Akhal-Teke (Traditional 1:9 by Breyer)

Review and images by Harecraft Horses; edited by bmathison1972 Today we’ll be looking at one of 2022’s regular runs by Breyer, the one I was most excited to see and own – Adamek the Akhal-Teke stallion. He is absolutely stunning! I loved this sculpt right from when it was first revealed, it really nails the …

Bonytail Chub (Marsh Education by Safari Ltd.)

Today’s review concludes our series of reviews on the Marsh Education fish figures, commissioned by the Marsh & Associates Native Fish Lab and produced by Safari Ltd. I didn’t necessarily save the best for last, but I did accidentally save perhaps the most endangered for last. The bonytail chub (Gila elegans) is native to the …

Caracal (Wild Life Africa by Schleich)

The caracal (Caracal caracal) is a small cat that lives over much of Africa (outside of rainforests and much of the Sahara Desert), the Arabian Peninsula, Middle East, and Central Asia to western India. It prefers scrub forest, thickets, savannas, marshy lowlands, rocky hills, and semi-deserts, generally in areas that are dry but offer sufficient …

Japanese Carpenter Ants (Epoch)

The Japanese carpenter ant (Camponotus japonicus) is a widely-distributed species that occurs throughout much of East Asia, from Pakistan and Mongolia, east to China, Russia (eastern Siberia), and the Philippines, and Japan. Like other carpenter ants, colonies, which can consist of thousands of individuals, occurs in dead and decaying wood, such as logs and the …

Golden Eagle (Wildlife by Mojö Fun)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is perhaps the most quintessential and famous of all eagles. For certain it is the most widespread, ranging across the continents of North America, Europe, and Asia. It has also figured prominently in human culture more than any other bird. It has …

Caiman (Wild Safari Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

Today I will be reviewing the 2019 caiman by Safari Ltd. I was inspired to review this figure after it came up for my daily Museum post and all the exhaustive research I did on determining its identification. Let’s discuss the identification first, shall we? Safari Ltd. only marketed this figure as a caiman, mentioning …

Sperm Whale, adult and calf (Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection by Safari Ltd.)

For author’s summary of species look here This will be the last review of a cetacean species from the Monterey Bay Aquarium collection, the sperm whale adult and calf pair. The adult female measures 29 cm, which corresponds to an 11.6 m whale at the marketed 1:40 scale. Above, you can see it scales well …

Northern Fur Seal (Enoshima Aquarium Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

The northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) is among the most widespread otariids of the North Pacific. This species, like other ”fur seals”, is more closely related to sea lions than to ”true seals”. This species is mostly pelagic, living across the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Sea of Okhotsk. They mostly come to land when …

Sea Slug Chopstick Rests (Rainbow)

Nudibranchs, also known as sea slugs, are fascinating creatures. They come in a very wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, making them very popular with biologists, aquarium hobbyists, and collectors of toys representing interesting and unique animal taxa. There are over 3,000 valid described species! There have been several nudibranch-centric sets made over the …

Reindeer, Special Holiday Edition 2022 (Schleich)

Review and images by Saarlooswolfhound; edited by bmathison1972 Happy Holidays everybody! How ever you choose to celebrate this season, I hope that you choose to include some plastic animal figures to enjoy. They always seem to brighten my holidays! This year I have selected the new 2022 Schleich special edition reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) #72189 to …

Chambered Nautilus (Prehistoric by CollectA)

In 2020, CollectA started adding invertebrates to their Prehistoric line, including the trilobite Redlichia and the cephalopods Orthoceras, Passaloteuthis, and Pleuroceras. Interestingly, there were two extant invertebrates released that year as well, the Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) and the subject of today’s review, the chambered nautilus, Nautilus pompilius, also known as the emperor nautilus. …