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Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:48:10 PM »

Common Mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus, total length 10.75" (27.5 cm)

Tyrantqueen has posted an excellent walk-around of the translucent mudpuppy.  Photos of the elusive TN Aquarium mudpuppy may serve as reference for collectors who wish to paint over the green version.  The TN mudpuppy is made of a flexible material like that of the translucent.  Paint is not liable to flake off, although mine has a few scuffs.  Beware of using varnish, which may react with the plastic to cause a tacky finish that will not dry.  There is a range of color.  I have seen wild mudpuppies in Minnesota by turning large stones in shallow rivers.  Adults are darker than this figure, while juveniles have two tan stripes.  Seeing a mudpuppy is like a trip back to the Carboniferous.









« Last Edit: November 17, 2013, 08:39:32 PM by stemturtle »


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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 01:49:15 PM »
Great walk-around of a great figure, thanks for posting, stemturtle! :) So it's as soft as the translucent version? Well, there seems to be some variation in the line - the figures I have are all rather soft with the exception of the Crested Newt which is very rigid. Aaaah, now I want to repaint the translucent mudpuppy even more... :-[ ;D

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 01:55:35 PM »
Cool review, I didnt know this figure  ^-^.
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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 03:19:32 PM »
Well, there seems to be some variation in the line - the figures I have are all rather soft with the exception of the Crested Newt which is very rigid.


Salamanders (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1995)

All six of these salamanders are hard plastic.  I once had a Red Salamander that was soft plastic, but I gave it to my granddaughter. 
If anyone has a mudpuppy made of rigid plastic, please let us know.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2013, 08:42:02 PM by stemturtle »

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 03:26:36 PM »
It's a lot better and easier on the eyes in this colour :)

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 05:02:10 AM »
Wow, great figure! :o  Are they still available anywhere?

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2013, 08:16:24 AM »
Wow, great figure! :o  Are they still available anywhere?
No, aside from places like eBay where you might be able to find it second hand. The translucent version is still available at Veghead though.

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. – Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013, 10:26:32 AM »
And even used ones are quite a rare sight and may go for a high winning bid... I'm still missing this one and the Marbled Salamander. :'(

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014, 07:24:27 PM »
 :D Wonderful figure and an adorable series.
I'm glad I have the Fire Salamander at least.

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2014, 09:52:23 PM »
Gorgeous figure!  :o

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2019, 07:58:14 PM »
Thank you for this walkaround @stemturtle !
Just ordered the translucent one via Ebay, I am going to paint it.
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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2019, 12:51:05 PM »
Thank you for this walkaround @stemturtle !
Just ordered the translucent one via Ebay, I am going to paint it.

Given the extraordinary realism of your cast replica amphibians, your repaint of the mudpuppy may exceed the quality of the original.
I hope you will post the result.

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2019, 02:16:29 PM »
Thanks! I will post the results for sure :D
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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2019, 08:51:14 PM »
I'm excited to see your results. I repainted quite a few and have sold some of them. I learned the hard way though (meaning I had to refund money :-( ) that you need to wash then seal the translucent figure, as it is oily and tends to shed paint easily. Good luck! And again, I can't wait to see your repaint!

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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2019, 10:53:47 AM »
@sphyrna18, thanks for the good advice! Your actual post inspired me to give it a go :))
I did some repaints with bad preparation of Takara beetles and they ended up sticky, did not want to repeat that.

2 will arrive end of februari by post, cant wait to start painting! ::)
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Re: Mudpuppy (Safari Ltd. - Tennessee Aquarium Collection, 1997)
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2019, 10:41:07 PM »
well, they arrived today one of them is going to a friend the other one is , washed, sanded and in a first coat of primer now. Update soon! ^-^
« Last Edit: February 09, 2019, 10:41:33 PM by Beetle guy »
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