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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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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   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptySat 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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Thanks

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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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Great again

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptySun 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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Looks so real

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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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cheers cheers

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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   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptySat 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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Absolutly amazing :)

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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.

On to the figures...

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   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptySun 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   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyMon Jan 07, 2019 10:14 am

cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyTue 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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cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyTue Jan 08, 2019 9:41 pm

The flying beetles are really impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyWed 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   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyWed Jan 09, 2019 10:12 am

Interesting crab

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyWed Jan 23, 2019 4:12 am

A new species for me, the Goliath beetle Goliathus cacicus (Olivier, 1789) by K&M International from their Animal Record Breakers Tube set. Wow, this figure has been a Holy Grail for a while for me now and I did not think I'd ever come across one. For those of you not familiar with it, the Animal Record Breakers Tube is one of the rarest and most sought-after tube sets by K&M International. What's funny is I bought this beetle in a lot of 10 other generic toy insects on eBay....for $6 USD!!!! This beetle alone could have gone for $20-50 USD possibly. My guess is a parent was consolidating he/her kid's toys and just batched a bunch of insects together without realizing what it was.

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There are 5, give or take, depending on what classification scheme you follow, valid species of Goliathus. Four have been made into toy/figure form:

Left to right, top to bottom:

G. orientalis by DeAgostini - World Insect Data Book'
G. cacicus by K&M International - Animal Record Breakers Tube
G. regius by Play Visions - Exotic Beetles
G. goliathus by Furuta - Choco Egg Funny Animal Series

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyWed Jan 23, 2019 5:27 am

Nice again, i see you have found the K&M goliath beetle :)

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Very, very beautyful bugs !!! cheers

Impressive and rare, too , I am sure Very Happy


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Another new species, the giant amoeba Chaos carolinense (Wilson, 1900) by WizKids, HorrorClix: The Lab! This was actually intended to be a monster for a pokemon-like card game, but once you remove the embedded person (mine popped right out, I didn't have to cut mine out) it makes a nice replica of this large protozoan. Got the idea from stemturtle on the ATF.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyThu Jan 24, 2019 8:22 am

Nice catch :)

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Congratulations.cheers cheers

The replicas of microscopic organisms should be explored by famous brands.

Thanks for sharing.

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Another new species for me, the 'Tully Monster', Tullymonstrum gregarium Richardson, 1966 by Paleo-Creatures. This enigmatic prehistoric invertebrate is known only from the Mason Creek formation in Illinois. Figures of this species have only been made by specialty companies and personal artists, but my guess is it will not be long before Safari or CollectA makes one :).

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Wow, I didn't knew this species! Looks like a cross between an Opabinia and a lamprey, haha

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Colorata: 14
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Mojo Fun: 7
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Kaiyodo: 3
CBIOV: 2
Nayab/Happy Kin: 2
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Wow, that giant amoeba cheers
And the way you discovered him Laughing

And then this incredible ( truely! ) Tully monster !!!
I never heard of it before, but found this nice, little [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] about it study

Thanks for sharing these amazing models cheers

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A species for me, the black hornet Vespula flaviceps (Smith, 1870). This was an 'accessory' figure (for lack of a better term) for the hornets collection by Break Co. LTD.

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Phantastic

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The red-banded snapping shrimp, Alpheus randalli Banner et Banner, 1980. Red-banded snapping shrimp have a symbiotic relationship with various gobies. The two species share a burrow together. The shrimp maintains the burrow and in turn gets to feed on food scraps from the fish. The shrimp is nearly blind and is very sensitive to movements of the fish, often keeping an antennae in constant contact with the fish. If the fish retreated into the burrow to avoid danger, this shrimp follows!

Left: with the orange-striped shrimp goby, Stogonobiops yasha Yoshino et Shimada, 2010, by For Corporation.
Right: with the yellownose prawn goby, Stonogobiops xanthorhinica Randall, 1982, by Colorata

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Thank you for the information. I have both too but only knows Colorata

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Revisiting the emperor scorpion, Pandinus imperator (Koch, 1842), with the 2019 model by Kaiyodo - Revogeo!

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I have many figures of this species (and several are packed away for the moment), but here it is with similarly-sized and familiar Safari LTD Smithsonian Insects figure:

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Revisiting the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi (P-Cambridge, 1897) by Mojo Fun, new for 2019.

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This also means five of the six major western (non-Japanese) manufacturers have made Brachypelma smithi. This species has been made by Safari LTD (at least 4 times), Bullyland (at least twice), CollectA, Schleich, and now Mojo Fun. A few examples, with at least one from each company:

1. Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects)
2. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
3. CollectA
4. Mojo Fun
5. Schleich
6. Bullyland

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what a fantastic arthropods collection you have ! it's amazing!.. I specialy love coleopters, they are so beautiful!.. cheers cheers Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyThu Apr 25, 2019 7:08 pm

Clearly having red knees makes you popular. I think it's interesting that so many companies have done this one species

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptyThu Apr 25, 2019 8:40 pm

It's the most popular species of tarantula in terrarium hobby, so it's logic that it also becomes the most popular one in toy form :)

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Clearly having red knees makes you popular.

If one reads this a certain way, this is really really funny in a naughty way ;-)
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;D

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What do you think which brand created the best Red-knee Tarantula?
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What do you think which brand created the best Red-knee Tarantula?

That is hard to say. For my Synoptic Display collection I am showing the Kaiyodo Capsule Q figure (but I have a bias towards Kaiyodo). Of the ones above, the Safari Smithsonian, Bullyland, or Mojo.
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Ok, thanks. Unfortunately, it is hard to find Kaiyodos in Germany. Otherwise, my collection would be much larger Very Happy
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Interesting spider

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I'm not an expert in Arthropods, but I think that the one from Schleich is also a good one.
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I'm not an expert in Arthropods, but I think that the one from Schleich is also a good one.

The form is good but the eye arrangement is not correct for a member of the family Theraphosidae.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Blaine's Bug of the Day - Page 16 EmptySat May 11, 2019 9:34 pm

A new species for me, the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi Clark, 1936, by Yowie USA, Wild Water Series, new for 2019!!! This is the first arthropod by Yowie USA. Not surprising, since they have focused on endangered species, and most arthropods do not get the IUCN treatment.

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The species marks the fifth species of crayfish (Decapoda: Astacidae, Parastacidae, Cambaridae) in toy figure form, at least that I am aware of (there is a potential sixth species, if you have decided to put a species name on the Safari LTD Cave Dwellers TOOB figure).

Representative crayfish figures:
1. red swamp crayfish, Procambrus clarkii (both red and green forms here by Yujin)*
2. Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (both brown and blue forms here by Kaiyodo)*
3. Mexican dwarf crayfish, Cambarellus patzcuarensis (Banjihan ACE)
4. yabby, Cherax destructor (Cadbury - Yowies)
5. Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi (Yowie USA)

*there are multiple color forms of these species by different companies.

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unbelieveble collection!! cheers cheers Applause
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