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

Started by sbell, June 17, 2015, 01:59:51 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 adult Chum Salmon, also known as Dog Salmon or Keta salmon, Oncorhynchus keta, number 05 from the first series. This trout is widespread throughout Pacific Asia and North America, ranging widely in the oceans and travelling far inland for breeding. The Chum salmon is a very deep bodied. Their sizing is quite variable averaging 60cm; the TL given by Yujin Is 100cm (so it's probably based on a British Columbia variety, where the record of 112cm was caught.

This model is about 7.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:13. The figure is in an active swimming pose, with a face clearly meant to invoke a large male. The colouring reflects a fish that has already headed upstream for breeding, although it is not in full-on breeding colours, with large teeth in the jaw. This one is on the grey version of the river rock base. I am not fully aware of other specific Chum Salmon figures by other companies, however, the Chum Salmon is one of the Yujin figures that has a distinct colour variation—an almost black version, with deep red vertical markings, likely specific to a certain location and reflecting the peak of breeding season. I've only seen it available once on YAJ, and while I'm not big on variant figures, it looks pretty cool!

One other point about the Chum Salmon model—it is the first figure to come in two separate pieces (head & body). There are not many, and it's not always clear why some figures are in two parts and others are not.


This is the figure in two parts:

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.


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