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Beetles of the world (DeAgostini)

Started by Beetle guy, February 28, 2016, 03:32:00 PM

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Beetle guy

A little walk-around of the complete Deagostini Beetle sets. The Japanese (64 models) and European (60 models) version of the series differ a bit. Also far most of the species are eighter Lucanidae or Scarabaeidae.
These models where casted from real (many large) specimens and are truly superb!! So they are scale 1:1. Great deal of detail and a more than excellent paintjob! Some have even furry parts (Dynastes satanas, Megasoma Mars and Megasoma elephas). These are the best beetle models I have ever encountered.

The Lucanidae:


Oops, forgot this one


The Scarabaeidae and  Cetoniidae:


These where only in the Japanese series. The 4 females where not for sale and had to be optained by collecting the series by a subscribtion.


The European series had these 3 that where not included in the Japanese series. The dragonfly was in both series, bit strange though amongst al beetles (same can be said about the Phyllium giganteum model).





If anyone wants a close up on a special species, let me know!
To beetle or not to beetle.

Jetoar

Magnificent collection. I have a few figures of these collection  ^-^.
My website: Paleo-Creatures
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brontodocus

Congrats, Beetle guy, if there is something like a holy grail of beetle figure sets, I'd say it's the DeAgostini series! 8) I think I have about half of the represented models, including only one female (Phalacrognathus muelleri). Yes, the models are cast from some really major specimens (though not record-size, but still, the D. hercules is a whopping 140 mm for example). The metallic colours are wonderful, too, obviously the Phalacrognathus muelleri looks almost real but I was also surprised that they managed to give a metallic shine to the Chalcosoma atlas - to my knowledge, there are several other C. atlas figures by other companies but none of them is coloured properly. I think Phyllium giganteum may be included in both Japan and European releases because it's so popular among insect breeders both in Japan and Europe. And the Lesser Emperor dragonfly, Anax parthenope, is a species with a vast geographical range so it is native to both. By the way, does "European version" mean they were also released in Europe? I mean, thinking of how much I had to pay on shipping from Japan when I bought mine all at once some years back... :'(

bmathison1972

I have cherry-picked the figures from this series I want, namely genera not or poorly-represented, or groups that are not as commonly represented. There are SO MANY lucanids and dynastines out there, I started being more selective.
That being said if I ever find a complete set (minus females, variants) of the original 60, I will probably buy it :)

Beetle guy

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Quote from: brontodocus on February 29, 2016, 10:51:15 PM
By the way, does "European version" mean they were also released in Europe? I mean, thinking of how much I had to pay on shipping from Japan when I bought mine all at once some years back... :'(

Yes this series was released in Japan and Italy.

Japan had three models not included in Italy (O. ludekingi, G. eacus, E.birmanicus) plus the females.
Italy had ( C.batesi, P. giganteum, C. limbata) no females!

the paint effect of Chalcosoma can be done by first adding a chrome metal paint layer, than a very thin layer of green or yellow paint, than a very thin spray of metalic black ;)
To beetle or not to beetle.

bmathison1972

It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.

Beetle guy

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 16, 2016, 08:00:52 PM
It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.

congrats! If I have to look out for the european ones for you, let me know!
To beetle or not to beetle.

bmathison1972

Quote from: Beetle guy on March 20, 2016, 10:15:51 PM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 16, 2016, 08:00:52 PM
It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.

congrats! If I have to look out for the european ones for you, let me know!

yes, please do so :)

Beetle guy

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 20, 2016, 10:55:03 PM
Quote from: Beetle guy on March 20, 2016, 10:15:51 PM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 16, 2016, 08:00:52 PM
It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.

congrats! If I have to look out for the european ones for you, let me know!

yes, please do so :)

I let you know when I have them  :)
To beetle or not to beetle.

Beetle guy

Quote from: Beetle guy on March 21, 2016, 09:13:15 AM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 20, 2016, 10:55:03 PM
Quote from: Beetle guy on March 20, 2016, 10:15:51 PM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 16, 2016, 08:00:52 PM
It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.

congrats! If I have to look out for the european ones for you, let me know!

yes, please do so :)

I have them (ordered) and send you a private message, do not no if that went okay though..

I let you know when I have them  :)
To beetle or not to beetle.

brontodocus

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 16, 2016, 08:00:52 PM
It's official--I have a complete set of 60 (Japanese release)! I don't have the 4 females nor the European variants though.
Sorry to be late, Blaine, but hey, congrats! 8)

Jetoar

Really awesome collection  :o. I only have some species of it.
My website: Paleo-Creatures
My website's facebook: Paleo-Creatures