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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:52 pm

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

You should pursue the small Sega beetles; 100 figures representing 75 species and a good size for you!
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:03 pm

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

You should pursue the small Sega beetles; 100 figures representing 75 species and a good size for you!

Thank you, i prefer more mammals and birds :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:16 am

March of the elephant...beetles! Megasoma elephas (Fabricius, 1775). Probably the second most commonly-made American beetle species.

From left to right, top to bottom:
1. F-toys (Itakon- Itami City Museum of Insects)
2. 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
3. Wing Mau
4. Sega (Mushi King)
5. Kabaya (Insect Directory)
6. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
7. Sega [small series, standard]
8. Epoch (Beetle Battle 2)
9. Access Toys
10. Hayakwa Toys (Insect Collection - Special)
11. Maruka (The Strongest Beetle Legend)
12. Sega

[represented but not shown: DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:18 am

Great again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:50 pm

Gorgeous Goliathini and Gymnetini! These two tribes of scarabs are popular with collectors but still relatively uncommon among toy figures. They are mostly tropical in distribution and contain some of the heaviest and largest extant insect species! [for some reason I skipped over number 10 when labeling them...]

1. Goliathus orientalis Moser, 1909 - DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Mecynorrhina polyphemus (Fabricius, 1781) - DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
3. Goliathus regius Klug, 1835 - Play Visions (Exotic Beetles)
4. Goliathus goliatus (Drury, 1770) - unknown Japanese manufacturer
5. Mecynorhina oberthuri kirchneri (Drumont, 1998) - Shapeways (Eric's Studio)
6. G. goliatus - Furuta (Chocoegg Funny Animals Series 2)
7. Dicronorhina derbyana Westwood, 1843 - XX
8. Cotinis nitida (Linnaeus, 1758) - unknown manufacturer [this is a knock-off of the XX figure which I do not have]
9. Trigonophorus rothschildi varians Bourgoin,1914 - unknown manufactuer
11. Dicronorhina micans Drury, 1773 - 4D Master (Beetle Collection)
12. Jumnos ruckeri Saundera, 1839 - Play Visions (Exotic Beetles)
13. J. ruckeri - XX
14. Pseudotorynorrhina japonica (Hope, 1841) - Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer) [2 color variants]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:34 pm

Some looks like real, unbelievable :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:15 pm

Amazing. My wife would kill me, if I would start to collect them.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:06 pm

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Amazing. My wife would kill me, if I would start to collect them.

Laughing .. and some other wives would try to kill the figures instead. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:17 am

Applause Applause

beautiful photo and great information of these insects.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:45 pm

Yes, thank you for the information and the great pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:20 am

Getting new batches up figures allows me to update more species' treatments. Today, it's the Japanese spiny lobster, Panulirus japonicus (Von Siebold, 1824). This is one of six species in the genus to be made in figure form!

From left to right:
Epoch
Kaiyodo (Enoshima Aquarium Series 1)
Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 1)
Eikoh (Miniature Planet)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:14 pm

These spiny lobsters look amazing! I love the display as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:24 pm

Nice again :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:51 pm

Look at these big dorks! By which I mean, Dorcus titanus (Boisduval, 1835). This common southeast Asian stag beetle is not uncommonly made, and the Japanese companies have produce five different subspecies!!!

1. Dorcus titanus palawanicus (Lacloix, 1984).
Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles, 2016)
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Beetles, 2017)
3. Sega (DX, large)
4. Sega (standard series, large)
5. Access Toys
6. ShanTrip

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2. Dorcus titanus pilifer (Vollenhoven, 1861).
One figure, a small series figure by Sega.

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3. Dorcus titanus platymelus (Saunders, 1854).
Left to right:
1. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
2. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2011)

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4. Dorcus titanus sakishimanus (Nomura, 1964).
Left to right:
1. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2013)
2. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2018)

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5. Dorcus titanus titanus (Boisduval, 1835)
One figure of the type subspecies, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:13 am

Wow again :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:46 pm

Absolut super!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:57 pm

Great insects! I love the joke about their scientific name, but would be leery of calling them this. These are some pretty serious looking insects.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:07 am

haha right you are, baracudacat.

Next, Megasoma actaeon (Linnaeus, 1758).

Left to right, top to bottom:
4D Master (Beetle Collection)
Sega (DX, large)
Sega (standard, large)
F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle, 2018)
Sega
Sega (Fighting Beetles)
ShanTrip
Sega (small magnet)

In my collection but not shown: DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:29 am

Wonderful again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:54 pm

These beetles are amazing! It's great to see all the different scales they come in.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:18 pm

Next up, the giant Japanese mantid, Tenodera aridifolia (Stoll, 1813). This is the go-to species of mantid from Japanese manufacturers. Surprisingly, Kaiyodo has yet to make one!

1-3, 8. Break Co. LTD*
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects, 2015)
5. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)**
6. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
7. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects, 2016)
9. Bandai (Figure Pictorial Book of Gakken Insect)
10. Furuta (Insect Science)

* these four figures (1, 2, 3, 8 ) are color forms of the same sculpt
** this is a generic mantid, but being from a Japanese company it most-certainly represents T. aridifolia.

Darn after I took and edited the image, I realized I forgot to image the Rement figure. Oh well, next time :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:50 am

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:42 pm

I love mantises! I didn't know there were so many nice ones with such unique poses. These are definitely great additions.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:36 pm

The stag beetle, Prosopocoilus confucius (Hope, 1842).

From largest to smallest:
Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects)
F-toys (Insect Hunter, 2018)
Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
unknown manufacturer [from a bucket set called 'Jungle Bugs' sold at the Rainforest Cafe]

Note: The F-toys figure is the only one specifically marketed as this species. The Safari Figure is a best-fit and the two smaller figures were most-certainly influenced by the Safari figure.

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This is the last species to update with recent acquisitions. More later...



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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:25 am

Very Happy Applause cheers study Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:14 am

Beautieful again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:44 am

Update of the common tiger, also known as the striped tiger or Asian tiger, Danaus genutia (Cramer, 1779), the southeastern Asian cousin to the monarch.

Updating with a figure by Insect Lore as part of their Big Bunch-O Butterflies collection (which are essentially repaints of the K&M International Butterflies Nature Tube figures). Here it is alongside the other figure of this species, by Yujin (Insects of Japan). [the Insect Lore figure might be intended to be the more familiar monarch, but with only white markings in the upper corners of the forewings, D. genutia is a better option]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:45 am

Great additions :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:15 am

Having recently acquired the Club Earth figure, I thought it would be good to revisit the Genoveva azure, Ogyris genoveva (Hewitson, 1853). The Club Earth figure probably started the trend of this painting pattern for this species, since it really is not a great likeness of most morphotypes of the species.

From left to right:
Toy Major
unknown manufacturer [from a set clearly modeled after the CE figures]
K&M International (Butterfly Mini Polybag)
Club Earth (Butterflies to Go)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:22 am

Nice too :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:14 am

Another species for which I recently acquired the Club Earth version, Cramer's mesene, Mesene phareus (Cramer, 1777). This is one of a very few members of the family Riodinidae to be made in toy/figure form!

Left to right:
1. US Toy
2. Toy Major
3. Club Earth (Butterflies to Go)
4. unknown manufacturer [from a set clearly influenced by the Club Earth set]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:24 am

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:48 am

Glad you are enjoying them, Andreas :)

The last species for which I recently acquired the Club Earth figure is the monarch, Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus 1758). This is the first species I showcased on Bug of the Day, and I have gotten more figures since that original post. After all, it is the most commonly-made butterfly at the species level!

For starters, ceramic figurines. Figures from the Franklin Mint (Butterflies of the World) and Little Critterz (large adult from the Northern Rose line and a small adult and caterpillar from the standard line). Also a couple French feves and a small figurine that may had originally been doll house decor.

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These next figures are the larger, 'elevated' figures. The largest figure is by 4D Master, along with figures by Safari LTD (caterpillar from the Smithsonian Insects line and adult from the Hidden Kingdom line), CollectA, and K&M Internationals (Magnamorphs). The CollectA is probably the best of them all!

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Three more random large figures, one of unknown origin and one each from K&M International (Insects Polyvinyl bag) and Learning Resources (Jumbo Insects).

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Lastly the smaller plastic figures. From left to right, top to bottom:
1. life cycle by Safari LTD (Safariology)
2. K&M International (Butterflies Nature Tube)
3. US Toy
4. Club Earth (Butterflies to Go)
5. Yowies (Australian release)
6. Toy Major
7. unknown manufacturer
8. Safari LTD (Authentics Butterflies)
9. Yowies (UK release)

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...and still I just realized I forgot a couple! Oh well... :)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:17 am

Unbelievable :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:13 am

Hallucigenia sparsa Morris, 1977 by Trilobiti. It came from Italy and the figure broke in a couple places during transit. I put it back together ok but might need some touch-up painting. Note the base is not included with this figure; it was made for me as an apology for taking a while to process my order.

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Evolution of our understanding of H. sparsa. Left to right:
1. COG Ltd.
2. Kaiyodo (Dinotales)
3. Favorite Co. Ltd. (Cambrian Creatures Mini Model - Burgess Shale)
4. Trilobiti

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:38 pm

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:32 pm

That is a very beautiful piece and almost as old as I am. Is Trilobiti a maker of fossil replicas?
That may surely be a fragile piece and all care should be taken while sending it, although we know that the damage do not always result from the way it is pakcaged but the way post services handle them.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:33 pm

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That is a very beautiful piece and almost as old as I am. Is Trilobiti a maker of fossil replicas?
That may surely be a fragile piece and all care should be taken while sending it, although we know that the damage do not always result from the way it is pakcaged but the way post services handle them.

Roger, Trilobiti mainly sells real fossils, but they have a few models and replicas. They are museum-quality and can be quite expensive. But the quality is spectacular. Next I think I will get their Tully Monster!

And it was packaged well; the breakage was surely due to handling en route. Trilobiti was nice enough to discount my next shipment :)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:59 pm

Revisiting this figure, which is aquarium decor sold by Blue Ribbon Pet Products, and calling it Lissocarcinus orbicularis (Dana, 1852), the sea cucumber crab. For all intents and purposes, this is a generic crab, and a lot of artistic license went into making it (especially with the red tubercles all over the legs), but the carapace structure and color best fits L. orbicularis. I had initially suspected with is something in the genus Porcellana but it really has no features of a porcelain crab.

And, an added bonus for an arthropod specialist, it is sitting on a bunch of barnacles (which alone would make a nice figure)!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:36 pm

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Evolution of our understanding of H. sparsa. Left to right:
1. COG Ltd.
2. Kaiyodo (Dinotales)
3. Favorite Co. Ltd. (Cambrian Creatures Mini Model - Burgess Shale)
4. Trilobiti

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It is really a wonderful model and it is great you managed to save it!

It is a real temptation but I now my banker will help me to resist Wink

I like the evolution pic a lot, my only hope is that Kaiyodo will make a new and affordable one soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:50 pm

My favourite of h. sparsa is trilobiti.


It is a very detailed figure cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:05 pm

Thank you Christophe and Fernando for the continued support :)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:10 pm

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Revisiting this figure, which is aquarium decor sold by Blue Ribbon Pet Products, and calling it Lissocarcinus orbicularis (Dana, 1852), the sea cucumber crab. For all intents and purposes, this is a generic crab, and a lot of artistic license went into making it (especially with the red tubercles all over the legs), but the carapace structure and color best fits L. orbicularis. I had initially suspected with is something in the genus Porcellana but it really has no features of a porcelain crab.

And, an added bonus for an arthropod specialist, it is sitting on a bunch of barnacles (which alone would make a nice figure)!!!!!

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Very nice

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:07 pm

Thank you Andreas!
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:35 am

A new species for me, Odontolabis lacordairei (Vollenhoven, 1861). This figure, which to the best of my knowledge is unique, is by Epoch in their Beetle Battle Set 2 (2005).
This is my 13th species of Odontolabis, and my second acquired recently!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:45 am

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:56 am

Another new species for me this week, and another species of Odontolabis, Odontolabis alces (Fabricius, 1775). This is a small, standard figure by Sega.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:19 pm

Nice again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:54 am

While I am on a trend of new species, here is another this week, the firefly Pyrocoelia fumosa (Gorham, 1883). This figure is part of a set of five fireflies by a company called N. Ohba. Wow. The set came out in 2005 and I was unaware of it until recently. I was tempted to do a walkaround, but I'd rather try to get the complete set and do a review. There are 5 species in the set, all come on habitat-style bases. The beetles themselves are small; the base on this one is 6.5 cm (the beetle is about 2.0 cm, making it about 2:1).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:52 am


Small, but very detailed. Applause Applause

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