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Started by AnimalToyForum, November 15, 2013, 10:28:38 PM
Quote from: brontodocus on November 15, 2013, 11:33:30 PMInteresting (and difficult) question. Didn't Battat make a highly sought after African Bush Elephant that was rearing up? Oh, wait, no... that was some sauropod figure... I'm sure some old retired Schleich figures would qualify but I can't say which one since I'm not collecting these. I'm sure we do have some members here who do know more about the really rare ones.About Safari Ltd, many retired figures are quite rare (although they probably wouldn't qualify to be seen as the holy grail), notably the Vanishing Wild Collection (the predecessor of the Wildlife Wonders, only with massive instead of hollow figures and even larger on average). African Bush Elephant Female, Gemsbok, and Snow Leopard come to mind. Even the Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection has some rare and sought after retired figures e.g. the Sea Otter pair and the Sperm Whale calf. The Tennessee Aquarium Collection Mudpuppy is also quite rare. But I'm sure there is so much I'm still unaware of. Thinking of Lineol and the like and I virtually don't know anything about them.Oh, and does anybody here have the Dodo pair from Noah's Pals? I can imagine these must be very rare, they were only available for people who had the codes of all other figures from the series. Among the Japanese figures the Kaiyodo Study Room Bongo is one of the most desired and despite its tiny size it's a magnificent piece. Or the Phat! Dokidoki Shoebill (whaaat? We don't have a walk-around of that one, yet? ). And the entire Kaiyodo Aqualand series is awesome and some of the larger resin figures easily demand a few hundreds. I know OkapiBoy has at least the big Aqualand Coelacanth! However, I don't believe any of those would be universally considered "holy grail" figures.As for my own collection interest, even though I sort of focus more on extant animals than on dinosaur figures (for the moment) I never spent as much for a figure or model of an extant animal species as I did for my Sideshow Apatosaurus or my Battat Collection. But the figure that has been a bit of a holy grail for me may indeed be the Agatsuma Entertainment Water Bear, Echiniscus sp. which is featured in my avatar. It remained a mystery for me for a long time, I first saw it when I didn't even collect figures and later I even thought I had made it up and it wouldn't really exist. It took me years to finally find it on Jauce.
Quote from: sbell on November 16, 2013, 12:14:27 AMAnd here I was finding the water bear and buying it on Jauce as soon as I found out about it!
Quote from: sauroid on November 16, 2013, 02:57:09 AMare some PlayVisions figures considered very rare?
Quote from: animaltoyforum on November 16, 2013, 01:01:09 AMI'll keep my eyes peeled for those Yolanda figured for you Tq.
Quote from: Ana on November 16, 2013, 06:18:30 PMI think Playvisions Lemurs' set is even harder to find than this dolphin, I haven't heard about anyone buying or selling it since I started collecting in 2005. During this time I know at least 3 persons bought Amazon River Dolphin big version. Beside that I think Jeol figures are very rare too, all of them. I have only one, the waterbuck. Most of Jeols are possible to find but usually are expensive.
Quote from: bmathison1972 on November 20, 2013, 09:49:37 PMHA! My biggest prize is also the water bear (and it's also the most expensive individual figure I've bought--I think like 50 or 60 USD on ebay a while back).Those of you who know me know I have a rather specialized collection. One set I'm really like is this one:http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~CH2M-NITU/imeikane.htmI'd also really like the Kitan Club barnacles, the Play Visions parasites, Play Visions insects (colored, I have some in monochromes), and Bandai protozoa.If anyone has suggestions (outside of Jauce) let me know!
Quote from: widukind on November 20, 2013, 06:10:24 PMQuote from: Ana on November 16, 2013, 06:18:30 PMI think Playvisions Lemurs' set is even harder to find than this dolphin, I haven't heard about anyone buying or selling it since I started collecting in 2005. During this time I know at least 3 persons bought Amazon River Dolphin big version. Beside that I think Jeol figures are very rare too, all of them. I have only one, the waterbuck. Most of Jeols are possible to find but usually are expensive. Yes, you are right Anna- that is a holy grail (especially for me ). But you are not right with hard to find- i think you can early find the real holy grail as this set
Quote from: animaltoyforum on July 12, 2018, 06:59:19 PMIt has been half a decade since this discussion! Are there any new contenders?
Quote from: bmathison1972 on July 12, 2018, 11:10:53 PMQuote from: animaltoyforum on July 12, 2018, 06:59:19 PMIt has been half a decade since this discussion! Are there any new contenders?I don't have any new contenders but looking back I have acquired all of mine!!! Except the Bandai set in the link above, I am still missing one last figure in that set (the Dorcus).