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PostSubject: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:31 am

These walk arounds will become my series of the Yujin Freshwater Fish series. My main motivation is that the Yujin freshwater fish series do not have any 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. Wink These walk arounds are also in separate threads on the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]; this format (1 thread, multiple walk around posts) will probably work better here. And why not use them in several places?

I will be doing them in numerical series order, minus the couple species I do not have.

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 natural environments--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.

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!

After this post, it will be picture posts! Soon!
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PostSubject: Ayu (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:48 am

This figure is the Ayu, apparently also called the Sweetfish, Pleccoglossus altivelus, number 01 from the first series. This is a fish found in East Asia, in Japan, Korea and eastern China. They are seasonally anadromous, heading to sea upon hatching, wintering there, and then heading back up stream. Given the name 'sweetfish' it's probably not surprising that they are a food fish, with a sweet aroma to their meat. TL of the Ayu is 30cm.

This model is about 5.5cm long, making the figure roughly 1:5. It is in a straight-but-curving pose, as expected from a quick-swimming species. On the base, the rod goes in at a slight angle, giving a bit of rise to the fish (although it could just as easily be descending if it were turned). I have the figure on the tree-stump base.

The figure is a pretty lively one, with fairly bright eyes and distinct colours. Ayu have shown up from several Japanese makers including Kaiyodo and Colorata. Unlike some, this figure is a single piece model.

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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).
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PostSubject: White-Spotted Char (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:50 am

This figure is the White-spotted Char (also known as iwana in Japan), Salvelinus leucomaensis, number 02 from the first series. This salmon and trout relative is a fish found in East Asia, and can be landlocked or ocean-running. As with many Japanese fish models (though not all) it is widely fished for. TL of the White-spotted char is 120cm according to Fishbase, but everything else I found said 80cm.

On the same Fishbase entry, and after the SWA entry, there is a different paragraph that says 35cm for landlocked, 70cm for sea-going. I will need to be more careful. I'll have to see if I can determine which version this should be.

This model is about 7 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:5 or 1:10, depending on what TL size you use. It is in a basic swim pose, and has the very characteristic salmonid look. The colouring is very detailed, with the distinct-but-graded coloring, spots and faint bars present, plus the noticeably red tail. This one is on the light brown river rock base. Overall the figure has a somewhat calm demeanor compared to some of the Yujin fish. As will be a running theme with many of the Japanese fish in the Yujin series, this species has shown up in other Japanese lines.

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PostSubject: Cherry Salmon (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:51 am

This figure is the Cherry Salmon (also known as masu in Japan), Oncorhynchus masou masou, number 03 from the first series. This salmon is a widespread, anadromous subspecies found along the Pacific Coast in Japan and Korea. Not surprisingly, Cherry Salmon are fished commercially and as game fish. TL of the Cherry salmon is 35cm.

This model is about 6 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:6. It is in a basic swim pose, and has the very characteristic salmonid look—complete with open mouth, probably looking for food. The colouring is detailed, and if we are being picky, lacks the darkened back and redder splotches of a fully mature individual. This one is on the grey river rock-with-plant base. Overall the figure has a somewhat calm demeanor compared to some of the Yujin fish. As will be a running theme with many of the Japanese fish in the Yujin series, this species has shown up in other Japanese lines, although I am not 100% certain of this particular subspecies (I know that the biwa trout, Oncorhynchus masou rhodurus, has shown up in other sets, for example).

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PostSubject: Rainbow Trout (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:55 am

This figure is the Rainbow Trout, probably one of the most familiar North American game fish, Oncorhynchus mykiss, number 04 from the first series. This trout is widespread throughout North America, and parts of the Kamchatka peninsula; they are also introduced into many other places including, of course, Japan. Their sizing is quite variable depending on location, subspecies and whether it is a landlocked or sea-going form; the TL given by Yujin Is 80cm.

This model is about 6 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:13. The pose is pretty much similar to the trout and salmon models so far (they can only get so variable). The colouring is of course detailed, showing the dark back and pink sides of a mature freshwater male. This one is on the grey outcrop rock base. Like the other trout models, this one has the calm demeanor compared to some of the Yujin fish. As will be a running theme with many of the Japanese fish in the Yujin series, this species has shown up in other Japanese lines, but the wide range of the species means that it has also shown up from other makers, most notably Replica Toy Fish.

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PostSubject: Chum Salmon (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:55 am

This figure is the adult Chum Salmon, also known as Dog Salmon or Keta salmon, Oncorhynchus keta, number 05 from the first series. This trout is widespread throughout Pacific Asia and North America, ranging widely in the oceans and travelling far inland for breeding. The Chum salmon is a very deep bodied. Their sizing is quite variable averaging 60cm; the TL given by Yujin Is 100cm (so it’s probably based on a British Columbia variety, where the record of 112cm was caught.

This model is about 7.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:13. The figure is in an active swimming pose, with a face clearly meant to invoke a large male. The colouring reflects a fish that has already headed upstream for breeding, although it is not in full-on breeding colours, with large teeth in the jaw. This one is on the grey version of the river rock base. I am not fully aware of other specific Chum Salmon figures by other companies, however, the Chum Salmon is one of the Yujin figures that has a distinct colour variation—an almost black version, with deep red vertical markings, likely specific to a certain location and reflecting the peak of breeding season. I’ve only seen it available once on YAJ, and while I’m not big on variant figures, it looks pretty cool!

One other point about the Chum Salmon model—it is the first figure to come in two separate pieces (head & body). There are not many, and it’s not always clear why some figures are in two parts and others are not.

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PostSubject: Japanese Huchen (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:56 am

This figure is the Japanese Huchen, also known as Sakhalin taimen, Parahucho perryi (apparently, renamed from Hucho, number 06 from the first series. This primitive member of the trout and salmon family is found in limited areas of the northwest Pacific—Hokkaido island in Japan, the Russian Sakhelin Island, and far-eastern portions of mainland Russia. This is also one of the largest living salmonids, the Yujin model said 100cm, but they have been found at 200cm. Unfortunately this large fish is under a great deal of direct and indirect pressure and is considered critically endangered; some captive breeding is done in Japan.

This model is about 8 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:25 (if using the 100cm length, it is 1:13, on par with the previous few salmonids). The figure itself is an adult male (although they can change sex) in a fairly straight pose, with a much smaller curve than many of the other salmonid figures from Yujin. The colour is very well-done, reflecting the spotted sides with a distinct shading from green to white on the sides. This one is on the brown version of the river rock base. I am pretty certain that the only other Huchen models are likely from Kaiyodo—the only one I could find is the Aquatales Polystone series, and it almost looks too trout-ish to me. The Yujin captures the long-bodied appearance of the Hucho better (but that’s just my opinion).

Like the Chum Salmon model, the Japanese huchen also comes in two separate pieces (the split is just behind the dorsal, with a pelvic fin on each piece). In the case of this one, the straight-line longest model, that makes sense for fitting into whatever the original package was.

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PostSubject: Big-scaled Redfin (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:56 am

This figure is the Big-scaled Redfin, known in Japan as Ugui, Tribolodon hakoensis, number 07 from the first series. It’s the first non-salmonid since the first figure, the Ayu , a smelt. The Big-scaled redfin is one of many minnows referred to as a ‘dace’, which is not specifically defined as anything other than a type of minnow (kind of a pointless word then…). This species is commonly found throughout Japan. I’ve also found reference to them as somewhat popular aquarium fish. The Yujin model states that the normal size is 30cm, but they can range up to 45cm or so (fairly large compared to most people’s image of a ‘minnow’).

This model is about 5.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:5. The figure itself is based on the adult male in a fairly horizontal pose. Females are much duller in colour, so it’s no surprise that they went with the bright red and black longitudinal stripes, it stands out quite a bit from most of the series which tend to the more natural browns, greens and greys of many fish. And yes, the fins are red! The base for this one is the river gravel with plant, the green actually contrasting well with the fish (meaning it would probably get eaten pretty quickly…). Given the widespread familiarity of the Big-Scaled Redfin in Japan it has shown up from other Japanese companies a few other times, including in the Colorata River sets, from Kaiyodo in the Birdtales series (under the genus Leuciscus) and from the Kitan Club Nature Technicolor series.

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PostSubject: Pale Chub (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:57 am

This figure is the Pale Chub, known in Japan as Oikawa, Zacco platypus, number 08 from the first series. We appear to now be beyond the salmonids; the Pale Chub is another cyprinid (‘minnow’). The Pale chub is a small carnivore that is normally found along eastern Asia from the Korean peninsula south to Vietnam. This species is also found throughout most of Japan. Like the Big-scaled redfin I’ve found reference to the Pale Chub as a somewhat popular aquarium fish. They are also fished by fly-fishermen. The Yujin model states that the normal size is 15cm.

This model is about 5.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:3. The figure itself is based on the adult male in a fairly horizontal pose. This is clear not only from the bright colours but from the long, elaborate anal fin. It’s another nice, bright fish figure in the set, again standing out quite a lot from the more subdued species. The distinct colours and large scales are well painted and sculpted, respectively. The base for this one is the upright wood, although the gravel with plant would make more sense (it can be changed easily). Like many of the fish figures that are species found in Japan it has shown several times from other Japanese companies a few other times, including in the Colorata River sets, several Kaiyodo Capsule and other sets, and from the Kitan Club Nature Technicolor series; I am guessing that there are others as well.

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PostSubject: Rosy Bitterling (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:57 am

This figure is the Rosy Bitterling or Baratanago, Rodeus ocellatus, number 09 from the first series (the Yujin paper refers to it as the subspecies R.o. ocellatus but it appears all subspecies may have been collapsed together—there is some discrepancy there). The Rosy bitterling is a cyprinid (carps & minnows) found in two populations, in Japan and mainland China and Taiwan. Or at least it was two populations, although it appears the Chinese version has been introduced into Japan as well, where they hybridize. Like the previous cyprinids, the Rosy Bitterling is frequently found in aquariums, except this time I can personally attest to this, having had them in stock in aquarium stores (back in the day). The Yujin model states that the normal size is 8cm, although sexes and populations vary.

This model is about 4.5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:2. The figure itself is an adult male (so it could potentially be 1:1 scale, as males are smaller) with the bright blues the species is known for. It’s a bright little figure, and looks pretty much like it popped right out of an aquarium. The base for this one is the grey gravel with plant; with the plant being plastic, it adds to the fish-tank vibe. I know that I have seen this fish done by Kaiyodo in the Animatales lines, possibly others, but I don’t know if any other company has made them as well.

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Normally I’d have the bowhunting tournament pose picture—but I didn’t take one! It doesn’t really illuminate much. Maybe I couldn’t get the acrylic stem out of the holes?
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PostSubject: Paradise Fish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:58 am

This figure is the Paradise Fish (or Paradise Gourami), Macropodus chinensis , number 10 from the first series. This is the first and only anabantid figure in the set. The Paradise Fish is a generalist species that is found, like many of the fish in the series, in waterways throughout eastern Asia from Korea to Vietnam. Although highly adaptable and overall common in their range, they are apparently considered threated in Thailand due to pollution (which has allowed mosquitoes and their associated diseases to increase—lousy ecological cycles); and then, in Japan, they were deliberately introduced (for pest control!) and are considered invasive. As with the few previous entries, the Paradise Fish is common in aquariums—in fact, it was one of the first ‘exotic’ aquarium fish available to the ‘western’ world. They remain popular, despite being quite aggressive, mainly because they are also very attractive. The Yujin model (and other sources) states that the normal size is around 7cm.

This model is about 5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:1 (rounding—and also, most Paradise Fish do not reach 7cm). The figure is a bright, colorful one, highlighting the bright blues and reds of the species (and still not fully doing the real fish justice). The bright green cheek patch, though, is a little too exaggerated. The scales and fin rays are distinct; the pose is more of a hunting or searching pose, as the figure’s fins are fairly relaxed. The base for this one is the grey gravel. I cannot actually recall another figure of this species, but could easily be wrong—on the other hand, it is not a true Japanese fish, so those companies may be less inclined to make one; and non-Japanese companies simply don’t make enough small freshwater fish, so it’s doubtful (though I would be happy to be wrong).

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:59 pm

Beautieful Yujin fishes- i have a lot of the saltwater serie :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:30 pm

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Beautieful Yujin fishes- i have a lot of the saltwater serie :)

Thanks--I only have a couple of the saltwater series. Just never got into them!
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:17 am

Wonderful fish figures. drunken

Yujin was really on the top with "not mainstreamed" animals. I never attempted to catch those ones because I think a collector needs to have limits but it is a real pleasure to look at them. I am myself a great fan of their turtles and frogs sets.

Your pics and explanations are excellent and I'm very happy you are showing them on STS. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:41 am

Wow, these are excellent! They show beautifully the subtle colours and shapes of freshwater fish drunken My favourite is probably the rainbow trout, such a lovely coloration Very Happy

Also very educative, I don't think I have heard about half of these species ever before Very Happy

thank you for posting the great topic cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:23 am

Thank you for this topic! Very Happy The time and effort are strong with this one :3
Yijin is a brand that I start to know as I collect more and more of their animals now.
These fish are absolutely stunning! The fine details and species chosen are great cheers
The info with every fish is very interesting study cheers

My favorite? Hmm, hard one. I think it must be the Big-scaled Redfin cheers drunken


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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:31 am

Awesome models, - and such a fantastic topic cheers

Like Anna, I find it very educative.
I never got to know much about fishes, even if they are so fascinating Embarassed

Thankyou very, very much for sharing, it must have taken you hours and hours to make drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:12 pm

For any reason I missed this topic and fortunately Kiki pointed me to it. Very Happy
The excellence of your presentation could make me feel ashamed of not commenting here to thank your effort. Very Happy
I've read twice your topic, it is so interesting and makes me feel tempted to collect this kind of figures. Very Happy
They seem to be very well done, maybe the paradise fish is the only that hasn't convinced me at all but it is a very good figure anyway. Very Happy
I'll be back here for sure and many thanks for your fantastic topic! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:17 pm

So many beautiful models and excellent walkarounds cheers cheers cheers cheers

Thank you very much for putting this all together - that's a lot of work! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:42 pm

Very nice topic .I really like how Yujin make such incredibly species of Freshwater fishes.Very happy to see this post. Applause Applause Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:42 pm

Thanks everyone--freshwater fish overall don't get enough love from toy makers, and Yujin may have the best range so far. I will get more up in the next little while, I've been away for a couple days!

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:57 pm

Great models you showed us Sbell :)
It is realy interesting to see them in your nice photos with great info :)
Thank you for that :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:09 pm

Thank you for these wonderful information Sbell, yujin freshwater fish are amazing I became adept at these smaller models charming, beautifully painted. I have already collected frogs, turtles, some lizards.
often admire these freshwater fish that fascinate me; and reef fish equally sumptuous;;;
Often I got them under the magnifying glass, but not in my cady !!!!
In collecting all things must come to as and according to priorities.
thank you for your images and explanations ....

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PostSubject: Japanese Rice Fish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:42 am

This figure is the Japanese Rice Fish (or Medaka or Japanese Killifish), Oryzias latipes, number 11 from the first series. This is the only beloniforme fish in the set; this order includes other surface-oriented fish like flying fish, needlefish and halfbeaks (but, not killifish—taxonomy can be weird). The Japanese Rice fish is found throughout Eastern Asia, living in a wide range of shallow and slow-moving bodies of water like rice paddies, marshes, streams and tidal pools (it is a fresh- and brackish-water fish). Japanese Rice fish have been popular in aquariums for centuries, and their ease of care and short genome means that they are currently used by biologists for a number of different studies. The Yujin model (and other sources) states that the normal size is around 4cm.

This model is about 5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:1 (maybe even as much as 2:1, as they can be as small as 3.2cm). The figure is a bright little yellow one, and it’s easy to see why a real one would be popular in aquariums. The scales and fin rays are distinct; the longitudinal stripe, silver belly and big eyes are well painted, and the paint on them is nice and crisp. In many ways, the paint and colours (they yellow colour is the actual colour of the PVC) are almost idealized, the real animals tend to be a little more subdued—but it looks nicer on display! The base for this one is the grey wood stem, which, given the surface-swimming tendency, makes more sense than a stream-bottom of some sort. I am absolutely that this figure has been made by Kaiyodo a few times—definitely in Capsule sets, Animatales and ChocoQ. There may be other ones as well but I don’t know—but it’s always good to be wrong!

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:26 am

The real paradisefish was Macropodus opercularis, and is originated in China indeed, a sub-tropical fish which was in fact the really first (sub-) tropical fish in the Western hemisphere, here in the Neherlands in 1895 to be exactly. This is a very related species, the roundtail Paradisefish, which i did never see around here in 40 years of fishkeeping to be fair.

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This figure is the Paradise Fish (or Paradise Gourami), Macropodus chinensis , number 10 from the first series. This is the first and only anabantid figure in the set. The Paradise Fish is a generalist species that is found, like many of the fish in the series, in waterways throughout eastern Asia from Korea to Vietnam. Although highly adaptable and overall common in their range, they are apparently considered threated in Thailand due to pollution (which has allowed mosquitoes and their associated diseases to increase—lousy ecological cycles); and then, in Japan, they were deliberately introduced (for pest control!) and are considered invasive. As with the few previous entries, the Paradise Fish is common in aquariums—in fact, it was one of the first ‘exotic’ aquarium fish available to the ‘western’ world. They remain popular, despite being quite aggressive, mainly because they are also very attractive. The Yujin model (and other sources) states that the normal size is around 7cm.

This model is about 5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:1 (rounding—and also, most Paradise Fish do not reach 7cm). The figure is a bright, colorful one, highlighting the bright blues and reds of the species (and still not fully doing the real fish justice). The bright green cheek patch, though, is a little too exaggerated. The scales and fin rays are distinct; the pose is more of a hunting or searching pose, as the figure’s fins are fairly relaxed. The base for this one is the grey gravel. I cannot actually recall another figure of this species, but could easily be wrong—on the other hand, it is not a true Japanese fish, so those companies may be less inclined to make one; and non-Japanese companies simply don’t make enough small freshwater fish, so it’s doubtful (though I would be happy to be wrong).

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:30 am

I can only stand behind this tread and work which was done here as the Fishman on this forum i all kinds of ways. Sadly enough there are mostly coldwater-species, where the world knows so many ornamental fish in the aquarium-hobby, in which i am so instrangled in many ways.
But i would love to own this series, so if you can help me with this, i would be happy, as i don't use paypal.
Also in the fishmodels of other Japanese brands please!
Thanks you Christophe for pointing me at this tread! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:19 am

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I can only stand behind this trea and work which was done here as the Fishman on this forum i all kinds of ways. Sadly enough there are mostly coldwater-species, where the world knows so many ornamental fish in the aquarium-hobby, in which i am so instrangled in many ways.
But i would love to own this series, so if you can help me with this, i would be happy, as i don't use paypal.
Also in the fishmodels of other Japanese brands please!
Thanks you Christophe for pointing me at this tread! cheers

If Brett is around, contact him--there is a full set on Yahoo Japan, but you;d have to figure out payment. And, it's several hundred Euro/Dollars etc.

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I just like remaining married, so there's no way I could spend that much on a set where I own most of them (or at least one version of each) already.

And no, I'm not giving up mine--my fish are far too precious in my collection!
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PostSubject: Three-Spined Sticklback Fish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release   Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:27 am

This figure is the Three-spined Stickleback (or Tiddler in Great Britain, because that’s kind of hilarious), Gasterosteus aculeatus , number 12 from the first series. This is the only representative of the stickleback order in the set. They stand out primarily for the large, prominent dorsal spines in front of the more normal dorsal fin (3-spines is the norm, but 2 or 4 also occur). Three-spined sticklebacks are found throughout much of the hemisphere; this subspecies (right off the Yujin paper) is the one most commonly found in Asia (including, of course, Japan) all the way over to the UK. The adults are freshwater or brackish, but some populations are anadromous (young are born at sea) while others are strictly freshwater; there are occasional incidents of marine adults as well. Stickleback are notable for their reproductive behaviour—males build nests to attract mates, and then care for the brood on his own (or broods, if he can entice more than one female). Given the side geographic range, it’s no surprise that there is a wide range of morphological, reproductive and environmental variation. The Yujin model (and other sources) states that the normal size is around 10cm (5 cm is more common).

This model is about 4 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:3 (maybe even as much as 1:1, depending on the TL used). The figure is another brightly coloured one, but is almost subdued compared to some live ones. Unlike many of the Yujin models, this one is not distinctly male—or at least not a brooding male, as it does not have the bright red throat patch. It’s also more bluish than greenish, but given the variability in the species (or even the subspecies) this isn’t really a major issue. There is a lot of detail in the sculpting, complete with the thin creases along the body representing the lateral plating found in the species (given the depth and number, the figure represents a freshwater individual). The base for this one is the grey wood stem, although a stream bottom might make more sense; the research for these figures is making me think about this sort of thing now! I am pretty sure I have seen this species made by Kaiyodo a few times, possibly in the Birdtales line (I think it’s in a nest), but I don’t know for sure. Given the wide range and unique appearance, one would think there would be others.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:43 pm

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Thank you for this topic! Very Happy The time and effort are strong with this one :3
Yijin is a brand that I start to know as I collect more and more of their animals now.
These fish are absolutely stunning! The fine details and species chosen are great cheers
The info with every fish is very interesting study cheers

My favorite? Hmm, hard one. I think it must be the Big-scaled Redfin  cheers  drunken


I just caught this--don't pick a favorite yet! There are still about 20 to go! My favorite won't appear until well into Series 2...

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:48 pm

Very nice and interesting again :)

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PostSubject: Barramundi (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:52 am

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, 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 specials left in this series (not counting repaints).

EDIT--I recently discovered that this model is actually the SPECIAL version of the Barramundi, meant to represent a juvenile. It is still number 13, but this will not be the first time that a special is a repaint of the original.

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.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:57 am

Beautiful model, and very interesting fish! Thank you for sharing! Very Happy
By the way I think its eyes are a bit scary Shocked

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PostSubject: Asian Arowana (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:03 am

This figure is the Asian Arowana (or Asian Bonytongue, or Dragonfish), Scleropages formosus , number 14 from the first series—but it’s the Special Secret (it is, however, labelled with a ‘14’)! In some ways, this is one of the easiest fish to write about, because this Southeast Asian bonytongue is a well-known and popular aquarium fish. On the other hand, its familiarity means that there is less to say, so I’ll be brief. Asian arowana are an osteoglossid, known as a group as the bonytongues due to the toothed bone on the floor of the mouth. They are voracious, large-bodied predators originally found in much of the Southeast Asian peninsula, although they are endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, hunting for food and collection for the aquarium trade. Fortunately they are also bred in captivity or on farms, and have produced a wide range of colours influenced by their geographic ranges (which may or may not indicate separate species—again, taxonomy). This figure represents one of the red varieties, but a rarer green dragon version also exists. The Yujin Asian Arowana model gives the size of 90cm, and I have seen live aquarium specimens of this size, which is a pretty impressive fish.

This model is 7.2 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:13. As I mentioned above, the fish is one of the red varieties, and each scale is painted red on the posterior margin with a dark brown or gold to the front—this paint job is fantastic, and the figure really shines. There is a great deal of attention given to the details of this fish, from the well-sculpted eyes and mouth margin, to the detailed fins and patterns on the opercula. This figure comes with one of the special bases—a mound of river bottom with sticks embedded in it; it is also painted in all of its details. I’m not even going to try to list all of the Asian Arowana models that area available—they have been made by Toba Aquarium, Kaiyodo in a several forms, Colorata, and even other, random companies. I have 7 different models myself, and I know that there are several others (including, as mentioned, a green dragon version from Yujin).

Although the figures is not as overall massive as the Barramundi or Huchen, the Asian Arowana is also a 2-part figure, with the separation occurring right at the back of the gills, which is really the most natural placement.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:42 am

Uhhh, almost 190 Euros for the whole set Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:54 pm

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It seems crazy...but then, one of the species I don't have--the koi (a Series II secret figure)--is on ebay for $80! On the other hand, I can't see anyone paying that. I really hope not!

But it would be a pretty good way to just get the complete set, and individually the price would be reasonable--it's just a lot at once!
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:04 pm

The Arowana is really beautiful Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:56 pm

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PostSubject: Chum Salmon Egg & Alevin (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2)   Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:44 am

This figure is the Chum Salmon egg and alevin (hatchling), Oncorhynchus keta , number 15 based on the number stamped into it—but it’s another Special Secret! The difference with this one is that the numbering would appear to place it in the Series 2 set—but the papers for series 2 start at 16, so it’s a little unusual for the Secret to be ‘first’ in the series. On top of that, the adult Oncorhynchus keta is part of Series 1, so we would expect them to be connected, but nope.

EDIT--I did eventually find definitive evidence that this figure is the Secret from Series II!

The figure represents the two earliest stages of a chum salmon life cycle—an egg that is close to hatching, and the newly-hatched alevin with egg sac still attached. I just recently visited a Rainbow trout hatchery and can attest that this model really does look like the real thing (seeing as they are in the same genus). Chum salmon are of course laid and born far upstream in rivers, migrating to the open sea to grown for a few years before returning to start the cycle all over again (assuming that a dam or oil spill didn’t happen). It is surprisingly difficult to find a size for the alevin, but a length of 1.3cm seems about right compared to the rainbow trout alevin I saw. Yujin doesn’t give a particular size.

This alevin in the model is 3cm long, making the figure roughly 2:1, making it one of the few models that is larger than the real thing. The model is really two separate but related models—one is an unhatched egg, with a detailed, near-hatching salmon inside—the eye and curled up body is clearly visible inside, which is quite the feat of sculpting, since the egg cannot be opened. The alevin is equally well-depicted, showing the major parts of the alevin body—undistinguished tail, bigger head with huge eye, and yolk sac. There is a lot of subtle detail involved, with a slight translucent plastic indicating the near-transparency of the alevin, and the red circulatory system being the only real colour. As well as being the only freshwater Yujin model with two individuals, this is also the only model that does not use the acrylic rods to mount the figures—each has a small peg as part of the mold, with a corresponding hole in the base where it belongs. The base itself is a small pile of brown and black rocks; being a special figure, the base gets more detail; and being a specialized base, this base can only work for the salmon baby set.

While I can’t be completely certain, I don’t think a salmon egg or alevin has been made before—although a life-cycle set with a fingerling, juvenile and non-breeding adult, plus the breeding-form adult, would be kind of cool!

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:19 pm

It is fantastic that you keep updating this topic with your perfect walk arounds! Topics about less common figures and species are a really great contribution to the forum and can educate people like me to pay more atention to certain group of animals. Very Happy figures
Lifesized figures are particularly tempting to me, though, that arowana is abdornamally beautiful! Shocked
I agree, a lifecycle of a salmon could be a good idea. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:40 pm

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It is fantastic that you keep updating this topic with your perfect walk arounds! Topics about less common figures and species are a really great contribution to the forum and can educate people like me to pay more atention to certain group of animals. Very Happy figures
Lifesized figures are particularly tempting to me, though, that arowana is abdornamally beautiful! Shocked
I agree, a lifecycle of a salmon could be a good idea. Very Happy

Thanks--I have all of them photographed, it just takes time to do their write ups, even with a template!

I am only missing two species from the set (plus countless variations) so the whole series will be almost entirely here--it's just going to take a while!

And maybe Safari will see the comment regarding the salmon life cycle--they haven't done a tetrapod one for a few years!
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PostSubject: Langsdorf’s Goldfish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:06 pm

This figure is the Langsdorf’s Goldfish (or Ginfuna in Japan), Carassius langsdorfii (according to Fishbase; most sources refer to it as the subspecies Carassius auratus langsdorfii ), number 16 and the first definite model from the second series. This is the first of several cyprinids in the series, and probably the least familiar of the ones made. Information about this (sub?)species is difficult to determine. From what I can tell, it is a ‘cryptic’ species in East Asian waters, primarily from Japan but possibly also parts of China, Korea and the Taiwan. From what I have been able to determine (using translated Japanese sources) this species is gynogenetic, meaning that the entirely female population only requires male input to activate the eggs. In which case, this fish is truly unique. Otherwise it appears to be a more or less normal ‘goldfish’. The Yujin model (and other sources) states that the length is around 30cm, although 15-20cm is more normal.

This model is about 5 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:6 scale (or as large as 1:3 using the common size of 15cm). The one that I have is painted as a captive fish, in a yellowish-brown colour fading to silver on the belly. This appears to be a natural pattern, as it would offer some camouflage to avoid getting eaten pretty quickly in a stream! It is a bright little figure, very goldfish-like, and looks like ones you would see in many shops; it is realistic to pass for a very small live fish! It is also in the morphology of a less-modified fish (gynogenesis may make creating strains and breeds more difficult) so the fins are short, and the body more carp-like with big shiny scales. The base is the grey wood stems. I am not aware of any other Langsdorf’s Goldfish figure; that said, it is possible that there is a different one in the Yujin Goldfish set (a separate set) but I don’t have any from that series, so I don’t know.

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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).
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:37 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:04 pm

So I just learned something--apparently, the Barramundi figure I have up there is the special version--meant to be a juvenile barramundi (it often gets referred to as a snook).

I will also edit the original post, but I thought I'd point this out--I am learning things!

And an update--I found evidence that, indeed, the Chum Salmon egg & alevin are the secrets from Series II, despite the numbering.
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PostSubject: Common Goldfish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:59 am

This figure is the Common Goldfish, Carassius auratus , number 17 from the second series. Unlike the Langsdorf’s Goldfish, this one is almost too well-known to bother with describing in much detail! They are the classic fish-bowl fish (even if that is horribly cruel to them). Originally in the wild as a brownish or silvery (but variable) freshwater fish (the Prussian Carp), in China the Common goldfish has been reared for hundreds of years as both a food fish and as an ornamental pet. Their genetic plasticity has led to some very unusual morphologies and colours, and they are a staple of aquaria and ponds everywhere. Unfortunately, their adaptability means that they are also a staple among invasive and introduced species around the world (especially cooler regions)—my home province just put out a public notice requesting/demanding that people stop flushing and otherwise releasing them into wild water ways as they risk becoming established. The Yujin model (and other sources) gives a length is around 20cm, although larger ones are documented (and, of course, many don’t live to attain near those lengths due to poor husbandry habits…).

This model is about 5.5 cm long (this is TL, including the long tail), making the figure roughly 1:4 scale. This model is based on the breed referred to as a comet, which features a more-or-less unaltered body, but the two lobes of the tail fin are much longer than normal (see the Langsdorf’s Goldfish for an idea of the ‘wild’ state). These are also the strain most commonly found where I live as feeder goldfish. This model is actually the Secret or Special paint version; the regular is an olive-brown/grey model. This one is the ‘classic’ bright orange with white highlights typical of pet goldfish—the fins are a darker, translucent orange, giving a very realistic look to the fish. The belly is a distinct white. The base is a special painting of the gravel + plant, with each grain of sand and gravel individually painted in a variety of bright colours—perhaps to mimic the gravel of a fish tank? This would make sense, as that is the only way this fish could survive; even in outdoor ponds in yards I have heard of birds like herons stopping and taking all of the brightly coloured fish. The domestic goldfish is probably the most common fish toy/figure/model out there. Safari makes several in different sizes, Yujin has an entire series devoted to just goldfish strains, and every company has made at least a few, right down to low-quality novelties and dollar-level toys. To say nothing of the vast amount of artwork, sculpture, and other products that exist, which is logical given the long history of the fish as a pet.

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PostSubject: Japanese Perch (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:02 am

This figure is the Japanese Perch (also known as Aucha perch or Oyanirami in Japan), Coreoperca kawamebari ), number 19 from the second series. This is a small-sized predatory perch that lives rivers and streams. Often in the middle parts of the water column hunting for invertebrates and anything else. They are found in southern Korea and parts of Japan, although they have been introduced to non-native regions of Japan as well. They are aggressively solitary (except as fry) and there is a big eye spot on the gill cover that is used in disputes between adults. The Yujin model gives a length of around 35cm, but most sources I could find said 11-13cm.

Note—I do not have a model of #18, the Honmoroko, Gnathopogon caerulescens . Maybe someday. The second release one is kind of neat, if I could hunt one down.

This model is about 6 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:6 scale; using the more frequently found average length of 12cm, the figure is closer to 1:2 scale. Given the very complex colours and patterns of the Japanese Perch, the paint scheme is very close to the real thing, with an excellent base of crème-color overlain by numerous dark brown bands. The ventral surface also has a number of thin horizontal reddish-ochre stripes from pectoral to vent. On the face, there are several stripes radiating from the back of the eye, fading from brown at the top of the head to a more reddish-ochre toward the jaw. The fins are translucent, almost transparent, with lots of little blue-white spots. The one feature that almost seems played down is the gill spot—this spot can be very large, bigger than the eye itself, but on the figure is light grey om one side and red & grey on the other, and a little smaller than the eye. Perhaps the model is meant to evoke a sub-adult or subordinate individual? Despite the small size, the figure does a good job of evoking the attitude that these fish have. The base is the raise vertical rock (probably the least appropriate base, given their habitat preference). Whereas this rock is grey in the Series I models, this one and most others from Series II appear to be grey with a brownish wash, which looks more natural. The Japanese Perch has shown up a few other times, as always from Japanese companies. There are at least 2 or 3 Kaiyodo models, and could be others as well.

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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). It may be obvious, but I couldn’t the acrylic peg out of this one, so it may be a little more apt than normal to call this one a bow-hunting target.
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PostSubject: Yujin Freshwater Fishes Series I side-by-side photos!   Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:54 am

So, to break up the patterns here, I decided to put up a few pictures of the various Series I fish in one picture, as well as in a few group shots, showing the ones that are roughly close to scale. I probably should have done this immediately after the last Series I model, but I didn't because I didn't think of it! But I needed to give myself a little change. Plus, these will be STS exclusive, because I didn't set up a thread the same way at the Animal Toy Forum, so they don't get the photos (at least for now).

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Next up, the little fish, Scale 1:1 to 1:3.

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Left to right: Rosy Bitterling, Pale Chub, Japanese Rice Fish, 3-Spined Stickleback and Paradise fish

Now, the Scale 1:5 to 1:6

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Clockwise from upper left: Ayu, Cherry salmon, Big-Scaled Redfin, White-spotted Char (freshwater sizes)

The Scale 1:10 to 1:13 or so (now with diver human for scale comparison--these are the only ones where a scale model works; before that, I might as well stand next to them! And 1:5 is a weird one to do...)

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Left to Right: Barramundi, Chum Salmon, Japanese Huchen, White-spotted Char (saltwater sizes), Asian Arowana, Rainbow Trout

I would find it so fun to swim along a group like this. It's pretty much impossible, but still!

And now the big fish, to scale with people at their maximum recorded sizes, more for fun!

First, the Huchen, assuming 200cm, at 1:25 scale:

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Next, a couple of the Barramundi, also assuming 200cm in length, giving a scale of 1:29 or so!

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This one looks like less fun. Alligator guy below agrees (also to scale):

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PostSubject: Amur Catfish (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:49 am

This figure is the Amur Catfish, Silurus asotus , number 21 from the second series. This is a potentially large catfish (the only catfish in the series) that is fond of slower moving water such as irrigation canals and streams. They are found in Eastern Asia and Japan. Amur catfish are predators of smaller fish, which is obvious by the anterior-facing mouth; this is one of the larger native predatory fish in Japan. Despite their size they are kept in aquariums, and are reared or fished for food. Like the other large catfish of Japan, they are also locally associated with causing earthquakes, which is unlikely but gives them a special cultural regard there. The Yujin model gives a length of around 60cm (which is probably more common) but several sources mentioned that they can reach 130cm.

Note—I do not have a model of #20, the Carp, Cyprinus carpio . Maybe someday. There are actually 4 different versions—one is the wild, natural colouring of olive green or brownish; the other three are domestic varieties representing Cyprinus carpio haematopterus. These latter 3 are fairly uncommon.

This model is about 7 cm long, making the figure roughly 1:9 scale based on the Yujin value; using the larger maximum value the figure is closer to 1:19 scale. The figure is another very nice, subtle approach to colouring, with a dark brown base mottled with lighter brown patches throughout the body; the base colour fades to white on the distended belly. There are even shaded and highlighted patches, giving the impression of light and shadows casting over the fish. The fins stand out as translucent yellow, while the two pairs of whiskers (an adult trait) are molded into the body and are dark brown. Overall the fish has a definite hunting appearance to it—the bright black eyes make it look like a fish that is always ready to eat. The base is the raised vertical rock, again grey with a brownish wash. There are a number of silurid catfish made by Japanese companies, but I am not always clear if they intend to be this one, or one of the other 2 species found in Japan ( Silurus biwaensis and Silurus lithophilus ). Kaiyodo has made at least one of each of these other two, and I am certain that other models exist of all 3 catfish.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:18 am

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Uhhh, almost 190 Euros for the whole set Shocked
But I suppose they are worth it with 40 models and totally complete Very Happy


It seems crazy...but then, one of the species I don't have--the koi (a Series II secret figure)--is on ebay for $80! On the other hand, I can't see anyone paying that. I really hope not!

But it would be a pretty good way to just get the complete set, and individually the price would be reasonable--it's just a lot at once!

Of course 190€ is not "nearly for nothing" but it means each model cost 4€75... A very interresting price for a fish replica collector  cyclops

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So, to break up the patterns here, I decided to put up a few pictures of the various Series I fish in one picture, as well as in a few group shots, showing the ones that are roughly close to scale. I probably should have done this immediately after the last Series I model, but I didn't because I didn't think of it! But I needed to give myself a little change. Plus, these will be STS exclusive, because I didn't set up a thread the same way at the Animal Toy Forum, so they don't get the photos (at least for now).

Thank you for this, I was thinking to ask you something like this. Very Happy

Showing pics in scale are very interresting and educational for ignorants like me, I didn't imagine how big or small are some of these fishes.

Could you make a comparison topic of your different Arronawas  one day? drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:43 pm

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Uhhh, almost 190 Euros for the whole set Shocked
But I suppose they are worth it with 40 models and totally complete Very Happy


It seems crazy...but then, one of the species I don't have--the koi (a Series II secret figure)--is on ebay for $80! On the other hand, I can't see anyone paying that. I really hope not!

But it would be a pretty good way to just get the complete set, and individually the price would be reasonable--it's just a lot at once!

Of course 190€ is not "nearly for nothing" but it means each model cost 4€75... A very interresting price for a fish replica collector  cyclops

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So, to break up the patterns here, I decided to put up a few pictures of the various Series I fish in one picture, as well as in a few group shots, showing the ones that are roughly close to scale. I probably should have done this immediately after the last Series I model, but I didn't because I didn't think of it! But I needed to give myself a little change. Plus, these will be STS exclusive, because I didn't set up a thread the same way at the Animal Toy Forum, so they don't get the photos (at least for now).

Thank you for this, I was thinking to ask you something like this. Very Happy

Showing pics in scale are very interresting and educational for ignorants like me, I didn't imagine how big or small are some of these fishes.

Could you make a comparison topic of your different Arronawas  one day? drunken

I can probably do something like that. It won't be for a while, I'm still working through these!

And it's true, if someone wanted to get the set, that box is still the best way, it just seems like a lot of money all at once! I was lucky--I got almost all of mine in a single ebay lot 10 years ago. Missing a few, but very inexpensive. I haven't seen anything like that again, ever.
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:09 pm

Yes, ten years ago we were far less hunters for that kind of preys.

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