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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions   Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions - Page 2 EmptySun Jul 14, 2013 8:26 pm

Thank you Tiermann and Scott! The bike, I fear, may well be beyond repair financially; buying a new, used one is likely to come cheaper. Makes me sad (and angry) - it was a very good bike, nigh new too.

The fish, Scott, are my favourites of the bunch as well. They are really well made!

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I almost cried wathcing that... I hope the organisation made sure to stop it!  
I forgot to comment on this bit, Carola: I'm not sure if you are under the impression the horse-hitting and soring are things of the past now, but I'll reiterate they are not. No organisation, the US government included, has succeeded in ending that. The big lick people have lost some financial support due to social pressure from the outside world in the recent years, but their attitudes and practices appear effectively unchanged.

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I really like your taste in figurines, although i fear the crippled carps for being a living nightmare-outcome of something once called "tradition".

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions   Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions - Page 2 EmptySun Jul 14, 2013 9:07 pm

As I mention above, I concur on your view of the goldfish, PeGe. I find the goldfish models as (or more..) grotesque as the big lick TWH horses I have (and create) models of in my collections. I'd love to find an equally accurate model of an unmutated Prussian carp to supplement the sad freak show I now have on my shelves to illustrate how far from the able, camouflaged, quick thing the fish have been made become.

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions   Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions - Page 2 EmptyMon Jul 15, 2013 6:30 am

Great load of additions Lea, those fish are exquisite! Even though I don't collect fish, I find myself wishing I had these! Laughing 

I hope you weren't injured in your bike accident, must have been terrifying!

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Thanks for the comment, Harriet! I faintly remember a time when I, too, "didn't collect fish". I was indeed injured in that accident, but it mostly managed to incense rather than terrify. (I've been hit so many times now it fails to spook anymore. No, Finns cannot care to drive politely amid their vehicular weakers for a kind crap, and I find I cannot politely yield to their disregard either.)

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Yes, the "big lick", as it's called, is an abhorrent practice. As for the people torturing the horses, I doubt they're much different from your average joe. Likely they've just got different priorities and have (like most people, mind) learned from since they were young to not perceive of non-human animals as entities worthy of inclusion to any moral system, but rather as mere objects. There's big money and social regard to be attained in that particular horse-torturing business, too - like in most animal-torturing businesses around the world.

I see yes, you are right in that, but somehow the youngs then should be informed and given the view on animals as other than 'things'. Though I guess maybe a human has a natural urge for feeling empathy towards other living beings despite whatever they'we been told.. Or maybe that's just the mind of a romanticist..? ..
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Does anyone recognize this quaint, wee perhaps-Brachiosaurus? He came from Japan (from a seller who presumed the model's make Colorata, which I do have my doubts about) without any papers; is permanently attached to the bottle cap he stands on; and is marked only "Made in China" followed by a few Japanese letters. (If there are any Japanese speakers here who'd like to have a crack at those, I'd be happy to photograph the letters, too.) If anyone knows his origins, I'd be curious to know. He does have a slight Kazunari Araki feel to his physique, but I could be just hallucinating that.

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It's a Kaiyodo Series 1 Retro Classic bottle cap figure. They were all based on Knight and Zallinger art work. I think you're right, if my memory is correct, Kazunari Araki did do the sculpts for these. Wink 


Know you more old japanese animal figurines:-)??????????

Well, I'm pretty sharp on Japanese dinosaurs as I've gathered a lot of research over the years and spoken to various folk at Kaiyodo (I had planned to put out a book). I used to put info on DTF but find that it gets pilaged so tend to hold back on info these days (just in case I get motivated to do the book again one day!). But I'm happy to ID stuff if I can. Wink 
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I see yes, you are right in that, but somehow the youngs then should be informed and given the view on animals as other than 'things'. Though I guess maybe a human has a natural urge for feeling empathy towards other living beings despite whatever they'we been told.. Or maybe that's just the mind of a romanticist..? ..

Carola, I quite agree youngsters ought to be taught to view other beings as entities of their own, of course. It's just not a very lucrative or effortless way of thought to promote. As for our having any natural urge towards empathy, I've grown a bit skeptical of the notion. People have a strong drive to think of people and to an extent other animals in terms of groups, I guess, wherein the in-group, "us", as it were, is fiercely defended and empathized with, and the outgroups, "them", are easily dealt with in an actively hostile manner and certainly without significant empathy (which could even be construed as an act of treason, in a way). Most people seem to view most other people, let alone different species, as members of different out-groups and treat them accordingly.

Well, onto my plasticky personal in-groups of the month.. Here's a batch that came in a day or two ago from a massive, long-outstanding trade I am utterly chuffed with (great big thanks to Deseo!). Included are also a few eBay finds, a Schleich Husky from Taos (thank you!), and a Safari Oviraptor from Saarlooswolfhound (thank you as well!).

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Mmm, it's dogs again. Who might have guessed? For a slightly more detailed view as well as information on their makes, please see the SUY dogs thread [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. The lone wolf not shown in the SUY is a Kaiyodo ChocoQ Animatales series 2 Japanese wolf 046 (Canis lupus hodophilax).

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Kaiyodos (finally got that giant rabbit!), a Britains 1970 Jersey cow 2152, and the Safari 2005 "female" earlier paint version Oviraptor.

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Kaiyodo UHA Dinotales series 5 096a Protoceratops pondering his fate with the series 6 104a Protoceratops skeleton. I never thought I'd find the fleshed-out version at a price I could afford.

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Kaiyodo  2005 Aquatales Enoshima Aquarium series 2 06 hatching Japanese swellshark (Cephaloscyllium umbratile).

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Waiphoon Bull terrier. The details on this one are amazingly good, from bunched-up fascia to cowlicks and ridges in the fur. The shark teeth give him a slightly demonic touch, though. (He can't actually levitate, mind, despite otherwise demonic appearances - I merely happened to photograph him on very uneven footing. It's a shame; I'd rather like a levitating, shark-toothed Bull terrier.)

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Lea, beautiful pictures and descriptions! I never thought I would enjoy a skeleton but this protoceratops is full of life... I mean... scratch .... full of bones! Wink
I also enjoy the big dog shelf project! Very Happy

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Thank you, Rogério! The Protoceratops skeleton is indeed a very nice model. The Kaiyodo skeletals tend to be quite full of expression and movement, even if they are mere bare bones.

The dogs are nearly all headed for customisation eventually, but in the meanwhile they certainly do take up a shelf all on their own. I'm very lucky they cannot bark.

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wow Lea, the new figures are gorgeous. you should get the rest of the dinotales figures from the series where the Protoceratops and Oviraptor came from.Very Happy 
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They are very nice, indeed. I'm slowly trawling through the entire Dinotales saga, picking out the ones that most please me. The fleshed-out Protocera and Oviraptor are both series 5 releases and the series is indeed a very fine one, but I doubt I'll ever go for trying to collect all of the figurines in it (or I hope I won't - oh, the expenditure!) - I'll just cherry-pick my way through it. :)

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Wow, fantastic additions! The Kaiyodo newcomers are so beautiful :)

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Wonderful newcomers, especially the Kaiyodos. Now i dont know if i will add the baby swell shark in my zoo or not.:-)

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you should/must Andreas. it's an excellent figure! Very Happy
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lea another great catch cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

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It's a shame; I'd rather like a levitating, shark-toothed Bull terrier.)
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Congratulations Lea, that is an amazing haul cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions   Koniminiatures' recent acquisitions - Page 2 EmptyMon Aug 05, 2013 3:16 pm

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Widukind: I too do recommend that swellshark. It is a beautiful, well-engineered model. The composition of the coral may be a tad flat, but the model's finishwork, especially on the egg case, is very detailed. The translucent plastic has layered striations and mottling that shows beautifully as light passes through the figurine. The body of the hatching shark can also be seen dimly through the "collagen". I also appreciate the point in the shark's life cycle that they've chosen for the figurine; rather than an adult shark merely swimming along, we get to see the ornamental "devil's purse" and the way it clings by its tendrils to the coral environment as the hatchling struggles free of it.

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...that shark! ..that Rabbit! ...Inspiring!

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I see what you mean with the groupings, I can completely follow your thoughts :)
But away from the sad subjects...

Those are wonderful additions! The Dobermann looks absolutely handsome cyclops I just love that noble shape. Despite that cutting the ears ( and tails - don't know what it's called in English) is bad, I think.. not sure why it's done to the dogs.... But it does look good with the pointy ears, I have to confess! silent And since it's a replica... I guess it's ok.

Sawllshark is very interesting. Googled photos - and how fascinating it is!

And nice with a levitating demon dog, even though he's just doing tricks Very Happy
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Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Widukind: I too do recommend that swellshark. It is a beautiful, well-engineered model. The composition of the coral may be a tad flat, but the model's finishwork, especially on the egg case, is very detailed. The translucent plastic has layered striations and mottling that shows beautifully as light passes through the figurine. The body of the hatching shark can also be seen dimly through the "collagen". I also appreciate the point in the shark's life cycle that they've chosen for the figurine; rather than an adult shark merely swimming along, we get to see the ornamental "devil's purse" and the way it clings by its tendrils to the coral environment as the hatchling struggles free of it.

Thank you sunny sunny 

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No problem, Widukind! I should have more photos of the shark up on my website in the next week or two, if you need additional views before deciding.

Thank you for your comments, Carola! I agree the Dobermann is a handsome devil. I, too, find ear cropping and tail docking repugnant yet the resulting look oft quite pleasing. The mutilated "look" could, as I understand, be more or less achieved with relative ease in real dogs through sheer crossbreeding followed by a few generations of "back-breeding" to regain the overall appearance typical of the breed (I wish I could find the website.. it had a photographic timeline of one breeder's progress towards naturally pointy-eared Dobermanns, I think it was..). No cutting up of live animals would be necessary. Apparently breed purists find the idea abhorrent, though, and obviously outnumber - or outshout in any case - the relatively sane.

It's a pretty alien mindset when even cutting out a part of a live animal's spinal column for fashion is seen as preferable to mixing a bit of one freshly-invented 'breed' into another.

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Great catches Lea Applause  I love the hatching Japanese swellshark Shocked  Could you make a walkaround please ? Very Happy 

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Wonderful new additions Lea! I particularly love the Protoceratops and the Oviraptor by Kaiyodo. I just got that Oviraptor recently as well! Same color scheme too. I love it. Congratulations on so many wonderful finds!
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Thank you for commenting my comment Very Happy The discussion is very interesting. I know only very little of dog breeding, but the web you mention sounds interesting. I hope you remember it sometime cheers 
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Thank you for the comments, everyone - and sorry to reply so late (recently any new forum comments haven't been showing up highlighted for me). Kikimalou: I'll give the forumers a walkaround of the swellshark, sure, when next I'm photographing models. [EDIT 19.11.2013: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].]

Scott: Ha, you got her too! She's a very nifty figurine, isn't she? Probably my favourite non-skeletal Dinotales dino, actually - an intriguing species, lively restoration and skilful engineering.

Carola: I'll try to dig up that site, although I wouldn't hold my breath for it - it was rather an old one. If my memory serves me correctly, though, it can be found through the comment discussions in a post or two on the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. The place offers useful information about the dog breeding world overall. I recommend the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] of the same name, as well - it illustrates the point far better, in fact, than do the supplementary blog texts. The thing should be mandatory viewing for anyone looking to purchase a "purebred" dog.

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Here are some of my newcomers from the month or two I was away. I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but here are most I've received. A big thank you to all who helped me get these treasures!

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Leftmost a Safari Dinosaur Skulls Toob Triceratops; on the background a slightly damaged Kaiyodo Birdtales series 1 Bird's Nest Figure Collection (2004) Japanese paradise flycatcher; on the foreground Kaiyodo Birdtales series 1 Bird's Nest Figure Collection (2004) 10 red-flanked bluetail (thank you Jarda for these birds!); a Kaiyodo Tyrannosaurus skeleton from the Capsule Q Museum 2013 Tyrannosaurus 6-piece set (with a wee human skeleton underfoot for scale); next to him from the same set a Tyrannosaurus skull (with a human skull for scale); in the center a Safari Rainforest Toob Emerald Boa; in the foreground a Safari Desert Toob horned lizard (thank you Nando!); next to it a Britains knockoff alligator; above him his larger cousin, a Britains Ltd. 1972 crocodile (thank you Goatherder for both crocs!); background rightmost a Kaiyodo Capsule Aquarium 012 Humboldt penguin skeleton (Spheniscus humboldti); and rightmost an unidentified lizard (thank you again Nando!).

Does anyone happen to know the species/subspecies for the above crocodile & lizards? Or the make for the rightmost little lizard?

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A Kitan Club Nature Techni Colour Japanese Freshwater Fish set 08 Japanese fluvial sculpin; Yujin/Takara Tomy A.R.T.S Aquarium Fish In Colour/Aquarium Golden Fish Series 02 secret figure, panda telescope eye goldfish; Takara Tomy A.R.T.S 3-D Capsule Encyclopedia National Museum of Nature and Science / 2011 Tokyo Dinosaur Expo 8-piece set Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, secret brown version.

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Safari Lipizzan stallion (in a halter I cooked up quick) and Schleich Hanoverian stallion. Thank you Carola!

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Leftmost background a Wing Crown spitz (thank you Nando!); leftmost foreground an AAA Boxer pup (thank you Goatherder!); center background a Schleich Husky & Great Dane; center foreground the porcelain Hagen-Renaker miniatures Rottweiler and Basset (a thank you to Taos for all these "center dogs"!); big old 1960's Lomonosov porcelain German Shepherd; and the king of them all, a tiny repainted lapdog, a wonderful gift from Nando (thank you!).

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Wow, what a treasure trove! Congrats.

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cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 
beautiful addition lea... specially "Skulls"

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Thanks, you both! I like the skulls, too. The t-rex one is even hinged so the mandible is movable:
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Wow, great additions Lea! I love the Lomonosov Shepherd, I've seen him on eBay a few times and have been tempted, but he's quite a biggin isn't he?

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Bunches of beauties cheers 

Those little birds are fantastic ! And the fish ! And the...all are beautyful Applause 

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Quite a new type of herd the little horsies had to face when hitting Finland affraid cheers Wink 

Lovely halter for the Lipizzan, he is now in the Danish colours sunny - or Japaneese tongue

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Thank you all for the lovely comments! The Lomonosov Schäfer is indeed majestically big - a little over 22cm long. Doesn't sound like much, but the dog's as long as a soup ladle, and about as heavy..

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Quite a new type of herd the little horsies had to face when hitting Finland affraid cheers Wink 
I didn't dare put them in the horsey herd I have - instead of other species, they would have had to face missing limbs, faces and ears by the dozen. Perhaps when I have at least one custom horse successfully put back together, your two will have a same-species herdmate.

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Lovely halter for the Lipizzan, he is now in the Danish colours sunny
That's sort of what I was thinking of when I picked the colour. Cool

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Very, very nice additions you have there, congrats!! Love the triceratops skull and the great Dane :3

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Big congratulations wonderful additions, especially the Kaiyodo birds.Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause  Can you share please closer pics of the lizard on the right side question 

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Thank you both! I'll snap closer shots of the lizard as soon as I get back home from work.

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Congrats! I love the penguin skeleton and the basset hound. cheers The t-rex skull is huge Shocked compared to the human's. Shocked

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Very very nice newcomers, especially Kaiyodo Bird Tales! Congrats! cheers

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Thank you for the comments! The rex skull is indeed massive, and the forces the structure was able to generate are quite something too. The tyrannosaurus had 30-centimetre teeth and a bite force approximately equal to the weight of a grown elephant. Not much skeleton Jack there beside him might have done about that, I guess.

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Great figures and very diversified. Very Happy
I hope someone can help you with the crocs, I am useless with this kind of creatures. Wink
Hmmm, I don't know if I like to know that the STS official distributor of crocs is called goatherder. Evil or Very Mad Laughing Very Happy

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Thank you, Roger! A good number of crocs do seem to issue forth from Phil's vaults, yes. Perhaps he's keeping the goats all to himself, eh?

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Here we are, he and a fellow he came with:
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Wonderful new additions Lea! I love the T-rex Kaiyodo set. I have the skeleton but not the skull. I think I have to get it now.

The penguin skeleton is awesome.
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The lizards are great, what brand are they?:-)

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Well here's a late and relatively useless reply (sorry, Andreas - I only noticed your question now!): I'm afraid I've no info on their make. The yellow one is unmarked, but the greenish does have 'S.H. CK MADE IN CHINA 3' stamped on its belly. Both came from the wonderful Nando in Indonesia, if that's any help.


Now. I received a massive, heavy package in the mail today. (Alright, the weight was mainly sculpting epoxy, but still. The rest of the contents require some gravitas.) In that package were some of the best figurines I've ever received, and one in particular I've been doing mental handstands and quite audible whoops and hurrahs about for some months now. No, I won't show it yet. Group pictures first:

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Colorata whale shark, manta ray, cats galore and wee AAA shepherd are courtesy of Philipp (PeGe) - thank you! Shown are also a Papo running rex and Kaiyodo Aquatales - Enoshima Aquarium Bathynomus doederleini, which is now my favourite Kaiyodo by far. (Come on, it's a gigantic isopod doing an aquatic cartwheel on a bottle cap. And it's giving its viewers the evil eye while at it!)

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CollectA Clydesdale stallion & Papo caribou. The former turned out to be utterly huge! Perhaps it's only right, given his breed, but really, he's nearly two CollectA Hafling horses tall! His right hind leg and amusingly narrow head (the muzzle on my copy is, puzzlingly, broader than its brow..) make him a fixer-upper, but he was headed for repainting anyways and should make a handsome old gelding one day. The caribou isn't too shabby either - I'm pleasantly surprised by how accurate the details on it are. Some of its proportions are a bit off, but that's all fixable - the figure will likely become a Finnish forest reindeer custom. Certainly it is getting some new paint on.

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And here's the real gem, right there in the middle! The reclining Neapolitan mastiff is an original sculpture our Deseo was kind enough to create just for me, from scratch - paint, collar and all! Isn't he grand? I've never been as excited about a model as I am with this one. I'll create a topic just for him for me to rave on about in the Homemade models section once I get some decent photographs taken - but for now, I can offer the below tasters. Accompanying the regal mastiff in the above picture are the new and very dapper Papo Dane, the surprisingly (or at least relatively) unexaggerated Country Artists Best in Show Basset Hound, a keen AAA bowing shepherd, TOPPS Precious Puppies 07 Bull terrier 'Spike' and a tiny China/AMSCAN molosser.

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That was the parcel day of the decade, for me! So many excellent models, (new epoxy to play around with,) new favourite Kaiyodo, and - best of all - that gem of a Neapolitan! I'm humbled to be able to own such an excellent - and literally unique! - sculpture, and will create a dedicated thread later for more views of him. I want to thank Deseo for creating him, and for most of the other figurines as well, actually - they came from her in a trade. Thank you also PeGe for the feline frenzy, surprise shepherd and superb sharks. If you, reader, got this far with my blathering, I thank you - I hope you too were able to feel some of my enthusiasm for these marvellous newcomers!

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Fantastic newcomers! The mastiff is indeed really good, those eyes, so dreamy and comfy Very Happy
And those cats must be very brave, riding on such a big and dangerous T-Rex!  Laughing 
Feel some of your enthusiasm? I felt it a lot!

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Beautiful new additions! cheers cheers The mastiff is absolutely amazing, big congratulations!

Do you have any information on the Country Artists brand? I found a few and I'm trying to get rid of them. sunny

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Your enthusiasm is evident in your comments and it is always interesting to read your posts. Anytime you do it I feel like reading a magazine expertized in animal toy figures. cheers
Congratulations for all your additions and really great work from Emilia. Looking forward to see your thread dedicated to it. Very Happy

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wow Lea... what a great addition... i just love your T-REX  cheers cheers cheers cheers 

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Wow these are fabulous additions Lea!! I love Emilia's custom, beautiful.
That basset hound is gorgeous, I've been quite impressed by some of the Country Artist best in Show.

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