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PostSubject: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:17 pm

I was checking through the SUY Big Cats thread and saw a bunch of beautiful figurines, but I was wondering, what do people consider the very best representatives of each creature? I'm a stickler for detailed paint jobs and realistic sculptures. So if you had to choose one (or a few) of the very best for each animal, which would it be? Feel free to acknowledge genetic variants such as black leopards, king cheetahs, white tigers, etc.

I'd especially like opinions on the following, but please offer recommendations for others not listed (such as those who don't quality as "big cats" like Ocelots or Bobcats) and cubs/kittens.

Tiger
Lion
Jaguar
Leopard
Snow Leopard (I personally like Papo's best)
Cheetah (I have CollectA's King Cheetah, but no regular one)
Cougar
Clouded Leopard
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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:31 pm

Papo Papo Papo. Papo is your big cat brand. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:35 pm

I like several models of big cats from brands (the big 6, I'm unfamiliar with Japanese brands). Later I will post my picks for you. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:02 pm

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Papo Papo Papo. Papo is your big cat brand. Very Happy

Yup, agree 100% Very Happy Oh and what a sweet avatar LeeAnn cheers santa

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:03 pm

Hehe thanks! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:14 pm

Papo is the best for almost all cats. But the most realistic jaguar was produced by Schleich. For the lion male perhaps Mojo, it's really good, perhaps better than Papo adult male lion. Smile
Clouded leopard from Mojo is also great if it get the right painting. Smile

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Papo Papo Papo. Papo is your big cat brand. Very Happy

Yup, agree 100% Very Happy Oh and what a sweet avatar LeeAnn cheers santa


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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:14 pm

Talking only about Major brands ( No Japanese)

Tiger: Papo, Papo and Papo
Lion: last Mojo
Lioness: Papo, Papo and CollectA
Jaguar: Schleich but maybe the 2015 Safari Ltd
Leopard: Papo
Amur leopard: CollectA
Snow Leopard: Papo
Cheetah: Papo and CollectA
Cougar: Mojo
Clouded Leopard: Mojo (with a better painting)
Iberian lynx: Mojo
European lynx: CollectA

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:47 am

The suggestions already made by Christophe and Anna are great and very comprehensive.

I'll throw in my two-cents even though my opinions don't differ much:

TIGER - Definitely Papo. Papo Male Tiger, Papo tiger holding cub, Papo female with suckling cubs.
LION - I prefer the most recent Papo. I have both Mojos, but ended up giving the newest one to my toddler. It just didn't do much for me. Part of it was the paintwork on the face.
JAGUAR - The Schleich is wonderful. Best Jaguar out there.
LEOPARD - Papo stalking leopard is great. If the Papo Jaguar were painted like a Leopard, it'd be even better.
SNOW LEOPARD - Papo, no question
CHEETAH - I prefer the Cheetah by Schleich that comes with the Bayala figure, "Liassa."
COUGAR - Safari Ltd. I really like this figure. Better than Mojo's, although the latter is good too.
CLOUDED LEOPARD - Is there anything other than the Mojo? I don't think so. Fortunately, the sculpt is very nice. (Unfortunately, the paintwork is very mediocre.)

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:10 pm

My opinions are almost the same as previous:
Tiger, Papo walking
Lion, Mojö 2nd version
Lioness, Papo
Jaguar, Schleich (2014 Safari looks promising)
Leopard, Papo
Clouded leopard, Mojo
Cheetah, Papo
Puma, Mojö
Eurasian lynx, maybe CollectA
Iberian lynx, Mojo (no competitors) Laughing
Bobcat, Safari is also the only one Wink
Snow leopard, Papo

I know some of these are not big cats but once it is not a scientific taxon I included all felines. cat

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:29 am

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CHEETAH - I prefer the Cheetah by Schleich that comes with the Bayala figure, "Liassa."

Same here

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:08 am

Here is my point of view to the cats:

TIGER - Papo, all male and both females.
LION/LIONESS - Papo, both male and two females but CollectA couple is very good too.
JAGUAR - I like Papo again for the pose and painting, although the Schleich one has much realistic proportions. Maybe the new Safari one will be good too.
LEOPARD - Papo.
AMUR LEOPARD - CollectA, maybe only one of his kind.
BLACK LEOPARD/PANTHER - I like the old VEB Plaho ones from GDR era (smaller figures).
SNOW LEOPARD - Papo, although the Schleich/Safari Vanishing Wild family is not bad.
CHEETAH - I like Schleich "Liassa" one but the Papo cheetah is good enough.
COUGAR - Safari Ltd., if You can accept larger scale, then Breyer cougar can be interesting too.
CLOUDED LEOPARD - Kaiyodo Choco-Egg one, good shape, 3 color variants and way better (more detailed) painting than Mojo one.
OCELOT - K&M Int. adult and young animal - if You can accept larger scale.
SERVAL - Yujin is the best, Colorata is smaller but acceptable too.
IRIOMOTE CAT - Kaiyodo from 2014.
BENGAL CAT - Kaiyodo/Furuta Choco-Eggs from the set No 5.
EURASIAN LYNX - CollectA.
IBERIAN LYNX - Mojo, maybe only one of his kind.
BOBCAT - Safari Ltd.
CARACAL - Play Visions (smaller figure).
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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:09 am

Dang, I got busy. I agree with everything posted here, Papo is the majority winner.

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:29 am

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Dang, I got busy. I agree with everything posted here, Papo is the majority winner.

Paige, there's lots to disagree with. Safari or Mojo Puma? New Papo or Mojo Male Lion? Papo and "Liassa" Schleich Cheetah? Papo or Schleich Jaguar?

You're either with me or against me! (I kid. :) )
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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:05 pm

@ Sheepish Re: Big Cats

Tiger
Lion
Jaguar
Leopard
Snow Leopard (I personally like Papo's best)

Technically the following are not classed as Big Cats - sure they are bigger than your average moggy but they are not from the genus Leo Panthera:

Cheetah (I have CollectA's King Cheetah, but no regular one)
Cougar
Clouded Leopard

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:00 pm

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Technically the following are not classed as Big Cats - sure they are bigger than your average moggy but they are not from the genus Leo:

I know, I guess I should have just said best of the wild cats since really I wanted to hear about all sorts, with special interest on the larger types. Thanks for the pics, love that tiger!
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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:39 pm

My best extant big cat picks:

best Cougar - Safari Ltd
best Snow Leopard - Papo (by far).......  AAA++++
best Clouded Leopard - Mojo (for the sculpting, but terrible for the paint job)
best Jaguar - Schleich (by far)
best Cheetah - CollectA
best spotted Leopard - Papo (stalking one)

Schleich Black Leopard is very descent also
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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:29 pm

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Dang, I got busy. I agree with everything posted here, Papo is the majority winner.

Paige, there's lots to disagree with. Safari or Mojo Puma? New Papo or Mojo Male Lion? Papo and "Liassa" Schleich Cheetah? Papo or Schleich Jaguar?

You're either with me or against me! (I kid. :) )
I know this comment is a little late, but better than never. Wink I'm not as picky about figures as some people here, I believe that there is no set in stone morphology for an animal, there are many body types and individual characteristics, much like people. I agree that Papo usually has the "best" big cats for any species, but I also like Schleich's older cats, and some of safari's, and mojo's etc. etc. For example, all of the pumas out there by big brands. The ones I know about are the safari, old Schleich, mojo, and Papo figures. The papo I feel is the best in terms of detail and body type (the kind I would prefer), but it has a small head where as the Schleich has better proportions etc. for that body type. I love the safari, because it resembles a large male with a bulky body, and I like the mojo because I love the color best, and her body is great I just don't really like the ears for some reason. So, again, I like many models for each cat, it depends on personal preference of what you think that animal should look like. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:45 pm

Fully agree Paige - animals within a certain species like humans are not exactly identical and each will have their own characteristics. Rudyard Kipling identified this in the early part of the last century with his ‘Jungle Book’ story.

But a decision has to me made if one hasn’t enough room to have them all!

Meanwhile I like these:

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Britains Lioness, lying

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PostSubject: Re: Best of the Big Cats?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:12 pm

Great vintage animals Chris. I love the lionesses especially, I wish a modern brand would make a good lying lioness, or sitting (like Schleich did once). Very Happy I just don't believe in "cookie cutter" animals, especially when we breed them to look a certain way. As time has told, variation is a good thing and when we try to create the "perfect" individual, we actually get animals with health flaws galore. As well, in wild animals variation is what makes things fun, makes the game of "survival of the fittest" interesting. What characteristic will be beneficial and make sure this animal survives? Very Happy

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