Blacktip Reef Shark (Safari Ltd. - Wild Safari Sealife)

Started by brontodocus, December 27, 2012, 12:57:04 AM

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brontodocus

A walk-around of Wild Safari's 2012 Blacktip Reef Shark, Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824).
I've measured the figure at 142 mm total length. So with mature specimens ranging from 0.91 to 2.00 m (TL) the scale is approx. 1:7 - 1:14.
It fits well to the Underwater Adventurers "Michelle" and "Kevin" from the Incredible Creatures line by Safari Ltd. which are both approx. 1:12 - 1:13 scale.
Link to its official site at Safari Ltd. is here: http://safariltd.shptron.com/p/wild-safari%C2%AE-sea-life-blacktip-reef-shark/












By the way - since I've found my photos being used in ebay auctions without my permission recently I decided to use watermarked photos at least for such walkarounds. :P

Edit 2017-02-07: Fixed broken image urls.

Varanus

Very cool figure, I'll definitely be getting one now! :)

Nice watermark btw. ;)

Jetoar

This shark is the favorite shark of my girlfriend. He is so cute for my girlfriend  ^-^.
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Battatitan

To be honest I've never really noticed this shark before, but after seeing your pictures I couldn't resist to add that to my wish-list  -  it's beautiful! Many thanks for showing!  ^-^

brontodocus

Thanks all! :) Well, maybe Blacktip Reef Sharks are not the most popular sharks in figure form since they are quite small. But the characteristic colouration and the wide snout typical for most Carcharhinus species is well represented and it's one of the few pelagic shark species that is often shown in public aquaria (we even have one in Bochum, too).

Jetoar

I dont undertand why safari have painted this figure with brown color. I think that this shark is grey  ???
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brontodocus

The brown colour isn't wrong (although they are often less dark brown and there seems to be some variation). They may appear more greyish underwater, though. The lateral stripe and the white zone below the first dorsal's black tip also match the colour scheme of the species quite well. :)

Jetoar

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sphyrna18

Quote from: Jetoar on December 28, 2012, 07:17:45 PM
I dont undertand why safari have painted this figure with brown color. I think that this shark is grey  ???

I got a recent shipment of these (I already owned this figure for my personal collection) and the coloration was much closer to the official pictures on Safari's site / FB page. Closer to tan/gray.  Just FYI

Jetoar

Quote from: sphyrna18 on January 20, 2013, 07:06:37 PM
Quote from: Jetoar on December 28, 2012, 07:17:45 PM
I dont undertand why safari have painted this figure with brown color. I think that this shark is grey  ???

I got a recent shipment of these (I already owned this figure for my personal collection) and the coloration was much closer to the official pictures on Safari's site / FB page. Closer to tan/gray.  Just FYI

Really, could you share images of your figure please  ^-^?
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brontodocus

And since you have two of them, are they both the same or is one more brown and the other one more tan/grey? :)

sphyrna18

Quote from: brontodocus on January 20, 2013, 11:35:16 PM
And since you have two of them, are they both the same or is one more brown and the other one more tan/grey? :)

I have to figure out how to post images here... but in the meantime, the one I got last year is exactly the same as the one you have here. The one just came a few weeks ago with an inventory re-stock (I own a shop that carries some animal figures).  It is a very pale gray/tan, like the one on the Safari website.

brontodocus

Quote from: sphyrna18 on January 22, 2013, 06:38:38 PM
I have to figure out how to post images here... but in the meantime, the one I got last year is exactly the same as the one you have here. The one just came a few weeks ago with an inventory re-stock (I own a shop that carries some animal figures).  It is a very pale gray/tan, like the one on the Safari website.
Thanks for the info, sphyrna18! It's good to know that there is apparently some variation (or change) in the paint job of the figure. :) A comparison shot with both versions in the same photo would be great. 8) If you want to post pictures you would need an image host, here's an instruction how photos can be posted.

Jetoar

Quote from: brontodocus on January 23, 2013, 10:03:38 AM
Quote from: sphyrna18 on January 22, 2013, 06:38:38 PM
I have to figure out how to post images here... but in the meantime, the one I got last year is exactly the same as the one you have here. The one just came a few weeks ago with an inventory re-stock (I own a shop that carries some animal figures).  It is a very pale gray/tan, like the one on the Safari website.
Thanks for the info, sphyrna18! It's good to know that there is apparently some variation (or change) in the paint job of the figure. :) A comparison shot with both versions in the same photo would be great. 8) If you want to post pictures you would need an image host, here's an instruction how photos can be posted.

Yes, it is good. I think to bought this figure as gift to my girlfriend  ^-^.
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brontodocus

WS Sealife Blacktip Reef Shark images are working again. :)