The first challenge for making a walkaround of these lovely models, is to decide what species they actually are !
In the catalogue they are called Leierantilope in German, and sassaby in English.
Wikipedia describes them here : Common Tsessebe or Sassaby
However these have sub-species, as you can see under the genus Damaliscus
As we will see further down, the model is far from realistic for any of them, but it could well be a Topi, perhaps a Serengeti-tsessebe
Here is a picture of one :
I am sure somebody else can tell more, or perhaps even correct me, but as it is so easy to write "Topi", I will use that name below.
Well, here we go : Bullyland 63585 Tsessebe and Bullyland 63597 Tsessebe Calf, both manufactured 2003 - 2007
Two moms and a calf. They were made during a period, where Bullyland , as one of the first, was struggeling to find a paint that was unharmful to the children as well as the environment. This gave some serious problems with peeling, and it is very hard to find these models in perfect condition
Here you see them together with the other Bullyland antelope from that period, and with the Schleich one for size comparison :
I have two variations, one is glossy and one is matte.
Both have the little "Sun" stamped on them. This was used to help Bullyland keep track of the quality of the paints thay were using. The "Sun" illustrates the non-toxic concept.
Both are further marked a "2", which shows they were made in a mould made for making at least 2 topis at a time, and mine both came from the same part of the mould.
And now a walkaround of the adult. A nice, slender model, with the typical hump on the shoulder.
The back could be a little more slanding towards the rear. But looking at pictures, I get the impression that the females don't sland very much.
The hooves are nice and the legs more slender than many plastic models from that time:
The tail is totally correct wit the funny flat tip with hair on the sides :
Now to the head.
It can't be denied that it is shaped completely wrong
Topis and the like have long, skinny faces with the eyes placed incredibly high on the head.
I can imagine the poor designer presenting a correct model to the marketing people, and being sent screeming and kicking back to his work-table to make the head more "cute"
And it is a very cute head ....for a deer
Last, just a mini-walkaround of the calf
Thanks for watching