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PostSubject: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:26 pm

I thought this upcoming Yowie series deserved its own topic! The series is called 'USA Series 4' on the Yowie World website, and they are a 'proud supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society'. You can find the series here. Besides six Yowie characters (Rumble, Crag, Boof, Ditty, Nap and Squish), these new animal figurines will be released:

Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii)

White-Lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari)

Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)

Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota)

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Kipunji Monkey (Rungwecebus kipunji)

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina)

Blue Shark (Prionace glauca)

Guanaco (Lama guanicoe)

Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus)

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)

Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

Siberian (Amur) Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Snow Leopard (Panthera unciaa)

Madagascar Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis)

Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis)

Sumatran Ground Cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis)

My oh my, a fossa drunken And lots and lots of other nice species! cheers I think Yowies did it again; enough news to collect for most collectors here on STS Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:24 pm

Thank you for the pics. I little toyish but some must haves too :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:25 pm

@widukind wrote:
Thank you for the pics. I little toyish but some must haves too :)

You're most welcome, Andreas! I do agree, but I think I rather have a toyish fossa as long as the major brands don't release one tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:29 pm

I agree with Andreas that they are a bit toyish. I think it is the eyes and the latge heads, - but, WOW ! There are some gorgeous , new species among them bounce cheers

Thankyou very much for sharing sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:36 pm


I would like have the silky sifaka and Cuckoo.

Thanks for the information. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:21 pm

@Tarunyada wrote:
@widukind wrote:
Thank you for the pics. I little toyish but some must haves too :)

You're most welcome, Andreas! I do agree, but I think I rather have a toyish fossa as long as the major brands don't release one tongue

Or the K&M Fossa :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:55 pm

You're welcome, Fernando! cheers

@widukind wrote:
@Tarunyada wrote:
@widukind wrote:
Thank you for the pics. I little toyish but some must haves too :)

You're most welcome, Andreas! I do agree, but I think I rather have a toyish fossa as long as the major brands don't release one tongue

Or the K&M Fossa :)

True! But I think the Yowie fossa will be easier to acquire than the K&M one What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:58 pm

@Tarunyada wrote:
You're welcome, Fernando! cheers

@widukind wrote:
@Tarunyada wrote:
@widukind wrote:
Thank you for the pics. I little toyish but some must haves too :)

You're most welcome, Andreas! I do agree, but I think I rather have a toyish fossa as long as the major brands don't release one tongue

Or the K&M Fossa :)

True! But I think the Yowie fossa will be easier to acquire than the K&M one What a Face

It could be :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:55 pm

Between these and the large-headed lion from the Rescue Series, Yowie does not seem to be very good at cats. Some of the others are very nice, though!
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:43 pm

Wow!! Thanks for posting this, Julie! I can't wait for these to hit stores.

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:47 pm

@Night Elf wrote:
Wow!! Thanks for posting this, Julie! I can't wait for these to hit stores.

You're welcome! Very Happy Make sure to let us know when they're available! And I'd love to see the pics of all the figurines you're getting out of the chocolate! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:36 pm

Wonderful that you bring this great news to us! flower
That's another series with a lot of interesting and unusual species. I am also very happy with the fossa and some other species. Some are new in toy shape, I am almost sure, I even didn't know a few of these species. I already listed them on TAI... so please let's start collecting them. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:42 am

So many lovely new rare species! Very exciting, I can't wait to see them in stores.

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:44 am

The quality of specific models is probably both related to the sculptor's talent level (just like in large brands) and also the fact that many of these are very small figures, some only the size of a coin. Eyes would be hard to paint on something that small in mass quantities.

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:55 pm

Of this selection, the only ones that I’m seriously interested in are the tortoise, toad and cuckoo. A nitpick to note about the cuckoo is that it looks more like a Bornean Ground Cuckoo than a Sumatran Ground Cuckoo (although this is easily ignored by thinking of it as the former). Apart from that. I have no issues with them (I’m not going to say that they are toyish because that’s a given with Yowie figures).
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:45 pm

Some lovely models!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:09 pm

What good news Very Happy I still haven´t some of the third series in my collection and now I need even more US Yowies. For me, the White-Lipped Peccary, Burmese Star Tortoise, Kipunji Monkey, Guanaco, Irrawaddy Dolphin, Kihansi Spray Toad and the Sumatran Ground Cuckoo are really must haves :)
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:18 pm

Fossa, snow leopard and most of all the Irrawaddy dolphin are must haves for me! Very Happy
Thank you for sharing Julie!

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:19 pm

Great geographic and taxonomic diversity, but still no arthropods/invertebrates. Interesting considering the Australian sets have on average 5 per set (of 50). I know these newer sets tend to focus on endangered species and very few inverts are protected so that could be why.
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:59 pm

I think I will need that fossa. No fish this time I see (I don't count the shark...)

I think they suffer a bit from the same 'endangered' thing, although there are several that are well known and notable, in Australia alone!

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:55 am

I saw that Fossa on eBay months ago from MonsterHouse. Finally confirmed that it is indeed a Yowie! I was curious about it for months.

Many thanks, Julie, for the complete list!

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:18 pm

Bravos very interesting species Very Happy Applause cheers
Thanks for the info and images bounce study Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:43 pm

Anyone find these in stores yet? I noticed Target is also now carrying series 3 in the US - I assume they'll have series 4 soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:41 am

I found some Yowies at Walgreens today. I ended up with three kipunji monkeys...


...and an IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:14 am

@PhocidPhreak wrote:
I found some Yowies at Walgreens today. I ended up with three kipunji monkeys...


...and an IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN!!!


If you will sale or trade one of the monkeys please let me know :)

I believe you are very lucky to find the most wanted of you :)

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:38 am

Yes, despite the triple monkey, I also think you were lucky getting the dolphin so early. Likely, forum members will start a trade thread about Yowies series 4 as it was done with previous series and maybe you can trade one of the monkeys for a humpback whale or any other of your interest. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:40 pm

Like PhocidPhreak, I'm getting very, very disappointing distribution with Series 4. I just opened two new boxes and here's what I got:

6 White-Lipped Peccary
3 Humpback Whale
3 Kipunji Monkey
3 Blue Shark
1 Guanaco
2 Fossa
3 Irrawaddy Dolphin
2 Andean Bear
1 Nap Yowie

Sure hope they haven't gone to some sort of varying scarcity scheme - if so that's the end of blind buying for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:07 pm

You know these blind bags are an excuse to make unfair commercial practices. Notice that in 24 eggs, you got 8 animals and a thing only. It is better to give some time or you'll get the same round. I hope you can give a good use of the trade topic on forum.

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:04 pm

@Blublub wrote:
Like PhocidPhreak, I'm getting very, very disappointing distribution with Series 4. I just opened two new boxes and here's what I got:

6 White-Lipped Peccary
3 Humpback Whale
3 Kipunji Monkey
3 Blue Shark
1 Guanaco
2 Fossa
3 Irrawaddy Dolphin
2 Andean Bear
1 Nap Yowie

Sure hope they haven't gone to some sort of varying scarcity scheme - if so that's the end of blind buying for me.

not to be cynical, but I'm pretty sure they have. This last series, #3 I bought something like 100+ yowies this year trying to fill out my own collection but also help other members here. and I have an army of lions and chimpanzees and Ithink I've only found some 5 hornbills. I feel its unfair since its a blind bag style purchase to begin with, so your chance of finding 1 out of some 24 models is rare enough to begin with. In my opinion, if you are only interested in a few models from the series I'd just wait until they start to pop up here or on ebay and buy the ones you want. It is very frustrating.

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:10 pm

The dolphin is a little disappointing for me. They are not solidly colored, they have faint shades of gray across their body, so it looks a little amorphous to me. The monkey looks better and the solid color works better since in real life they are just sort of sooty looking, but again a slight change in shade of gray for the face would've improved it for me.

Again, just me, but since these models have to sacrifice other detailing accuracy given that they are small capsule figures I just think that they could at least offer decent painting when possible. To me, the birds are the best group done by yowies, with the cats being possibly the least well made (proportions are usually the problem in all of these yowies).

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:22 am

@Saarlooswolfhound wrote:
@Blublub wrote:
Like PhocidPhreak, I'm getting very, very disappointing distribution with Series 4. I just opened two new boxes and here's what I got:

6 White-Lipped Peccary
3 Humpback Whale
3 Kipunji Monkey
3 Blue Shark
1 Guanaco
2 Fossa
3 Irrawaddy Dolphin
2 Andean Bear
1 Nap Yowie

Sure hope they haven't gone to some sort of varying scarcity scheme - if so that's the end of blind buying for me.

not to be cynical, but I'm pretty sure they have. This last series, #3 I bought something like 100+ yowies this year trying to fill out my own collection but also help other members here. and I have an army of lions and chimpanzees and Ithink I've only found some 5 hornbills. I feel its unfair since its a blind bag style purchase to begin with, so your chance of finding 1 out of some 24 models is rare enough to begin with. In my opinion, if you are only interested in a few models from the series I'd just wait until they start to pop up here or on ebay and buy the ones you want. It is very frustrating.

I ended up with at least 6 chimps last round and lots of other duplicates, although I was also buying for someone overseas. I think they do it on purpose, whether it is completely intentional or deliberate indifference. Rolling Eyes Razz Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:15 pm

I like Yowies, but blind bag figures are a scam. Do we know that the figures vary in rarity? Do the "diamond", "gold", or "sun" designations actually mean anything about rarity? I ask because even if they were all exactly the same rarity, it would take 100 tries to complete the set. This might sound surprising, but it's a well-known statistics problem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coupon_collector%27s_problem). For 26 figures, the mean number of tries to complete the set is

n*Σ(1 + 1/2 + 1/3....+1/n)

which, when n=26 is 100.2

Remember, that's just the average! Half the time it will take more than 100.2 tries. Moreover, that's only if they're all the same rarity! If some are really rarer than others (and it might seem so without being true, just due to chance), it's even harder. Much better to trade with each other if we can't abstain from collecting them in the first place (which, if we could, we wouldn't be here, would we?).
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:56 pm

Well, I was at a completely different store in a different part of town and couldn't resist picking some up at checkout. Unfortunately the distribution was just as wonky there - I bought six and got the following: 2 Irrawaddy Dolphins, 1 White-Lipped Peccary, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Kipunji Monkey and 1 Blue Shark. These are all animals I already had in multiples.

Granted six is an awfully small sample, but it reinforces my earlier experience and reports from others. I'd love to be proven otherwise, but it does seem like there's something weird going on that we didn't see in earlier series. I'd be very leery of bulk purchases until more reports come in.
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PostSubject: Re: Yowie USA Series 4   Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:44 pm

Its difficult to say really to because of distribution. If the manufacturer doesn't actually control how many of whatever species is placed in a single product box then the distribution isn't consistent even if all the models are produced in the same quantities. So if they are really manufactured in various quantities than its taking a system that's already unfair and making it even worse.


As far as the first two series go, I was able to complete 3-4+ entire series within just a few months of release. Now, I had members I was trying to help out who only wanted specific models or the whole series and I think I could only complete 2 series so far and haven't been able to get all the desired models for several people who only wanted a few. Hence why I have lots of leftovers of the models no one wants (lions etc. are common enough in toy form, and most people would rather have a nicer "normal" sized lion rather than a less detailed true miniature form).

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