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 Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr

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PostSubject: Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr   Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:01 am

Spiders Comparison

Ever get small, yet relatively realistic, spiders in lots or bin sets? Ever wonder what the species is or who makes them? Me too! I am creating this comparative thread to show the figures that were released in four spider-centric sets in the mid-late 1990s, and beyond. Three sets are by major brands: Play Visions, Club Earth, and K&M International. The fourth set is by a currently unknown manufacturer that essentially copied the Club Earth set.

Below are the sets, their release year (when known), and species composition. I am lucky to have every figure except one (does anyone have an extra Club Earth black widow?).

I. Play Visions – Habitat Earth: Tarantulas and Spiders
Release Year: 1995
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Figures, left to right, top to bottom:

1. Indian ornamental tarantula, Poecilotheria regalis
2. Costa Rican zebra tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni
3. Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi
4. black widow, Latrodectus mactans
5. green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans
6. black-and-yellow argiope, Argiope aurantia

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II. Club Earth – Spiders to Go
Release Year: unknown
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Figures, left to right, top to bottom:

1.black-and-yellow argiope, Argiope aurantia
2. black widow, Latrodectus mactans [image courtesy of froggie – this is the one figure in all four sets I am still missing…]
3. wolf spider, gen sp. (possibly Lycosa tarantula)
4. red widow, Latrodectus bishopi
5. funnel-web spider, Megahexura fulva [note, at the time of this writing, this species is misidentified on TAI as Atrax robustus]
6. crab spider, Thomisus onustus
7. crab spider, Misumena vatia
8. purseweb spider, Sphodros rufipes [note, at the time of this writing this species is misidentified on TAI as Atypus sp.]
9. spitting spider, Scytodes thoracica
10. raft spider, Dolomedes plantarius
11. cobalt blue tarantula, Haplopelma lividum
12. tarantula, gen. sp. [I have tentatively identified this as an immature greenbottle blue tarantula, Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens]

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III. K&M International – Spiders Bulk
Release Year: 1997
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Figures, left to right, top to bottom:

1. desert tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
2. black widow, Latrodectus mactans
3. African baboon spider, Pelinobius muticus
4. spiny orb-weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis
5. Mabel orchard spider, Leucauge venusta
6. St. Andrew's cross spider, Argiope keyserlingi

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IV. unknown manufacturer; a set of predominately Club Earth knock-offs
Release Year: unknown
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Figures, left to right, top to bottom:

A. black widow, Lactrodectes mactans [labeled ‘red widow’ on the underside; same sculpt as H (below)]
B. crab spider, gen. sp.
C. purseweb spider, Sphodros rufipes
D. raft spider, Dolomedes plantarius
E. green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans
F. spitting spider, Scytodes thoracica
G. Costa Rican zebra tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni
H. red widow, Latrodectus bishop
I. tarantula, gen. sp. [this might represent the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi]
J. crab spider, Thomisus onustus (blue morph)
K. tarantula, gen. sp. [I am thinking this might be an immature greenbottle blue tarantula, Chromopelma cyaneopubescens]
L. tarantula, gen. sp. [this is labeled 'tarantula' but is modeled after the CE 'wolf spider'; perhaps it is Lycosa tarantula?]

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PostSubject: Re: Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr   Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:13 am

Very interesting

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PostSubject: Re: Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr   Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:11 am

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Very interesting

Yes, indeed Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr   Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:39 am

The same concept, no doubts. It is also evident that all of them are based in real animals even if some keep somewhat generic or hard to identify. It is intriguing to see them compared like that. As you know, we call them using the brand names they were sold but we never know who really originated these moulds. Knockoffs or unbranded may be more common than we expect. Luckily we have these marked with anything else and they could be grouped in order to know what really exists. I hope you can find the missing black widdow. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Comparison of Small Spiders: PV, CE, K&M, and an unknown mfr   Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:15 pm

Thanks to WhiteLightningWolf, I now have the CE black widow [will leave images as-is, though]
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