It's that time again! Here are my December additions, including some Christmas presents to myself
Firstly, three Yowie Colors of the Animal Kingdom figures. I purchased eight of the capsules, and only got three that I wanted to retain. I will have to keep searching! But in the meantime, three new species for me:
1. Northern Glider (Petaurus abiri)
2. Eastern (Red-Spotted) Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) - This is a species that I have seen in the wild frequently. As such, my complaint with this figure is that it is very "highlighter" orange, a much brighter shade than I have ever seen. It is still a nice figure though!
3. Sunda Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) - I still hope to get the Colorata figure at some point, but this will do for now. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Next, miscellaneous additions that I purchased throughout late November and early December. Nothing special, but well-known figures that I still missed.
1. Brahman Cattle (Bos taurus indicus) - CollectA - I am not sure how I feel about this figure. It is certainly nice, but feels just kind of off for some reason.
2. Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)- CollectA - Finally! I've wanted this figure since I learned of its existence this summer. I have a huge soft spot for recently extinct and "lost" species (in fact, that's what I've dedicated my education to), and this woodpecker is perhaps the most famous examples in the public eye.
3. Black-Tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) - Safari
4. Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) - CollectA
5. Domestic Goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) - Safari - This replaces an older Safari goat in my collection.
6. Tadjik Markhor (Capra falconeri heptneri) - CollectA
7. Cameroon Sailfin Chameleon (Trioceros chameleon) - CollectA - Wow, this figure is huge. Much bigger than I was anticipating. It is a unique species though so I am loathe to get rid of it, and therefore it stays. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Next, some Schleich from a well-meaning relative. Schleich is unfortunately my least favorite of the major brands, but it is by far the easiest to find in my area, despite living in the US. Still, I appreciate the gesture, and these figures will hang around until I eventually replace them, but I may not get rid of them anyway.
1. Spanish Fighting Bull (Bos taurus taurus) - I would much prefer one of the Del Toro figures, but for now this is not a bad model.
2. Domestic Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo domesticus) - The CollectA bronze turkey remains on my wishlist, but this figure has a certain cute charm to it, despite looking somewhat cartoonish.
3. Orca (young) (Orcinus orca) - I do not collect baby animals, and I do not currently have the space for full-sized cetaceans, so this figure is currently stuck in limbo. Again, cute and not a bad model, but not what I would have picked for myself.
4. Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) - Now this is a figure I will keep! I intend to pursue the papo Galapagos (actually an aldabra), and the CollectA Pinta Island figure as well.
5. Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) - Remember when I said I don't have space for full-sized cetaceans? That point still stands. My preferred blue whale would be the CollectA, but again, this figure isn't bad. I have yet to find a permanent home for it, however. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Here are both of the new cows, along with my only other Bos, the Papo B. mutus. Along with collecting Cattle breeds, I am looking for the schleich domestic yak and the mojo Gaur. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Some new Southlands Replicas! I still miss a couple, but I am working on it.
1. Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
2. Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) - In my collection, I am using this figure as a Northern rather than a southern. My safari figure represents the southern. If a good northern is ever released, this figure will represent my southern and I will remove the safari figure from my collection. I am aware of the way this figure was intended and marketed, it is simply a personal choice.
3. Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Here are the two wombats to compare:[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
In the first week of December, I decided to give myself a Christmas present. I gave myself a price limit and told myself I could go on ebay and purchase as many figures as I could with that limit. Well, I bought 9 figures, so I consider that a success. Here are those figures:
1. Long-Footed Potoroo (Potorous longipes) - Cadbury Yowie - My first original Australian yowie figure. While I am not a fan of the very obvious seams, this figure is nicer than many of the others in it's series and a completely unique species!
2. Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) - Safari - I wanted the Papo figure, but I could not find it for a reasonable price. This retired Safari is nicer than I expected, though, even with the baby, and I will not try to replace it (unless, of course, a brand produces a nicer one in the future).
3. Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) - Kitan Club NTC
4. Grass Pufferfish (Takifugu niphobles) - Yujin - The rod the figure sits upon came slightly bent, but that's okay.
5. Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus) - Kaiyodo
6. Mata Mata (Chelus fimbriata) - Yujin - This was a last minute addition - I purchased this figure for under $2!
7. Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) - Colorata - It was a toss up between this and the kaiyodo, and came down to which was cheaper.
8. Kajika Frog (Buergeria buergeri) - Colorata - The same situation as the Tuatara. Although the models are very different in color, I think they are both accurate enough.
9. Hodgson's Copper-Winged Bat (Myotis formosus) - My favorite of the bunch :)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Here is the anteater with the Mojo southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
And here is now the entirety of my Macropodae, plus Potoroo. Other species shown are the Safari Matschie's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei), Bennett's Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and Schleich Quokka (Setonix brachyurus). I still miss several, including a red kangaroo, the PNSO goodfellow's tree kangaroo, the southlands lumholtz tree kangaroo, the SN rock wallaby, and many other originial yowie species. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
That's all for now! As always, more figures are on the way.