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Rockhopper Penguin (Kaiyodo - Aquatales Polyresin)

Started by brontodocus, December 29, 2014, 10:51:25 PM

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Walk-around of the Kaiyodo Aquatales Polyresin Aquatic animal figure collection Series 1 No. 004 Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome (Forster, 1781). Length is approx. 87 mm from tip of beak to end of tail so the scale is approx. 1:5 - 1:6. The figure shows a lot of feather detail and looks very dynamic in its underwater flight pose. Southern Rockhopper Penguins are distributed on islands off Argentina and Southern Chile, the Falkland Islands, and on subantarctic islands in the Indian (e.g. Kerguelen Islands) and West Pacific oceans (e.g. Auckland Islands). Despite a total population estimate of over 1.2 million pairs the species is in trouble and has declined by about a third over the past decades so IUCN considers the Southern Rockhopper Penguin "Vulnerable". The Aquatales Polyresin models have just been released in 2014 and Series 1 and 2 (the others haven't been released, yet) should be more or less easily available through Japanese sellers who ship internationally or via ebay.

I've added a comparison shot with the much smaller but likewise very detailed Southern Rockhopper Penguin from the Kitan Club Nature Techni Colour Nankyoku set:

Edit 2017-02-04: Fixed broken image urls.


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