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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:13 am

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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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Great! I hopeyou will catch the complete set and make a review.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:46 am

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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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Very interesting catch. What is the material? And where you find so much unusual japanese brands?

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:07 pm

It's PVC, like all Japanese figures. Not too firm or brittle. I bought it from someone who got it in a large mixed lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:21 pm

Thanks

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:08 pm

With the addition of this porcelain Old World swallowtail Papilio machaon Linnaeus, 1758 by Enesco, I thought I would revisit this species on Bug of the Day!

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A large magnet figurine by Doug Walpus Art Studio, the Enesco figurine, an adult by Bullyland, and larvae by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Museum) and Shineg (Larvae Moei).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:45 pm

Great again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:07 pm

I recently acquired this large Sega figure of Hexarthrius mandbularis (Mizunuma, 1994):

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So it allows me to revisit this species. Here are the specimens of H. mandibularis in my collection (represented but now shown again here is the boxed figure by DeAgostini). From left to right, top to bottom:

1. Sega, large standard figure
2. F-toys (World Insect Encyclopedia, Vol. 5)
3. Sega (magnet)
4. Sega
5. Sega (fighting beetles)
6. Sega, small standard
7. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
8. ShanTrip

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:48 pm

Looks so real

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:57 pm

The giant purple barnacle, Megabalanus tintinnabulum (Linnaeus, 1758) (tentative identification is mine) by Ocean Aquaria, a company that makes artificial corals for aquariums (they also have sponges, barnacles, pencil urchins, sea stars, and tunicates).
My first barnacle figures not part of the original Kitan Club set.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:06 pm

cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:36 pm

Despite the arthropod thing, it seems your collection has the widest range of kinds of replicas. You do a really great research and your collection keeps increasing quickly.
I like particularly the firefly and I have to agree with Fernando, it is nicely detailed and we could never guess its small size. I am also curious to see the set as soon as you get it. It is not common to see firefly dedicated sets. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:15 pm

Thank you Andreas and Roger.

Today we are revisiting the Miyama stag beetle, Lucanus maculifemoratus Motschulsky, 1861. It looks like since I last updated Bug of the Day with this species, I have acquired five more figures! This is the most-commonly made species in the genus, due to its popularity in Japanese culture.

First, the boxed figures. Left to right, top to bottom:
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Beetles of the World)
3. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Beetles of the World) - female
4. Bandai (Bugs Museum)

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Next, the elevated and dynamic figures. Left to right, back to front:
1. Epoch (Flying Beetles)
2. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
3. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Stag Beetles)
4. Epoch (Beetle Battle 1)
5. Yujin (Insects of Japan)

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Next a large wind-up toy (something that I normally don't collect) by AMAI (World of Insects Collection):

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Next, large figures by T-TARTS and Sabarudo. Left to right, top to bottom:
1. T-TARTS (B.I.G. Insects 2015)
2. Sabarudo
3. T-TARTS (B.I.G. Beetles 2017)
4. T-TARTS (B.I.G. Insects 2016)
5. T-TARTS (B.I.G. Insects 2016)
6. T-TARTS (B.I.G. Insects 2017)

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Lastly, random smaller figures. Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Sega (Mushi King)
2. F-Toys (Insect Hunter 2011)
3. unknown manufacturer (Coca Cola premium)
4. Sega
5. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
6. Kabaya (World Insects - Series 1)
7. Sega
8. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
9. Sega

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:26 pm

Absolutly amazing :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:56 pm

I am coming up on one year since I started this thread, and why not celebrate with the first species to reach FIFTY figures! That of course would be the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, Allomyrina dichotoma (Linnaeus, 1771). This species is so prolific in toy form, that I have stopped collecting the annual releases by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. and F-toys that are rehashes of the same sculpts and have not pursued Sega figures that are too alike ones I already have! It's nearly impossible to have a set or series of Japanese animals/insects and not have this species represented. It's quite popular in Japanese culture, where it goes by the name kabutomushi. My current 51 figures are represented by 20 known manufacturers and a few unknowns.

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First up, the boxed figures. Left to right, top to bottom:
1. DeAgostini (World Insects Data Book)
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Beetles of the World) - male
3. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Beetles of the World) - female
4. Bandai (Bugs Museum)
5. unknown Japanese manufacturer

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Next are a couple larger plastic models. On the left is by an unknown manufacturer that shows up in blister packs with other vintage insect figures; on the right is by K&M International for their Insects Polybag collection.

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Next are the large Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. and Sabarudo figures, as they tend to use the same sculpts. Clockwise from top left:
1. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (2005)
2. Sabarudo (2006)
3. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (2015)
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (2017)

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These are the more dynamic and flying figures. Left to right, front to back:
1. Sega (Flying Beetles)
2. Epoch (Flying Beetles)
3. Bandai (Figure Pictorial Book of Gakken Insect)
4. Epoch (Beetle Battle 1)

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Sega figures. All these figures in this next image are various incarnations by Sega, the most prolific company when it comes to making scarabaeoid beetles! There is another Sega figure in the following image I forgot to include here.

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Other Japanese manufacturers. This is a collection of random figures from Japanese companies exclusive of Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., Sabarudo, and most Sega. From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
2. Rement
3. Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer)
4. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales Series 10)
5. Yujin (Insects of Japan Series 1)
6. Access Toys (Rhinoceros Beetles)
7. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014)
8. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2014)
9. F-toys (Insect Hunter Beetle and Stag Beetle - 2011)
10. F-toys (Encyclopedia of Insects Vol. 1 - 2007) - female
11. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 2)
12. Maruka (Strongest Beetle Legend)
13. Sega (Mushi King)
14. Kabaya (Insect Directory)
15. unknown manufacturer [Coca Cola premium]
16. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
17. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
18. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
19. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special) - female

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Miscellaneous. These are random figures, many from unknown makers. Left to right, top to bottom:
1. CollectA
2. unknown manufacturer [from a dollar store blister pack]
3. MTC Trading Company (Creature Collection)
4. unknown manufacturer [rubberyfigure from a toy store in the Czech Republic] -my FIRST insect figure that started this hobby!
5. Club Earth (Backyard Bugs)
6. unknown [dollhouse decor]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:07 pm


In the last two photos, I want to highlight:

The Colorata (Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles) and theunknown manufacturer [from a dollar

store blister pack].

Thanks for sharing. Applause


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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:14 am

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:39 am

Revisiting the Indian oakleaf butterfly, Kallima inachus (Doyere, 1840). The figure on the left is by Safari LTD (Wild Wraps); the one on the right is by Kabaya (Insect Directory). For the longest time I considered the Kabaya figure 'unique' until I recently stumbled upon the Safari figure (which came out in 1997!) on eBay!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:02 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:41 pm

The flying beetles are really impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:21 am

Thanks Kiki!

Today I show a recent new species for me, the purple shore crab, Hemigrapsus nudus (Dana, 1851). This figure is by Safari LTD as part of their Wild Wraps collection (1997). The front legs (pincers) are longer than what you'd find in nature, but the exaggeration was required to make the figure bendable and fulfill the 'wrap' part of this particular line. As far as I know, this figure, which came out in 1997, remains a unique species.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:12 am

Interesting crab

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