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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:28 pm

Interesting :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:42 pm

I hope Roger will put that card on TAI someday. This card is intresting, because it shows all the figures that belongs within that particular set.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:25 pm

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I hope Roger will put that card on TAI someday. This card is intresting, because it shows all the figures that belongs within that particular set.

Valérie, I uploaded the pictures of the blister on ray page. Do you know which exact animals are illustrated on it? I find it interesting that the Portuguese language was included in that card but I can't find the animal names.

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:25 pm

The name of the other animals are not mentioned on the card I have, but I do clearly remember the shark being the TIGER SHARK (I had taken the time to look at other blister cards in the store with my friend, back in 2010 when I bought mine) and the crocodile being the SALTWATER CROCODILE. As for the cobra, I'm not sure to remember well and I remember the frog not being in the store at all (maybe it was already sold when I bought my manta ray). And the spider? I remember the species photographed on the corner (little information card) was in more brownish colors than the toy. If I remember well, it was some sort of tarentula, because the spider on the picture clearly was a big one, considering the thickness of the legs. But I'm not 100% sure...
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:34 pm

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Here is my newest find: the Imperial 1977 Diplocaulus!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:29 am

Congrats :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:51 pm

I am happy I found this, because there are not so many companies who made a Diplocaulus model. On TAI, it is the fifth or the sixth.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:49 pm

Congratulations Valérie! By far the most interesting Imperial figures you've presented until now. cheers Diplocaulus is such a bizarre creature and as you mentioned, not very common in toy hsape. Each rendition is an interesting collectible. Apparently, only Starlux made it before Imperial. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:53 pm

The only thing is, Imperial represented Diplocaulus as a reptile: they gave it pointy teeth and a snake tongue. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:58 am

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The only thing is, Imperial represented Diplocaulus as a reptile: they gave it pointy teeth and a snake tongue. Laughing

I find these mistakes very interesting when it refers to prehistoric animals. I could read a little before posting my ignorance but was it already known it was wrong when it was released? scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:51 pm

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The only thing is, Imperial represented Diplocaulus as a reptile: they gave it pointy teeth and a snake tongue. Laughing

I find these mistakes very interesting when it refers to prehistoric animals. I could read a little before posting my ignorance but was it already known it was wrong when it was released? scratch

Not by the Imperial people! Laughing Actually, 1970's Imperial dinosaurs looked pretty much like modern Chinasaurs and the Diplocaulus was part of a Lizards line. Imperial represented their prehistoric animals only from very basic knowledge, which is the reason why all their dinosaurs looked like "scary carnivorous lizards" around fourty years ago. In the 1980's, things changed a little bit, and their dinosaurs were closer to accuracy than the decade before: their legs were at a right angle with their bodies and they knew the difference between the herbivores and the carnivores. study
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:30 pm

My imperials:

The 'Bugs n' Jug' set (review available):

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The large lady beetle on the left (only):

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large walking stick (walkaround available):

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:36 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:03 am

Wonderful! Could you take individual pictures of those figures, please? They need to be added to TAI! And we will put the group picture of your Bug in Jug set on the page as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:36 pm

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Here is my latest Imperial find: the "Remove the Skeleton" AMARGASAURUS! I found it on EBay, in its original blister card (which has a corner cut off, unfortunately). The skeletton is Inside the figure. The skin, in soft rubber, is hihly stretchable and the skeleton can be removed through a gate on the belly, and put back again in. There is also an information card included, which you can see on TAI. Yes, this figure is already on TAI!
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:45 pm

Although I have seen it already, I want to congratulate you for finding such a rare figure and concept of toy. Thanks also for sharing and cards are always very useful, even if a corner is missing. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:38 pm

So, last night running errand, I stopped by a dollar store, since historically they are a great place to find toy animals and often insects. In a bin of assorted animals (sea life, dinosaurs, reptiles), I found the following spider. I went ahead and got it, but it wasn't until later I realized it was by Imperial Toys, and marked 2016! I didn't realize Imperial was still making animal figures.

The spider isn't realistic or modeled after a given species, but it is stamped with the Imperial logo. I wonder if the other animals in the bin were also Imperial?

If you look on the bottom, you will see there is also a large blank square area; this is probably for redistribution by another company (for example, a novelty company that wants to sell this spider at Halloween time - I have noticed Halloween decor usually has these kinds of barn-door stamps).

Anyway, happy to get a new Imperial figure, and for $1 USD LOL

EDIT: You know after thinking about it, this might be modeled after a member of the genus Argiope, and actually not a bad likeness, now that I am studying it better!

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:40 pm

From 2016? Is interesting

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:12 pm

Notice that the Imperial logo seen on the belly of this spider is the logo the manufacturer is using since 2004. The founder of the company, Fred Kurt, died in 2003. The logo changed right afterwards.
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