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[EDIT 7 July 2017: It starts a little haphazardly, but this thread chronicles my quest to find the best version (occasionally, two or three versions) of every Paleozoic and Mesozoic organism that has been made into a toy. In 2017, Photobucket abruptly withdrew permission for most users to host images for viewing on third party sites, so posts from the first year or so of this thread will contain dead images. Most figures make appearances later in the thread, however, starting on page 33, when I rebooted the thread somewhat. Enjoy!]

In the same way that all birds are dinosaurs, all vertebrates are fish. Here are some pictures of my fish! But first, a little context. I collect other things, mainly books and experiences. I have many more books than toy fish, and I always will. When I say I collect experiences, one way I do that is by keeping track of where I have traveled. In February of 2015 I had been to 9 countries and had 0 toy dinosaurs (although I had a lovely little dolomite figure from the museum in Sydney of a stegosaur--I'll post a picture another time). On 28 February 2015 I placed my first order, the following Papo figures:

That's the Pachycephalosaurus, Styracosaurus, Triceratops, and Pachyrhinosaurus.

So barely more than two months ago the number of countries I had been to was greater than my number of toy dinosaurs. Now my number of toy dinosaurs is close to the number of cities I have been to (although I am pretty strict about what cities I will count as "visited.") I would guess that I now have about 200 toy prehistoric fish (including dinosaurs). Here is a shelf in my office showing a few species from the Jurassic:
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And zooming in:

From left to right: Carnegie Brachiosaurus, Carnegie Camarasaurus, CollectA Shunosaurus (by length, this guy is actually 1:40 scale, but only because its neck and tail are proportionally too long), CollectA Jobaria, CollectA Megalosaurus, CollectA Rhoetosaurus, CollectA Lourinhanosaurus, Papo Allosaurus, Battat Cryolophosaurus


Carnegie Sinraptor, Safari Yangchuanosaurus, Carnegie Diplodocus, Papo Brachiosaurus, Favorite Stegosaurus, CollectA Camptosaurus, Kaiyodo Allosaurus skull

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Dino Horizons Dimorphodon, Jurassic Hunters Ornitholestes, Kaiyodo Archaeopteryx

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Safari Guanlong, CollectA Proceratosaurus, Safari Monolophosaurus, CollectA Scelidosaurus (although the resemblance is weak), Jurassic Hunters Eustreptospondylus, Schleich Kentrosaurus, Carnegie Miragaia, Papo Dilophosaurus

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Bullyland Spinophorosaurus, CollectA Cetiosaurus

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Some Pterosaurs hanging out on an I-beam in my office: Safari Dimorphodon, Dino Riders Pterodactylus, Safari Rhamphorhynchus

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A few aquatic animals: Kaiyodo Xenacanthus, Safari Cladoselache, Dino Horizons Stethacanthus, Safari Henodus, Carnegie Ichthyosaurus, Safari Hybodus, Kaiyodo Axelrodichthys. The Axelrodichthys is one of my favorites. I admit to some frustration that there are no commonly available figures of prehistoric actinopterygian fishes.

More later! Maybe I'll include a few pictures of my books as well. Thanks for looking, and please forgive the crappy cell phone pictures.
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Re: Halichoeres's toy fishes (mostly sarcopterygians)
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2015, 08:46:37 PM »
Looking good! A nice diverse bunch of figures. :)

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Re: Halichoeres's toy fishes (mostly sarcopterygians)
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, 11:05:37 PM »
I was looking forward to seeing what (non-pedantic usage of) fish you might have, that I don't already. In that respect, very disappointed  :(

But nice dinos either way!

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, 11:41:06 PM »
Roselaar, I've noticed that you are quick to encourage new collectors and praise their relatively modest holdings. It's very kind of you. Because of space and other considerations, I typically limit myself to a single representation of each genus, so diversity (taxonomically) is precisely what I'm going for. In a few instances (for example, multiple exceptional sculpts) I may have two or even three versions of a single animal, but that is currently the maximum.

SBell, sorry to disappoint! I actually have very few toys of extant fishes. Most of the fish I spend my time with either look like this:

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or are tiny gobbets of tissue in a vial of buffer, destined for DNA extraction and sequencing.
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Re: Halichoeres's toy fishes (mostly sarcopterygians)
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, 03:51:45 AM »
The dolomite stegosaur that started it all. Found it in my stocking this past Christmas. I was in Australia for Christmas, and this guy came from the Australian Museum in Sydney.
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A previous Christmas I got this alligator (A. mississippiensis of course) head.
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Also pictured: Safari coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), Field Museum Mold-a-Rama Stegosaurus, and a young Diplomystus from the Eocene Green River formation.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 05:31:01 PM »
The late Cretaceous in ~1:20 scale.

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WWD blind bag Troodon

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Kaiyodo Protoceratops

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Colorata Protoceratops

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Kaiyodo Oviraptor

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WWD blind bag Parksosaurus

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Safari Nasutoceratops

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Safari Vagaceratops

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Safari Kaprosuchus

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Carnegie Carnotaurus. Something about the pallor of the face with its lurid crimson flush makes me think of the Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth.

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Safari Leptoceratops

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Safari Montealtosuchus

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Safari Velociraptor
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 06:40:47 PM »
Roselaar, I've noticed that you are quick to encourage new collectors and praise their relatively modest holdings. It's very kind of you. Because of space and other considerations, I typically limit myself to a single representation of each genus, so diversity (taxonomically) is precisely what I'm going for. In a few instances (for example, multiple exceptional sculpts) I may have two or even three versions of a single animal, but that is currently the maximum.

SBell, sorry to disappoint! I actually have very few toys of extant fishes. Most of the fish I spend my time with either look like this:

or are tiny gobbets of tissue in a vial of buffer, destined for DNA extraction and sequencing.

I was more hoping for fossil fish figures! There aren't many as it is...(but at least I did my part, getting the Safari toob of prehistoric sharks made).

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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 07:34:47 PM »
I was more hoping for fossil fish figures! There aren't many as it is...(but at least I did my part, getting the Safari toob of prehistoric sharks made).

I do have some fish figures that I have not yet posted; in fact I think I have most of the ones available, but you're right, there just aren't many. Might also have a few actual fossils lying around...

You say you're responsible for the prehistoric shark toob? Is that really true? In that case, you have some supernumerary fins to answer for...
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2015, 12:45:47 AM »
I was more hoping for fossil fish figures! There aren't many as it is...(but at least I did my part, getting the Safari toob of prehistoric sharks made).

I do have some fish figures that I have not yet posted; in fact I think I have most of the ones available, but you're right, there just aren't many. Might also have a few actual fossils lying around...

You say you're responsible for the prehistoric shark toob? Is that really true? In that case, you have some supernumerary fins to answer for...

I didn't do the sculpting, just the species planning and some of the info text. Figure design and paint aren't my thing.

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2015, 05:21:56 AM »
I didn't do the sculpting, just the species planning and some of the info text. Figure design and paint aren't my thing.

That's so cool! Are you going to consult on future toobs? There are so many great themes that could be done at that scale.
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2015, 06:51:01 AM »
I didn't do the sculpting, just the species planning and some of the info text. Figure design and paint aren't my thing.

That's so cool! Are you going to consult on future toobs? There are so many great themes that could be done at that scale.

I helped with the prehistoric crocs at the same time, and got the Kaprosuchus on Safari's radar. Other than that, there was a bit with the brown Tyrannosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Inostrancevia  and the 3 plants.

But I no longer work at the museum where I did that. I still know people there, though, so if you have something in mind it can always get passed along.

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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2015, 08:57:56 AM »
Nice collection  ;) i love wwd minifigure especially the gorgosaurus

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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2015, 01:59:38 PM »
I didn't do the sculpting, just the species planning and some of the info text. Figure design and paint aren't my thing.

That's so cool! Are you going to consult on future toobs? There are so many great themes that could be done at that scale.

I helped with the prehistoric crocs at the same time, and got the Kaprosuchus on Safari's radar. Other than that, there was a bit with the brown Tyrannosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Inostrancevia  and the 3 plants.

But I no longer work at the museum where I did that. I still know people there, though, so if you have something in mind it can always get passed along.

Royal Tyrrell? Or prefer not to disclose? I almost went to U of Alberta for college in part because of the Tyrrell connection. I'm thinking about starting a toob wishlist thread; I'll keep you posted ;)

Nice collection  ;) i love wwd minifigure especially the gorgosaurus
Clearly! I have a couple extras of both Gorgosaurus and Edmontosaurus if you need them for your diorama, which is coming along nicely!
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2015, 02:17:37 PM »
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Some Devonian fishes: represented here are arthrodires, antiarchs, heterostracans, and osteostracans. Nice phylogenetic spread!

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Kaiyodo Hemicyclaspis. Beautiful figure at nearly life-size.

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Kaiyodo Pteraspis

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Kaiyodo Bothriolepis

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Dino Horizons Groenlandaspis, a not-too-distant cousin of Dunkleosteus

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Some aquatic animals in the 1:20-1:30 range (don't believe CollectA when they tell you this monstrous Rhomaleosaurus is 1:40).

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Carnegie Kronosaurus

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CollectA Deluxe Rhomaleosaurus

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Safari Scapanorhynchus (goblin shark). This paint job is hilarious but I like it. I am very happy that this toob got made at all.

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Favorite Plesiosaurus. Its face is just a little derpy, but I think most plesiosaur figures have that tendency.

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Kaiyodo Ichthyosaurus. Drives home how small Ichthyosaurus was--this tiny figure is too large to be to scale with most marine reptile figures.

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Safari Chlamydoselachus (frilled shark). This is actually my favorite Safari shark, even though it didn't even come from the shark toob. It's just an exquisite sculpt. It probably helps to have images of the living animal to work from.

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CollectA Dolichorhynchops

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Kaiyodo Cladoselache

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A few extant fishes: Japanese torrent catfish (Liobagrus reinii), grass puffer (Takifugu niphobles), fourspine sculpin (Cottus kazika), megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios). These are all from the Furuta Animatales line.
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Re: Halichoeres's toy fishes (mostly sarcopterygians)
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2015, 04:48:25 PM »
I never realized the Hemicyclaspis is almost life-sized; that's pretty cool! Interestingly their Opabinia is pretty much life-sized as well.

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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2015, 05:13:18 PM »
I never realized the Hemicyclaspis is almost life-sized; that's pretty cool! Interestingly their Opabinia is pretty much life-sized as well.
Didn't know Opabinia was that small! I estimate that the Hemicyclaspis and Pteraspis are both about 1:2, the Groenlandaspis is about 1:1, and the Bothriolepis is about 1:4, so they're all pretty close to life-sized.
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2015, 01:39:12 AM »

A few extant fishes: Japanese torrent catfish (Liobagrus reinii), grass puffer (Takifugu niphobles), fourspine sculpin (Cottus kazika), megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios). These are all from the Furuta Animatales line.

Interestingly, I recently received 3 of these same 4 last week (I've had the Megamouth for over ten years now). I have so many fish...

I didn't do the sculpting, just the species planning and some of the info text. Figure design and paint aren't my thing.

That's so cool! Are you going to consult on future toobs? There are so many great themes that could be done at that scale.

I helped with the prehistoric crocs at the same time, and got the Kaprosuchus on Safari's radar. Other than that, there was a bit with the brown Tyrannosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Inostrancevia  and the 3 plants.

But I no longer work at the museum where I did that. I still know people there, though, so if you have something in mind it can always get passed along.

Royal Tyrrell? Or prefer not to disclose? I almost went to U of Alberta for college in part because of the Tyrrell connection. I'm thinking about starting a toob wishlist thread; I'll keep you posted ;)


It was in southern Saskatchewan, the T.rex Discovery Centre. It was since signed over as the southwest Saskatchewan facility o fhte Royal Saskatchewan Museum after I was let go a few years ago. Suffice to say, their store sucks now  ;D.
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2015, 05:28:12 PM »
It was in southern Saskatchewan, the T.rex Discovery Centre. It was since signed over as the southwest Saskatchewan facility o fhte Royal Saskatchewan Museum after I was let go a few years ago. Suffice to say, their store sucks now  ;D.

I don't doubt it. If I ran a museum, I'd probably want you in charge of the gift shop.
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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2015, 05:20:24 AM »
It was in southern Saskatchewan, the T.rex Discovery Centre. It was since signed over as the southwest Saskatchewan facility o fhte Royal Saskatchewan Museum after I was let go a few years ago. Suffice to say, their store sucks now  ;D.

I don't doubt it. If I ran a museum, I'd probably want you in charge of the gift shop.

It was pretty well done if I may say so. But small towns and small ideas--now I'm not there. But at least I'm not in the crappy little town that went with it!

And even if I get no credit, I was able to get the marquee T.rex mount to have a cool pose for the skeleton. Kind of a trotting-and-direction-changing pose.

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2015, 10:37:50 PM »
The Early Cretaceous in ~1:20-1:30 scale.
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Kaiyodo Deinonychus and skeleton

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Colorata Dsungaripterus. I don't know why there aren't more figures of this really odd-looking animal.

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Toyway Polacanthus. At once lifelike and lifeless. Like a well-made mannequin.

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Safari Beipiaosaurus (feathered dinos toob)

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Safari Dilong (feathered dinos toob)

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Favorite Concavenator. A beautiful sculpt, but like other Soft Models, suffers from legs that don't play well with its base.

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Bullyland Iguanodon

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CollectA Eotyrannus. One of the worst figures in my collection, but I hang onto it because nobody else makes an Eotyrannus. It looks less like a feathered tetanuran and more like a pet dog which has put its nose in a beehive (http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/dogs-who-learned-the-hard-way-not-to-eat-bees#.af3PQe31P5)

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Kaiyodo Anhanguera

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Favorite Pelecanimimus. Another victim of Favorite soft-leg syndrome, this one is tipping inexorably backward into a tripod pose.

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CollectA Psittacosaurus. For being from their early days (2009), this is actually a pretty decent figure.
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