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bmathison1972

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PostSubject: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyThu Apr 25, 2019 2:08 am

Walkaround of the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi (P-Cambridge, 1897) by Mojo Fun, new for 2019. I am going to start with a little taxonomic disclaimer. There is confusion to the identity of spiders referred to as Mexican red-knees, since the description of a cryptic sibling species, B. hamorii Cleton and Verdez, 1997. The two species are indistinguishable morpholoically and can only be separated by DNA barcoding and strict geographic distribution. In the absence of a figure being specifically ascribed to a given species, I am referring to all figures as the classic B. smithi.

Just like my recent review of the Schleich tarantula, this is new, uncharted territory for Mojo Fun. Interesting that two major western companies are introducing arthropods to their standard animal lines and both are starting with B. smithi. I guess if you are going to experiment, do it with something familiar. It now means all major western companies have made this species, except for Papo! See also the last image.

This Mojo figure is similar in size to the Schleich figure, but a little better. The body length is about 4.5 cm, making it just under 1:1 for a small female (or 1:1 for an immature one). The maximum width between the legs in 8.0 cm. The plastic is firm and solid, good quality. The paint job is more matte, which I prefer. The arrangement of the eyes, while not perfect, is still better than the Schleich figure. The mouthparts are consistent with a mygalomorph.

Overall, for people that are generalists and just want a representative or two tarantulas in their collection, this is my recommendation (unless you want to hunt down retired or Japanese figures on eBay). It's a good quality and a good size. If Mojo Fun continues this trend, they are off to a good start!

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A collection of Brachypelma smithi made by major western (non-Japanese) manufacturers:
1. Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects)
2. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
3. CollectA
4. Mojo Fun
5. Schleich
6. Bullyland

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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyThu Apr 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Perfect and very informative walk around! Being you an expert in this area, your formulations about the Mojö Fun figure are generally very positive and you even recomend it when compared with the counterparts. As a layperson in this matter, I am quite happy with what you are showing and the figure exhales good feelings to me.
I know we are talking about different species and I confess the excitment does not equal when I've seen the Papo tarantula but I may consider getting this one too. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyThu Apr 25, 2019 10:54 pm

@Roger wrote:
Perfect and very informative walk around! Being you an expert in this area, your formulations about the Mojö Fun figure are generally very positive and you even recomend it when compared with the counterparts. As a layperson in this matter, I am quite happy with what you are showing and the figure exhales good feelings to me.
I know we are talking about different species and I confess the excitment does not equal when I've seen the Papo tarantula but I may consider getting this one too. Very Happy

The Papo 'tarantula' (wolf spider is a more appropriate term in English) is the BEST spider figure, period! :)
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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyFri Apr 26, 2019 7:26 am

@bmathison1972 wrote:
The Papo 'tarantula' (wolf spider is a more appropriate term in English) is the BEST spider figure, period! :)

Tarantula is not the appropiate term nowadays for lycosids, however, this is the TRUE tarantula and what everybody calls tarantulas (the mygalomorphs) are not tarantulas in fact Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyFri Apr 26, 2019 1:16 pm

@Pardofelis wrote:
@bmathison1972 wrote:
The Papo 'tarantula' (wolf spider is a more appropriate term in English) is the BEST spider figure, period! :)

Tarantula is not the appropiate term nowadays for lycosids, however, this is the TRUE tarantula and what everybody calls tarantulas (the mygalomorphs) are not tarantulas in fact Very Happy

exactly. We don't call the true tarantula a true tarantula because we call the hairy mygalomorphs as tarantulas. Solution? Avoid common names Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptyFri Apr 26, 2019 11:00 pm

thanks to you all, I think I am going to get the Papo one!.. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Tarantula (Mojo Fun)   Tarantula (Mojo Fun) EmptySat Apr 27, 2019 4:52 pm

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