not side with Safari's release :-). The back of the mouth is painted black; it is not hollow (I wasn't sure how easily that was conveyed from my images)



















Takama
April 02, 2019, 09:12:47 PM by Takama
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Heres a Figure that i have not heard ANYONE talk about on this forum. Despite the fact that this company has a major presence on its sister forum.

Xiaohua the Fennec Fox is a Large Fennec Foxfigure that i had no idea exsited, until i stumbled upon it while browsing on amazon. Now normaly i do not Collect any modern animals now Except those from Safari. But I boght this guy because I knew a Friend of mine in South Africa Would love to have it. And its resideing in my house for the time being.

ITs a Farily large Figure. Almost like a Safari Incredible Creatures figure.  Its nice and Solid Too.   Too Bad the box got banged up on its way to my house.







Avalible Here
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Takama
March 31, 2019, 04:24:55 AM by Takama
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Back again with yet, another Safari figure





postsaurischian
March 30, 2019, 01:34:32 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush III (Polar region, Arctic circle)

                  Ursus maritimus ~ Polar Bear



         



                         

                         

                         

                         





     







                                                                       next to Kaiyodo's ASAHIYAMA figure:



                                                   next to Nature Techni Colour's Nature of Japan Brown Bear:

postsaurischian
March 29, 2019, 04:21:04 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush III (Polar region, Arctic circle)

                  Monodon monoceros ~ Narwhal



                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         



                                                                        The figure is in about 1:50 - 1:60

     

                                                                               next to CollectA's version:

postsaurischian
March 19, 2019, 02:37:03 PM by postsaurischian
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                                                           My little Kingfisher collection (clockwise from the left)

                              Wiener Bronze      Papo      Rosenthal Porcelaine      Nature Techni Colour      Kaiyodo

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