This is my Schleich leopard. Notice anything different? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Well, apart from the new, in progress paintjob. (Dammit, why did I choose a leopard? This is taking ages!)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
It's not very visible once the pattern is there - that's why they call it cryptic - but he's had a fairly major overhaul.
I have to admit I think this mold is ugly, but at the same time I quite like it. The Schleich house style calls for sturdy animals with fur texture prioritized over muscle tone, while my personal preference runs to exaggerated muscling and baroque poses.
What I've done is basically skeletonize the model - the entire torso has been carved down to a bare minimum, and then resculpted almost from scratch. The only original parts showing are the lower legs, tail, eyes, and ears.
As you may notice his back is more curved and there's a fair bit of muscle added to the thigh and shoulder. Had to get rid of those blobby teeth, and after several fumbling attempts I just half closed the mouth.
Here he is in primer, showing my work a little more clearly. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]