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« Reply #1660 on: September 11, 2018, 01:53:29 PM »
I agree it's a nice set. Do we have an Echinodermata thread under Animal Groups? You could start one! I can't really contribute but it'd be nice  :)

Like Beetle guy, I declined to purchase the complete set of sea urchins because of the high price. At this time I am unable to present scientific names. I agree that the echinoderms are an important phylum worthy of group listing.

Echinodermata is related to Chordata and Hemicordata based on deuterostomic embryology. The blastopore becomes the anus instead of the mouth, as with protostomes, which include nearly all the other invertebrates. Other than urchins, most echinoderm figures are starfish.
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« Reply #1661 on: September 17, 2018, 11:39:17 PM »
Set of insect erasers by Iwako (Japan).


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« Reply #1662 on: September 19, 2018, 08:14:38 PM »
This was a bit of an experimental order, both in terms of testing out AliExpress and also this particular item.

This small pompano is marketed as fake food, but given the variety of fish available at pretty good prices for their size I had to give it a shot. In a lot of ways it more than exceeds my expectations, the detail is better than the pictures show (I think itís almost certainly cast from a real fish), unfortunately it seems to be very fragile. Iím not about to cut it open and find out but I think it might literally be a sponge coated in plastic, as opposed to plastic stuffed with sponge, sounds like a subtle difference on paper but itís drastic in practice.

Overall I guess itís a failed experiment, but Iím glad I took the risk and found out (also glad I ordered just one as a test). If I ever want any large fish for a diorama or display these are definitely going to be put into consideration, but as figures they are just to fragile. The material reminds me of "stress-ball" animals that are often given out with promotional logos on them.







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« Reply #1663 on: September 20, 2018, 12:36:02 AM »
What a curious model @stargatedalek. Nice new acquisition, worth the punt I'd say!

Would you like to repost your post in the walk-arounds section for safe-keeping? If not, would you mind if I reproduce your images there?

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« Reply #1664 on: September 20, 2018, 12:45:40 AM »
What a curious model @stargatedalek. Nice new acquisition, worth the punt I'd say!

Would you like to repost your post in the walk-arounds section for safe-keeping? If not, would you mind if I reproduce your images there?
Feel free. Sadly I don't have anything more to add, it's definitely a pompano but there isn't any sort of manufacturer information.

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« Reply #1665 on: September 20, 2018, 01:14:23 AM »
I think it's great. Do they do crabs too? ;-)

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« Reply #1666 on: September 20, 2018, 02:11:24 AM »
I think it's great. Do they do crabs too? ;-)
Unfortunately I didn't encounter any.

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« Reply #1667 on: September 20, 2018, 03:49:12 AM »
I think it's great. Do they do crabs too? ;-)
Unfortunately I didn't encounter any.

I'm thinking theydo. I have a sturgeon from the same company/source (purcahsed through Amazon .ca but I've seen them on Taobao & Aliexpress). I'm sure I've seen at least squid, so there's probably crabs of some kind too.

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« Reply #1668 on: September 20, 2018, 04:52:43 AM »
I think it's great. Do they do crabs too? ;-)
Unfortunately I didn't encounter any.

I'm thinking theydo. I have a sturgeon from the same company/source (purcahsed through Amazon .ca but I've seen them on Taobao & Aliexpress). I'm sure I've seen at least squid, so there's probably crabs of some kind too.
I saw the squids and a decent variety of fish, but I didn't see any crustaceans. I didn't even find any in the same niche other than this one crab, but it's hard plastic and having seen many in person it is definitely overpriced.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Simulation-Animal-Crab-Fake-Lobster-Early-education-Model-Ornaments-Photography-Props-Restaurant-Food-Decorative-Home-Crafts/32915931660.html?spm=2114.search0604.3.1.55cb4dbcQRGRWS&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10130_10547_10059_10884_10548_10887_10696_100031_10084_10083_10103_10618_10139_10307,searchweb201603_1,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=c2f0969e-9584-4ba7-83e7-42d9865dd444-0&algo_pvid=c2f0969e-9584-4ba7-83e7-42d9865dd444&priceBeautifyAB=0

There are a number of interesting crab and shrimp fishing lures on Aliexpress, it's definitely "the place" to buy rubber fishing lures, most are more or less dime a dozen.

While we're on the topic, these aquarium decor fish are also interesting, I see a few rarely made species are available. Sadly this listing is for a random one, but hopefully it's a lead if anyone is interested.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fish-Tank-Landscaping-Decoration-Simulation-Small-Fake-Fish-Fish-For-Display-Fluorescence-Silica-Gel-Fish-Fish/32922278792.html?spm=2114.search0604.3.144.58043580THXiYu&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10130_10547_10059_10884_10548_10887_10696_100031_10084_10083_10103_10618_10139_10307,searchweb201603_1,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=a99c9272-e75f-4d28-b00d-9cfe95b0d79e-22&algo_pvid=a99c9272-e75f-4d28-b00d-9cfe95b0d79e&priceBeautifyAB=0