Monthly archives: May, 2020

Blacktip Shark (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus), not to be confused with the blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), is a requiem shark found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Like the overwhelming majority of sharks, it has never been rendered as a plastic toy (at least as far …

Blue Rock Rattlesnake (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Where plastic toys often fail in species diversity plush toys seem to shockingly excel. The Wild Republic line of plush animals is a major player in the plush animal game and responsible for much of this diversity. Although I don’t collect plush animals I do have a young daughter, as well as an eye for …

Bongo Antelope (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and photos by Okapiboy The bongo antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus) is one of the most beautiful, distinctive, and striking of all antelopes. It is also one of the most popular zoo animals. So it is puzzling that when it came to toy replica, the majority of today’s top companies haven’t produced one for the mass market. Fortunately, …

Brown-throated Sloth (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus) is the most common of the three species of three-toed sloth inhabiting Central and South America, and also the most famous of all sloths due to its decidedly adorable appearance. Any sloth toys, sloth storybooks, sloth-themed clothing, or other sloth-themed products you’ve …

Chinese Mantis (Living Things Series by Fujimi Mokei)

Review and images by Isurus; edited by bmathison1972 This figure today is “Living Thing Series No. 23 Chinese Mantis” from Fujimi Mokei. This figure is marketed as the Japanese giant mantis, Tenodera aridifolia, but was painted as the Chinese mantis, T. sinensis, since the species occurs here in Korea. The two species have a complicated …

Dove, pair (Noah’s Pals by Caboodle! Toys LLC)

Whatever your stance on religion, it is hard to deny the impact that the story of Noah has had on animal welfare and conservation. Zoos have been named in his honour, and peace symbols based on animals in his story. In the mid 2000’s it also inspired a toy line, Noah’s Pals, where animals are …

Exotic Beetles (Play Visions)

This is a review of the set Exotic Beetles, released by Play Visions in 1998. This is was one many small theme-based sets released by Play Visions in the mid-to-late 1990s, and one of 6 that were arthropod-centric. Today Play Visions figures are among the most sought-after by collectors! This review today is a glorified …

Galapagos Land Iguana (Capsule Q Museum: Reptiles Lounge by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 “Ugly” and of a “singularly stupid appearance“ were two of the things Charles Darwin had to say about the Galapagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus. His judgement about their more popular aquatic relatives, the Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus was not much better, those he describes as the “most …

Gray Wolf, 2020 (Wild Safari North American Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Saarlooswolfhound; edited by bmathison1972 The Safari Ltd. Gray Wolf, #100509 was released as part of their 2020 additions. It is included in their Wild Safari North American Wildlife Collection. The model itself measures as 4 inches (10 cm) long and around 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall (roughly the size of a …