Category: Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.

ANIA Blind Box Series 3 (Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 ANIA is a line of animal figures released under Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. catered towards educating children about wildlife. These figures are highly detailed, inexpensive, and often accurate to the animals they are made to portray. The line has gained popularity in Japan, with them branching out to …

Great White Shark (ANIA by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is probably the most famous fish on this planet. It has gained a fearsome reputation thanks to movies like Jaws, which portrays these beautiful animals as nothing more that blood-thirsty killers driven by the instinct to kill. In reality, they are …

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), …

Killer Whale, adult and calf (ANIA by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Contrary to their common name, killer whales (Orcinus orca), also known as orcas, are a species of oceanic dolphin, although they can be considered whales as all dolphins are considered whales but not all whales are dolphins. They are the largest of all dolphins, reaching lengths of …

Marbled Flounder, Greater Amberjack, Splendid Alfonsino, Alaskan Pollock & Largehead Hairtail (Primary Saltwater Fish by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Over the last few years, various companies have given us a whole slew of fish figures: Yujin with their accurate depictions of the Finding Nemo characters, along with some obscure species like the pineapple fish in their first Saltwater Fish in Colour set; Kaiyodo pumping out obscure …

Ocellaris Clownfish (ANIA by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Sea anemones paralyze their prey with their stinging tentacles with the aid of little harpoons. However, there are a few animals that use these stinging tentacles to their advantage, mainly to seek refuge from predators. But the most famous of these animals to take advantage of these …

Red-eared Slider, baby (Primary Turtles in Colour by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are a semi-aquatic species of turtles (in some places, they are also known as terrapins). They are found in most freshwater habitats of North America, including the southern United States and Northern Mexico. Juveniles are typically a green colour with a ‘red …

Red-lipped Batfish (An Encyclopedia of Living Things: Why Did This Happen? by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Wow, that is a mouthful of a title, but that is what the set is called! Looking at the paper that came with the figure, it looks to be a collection of natural oddities: a penguin of sorts, koala, parrot of sorts (kakapo?), a horned lizard squirting blood out of its eyes, and the focus …