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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:37 pm

A magnificent flock, - that picture is SO wonderful cheers
How great that your daughter gets a fish tank in her Playmobil house Wink

What brand is the Obscurus Mystriosuchus ? It is a gorgeous model, as far as I can see Very Happy

Laughing Laughing I thought that "Dolly Varden" was a joke , - and then it is a trout !!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:51 pm

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A magnificent flock, - that picture is SO wonderful cheers
How great that your daughter gets a fish tank in her Playmobil house Wink

What brand is the Obscurus Mystriosuchus ? It is a gorgeous model, as far as I can see Very Happy

Laughing Laughing I thought that "Dolly Varden" was a joke , - and then it is a trout !!! cheers

Obscurus is a line made by Brandon (the sculptor of my fish models) for prehistoric animals that strike his fancy, generally to scale (right now the only other is an animal called Balaur). At some point, we are hoping to kind of cross-over between our lines--so, prehistoric fish that might not be to scale, but are cool nontheless!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:41 pm

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A very nice bunch Very Happy  Congratulation

The Yujin Dolly Varden Pop up at my eyes, I'm a bit nostalgic of this brand. I can't wait to see the walkaround.

I thought the Mystriosuchus was smaller, one more reason to buy one... Despite the shipping fees from Canada Laughing

What about the spinosaurus? Could you show a comparison pic with the Deluxe one?

And now the Walkaround and comparison of the Dolly Varden is up too!

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It shoudl be the last post there...!

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PostSubject: New figures--Replica Toy Fish rarities!   Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:08 am

Well, I rarely have new figures anymore...curse of a limited wants list!

But with Replica Toy Fish [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Simeon was kind enough to send me a bunch spares, seconds and sellable models.

I mentioned that I received a few chain pickerel from him, with a few extra to sell. But I also received some really interesting repaints, and one other never-released-for-real figure

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A really fancy-painted 6" Northern Pike (compare here with an original):
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A 3" Northern Pike figure, painted to look much more like a redfin pickerel (compared to the original)--note the black eye bar:
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A 3" walleye figure painted to look more like a Sauger...although they normally look pretty similar anyway:
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Two different repaints of the 3" Muskellunge, with more greens and distinct striping:
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Several of the original Brook trout (a version 2 was released, with better ventral colouring). Not sure what the intent of the paint job was (I received several) but I found images of Splake trout (a Lake Trout x Brook Trout hybrid) that looks pretty similar. They are both Char, so it makes sense. Compared with the original Brook Trout V1
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skipping over one...

The 3" Chain pickerel...they were a distinct repaint of the 3" Northern Pike. These are the ones I am keeping, so I painted in the black bar below the eyes. Nothing to compare with really!
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And coming back to the real rarity--a different 3" Catfish! On the Toy Animal Info Wiki there are several unreleased catfish pictured, species that were developed but not released for sale  (I've heard rumours of spotted gars...but never saw any). From what I can tell, the one I received is listed on TAI as a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] but there is no such thing in North America. My best guess is the Headwater Catfish Ictalurus lupus.
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And yes, the differences are subtle, almost as in the real animals. In the figures, it's in the ventral arrangement and the barbel placement, plus other detail around the head. I had to look several times to be sure I had a different figure!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:27 am

Phantastic new fishes !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:14 pm

Some of these versions around known moulds are just fantastic! That's a remarkable collection and you surely deserve to own some specials. You are the real fishman around. Very Happy
The gray catfish was always a problem on TAI, I never had a pale idea of what it was, thus, the question mark and no species linked to it. Should I use your suggestion? Simeon never told you what it was supposed to be? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:52 pm

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Some of these versions around known moulds are just fantastic! That's a remarkable collection and you surely deserve to own some specials. You are the real fishman around. Very Happy
The gray catfish was always a problem on TAI, I never had a pale idea of what it was, thus, the question mark and no species linked to it. Should I use your suggestion? Simeon never told you what it was supposed to be? Very Happy

He didn't tell me. I know at one point he had a huge list so it wouldn't surprise me. Given that there are not that many Ictalurus species in the US--and two of them exist as figures already (Channel was released, Blue was not) I based the ID on the barbel placement.

Really, he just dropped a bunch of figures in a box for me, with some for sale and some 'others' like the ones pictured. I had asked for any unreleased species, so that was okay!

What you don't see is the other side of the catfish's head--it's got a big black paint blotch on it...

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:18 am

Check it out--more new fish! A super rare one!

It took me 3 months (thanks to poor postal service...) but I just received a most holy grail--the partner to the Safari Desert pupfish--the Razorback Sucker!

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It's a terrible photo, but a cool figure! I'll do a walkaround at some point!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:10 am

Great addition :)

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:03 am

WOW !!!! One of the two most rare Safari models AT ALL !!! affraid

And what a beautyful model it is drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:00 pm


This fish is very rare.

I like one in my acuatic animals. is one treasure.

Big congrats. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:22 pm

Thanks all! Perhaps the only thing more rare than the real fish is the toy version...I think knock-offs/bootlegs are available occasionally from Chinese sites (along with a few other fish) but this figure appears to be a legit one. Even then, there are only a handful of them out there! I was pretty happy to have an opportunity to get one.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:14 pm

It is an impressive pair of rarities! Many congratulations. I am looking forward to see the walk around. About Toy Animal Wiki, I don't know if these are supposed to be there and how to show them. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:18 pm

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It is an impressive pair of rarities! Many congratulations. I am looking forward to see the walk around. About Toy Animal Wiki, I don't know if these are supposed to be there and how to show them. scratch

They would be a Safari special production, kind of like the red-cheek salamander (except, the salamander was offered for sale in a store).

But it would be interesting to see what else Safari might have come up with for paying customers!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:14 pm

Wonderful new fish and great catches! I actually got your safari model at a thrift store in a big bag of toys, it's stamped as a bonytail I think but it is a great looking model. It's nice to get some more info on it though because I couldn't find anything, glad I kept it. Anyways, big congrats again on some wonderful fishy models!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:22 am

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Wonderful new fish and great catches! I actually got your safari model at a thrift store in a big bag of toys, it's stamped as a bonytail I think but it is a great looking model. It's nice to get some more info on it though because I couldn't find anything, glad I kept it. Anyways, big congrats again on some wonderful fishy models!

Yeah, not sure about the stamp. Mine also says Bonytail, and that might actually be what it is...

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So now, it turns out that there is a mystery Bonytail Chub! Which we have.

But I can prove that Safari made a Razorback as well:

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That link has the safety test reports for two Arizona figures--the Pupfish and the Razorback.

I was fortunate the Philter was on facebook and mentioned that he had one, and would sell it. I didn't even hesitate, and was so glad I was first!

Now, I just need to figure out where to get the Pike Minnow figure that I saw. Once. In a Twitter post. I don't even know if it was Safari.

But I found the photo...and it appears that it is one...

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Pictured with the actual razorback...

I guess I now have a few more fish on the list...I don't foresee coming across these...ever!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:41 am

Oh, and to update what custom figures there are...as well as the Bonytail chub and Desert Pupfish:

Razorback Sucker
Colorado Pikeminnow
(I think) Gila trout
Loach Minnow

All of which are endangered or critically endangered Arizona/Colorado River fishes.

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(A picture of 5 of the 6 on Alibaba. I don't think the models are sanctioned by Safari! But if I were to ever order from Alibaba...)

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:45 pm

Wow great information on the fish! I doubt I'll ever come across anymore but then again I came across the bonytail in the weirdest of places. It's crazy to hear about other projects a brand did that wasn't in mass production.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:02 pm

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Wow great information on the fish! I doubt I'll ever come across anymore but then again I came across the bonytail in the weirdest of places. It's crazy to hear about other projects a brand did that wasn't in mass production.

The Pupfish was a huge surprise for me--finding out there was a Razorback was cool.

Finding out that there are 6 different ones from the same run (presumably) is crazy! And yeah, I don't foresee getting my hands on more of them...but I would especially like to find that Pike Minnow!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:30 pm

WOW !!!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:06 pm

So they are 6 now and you got a bonytail instead? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:33 pm

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So they are 6 now and you got a bonytail instead? Laughing
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I have a picture of your pupfish that I hope you allow me to use it, now I need an inidividual picture of the other fish and please hurry up and get all of them! bounce Laughing

That is correct. Like I said, 5 of them are sometimes available through Alibaba...but I'm not sure about how that works.

And the Pikeminnow...well, that was a first outright to see that! but maybe someday--i did manage to get 2 after all!

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Someday I will get a walkaround together but I won't be able to for at least a week!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:11 am

Great to know! Very Happy Your specials are [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] now. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:07 am

Okay, I'm back from Atlanta! The Zoo and the Aquarium are fantastic. As far as toy animals go it was...not great. The Aquarium had 4 figures--two Safari (Moray eel and hanmerhead shark) and two mystery ones--knock offs of Safari Great White and Whale shark (I didn't pick up any). The zoo wasn't too bad, mostly Safari and some Schleich.

And K&M salamanders!

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There were 3 of each size (the Red is a 'medium, the red eft/orange and blue-spotted are 'small')

They are marked K&M INT 1999. So they might actually be from that era! We didn't pick up the others because...they are all the same mold, and I didn't notice the details until we'd left. The other two mediums were fire and green marbled salamanders; the other small was a dark brown wtih a red longitudinal stripe down the back (like a Yonahlosee). My son picked up the red and orange because of course he did. I grabbed the blue-spotted because I'd never seen a toy of one.

They came with info tags wtih photos of their intended species and everything! And even an ID#!

The Red is 20757
The Red Eft (referred to as 'orange salamander' on the tag) is 20762
The Blue-spotted is 20761

As for the trip--it was amazing. I will get photos up, but it will take a while to sort them out!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:15 am

Are they soft rubber and large? I have 2 lizards in that kind.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:55 am

It is nice to know that you enjoyed in Atalanta. Fantastic also that you've found some figures even they're few. Thanks for presenting these salamanders with all that detailed information. The blue-spotted salamander is particularly beautiful! Very Happy We have a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on TAI but from 1993 instead. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:32 pm

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Are they soft rubber and large? I have 2 lizards in that kind.

They are fairly soft, although it's difficult to pull them straight. The red is about 26cm long; the other two are about 16cm.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:09 pm

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It is nice to know that you enjoyed in Atalanta. Fantastic also that you've found some figures even they're few. Thanks for presenting these salamanders with all that detailed information. The blue-spotted salamander is particularly beautiful! Very Happy We have a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on TAI but from 1993 instead. Very Happy

I was pretty happy to find the Blue-spotted. It doesn't look too off from the real thing!

But as usual, it's the same mold for each, even though they would really have very different shapes.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:20 pm

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It is nice to know that you enjoyed in Atalanta. Fantastic also that you've found some figures even they're few. Thanks for presenting these salamanders with all that detailed information. The blue-spotted salamander is particularly beautiful! Very Happy We have a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on TAI but from 1993 instead. Very Happy

I was pretty happy to find the Blue-spotted. It doesn't look too off from the real thing!

But as usual, it's the same mold for each, even though they would really have very different shapes.

Laughing That was very common in these days and Wild Republic did it a lot as you know. It looks great, enough recognizable although it is easy to see that the mould is generic and not based in a blue-spotted salamander. I like it and it is just slightly larger than a real one! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:35 pm

Great salamanders, bonytails and pickerels. I hope you are able to find the pike minnow soon. It's really sad to hear that Replica Toy Fish is shutting down, especially since they had some really fantastic figures. I'm really glad to have picked some up when I had the chance and I highly recommend them.


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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:43 pm

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It is nice to know that you enjoyed in Atalanta. Fantastic also that you've found some figures even they're few. Thanks for presenting these salamanders with all that detailed information. The blue-spotted salamander is particularly beautiful! Very Happy We have a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on TAI but from 1993 instead. Very Happy

I was pretty happy to find the Blue-spotted. It doesn't look too off from the real thing!

But as usual, it's the same mold for each, even though they would really have very different shapes.

Laughing That was very common in these days and Wild Republic did it a lot as you know. It looks great, enough recognizable although it is easy to see that the mould is generic and not based in a blue-spotted salamander. I like it and it is just slightly larger than a real one! Very Happy
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I can certainly supply them. I have some, just not handy right now.

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Great salamanders, bonytails and pickerels. I hope you are able to find the pike minnow soon. It's really sad to hear that Replica Toy Fish is shutting down, especially since they had some really fantastic figures. I'm really glad to have picked some up when I had the chance and I highly recommend them.



Agreed, I really like the line. Hopefully his new line starts up soon. I just stocked up whatever I could for my store, we'll see how they go once they become more rare...premium pricing! Wink

I know that I can find the other Arizona fishes on Alibaba/TaoBao. But not the pikeminnow. Just not sure if I trust it or not. The TaoBao price is much better, but I can't seem to find the lot I want there.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:46 pm

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Agreed, I really like the line. Hopefully his new line starts up soon. I just stocked up whatever I could for my store, we'll see how they go once they become more rare...premium pricing!

Do you mind if I ask what will be in the new line? I hope it will be more fish species.

I don't know much about TaoBao but I have heard they have a lot of rare figures. I didn't know they had most of the Arizona fishes line as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:28 pm

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Agreed, I really like the line. Hopefully his new line starts up soon. I just stocked up whatever I could for my store, we'll see how they go once they become more rare...premium pricing!

Do you mind if I ask what will be in the new line?  I hope it will be more fish species.

I don't know much about TaoBao but I have heard they have a lot of rare figures.  I didn't know they had most of the Arizona fishes line as well.


Simeon asked not to say too much--it is indeed all fish, and primarily freshwater. But more worldwide.

They first sets for which I have seen packaging look pretty encouraging--some re-done old favorites (yes, gars...I don't think it's a surprise that he's doing those) and lots of new ones. Lots of inspiration from River Monsters/Monster Fish, lots of sport fish. I did throw in my suggestions, including trying to include some of the smaller non-game type animals like darters and sculpins. But we'll see on that.

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:01 pm

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Do you mind if I ask what will be in the new line?  I hope it will be more fish species.

I don't know much about TaoBao but I have heard they have a lot of rare figures.  I didn't know they had most of the Arizona fishes line as well.


Simeon asked not to say too much--it is indeed all fish, and primarily freshwater. But more worldwide.

They first sets for which I have seen packaging look pretty encouraging--some re-done old favorites (yes, gars...I don't think it's a surprise that he's doing those) and lots of new ones. Lots of inspiration from River Monsters/Monster Fish, lots of sport fish. I did throw in my suggestions, including trying to include some of the smaller non-game type animals like darters and sculpins. But we'll see on that.

Please let me know if you have more informations about the saltwater fishes :)

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:52 pm

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They first sets for which I have seen packaging look pretty encouraging--some re-done old favorites (yes, gars...I don't think it's a surprise that he's doing those) and lots of new ones. Lots of inspiration from River Monsters/Monster Fish, lots of sport fish. I did throw in my suggestions, including trying to include some of the smaller non-game type animals like darters and sculpins. But we'll see on that.

Very nice! I love River Monsters and gars, so this is indeed encouraging. Like you said though, it's great to have smaller species too.
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:50 pm

I've seen his list--there aren't many saltwater fish--a few marine sport fish (but I think they are part of the same set--the fish will be released in tackle box sets all of the same number). There will also be some fish that can be catadromous/anadromous, migratory or brackish (like, for example, alligator gars, which can enter saltwater).

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:48 am

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I've seen his list--there aren't many saltwater fish--a few marine sport fish (but I think they are part of the same set--the fish will be released in tackle box sets all of the same number). There will also be some fish that can be catadromous/anadromous, migratory or brackish (like, for example, alligator gars, which can enter saltwater).

Yes, all are interesting for me :)

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PostSubject: Fall 2017 update!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:06 am

I've been a little quiet, but I've been slowly building in the last few months...Here is the group photo!

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CollectA Basilosaurus, Excalibosaurus & Prehistoric Marine tube; Safari Marsh&Associates special release Razorback suckers (x2!) and Cave Dwellers toob Crayfish; Hikari Clown Loaches (x2); Phil Farrell Fire eel(!); K&M Red-Backed Salamander; Yowies Freshwater Catfish; PNSO Himalayasaurus; Capsule Aquarium Giant eel; Enoshima Aquarium Japanese soldierfish; DYDO Fangtooth (Ogrefish); Ichimon/NatureTechnicolor Frilled Shark & Indonesian Coelacanth.

And now I can say that I have the full set of Marsh&Associates Arizona fish!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:22 am

Wonderful lot!! Congratulations :)

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:37 am

Wonderful, YES cheers

And now you have all the Arizona fishes ...CONGRATULATIONS Applause Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:14 pm

Those are incredible! Shocked cheers I love them! Very nice finds, congratulations!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:25 am

Oh so many fantastic models! Congratulations!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:51 am

Maybe the highlight is that you completed the Safari Arizona fish series that you have found yourself that it existed. Laughing Phil Farrell figure is also very interesting from what I can see.
What about that K&M red-back salamander? I cannot find it on TAI. Could you please take an individual picture of it and point me to the right series it belongs, please? study

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PostSubject: Safari 2018! And a 5 year wait ends!   Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:51 pm

Well, it took almost 5 years, but Malcolm came through!

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Yes, it's 1/40, and as huge as you'd expect! Notice the little Lego Friend mini!

Also, Safari arrived for my store today...so great to see the first batch! Most of which I have added to my collection!

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Dinos on a dinosaur leg...and close up!
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:32 am

sean, what is that large fish?
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:43 am

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Apparently I forgot to say it's name! It's Leedsichthys!

I cross posted from the DTF, but I'm assuming most people there will know what it is!

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:54 am

Yes I found it there after the fact :). Nice one!
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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:14 am

What a incredible figurine :)

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:53 am

Wonderful fish ! Worth waiting for cheers

WOW, Safari has certainly gone prehistoric mammals this year affraid What a delightful photo cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Sbell's recent finds!   Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:59 pm

Congratulation Sean Very Happy

Malcolm's Leedsichthys is incredible, I missed this one and I really hope someone will make a hughe one at last, it is a so fantastic fish.

I'm very jealous about the K&M Red-Backed Salamander, if someday you heard about his twins tell me please.

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