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December 02, 2018, 03:15:55 PM by stemturtle
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Sea Bottom Biological Seal Books by Ikimon, Nature Technicolor

After resisting for years, I finally bought this set for its educational value. I wish the items were 3D figurines instead of seals.
Thanks to Brett for his service dealing with YAJ.

80 species of marine invertebrates are depicted. A duplicate of each seal is included. The seals are flat, about 1.25 inches (3 cm.).
The obverse shows a color photo. The reverse identifies the scientific name in English on a paper that can be peeled off to expose an adhesive surface.
See images on the company site. There are 8 categories (called books), each with 10 species.

Echinoderm I
Echinoderm II
Arthropod I
Arthropod II
Cnider Animals (Cniderians)
Ring/Star Mouth Animal (Annelid & Sipunculid Worms)
Flat/Outer/String/Chordate (Chordates, Bryozoans, Flatworms, Ribbon Worms)

Example of a postage stamp stock page (not included) used to display the seals from book 8.
Small printing requires magnification. I prepared labels having a legible sized font.
November 21, 2018, 04:09:01 PM by stargatedalek
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Unlike those Lunkerhunt I reviewed last night, LIVETARGET products are anything but generic. They have a large range of baitfish, small sportfish, and frogs, most of them recognizable and many of them marketed to a species level. The threadfin shad is available in 3 1/2" (pictured) and 4 1/2", but many of the larger fish range above 6 inches.

Threadfin shad are small plankton feeding freshwater fish found on the East coast of the United States, and introduced throughout much of the United States. Their range has also expanded due to warming temperatures. It would be a stretch to call them invasive however given they don't compete with any other fish species in these habitats and provide an easily accessible food source for larger fish.

The LIVETARGET threadfin shad unfortunately comes pre-rigged, meaning it's going to require an operation to remove that massive hook. It also has a "mechanical" plastic form on its tail to give it a swimming motion in water. It's one solid piece of rubber, painted, and the eyes are glued on top, that being said the paint hasn't given me any issues yet and the eyes seem to have a coating of some additional sealant on top of them keeping them secure.

The tail is an easy tweak, any pair of small scissors or cutters will do. Assuming you have a good pair of metal cutters or a very good pair of wire cutters, the hook shouldn't give you much trouble either. You just slide the fish back along the hook starting from the exposed end by about a half an inch and then snip, this ensures the sharp end where you cut it is out of reach and won't pose any hazard for handling it.

Where I goofed was in trying to remove the loop from the fishes belly. I ended up with a very sharp piece of thick metal sticking out of the fish, and in order to actually get in deep enough to cut it off I did considerable damage to the fish. I recommend just putting up with those little loops. I filled the whole using super glue mixed with white paint, then coated the spot again in glue to seal it, rather than using normal paint sealant. It doesn't look very pleasant, but it's good enough.

I recommend these both for species completionists (it is a very interesting little fish after all), or for use as a generic "food fish" to be used alongside large animal figures.

Keep these out of reach of children unless it's been altered, and as always out of the reach of real pets.
November 21, 2018, 02:44:06 AM by stargatedalek
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In our collecting many of us, especially those whose focus lies outside the usual "African Safari" cast members, will find ourselves drawn to novelties, children's toys, or other animal related products from a species completionist perspective. While that wasn't the case here, it is where most of the collector interest in things like fishing lures would lie.

I'm going to be reviewing a number of fishing products from a collecting perspective over the coming days, and most of them will be less than glowing, so I thought I should start with a stand out gem. The Lunkerhunt Bento is by all accounts an incredible surprise, and shining example of what unconventional figures can bring to the table.

The package backing reads;
"Designed to perfection, the Lunkerhunt Bento is one of the most realistic baitfish imitators on the market. The Bento features a lively tapered split tail, holographic core, and biologically correct detailing. All of these elements are incorporated into a soft yet durable body construction that enables the Bento to come to life with the slightest movement."

It's not marketed at a species level, but I think the best ID is a juvenile feeder goldfish (presumably a common goldfish or comet goldfish), as opposed to a gold white cloud minnow, golden shiner, or fathead minnow. The mold is fairly stylized and was used for a number of colour variations, so unfortunately an ID is likely trivial in this example.

I purchased this set along several other brands to compare and hopefully find some that would be appropriate for us as "props" in dioramas. I thought something that looked like feeder goldfish would be perfect for the role.

The package wasn't wrong when it described these as durable, many rubber fishing lures are surprisingly fragile because of reflective foil reaching the surface of the plastic, the eyes are often poorly glued on top, and paint is an afterthought. Lunkerhunt has avoided all of these problems by placing the entire assembly deep within the rubber body of the lure, nothing is touching the surface, even the eyes are embedded inside. The downside is that there are small air bubbles within, but that is far from the only part of these that looks off on close inspection.

Despite lacking all fins but the tail, they are decently convincing even up close (convincing as dead fish that is), and when partially obscured in the jaws of an appropriately sized predator I imagine they will make for some great photographs.

I highly recommend these to anyone seeking feeder fish stand-ins for photography or for making your own play sets to go with a hungry plastic pet.

Some fishing lures are sold already with hooks in them, and are not appropriate for children unless these are first removed. Use your own discretion but be careful. Pets may also attempt to eat them.
November 16, 2018, 10:23:30 PM by bmathison1972
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It is that time of the year again, when Halloween decor means more buggies for Blaine! OK, it is a little late for Halloween, but I only got this model today, a gift from a friend who picked it up at her local Michaels store in Minnesota a couple weeks before Halloween. It's a stag beetle. It is fairly stylized, but it seems to be influenced by Lucanus, and given the position of the mandibular teeth I am going with Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758). You can argue with the identification all you want, this is what I am going with  C:-).

The model is very large and robust. It measures 16.0 cm without and 21.0 cm with the mandibles. It appears bronze but it is actually brown plastic with gold highlights (the gold paint is not very well applied and it flakes off if you are not careful). I had seen these online and I am actually glad it isn't true bronze (metal is one medium I don't collect in, bronze statuettes in particular).

The underside reveals hooks in a couple locations, indicating it was designed to hang on the wall. I'll put mine on the floor with other large plastic figures.

This is something only for taxa-specific collectors like me or fans of fun, novelty-style toys and figures, if you can tear yourself away from museum-quality replicas!

November 13, 2018, 10:46:55 PM by Takama
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This Mockingbird, is great, if not a bit simple in teaxture. Its nice and small too.  Perhaps the only Song Bird in the Wings of the World Collection

November 12, 2018, 11:11:54 PM by Takama
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My last Sea animal from Safari.   The Whale Shark. AKA the largest liveing Fish in the world (unless im wrong, in which case I will stand corrected)

November 12, 2018, 11:09:04 PM by Takama
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In case it was not apparent from the Starfish and Eel, I am now collecting sea creatures from the Wild Safari line now.

This Blue Whale model dates from 2010, but from what i understand, there is a another color varient of the model. Anyone care to post that version here as well? :)

November 12, 2018, 11:05:33 PM by Takama
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So there are two color varient sof this models, but i choose to buy the green one because Green is there natural color in the wild.

November 12, 2018, 09:18:58 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush I (Africa)

                            Balaeniceps rex ~ Shoebill











                                               next to the Unique Animal Zoo figure and a 1:20 human scale figure

November 12, 2018, 04:43:08 PM by Takama
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Not much to photograph with this figure, as its a Starfish.

Might even be life sized

November 11, 2018, 07:17:43 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush II (South America)

                  Caiman crocodilus ~ Spectacled caiman




                          It's amazing how different light and different background can change the colour of a figure.

November 11, 2018, 04:46:53 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush I (Africa)

                  Panthera leo ~ Lion








November 11, 2018, 04:10:55 AM by Takama
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I think this is a 2018 release. The first of its Kind. A American Porcupine made of PVC

November 11, 2018, 04:07:33 AM by Takama
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OkJust an FYI there are two version of this now retired figure. 

The first one was released in the 90s and it was a fully posable figure

This one (which i ordered off of Amazon) is in a fixed pose, so there is no bendable features.

The date on the bottom says 2010, so i added that distiction to the titile, But it is retired as of the time of this writeing.

November 02, 2018, 06:26:52 PM by postsaurischian
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  ^-^  Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum - Wild Rush II (South America)

                  Panthera onca ~ Jaguar






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                                                                                     next to Papo Jaguar

October 28, 2018, 08:20:55 PM by kostistlac | Views: 742 | Comments: 0

Schleich Horse Shire Stallion in real nature. Enjoy my video.

October 28, 2018, 08:18:55 PM by kostistlac | Views: 207 | Comments: 0

Schleich Horse Am Limes 69 in real environment. Enjoy my video.
October 28, 2018, 08:14:27 PM by kostistlac | Views: 195 | Comments: 0

Schleich Horse Tennessee Walker Stallion in real environment.
see the video here:
October 03, 2018, 11:18:33 PM by postsaurischian
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  :)  This is my second figure from the Tennoji Zoo set. Another true gem.
        I can hardly imagine that there will ever be a more beautiful Kiwi model.

               Apteryx mantelli ~ North Island Brown Kiwi








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                                                                                    next to CollectA Kiwi

October 02, 2018, 04:34:06 PM by postsaurischian
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  :)  After more than a year I finally found the time for a new walk-around.
        The five Tennoji Zoo figures have just been released. This is one of the two gems from the set.

               Alligator sinensis ~ Chinese Alligator




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                                               next to Kaiyodo Animatales: Amazing Animals No.12 ~ Nile Crocodile
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