Monthly archives: June, 2020

American Alligator (Wild Animals by Papo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 A few weeks ago, forum member Sirenia introduced Papo’s gharial to this blog, a magnificent model of an unusual and fairly unpopular crocodile. The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) enjoys a much greater popularity, though if the species really “enjoys” its popularity may be a point to discuss, …

Basking Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 In 1977, the Japanese fishing trawler Zuiyō Maru hauled in a large, reeking, and badly decomposed carcass of what appeared to a plesiosaur, complete with flippers and a long neck. Concerned about spoiling their stock of fish, the crew dumped the remains back into the water after …

Common Kingfisher (Wild Animals by Papo)

Images by postsaurischian; additional text by bmathison1972 The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small bird endemic to much of the Palearctic, from Europe to North Africa, east to Japan, and south to the Malaysian Archipelago. Today we are looking at the 2019 rendition by Papo. The figure measures 4.3 cm tall, including the stump …

Green Sea Turtle, 2017 (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is perhaps the most typical of the seven species of sea turtle. Its seemingly incongruous name derives from the colour of the fat beneath its shell. The 2017 Safari Ltd green sea turtle is sculpted with its head turned to the …

Green Sea Turtle, babies (Another Aquarium by For Corporation)

Images by postsaurischian; edited by bmathison1972 The figure presented today was produced by For Corporation for their Another Aquarium line in 2018. This figure was originally sculpted for the Season 2 line by Aquameridian and intended to be released in 2013. When sales for the first series were not as good as expected, Aquameridian canceled …

Ladybug, pair (Bullyland)

Transferring over one of my walkarounds of Bullyland’s insects and arachnids, today we look at the lady bug, or more precisely the seven-spotted lady beetle, Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758. There are two figures, one with the elytra closed and one with the elytra partially open, revealing the flying wings; both figures were released in 1994. …

Mountain Gorilla (Wildlife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 As its name suggests, the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) inhabits chilly mountain forests in a tiny section of Central Africa, at elevations ranging from 2200 to 4300 metres. Much of what we know of this wonderful ape comes from the meticulous research of mammalogist George Schaller …

Opossum, with babies (Wild Safari North American Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

A cute and unique figure (and one of my favourites from the series) is the North American Wildlife collection figure, the Virginia opossum with babies, Didelphis virginiana Gray, 1821. With a total length of 139 mm and a snout-vent length of 96 mm the scale would be approx. 1:4 – 1:5. The figure was released …