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 Review: Crabs (Play Visions - Habitat Earth)

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PostSubject: Review: Crabs (Play Visions - Habitat Earth)   Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:34 pm

Review of the complete set of Crabs by Play Visions, Habitat Earth series (1996). Another in the taxonomically-diverse sets of animals released by Play Visions in the mid-late 1990s.

There are eight figures in the original Play Visions set, although knock-off sets often include a hermit crab that is not included here. At the time, most if not all of these were probably unique but several species have since been made (esp. by the Japanese gashapon-style manufacturers).

Each figure is a solid piece of PVC, approximately 25-30 mm across their greatest widths. They are marked with their common name, year (1996), and traditional PV logo.

On to the figures (in no particular order):

1. Spider Crab, Macrocheira kaempferi. Possibly the first figure of this species, it is well-represented now thanks mainly to the Japanese companies. I have figures by Epoch, Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales, Enoshima Aquarium, and Sendai Aquarium), Kitan Club (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), and Yujin. Plus, the Colorata Deep Sea Creatures figure is currently in the mail enroute to me.

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2. Striped Shore Crab Pachygrapsus crassipes. A unique figure, related to the Sally lightfoot crab which has been made a few times.

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3. Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus. Several portunid crabs related to this one have been made in figure form, but the only other one that I would comfortably assign to this species is the large figure by Safari LTD (Incredible Creatures).

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4. Helmet Crab Telmessus cheiragonus. This to my knowlwedge one of the unique figures.

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5. Purple Globe crab Randallia ornata. This is another unique one.

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6. king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus. This is another species that has been made several times by the Japanese manufactures. I have figures by Kaiyodo (Yasei Strap Figure Collection and Hokkaido Figure Winter Collection), Nihon Auto Toy, Epoch (Earth Life Journey), and Yujin.

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7. fiddler crab, Uca sp. There is not enough detail to assign this to a given species, but among other manufacturers, I have five other species of Uca so it is reasonable to assume this is probably one of those.

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8. 'pear crab'. This is the most baffling figure. Despite exhaustive internet searches I cannot find a match for this species. Many people in the online toy animal community have attributed this figure to various members of the Porcellanidae, and while I cannot argue with that, I have yet to find a species- or genus-level match. It is extremely well detailed so I am sure it was modeled after something legitimate but what? Who knows what book was referred to when someone said, 'hey make this one' :)

If ANYONE has a good idea, please share your thoughts here! Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Review: Crabs (Play Visions - Habitat Earth)   Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:40 am

A beautieful set. I found these crabs in 1998 of Gran Canaria. Any years i believed that are PV knock offs but now i believe that are Club Earth.

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PostSubject: Re: Review: Crabs (Play Visions - Habitat Earth)   Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:41 am

Blaine, as you haven't mentioned them, I assume you don't have the corresponding PEC versions, some can be seen [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] :)
PEC are clearly PV inspired and maybe among your knock-off figures, there are some marked PEC. I've tried to find the China hermit crab you mentioned in your Blaine's bug of the day thread but I couldn't find it. Do you have it to show to us?

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