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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:53 pm

Very nice

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:54 pm

Very good collection. I love it:)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:00 pm

Revisiting the Neotropical rhinoceros beetle, Golofa claviger (Linnaeus, 1771). This species is native to Peru and Ecuador. Here we see two major males about to engage in a territorial dispute! The upper brown figure is by Kabaya (World Insect Science 1) and the lower more yellow figure is by Sega (small series, standard).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:03 pm

You have the same kind of collecting like me, but only by insects :)

I like that :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:58 am

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You have the same kind of collecting like me, but only by insects :)

I like that :)

yes I agree with have similar collecting habits ;-)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:58 am

Today we visit the Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (De Haan, 1841). This species is endemic to Japan where it is considered vulnerable. This species is rather popular among Japanese manufacturers, and is often made in both brown and blue color variants:

above water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan)
4. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside) [blue variant]

below water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku) [blue variant]
2. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan) [blue variant - Special Release]
3. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:13 am

Very nice!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:37 am

Beautiful diorama Applause and lovely crayfish! The blue variant looks almost magical, it must be amazing to see them in real. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:59 pm

Today we visit the mud crab (also known as a mangrove crab or black crab), Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1775). This is an economically-important 'food' crab native to mangroves and estuaries in the Indo-Pacific [my mini diorama here might not be the best for this species, but it's currently the only marine one I have]. The figure on the right is a 'small' one by AAA (they also made a much larger model); the one on the left is by Kaiyodo (Aquatales Polyresin Series).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:24 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:55 am

You're also revisiting the way you present your figures and it looks really great! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:57 pm

Nature Techni Colour's collection of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms makes an excellent background for the pleasing fungus beetle, Micrencaustus lunulata (MacLeay, 1825) (Play Visions: Exotic Beetles), a species of Erotylidae from southeast Asia.

The fungi, clockwise from top-right [including the mushroom the beetle is sitting on]: Omphalotus japonicus, Mycena lux-coeli, Mycea sp. 1, Mycena sp. 2, Pleurotus eugrammus.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:35 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun May 13, 2018 9:29 pm

With my cool, new acquisition it is time to revisit the cecropia moth, Hylaphora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758). Interestingly, only one of these is a plastic/PVC toy figure! We have a magnet figurine by Doug Walpus Art Studio and a handmade model by Jetoar (Paleo-Creatures). Then there is the recent figurine of unknown origin on the flower! The very small figure is a porcelain French feve. The only figure from the familiar toy manufacturers in the large caterpillar by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun May 13, 2018 10:09 pm

Beautiful drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon May 14, 2018 8:12 am

Very colorful :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 3:38 am

Descending Dynastes! This is a size comparison of 27 figures of Dynastes hercules (Linnaeus 1758). This does not include winged/flying figures, boxed figures, figures on large bases, etc (as such it is not ALL of the figures in my collection; there are about 8-10 not shown here]). They are descending from biggest to smallest! I did this a few years ago when I had fewer members of this species.

1. Subarudo
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2017)
3. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2017 - melanic)
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2016)
5. Sega (DX)
6. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles 2003)
7. Tedco Toys [adult from life cycle set]
8. unknown [dollar store figure]
8. 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
10. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
11. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects 2017)
12. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Biology of the Amazon)
13. unknown [dollar store figure]
14. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2017)
15. Maruka (The Strongest Beetle Legend)
16. Sega [blue variant]
17. Sega
18. Sega (Mushi King)
19. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) [large]
20. ShanTrip
21. Kaiyodo (Wonder Figure Collection)
22. Furuta (Chocoegg Funny Animals Series 1)
23. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) [small]
24. Sega [magnet]
25. Sega [magnet - blue variant]
26. Sega
27. Sega

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 7:31 am

What is the size of the Subarudo please?

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 8:27 am

Unbelievable!!! Thats my taste :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 2:47 pm

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What is the size of the Subarudo please?

Kiki, it is 17.5 cm including the horns and 19.0 cm including the hind legs and horns.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 8:58 pm

Ascending Allomyrina! The Descending Dynastes was so much fun now let us go in the opposite direction with another species, Allomyrina dichotoma (Linnaeus, 1771). There are 10 figures not shown here, those are boxed figures, flying figures, and a couple female specimens.

1. unknown [possible dollhouse decor]
2. Club Earth (Backyard Bugs)
3. Sega
4. Sega
5. Sega [magnet figure]
6. Sega
7. Sega
8. Sega
9. Hawakya Toys (Insects Collection - Special) -small
10. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
11. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales Series 10)
12. Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer)
13. Maruka (The Strongest Beetle Legend)
14. Kabaya (Insect Directory)
15. Kayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) - large
16. Sega (Mushi King)
17. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
18. Sega (fighting beetles - black)
19. Sega (fightint beetles - brown)
20. unknown
21. Sega
22. Rement
23. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 2)
24. CollectA
25. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
26. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2011)
27. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014) - black
28. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014) - brown
29. MTC Trading Company (Creature Collection)
30. Sega (DX)
31. Subarudo
32. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.
33. unknown
34. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles - 2017)
35. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects - 2015)
36. K&M International (Wild Republic Insects Polybag)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat May 19, 2018 8:58 pm

Also very nice :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun May 20, 2018 2:32 am


Many hours of study have you in this world of insects. study study study

Big congrats. marvellous photos. Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun May 20, 2018 8:37 am

Very Happy Applause cheers sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:47 am

I love these descending comparison pictures. They're really helpful and in a single picture you give us a good idea of the comparative size of similarly themed figures. The fact that you list them is quite important or we would take years to identify them if we could ever do it. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:16 am

OK, I am either feeling creative or crazy, but here I am presenting the March of the Ants. These are my non-winged/non-flying adult ants (although it looks like I may have missed one or two...).

Clockwise, from largest to smallest; they are listed by the manufacturer and the scientific name, if known, is in brackets:

Heller [Formica rufa]
Becker & Meyer - Amazing Ant
K&M International - Insects Polybag [Camponotus species]
Safari LTD - Kidden Kingdom Insects [Solenopsis invicta]
unknown manufacturer
4D Master [Myrmecia species]
4D Master
Rubie's Costume Company - Night Creatures: Giant Insects
Learning Resources - Jumbo Insects
unknown manufacturer
K&M International - Insect Bucket [large]
Toy Major
unknown manufacturer
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. [Camponotus japonicus]
Safari LTD - life cycle
unknown manufacturer
Insect Lore - life cycle
Club Earth [Caponotus texanus]
Club Earth [Acromyrmex species]
Club Earth [Crematogaster lineolata]
Club Earth [Pheidole megacephala]
unknown manufacturer
unknown manufacturer
unknown manufacturer
Epoch [Camponotus japonicus - queen]
Safari LTD - Insects TOOB
Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Animatales - Foreign Organisms & New Friends [Linepithema humile]
unknown manufacturer
unknown manufacturer
unknown manufacturer
K&M International - Insects Nature Tube
Battat Terra - Insect World
unknown manufacturer
unknown manufacturer
Epoch [Camponotus japonicus - worker 1]
Epoch [Camponotus japonicus - worker 2]
Epoch [Camponotus japonicus - worker 3]
K&M International - Insect Bucket [small]
Groovy Tube Books - Bug Blast
unknown manufacturer
Toy Major
Funrise Toys - World of Nature Insect Collection [Pheidole megacephala]
Toy Major - Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects
K&M International - Itsy Bitsies
unknown manufacturer
Funrise Toys - World of Nature Insect Collection [Dinoponera species]
unknown manufacturer [Dinoponera species]
DVS
Bullyland [mini]
Safari LTD - Good Luck Minis

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:22 am

So many ants :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:33 pm

Time to revisit the western Hercules beetle, Dynastes granti Horn, 1870. This beetle is special to me as I would collect it in my home state of Arizona! They were common about this time of the year too!

1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Access Toys
3. 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
4. Sega (Mushi King)
5. Sega
6. Sega
7. F-toys (Insect Hunter)
8. Epoch (Flying Beetles)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:34 pm

Getting more figures of species already in my museum allows me to revisit more taxa. Today, it's the box crab Calappa lophos (Herbst, 1782). When Kaiyodo first released this species I thought it was a brilliant choice. Now they have three and they are all based on the same design. It is my understanding that Ikimon Nature Techni Colour will be releasing one later this year or next as well.

From left to right, all by Kaiyodo:
-Aquatales 2018
-Capsule Q Japanese Crabs Collection
-Aquatales (Kurioso Komekko Series 2)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:19 pm

Phantastic, from which serie is the left one?

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:03 pm

Very impressive new pictures! The Hercules beetles look so realistic.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:06 pm

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Phantastic, from which serie is the left one?

The crabs? That is the 2018 Aquatales series. I think they were expo figures for an aquarium in Japan. Contact Brett if you want one, he helped secure it for me. But until they start showing up on eBay, individuals might be hard to come by.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:07 pm

Since I first treated the genus Vespa on BOTD I have acquired a few more figures (and species). Today we revisit the commonly-made giant Asian hornet, Vespa mandarinia Smith, 1852 (and with the species epithet spelled right this time!). This species is no stranger to the Japanese companies, and at the time of this writing I have 9 figures, 8 adults and one larva:

Clockwise, from top left:
1. Mushibuchi
2. Subarudo [this is the same sculpt in the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. series]
3. Kaiyodo (Sanitary Insect Pest Exhibition)
4. BREAK Co., LTD (Super Realistic Hornet Strap)
5. Aico (Insect Set to the Party Box)
6. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
7. Shineg (Larvae Moei) [the only known hornet larva figure I am aware of!]
8. Yujin (Insects of Japan Series 1)
9. Rement

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:42 pm

Never have seen only one before :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm

Since I just did a walk-around of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria (Linnaeus, 1758), time to revisit this figure on BOTD! Interestingly most figures of this species depict the stationary phase (notable exception, number 6 below).

Clockwise from top:
1. 4D Master (Insect Collection)
2. Furuta (Insect Science)
3. Rement
4. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)*
5. Funrise Toys (World of Nature Insect Collection)*
6. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments)
7. Yujin (Insects of Japan Series 2)
8. Takara TOMY A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects - 2018)
9. Furuta (10 Year Anniversary Collection) [this was a re-release of the original Kaiyodo Choco Q Animales figure]

*these two figures are essentially generic green grasshoppers, but they were specifically marketed as L. migratoria.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:32 pm

WOW, unbelievable :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:04 pm

Wonderful Asian hornets and migratory locusts! The variety is absolutely amazing.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:30 am

I have 67 species of Lucanidae (stag beetles) in my collection, but today I review one of the most interesting, Homoderus mellyi Parry, 1862, as I just added my fourth specimen of this species to my collection.

Clockwise from top left:
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Wing Mau
3. Sega
4. Access Toys

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:18 am

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I have 67 species of Lucanidae (stag beetles) in my collection, but today I review one of the most interesting, Homoderus mellyi Parry, 1862, as I just added my fourth specimen of this species to my collection.

Clockwise from top left:
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Wing Mau
3. Sega
4. Access Toys

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It is interesting how many speciey as figures exists.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:47 am

Golly ! I somehow have missed this topic for a while Sleep Embarassed

It is simply incredible all the bugs you have, and how well they are identified Very Happy

Thankyou very much for this beautyful and interesting topic cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:03 pm

You often own more than twice of what we have displayed on TAI. I like particularly these migratory locusts, the Yujin piece looks very beautiful to me. I wished you had posted individual pictures of your Funrise insects once most are still missing on TAI. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:34 am

Thanks Susanne, Roger, and Andreas,

Been busy tonight with my real entomology work, so had to do a quick-and-dirty update for BOTD. Here, another lucanid beetle that I recently acquired additional figures of, Cyclommatus elaphus Gestro, 1881. Cyclommatus species are not commonly made; I have five species in the genus but no more than one to a few of each.

Left to right, top to bottom:
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book) [sorry for the glare on the box]
2. Access Toys
3. Kabaya (Insect Directory)
4. Sega

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:09 am

Great again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:30 pm

A double dose today, to make up for not having an update yesterday. Continuing with lucanids I have added more specimens of to my collection.

First up, Lucanus gamunus Sawada & Watanabe, 1960. When most people think of Lucanus, they think of L. elaphus in the U.S. or L. cervus in Europe. Among figures, the dominant choice is the Asian L. maculifemoratus. But here we get the less-familiar L. gamunus.

Left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
2. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales Be-Pal Special Edition)
3. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales Be-Pal Special Edition)
4. Sega

[figures 1-3 are the same sculpt]

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Next the rainbow stag beetle, Phalacrognathus muelleri (MacLeay, 1885). This figure has received a little more attention, and from more manufacturers:

Left to right, top to bottom:
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book) [this is the female which was a 'secret' figure]
2. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
3. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Stag Beetles)
4. Cadbury (Yowies Series 3)
5. XX
6. Access Toys
7. F-toys (Encyclopedia of Insects Vol. 3)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:58 pm

Each time a highlight

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:40 am

Thanks, Andreas,

Tonight another lucanid I have added to in the last year (as you can probably tell I am using the recent Access Toys sets to review several species...), Allotopus rosenbergi (Snellen von Vollenhoven et Parry, 1872). While this species is commonly made, there is a second species in the genus which is much less-commonly made in toy/figure form.

Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Sega [large series, standard]
2. F-toys (Encyclopedia of Insects Vol. 3]
3. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Stag Beetles)
4. unknown (Japanese/Asian) manufacturer
5. Sega (Mushi King)
6. Sega [DX, small]
7. Epoch (Beetle Battle 2)
8. Access Toys
9. Sega
10. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
11. Sega [standard series, small]
12. Sega [magnet set]
13. Sega

[note: not shown here is the boxed DeAgostini figure, which I do possess]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:08 am

Nice again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:40 pm

Has anyone suggested yet that, with your inordinate fondness for beetles, you must be the creator?
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:20 am

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Has anyone suggested yet that, with your inordinate fondness for beetles, you must be the creator?

I have a fondness for arthropods; I thank the Japanese manufacturers for their fondness in beetles :-)

And now, the graceful, Eupatorus gracilicornis Arrow, 1908. A regular, albeit not common-made, figure! These figures all seem to represent the nominate subspecies (see the third image for another).

From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.
2. 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
3. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
4. Access Toys
5. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
6. Sega (Mushi King, fighting beetles)
7. Sega (small series, standard)
8. Sega (mini)
9. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special).

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And a couple interesting presentations, a boxed figure by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book) and Epoch (Flying Beetles):

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Lastly, three other members of the genus, all by Sega in their small standard series. From left to right:

1. Eupatorus hardwickei (Hope, 1831)
2. Eupatorus gracilicornis edai Hirasawa, 1991
3. Eupatorus siamensis (Laporte de Castelnau, 1867)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:20 am

Lots of brands and figures that i never have seen before :)

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