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PostSubject: Starlux WWF history   Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:51 pm


The much sought after Starlux WWF figures were introduced in 1982 and had a limited run spanning a short period of years.  

The series included all African animals:
-White rhinoceros
-Mountain gorilla
-Pygmy hippopotamus
-Jentink's duiker
-Okapi
-Scimitar horned oryx
-Sable antelope
-Black and white colobus monkey
-Mountain zebra
-Bongo
-Red hartebeest
-Cheetah


The sculpting for the series was different and much more accurate than the previous animals released by Starlux due to being modeled by Pierre Dandelot (1910-2007).  Mr. Dandelot was a professional sculptor, painter and taxidermist with a passion for zoology specializing in primates.  He attended the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris spending many mornings at the Jardin des Plantes observing, sketching and sculpting the animals there.  

In 1955 Mr. Dandelot was appointed curator of mammals and birds for the Paris Natural History Museum, here he put his expertise to good use creating lifelike taxidermied specimens for display.  Jean Dorst, the authour of  “A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa” collaborated with Dandelot in 1970 stating that beautiful, accurate artwork was favourable over standard photographs to illustrate his field guide.  He collaborated with Starlux in the 1980s to create prototypes for their WWF series.

Mr. Dandelot published several papers on the taxonomy of African primates which as an artist he was able to visually detect significant differences that had been passed over by taxonomists. As he stated "ils n'ont pas l'oeil" ("they do not have the eye").  I find this a very interesting point as an artist who studied animal anatomy and was a "visual" specialist on animals he was sure to be more of an expert when it came to such matters.

If anyone else has any more information please comment below.  For me the history behind these and other brands is very interesting, I have been researching Lineol and JEOL with very interesting results, these will be posted soon.

Here are examples of his work (All images of the Starlux figures are from eBay)
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An unpainted, and painted mountain gorilla.

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Life sized mammoth outside the Natural History Museum, Paris.  Sculpted by Dandelot, completed in 1986.

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:47 pm

Amazing story, very interesting! What a passion this man had! I would love to learn even more! It's so fantastic that you have found this story and pictures and shared with us. elephant

Thank you Andrew. sunny

And if you can tell us more, please do! Very Happy

Now I need some of these figures, at least one in my collection Rolling Eyes Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:36 pm

Very very interesting!!

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:12 pm

Thankyou VERY much, Andrew flower

This is pure gold for the forum Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:06 am

It is a fantastic topics Andrew, I hope we will see more like this. cheers

About François Clairet, he didn't use the Jardin des plantes as inspiration but the Zoo de Vincennes.

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:22 am

Thanks Anna, Andreas and Susanne glad it was interesting.

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It is a fantastic topics Andrew, I hope we will see more like this. cheers

About François Clairet, he didn't use the Jardin des plantes as inspiration but the Zoo de Vincennes.

Thanks Christophe, you're right I will correct the post.  I was thinking Paris and got the two mixed up!
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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:35 am

This is wonderful! I love this post. Thank you Andrew. Starlux is one of my favorite brands. I have none of the WWF series though. (And likely it will stay that way with those prices.)

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:19 am

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This is wonderful! I love this post. Thank you Andrew. Starlux is one of my favorite brands. I have none of the WWF series though. (And likely it will stay that way with those prices.)


Thanks Scot(t), I don't have any from the WWF series either but maybe one day I will get lucky and find some for a reasonable price. The sculpting is really great on this line.
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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:38 pm

Great post and wonderful infro-those models look wonderful.I have the Field Guide and its a wonderful book and the illustrations are wonderfully done and also very accurate.

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:38 pm

A wonderful post, well researched and beautifully presented! A Christmas present...Thank you Elephas!

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:52 am

Thanks for the knowledge, Andrew... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:00 am

Andrew, that's all very interesting. Your researches are always very good and complete and we're lucky that you share them with us. Surely I'll remember to add in this topic if I find something to add to it. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Starlux WWF history   Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:10 am

Very nice topic!
I do own some of the WWF series from Starlux, they are awfully expensive these days, you have to be lucky to get them!
I have the okapi, black and white Colobu, saber antelope and the Jentincks duiker.

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