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Barramundi (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)

Started by sbell, June 25, 2015, 02:50:22 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 Barramundi (or Asian Seabass), Lates calcarifer , number 13 from the first series. The Barramundi is a large catadromous (migrates from freshwater to spawn in the sea) perciform fish that ranges over much of the Indo-Pacific region from the Persian Gulf to Northern Australia, north to southern Japan. In some regions the Barramundi can be strictly marine. The Barramundi is a popular food fish and sport fish in much of its range, and is also kept in aquaria—very large aquaria! It is unusual that this fish, in a Yujin series, is not much associated with Japan, b >:But there is a related species, Lates japonicus , a slightly smaller species with some small but noticeable (to specialists) differences; the two species are similar enough that L. japonicus was only named in 1984. The Yujin Barramundi model gives the size of 100cm, but some sources say as much as 200cm, although fish of this size would be rare now.

This is also the last 'regular' model from Yujin's Series 1 freshwater models! There are only a couple special left in this series (not counting repaints).

EDIT--Okay, so some accidental research indicates this model is actually the Secret or Special paint version of the Barramundi, meant to represent a juvenile (or, maturing juvenile). The 'regular' figure is mostly a slate greyish adult. Their numbers are the same though.

This model is about 7 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:14 ranging to 1:29, depending on the TL used). This figure is not all that bright in colour, but this is in keeping with the natural colours of the fish—tan or brown fading to cream on the ventral surface, with just the faint hint of light bars on the sides and face—these patterns are easy to miss when simply glancing at the fish, but close inspection shows how much detail has gone into the paint work. The model itself is a deep and massive looking figure, befitting such a big and strong fish. One thing that is hard to miss is the deep red eyes of the fish, which may be a bit exaggerated but tend to be at least pinkish (the Japanese species is locally named for their red eyes. The base for this one is the brown gravel with plant. I know for certain that Lates figures have been made several times—often, they are made using the juvenile pattern of strong dark bands, as in a recent CapsuleQ figure. One of the most notable models is another version of this Yujin Barramundi, except more striped and, possibly, meant to represent the Lates japonicus or a juvenile of the same species. It is different enough to be worth tracking down and having both (but so far I don't...).

Like the Chum Salmon and the Japanese huchen, the Barramundi also comes in two separate pieces (the head and pectoral fins are separate). This is a pretty large figure overall, so it may have been required to fit the package that it came in.


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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