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bmathison1972

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PostSubject: Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland)   Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland) EmptySun Aug 20, 2017 8:30 pm

Review of the complete set Butterflies on Strings (provisional name) by Bullyland. Release date unknown, but probably in the 1990s.

This set consists of eight figures. They are comparable in size with Safari LTD and K&M tube-style figures and are made with a thicker, heavier PVC. The figures were originally sold suspended on strings (as if to be displayed hanging), with the strings attached to the upper thorax by means of a small screw. I have removed the screw and strings, but it leaves a rather obvious hole in the top of the thorax. The figures do not have extended legs, but they are sculpted as ridges on the underside of the body.

Being traditional Bullyland, a German company, all the figures (except one) represent species native to Europe, a refreshing change! It is fun sometimes when sets are geographically specialized.

On to the figures, in no particular order:

1. Old World swallowtail, Papilio machaon.
This species is not commonly made, and outside of a couple feves or refrigerator magnets, the only other figures I am aware of are larvae by Kaiyodo and Shineg.

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2. the red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.
Made a few times previously, most-notably by Skillcraft and Toy Major.

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3. the common morpho, Morpho peleides.
This is the only non-European/Holarctic species in the set. It has been previously made by Furuta and four times by Safari LTD.

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4. the common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni.
While probably unique as a toy figure, I do have one as a French feve.

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5. the Eros blue, Polyommatus eros.
This one is a unique figure, although two other members of the genus have been made.

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6. the painted lady, Vanessa cardui.
Insect Lore did a nice life cycle of this species as well. The paint job could be better on this one.

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7. small tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae.
CollectA did a nice adult of this species, and Beam made a larva [tentative ID by me].

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8. the European peacock, Aglais io.
Made twice by K&M International (Butterflies Mini Polybag and Butterflies Nature Tube); I also have this species as three different French feves.

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland)   Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland) EmptySat Aug 26, 2017 8:26 am

There was butterflies too? I only know the hummingbirds in this style and they are in any colour variations

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland)   Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland) EmptyMon Aug 28, 2017 11:24 pm

Interesting that they repeated Aglais and Vanessa genera. Particularly curious the coexistence of a painted lady with a red admiral. Very Happy
According to Susanne, very well documented about Bullyland, these figures are from 1998. Info obtained from a dealers catalogue. On swingers versions could be seen [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , all from Beatrice's collection. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland)   Butterflies on Strings (Bullyland) EmptyTue Aug 29, 2017 11:50 am

Ohh, I love these models cheers

As Roger writes, they are marked as "NEW" in the 1998-dealer's catalogue, and in the pictures some of them are more nicely painted Wink

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