Category: Kaiyodo

Asian Giant Hornet (Revogeo by Kaiyodo)

Today we are looking at the third release in Kaiyodo’s Revogeo line, the Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. The Revogeo figures are large, articulated, and (to date) all arthropods. Endemic to Southeast Asia, eastern Russia, and Japan, V. mandarinia is the world’s largest hornet. It gained some attention here in the U.S. in late 2019 …

Common Cuckoo (Birdtales Series 2 by Kaiyodo)

I’ve been intending to write a review of this figure for quite a bit now, but until now, schoolwork and other real life issues have gotten in the way of that. Anyway, let the review commence: Brood parasitism, the act of relying on other individual animals to raise young, is easily one of the most …

Common Snapping Turtle (Capsule Q Museum: Foreign Invaders and New Friends by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by jumboplayset; edited by bmathison1972 For me, my all time favorite animal is without question the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). I remember when I first saw the species in the wild, in a tiny creek down the way from my grandparents’ house. The creek ran between two streets but was unbelievably …

Frilled Lizard (Capsule Q Museum: Reptiles Lounge by Kaiyodo)

Images by postsaurischian; additional text by bmathison1972 The frilled lizard is a popular and familiar again that lives in northern Australia and southern New Guinea. It is famous for being able to run bipedal, but mainly for its neck frill, which makes it so distinctive, the species is immediately recognizable in even the cheapest of …

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 …

Humpback Whale (Choco Q Animatales Series 6 by Takara and Kaiyodo)

Sometimes I wonder how Kaiyodo do it! How can it be possible to squeeze so much detail into such minuscule figures, what sorcery is at play in the ChocoQ lines? The mystery Kaiyodo sculptors are clearly masters in their field, and the humpback whale figure (Megaptera novaeangliae), part of the ChocoQ Animatales series (series 6), …

Japanese Firefly (Natural Monuments of Japan by Kaiyodo)

This is a modified version of the walk-around I did for the Animal Toy Forum. Walk-around of what is probably my favorite figure, the Japanese firefly (also known as genji-botaru), Luciola cruciata Motschulsky, 1854 by Kaiyodo, No. 45 in the Natural Monuments of Japan line. The species has been made a couple times, including previously …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Natural Monuments of Japan by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanothus; edited by bmathison1972 Through their long history, the group we accept as amphibians was, and still is, very diverse. Among the many fossils a great number of species grew to sizes that are hardly imaginable for us today. The extinct Prionosuchus grew up to 9 metres, longer than any know …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Sofubi Toy Box by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972. Not a lot time has passed since my last review of a Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), so there is not much more to tell about the animal itself, so let us get straight away to the figure itself. Kaiyodo`s Sofubi Toy Box figures are produced in …

Japanese Giant Water Bug (Revogeo by Kaiyodo)

Today we are looking at the fourth figure in Kaiyodo’s Revogeo line, following the emperor scorpion (2019), red-clawed crab (2019), and Asian giant hornet (2020). The subject of today’s review is the Japanese giant water bug, Kirkaldyia deyrollei (historically referred to as Lethocerus deyrollei). This giant belostomatid occurs throught much of East Asia, including eastern …