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Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:06:31 PM »
Something a little different today, not a toy figure but a scientific model that is aimed at institutions and schools (but read below). So this time it's a walk-around of the 3B Scientific No. VN707 Common Midwife Toad, Alytes obstetricans (Laurenti, 1768). Snout-vent length (difficult to measure for the sacrum being partially concealed by the eggs) is approx. 39 mm so the scale is 1:1. This western European species is distributed from Portugal in the West to Germany in the East (and has been introduced in the UK) and is a member of the Alytidae (formerly Discoglossidae) which belong to the most primitive anuran suborder, the Archaeobatrachia. Midwife toads have a unique reproductive strategy, the eggs are not deposited in water but instead the male winds the egg strings around its hind legs and carries them until the tadpoles are ready to hatch. Midwife Toads are strictly nocturnal burrowers so people who are not concerned with amphibians usually won't know that they are around - unless they are calling (their call sounds quite unusual for an amphibian and has been described as similar to a small bell). As a teenager I've found them several times in their habitat in the "Sauerland" (a low mountain range in Northrine-Westphalia, Germany) but they are quite uncommon here. The allover population is declining but the species is still widespread in many countries throughout its range and is therefore ranked "Least Concern" by IUCN. In Germany's Red List, it is ranked "gefährdet" which is more or less equivalent to IUCN's "vulnerable".

The model is a one-piece cast made of a pinkish hard rubber. While accuracy and detail are superior to most toy figures I still have some criticism. The German brand 3B Scientific is not a toy maker but rather a company specialising in scientific teaching resources. Their products are much higher priced than toy figures and so we can be a little more nitpicking with this model. The paint job is by no means excellent - the greenish tone is a bit unusual for the more greyish or light brown colour the species really shows in life. Many specimens show several characteristic, reddish warts which has been ignored on the model. The worst is probably the eye, Alytes obstetricans is the only Central European anuran with a vertical slit pupil. Apparently 3B Scientific intended to cover this but added a horizontal black stripe to the iris so that it looks as if the pupil was meant to be cross-shaped instead. The eggs are a bit crudely sculpted and I wish they'd have a more yellowish colour. Shortly before hatching, the tadpole's eyes can be seen as a pair of black spots in the eye so this is probably meant to be a fresh egg mass. Hands and feet are not exceptionally well detailed and of course I would have preferred a model that can be detached from its base. I hope my criticism is understandable under the circumstance that the model usually retails for nearly US$100 or €70. That said, another German company specialising in scientific models, SOMSO, has a series of European amphibians and reptiles which are apparently more accurately painted but they are also even much more expensive with most models selling for several hundreds each. I was quite happy to get this model for a discount price at less than a quarter of the original retail price.















Also note the misspelling "Alytesobstericans" instead of "Alytes obstetricans" on the box - something you wouldn't expect from a company producing scientifically accurate teaching resources.

Edit 2017-02-07: Fixed broken image urls.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2017, 01:32:23 PM by brontodocus »


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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014, 02:48:05 AM »
Looks like a great figure. Makes me wish they make Prehistoric Dinosaur models like this. (Ones that are sold as Scientific models and are fully painted, not just Toys)

I am tempted to buy one of these type of models. But i don't have room in my bedroom or Curio

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 08:49:06 AM »
A beautieful figurine!!  I have a salamander with the same kind of base but without the stickers for the brand:)

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2014, 12:28:29 PM »
Thanks, Nathan & Andreas! :)
Looks like a great figure. Makes me wish they make Prehistoric Dinosaur models like this. (Ones that are sold as Scientific models and are fully painted, not just Toys)

I am tempted to buy one of these type of models. But i don't have room in my bedroom or Curio
Yes, space is always a problem... :-\ Well, there are quite some companies in the U.S. specialising on such highly accurate models - but they are usually very expensive, too.
A beautieful figurine!!  I have a salamander with the same kind of base but without the stickers for the brand:)
So that's probably 3B Scientific, too? This one, perhaps? Hehe, by the way, they are located in Dresden! ;)

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2014, 02:43:48 PM »
So that's probably 3B Scientific, too? This one, perhaps? Hehe, by the way, they are located in Dresden! ;)

thanks for the link...I just bought the Ixodes ricinus :)

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2014, 08:04:04 PM »
Thanks, Nathan & Andreas! :)
Looks like a great figure. Makes me wish they make Prehistoric Dinosaur models like this. (Ones that are sold as Scientific models and are fully painted, not just Toys)

I am tempted to buy one of these type of models. But i don't have room in my bedroom or Curio
Yes, space is always a problem... :-\ Well, there are quite some companies in the U.S. specialising on such highly accurate models - but they are usually very expensive, too.
A beautieful figurine!!  I have a salamander with the same kind of base but without the stickers for the brand:)
So that's probably 3B Scientific, too? This one, perhaps? Hehe, by the way, they are located in Dresden! ;)

Yes, exactly this:) Thank you for this information and the link. I found my salamander on a flea market. It is very interesting that they are located in Dresden. S if i find the time i will look there:)

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2014, 09:14:14 PM »
 :-[ I'm sorry to say that I find the model disappointing.
O.k., it's still a pretty figure and for a discount price at less than a quarter of the original retail price it's a good deal, but I'm expecting something very different from such a scientifical model.
Too many mistakes, too bad sculpting & paintjob. This model can't compete at all with the ones from SOMSO (It's sooo sad  :'(  that those are so expensive). It even isn't on par with some Kaiyodos.

So that's probably 3B Scientific, too? This one, perhaps? Hehe, by the way, they are located in Dresden! ;)

thanks for the link...I just bought the Ixodes ricinus :)

 ;D I knew you would do that. It looks nice by the way.

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2014, 09:19:47 AM »
Well then, congrats, Andreas - from the photos I've seen of it the Fire Salamander may be the most accurate (or at least the best looking) of the 3B Scientific amphibians & reptiles! :)
thanks for the link...I just bought the Ixodes ricinus :)
Oh, sorry, too late now - but I knew a source where you could have ordered it in the U.S.! :-[ Actually, I'll probably get one myself. too. :)
:-[ I'm sorry to say that I find the model disappointing.
O.k., it's still a pretty figure and for a discount price at less than a quarter of the original retail price it's a good deal, but I'm expecting something very different from such a scientifical model.
Too many mistakes, too bad sculpting & paintjob. This model can't compete at all with the ones from SOMSO (It's sooo sad  :'(  that those are so expensive). It even isn't on par with some Kaiyodos.
Thanks for the comments, Helge! :) No need to feel sorry for being critical. This is exactly the point - the model isn't quite as sophisticated as one would expect in this case.

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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2014, 02:26:24 PM »
Awesome sculpture and details  ^-^.
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Re: Common Midwife Toad (3B Scientific)
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 01:33:10 PM »
Images of 3B Scientific Common Midwife Toad are back. :)

 



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