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PostSubject: Scarlet Macaw (NECA - Ace Ventura)   Scarlet Macaw (NECA - Ace Ventura) EmptySun Mar 17, 2019 1:45 pm

Walkaround of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao (Linnaeus, 1758) by National Collectibles Entertainment Association (NECA) - Ace Ventura 8" Pet Detective, released this year in 2019. The figure was sold as accessory to an Ace Ventura action figure based on the movie of the same name.

First a little discussion on the identity of this species. Before I researched it, I assumed this was a scarlet macaw because the cheeks are solid white (no red lines under the eyes) and the covets are predominately yellow, with some green highlights (the green highlights are not as pronounced on my figure as they are promotional pics of the toy). However the bird used in the actual movie for which this figure was based on was a green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus). I did some more snooping around and apparently most companies confuse the identity of these species. The Safari LTD green-winged macaw has the correct color of the covet, but the face lacks the red lines. Mojo Fun released a scarlet macaw but has the red lines under the eyes?!? In 2015, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. released a macaw for their Biology of the Amazon set; I am not sure which species it is, but the face looks like a scarlet macaw and the covets look like a green-winged macaw. For MY personal synoptic collection, I will use this Ace Ventura figure for the scarlet macaw and probably the Mojo Fun figure for the green-winged macaw. If any of you collect any of these, you can follow the morphology or manufacturers names. I'll stick with morphology.

Back to the figure. It is really well-detailed! The figure is 8.5 cm tall, making it approximately in the 1:10 scale range (average length of actual animal, 81 cm). The detail on the face and feathers is very well-done. The figure is designed to attach to the Ace Ventura figure's wrist, as such it can create some challenges for display. I made a branch out of Super Sculpey clay and painted it with acrylic paints before sealing it with satin varnish (see last four images).

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I have been randomly picking up bird figures and haven't specialized on any groups yet, so I don't have many macaws for comparison. I do have the Kaiyodo Wild Rush hyacinth macaw however for comparative purposes:

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A really beautieful macaw figur.

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Beautyful and interesting bird !

And thankyou for telling about these birds, - for the first time now I know the difference between the gree-wined and he scarlet macaws...at least for as long as I remember Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Scarlet Macaw (NECA - Ace Ventura)   Scarlet Macaw (NECA - Ace Ventura) EmptySun Mar 17, 2019 10:34 pm

There is a common sense among companies that there are blue macaws, red macaws and things easily named like that. So, red macaws include the scarlet and the green-winged. Schleich, Papo, Mojö Fun and several other brands, just call them macaw, red parrot or something similar.
The confusion is big and often beaks and claws or even tails are wrongly colored, not only the wing feathers of facial mask. Finding the right place to them on Toy Animal Wiki is not easy, we can find ambiguous figures everywhere. I favour often the presence of yellow or not in their wings, it is not enough but it is just to keep some coerence. If it has no yellow, it is a green-winged.
This particular one is a scarlet and I find your identification correct even if it is originally based in a green-winged. I think Mojö never identifyied its figure and in my opinion Mojö's is a green-winged even if it is not exactly the nicest figure of the company.
I find the sculpt of this figure very nice and you've found a very nice way to display it.

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There is a common sense among companies that there are blue macaws, red macaws and things easily named like that. So, red macaws include the scarlet and the green-winged. Schleich, Papo, Mojö Fun and several other brands, just call them macaw, red parrot or something similar.
The confusion is big and often beaks and claws or even tails are wrongly colored, not only the wing feathers of facial mask. Finding the right place to them on Toy Animal Wiki is not easy, we can find ambiguous figures everywhere. I favour often the presence of yellow or not in their wings, it is not enough but it is just to keep some coerence. If it has no yellow, it is a green-winged.
This particular one is a scarlet and I find your identification correct even if it is originally based in a green-winged. I think Mojö never identifyied its figure and in my opinion Mojö's is a green-winged even if it is not exactly the nicest figure of the company.
I find the sculpt of this figure very nice and you've found a very nice way to display it.

My interpretation on what companies sell their figures as is based on what online dealers (Happy Hen Toys, Minizoo) sell them as. The whole point of that paragraph is that these companies don't pay such close attention, as your analysis confirmed!

Wing (=covet) color is helpful, but I think the red lines under the eyes is a more definitive feature to use for separating the two red macaws.
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