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Birthday Goodies 02/27/14

My birthday was this month, and I picked out a miniature spiral staircase. It is a magnificent art piece by Authentic Models. It is almost 15 inches tall with an 8-inch base, and that makes it perfect for displaying my bird figures.

spiral staircase model

spiral staircase toy animal display

spiral staircase display

Then, using some birthday cash and gift cards, I treated myself to more bird and antelope replicas.

Kaiyodo Screech Owl

kaiyodo screech owl

Kaiyodo Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus)

kaiyodo rosefinch

Kaiyodo Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

kaiyodo longtailed tit

Kaiyodo Pitta

kaiyodo pitta

kaiyodo pitta

Kaiyodo Common Kingfisher female (Alcedo atthis)

kaiyodo kingfisher

Kaiyodo Kingfisher female with Kitan Club Kingfisher male

kingfishers3w

Safari Ltd. Brown Pelican

safari brown pelican

safari ltd. pelicans

I am pleased with my aviary so far!

bird figure display

staircase display

spiral staircase display bird figures

Schleich Blue Wildbeest/Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus)

schleich gnu

schleich wildebeest

Joan Milelire Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii)

Joan sitatunga

Joan sitatunga

joan sitatunga

sitatunga figure

toy antelope figures

South Dakota Shopping 02/06/14

Two weeks ago, we took a little trip to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore and Mammoth Site, and to swim in hot springs. We were also able to check out a few stores. On January 23rd, we went to Michaels (they had Safari Ltd.), Hobby Lobby (Mojo and Safari Ltd.), Toys R Us (Schleich), Who's Hobby House (Safari Ltd. Toobs), and Who's Toy House (Schleich and Papo).

My first purchase was from Toys R Us.

Schleich Gazelle Female

Schleich Gazelle

Schleich Gazelle

My other two newcomers came from Who's Toy House. My! What a hidden haven! They had a large light-up wall display, like the ones I've seen in toy fair pictures. It was the most well-stocked and organized display I have seen so far. The large display was for Schleich, which included the 2014 releases, and there was a smaller one for Papo. It was my first time seeing Papo in a store. Despite all the great brands I had come across, I only bought Schleich figures this time. They didn't have any of the Mojo, Safari, or Papo figures I was looking for.

This little fellow was not on my radar, but I am glad I came across it. I was pretty sure it was a wildebeest calf, thus an antelope, but I did have to check and make sure when I got home.

Schleich Blue Wildebeest or Gnu Calf (Connochaetes taurinus)

Schleich wildebeest gnu calf

The new flying fox was on my 2014 wish list, and I was so surprised to see it at a US store already!

Schleich Fruit Bat or Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

schleich flying fox

Schleich fruit bat

Schleich flying fox

schleich flying fox

schleich flying fox

Schleich fruit bat


I also ordered these little deer online. No, not antelope, but they've got some sort of antelope charm I can't explain. I knew they were small, but wow, they are small! I am fond of them.

Noah's Pals Giant Muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis)

Noah's Pals Giant Muntjac

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