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Cherry Salmon (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)

Started by sbell, June 16, 2015, 03:18:48 AM

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This walk around is part of my series of the Yujin Freshwater Fish series. Part of this will be repeating this same introductory and concluding info because copy-and-paste is easy, and it keeps things consistent.  So feel free to only read this once (or never...) as well as the stuff at the end. My main motivation is that Yujin does not have many walk arounds on this site, which is a shame because they make some great models. It is also an attempt to flood (!) the site with some fishes, because there simply have not been enough lately. ;)

One other thing--when I give the lengths of the living species, I will be using the length given on the figure's paper for consistency. Some of them seemed off, but they seem close—often better than my original usage of the Fishbase TL (unless the FB one is more interesting...). When there are more than one, I will use the higher values. And the scales will be rounded and approximate!

So now, the fish!

This figure is the Cherry Salmon (also known as masu in Japan), Oncorhynchus masou masou, number 03 from the first series. This salmon is a widespread, anadromous subspecies found along the Pacific Coast in Japan and Korea. Not surprisingly, Cherry Salmon are fished commercially and as game fish. TL of the Cherry salmon is 35cm.

This model is about 6 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:6. It is in a basic swim pose, and has the very characteristic salmonid look—complete with open mouth, probably looking for food. The colouring is detailed, and if we are being picky, lacks the darkened back and redder splotches of a fully mature individual. This one is on the grey river rock-with-plant base. Overall the figure has a somewhat calm demeanor compared to some of the Yujin fish. As will be a running theme with many of the Japanese fish in the Yujin series, this species has shown up in other Japanese lines, although I am not 100% certain of this particular subspecies (I know that the biwa trout, Oncorhynchus masou rhodurus, has shown up in other sets, for example).


I refer to this one as the bowhunting tournament pose--a hole in it, tossed on its back...but it's easy to see the detail that Yujin puts into every side of the models (and can often see the numbers in the photos).

For those not familiar, the Yujin Freshwater fishes were released as two series of fish, for a total of 32 fish figures. This number includes at least 3 secret figures (whose numbers remain in sequence--all figures are marked somewhere with the number) but does not incorporate a number of re-issues and repaints; there was at least one complete reissue (from which mine all come so far). The original releases, from what I can find, had yellow papers; the second release used light blue for the Series I and black for Series II. The entire set, with all variants and secrets, is actually available as a boxed set on YAJ (for around $300!), but individual figures can be found there or even on eBay for a variety of prices (the secrets & specials are of course the most expensive). Myself, there are still two or three species I don't have, but I haven't put a lot of effort into changing that...

Another nice thing about these Yujin fish model is that, like most Yujin releases, almost all of them come with a natural base and acrylic stem to display them (the Series II has a few exceptions). There are 4 or 5 bases used, plus a few unique ones for some specials. When I received mine several years ago, the fish+acrylic stems were not directly associated with the bases, so I just went with whatever worked (so if you have one or two, and the base is different, now you know why--I couldn't find a way to be sure if the bases were specific). All of the bases are based on environment--wood stems, gravel, river rocks, silt+plants, that sort of thing. Most are monochromatic, but a few are painted differently (again, often for the specials). In fact, if I wanted to get really pedantic, the bases themselves are labelled with letters based on the style, but I won't.


This is a photo set to compare some distinct variants of the Second release of the Series I Cherry Salmon Onchorhynchus masou masou, number 03 in the series.

Unlike the other comparisons of Yujin fish models that I've done, this one does not show a Release 1 and Release 2. Instead, they are very distinct variants of the same figures from the same Release (I know they are both Release 2 because they both came sealed with their papers).

At first I thought the newer, brighter one may have been a chase variant—a figure of the Amago, a distinctly Japanese freshwater subspecies O. masou ishikawae or O. masou macrostomus. This does exist as a figure, although not necessarily as expensive as some of the chase variants can be. However, my newer one, like my original, has no small red spots alongside the scattered dark spots (which is characteristic of Amago). But it does have several distinctly different features. The most noticeable difference is the very deep, bright pink longitudinal band along the lateral line—it is far brighter and wider than my original, where it is very subtle. There is also some difference in the fins, with the newer figure having darker yellow fins than the original. The body is also shaped somewhat differently.

It's hard to say if these variations were intentional, or meaningful, of if it is just a quirk of the production and painting.

Comparisons (Original on the left, Newer on the right):

And because Kevin hasn't been out for a swim for a while.


It's a nice figure but I'd prefer the model without the stand.  :)
Don't I take long uploading photos!


Quote from: Advicot on November 03, 2019, 06:39:29 PM
It's a nice figure but I'd prefer the model without the stand.  :)
All of the Yujin fish are removable from their bases and I believe all of them also stand up without them, at least the few I have all do.


Now I wish to find somewhere to find Yujin. They are sold on eBay UK I think but they go for crazy money. £40-£100 for only a couple of figures.
Don't I take long uploading photos!