Review of the entire set of Backyard Creatures - Soil Organisms
by Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Museum, originally released in 2015. This is a small set of only five gashapon-sized figures, depicting soil-inhabiting invertebrates. And, as usual for Kaiyodo, they all occur in Japan/Asia.
At the time of its release, all five figures were unique at the species level
, and even among their general groups have very rarely been made. One species has since been made again, however.
Four of the figures are single piece; only the mole cricket comes in two pieces that easily snap together.
In the order they are marked on the paperwork:
1. mole cricket, Gryllotalpa orientalis
I have only two other mole crickets, and they are small, vintage (one rubbery), and not well detailed. This figure is a masterpiece, however![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
2. earwig, Anisolabis maritima
I have only three other earwigs; two are small, hard vintage figures (one with its wings expanded) and the other is a 'mini' vintage figure by Schleich![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
3. tardigrade, Echiniscus japonicus
I have four tardigrade figures, all of them representing different species. Interesting this group has not been made more (plush toys not withstanding).[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
4. earthworm, Pheretima communissima
I historically have not collected earthworms, and at the time of this writing this is my only one. AAA made one, and Safari LTD did a life cycle (both of which I think I will pursue!). I am sure there are several more out there, but still not really commonly made.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
5. common pillbug, Armadillidium vulgare
With the removal of the deep sea isopods (which have exploded in figure/toy form in the last few years), the terrestrial isopods are very rarely made. I have four, one of which is a stonecast figurine. Kaiyodo did make a second version of this species, a very large model, in their Sofubi Toy Box line earlier this year.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]