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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:23 am

I don't really collect sea animals but I really like this Orca. I think I may need to add one to my collection to keep my little AAA Orca company.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:27 pm

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It looks very good, Schleich's orcas are terrible, completely wrong. Papo's one is ok, however it's missing the saddle, the blowhole is just a hole, no shape, the head is too small, the mouth and head should be bigger. The tail is a little large, but in general it's good!

You're right though i think that Papo made an orca in a pose that's usually seen when captive male orcas come out of the water to be presented on platforms. At least with flapped dorsal fin,....Also the papo models shows that the lower jaw was added to the corpus,....plus the missing saddle.
I think this one's the best orca with closed mouth to date, still hot is safari ltd monterey bay female,....
the rest is rubbish.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:19 am

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Andy DC wrote:
It looks very good, Schleich's orcas are terrible, completely wrong. Papo's one is ok, however it's missing the saddle, the blowhole is just a hole, no shape, the head is too small, the mouth and head should be bigger. The tail is a little large, but in general it's good!

You're right though i think that Papo made an orca in a pose that's usually seen when captive male orcas come out of the water to be presented on platforms. At least with flapped dorsal fin,....Also the papo models shows that the lower jaw was added to the corpus,....plus the missing saddle.
I think this one's the best orca with closed mouth to date, still hot is safari ltd monterey bay female,....
the rest is rubbish.

That's the first I'd really thought about the pose of the Papo. I always just assumed it's pose was representing it just below the surface before breathing (rather exaggerated, though). My Papo Orca doesn't have a flopped dorsal fin, though. It is a great companion overall to the Safari Monterey Bay female. Interestingly, I have a Monterey Bay Orca from their very first run - way back in 1991/92. Her paint job is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! But she doesn't have the dorsal saddle. It's totally forgiveable considering the rest of the paint job. Then I got a second one sometime around 1999/2000. She is actually smaller than my original by about 1/4 inch - enough to be noticeable - and also more slender. Her paint job is respectable, but nowhere near as realistic as the original. However, she has the dorsal saddle (too dark, though). I think that Safari's most recent Wild Safari one would look absolutely stunning with smaller, darker eyes and better shaping to the white eye patches. I don't remember if it has a saddle or not, but I'm assuming it does. If not, they should add that. I totally agree about the Schliech Orcas. I remember when they introduced their more recent Orca (the non- 1:32 one), and the way it was pictured in the promo materials made it look outstanding. I ordered one immediately. I was so disappointed when I got it. How stupid looking. Colorata has two really great Orcas, and Kaiyodo's are to die for. The Collecta, interestingly, wasn't the worst I'd seen (way better than Schleich's I think). Even the Favorite Collection Soft Model Orca is a sad piece of vinyl. I wish Safari would do another Monterey Bay one to compliment the one they have now, but alas, I doubt that will ever happen. I'm most likely gonna buy this Mojo one, just to add to my collection, but I do wish they'd move the eye patches so that they protrude slightly over the eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:09 am

Thanks for the comments guys, and naming an orca after me Christoph! Very Happy
I was there before the orca was there(or known), so i must think that your orca is named after me, haha. Wink
That the second one will be named Baco(Bacardi Cola) is obvious then in combination with the first one...) Laughing

Thanks for your great comments Sphyrna, learned something again.
I suspected already that the adults have to leave their family to mate, otherwise inbreeding was very obvious of course.
I guess a pod counts several hundreds of orca's, but even then the change of interbreeding is quit high, but maybe some outsiders come into the pods from other pods near them or so, that seems to be the most logical to me.
I knew about the family structures of orca families, it is very often showed in documentaries on tv, and i am always specially interested in those which show about the delphin family, or whales in general.
But i guess, it is a matter of time, that the different sub-species will not mate with eachother again at all, or even will not be able to produce fertile offspring(the fact that they don't do right now anymore showes that, evolution on its way already).
The typical way of evolution to split and make new species after some time.
It is depending on the enviroment and natural circumstances how fast these things go... Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:37 am

Aaaah, Sphyrna, it sounds like you have a great collection of orcas Shocked
Please, please, do you have time to show us pictures ? bounce bounce Very Happy

I agree with Willy about learning new things here study
This has turned into a very interesting subject about orcas, both real ones and models cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:42 am

Finally Mojo has released a whale! Very Happy Its a nice figure, going to get this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:56 pm

Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:24 pm

WOW !!!! cheers cheers bounce cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:52 pm

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WOW !!!! cheers cheers bounce cheers

cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:39 pm

That's GREAT news! Thank you, Mojo. Consider yourself on my Pre-order" list!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:16 pm

And that my friends is why Mojo is better than Schleich!
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:31 pm

Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

What a Face What a Face What a Face hurray for Mojo cheers cheers cheers
that brand really listen to collectors!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:56 pm

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Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

What a Face What a Face What a Face hurray for Mojo cheers cheers cheers
that brand really listen to collectors!!!!

Yes, I appreciate it a lot! It´s nice to know Mojo is working for collectors and not only for children ^^ Hooray! I really hope Mojo will be sold in Spain!

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:00 pm

You are right! For Mojo we ar more than numbers! :)
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:27 pm

Abu Rai wrote:
Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

What a Face What a Face What a Face hurray for Mojo cheers cheers cheers
that brand really listen to collectors!!!!
Hurray cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:29 pm

And that's what I like in this brand the best! It's always nice when a company tries to keep in touch with its customers. Safari and Collecta also take some of their customers' suggestions into consideration. But Mojo is still ahead of them in this matter Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:17 pm

Another Mojo winner cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:11 pm

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PeGe wrote:
Andy DC wrote:
It looks very good, Schleich's orcas are terrible, completely wrong. Papo's one is ok, however it's missing the saddle, the blowhole is just a hole, no shape, the head is too small, the mouth and head should be bigger. The tail is a little large, but in general it's good!

You're right though i think that Papo made an orca in a pose that's usually seen when captive male orcas come out of the water to be presented on platforms. At least with flapped dorsal fin,....Also the papo models shows that the lower jaw was added to the corpus,....plus the missing saddle.
I think this one's the best orca with closed mouth to date, still hot is safari ltd monterey bay female,....
the rest is rubbish.

That's the first I'd really thought about the pose of the Papo. I always just assumed it's pose was representing it just below the surface before breathing (rather exaggerated, though). My Papo Orca doesn't have a flopped dorsal fin, though. It is a great companion overall to the Safari Monterey Bay female. Interestingly, I have a Monterey Bay Orca from their very first run - way back in 1991/92. Her paint job is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! But she doesn't have the dorsal saddle. It's totally forgiveable considering the rest of the paint job. Then I got a second one sometime around 1999/2000. She is actually smaller than my original by about 1/4 inch - enough to be noticeable - and also more slender. Her paint job is respectable, but nowhere near as realistic as the original. However, she has the dorsal saddle (too dark, though). I think that Safari's most recent Wild Safari one would look absolutely stunning with smaller, darker eyes and better shaping to the white eye patches. I don't remember if it has a saddle or not, but I'm assuming it does. If not, they should add that. I totally agree about the Schliech Orcas. I remember when they introduced their more recent Orca (the non- 1:32 one), and the way it was pictured in the promo materials made it look outstanding. I ordered one immediately. I was so disappointed when I got it. How stupid looking. Colorata has two really great Orcas, and Kaiyodo's are to die for. The Collecta, interestingly, wasn't the worst I'd seen (way better than Schleich's I think). Even the Favorite Collection Soft Model Orca is a sad piece of vinyl. I wish Safari would do another Monterey Bay one to compliment the one they have now, but alas, I doubt that will ever happen. I'm most likely gonna buy this Mojo one, just to add to my collection, but I do wish they'd move the eye patches so that they protrude slightly over the eye.
Hey!
i thought of that:
http://www.orcahome.de/images/ulises4.jpg
Of course, my Papo whale doesn't have a flapped fin as well, but this is the only difference from what i remembered of that picture here. I recently painted him a saddle. yes, the monterey-female is very good, although the dorsal fin is a little too fat, but otherwise it could easily break off i guess.
Do you have any picture of those two calves you mentioned?
Just for comparison purpose?

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:40 pm

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Hey!
i thought of that:
http://www.orcahome.de/images/ulises4.jpg
Of course, my Papo whale doesn't have a flapped fin as well, but this is the only difference from what i remembered of that picture here. I recently painted him a saddle. yes, the monterey-female is very good, although the dorsal fin is a little too fat, but otherwise it could easily break off i guess.
Do you have any picture of those two calves you mentioned?
Just for comparison purpose?


I agree about the Monterey Bay females dorsal fin - not sickle-shaped enough, but like you said, perhaps if they did that it would have broken or something. Who knows? Or perhaps a sharp, curved dorsal fin doesn't translate well into vinyl (or didn't back when they made the mold - way back in 1990/91).

Do you mean pictures of the Colorata Orcas? Here they are:

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And more recently:
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:45 pm

Hey!
No, i thought of those figurines AndyC mentioned, i guess i have the newer Monterey-Orca. I guess i mixed "Bay" with "Baby", and as a result, i was talking of "Calves".... Laughing Hard day at work.

"I have a Monterey Bay Orca from their very first run - way back in 1991/92. Her paint job is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! But she doesn't have the dorsal saddle. It's totally forgiveable considering the rest of the paint job. Then I got a second one sometime around 1999/2000. She is actually smaller than my original by about 1/4 inch - enough to be noticeable - and also more slender. Her paint job is respectable, but nowhere near as realistic as the original. However, she has the dorsal saddle (too dark, though)."
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:42 pm

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Hey!
No, i thought of those figurines AndyC mentioned, i guess i have the newer Monterey-Orca. I guess i mixed "Bay" with "Baby", and as a result, i was talking of "Calves".... Laughing Hard day at work.

"I have a Monterey Bay Orca from their very first run - way back in 1991/92. Her paint job is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! But she doesn't have the dorsal saddle. It's totally forgiveable considering the rest of the paint job. Then I got a second one sometime around 1999/2000. She is actually smaller than my original by about 1/4 inch - enough to be noticeable - and also more slender. Her paint job is respectable, but nowhere near as realistic as the original. However, she has the dorsal saddle (too dark, though)."

Oh - gotcha. Sorry. Yeah, the first run Orca was really beautiful, especially the eyes! VERY lifelike. I'll take a picture when I get a chance. Right now a lot of figures are in storage and I'm not home very much to ever get a chance to take them out. But someday. I also happen to have the Orca calf from Monterey Bay, which is also really nice, for a calf. The dorsal fin is exactly as it should be on the little tyke!
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:49 am

Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

Now that is great news, that Mojö really listens to collectors again! cheers
A gold medal from me for this achievement! farao
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PostSubject: Baltimore zoo   Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:50 am

So if Mojo listens to the collectors, "Please, make animals in "relative proportion" to each other".
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:58 pm

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So if Mojo listens to the collectors, "Please, make animals in "relative proportion" to each other".

First you must show us that you are a collector! Wink If you don't show us your collection, it will look even more ilusive that the scale of modern brands! What a Face Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:54 am

lol! geek cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:35 pm

Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

Has Mojo released any photos of the revised figure?
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:00 pm

sphyrna18 wrote:
Roger wrote:
Mojo has read the comments here and they agree! Mojo will move the white patches on the head to be in a better and more correct position.
Nice work my friends! Very Happy

Has Mojo released any photos of the revised figure?

The photo for the catalogue was already done when I was informed about this amendment. Probably it will be introduced in factory production process! :)
If I can get more news I'll let you know! Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:10 pm

Great whale. So i will look to my (sub)species!! cheers

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PostSubject: Baltimore zoo   Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:37 pm

Roger,
Yes, I agree I need to take some time to set up my collection! I am in the process of some home remodeling/house updating, and until I get some display cases, the collection photos will be on hold. As far as this years Mojo, I think they have improved much from last year, and in my opinion, I think their Orca and White rhino are their two nicest figures!
Now Roger, as PASSIONATE as I am about collecting(As I've mentioned I also collect Hasbro Star Wars figures(Which ARE "relative scale"(Although space ships kind of tough to do, but they TRY to make them as large as they can(New improved Millennium Falcon larger than previous), because if they made an Imperial star destroyer it would have to be like 25 feet long...and that just wouldn't work), DC Direct Batman figures (New Arkham Asylum and Arkham City figures(Which ARE made "relative scale"), and my original Jurassic Park and Lost World dino's which are somewhat "relative scale"(Although definitely not perfect, but for example the LW Bull T-Rex is huge compared to the velociraptors). So Roger, O'mighty and respected admin, I think you are a knowledgable, well versded, intelligent person, and I surely hope you would think (Despite not seeing collection photos, eventually you will) I have an animal figure collection, for do you really think I would be this out spoken, adamant and redundant about "relative scale" so that the figures look good when placed together in the same diorama/set up?
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:00 pm

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Roger,
Yes, I agree I need to take some time to set up my collection! I am in the process of some home remodeling/house updating, and until I get some display cases, the collection photos will be on hold. As far as this years Mojo, I think they have improved much from last year, and in my opinion, I think their Orca and White rhino are their two nicest figures!
Now Roger, as PASSIONATE as I am about collecting(As I've mentioned I also collect Hasbro Star Wars figures(Which ARE "relative scale"(Although space ships kind of tough to do, but they TRY to make them as large as they can(New improved Millennium Falcon larger than previous), because if they made an Imperial star destroyer it would have to be like 25 feet long...and that just wouldn't work), DC Direct Batman figures (New Arkham Asylum and Arkham City figures(Which ARE made "relative scale"), and my original Jurassic Park and Lost World dino's which are somewhat "relative scale"(Although definitely not perfect, but for example the LW Bull T-Rex is huge compared to the velociraptors). So Roger, O'mighty and respected admin, I think you are a knowledgable, well versded, intelligent person, and I surely hope you would think (Despite not seeing collection photos, eventually you will) I have an animal figure collection, for do you really think I would be this out spoken, adamant and redundant about "relative scale" so that the figures look good when placed together in the same diorama/set up?

Balty, we know you are a collector and that you love the forum and animal replicas as much as we do. We only want to see your collection and you should feel proud of it. Remember that what makes people enjoy here is not only the chance of discuss scales or commercial strategies, but mainly the chance of seeing pictures of wonderful collection as surely is yours. :)
We all have different opinions and ways of collecting. I like figures in scale but I don't have any diorama, so I live very well without them. Fortunately I had the chance of receiving some Britains from friends and now I have 2 collections, one in scale and other to enjoy some beautiful replicas that some brands are able to make even they are not in scale.
Your examples with Star Wars are excelent to understand why it happens, try to think in a velociraptor in scale with a tyrannosaurus Rex!
I'm not an expert in dinos but I think when T-rexes arrived velociraptors were already gone! So, to make a diorama with them only works in a kind of Cretacic Park! Wink
See here a little silly diagram I've made with some comparison images! :)

I think there's a little more difference in size, if you want to have a velociraptor in scale with a Papo T-rex, for example, the final figure would be smaller than the Britains Kangaroo joey! What a Face affraid
With modern safety rules it is almost impossible, not even in toob figures.
I'd loved to see a brand making 1:32 figures in scale with the most popular Vintage figures in a modern concept but I also don't know if it is possible, maybe only animals from the size of a wolf and larger and surely only in a very well stablished brand as Schleich is.
As I expect a long life to this forum I hope to see soon or later your collection and continue to see you enjoying with the forum as much as you are doing! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:46 pm

I love your illustration, Roger !

I knew the velociraptors were smallish ( also from Sumo`s wonderful drawings of them as "dog" Wink ), but never really thought of making the comparison.
Maybe I wouldn`t have thought about the difference between an elefant and - say - a kangaroo, if I hadn`t seen them in the zoos Rolling Eyes geek scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:16 pm

I didn't realise just how small velociraptors were! Well I've learnt something today! Laughing

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PostSubject: Baltimore zoo   Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:59 am

Thanks Roger. So I can since you don't set up dioramas that "relative scale" isn't that important. But for us that do, I think it's important to have at least "some" size continuity with the figures. I use my DC Direct Batman Arkham Asylum/City figures as an example, since I will be doing a diorama display with them. Luckily they made Bane as one the larger figures(As well Killer Croc, which is a later release)! Because it would not look as good if the Bane was the same size at the Batman figure(According to DC Comics database, Bane's supposed to be 6' 8" 350 pounds). So my Arkham display will look good because they made the figs in "relative scale"!
Now with the JP figs the Bull T-Rex is a big figure(30" long) and the Velociraptor "Dino Screams" is 11" long, so that's fine to me, because they look good if displayed near each other(It wouldn't be if the Bull T-Rex was 14" long). Thanks for your photo chart drawing of a t-rex in comparison to a velociraptor. As you can see much smaller than JP'S! I believe Spielberg purposely made his larger, so I guess Hasbro did the same when they made their figures.
Yes, I look forward to being a part of the forum for a long time. Although I can be a bit out spoken about certain figures/lines(Because I definitely have different ideas about what companies should make), however, I really love my figures and seeing/reading about other collectors who share the same passion.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:52 pm

Today was the day of the Mojo orca. With it and the Great White shark, Cape Buffalo, American Black bear, Bottlenose Dolphin and seal, some old news finally made their way to my local shop.
I was a little irritated when i first saw the orca. The pose looks like a beached specimen, but at least no open mouth comic dolphin,...the proportions and details came out better than expected, but the paintjob is a little weird. There are some marks, darker than the sprayed(?) basic colour, all over the figurine. Bad for some customers, but the total appearance of the model is accidently more realistic with them,... Very Happy
Btw.: is it only me who thinks the flippers are shape wrong?



Now, only the wolverine is missing to complete my 2012 Mojo wishlist. Hooray,....


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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:10 pm

You're right about the pectoral fins being "off". They should be a smooth curve; round; paddle-shaped. Also, the dorsal sits a little too far forward and the body is too long behind the dorsal fin and tapers too much to the tail. BUT: the eye patches are placed appropriately above the eyes!!! Hahah. That's a win in my book! It actually is a very nice figure despite the inaccuracies. I love it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:41 pm

Thanks for showing Philipp! The figure looks very interesting. I agree these "scars" give some realism to the figure but I'm not an enthusiast of them.
It is also nice to read comments from more expertized people than me. Orca pectoral fins change with age, population. Dorsal fin is different in males and females and even in subspecies. It is very hard to get them correct, mainly pectoral fins once those are mammals and have the chance of folding and stretching them. Very Happy I think they are somewhat wide but nothing special. Maybe the dorsal fin is a little forwards what automatically give the impression that the back half of the body is longer than it should be but as I commmented before, the variation between specimens is so evident that I'm not competent enough to judge the figure. To me it looks a good representation of an orca and it is nice to confirm that the brand followed the suggestion about the eye patch. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:21 pm

Roger wrote:
Thanks for showing Philipp! The figure looks very interesting. I agree these "scars" give some realism to the figure but I'm not an enthusiast of them.
It is also nice to read comments from more expertized people than me. Orca pectoral fins change with age, population. Dorsal fin is different in males and females and even in subspecies. It is very hard to get them correct, mainly pectoral fins once those are mammals and have the chance of folding and stretching them. Very Happy I think they are somewhat wide but nothing special. Maybe the dorsal fin is a little forwards what automatically give the impression that the back half of the body is longer than it should be but as I commmented before, the variation between specimens is so evident that I'm not competent enough to judge the figure. To me it looks a good representation of an orca and it is nice to confirm that the brand followed the suggestion about the eye patch. Very Happy

Roger, you are right, it's a great looking figure, especially the front of it. What I meant by the back half being longer than it should be was in relation to the dorsal fin. Orcas' dorsal fins are not as far forward as some other species', so they do actually sit closer to the "halfway" point. The figure has a dorsal fin that sits a little too far forward, but it's okay. See in this picture how thick the the body is, even toward the tail?

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The figure's is extremely tapered to almost a point. The tail extends out quite far from the dorsal fin and the white flank mark. It probably wouldn't be so noticeable, I don't think, if the body had some movement to it, but it is almost totally, 100% straight.

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Still, overall a really nice Orca, and I'm definitely pleased to have added one to my collection. Just for the heck of it, take another look at this beauty from the front:



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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:25 am

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Chad, thanks for clearing up these details. As I told you it is interesting to read your perception of the figures. I understand perfectly your explanations and I agree with you. I'm only saying that it is not easy to figure all these details but with your help everything turns easier. Very Happy It is good to have some sea life collectors here, so we can learn something more about them. Very Happy
I see both of you added that figure to your collections, it means that both of you find the figure interesting. Thanks for posting some more pictures and congratulations to both of you. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:17 pm

I was hoping someone from the STS forum would get the orca :) He doesn't look bad, except for the area between the white flank and the tail being so long Neutral Other than that, I'll most likely get him.


EDIT: His flippers are a little strange in shape, but he still doesn't look bad for a first try at making an orca.

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:11 am

Hi everyone,

My name is Bas and I am very new to this forum, but I am definitely in there when it comes to being enthusiastic about collecting figurines. I particularly collect orca/killer whales. In the past I have taken some pictures of my collection, which I will add to different post. There have been some additions over the years in between, so updates are sure to follow! Stay tuned for those! Cool 

As people around me first think of me when anything about orca comes up, you might call me a bit of an orca maniac/connoisseur/guru/whiz/nerd... study  Therefore, I know myself to be quite particular/finicky/fussy when it comes to judging the naturalistic look of orca figurines. Reading this thread, I am very pleased indeed to hear that the manufacturer Mojo is paying attention to the comments from collectors. As a customer, I have always felt very insignificant, but I am delighted to have found this active community of collectors whose opinions are being valued by the industry.

I cannot wait to add the Mojo orca to my collection, especially knowing that its eyepatch has been properly positioned. That is excellent! In the initial model photographs I have seen, the saddle patch (the grey patch behind the dorsal fin) looks more defined than the production model in later pictures, which I think is a bit of a shame. However, when looking at it from a manufacturer's perspective, there will always be variation in the hand-painting result. It would be great, however, if the production model could have a more prominent saddle patch.

The fact that this model has its mouth closed (and properly closed at that, not even showing teeth!) is also really great!
When traveling/slow swimming, it is very rare for an orca to have its mouth open, unless it is yawning or using body language to communicate, or if it has just finished a meal. A great example is orcagirl26's avatar, which shows a magnificent male orca breaching, with its mouth closed. Other cetacean models, like great whales (blue, humpback, fin, minke) are usually created with closed mouths as well (or at least closable, as the Papo humpback whale). However, as some of you have already demonstrated in other threads, orca models tend to be made with their mouths open. The fact that the orca is the ocean's top predator, and has an impressive set of teeth in its mouth, probably is one of the main reasons why manufacturers might be inclined to produce orca models with jaws agape. Similarly to great white sharks, with an equally fearsome reputation. Nevertheless, when swimming, it is, of course, way more energy efficient to close your mouth, to improve hydrodynamics/streamlining.

What I would like to see in orca models is the white markings of the chin/throat, to protrude slightly above the shoulder/front end of the pectoral fin. This is seen in orcas all over the world, regardless of ecotype/species/subspecies. What Mojo have perfectly done is to let this white marking extend just above the corner of the mouth, before letting it dip down towards the belly. That is also something manufacturers seem to be disregarding (probably also for ease of hand-painting).

I agree with the comments regarding the back end of this model being too slender. Though tapering towards the flukes, orcas are generally more bulky towards the back. Especially when realizing that this is the business end when it comes to this animal's swimming power.

The powerful swimming muscles start just below the dorsal fin and run all the way down to the flukes/tail fins. These are powerful enough for orcas to be able to propel their entire bodies completely clear of the water, at unbelievable height at that!

And it's not just agile young females that are capable of such feats.

Also large adult bull orcas can breach clear of the water.

To conclude my rant, I want to congratulate Mojo with their creation of the 2012 orca model. I am just over the moon that you listened to the remarks regarding the eyepatch and sorted it before production of the model! That is certainly something that deserves praise! Applause cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:10 am

Welcome here Bas:-)

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:22 am

GudrunOrca wrote:

Hello Bas! Very Happy Thanks for your very interesting and enthusiastic post. cheers
I enjoy particularly monospecific collections and orcas are magnificent animals. Very Happy
I hope we really have the chance of watching your collection. bounce bounce
Welcome on forum. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:37 am

Welcome on forum Bas!! Very interesting comments and info about orcas sunny
I would be happy to see photos of collection of our new orca maniac Very Happy cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:40 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:44 am

Welcome here Bas Very Happy  I wish you will enjoy our village and I hope you will show and comment a lot of Orca models Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:52 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mojo 2012 Orca/Killerwhale   Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:02 pm

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