Amur Catfish (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)

5 (2 votes)

This figure is the Amur Catfish, Silurus asotus, model 21 and number 6 from the second series. For whatever reason, there are two ‘Amur’ fish in the series, one after the other. Despite there being at least a few catfish species in Japan this is the only one in the series.

Kidako Moray Eel (World Fishing Monster Fish by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

5 (3 votes)

I recently discussed a pair of figures from a Takara Tomy set featuring some unique fish species that are visually or culturally striking. Species that are notable for being scary looking, notorious, and somehow engaging for fishing (I think). I tried to translate the papers and it appears to be called World Fishing Monster Fish, but I can’t be certain.

Amur Carp (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first release by Yujin)

5 (2 votes)

This is the Common Carp, originally labeled Cyprinus carpio, model 20 and number 5 from the second series, in the first releases. However, from what I can tell…it might actually be Cyrpinus rubrofuscus, the Amur carp, which is now considered the wild form of the familiar domestic koi.

Japanese Perch (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first release by Yujin)

5 (2 votes)

This figure is the Japanese Perch (also known as Aucha perch or Oyanirami in Japan), Coreoperca kawamebari), model 19 and number 4 from the second series, second release. This is a small-sized predatory perch that lives rivers and streams. Often in the middle parts of the water column hunting for invertebrates and anything else.

Dung Beetle (Jasman)

3.3 (3 votes)

Copris acephalus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae), an enigmatic new species of dung beetle from the Bolivian Altiplano

keywords: Copris, Scarabaeidae, new species

Abstract. Copris acephalus Mathison, new species is described from the Bolivian Altiplano. The new species possesses a series of bizarre autapomorphies not previously seen in the genus Copris, the family Scarabaeidae, or even the order Coleoptera.

Eurasian Spoonbill (Wild Animals by Papo)

5 (4 votes)

Some of my favorite birds are the spoonbills of the genus Platalea within the Threskiornithidae family. Spoonbills are wading birds found on every continent except Antarctica and characterized by the broad, flatted tip on their bills. Sweeping their bill back and forth underwater, spoonbills use their bill tip to gather up small invertebrates, amphibians, and fishes.

Willow Shiner (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first AND second release by Yujin)

5 (2 votes)

This figure is the Willow Shiner (or in Japan, Honmoroko), Gnathopogon caerulescens, model 18 and number 3 in the second series. At the original time of writing, this was one of two species out of the whole series that I didn’t have. Then I was able to get both versions at once…

Note: with two versions, I am putting up photos as side-by-side ‘galleries; with release 1 (darker coloured) on the left, release 2 on the right.

Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (24PCS Mini Ocean Animal Figurines by Toymany)

5 (5 votes)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972

The bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) is a small stingray inhabiting shallow seas and reefs throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. These rays don’t exceed 35 cm in finspan and 71 cm from snout to the tip of the tail.

Goldfish, secret version (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)

5 (3 votes)

This figure is the Common Goldfish, Carassius auratus, model number 17, from the second series. There are a couple of different ‘wild’ versions in Book 2, but for whatever reason I don’t have either one of them. Instead, this is the Secret domestic version, which is listed as number 17 in the series.

Japanese Silver Crucian Carp, secret version (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)

5 (3 votes)

This figure is a second figure of the Japanese silver crucian carp (or Langsdorf’s Goldfish, or Ginbuna in Japan), Carassius langsdorfii. As before, it is stamped number 16 but being a secret figure from the Book 2 second release series, it is number 17 in that list.

Rattlesnake (Wildlife by Mojö Fun)

4.8 (6 votes)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972

Ranging from southern Canada all the way down to Argentina, rattlesnakes are a large group of pit vipers famous and feared for their venom and their rattling tails. Despite their negative reputation, they are in truth important predators of rodents, helping to balance ecosystems and prevent crop damage.

Japanese Silver Crucian Carp (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)

5 (2 votes)

Note – a lot more information has become available since I first wrote this one!

This figure is the Japanese silver crucian carp (or Langsdorf’s Goldfish, or Ginbuna in Japan), Carassius langsdorfii (according to Fishbase; earlier sources refer to it as the subspecies Carassius auratus langsdorfii ), stamped number 16 and listed as figure 1 from the Book 2 series, second.

Dachshund, ‘Gretel’ (Douglas Cuddle Toys)

4.5 (2 votes)

For my first ATB review for 2024, I would like to review a very special plush Dachshund created by Douglas Cuddle Toys, which is one of my favorite toy companies. Douglas Cuddle Toys was founded in 1956 and has been making designer-quality stuffed animals ever since in Keene, New Hampshire. Douglas Cuddle Toys is probably best-known for their variety of breed-specific dogs and cats, so it is fitting that my new favorite is a Douglas dog.

Gypsy Mare (Horse Country by CollectA)

5 (4 votes)

In keeping with a tradition that I started two years ago I’m reviewing an Irish animal for St. Patrick’s Day. Only this time I decided not to review a wild animal but a domestic one instead. In finding a subject to review I researched what livestock breeds come from the Emerald Isle and although I was able to find some, very few of them had figurines to their name.

Chum Salmon, Alevin & Egg (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)

5 (3 votes)

This figure is the Chum Salmon egg and alevin (hatchling), Oncorhynchus keta, number 19 in Book 2, but the number 15 is stamped into it—and it’s another Special Secret (I am reposting these based on the model numbers)! The difference with this one is that the numbering would appear to place it in the Series 2 set—but the papers for series 2 start at model 16 (although they restart at 1 within each Book), so it’s a little unusual for the Secret to be ‘first’ in the series.

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