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Apes - superfamily Hominoidea

Started by stemturtle, March 06, 2018, 06:43:40 PM

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Group shot of apes

Apes are the sister group to Old World monkeys, together forming the parvorder Catarrhini. In addition to prosimians and to New World and Old World monkeys, apes are our fourth thread, which concludes this sampler of the primates.

The purpose of this thread is to show a figure for each different species, comparing their  relative sizes. Some product numbers are reported below because apes are popular with toy makers. This is not a complete collection, which would involve many unidentified figures. Manufacturers often produce a generalized toy without designating a species or subspecies. See more photos on Toy Animal Info.

Superfamily Hominoidea has two families: Hylobatidae and Hominidae.


family Hylobatidae - gibbons
   White-handed gibbon, Hylobates lar, by Papo #50146
   Siamang (baby), Symphalangus syndactylus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
family Hominidae - great apes with two subfamilies: Ponginae and Homininae
subfamily Ponginae - orangutans
   Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, by Safari #292929
   Sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii (ID is speculative), by CollectA #88730



subfamily Homininae - gorillas, chimps, humans and ancestors
   † Dryopithecus sp., by Bullyland #58381
   Western gorilla, Gorilla gorilla, by CollectA #88033
   Eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei (ID is speculative), by Schleich #14770
        EDIT: Schleich #14770 corrected to G. gorilla, western gorilla.


   Common chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, by Safari #224729
   Bonobo (baby), Pan paniscus, porcelain, by Little Critterz
   † Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), by Kaiyodo Study Room
   † Paranthropus (syn. Australopithecus) boisei, by Kaiyodo Dinotales Series 2


   † Homo habilis, by Bullyland #58382
   † Homo erectus, by Bullyland #58383
   † Neanderthal, Homo neanderthalensis, by Bullyland #58384
   Modern human, Homo sapiens (Charles Darwin) by Accoutrements

Your photos are welcome. Go ape!

         


bmathison1972

Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

stemturtle

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 07, 2018, 12:19:42 AM
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

I do not own the Gigantopithicus figure from the Jungle Book. Here is a link to King Louie by Bullyland on eBay.
Gigantopithicus belonged to subfamily Ponginae in Asia, with 3 species ranging from 9 million to 100,000 years ago.

bmathison1972

Quote from: stemturtle on March 07, 2018, 01:50:24 AM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 07, 2018, 12:19:42 AM
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

I do not own the Gigantopithicus figure from the Jungle Book. Here is a link to King Louie by Bullyland on eBay.
Gigantopithicus belonged to subfamily Ponginae in Asia, with 3 species ranging from 9 million to 100,000 years ago.

King Louie from the original Disney cartoon is an orangutan, but in the newer Jungle Book (the one that came out last year or before) had a Gigantopithecus. Here is a link to a set with one:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Disney-The-Jungle-Book-King-Louie-And-Kaa-Action-Figures-2-Pack/332552864387?epid=1160951416&hash=item4d6db20283:g:09gAAOSwridaL9pV

stemturtle

Thanks for alerting us to the Gigantopithecus, bmathison1972.
I placed an order for a figure by Disney. When I post a photo, we'll see if it is worthwhile to collect.

stemturtle

#5

King Louie, † Gigantopithecus sp. (Disney / Just Play), height 2.25 inches or 5.7 cm.

The Jungle Book character King Louie identified himself as a Gigantopithecus in the CGI film by Disney in 2016. This extinct pongid is part of a set of 5 figures. It is not articulated. Life size may have been 10 feet or 3 m, which is only an estimate because of the scarcity of fossils. Orange is the new Kong. ;)  I like the realism of this figure.



The Jungle Book Collectible Figures (Disney / Just Play), view of back of box
King Louie, Mowgli, Baloo, Bacheera, Shere Khan

Available on eBay, Amazon, and some toy stores.


bmathison1972

Great addition stemturtle! Looks like a nice realistic figure, rather than an anthropomorphised character.

King Louie actually is not in the Jungle Book books. He was added for the Disney cartoon movie, but when they made the live action/CGI one a couple years ago, they changed Louie from an orangutan to Gigantopithecus, namely because the former has never occurred in India whereas the latter has!

I am surprised this figure didn't get more chatter on DTF since it's an extinct guy! :)

sbell

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 13, 2018, 02:07:02 AM
Great addition stemturtle! Looks like a nice realistic figure, rather than an anthropomorphised character.

King Louie actually is not in the Jungle Book books. He was added for the Disney cartoon movie, but when they made the live action/CGI one a couple years ago, they changed Louie from an orangutan to Gigantopithecus, namely because the former has never occurred in India whereas the latter has!

I am surprised this figure didn't get more chatter on DTF since it's an extinct guy! :)

It did get a little, but the toy line didn't last long, so it kind of skipped past most people!

stemturtle


Bonobo, Pan paniscus (Safari Primates Toob), 2.5 inches or 6.3 cm.


Enlargement of bonobo's face

The bonobo is more gracile than the common chimpanzee, with long legs and arms. Adults retain a tail tuft.
The face is dark with pink lips, and long, parted hair. Due to the small size of this figure, not all of these characteristics are developed.
The abdomen is marked with the word bonobo. This toy displaces the porcelain figurine by Little Critterz.

While I am delighted that this figure was issued, I wish that Safari would create a larger model that shows parted hair, side whiskers, and pink lips.

Beetle guy

Look at this one (without the funny stuff around) very expensive but man, what a sculpt and  character!
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/m324609209
To beetle or not to beetle.

bmathison1972

@stemturtle - Schleich's website specifically markets their 2017 gorilla as Gorilla gorilla.

stemturtle

Quote from: bmathison1972 on April 22, 2021, 12:29:31 PM
@stemturtle - Schleich's website specifically markets their 2017 gorilla as Gorilla gorilla.

Abe Lincoln said that if you call a dog's tail a leg, the dog still has only four legs.
Schleich 14770 looks like an eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei, but we accept the ID of the manufacturer, and edit to correct the ID to western gorilla, G. gorilla.
Thanks to @bmathison1972 for the information.

bmathison1972

Quote from: stemturtle on April 22, 2021, 02:41:27 PM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on April 22, 2021, 12:29:31 PM
@stemturtle - Schleich's website specifically markets their 2017 gorilla as Gorilla gorilla.

Abe Lincoln said that if you call a dog's tail a leg, the dog still has only four legs.
Schleich 14770 looks like an eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei, but we accept the ID of the manufacturer, and edit to correct the ID to western gorilla, G. gorilla.
Thanks to @bmathison1972 for the information.

yeah. Unfortunately with toys, a gorilla is a gorilla is a gorilla. Interpreting the morphologic features of a 6.0 cm tall figure that represents a 200+ kg animal is futile  :)) :)) :)) ;D So, I am going with manufactuers' suggestions :)

stemturtle

#13

Mountain gorilla, Gorilla beringei beringei (Wildlife by CollectA),
#88899, height 3.2 in. or 8 cm. 2020.

See an excellent review of this mountain gorilla on the Animal Toy Blog by @suspsy.


We replace Schleich 14770 (on left) with CollectA 88899 as an example of an eastern gorilla.

EDIT: Notice that the profile of the nose of the western gorilla forms an overhang that is not present for the eastern gorilla.
See other distinguishing differences in a walkaround of the CollectA gorilla on STS by RtasVadumee.