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Coconut Crab (Colorata - Yanbaru Creatures)

Started by bmathison1972, December 02, 2017, 10:19:27 PM

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Walk-around of the coconut crab, Birgus latro (Linnaeus, 1767) by Colorata, Yanbaru Creatures, No. 8, new for 2017. The coconut crab is the largest terrestrial hermit crab (but only their young utilize an abandoned mollusk shell for protection). It occurs on many islands throughout the Indian and South Pacific Oceans, including Japan, hence it's inclusion in a set of animals from Yanbaru, a forested region of Okinawa Island.

Colorata figures are hard to get individually. I had to buy the whole set. Luckily I found a buyer on STS forum to take the remainders. I sold him the six non-arthropods for half the cost of the set. Still, I saved money this way rather than if I had I bought them individually (and who knows when that opportunity would have come along). I let him have the collector's box but since I paid the fees, I took the booklet :).

The figure is a single-piece of plastic. Based on the carapace width (20 mm), the figure is roughly 1:10 in size. It comes with a nicely-detailed habitat-style base. Small holes on the underside of the crab and the upper side of the base allow it to be snugly, yet not permanently, attached to is base. The rod is clear and can be cut to the desired length.

Coconut crabs are surprisingly rare as toys. This is only my fourth, the others being by Epoch (Poisonous Creatures - yes, despite that this crab is a delicacy, it can be poisonous to eat depending on its diet), Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection), and Kaiyodo (Okinawa Figure Collection).

On to the pics:











Finally, its page from the accompanying booklet:



bmathison1972

Someone on STS wanted a comparison shot of the coconut crab figures, so here they are (given Safari's run of crustaceans, might we see one of these one day?):

1. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)
2. Colorata (Yanbaru Creatures)
3. Kaiyodo (Okinawa Collection)
4. Epoch (Poisonous Creatures)


brontodocus

Quite nice and crisp detail on this one, especially since the Colorata figures are quite soft! :)

Advicot

Don't I take long uploading photos!

Isidro

I don't remember if was me who asked the comparison of different coconut crabs or not. Anyway I'm interested in the Kaiyodo (Okinawa collection) one (number 3), as it's the best marching in size for my collection without losing realism. However I can't find nothing in the net searching for Kaiyodo coconut crab. Are you sure that it's from this brand?
The Yujin one looks a bit better in quality and only very slightly bigger so if I can't find the Kaiyodo maybe I get the Yujin :)

bmathison1972

Quote from: Isidro on November 03, 2019, 09:42:06 PM
I don't remember if was me who asked the comparison of different coconut crabs or not. Anyway I'm interested in the Kaiyodo (Okinawa collection) one (number 3), as it's the best marching in size for my collection without losing realism. However I can't find nothing in the net searching for Kaiyodo coconut crab. Are you sure that it's from this brand?
The Yujin one looks a bit better in quality and only very slightly bigger so if I can't find the Kaiyodo maybe I get the Yujin :)

Yes, you asked me for the comparison. The Kaiyodo crab is indeed by Kaiyodo, but it is from one of their Japanese cultural collections (Okinawa Figure Collection) where it represents the only animal in the set (in other words, it is not from a set of animals specifically). Can be rare, but it shows up on the Japanese auctions periodically.

Isidro

Thanks. I've searched also for Kaiyodo Okinawa nature collection, omitting coconut crab from the search, and also I didn't obtained any result. The only image of this crab that I can find in the net is yours!