Animal toy reviews and walk-arounds

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Today at 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!

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.

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

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

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

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).


Alongside the Safari Smithsonian figure (right):

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.

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)

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.

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

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:

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:

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

March 17, 2019, 12:45:02 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao (Linnaeus, 1758) by National Collectibles Entertainment Association (NECA) - Ace Ventura 8" Pet Detective, released this year in 2019. The figure was sold as accessory to an Ace Ventura action figure based on the movie of the same name.

First a little discussion on the identity of this species. Before I researched it, I assumed this was a scarlet macaw because the cheeks are solid white (no red lines under the eyes) and the covets are predominately yellow, with some green highlights (the green highlights are not as pronounced on my figure as they are promotional pics of the toy). However the bird used in the actual movie for which this figure was based on was a green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus). I did some more snooping around and apparently most companies confuse the identity of these species. The Safari LTD green-winged macaw has the correct color of the covet, but the face lacks the red lines. Mojo Fun released a scarlet macaw but has the red lines under the eyes?!? In 2015, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. released a macaw for their Biology of the Amazon set; I am not sure which species it is, but the face looks like a scarlet macaw and the covets look like a green-winged macaw. For MY personal synoptic collection, I will use this Ace Ventura figure for the scarlet macaw and probably the Mojo Fun figure for the green-winged macaw. If any of you collect any of these, you can follow the morphology or manufacturers names. I'll stick with morphology.

Back to the figure. It is really well-detailed! The figure is 8.5 cm tall, making it approximately in the 1:10 scale range (average length of actual animal, 81 cm). The detail on the face and feathers is very well-done. The figure is designed to attach to the Ace Ventura figure's wrist, as such it can create some challenges for display. I made a branch out of Super Sculpey clay and painted it with acrylic paints before sealing it with satin varnish (see last four images).

With my custom branch:

I have been randomly picking up bird figures and haven't specialized on any groups yet, so I don't have many macaws for comparison. I do have the Kaiyodo Wild Rush hyacinth macaw however for comparative purposes:

March 15, 2019, 10:23:29 PM by bmathison1972
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Time for one of my less-than-conventional walkarounds. This time, the Panamanian white-faced capuchin, Cebus imitator (Thomas, 1903) by National Collectibles Entertainment Association (NECA) - Ace Ventura 8" Pet Detective, released this year in 2019. Historically, most white-faced capuchins were classified as C. capucinus. When justification for separation of the two species was most-recently proposed in 2012, it was realized that the 'familiar' species (e.g., the one featured in film, such as this one) was C. imitator and not C. capucinus. As such, I am going with C. imitator for my figure ( @stemturtle you have yours as C. capuncinus; I wasn't sure which taxonomy you were using).

This figure is actually an accessory to an Ace Ventura action figure from the film of the same name. It was brought to my attention on STS forum, on their thread for animal figures from action figure packs and sets. I had recently ordered the K&M Rain-forest Tube figure of this species, and the NECA figure is far superior!

The figure is hard to measure in this pose, but it seems to be about 6.0 cm long not including the tail, which would make it in the 1:13-1:17 range if I am doing the math right. The tail spins in a 360 degree fashion, so it can be displayed up, or down below the animal, or on its right or left side, all depending on how the figure is displayed.

For some reason, the camera angle makes the head look disproportionately big in my photos; in the actual figure it looks more natural. There are apparent seams at the base of the arms, but the arms do not move.

The set also came with a scarlet macaw and domestic pigeon. They are both fantastic (the pigeon is a bit small). I will highlight them when I focus on bird groups. I need to make a branch out of SuperSculpey clay for the macaw (it was designed to fit on Ace's arm).

With other similarly-sized New World monkeys: the black howler and red-faced spider monkey by Safari LTD and the golden lion tamarin by Papo:

March 14, 2019, 10:48:30 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the desert tortoise, Gopherus morafkai Murphy et al., 2011 by Safari LTD, Wild Safari - North American Wildlife (2010). In 2011, G. agassizii Cooper, 1863 was split into two species. While this figure is not marketed at the species level, I chose G. morafkai since it is the species native to where I grew up in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona (traditional G. agassizii is endemic to the Mohave Desert of California, Nevada, and extreme western Arizona).

The figure's carapace measures 6.0 cm, putting it in the 1:4-1:6 size range. This figure does not scale well with other 'standard-sized' figures, but it is unique at the species level for standard figures (some TOOBs/tubes have smaller figures that may scale better but are not as detailed).

March 13, 2019, 11:49:52 PM by bmathison1972
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Walk-around of the black-faced spoonbill, Platalea minor Temminck et Schlegel, 1849, by CollectA, Wild Life Collection, 2010. This endangered bird occurs in coastal areas of East Asia, including isolated areas of North Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, mainland China, and Vietnam.

The figure stands 8.5 cm, making it 1:8-1:15 is size. It is a dynamic figure with a tree-stump base (personally, as many of you know, I like habitat-style bases). This base is clearly to help the figure stand. Its wings are partially opened as if drying itself or about to take off (or maybe having just landed).

March 13, 2019, 11:32:05 PM by bmathison1972
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Walkaround of the golden snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana Milne-Edwards, 1870 by Safari LTD, Wild Safari Wildlife, new for 2019. This monkey is endemic to temperate mountain forests of central and southwestern China. Japanese companies have made this species a few times, but with this figure, Safari LTD launches it into the western market! It is difficult to discern the gender and subspecies from this figure alone, but it is suggestive of an adult male.

The scale is hard to determine, but it is roughly 6.0 cm body length (not including the tail), and with an average body length of 67 cm (range 51-83 cm) that makes it roughly 1:7.8-1:12.7, with a mean of roughly 1:10. Someone correct me if you think I am wrong; I am horrible with math! The figure, in this pose, stands 6.0 cm tall and takes up a maximum floor space of 4.5 cm.

March 09, 2019, 06:44:38 PM by bmathison1972
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Walk-around of the orange-striped shrimp goby, Stogonobiops yasha Yoshino et Shimada, 2010 by For Corporation, Another Aquarium (year of release unknown). The fish is displayed with its symbiotic shrimp, the red-clawed snapping shrimp, Alpheus randalli Banner et Banner, 1980. I have been after this figure a while now, albeit mainly for the shrimp. However since I started building a synoptic animal collection, this gives me an opportunity for a new fish species as well.

Shrimp gobies have a symbiotic relationship with snapping shrimp. The two species share a burrow together. The shrimp maintains the burrow and in turn gets to feed on food scraps from the fish. The shrimp is nearly blind and is very sensitive to movements of the fish, often keeping an antennae in constant contact with the fish. If the fish retreated into the burrow to avoid danger, this shrimp follows!

The figure comes in 6 pieces: 1) base, 2) shrimp body, 3) shrimp legs and claws, 4) fish, 5) fish's dorsal fin, and 6) signage (in Japanese, presumably the Japanese name of the fish). The base is 3.5 cm in diameter. The shrimp is just short of 1:1, so assuming the fish and shrimp are scaled together, the whole display can serve as 1:1 (I cannot measure the fish since the posterior end is incomplete, being 'within the burrow').

This is not the only goby-shrimp figure set. Colorata made the yellownose prawn goby, Stonogobiops xanthorhinica Randall, 1982 also displayed with A. randalli. I hadn't paid attention until I started focusing on fish, that these two figures are different fish species! For both figures, the shrimp is lacking some accuracy, as one claw should be larger than the other. The Colorata figure focuses on the fish, with the shrimp merely an accessory display, but the For Corporation figures seems to emphasize both equally.

Beetle guy
February 20, 2019, 12:27:19 PM by Beetle guy
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The green-and-black poison dart frog (Dendrobates auratus), also known as the green-and-black poison arrow frog and numerous other names.
This one, I strongly think, was made as a prototype. The My Favorite Animal models were on Yahoo Auctions and they are stunning! They went for sometimes high prices.
Well what can I say, it is allready one of my favorites! :))

It really has fine details and the pose is very, very nice!

This one is scale 1:1 for a large female D. auratus. It measures 42 mm. It cannot be removed from its (very nice jungle-like) base.
The materiaal it is made of feels like a resin, hard but the light weight kind.

Compared to the Kitan Club Nature Technicolour D. auratus

No name or information on the base or figurine.

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