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Animal Kaiser card and toy collecting game from Japan

Started by sbell, July 27, 2014, 04:25:09 AM

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sbell

So I was searching around on Jauce, seeing what was new (prior to shipping an order) and discovered a card-collecting game inthe vein of so many other Japanese games called Animal Kaiser.

Of course, of greater interest was the range of animal figures that they made to go along with them. They are...of varying quality. Some appear to be excellent replicas. Some are plain goofy.

I found a site here with what appears to have a lot of them:

http://ak-sg.blogspot.ca/2010/10/animal-kaiser-figurines-japan.html

As I looked them over, I discovered a few things--one, I NEED to track down the electric ray and the skate.

Second, it appears I had two of them, and didn't even know it:

Ryuku Leaf turtle:


Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (they actually are specific right to the species!)


I actually have 2 of the hammerheads. I didn't even know what they were when I got them, several years ago. One neat thing about them--it appears that most of the sea creatures come with a small, clear vinyl block to act as a stand (not pictured) which actually makes the figures great for display (admittedly, I used the stands for other figures!).

So perhaps someone can find these, or know someone who can? Or maybe there are other people that have some, and didn't know what they were.

Or, maybe, I just found something 'new' (some of these are from several years ago) that someone will need to try to track down.  >:D


stargatedalek

Thanks for sharing
I'll be keeping an eye out for that hornbill

sauroid

the brand is NBGI. i have the electric skate/ray, leaf turtle, goblin shark, asian elephant, bald eagle, bat, the wolf with scarf, giant panda, the black panther

sbell

Quote from: sauroid on July 27, 2014, 05:40:38 AM
the brand is NBGI. i have the electric skate/ray, leaf turtle, goblin shark, asian elephant, bald eagle, bat, the wolf with scarf, giant panda, the blue tiger

Where/how did you get them? Why have you not shared the ray in the chondricthyans thread? Do you wish to part with the ray (regardless of which one--there is a proper Raja skate, and a species of torpedo ray I didn't identify, probably a smooth) because I am pretty sure I can totally find something worth trading for it! Old Schleichs? New CollectA or Mojo? Something else? Just sayin'! ;D

Torpedo ray:


Skate


EDIT--Okay, I was able to find the species. The electric ray is Torpedo tokionis and the skate is Raja velezi.

widukind


stargatedalek

most of the birds, fish , and arthropods are pretty good (not counting the anthro ones that stand out pretty clearly)

bmathison1972

Neat. I wouldn't mind getting some of the arthropods (as long as they are not Chinabug knock-offs; the quality seems varying).

Although I do not collect amphibians, the axolotl looks to be one of the neatest among them to me. Sean, I thought you'd be all over that Dunkleosteus :)

sbell

Quote from: bmathison1972 on July 27, 2014, 05:24:57 PM
Neat. I wouldn't mind getting some of the arthropods (as long as they are not Chinabug knock-offs; the quality seems varying).

Although I do not collect amphibians, the axolotl looks to be one of the neatest among them to me. Sean, I thought you'd be all over that Dunkleosteus :)

I saw that one too--there are even a couple on Jauce, but given their fees, not happening (1100Yen+ for a 400Yen figure seem shigh for that one). But then, I have several good Dunkleosteus. That one looks like some weird Corman-esque monster movie thing.

There is also a hyena, in the first series. But again, it looks terrible so not even interested unless it is somehow free. ;)

widukind

Are the cards with a figurine together or are the figurines available alone?

bmathison1972

Quote from: sbell on July 27, 2014, 06:49:37 PM
There is also a hyena, in the first series. But again, it looks terrible so not even interested unless it is somehow free. ;)

Yeah I was gonna mention the hyena but after looking at it I thought....nah...  ;)

sauroid

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Quote from: sbell on July 27, 2014, 06:29:36 AM
Where/how did you get them? Why have you not shared the ray in the chondricthyans thread? Do you wish to part with the ray (regardless of which one--there is a proper Raja skate, and a species of torpedo ray I didn't identify, probably a smooth) because I am pretty sure I can totally find something worth trading for it! Old Schleichs? New CollectA or Mojo? Something else? Just sayin'! ;D
EDIT--Okay, I was able to find the species. The electric ray is Torpedo tokionis and the skate is Raja velezi.
here's the electric ray, etc.










no wonder i saw something unusual about their facial expression. they're not supposed to realistically represent the animals (although some look realistic enough).

sbell

Quote from: widukind on July 27, 2014, 07:09:43 PM
Are the cards with a figurine together or are the figurines available alone?
If you were to buy one new I'm guessing a card would come with it. But I have yet to see a non collector with both.

Also, I take it that the torpedo ray is not available--dang it all. Can you tell me where/how you got it?

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bmathison1972

I talked to my contact in Hong Kong (who supplies me with most of my gashapon figures) and he's unsure how to get these Kaiser figures...he'll look into it though.

bmathison1972

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Well, I have finally acquired some Animal Kaiser figures, the emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator Pandinoides cavimanus) and the stag beetles Cyclommatus metallifer and Prosopocoilus giraffa. Luckily, the arthropods are not so anthromomorphized :-)