Subfamilies Taxidiinae, Mellivorinae, and Melinae (badgers)
1. American badger, Taxidea taxus
2. honey badger, Mellivora capensis
I had bought the Safari figure late last year when it first came out, but after much deliberation I decided it was too big (compared to other miscellaneous carnivorans). So, I recently replaced it with the Mojo male figure. I might get his mate someday.
3. European badger, Meles meles
I was lucky to find this on eBay in the US; it is the better than others still readily available!
Note: The Kaiyodo Japanese badger (Meles anakuma
) was available, but it just didn't grab me. Normally a Kaiyodo figure is a given if it is in a good size for my needs, but something about this figure came across as a little too cartoony for me. Maybe it was a bad publicity photo. I still may end up getting in later some day.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Subfamily Guloninae (martens and wolverine)
1. wolverine, Gulo gulo
At first I had planned to get the Mojo Fun figure, but when I went to buy this species, it was no longer available from my go-to sources. I bought the Safari one instead and now that I have it, I really really like it!
2. Japanese marten, Martes melampus
3. sable, Martes zibellina
(Kaiyodo)[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Subfamily Lutrinae (otters)
1. sea otter, Enhydra lutris
I wish one of the Safari MBA figures was readily available. Finding a good sea otter at a decent size is surprisingly challenging. This Kaiyodo figure is nice, just wish it didn't have the false-flat bottom.
2. North American river otter, Lontra canadensis
passed on this figure, due to its size, but there just are not really any other good options readily available for the North American species.
3. Eurasian otter, Lutra lutra
This figure undoubtedly represents the extinct Japanese subspecies, †L. l. whiteleyi
, but because the status of that taxon is still a matter of debate, I will use this figure as a stand-in for the species overall. If I end up getting the type subspecies some day, there are plenty of options (the recent Papo one is nice).
4. giant otter, Pteronura brasiliensis
Wish it was a little bigger, but Yowies are small figures.
Note: I have the Kaiyodo Wild Rush 04 Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea
) on reserve![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Subfamily Mustelinae (weasels and minks). As I researched this group, I was suprised to come up with six species of Mustela
(and I am sure there are more to get!).
1. ermine, Mustela erminea
Mojo produced this figure in both the winter (ermine) and summer (stoat) forms. I decided to just get the winter form, to add variety to my figures! The repaint of the 'stoat' form that is generally available now is not as good as the original...
2. long-tailed weasel, Mustela fraterna
I am happy this figure was announced and released just in time for me to cover this group! It might be a bit big next to its cousins here, but not overwhelmingly so (and besides, it is a unique species!).
3. Japanese weasel, Mustela itatsi
4. black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes
5. least weasel, Mustela nivalis
This is another figure that was released in both summer and winter forms. I actually did not buy this figure. It was thrown in as a 'freebie' in a small lot I bought on Mercari (much to my suprise, as it was not in the seller's pics). The figure was intended to have its left front foot on a rock and as such, has a small peg under its foot. Mine came without the rock (probably why it was included for free) but luckily I was able to easily cut off the small peg and the figure stands just fine! The sculpt is nice, so while my figure is not 'complete', I nevertheless now have a nice least weasel figure! Had I not received this figure, I would have hunted down the summer version of the same sculpt. So, I still got what I wanted, just the winter form without a rock (which is fine). Who knows, maybe someday I will hunt down a complete figure, but this serves my needs for now.
6. domestic ferret, Mustela putorius furo
This was sold in a pair, the other being the albino form. I retained only this figure, which exhibits the wild type color of the European polecat (M. p. putorius
). If someone wanted, they could keep both and have this figure represent the wild type and the albino figure the domestic type. However, since this figure was sold as part of the Chocoegg Pet series, I will assume it is to represent the domestic subspecies. Besides, I never liked albino animals for some reason.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]