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PostSubject: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:38 am

So I need a good gift for my sisters on their birthday, and decided on the CollectA octopus for one (since she likes octupi), but wanted to know what was the best figure when it came to dolphins or whales? By saying the best I mean best in terms of looks and correct anatomy. So members, what is your favorite model from any company when it comes to dolphins or whales, and please state your reason(s). Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:11 am

i would choose the schleich humpback whale as it is very detailed and fun to look at.but the only disadvantage is that it is quite expensive and hard to find now Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:31 am

Taylcoel wrote:
i would choose the schleich humpback whale as it is very detailed and fun to look at.but the only disadvantage is that it is quite expensive and hard to find now Rolling Eyes

The MAIA & BORGES one is cheaper Wink

The COLLECTA one is a good choice too.

For the Sperm whale, I would choose between the SAFARI ltd Monterrey bay one and the excellent and cheapest COLLECTA Cool


But ok, the COLLECTA octopus is already a great great choice Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:02 pm

Kikimalou wrote:
Taylcoel wrote:
i would choose the schleich humpback whale as it is very detailed and fun to look at.but the only disadvantage is that it is quite expensive and hard to find now Rolling Eyes

The MAIA & BORGES one is cheaper Wink

The COLLECTA one is a good choice too.

For the Sperm whale, I would choose between the SAFARI ltd Monterrey bay one and the excellent and cheapest COLLECTA Cool


But ok, the COLLECTA octopus is already a great great choice Very Happy
yes, others are probably better lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:11 pm

Taylcoel wrote:
yes, others are probably better lol!

I don't know if the M&B is better than the SCHLEICH but M&B is the real designer of the SCHLEICH sea life Laughing

So a M&B humpback whale should be as good as a SCHLEICH one and far more expensive Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:43 pm

I have to admit that Sea life from Kaiyodo & Colorata are very nice, but they are small :)

As for Schleich, yeah they are okay, I like their sea life models, especially their Whales & Sharks are very nice and they are affordable too :)
Maybe Carnegie is an idea? unless they only do Dino's? CollectA & Safari ltd. are also good choices Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:54 pm

I have a few of the Schleich whales. I have had them for awhile but I noticed how easily thier paint chips off. As far as the detailing I think its wonderful. I also noticed how off in scaling they are! The humpback whale is larger than the blue whale!
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Grey Whales
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Humpback whales(you can see the pain chip on the calf especially)
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The blue whale
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:38 pm

I think also that CollectA octopus was a very good choice. About dolphins they look very similar in quality for me and sometimes hard to find the species. I absolutly love CollectA sperm whale, I found it recently and loved. From pictures I love the pose of Safari Monterey humpback but even agreeing with Christophe. Maia & Borges whales are very good, very nicely manufactured, cheap and not huge, even smaller than CollectA Their dolphin is also good! Unfortunately Mojo's are delayed and we cannot judge.
Anyway, if I wanted to give a whale to someone my choice would be the CollectA spermwhale, it is excelent, nicely sized, relatively cheap and follows the traditional concept of a whale that we learned with Mobby Dick! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:21 pm

Thank you everyone for your input and pics. Question though, out of curiosity, where can I buy Mia&Borges? Still haven't decided...
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:01 pm

Is this a Finback Whale?
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:04 pm

Saarlooswolfhound wrote:
Thank you everyone for your input and pics. Question though, out of curiosity, where can I buy Mia&Borges? Still haven't decided...

I think the links posted on forum were from European shops. I'm not sure you can find them in US shops! Sad
I can find here but it takes usually a long time once I have to wait for the distributor to send it to me. They are not seeling them in Portuguese local shops what is weird being it a Portuguese brand! scratch :)

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:17 pm

Oh, I looked at some online, but I think I will just stick with Collecta, Etc. But thank you Roger for your help! M&B do have some very cool models though... maybe someday.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:53 am

Here are a couple of pictures, mainly of dolphins. I have two schleich dolphins --- the most recent and an older one --- and a papo "playing" dolphin. I like the older schleich the best, but I think they are all good.

one of the older schleichs (it is small and its body is curved) but it is just lovely in person
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the recent schleich
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the two of them next to each other, from a different angle:
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then the papo "playing" (there is another papo available too, but I don't have it). In person, I like the papo the least of these three.
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Here is my own picture of the CollectA Sperm Whale. I really like it a lot.

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Many of the Schleich Whales are to scale. Of those, I think the Humpback is fantastic. The one that are to scale with each other are the Humpback, the Orca, the Sperm Whale, and the Grey Whale (also the newest dolphin, the Great White Shark and the Whale Shark). The mink, the blue and the Right Whale are not to scale with these other sea creatures. Regardless, all of these whales -- except I think the Orca/Killer Whale -- are retired and the prices are really high, ridiculously so in some cases.

However, as Christophe suggests above, Maia & Borges (M&B) made the original Schleich Humpback whale and it is now being sold for relatively cheap. [Based on what I had heard earlier, I thought that Maia & Borges made the original mold and sold -- or rented -- it to Schleich who produced it and painted it under their own name. Now that Schleich has stopped making it, Maia & Borges is now using that very same mold and painting it themselves. If I'm making a mistake here, someone please correct me. Roger above mentioned that the Maia & Borges whales are smaller than the Schleichs, so it sounds like they are not actually the same mold, as I had believed. So I'm not sure what the real story is, but I really want to know.]
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:11 am

thank you for the great pics scott! I love your dolphins. My favorite whale is a sperm and blue whale, so maybe I will pick one or two out for me too! Wink Thanks for your input!
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on dolphins or whales   Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:08 am

scot(t) wrote:


Many of the Schleich Whales are to scale. Of those, I think the Humpback is fantastic. The one that are to scale with each other are the Humpback, the Orca, the Sperm Whale, and the Grey Whale (also the newest dolphin, the Great White Shark and the Whale Shark). The mink, the blue and the Right Whale are not to scale with these other sea creatures. Regardless, all of these whales -- except I think the Orca/Killer Whale -- are retired and the prices are really high, ridiculously so in some cases.

Maybe some are in scale to each other but they are not 1:32 like SCHLEICH claims.

scot(t) wrote:

However, as Christophe suggests above, Maia & Borges (M&B) made the original Schleich Humpback whale and it is now being sold for relatively cheap. [Based on what I had heard earlier, I thought that Maia & Borges made the original mold and sold -- or rented -- it to Schleich who produced it and painted it under their own name. Now that Schleich has stopped making it, Maia & Borges is now using that very same mold and painting it themselves. If I'm making a mistake here, someone please correct me. Roger above mentioned that the Maia & Borges whales are smaller than the Schleichs, so it sounds like they are not actually the same mold, as I had believed. So I'm not sure what the real story is, but I really want to know.]

Indeed M&B were the real creators of the SCHLEICH whales, octopus, walrus... It seems they produce them now at a smaller size, maybe just as SCHLEICH did this year with his dinos.

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