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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:31 pm

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

Honestly, I've never even see a lot again. Except on YAJ, where the sets are still insanely expensive (to say nothing of the full box set).

And it has occurred to me--I should put up pictures of the papers, to show what they say. And how the two Series are different.
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:03 pm

Beautieful figurines :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:33 am

You keep showing these fantastic fish figures and that is really great! Very Happy
Someone from Safari is a member here but I don't believe this person has time to track the forum. We are not very active but an average over 100 posts per day are enough to keep someone busy. Laughing Though, we never know if the suggestion of the salmon lifecycle goes towards Safari design center. Very Happy
I hope you can find #18 and #20 and we, on forum, love comparison pictures, thanks for these exclusives! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:36 am

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You keep showing these fantastic fish figures and that is really great! Very Happy
Someone from Safari is a member here but I don't believe this person has time to track the forum. We are not very active but an average over 100 posts per day are enough to keep someone busy. Laughing Though, we never know if the suggestion of the salmon lifecycle goes towards Safari design center. Very Happy
I hope you can find #18 and #20 and we, on forum, love comparison pictures, thanks for these exclusives! cheers

I know someone pretty high up at Safari Ltd, maybe I could suggest it to him? Although I've been involved with this stuff before, so it can take years to show up. But here's hoping that Safari Ltd gets around to it before I mention it!

I'm enjoying doing the walkarounds--I actually have everything photographed, the time is in the write ups and formatting! I am hopeful I can get at least one version of each of the missing species; it would be great to get some of the interesting specials/secrets, but $100+ for an albino eel (spoiler--there's a Japanese freshwater eel!) seems too high.
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PostSubject: Japanese Spined Loach (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:35 am

This figure is the Japanese Spined Loach (Shimadojou in Japan), Cobitis biwae , number 22 from the second series. This is a small, long-bodied loach endemic to Japan, there are numerous potential subspecies but no distinction was made with the model. They prefer river environments, living primarily along the gravel bottoms. They are predators in the substrate, looking for worms and other invertebrates. The Japanese Spined Loach is exported for keeping in aquaria, and apparently they are also eaten in some places. I remember having ‘dojo loaches’ and the name may come from this (although the species was likely related but different). The Yujin model gives a length of 14cm, other sources differed but were close.

This model is about 5.5cm long, making the figure roughly 1:3 scale. The sculpting of the fish is excellent, capturing even the barbels around the mouth and subtle variations in the mass of the body (the dorsal muscle of the body is wider than the ventral and lateral surfaces) giving the fish a life-like shape. The fins are well defined, with each fin ray clearly present in the yellowish, translucent fins. The colouring of the figure, in my opinion, tends to be less impressive. The fish has a pale cream base colour, with three series of dark blotches, one along each side and one down the dorsal margin. Between these rows of blotches is a number of irregular dots, dashes and squiggles. Some of the anterior squiggles are highlighted in black. One the base of the caudal fin is a single, darker blotch. In the real fish, these blotches and squiggles exist but are less defined than the solid colouring in the figure, giving it a more cartoonish appearance (when it comes to loaches, they are generally cartoonish enough!). The base is the brown small gravel, with a plastic plant. There are definitely other models of this fish made, of course by Japanese companies—I own both a Kaiyodo Animatales and Colorata model (both of which are labelled as C. biwae and so are not related species, and there are likely others.

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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   Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:51 am

Thanks sbell! Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Japanese Eel (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:19 am

This figure is the Japanese Eel (Nihon Unagi in Japan), Anguilla japonica , number 23 from the second series. This is the only freshwater eel found in Japan, although it is found throughout Eastern Asia as far south as Vietnam. Like many other freshwater eels, the Japanese Eel is catadromous, spawning and hatching at sea but living much of their life in freshwater habitats and brackish estuaries. The eels can change morphology considerably depending where they are in their life cycle; some never enter freshwater, which results in a different colouring. They are important food fish in their native region, but are unfortunately considered endangered (like all anguillids, AKA freshwater eels) due to fishery pressure and habitat loss. Some farm-raising is done, but they are not bred in captivity; instead juveniles are captured at sea and raised in farms, which does nothing to reduce natural population pressure. The Yujin model gives a length of 100cm, but several other online sources gave a length of 150cm.

This model is difficult to measure, given its various curves, but measures 16cm long, giving a scale of 1:6; using the longer length of some sources of 150cm, the scale would be more like 1:9. This is definitely one of the most interesting models in terms of sculpt—instead of the normal more-or-less straight body, this sculpt has given the eel its full range of curves and bends, reflecting the snake-like appearance of the fish. The details are equally excellent—the fins are all a translucent yellowish colour, finely detailed with the fin rays; the single dorsal-caudal-anal wraps completely around the body as it should, following the edges of the body as it curves. The ventral fin flattens out against the body part way, reflecting the body’s weight as the fish swims around the river bottom. The main body of the fish is very dark brown on the dorsal surface, changing abruptly to silver on the ventral surface. The head is well-sculpted, and the eyes are painted well, with the light eyeball and dark pupil giving a sense of life to the fish. The base that this one is on is the same as the arowana one, essentially a mound of river bottom with branches, although painted with fewer colours. There are definitely other models of freshwater eels, but possibly only a couple others are A. japonica. Most are Japanese, but Bullyland has made a European freshwater eel. There is a ‘secret’ version of the Yujin, a completely yellow or gold model, but I haven’t ever seen it available for a reasonable price.

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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   Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:30 pm

Nice again :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:29 pm

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Nice again :)

It's definitely one of my favorites--until recently, I didn't even display it on a base, it doesn't really need one. But it is better that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:35 pm

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Nice again :)

It's definitely one of my favorites--until recently, I didn't even display it on a base, it doesn't really need one. But it is better that way.

Its right, sometimes its better without a base :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:19 pm

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Nice again :)

It's definitely one of my favorites--until recently, I didn't even display it on a base, it doesn't really need one. But it is better that way.

Its right, sometimes its better without a base :)

it's also one of the few that can stay upright properly--so many of them kind of tip. Unless they were never meant to be on a base (those will show up toward the end of this!).
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:02 am

It continues being a pleasure to read your posts. I am quite bored with newspapers, I don't like their news and I also don't like paper. Laughing
So it is great to have something interesting to read all days. Very Happy
If you feel confortable with that important person on Safari, I think you should make that suggestion. I suggested once, at their FB, a tube of river giants, obviously featuring huge freshwater fishes. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:51 am

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It continues being a pleasure to read your posts. I am quite bored with newspapers, I don't like their news and I also don't like paper. Laughing
So it is great to have something interesting to read all days. Very Happy
If you feel confortable with that important person on Safari, I think you should make that suggestion. I suggested once, at their FB, a tube of river giants, obviously featuring huge freshwater fishes. Very Happy

Thanks, I've been enjoying putting them together; I have a few other fishy sets I may follow up with that are smaller. There's a lot to learn with several of these; my favorite one is coming up, so I've got some work to do!

I've worked with Safari product development before; it doesn't always go how you want, but it's still kind of fun!

And I would echo your river giants toob! Really, they need to build that aspect anyway--if nothing else, they're in Florida, how are there no Safari gar models (I did try in the Prehistoric Crocs toob, but no go; the Champsossaur was enough of a push!)?
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PostSubject: Northern Snakehead (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:13 am

This figure is the Northern Snakehead, Channa argus , number 24 from the second series. These large, strictly freshwater predators are naturally found in the Korean Peninsula, China and Russia. Given the northern range, it is not surprising that they are cold tolerant, and have since been introduced to several other places including the US, Japan and parts of Europe (so far Canada has kept them out, but they are heading to the Great Lakes, so we’ll see how that goes). They are considered a food source, which explains their widespread occurrence; their large size, adaptability and voracious appetites, however, can be disastrous for local ecosystems, especially ones where the original top predators (like gars) have been removed or reduced, letting the northern snakehead become the top fish wherever it is found. They are also obligate air breathers, able to survive for short times out of water and possibly find new bodies of water, which makes them even harder to contain. The Yujin model gives a length of 90cm, but several other online sources gave a largest-known length of 150cm!

This was actually one of my first two Yujin freshwater fish figures, because despite the terrible havoc they can play when introduced, they are such cool fish—I’ve only kept a much smaller, more docile species but I have seen these ones in aquaria, and they can be very impressive. This is also one of my favorite Yujin fish models, and one of the few where I have more than one.

This model measures 7cm long, giving a scale of 1:13 with the Yujin value; using the longest length of 150cm, the scale would be more like 1:21. The model is sculpted in a cruising pose, with pectoral fins pressed tight to the body, slightly curved with big bright eyes. This version of the figure does a great job capturing the light brown base-colouring with dark brown blotches forming bands along the sides. The figure does a great job illustrating a key colouring feature, two thick brown bands at the base of the tail, the posterior-most of which does not have any light markings behind it. The rest of the body has variable brown washes over it, giving the fish a life-like colouring. (From pictures, the First Release of this figure from Yujin looks more like a different species like C. maculatus even if it is not supposed to be). The fins are all translucent yellow or brown. The base that this one is on is the same as the arowana one, essentially a mound of river bottom with branches, but completely grey. This is, as far as I have found so far, the only snakehead model that has been made, although I would like to be proven wrong.  I already mentioned the Yujin First Release version, which maybe I’ll pick up some day, but otherwise these fish are mostly ignored as toys.

The Northern Snakehead is also the first of the Series II fishes two come in two pieces, with the head coming off at the opercula.

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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). In this instance, it’s fortunate that I have two, because I couldn’t get the rod out of the fish on the base (the other is not displayed on a base). It’s also the one I used for the two-piece picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:10 am

Beautieful model too!

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PostSubject: Largemouth Bass (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:24 am

This figure is the Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides , number 25 from the second series. These are large freshwater bass naturally found in the Mississippi River system of North America. However, they are popular sport fish and have been released in many parts of the world, including, of course, Japan. Like the Northern Snakehead, Largemouth Bass are large, voracious predators, and if conditions are suitable, can become established and spread quickly. Once this happens, the effect on natural populations is intense. Interestingly, a related species, Micropterus dolomieu , the Smallmouth Bass, is also invasive in Japan, but Yujin didn’t make a model of this one (Kaiyodo recently did though!); it is not, however, the only Yujin centrarchid as we'll see! The Yujin model gives a length of 60cm, but several other online sources gave larger total lengths, including one (Fishbase) stating of 97cm (which seems insanely large)!

This model measures 6.5cm long, giving a scale of 1:9 with the Yujin value; using the longest length of 97cm, the scale would be more like 1:15. The colouring of the model I very complex, with a lighter crème base colour and a range of darker and lighter brown and olive green washes darkening from the dorsal surface to the belly. This is punctuated with several dark black bands down each side and lighter brown horizontal stripes across each cheek. The fins are a translucent dark olive colour. The most notable feature is the large, open mouth—a big cavern with white lips and painted pink inside. There is some sculpting of the roof of the mouth, but not much. Between the mouth and the big gold eye, this model is a small reminder of a powerful predator. The base that this one is on is the vertical rock face, except in light brown. Largemouth Bass have shown up a few times as models, not only from other Japanese makers like Kaiyodo and  Kinto-Favorite, but also ones with American connections (of course, given the natural range). These include Replica Toy Fish Company, New Ray, and a recent large figure from Safari Ltd, plus I’m certain of a few more generic bass-like fish from cheaper companies.

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PostSubject: Bluegill (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:38 am

This figure is the Bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus , number 26 from the second series. These are medium-sized relatives of the largemouth and smallmouth bass (Centrarchidae) that natural occurred in the US in many areas east of the Rocky Mountains. Like their larger-mouth cousins Bluegill are popular with anglers and as food fish, and so have been introduced to almost every continent—they are very adaptable, even capable of surviving brackish salinities. These introductions may have made anglers happy, but they are considered pests in many places that they have been released—and their inclusion in this set of mostly Japanese fish is mainly due to the massive damage they have wreaked in Lake Biwa. They can be adaptable feeders, primarily eating invertebrates and small fish but will not be choosy—another reason they can cause so much misery where they are introduced. The Yujin model gives a length of 40cm, which seems to be the largest size available.

This model measures 5.2cm long, giving a scale of 1:8. Like the Largemouth Bass, the Bluegill has a very complex colouring, in both the figure and the real fish. The overall colours of the fish is a light yellowish-green, fading from darker on the dorsal margin to white at the belly. There are dark vertical bands along the sides which extend about halfway down the body. Interspersed between these bands are thinner light-green bands that extend all the way to the belly. The fins are uniformly dark green; mine has the fins painted quite thick, so that they do not appear translucent like many Yujin fish fins. The head is a flat light green except for the white lower jaw. My model has a strange black mark on the upper lip, but I don’t know if this has any basis in reality. The key colouring of a Bluegill—the blue or black spot on the trailing edge of the operculum—is painted a very bright blue or turquoise, with a black trailing edge; form photos that I have looked up, this seems a bit exaggerated, but does give a nice dash of colour! Overall it is a very bright figure—and a nice break for the dominance of the browns and greys of the Series II models. The base that this one is on is the brown large pebbles. Bluegills and their relatives do not show up much as figures; I am aware of the Replica Toy Fish 3” figure, but that may be it. There may also be other models, such as porcelain or glass figures, but I don’t keep up with those.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:45 am

Amazing how many you haVe, - and such beautyful, interesting species cheers

I will have to look/read through them all again as soon as I have plenty of time bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:56 am

Beautieful pics, thank you :)

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PostSubject: Roughskin Sculpin (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:41 pm

This figure is the Roughskin Sculpin (hilariously, the Japanese name apparently translates to “God of the Mountain!”), Trachidermus fasciatus , number 27 from the second series (we’re down to the last 5! Unless I get the ones I am missing…). This is the first and only sculpin (Cottidae) in the Yujin series. They are medium-sized fish, inhabiting river bottoms and preying on fish and invertebrates. They are native to coastal waters and rivers in China, Korea and Japan. Like many of the freshwater fish we’ve seen, the Roughskin Sculpin is catadromous, spawning in river delta mudflats and then swimming upstream to grow into adults; they nest in any structures they can find, including garbage like glass bottles, where males often guard the nests. Apparently, habitat degradation has negatively affected Roughskin Sculpin populations, but I found conflicting info on whether or not they have an official status designation. Apparently, they have been considered a luxury food item, but not commonly eaten. The Yujin model gives a length of 16cm, which is about on average given the range I found of anything from 14cm to 20cm.

This model measures 6.5cm long, giving a scale of 1:2 (the scale factor is close to 2.5, but rounding! does things). The figure is another very complicated pattern. The fish is painted to be very shiny, representing the lack of scales of these fish. It is coloured light brown with dark brown markings across the body in an irregular pattern of spots, blotches and bars. The ventral surface is plain white, with some scattered light brown spots along the lateral margins. The fins are a translucent yellow with thick fin rays. The fins are covered with small, scattered dark and light brown blotches. The pectoral fins are especially large, as is expected in sculpins. The head is sculpted with a lot of detail, featuring the ridges and knobs common to sculpins. This another figure that is made in two pieces, separating the head + pectoral fish from the rest of the body. This is also the first of the Yujin fish to be made without any base at all—perhaps, given the bottom-dwelling habits, they decided not to bother giving it a ‘swimming’ behaviour; most of the last figure in the series do not have bases, and all of these are bottom dwellers.

Most sculpin figures that I am aware of are made in Japan (despite being found around the world), representing a few different Japanese species (I have 3 Japanese sculpin figures, of 3 different species). The companies include Kaiyodo, Colorata and Kitan, plus probably a few others (any fish referred to as a ‘god’ is likely to be made as a few figures!).

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:45 pm

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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

It has occurred to me--what would be the most appropriate area on the forum to put comparison photos of something like an arowana group shot? They are all Japanese (except one...) but otherwise, only the subject matter connects them!
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:40 am

That's exciting that you experience working with Safari product development! Very Happy
Also thanks for more and very interesting reviews, I enjoyed specially reading all the "gymnastic" used to manufacture the God of the Mountain! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:04 am

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Also thanks for more and very interesting reviews, I enjoyed specially reading all the "gymnastic" used to manufacture the God of the Mountain! Shocked
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Thanks, I couldn't find the definitive Japanese word(s) for the fish, so the translation will have to do!

And I am hoping to have another up later today! Then I can move onto some other project!
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PostSubject: Amur Goby (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:50 am

This figure is the Amur Goby, Rhinogobius brunneus , number 28 from the second series. This is the only Yujin true goby (Gobiinae, family Gobiidae) in the series. They are quite small fish, generally living on the bottoms of freshwater streams and brackish estuaries, hunting small invertebrates. They are unique in how their pelvic fins are fused to form a suction-cup to allow them to cling to the bottom in fast water. Apparently, the Amur Goby is anadromous, spawning in freshwater, and then traveling as juveniles to marine environments to mature. Amur Goby are naturally found in rivers in Japan and China, but have been introduced to several other Asian regions as well as the Pacific Northwest of the USA; despite their small size the presence of the Amur Goby is apparently having negative impacts on the natural environment. The Yujin model gives a length of 10cm, although are more likely to be close to 5cm.

This model measures 6cm long, giving a scale of roughly 1:2 (1:1 with the smaller, more common length). Once more, we have a very brightly coloured fish. The base colour of the fish is a light green or turquoise with a sporadic series of dark blue blotchy chevrons-like bands along the lateral line, plus a few along the dorsal margin. Interspersed among all of this is a series of small reddish-brown dots in a few rows on either side.  The scales are deeply incised, which is a good representation of the large, obvious scales of these small fish. The fins are a translucent yellow with strong, obvious fin rays; the tail has a white margin on the tail fin, with a dark orange band along the inner edge. Overall, the fish appears to be in some sort of display or fight pose, given that all of the fins are up and prominently displayed, and the mouth is held wide open. The pelvic fins are clearly sculpted to demonstrate the suction morphology seen in gobies. The head is well-sculpted, with the bulbous blue eyes and big round cheeks clearly displayed. Even inside the mouth are a few sculpted ridges, although the entire space is simply coloured pink while the lips are dark grey. The head is coloured like the body, with a base colour of green and a number of reddish dots on the cheeks, reddish vermiculation markings on the top of the head, and a thick horizontal strip on the top of each cheek. Like the Sculpin, the Amur Goby is a two-piece figure, again separating the head and pectoral fins from the body. This is another Yujin fish without any base at all; again, given the given the bottom-dwelling habits a ‘swimming’ pose may not have been deemed necessary.

There are a few other goby figures out there, but I could not find a reference to other Amur Gobies; as expected, the other gobies tend to be marine species made by Japanese companies like Kaiyodo, Colorata and Yujin (marine set).

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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   Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:16 am

Beautys again :)

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PostSubject: Barred Muskipper (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:16 am

This figure is the Barred Mudskipper, Periophthalmus argentilineatus , number 29 from the second series. This is the second Yujin goby, this time as the representative of the mudskipper subfamily (Oxudercinae, family Gobiidae) in the series. This is a very widespread species, in estuarine and brackish coastal regions along the Indo-Pacific oceans. This means that they range from southern Africa through the Red Sea to Oceania and Australia, north along the coast of China to Korea and the southern islands of Japan, and then further east across several Pacific localities. A map through Fishbase also indicates that they may occur in the more equatorial/sub-tropical Pacific coastal regions of the Americas, making this the most naturally widespread figure in the Yujin series! With a range like this, I’m honestly surprised that they have not been divided taxonomically into many separate species or subspecies (at least, ones that have held up to scrutiny). Mudskippers are of course famous for their ability to leave the water during lower tides to wander along mudflats, mangrove swamps and other tidal environments to hunt, even climbing trees using the pelvic-fin suction cup. They are also found in aquariums; although I’m not sure of the species, I actually successfully kept a vivarium with mudskippers and other estuarine animals for a while, and they are as fun to watch as the sound (catching the crickets before the archerfish could shoot them, for example!). The Yujin model gives a length of 9cm, although most sources referred to them as 19cm.

This model measures 6cm long, giving a scale of roughly 1:2 (1:3 with the longer, more frequently seen length). This is another very complex-patterned fish, possible the hardest to describe yet! It is a variety of shades of brown, darker on the dorsal margin fading to very light brown and then white on the belly. There are numerous black bars across the back, each of which has ragged markings and tend to sweep anteriorly from their origin on the dorsal column. On top of all of these are two irregular rows from the pectoral fins to the base of the tail which are very thin, very vertical, and very light crème colour. On top of the head, along the cheeks and where the ‘neck’ would be, are a scattering of crème coloured dots. A dark band extends across the cheeks from above the upper lip to the pectoral fin. The body itself is a great sculpt of a resting or calm Mudskipper, with a big, bulbous head and a body tapering to a point at the tail.  The dorsal and caudal fins are sculpted in a yellow plastic, but they are lying flat, indicating that the Mudskipper is not threatening or fighting (as opposed to the Amur Goby, whose raised fins are a more aggressive pose). The pectoral fins look like the others, but are in the position of propping up the fish, as they would when walking. The head appears to be sculpted to show the gills filled with water, so the Mudskipper can crawl on the beach or trees; this or it just has really big cheeks! The pelvic fins are more separate than in the Amur Goby, which makes sense as these fish do not tend to ‘stick’ to surfaces the same way .This is another Yujin fish without any base at all; seeing as it is in a walking pose, this makes sense, although it would have been neat to see it on a branch or something.

There are a few other mudskipper figures out there, but like the goby they are generally different species, again from Yujin and Kaiyodo.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:52 am

This mudskipper is as a brackish fish also interesting for my zoo :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:21 pm

These last two are also fabulous but mudskppers are incredible creatures! Incredible creatures, said I, as a reference to Safari... much more incredible than piglets! pig Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:41 pm

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These last two are also fabulous but mudskppers are incredible creatures! Incredible creatures, said I, as a reference to Safari... much more incredible than piglets! pig Very Happy

Tell me about it--we were lucky to get a couple of Safari Incredible Creatures fish this year (Grouper and Largemouth Bass) but I'd really like to see some of the really 'Incredible' ones--like a mudskipper, polypterus, African butterflyfish, something like that. More on par with the Flying Fish (a brilliant IC figure) than the goldfish (because booorrring)!
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PostSubject: Grass Puffer (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:24 am

This figure is the Grass Puffer (AKA Sunafugu, meaning Sand Puffer in Japanese), Takifugu niphobles , number 30 from the second series. This is the only pufferfish in the whole series, a family of immediately recognizable fish well-known for taking in air or water to make themselves much larger, as a defense mechanism. They are also well-known as a bad idea for a delicacy, and the toxin in some of their organs is decidedly and immediately lethal if improperly prepared! These are smaller puffers, found from Japan through the Koreas and China to Vietnam. They are primarily marine, but appear to come in to brackish or even far upstream freshwater environments, possibly as a means to remove or weaken parasites. They are predatory fish, using their strong beaks to consume invertebrates including shelled molluscs. The Yujin model gives a length of 12cm, but apparently can reach up to 25cm.

This model measures 5.5cm long, giving a scale of roughly 1:2 (1:5 with the longest possible length). The Grass Puffer is in a normal swimming pose, uninflated at moving forward. It has a basic crème colour body, with a light brown dorsal colouring that breaks into light brown dots along the sides. Over the head, from the eyes to the beak, the dorsal surface is a light olive green. There are two dark brown bands across the dorsal surface, one behind the eye and one roughly midway between the first band and the dorsal fin. There is a tiny dark brown blotch at the base of the dorsal fin and a small blotch at the base of the tail. The fins are translucent orange or yellow. The beak is well defined on the all-white mouth (mine appears to have a paint chip!) with the mouth slightly open. The eyes are big and bulbous, with green pupils on dark backgrounds. This is the last Yujin freshwater fish with a base, in this case a brown gravel one with a plant. There are definitely other Grass Puffer models out there, as always made by Japanese companies—at least, for sure by Kaiyodo (I have one). For puffers and their relatives overall, puffers are sort of popular due to their familiar appearance and cartoony look (despite being nasty predators!) and get made as all sorts of toys, from bath toys to models and figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:17 pm

Lovely puffer fish :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:36 am

Truly wonderful and informative walkarounds, the only problem is that you've made me want to get this set... too bad I don't have $300 lying around doing nothing!

re: your comment on the Langsdorf's goldfish- it is not in either of the Yujin goldfish sets. The feral comet is not either, they do have a comet but it is a different sculpt. They don't have a common. The figures from the goldfish sets are slightly larger.

once again, thanks for making me drool! (and goldfish aren't boring! tongue though they really don't seem to fit a line named 'Incredible Creatures')
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:05 am

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Truly wonderful and informative walkarounds, the only problem is that you've made me want to get this set... too bad I don't have $300 lying around doing nothing!

re: your comment on the Langsdorf's goldfish- it is not in either of the Yujin goldfish sets. The feral comet is not either, they do have a comet but it is a different sculpt. They don't have a common. The figures from the goldfish sets are slightly larger.

once again, thanks for making me drool! (and goldfish aren't boring! tongue  though they really don't seem to fit a line named 'Incredible Creatures')

Hey, no problem--it's been fun (and only one left..in my collection...soon!).

And I guess goldfish are alright, but I have been keeping freshwater fish since I was 12 or so, and goldfish are just so common! I've kept things from all over the world, and goldfish were usually feeders! I've had a lot of predators...
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:22 am

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These last two are also fabulous but mudskppers are incredible creatures! Incredible creatures, said I, as a reference to Safari... much more incredible than piglets! pig Very Happy

Tell me about it--we were lucky to get a couple of Safari Incredible Creatures fish this year (Grouper and Largemouth Bass) but I'd really like to see some of the really 'Incredible' ones--like a mudskipper, polypterus, African butterflyfish, something like that. More on par with the Flying Fish (a brilliant IC figure) than the goldfish (because booorrring)!

I agree about the flying fish, a good example of how a figure faces correctly the concept.
I defend that Safari split the Incredible Creatures in two distinct collections. One with these piglets and similar cute creatures in a collection of large soft figures more oriented to young children. Then, another that gives justice to the name of the series showing really incredible creatures with unusual features and when possible, real sized once it is very interesting to sensory rooms or as educational toys. I like fish of this year although choices could be better. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Starry Flounder (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second release)   Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:38 am

This figure is the Starry Flounder (or inn Japanese, Kawagarei, among other names), Platichthys stellatus , number 31 from the second series—and, sadly, THE LAST FIGURE IN THE SERIES! Which means that until/unless I guess the two missing ones, or some other versions of some of the figures, this is the end of the walkarounds (there will be some follow up with Series II models by scale and such). I may also eventually throw in some Yujin fish from the other Saltwater Series, but I don’t know when!

Of all the fish in the collection, the Starry Flounder may be the most distinctive. This is a ‘right-eye flounder’, meaning that as the fish grows into adulthood, the eyes tend to move over to the right side of the body (juveniles are born with eyes and body shape like a normal fish); sometimes the right eye moves to the left side of the body. They are predatory fish, eating fish, molluscs, crustaceans and even brittle stars. Like all flounders, the Starry Flounder is a master of camouflage, blending into the substrate to wait for prey and ambush it. Starry Flounders are important game fish as well as being commercially important to fisheries. They are found throughout the Northern Pacific, on both sides, meaning that they extend from Korea and Japan across to Alaska down the coast of Canada to the US Pacific. This Starry Flounder is an unusual one for the Freshwater series, given the flounders are usually thought of as marine animals. While they are generally marine, and potentially deep water marine, they can be found inshore and even in estuarine environments. They will, however, move far upriver, as much as 120km, possibly for breeding or at least growing into adults. So, the Starry Flounder can be part of the Freshwater Series, why not? The Yujin model gives a length of 55cm, but most other sources I found gave a maximum size of 91cm.

This model measures 6cm long, giving a scale of roughly 1:9 (1:15 using the length of 91cm). The Starry Flounder is in a flat pose—kind of boring, but as it is one that does not have a base, there was not much else that they could really do (unlike the Colorata halibut, which has a base and is in an undulating pose). Starting with the bottom, this fish is clearly a full grown adult, with no colour (it fades away after they transform) except some pink washes highlighting the sculpting around the head and lateral line. The muscle tissue is visible as white chevrons on the slightly darker-white background. The only ‘ventral’ fin, the left pectoral, is sculpted as an impression on the body, painted grey and white. The ‘top’ surface is far more colorful, of course. Like many flatfish, the Starry Flounder can be quite variable in its patterns, so they appear to have gone all out! The body is a mixture of dark brown and olive-green, with numerous white markings along each edge (the original dorsal and ventral surface). On either side of the lateral line are a series of white circles from the gills to the base of the tail fin. The pelvic and ‘dorsal’ pectoral fins are a translucent orange. The dorsal and anal fin, as well as the tail fin, are also dark orange, with thick black bars along them. Yujin did a really good job with this, as these markings on the fins are (apparently) a reliable species identifier. The eyes, of course, are well done--big a bulbous, and placed very assymetrically, with the 'travelling' eye near the original 'top' of the head, as it should be. When it comes to other Starry Flounder figures, I can’t find any; even among other flatfish there do not appear to be a lot of them. I mentioned the Colorata one (from the Saltwater Fishes box), and there is a Kaiyodo ‘food fish’ set with a different flounder (it might be a Starry, but I couldn’t definitively find its species). There are also strap and magnet figures from Yujin, which may be the same figure as the Freshwater Fishes one, but I don’t know for sure (the eel, for example, is completely different but not as good).

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:52 pm

Very interesting fish again :)

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PostSubject: Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1&2, second release   Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:58 am

So with no fish left to walk around, I only have a couple other clean ups. This post will be the papers that were included. They are really small, even IRL, and I often need a magnifying glass to read them. At least, what I can read, as the vast majority is of course in Japanese.

The Series I second release paper is a horizontal blue one. The fish are pictured with their name. Any information is on the back.

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As can be seen, it is missing some info--not only the specials, but even the 'juvenile' Barramundi version.

The Series II is vertical, and on a black background. The text is even smaller as one side has the figures and their information, and the back has a nifty map with the locations of all of the fish (in Japan). Again, the special salmon egg is not included.

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It is entirely possible that the secret figures that I have (the arowana and salmon egg) have their own info papers; if so I will put them up as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:24 am

It seems the most interesting fish figures were reserved to the end. I really hope you keep offering us these walk arounds, they're just brilliant! cheers
We're working at this moment the Play Visions on Toy Animal Wiki, much probably, after it, we'll work related companies like Yujin. :)
I know PV are not comparable with these, but, if you collect their fish sets, it could be very opportune if you had the chance of presenting them to us. bounce
Thanks again for all information you're sharing with everyone! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:23 am

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It seems the most interesting fish figures were reserved to the end. I really hope you keep offering us these walk arounds, they're just brilliant! cheers
We're working at this moment the Play Visions on Toy Animal Wiki, much probably, after it, we'll work related companies like Yujin. :)
I know PV are not comparable with these, but, if you collect their fish sets, it could be very opportune if you had the chance of presenting them to us. bounce
Thanks again for all information you're sharing with everyone! Very Happy

The only fish set I have from PV is the eels/sea snakes set--it's a great set, although at some point one of them appears to have been chewed by something (worse, I used to have two, so it wouldn't have been so bad, but now I just have the one!).

I will keep adding, although this series is done for me (like I said, until I get the two, or some variants, that I don't have).
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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:56 am

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It seems the most interesting fish figures were reserved to the end. I really hope you keep offering us these walk arounds, they're just brilliant! cheers
We're working at this moment the Play Visions on Toy Animal Wiki, much probably, after it, we'll work related companies like Yujin. :)
I know PV are not comparable with these, but, if you collect their fish sets, it could be very opportune if you had the chance of presenting them to us. bounce
Thanks again for all information you're sharing with everyone! Very Happy

The only fish set I have from PV is the eels/sea snakes set--it's a great set, although at some point one of them appears to have been chewed by something (worse, I used to have two, so it wouldn't have been so bad, but now I just have the one!).

I will keep adding, although this series is done for me (like I said, until I get the two, or some variants, that I don't have).

Oh, I thought you had the tropical fish once we need some help to identify them. :)
Looking forward to see your updates. bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:39 pm

Although I don't have them yet, I just wanted to mention that, thanks to Brett and some timely YAJ auctions, I will be adding to this thread eventually! I will even have some First release-Second release comparisons!

But for now, I wait...

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:03 am

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Although I don't have them yet, I just wanted to mention that, thanks to Brett and some timely YAJ auctions, I will be adding to this thread eventually! I will even have some First release-Second release comparisons!

But for now, I wait...

Sean, these are good news! Very Happy Waiting is just our hobby! Laughing

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PostSubject: Willow Shiner (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 2, second and first release)   Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:44 am

This figure is the Willow Shiner (or in Japan, Honmoroko), Gnathopogon caerulescens , number 18 from the second series. Yes, I was able to chase one down (actually, two one from release 1, one from release 2!) so I only have one more species, number 20, the Carp, to chase down.

The Willow Shiner is a medium-sized minnow, part of the carp family. This species is endemic to Lake Biwa in Japan, but has been released in other waters as they are popular food fishes. Unfortunately, this popularity lead to overfishing in Lake Biwa, leading the Japanese environment ministry to list them as critically endangered. And also driving up the prices of the fish to luxury-food levels, which probably didn’t help. They are mid-water hunters, feeding on plankton, insects and other small swimming organisms. The Yujin model gives a length of 14cm, which is close to the 15cm I found elsewhere.

This model measures 5cm long, giving a scale of 1:3. The two models are similar but not exactly the same in colour—this is the first time I have had the same model from both releases to compare. The Second release version is lighter overall, with a light, shiny copper dorsal colour with a distinct cream coloured side and belly. The lateral line is marked by a thin green stripe from the gill to the base of the tail, this line is bordered top and bottom by the cream colour. Most fins are nearly transparent, with light brown along the fin rays. The pectoral fins are an exception, being somewhat translucent but painted a dark brown overall. The scales are large and deeply sculpted. The eyes are large and light golden, with big black pupil.

The First Release figure is very similar, with some subtle differences. First, the dorsal colouration is a much darker copper colour, and extends all the way to the lateral line. The sides and ventral surface are a little darker. The green lateral line stripe is a darker green than the Second Release, and does not extend to the base of the tail. All of the fins, including the pectoral, are the transparent material, with dark brown along the fin rays. The eyes are more silvery, with the same dark black pupil.

Overall, the differences are subtle but become clear. The paint job on the second release model is more defined and detailed, and this may be true of the two lines overall (I only have one other to definitively compare at this point). The First Release version came to me on the brown gravel-with-plant base; the Second Release is on the same base, but the gravel is painted in various colours.

I am not aware of other Willow Shiner models; if they do exist they would likely be from Japan. Possibly from Yujin again, as a strap figure or something!

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:13 am

Wonderful fish :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:42 pm

Nice to see your walk arounds again! Very Happy Those are again very nice figures and unusual species in this hobby. Thanks for your descriptive and educative comments and great pictures! Very Happy I hope you can get the missing carp. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:33 pm

Thanks. Let me know if the pictures stop working or anything--I'm having trouble seeing them now. Which is odd!

And it is nice to see less 'noticeable' fish like the shiners get some figures--they're important parts of the ecosystems, not everything can be a sport fish or food (although I guess the shiner is one...)

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:19 pm

They are both very, very beautyful cheers

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PostSubject: Asian Arowana Gold Highback (Yujin - Freshwater Fishes Series 1, second release)   Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:47 am

I am now in the realm of ‘versions’ of Yujin fish figures. This means that most won’t require much in the way of species descriptions (after, perhaps, this one) or company information. So there will be a bit less description, and more comparison photos (sort of like the Willow Shiner, except they were combined together in one post because I received them at the same time). The original Red Asian Arowana walkaround can be seen on the third page of these walkarounds..

So now, the fish!

This figure is the Se-Kin Dragon Arowana AKA Malyasian Golden Highback Arowana, Scleropages formosus (although some researchers have split up the species into four, and the Gold Malaysian variety may belong in [i[S. aureus[/i] if the species are valid—and most researchers are not yet convinced).  The figure is number 14 from the first series, second release—I think. It isn’t always clear, and I didn’t receive the papers to confirm, but it appears right. This variety (species?) is in most ways like the previous Red Asian Arowana, but is found only in waters of Malaysia. The Highback name comes from the pattern on the dorsal surface—where the scale colour does not ‘cross the back’ (in which case, this would be a cross back), leaving the dorsal black or silver. In this variety the ‘Golden’ part of the name comes from the shiny gold colour of the scales. Like all Asian arowana, these are considered endangered, although captive breeding is done in many parts of Southeast Asia. The Gold Crossback varieties are especially popular as the color and shine is considered a good omen for wealth—which means that they are highly sought after, but most varieties are quite rare.

Most aspects of the model are the same as the Asian Red Arowana. It is about 7.2cm long, giving a scale of 1:13. The main difference is colour—instead of reds, the scales are more of a greenish-gold or silver colour. The front margins are dark grey, and the posterior margins of some are more yellow. Along the dorsal row of scales, the colour is primarily the dark grey colour with a silver posterior border (hence the Highback variety). This colour extends across the top of the head. The fins are all somewhat translucent, with reddish washes. The cheeks are the same yellowish-gold colour as the scales. The base that I received is different from the other Asian Arowana, being the coloured-gravel—with-plant style. I am never sure if these are the ‘correct’ ones or not (again, I didn’t get the paper for this one).

Like the Red Asian Arowana, this model is a two-part model, with a head that separates behind the opercula.

In comparing the two figures, the most obvious difference is the different colours. The Malaysian Gold Highback is a nice departure from the far more common red varieties that are seen by most figure makers. The only other difference between the models is the curve at the tail—in the Red Arowana model, the caudal fin is in a straight line with the dorsal fin, pointing straight back. In the Gold Highback, the tail is distinctly curved to starboard compared to the rest of the body. I doubt that Yujin would have made two different sculpts for the model (without making more significant changes—and I do know from an upcoming figure that re-using sculpts is definitely something that Yujin did). More likely it is a variation in the molds—or maybe it is actually from the First Release (since there is no easy way of knowing).

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(note that the Red Arowana is actually a crossback, with the red extending over the dorsal scales (mostly)--I learned things doing this!)

And yes, at one point I was asked to compare all of the arowana figures that I have together—now that I have this one too, I will possibly try and do that sooner rather than later.


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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:56 am

That's another fabulous arowana, these fish are magnificent! Very Happy
It took more time than usual to your pictures upload and I hope they stay here for a long time once it is a honour to visit this thread with all these figures and pictures. Very Happy
I would also be great to see all your arowanas actually. bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Yujin Freshwater Fishes (Mostly second releases)--walkarounds   Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:04 am

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That's another fabulous arowana, these fish are magnificent! Very Happy
It took more time than usual to your pictures upload and I hope they stay here for a long time once it is a honour to visit this thread with all these figures and pictures. Very Happy
I would also be great to see all your arowanas actually. bounce

I will try and do that--I received a few different ones in the last week, so this would be a good time to do it!

And I think the time issue may be with the image host (Dropbox)--the site appeared to be down earlier, and things weren't syncing correctly. Fortunately, I have them saved myself! SO if they get lost, I will always have them somewhere!
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