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Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:29:26 PM »







I don't know much about Agatsuma--everything is in Japanese (even the name on the base) and I haven't seen anything else from them. They are fairly large, well-sculpted figures. This set features a lot of odd animals. However, this one makes the set worthwhile all on its own--it's just so weird! And who doesn't love tardigrades?
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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 08:48:09 PM »
Wonderful 'Bärtierchen' - I love it :D.

I also do not know about any other series by Agatsuma.

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 09:50:40 PM »
This looks like an alien :o

They came flying from far away, now I'm under their spell....

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 10:47:07 PM »
The avatar of brontodocus  ^-^. Very cool, I think the same that Tyrantqueen.
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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 08:28:34 AM »
Whaaat? There's a figure of a tardigrade??? :o ;D This was one figure I desperately wanted to have. A few years before I started collecting I've seen the figure on ebay but didn't buy it. :'( When I learned more about Kaiyodo lines I always thought why can't I find that water bear figure anymore? Eventually I even thought it was just my imagination but then a whole set came up! :o This one is easily identifiable to genus level, it's an Echiniscus sp., one of the armoured Heterotardigrada.

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 11:10:58 AM »
Crazy looking animal indeed :) Congratulations and thank You for sharing! :D

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 01:23:20 PM »
Whaaat? There's a figure of a tardigrade??? :o ;D This was one figure I desperately wanted to have. A few years before I started collecting I've seen the figure on ebay but didn't buy it. :'( When I learned more about Kaiyodo lines I always thought why can't I find that water bear figure anymore? Eventually I even thought it was just my imagination but then a whole set came up! :o This one is easily identifiable to genus level, it's an Echiniscus sp., one of the armoured Heterotardigrada.

It is  weird set, for sure--they appeared for a brief while in Japanese auctions, but I haven't seen them for a while (the tardigrade was my entire reason to get hte whole set!).

I didn't even know you had one for your avatar--I have my settings such that I don't see them or signatures (saves on load time--slow computer).

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 03:03:26 PM »
I can understand that... until about two years ago I used a Notebook from 2003... :-X The set contains some other really cool figures (e.g. Megalodicopia hians!), well, except for maybe another Tsuchinoko.

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 10:55:57 PM »
I can understand that... until about two years ago I used a Notebook from 2003... :-X The set contains some other really cool figures (e.g. Megalodicopia hians!), well, except for maybe another Tsuchinoko.

Yeah, that last one is pretty silly. I don't know why Japanese companies keep pushing them. It's not like there aren't other neat, odd predators that could have rounded out the set.

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2013, 03:06:43 AM »
Like an alien armadillo... :o

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Re: Water Bear (Agatsuma - Strange Predators series)
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2013, 10:28:49 AM »
Yeah, that last one is pretty silly. I don't know why Japanese companies keep pushing them. It's not like there aren't other neat, odd predators that could have rounded out the set.
Isn't the Tsuchinoko some kind of folklore or cryptid animal in Japan? At least it would be an explanation, not that it would make all those Tsuchinoko figures more interesting for us... :-\
Like an alien armadillo... :o
Hehe, yes, but easier to find... well, sort of... there's a very good website about tardigrades that features an article about how to find Echiniscus water bears in moss with LED light (makes the water bears' cuticle appear blueish) and a magnifying lens (sorry, German only). :)

 



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