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Big-scaled Redfin (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)

Started by sbell, June 18, 2015, 01:57:23 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 Big-scaled Redfin, known in Japan as Ugui, Tribolodon hakoensis, number 07 from the first series. It's the first non-salmonid since the first figure, the Ayu , a smelt. The Big-scaled redfin is one of many minnows referred to as a 'dace', which is not specifically defined as anything other than a type of minnow (kind of a pointless word then...). This species is commonly found throughout Japan. I've also found reference to them as somewhat popular aquarium fish. The Yujin model states that the normal size is 30cm, but they can range up to 45cm or so (fairly large compared to most people's image of a 'minnow').

This model is about 5.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:5. The figure itself is based on the adult male in a fairly horizontal pose. Females are much duller in colour, so it's no surprise that they went with the bright red and black longitudinal stripes, it stands out quite a bit from most of the series which tend to the more natural browns, greens and greys of many fish. And yes, the fins are red! The base for this one is the river gravel with plant, the green actually contrasting well with the fish (meaning it would probably get eaten pretty quickly...). Given the widespread familiarity of the Big-Scaled Redfin in Japan it has shown up from other Japanese companies a few other times, including in the Colorata River sets, from Kaiyodo in the Birdtales series (under the genus Leuciscus) and from the Kitan Club Nature Technicolor series.


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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