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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:05 pm

I could not photograph them standing because the living room window was creating too much light behind them. Yet, I forgot to change the angle when I put them in Photobucket... As for the years of production, the goat says 1986. Unfortunately, the marks on the tiger are so blurry I cannot know the year for sure. Only that it is by Imperial and made in China.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:23 pm

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I could not photograph them standing because the living room window was creating too much light behind them. Yet, I forgot to change the angle when I put them in Photobucket... As for the years of production, the goat says 1986. Unfortunately, the marks on the tiger are so blurry I cannot know the year for sure. Only that it is by Imperial and made in China.

No problem, I could easily rotate these pictures but I decided to let them as they are.
Thanks for goat year, all information is useful once it help us sorting better these collections when lists of figures start getting long.
Could you please check the last starfish in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]? It is marked BCLA 1997, when I search for B.C.L.A, I often get results about Imperial dinos. Do you know any link between BCLA and Imperial? Like a Star @ heaven

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:44 pm

B.C.L.A. is a corporation that "parents" british manufacturers. Maybe Imperial is part of this corporation, despite the fact the founder was from Central Europe (by the way, if you look to sea star topic again, you will see that I found out the AAA Sea Star is NOT a Common Sea Star, but an Ochre Sea Star, explaining the difference between them).
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:50 pm

HEY! Where is the Imperial Frilled lizard? You forgot to put it on TAI... at least, it is not among its toy frilled lizards friends... Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:36 pm

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HEY! Where is the Imperial Frilled lizard? You forgot to put it on TAI... at least, it is not among its toy frilled lizards friends... Shocked

My lack of concentration, it is fixed now! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:56 pm

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HEY! Where is the Imperial Frilled lizard? You forgot to put it on TAI... at least, it is not among its toy frilled lizards friends... Shocked

My lack of concentration, it is fixed now! Very Happy

Thanks! It would be good if I could find more animals by Imperial in the flea market. I know they made dinosaurs, for example.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:30 am

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B.C.L.A. is a corporation that "parents" british manufacturers. Maybe Imperial is part of this corporation, despite the fact the founder was from Central Europe (by the way, if you look to sea star topic again, you will see that I found out the AAA Sea Star is NOT a Common Sea Star, but an Ochre Sea Star, explaining the difference between them).

I almost missed this comment, thanks again Valerie! I agree also about the sea star. I spend so many time editing and on forum that I don't research the correct species as deep as I wished. So, it is fantastic to have your help. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:40 am

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B.C.L.A. is a corporation that "parents" british manufacturers. Maybe Imperial is part of this corporation, despite the fact the founder was from Central Europe (by the way, if you look to sea star topic again, you will see that I found out the AAA Sea Star is NOT a Common Sea Star, but an Ochre Sea Star, explaining the difference between them).

I almost missed this comment, thanks again Valerie! I agree also about the sea star. I spend so many time editing and on forum that I don't research the correct species as deep as I wished. So, it is fantastic to have your help. Very Happy

Thank you once again. Just one catch, though: Valerie Lahaie takes an E in Lahaie. Why? Because, in english, a "haie" is actually a "hedge". So, my name litterally means Valerie "Thehedge".I saw that below many Imperial animals, you forgot the final E...
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:10 am

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B.C.L.A. is a corporation that "parents" british manufacturers. Maybe Imperial is part of this corporation, despite the fact the founder was from Central Europe (by the way, if you look to sea star topic again, you will see that I found out the AAA Sea Star is NOT a Common Sea Star, but an Ochre Sea Star, explaining the difference between them).

I almost missed this comment, thanks again Valerie! I agree also about the sea star. I spend so many time editing and on forum that I don't research the correct species as deep as I wished. So, it is fantastic to have your help. Very Happy

Thank you once again. Just one catch, though: Valerie Lahaie takes an E in Lahaie. Why? Because, in english, a "haie" is actually a "hedge". So, my name litterally means Valerie "Thehedge".I saw that below many Imperial animals, you forgot the final E...

I am sorry, it is fixed now. Interesting the haie detail, the only person I did know with hedges in her name is the actress Carré Otis. Wink Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:50 pm

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That's OK. Anyway, here is my Imperial Brachiosaurus.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:40 pm

39th brachiosaurus on TAi, thanks for sharing! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:22 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:24 pm

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39th brachiosaurus on TAi, thanks for sharing! Very Happy

Personnally, I find it sad to see that there are animals that are barely represented as toys (or not represented at all), while others have been represented several and several times. I find it rather unfair, actually...
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:47 am

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39th brachiosaurus on TAi, thanks for sharing! Very Happy

Personnally, I find it sad to see that there are animals that are barely represented as toys (or not represented at all), while others have been represented several and several times. I find it rather unfair, actually...

Things are much better now, we are, since some years ago, presented with lots of different species from Japanese and major companies. There was also a good periode during the last years of previous century, especially with North American brands and before it... Starlux! cheers Nevertheless, top sellers won't stop being massively released, despite the diversied CollectA dinos range, they make lots of T-rex figures. A good selling figure allows the release of less commercial figures. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:06 pm

Anyway, here is my Imperial Manta Ray. This one is unique, since it has been released in the 2000's.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:39 am

That's my new sport, to count figures. Laughing 16th manta ray at the Wiki. Unusual color indeed. Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:21 am

Interesting manta

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:53 pm

The Ray Manta, like 2000's other Imperial toys, actually is a rubber bean bag; Imperial toys produced in the 1980's were made of more rigid latex, even sometimes hard plastic.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:40 pm

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And here is an Imperial Dog.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:05 pm

Thanks Valerie, dog is on TAi now. If you know year please let me know. I also need help with breed, so, if someone knkows... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:33 am

Nice dog

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:11 pm

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Thanks Valerie, dog is on TAi now. If you know year please let me know. I also need help with breed, so, if someone knkows... Very Happy

It seems to be a St-Bernard. I made a little research a few minutes ago and I found out it is from a line called "Dog Show", released in 1974. That line also included a Boxer, a German Shepherd and a Collie. I don't know if it included more breeds, though.


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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:17 pm

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Anyway, here is my Imperial Sea Turtle. I believe it represents a Caretta caretta.

I also took profit of the occasion to photograph Imperial logos, old one (Fred Kurt's living era) and new one (since Kurt's death, in 2003). The old one, on green, was photographed on the turtle's belly, while the new one, on blue, was photographed from my Mata Ray's bottom. See the difference in the crowns and the letters?
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 03, 2016 8:46 pm

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Here is my newest Imperial find: IMPERIAL 1977 ANKYLOSAURUS. Doesn't it look funny? This is a perfect example of the evolution of dinosaur toy manufacturing, the oldest ones representing them simply as "scary lizards", becoming closer and closer to reality with the epoch of manufacturing. 1985 Imperial dinosaurs were a lot more realistic than the ones made in 1977, 1978 and 1979, and the ones made in 1989 are even better done than the ones released in 1985.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 03, 2016 10:28 pm

Yes, that's a quite unusual looking ankylosaurus, I think one of the big interests of the dino collecting hobby is to see how representations of prehistoric animals change during the years, for manufacutring design and also for popular and scientific perception of these creatures. Congratulations for your new find. I added it to TAi, 27th ankylosaurus. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 03, 2016 10:39 pm

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Yes, that's a quite unusual looking ankylosaurus, I think one of the big interests of the dino collecting hobby is to see how representations of prehistoric animals change during the years, for manufacutring design and also for popular and scientific perception of these creatures. Congratulations for your new find. I added it to TAi, 27th ankylosaurus. Very Happy

Did you write the year 1977? The year is very important, because Imperial released quite a few lines of dinosaurs, recognizable by the year. Surprised
By the way, I also have a few surprises for you in AAA!
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 03, 2016 10:46 pm

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Yes, that's a quite unusual looking ankylosaurus, I think one of the big interests of the dino collecting hobby is to see how representations of prehistoric animals change during the years, for manufacutring design and also for popular and scientific perception of these creatures. Congratulations for your new find. I added it to TAi, 27th ankylosaurus. Very Happy

Did you write the year 1977? The year is very important, because Imperial released quite a few lines of dinosaurs, recognizable by the year. Surprised
By the way, I also have a few surprises for you in AAA!

Yes, it was listed as 1979 and I changed it to 1977. I'll check your new AAA! bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 03, 2016 10:52 pm

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Yes, that's a quite unusual looking ankylosaurus, I think one of the big interests of the dino collecting hobby is to see how representations of prehistoric animals change during the years, for manufacutring design and also for popular and scientific perception of these creatures. Congratulations for your new find. I added it to TAi, 27th ankylosaurus. Very Happy

Did you write the year 1977? The year is very important, because Imperial released quite a few lines of dinosaurs, recognizable by the year.  Surprised
By the way, I also have a few surprises for you in AAA!

Yes, it was listed as 1979 and I changed it to 1977. I'll check your new AAA! bounce bounce

Imperial released a line of dinosaurs (including a Dimetrodon) in 1977. In 1978, the manufacturer released a new line of dinos, and a third one in 1979. A fourth line, more realistic than the others, was released in 1985. Another one, including a Smilodon and an American Mastodon (the one I provided you with) was released in 1989. In the 2000's, an original line of dinosaurs was released by Imperial; this one was a line of skelettons with a soft rubber skin we could put on (to see the animal alive) or take off (to see the skeletton).
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 04, 2016 12:52 am

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Yes, that's a quite unusual looking ankylosaurus, I think one of the big interests of the dino collecting hobby is to see how representations of prehistoric animals change during the years, for manufacutring design and also for popular and scientific perception of these creatures. Congratulations for your new find. I added it to TAi, 27th ankylosaurus. Very Happy

Did you write the year 1977? The year is very important, because Imperial released quite a few lines of dinosaurs, recognizable by the year.  Surprised
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Yes, it was listed as 1979 and I changed it to 1977. I'll check your new AAA! bounce bounce

Imperial released a line of dinosaurs (including a Dimetrodon) in 1977. In 1978, the manufacturer released a new line of dinos, and a third one in 1979. A fourth line, more realistic than the others, was released in 1985. Another one, including a Smilodon and an American Mastodon (the one I provided you with) was released in 1989. In the 2000's, an original line of dinosaurs was released by Imperial; this one was a line of skelettons with a soft rubber skin we could put on (to see the animal alive) or take off (to see the skeletton).

Oh, almost every year a new collection, that's not a range of toys, that's an Empire! Shocked king
I'll take this information in consideration while building the Imperial page. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 04, 2016 8:57 pm

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Meanwhile, here is my 1989 Imperial Anatosaurus. I received it this morning.

The reason why I didn't tell you which species exactly belongs in which line (1977, 1978, 1979 and so) simply is because I never saw any complete line together yet. All I know is that a few species were represented in almost every Imperial dino line, like Stégosaurus which appears in two or three lines of this manufacturer.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 04, 2016 9:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 04, 2016 11:34 pm

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Meanwhile, here is my 1989 Imperial Anatosaurus. I received it this morning.

The reason why I didn't tell you which species exactly belongs in which line (1977, 1978, 1979 and so) simply is because I never saw any complete line together yet. All I know is that a few species were represented in almost every Imperial dino line, like Stégosaurus which appears in two or three lines of this manufacturer.

You're already contributing a lot to enrich our knowledge about Imperial company. As we did with other brands, we will reorganize everything as long as more information is known. So, adding all these figures, we will certainly achieve a point where it starts getting more comprehensive.
Congratulations for your new Anatosaurus, I added it as the 17th edmontosaurus on TAi. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu May 05, 2016 10:15 pm

The line of dinosaurs released in 2009 was called "Remove the Skeletton". They were made of soft rubber, but inside was a hard plastic skeletton. An opening on the belly provided the collector with the possibility to remove the skeletton from the figure to play "paleonthologist". We could remove the skin or re-put it in place at will. The dinosaurs available in that series were:
- Spinosaurus
- Styracosaurus
- Parasaurolophus
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
- Rebbachisaurus.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri May 06, 2016 1:33 am

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The line of dinosaurs released in 2009 was called "Remove the Skeletton". They were made of soft rubber, but inside was a hard plastic skeletton. An opening on the belly provided the collector with the possibility to remove the skeletton from the figure to play "paleonthologist". We could remove the skin or re-put it in place at will. The dinosaurs available in that series were:
- Spinosaurus
- Styracosaurus
- Parasaurolophus
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
- Rebbachisaurus.

I added the list of these to TAi. Soon Imperial page will need are more complex layout. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri May 06, 2016 3:31 am

Perfect! It's a shame, though, that I don't own any piece of this set...
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 24, 2016 10:35 pm

I just found today another animal Imperial produced: a PANDA BEAR released in 1987, the same year as the Arctic Wolf. I just saw the figurine on EBay. It's cute, represented standing on its rear feet.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 25, 2016 9:05 am

Pics please :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 25, 2016 9:45 pm

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I don't have it. I just said I found an Imperial Panda Bear on auction on Ebay right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed May 25, 2016 10:33 pm

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I just found today another animal Imperial produced: a PANDA BEAR released in 1987, the same year as the Arctic Wolf. I just saw the figurine on EBay. It's cute, represented standing on its rear feet.

I added a link on Imperial page. I hope you get it and take a pic to TAI. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sat May 28, 2016 9:15 pm

Soon, you will get new pics for TAI: yesterday, I received a new vintage Imperial animal (marked 1985) and I'm expecting three more via mail (marked 1977 and 1989). I'm not telling what they are yet, I want them to be a surprise for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Sun May 29, 2016 1:07 am

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Soon, you will get new pics for TAI: yesterday, I received a new vintage Imperial animal (marked 1985) and I'm expecting three more via mail (marked 1977 and 1989). I'm not telling what they are yet, I want them to be a surprise for you.

I am happy for you! ... and curious to see what they are. bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Tue May 31, 2016 9:00 pm

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Here they are:
- 1985 Imperial Styracosaurus
- 1977 Imperial Dimetrodon
- 1977 Imperial Megalosaurus
- 1989 Imperial Smilodon
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:06 am

40th Dimetrodon, 5th Megalosaurus, 28th Smilodon and 17th Styracosaurus all added on TAI.
How could I ever think that dimetrodons were more common in toy shape than smilodons? scratch
Congratulations for acquiring these, I like a lot that dimetrodon and smilodon is also a very great looking one.
Thanks also for sharing with us.

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:39 pm

Some imperial animals in my collection:

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:43 pm

GOOD! Love that 1985 Triceratops. And the 1985 Brachiosaurus looks good too, having one myself (but in another color scheme). I assume the tiger and other animals are from another line than my Imperial tiger and wolf, yours looking to be smaller, right? By curiosity, in what year were those wild animals produced?
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:28 am

Congratulations Fernando, i especially like the gazelle :)

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:24 pm

oh, is that a gerenuk? Congrats all around.

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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:45 pm

By curiosity, how many are we on this forum to own Imperial pièces?
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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:52 am

What a great contribution from Fernando, I'll need your expertized help to sort them on Imperial page on TAI! bounce Very Happy


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By curiosity, how many are we on this forum to own Imperial pièces?

I believe not many people owns Imperial figures, though, I can give you some links:
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- Sean and his [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

- Sumo with her [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

- Simone with her [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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PostSubject: Re: Imperial creatures   Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:53 pm


OK Roger,
I have too, lion, elephant,zebra, giraffe.

I will search tomorrow, I'll take some pictures.
I'll look at the year of manufacture.

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