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bmathison1972

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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #580 on: September 14, 2018, 12:15:34 PM »
Like these Bug of the Day posts! :D :D

I thought you had the Megasoma elaphas from DeAgostini also.

I do, that's why I wrote 'represented but not shown'


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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #581 on: September 15, 2018, 11:29:46 AM »
I see now  :-[
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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #582 on: September 20, 2018, 02:39:09 AM »
Gorgeous Goliathini and Gymnetini! These two tribes of scarabs are popular with collectors but still relatively uncommon among toy figures. They are mostly tropical in distribution and contain some of the heaviest and largest extant insect species! [for some reason I skipped over number 10 when labeling them...]

1. Goliathus orientalis Moser, 1909 - DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Mecynorrhina polyphemus (Fabricius, 1781) - DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
3. Goliathus regius Klug, 1835 - Play Visions (Exotic Beetles)
4. Goliathus goliatus (Drury, 1770) - unknown Japanese manufacturer
5. Mecynorhina oberthuri kirchneri (Drumont, 1998) - Shapeways (Eric's Studio)
6. G. goliatus - Furuta (Chocoegg Funny Animals Series 2)
7. Dicronorhina derbyana Westwood, 1843 - XX
8. Cotinis nitida (Linnaeus, 1758) - unknown manufacturer [this is a knock-off of the XX figure which I do not have]
9. Trigonophorus rothschildi varians Bourgoin,1914 - unknown manufactuer
11. Dicronorhina micans Drury, 1773 - 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
12. Jumnos ruckeri Saunders, 1839 - Play Visions (Exotic Beetles)
13. J. ruckeri - XX
14. Pseudotorynorrhina japonica (Hope, 1841) - Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer) [2 color variants]

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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #583 on: September 22, 2018, 09:10:53 AM »
Wish those Play Visions insect wouldn't be such a hard find   :-\ Their really nice.
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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #584 on: September 22, 2018, 04:30:42 PM »
I'm blown away by the size and thoroughness of your collection!


Is the XX Cotinis nitida figure super rare? These beetles are redolent of happy childhood memories for me - watching them buzz low over lawns in summer makes me think of picking blackberries with my grandmother, plucking june bugs off the fruit before dropping them in the bowl  - and I'd love to have a nice figure of this species.

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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #585 on: September 22, 2018, 05:38:44 PM »
I'm blown away by the size and thoroughness of your collection!


Is the XX Cotinis nitida figure super rare? These beetles are redolent of happy childhood memories for me - watching them buzz low over lawns in summer makes me think of picking blackberries with my grandmother, plucking june bugs off the fruit before dropping them in the bowl  - and I'd love to have a nice figure of this species.

Hi Newt! I don't remember where I got the XX figures I have. I think there were 24 of them, all clearly influenced from this poster (below, which hangs in my bedroom). All the figures are represented on this poster with the same Latin name designations. I have roughly half of them and I don't remember where I got the ones I have (several probably came from Yikes! toy store in Tucson, AZ).


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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #586 on: September 24, 2018, 11:11:44 PM »
Thanks for the info!

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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #587 on: September 29, 2018, 11:19:33 PM »
Getting new batches up figures allows me to update more species' treatments. Today, it's the Japanese spiny lobster, Panulirus japonicus (Von Siebold, 1824). This is one of six species in the genus to be made in figure form!

From left to right:
Epoch
Kaiyodo (Enoshima Aquarium Series 1)
Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 1)
Eikoh (Miniature Planet)


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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #588 on: September 30, 2018, 10:51:09 PM »
Look at these big dorks! By which I mean, Dorcus titanus (Boisduval, 1835). This common southeast Asian stag beetle is not uncommonly made, and the Japanese companies have produce five different subspecies!!!

1. Dorcus titanus palawanicus (Lacloix, 1984).
Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles, 2016)
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles, 2017)
3. Sega (DX, large)
4. Sega (standard series, large)
5. Access Toys
6. ShanTrip



2. Dorcus titanus pilifer (Vollenhoven, 1861).
One figure, a small series figure by Sega.



3. Dorcus titanus platymelus (Saunders, 1854).
Left to right:
1. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
2. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2011)



4. Dorcus titanus sakishimanus (Nomura, 1964).
Left to right:
1. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2013)
2. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2018)



5. Dorcus titanus titanus (Boisduval, 1835)
One figure of the type subspecies, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).



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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #589 on: October 12, 2018, 04:06:34 AM »
Megasoma actaeon (Linnaeus, 1758).

Left to right, top to bottom:
4D Master (Beetle Collection)
Sega (DX, large)
Sega (standard, large)
F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2018)
Sega
Sega (Fighting Beetles)
ShanTrip
Sega (small magnet)

In my collection but not shown: DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).


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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #590 on: October 12, 2018, 09:18:08 PM »
Next up, the giant Japanese mantid, Tenodera aridifolia (Stoll, 1813). This is the go-to species of mantid from Japanese manufacturers. Surprisingly, Kaiyodo has yet to make one!

1-3, 8. Break Co. LTD*
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects, 2015)
5. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)**
6. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
7. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects, 2016)
9. Bandai (Figure Pictorial Book of Gakken Insect)
10. Furuta (Insect Science)

* these four figures (1, 2, 3, 8 ) are color forms of the same sculpt
** this is a generic mantid, but being from a Japanese company it most-certainly represents T. aridifolia

Darn after I took and edited the image, I realized I forgot to image the Rement figure. Oh well, next time :-)


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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #591 on: October 14, 2018, 06:36:04 PM »
The stag beetle, Prosopocoilus confucius (Hope, 1842).

From largest to smallest:
Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects)
F-toys (Insect Hunter, 2018)
Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
unknown manufacturer [from a bucket set called 'Jungle Bugs' sold at the Rainforest Cafe]

Note: The F-toys figure is the only one specifically marketed as this species. The Safari Figure is a best-fit and the two smaller figures were most-certainly influenced by the Safari figure.



This is the last species to update with recent acquisitions. More later...

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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #592 on: October 14, 2018, 08:33:43 PM »
Wow. I did not know the Safari figurines were this big! 
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Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« Reply #593 on: October 14, 2018, 10:48:24 PM »
Wow. I did not know the Safari figurines were this big!

The Smithsonian figures are large, they are all in the 2:1 range (give or take).