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Antelope 1/21/14

I placed my first order with TGF toys a few weeks ago. It was shipped via the painfully slow Fedex (not-so)Smartpost, so I was impatient and worried for awhile. Thankfully, it did finally arrive, and I was in awe! I had so much fun "unwrapping" each figure. Removing the tags was a bit of a chore, but I didn't mind. The figures were packaged nicely. I appreciated the protectors for the horns and legs.

toy antelope figures

Schleich:
  Gazelle Fawn
  Greater Kudu
  Greater Kudu Calf

Mojo Fun:
  Giant Sable Antelope
  Pronghorn Antelope

Safari Ltd.:
  Arabian Oryx
  Lesser Kudu

CollectA:
  Waterbuck
  Blackbuck

Papo:
  Barn Owl

toy antelope figures

Originally, I was primarily collecting bird figures. That was before I became hypnotized by the many wonderful antelope figures on STS. When I saw the CollectA Mountain Nyala (coming May 2014), it was the last straw, and I decided to collect them too. I like the quality and variety of antelope figures available from different brands. They are popular in the forums too, which makes it more fun.

These figures are marvelous works of art! The Schleich figures are how I imagined them to be, and I am content with them. I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the Mojo figures. Really nice quality! I am happy to have the pronghorn and sable as my first Mojos. The Safari oryx is much better in person. I already liked it from the photos I'd seen, but I was blown away in reality. The paint and textures were more detailed than expected. The Lesser Kudu is an example of what I anticipated Safari antelopes to be like. However, I do like this kudu a lot. I was especially excited to receive my first CollectA figures. The paintwork is superb. The waterbuck has very nice coloring, and how can you not love that little blackbuck? The waterbuck does have a bent horn, but that seems to be common with this figure.

(A pronghorn is not quite an antelope, but it's a nice representative from my homeland. I'm not too strict. I even saw a few pronghorn herds this weekend.)

toy antelope figures

Papo Barn Owl

Papo Barn Owl

Aquatic Friends 1/21/14

I found a US seller with some Kaiyodo and Kitan Club figures. The prices were good and the shipping was very fast, so how could I resist? They were packaged well. The crabs even came in a nice little container.

Kaiyodo and Kitan Club

These are two Kaiyodo CapsuleQ Museum figures from the 2013 Crab series.

Kaiyodo Tetragonal Fiddler Crab (Uca tetragonon)
Kaiyodo Blue Manna Crab(Portunus pelagicus)

Kaiyodo crab

Kaiyodo Crab

Here is another Kitan Club figure from the Nature Techni Colour 2013 Nature of Japan series Vol. 1.


Kitan Club Treefrog (Rhacophorus arboreus)

Kitan Club Frog

The seller kindly included a little gift!
Kitan Club Seahorse

Kitan Club Seahorse

On the shelf

bookshelf

Japanese Fever 1/17/14

I received another Kaiyodo bird! It's sort of a funny figure, but I think it showcases the charismatic persona of these owls. The details are better seen in person, since these birds are fairly tiny, but this photo will suffice.


Kaiyodo Birdtales Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata)

brown hawk owl

brown hawk owl

This is my first Kitan Club figure, and what a treasure! It is from the Nature Techni Colour 2013 Nature of Japan series Vol. 1.


Kitan Club Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

kitan kingfisher

kitan kingfisher

kitan club kingfisher

My First Kaiyodo 1/8/14

Here is my first Japanese figure. I am ecstatic because it wasn't supposed to arrive for another month or two. It is wonderful to have a species from the Kinglet family!


Kaiyodo Birdtales Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

birdtales

birdtales

birdtales

birdtales

My First Schleich 1/7/14

Today I will tell you about my very first Schleich purchases! I had considered adding the snowy owl to my wish list, but it wasn't a priority. Nevertheless, there they were as I was browsing the Schleich figures at a Walmart out of town. I picked up one of the owls and immediately noticed her striking eyes. To me this was a detail I guess photos hadn't quite captured. I was surprised seeing her in person. She instantly became a must-have.


Schleich Snowy Owl

snowy owl

snowy owl

snowy owl

The peregrine falcon also looked more appealing to me in person (though the "Made in Germany" variation still seems superior). I rescued this one from the desolate, haphazard shelves at my local Walmart.


Schleich Peregrine Falcon.

peregrine falcon

peregrine falcon

peregrine falcon

To the Store! 1/4/14
Safari Pelican

Safari Pelican

Safari Pelican

Safari Pelican

safari pelican

Safari Pelican

Safari Pelican

Safari Ltd. American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).



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