Almost every year, if money allows it, I make an big end years order at ModellPferdeVersand. I order all my Wish List animals from that year (2017 in this case) and some other animals I encounter and want. I save money up for the haul, as I enjoy having all my Wish List animals and being up-to-date at the end of every year. ((Every end of the year, brands make their new animals for the next year known. It is a big happening every year, something to look forward to <3))
Lets take a look at the animals that I bought from MPV <3 First one are the CollectA animals <3 I am so happy with what they made for 2017. But one animal got me crazy the moment I found out about it, it is a Bongo antelope! <3 It is a male and he is just stunning <3 He has a standard standing pose, but that does not matter at all for this model. The colors, patterns and horns, everything is just perfect <3
Next animals are all horses, as CollectA has some great horses made in 2017. First up are a mare and foal, both are Bashkir curly horses. I love the patterns/colors and the fact that they both have an nice pose, made them extra interesting! I am more of a heavy horse person myself, but for cute mares and foals, I can always make an exception <3 They are great in outdoor photos too! <3
Next horse just blew me away! What a big horse! It looks so majestic <3 The tinker stallion! I am in love with this horse. The pose, the way the mane and tail are sculpted, just wow! <3 Do I need to say more?
Last horse I got from CollectA is a cute foal <3 It is the Dartmoor foal I was missing to complete the family. I already has the stallion and mare an was doubting to buy the foal too, for a while. Till i got new shelves and more room was available for the horses. I was sure a small foal like this one would be an easy fit. So I bought him and I am very happy that I did that <3
We stay with CollectA for two more animals. My tiger shelf is already busy and can't hold that many more tigers. But when I saw that CollectA has updated their tigers. I had to have the normal colored one! <3 It is a big cat! Bigger than the Schleich current tiger and the same size, if not a tat bigger, than the Papo ones. Love the lighter orange colors an they did a nice job in the stripes too. Overall a nice looking tiger <3
Last CollectA animal is a bird. A secretary bird! What a stunning bird <3 The details are amazing on this one. The feathers are really well sculpted. The grass/soil between the legs isn't disturbing the great sculpture of this bird. Very happy with this bird in my collection <3
Next animals are all from Papo, as Papo also did a fantastic job on their new animals in 2017. Lest begin with a horse, not new for 2017 but I had my eyes on her for some time and I was very happy to see her still on sale at MPV. The Papo shire mare in brown <3 I love the way she looks and her pose! <3
The next one is also not a new 2017 figure, but also one that I had my eyes on for a while. The standing polar bear. What a majestic animal! He is tall and did not fit on the shelf I had planned for him. So I had to lift the glass shelf above the polar bear one, what was a bit nerveracking XD But I managed to lift the ones with the bigger dolphin up and now the Papo polar bear fits and is standing with the rest of my polar bears.
Another Papo animals that is not new for 2017 and was on my Wish List for some time. (Yes, i am catching up on late releases XD) The Limousine calf <3 I found his mother in Amsterdam this year and I really wanted the calf also, to go with her. So happy to have him now! He is so cute and his pose is curious, standing like a brave little calf (behind his mother that is XD) <3
Here we go, 2017 Papo! I got so excited when I saw Papo was releasing a small wild cat! The ocelot! Now Papo is fantastic with their wild big cats, their lions and tigers are fantastic and their snow leopard was STS Animal Of The Year 2014. But now, they stepped up their game and introduced a small wild feline to their range. Could this little fella keep up with Papo's well known reputation? In my eyes, yes! Now the ocelot has an difficult fur pattern and is not well known by that many people. So Papo had a difficult job to make one that was beautiful yet easy to produce in great numbers. They did a good job on the fur pattern IMHO. Although the body could have more shades. His head is simple, maybe a bit to simple? Yes, but again, these animals need to be produced in high numbers. So the patters could not be that complicated. The only thing I am worried about is: Papo has the tenancy to lower their paint job quality when batches roll out of their factories. If you look at the 2014 snow leopard, with many shades and great looking spots, it is a complete difference with the ones that are sold now. Also the tigers and lions have less of a paint job than the ones that where sold in the first few batches. (Honestly, I do not know how to tell which animal is from which batch, or f there are even different batches. Just to simplify the concept, I use the term batches.) You get the point I think :) But overall, I am very, very pleased with this beautiful small wild cat! <3
We continue with two pinnipeds! My pinniped shelves are starting to get a bit crowded already, but i had to have these two the moment I saw them being released. The sea elephant and the walrus! <3 The sea elephant is smaller than the Schleich one, but beautiful nonetheless <3 it could be seen as a young beach master who still has a lot to learn. I am pretty picky when it comes to walruses, I only have the female and pup from CollectA, the small Kaiyodo one on a base and the little Safari ltd Authentics one. None of the bigger males caught my eyes so far, until I saw this pretty boy showing up! Very happy to have both in my collection now <3 Great new pinnipeds <3
The last one from Papo 2017 is the female white-tailed deer <3 Now I have the family complete and I love them! The really compliments the buck and the fawn looks so cute besides her. She has a alert pose, which makes her a nice model for outside photos. Simple but beautiful deer <3
The last from my MPV haul is a big, big horse! I was looking trough their antique side of the website and discovered this beautiful Safari ltd Blue Ribbon Clydesdale gelding! He was pricey,more than the rest of the horses I had chosen, but defiantly worth the money! He is an absolute beautiful boy and now I am looking for more Blue Ribbon horses XD The blanked he is wearing, I already had it and it fits him perfectly.
And that was my MPV haul, or wasn't it? XD MPV sells Breyer, not that I am buying their horses, but they have these blind pocket boxes with three different themes: sea life, wild life and dogs. I was very curious and decided to buy some in my first haul. Two pocket boxes with the sea life theme <3 And ohmygoodness, the little fishes and such are so adorable! You get two animals with each their own sticker in a aquarium like box. You don't know which ones you will get, until you open them up. I LOVE blind boxes like these. Two boxes, four critters, all happy, right? Well, these things are kinda, addicting XD And when I saw that MPV had the CollectA sea life tubes in, I decided to order two more blind boxes! I will show you the CollectA sea life tubes in a bit, but first the complete group photo of the Breyer Blind Pocket Boxes in sea life theme <3 (From two different MPV hauls, in one month XD)
And now for the CollectA sea life tubes. CollectA is just starting with these tubes, but they already look fantastic! <3 They made two different sea life tubes, each containing their own animals. No doubles, but you have to buy both to acquire them all. Lets make this a small review and go over the tubes one at a time. The tubes themselves are great and are made out of sturdy plastic, so they can handle a bit of a ruff and tumble. These tubes are opened up on the side! Which I love! The well known Safari ltd tubes are opened up on the top, which can be a small hassle to put the animal back in and out. You have no trouble with that with these CollectA tubes <3 Like I said above, each tube have their own animals. In the photos, there are some animals missing, these are the animals I am keeping, the others are going to collector friends. So I will do in incomplete review of the animal that i want to keep XD The animals that are in the tubes, are all a miniature version of the bigger animals they have in their lines. Despite them being smaller, they do have a great looking paint job and they are very well sculpted <3 Or course some details could be better, but they have to be small and therefor some details could not be added as they where made I assume. Nonetheless, they are wonderful little critters! <3 Sure a must have for every sea animal lover out there <3
Still not done with MPV XD Last animal is an other pinniped! The CollectA sea leopard. Now I was really doubting to get this one, despite being it a very rare pinniped in model form. It seemed a bit, weird somehow. Maybe it was the angle, maybe it was his open mouth, but something did not quite fit... After seeing it on social media, I decided to give it a try and ordered it with this little group of items. Well, I can say he grew on me. His angle is not to bad, as is his open mouth, but I can not call him a real sea leopard IMHO. But they did their best and I am happy to have him in my collection now <3
And that was the last animal i got from MPV. I already know some animals from some brands that will come out in 2018, and it looks like a long Wish List already XD
Next up are Marktplaats findings! This website never stops to amaze me, with advertisements and the people that sell and buy from it XD First I found a group of Safari ltd dinosaurs and one lost VW tiger cub that I already have. I will show you the additions that I will keep <3 First is the Postosuchus, an crocodile like creature that looks so amazing! Real predator! Now, I have no high knowledge about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, but I am learning! And my fascination on them is growing! So I was very happy to add him into my collection <3
I was very excited when I saw the next dinosaur on the advertisement photo, the Carnegie Collection Maiasaurus and her young in a nest <3 I absolutely adore the young in the next, they are so darn cute! Love the caring pose of the Maiasaurus <3 Very happy to have these on my Carnegie shelf now <3
Last one is a sea dinosaur <3 A Liopleurodon, the forth one on my sea dinosaur shelf now. I love the coloring and patterns on this one, looks like a good camouflage for being in the water. This is the only one with its mouth open, love the teeth XD My sea dinosaur shelf is getting really full now.
An other group from Marktplaats, again, dinosaurs XD It was a small group, with some Safari ltd dinosaurs and come copies! I did not like the copies, but I kept the Safari ltd dinosaurs. A Spinosaurus, a baby Brontosaurus and a baby Stegosaurus. All have an orange and brown color scheme, perfect for this Autumn season XD Happy to have them now <3
Copies *hides* Bootlegs... I am mostly against copies, bootlegs, rip-offs... But in this hobby, this collectors hobby, you can not get under the fact that maybe ones or twice, you will find a copy that is your taste or that you want to have. And now, I have an other copy in my collection. (I have a total of three, or maybe four copies against 1200 animal models, but still.) This is a big one, a white wolf! The original is a resin from a brand or person called Mr.Z. The original comes in three beautiful colors; white, brown and gray. The copy only comes in two colors, white and gray. I found mine thanks to the help of Nardien, who gave me the link on AliExpress <3 I feel like a hypocrite XD But when I look at the wolf, it makes me smile and I love him. Does that makes the fact better that the wolf is a copy from an original resin model, nope...
Last but not least are bouncing ball animals <3 These bouncing balls drive me nuts! They are so small, so cute and I want them all! But they are so hard to find! Julie found two amazing sets on the internet, one with ducks and one with cats! And I want them both so bad XD <3 But I can not seem to find a web-shop that is selling them as a set and not with 1000 in one go -_-" I keep an eye out in small stores, Marktplaats, flea-markets, etc. But even there these bouncing balls with an animal inside are hard to find! Oh well, here are my cute little finds from these couple of weeks <3
Book market in Leeuwarden:
Second hand shop in Bolsward:
Other second hand shops:
This was it! Hope you enjoyed reading this blog <3 It was my birthday in November and I got some nice things I will show in the next blog-entry! <3
And there goes September! What a month! Many things happened and it went all so fast, or slow, depends on what it was XD Keeping it short, because I have much to show! First, our vacation, begin September. We had such a good time <3 Found many wonderful things, made wonderful memories <3 And then, rebuilding our house! Or actually, how we end up not doing that at all... We had planned to rebuild our living room/kitchen area, but it got canceled... But, instead of focusing on being sad and all, we did my hobbyroom <3 I got new shelves!! The big white cabinet moved downstairs and I got fresh new shelves, with a lot of extra room to add even more model animals XD Tijn did all of the shelf making and such <3 And last but not least, I am sick... Well, doing better now. But I had a big cold and I was not feeling like typing my blog at all. So there will be no September 2017 blog-entry... But an October 2018 one instead!
Lets begin with the new additions! Oh, just one little note. Books will come at the end. I always try to include them, but I somehow forget or do not take the right photographs of them to include them. I did take good photographs of them now, so they are in this blog-entry for sure <3
Our vacation <3
We started in Schinnen, a place in Limburg. It was a long drive from our home, but it was worth it <3 We where standing on a beautiful campsite. Just 150 meters away from a beautiful forest. I have walked multiple times, alone, with my camera and model animals there. We visited Aachen, a city in Germany. Where I found some nice Bullyland animals <3 I do not come across this brand very often, so it was nice to search from a broad collection in their shops.
We also went to a flea market in Schinnen. I found some books, that will be shown further down in this blog-entry. And I found a nice little Bullyland Mammoth. We also visited Valkenburg, where we walked trough the city center and had some coffee and cake <3 There I saw this beautiful Border Collie statue, from Leonardo Collection <3 It was a tricolor, stalking Border Collie <3 Sadly, the store was closed.
We only had one week of vacation and we decided to move to Epe, in Gelderland. There we stood on a campsite in the middle of a big forest. Wild rabbits roamed free on the campsite and in the evening, wild boars would sniff alongside the fence, looking for food. There we went to different second hand shops, in the small cities and villages around Epe. I found, again, some nice books <3 I also found a Safari ltd Authentic polar bear. And.... I found something I would never though I would find there! The stalking, tricolor Border Collie. I was in shock XD How did I manage to find, a statue in a second hand store, two hours driving from Valkenburg?! He stood between many other statues, on a shelf. And the best thing was: he was only 5 euros! <3 I took him with me of course! <3
Next is a wonderful Buddy Box from Julie! <3 I love the fact we are still doing this, after 3 years or so. It is always such an exciting feeling, when the postman delivers a Buddy Box <3 This one was filled with so many beautiful things, again <3 Just look at this complete photo <3
Lets start with the bigger animals! <3 Julie managed to find two CollectA sea dinosaurs. A Tylosaurus and a Lioplurodon. Thanks to her, I now have a small and a big Lioplurodon <3 CollectA makes such good animals and dinosaurs, that is not hard to imagine they are great in their paint job, details and size.
We stay with the dinosaurs for some bit, as Julie had two Safari ltd Authentic dinosaurs that where looking fr a new home. I could not say no to them, so she packed them in her Buddy Box. The previous owner, not Julie herself, had stabbed two pins right trough the poor critters. The pins where heated, before they where just stabbed in the dinosaurs back. My heart breaks when I see such molestation to old and precious models like these. Luckily Tijn could remove the pins, with no problem. The only thing remaining, is a little puncture point and some burned plastic around it. They are safe and in a loving new home now <3
Next are some crazy, cute and tiny dinosaurs! <3 Julie has a group of K&M mini dinosaurs and she had some of them double and offered those to me. Of course I could not say no to that! I mean, tiny dinosaurs! <3 They are so cute! And so small, I am in love with them. There are more from this series and I hope to find more of them in the future <3 Like the little saber tooth and the Ichthyosaur <3
Last dinosaur from this Buddy Box is a bit of a weird one with an unknown brand/series. It has long, thin legs (Which makes it looks so funny XD) and it has one color. (With some darker shades here and there.) I do not know where it is from, if it has a series or a brand. I suspect is it from some kind of blind bag series, as I have two other dinosaurs that have the same sculptural features and also have one color with some darker shades. I hope to find some more information about them in the future.
One thing I envy Julie about, is that Naturalis (Natural Historic Museum in Leiden) is so close to her, that she can visit the gift shop whenever she wants. The museum is closed now, due to renovations and rebuilding the place, but I really want to go there sometimes <3 She found this lovely creature in their gift shop. A Wild Republic gila monster <3 It is made from a softer material that most model animals, a bit rubbery. But I do not mind that at all with this critter. It has nice details and the spots are nicely done.
A couple of weeks ago, I found out that ELC made different frogs/toads. I already had a toad in my collection, but not a frog. Luckily for me, Julie found a ELC frog for me <3 It is such a nice ELC type frog! Now they both are standing with the rest of my forest ELC group <3 I really love that series from ELC <3
I have a weak spot for heavy horses. I do not know exactly why, but I do <3 I am happy that I can welcome yet an other heavy horse into my collection. This time it is the Papo lying shire foal in black and white. It is such a nice foal model <3 Papo might not be the go-to brand when it comes to horses, but I honestly think they have the most horses with the most interesting poses! <3 Like this laying foal <3
As I try to keep my collection as realistic as possible, sometimes the cute and unusual slip trough my heart and reach the wooden self-made shelves that are for the cute critters and fandom stuff <3 As did these four little critters. The two dogs are absolutely adorable and can swing their heads around when you move them, little bobble-heads <3 The wolf is a figure from the Disney film Jungle Book. The squirrel is... from... I do not know exactly XD It looks like a Disney critter, like the ones from Snow White maybe?
Next one is a canine from CollectA, a red fox. It has a very sweet face and a simple paint job. CollectA has been renewing their animals, starting with the lions and tigers. Maybe they will redo some forest critters as well? I would not mind having a new fox from CollectA in my collection <3
The last one is a mystery cetacean! It is a dolphin, but I have no idea from which brand it is or what species it exactly is. It is the same size as tube figures, or Play Vision dolphins. But I never saw this dolphin before. It has no mark, no 'made in China', nothing on his belly or side. The spots and the pink belly are not something you see everyday on a cetacean model. It is a very nice figure, with nice flukes, fins and rostrum. Happy to have him in my collection now <3
Thank you so much Julie, for yet an other beautiful Buddy Box. <3
Next is a very lovely package from Nardien. We decided to do a trade and she ordered some animals for me from Modellpferdeversand <3 All are new releases from major brands from 2017 <3 Especially Papo, Safari ltd and CollectA did an amazing job on their new 2017 animals.
Lets start with the first one, the Papo fennec fox! I was so looking forward to this one! What a sweet looking canine! Legs are long, but that does not batter and it fits this animal well. The face is sweet looking and it has those characteristic big ears <3 I am very pleased with this canine, Papo did a good job on it <3
Next is a second Papo animal, an arctic hare. Now I have two arctic hares, one by Papo and one by Schleich. I really like the style of Papo better, than the Schleich version of the arctic hare. I really like the face of this one and the fact that it is not a solid white coated animal. I looks like it is ready to jump away.
2017 is the year of the dingo. After the addition of the beautiful Southland Replica's dingo male, I also have the Safari ltd dingo now <3 And ohmygoodness, what a stunning figure! I am so happy that they released it in normal size and not as a Wildlife Wonder. It has the Safari ltd style and it fits him so well <3 He has a normal standing pose, but it is a very nice looking dingo and you can see that at once. Very happy to have this beauty in my collection now <3
Second animal from Safari ltd that I got in this package, is the harpy eagle! What a majestic bird! It fits the series and style very well, first harpy eagle in my collection <3 The details on the feathers and the wings are great. And it has those typical feathers on his head. Very happy to have this bird in my collection <3
Next are two CollectA animals, first one is an antelope that I personally would not even imagine in figure form, the saiga antelope <3 Talking about a weird animal, this antelope has a trunk like snout. CollectA dares to make the weird and the wonderful in the animal kingdom and I love them for doing that! So now this beautiful antelope is standing in my collection and I love it! Must have for every collector <3
And last but not least, an other CollectA animal. The ivory-billed woodpecker <3 On a tree! The bird has many details and the tree is also nicely made. Only minus is, for my collection, is that the tree is to high. So he does not fit between the two glass shelves where he belongs.... So he is standing, all alone, on one of my deer shelves.... Oh well, it is still a beautiful sculpted animal <3 So he can stay there <3
Thank you so much for this wonderful trade Nardien <3 These new additions are amazing!
If I can help a friend, I am more than willing to help them <3 WhiteLightningWolf has some sales up on eBay, due to personal reasons she is selling some animal models and plushes. She posted some photos of them on her Instagram account, and there it was: a little Hagen-Renaker cat <3 I was in love <3 I asked if she had more little critters like the HR cat. She showed me all she had. I bought all of them XD The others are Little Critterz and they are absolutely adorable! When the package arrived, she even included a gift! A beautiful Kaiyodo black Main Coon cat! I love all of them and I am extremely happy to own some Little Critterz now. They are ceramic, which not many collectors collect. But they are detailed and they have many interesting species <3 I love them to bits <3 Thank you so much Fallon!! <3
After me overspending on a group I bought from Instagram, I would never buy an model animal there again (customs and repaints not included). I did not say a thing about trading XD I made a trade with Lokidaemonium. A very nice person who was interested in some animals I had up for trade. And luckily for me, he had some animals that would fit nicely into my collection. A Procon baby dinosaur and a Bullyland iguana. I really liking both. The Bullyland iguana has a place on my desk and the baby dinosaur is standing safe and sound with the rest of my dinosaurs <3 Thank you for this trade! Sparky says hello <3
We stay with the Bullyland animals, as I found two reptiles in a toy store in Leeuwarden last month. A chameleon and an albino python. These Bullyland reptiles are bigger than any in my vitrine, and they do not fit in anymore. So they have a nice little spot with my plants and some boxes on my desk. It looks very neat with the green colors and their size. I really love it <3
The last figure of this blog-entry is a small Safari ltd Authentics horse I found on Marktplaats. I adore this series from safari ltd so much, and I am very happy to include this little fella into my collection <3 He is photographed with the Safari ltd Authentics polar bear I found on our vacation <3
Books from our vacation:
Books from local second hand shops:
New bought books from a book store in Almere:
Books from Julie's Buddy Box:
Thank you for visiting and reading this blog-entry. i already have half of my desk full of new animals to show you in my next blog-entry. Who will not be as late as this one, I hope. See you in the next one! <3
Hello everyone! Thanks for reading yet an other blog-entry!
This weeks Friday we will go on vacation, for a whole week! <3 We need a break! We are going with our caravan to Valkenburg <3 The caravan already stands in front of our house, ready to be packed. I do most of the packing work XD Not that I mind <3 I am planning to bring a whole box full of model animals with me on this holiday trip! As photographing model animals is kinda addicting XD I hope the weather stays good, so we can walk and dome some sightseeing <3 I hope I will come across some new TipToi animals, as we are going to Germany as well, just for one day :) Of course Gaell is coming to <3
But lets not astray, and let me show my new additions <3 Lets begin with a special Buddy Box. For the people who a reading my blog for a while, all know that Julie is my main Buddy Box buddy <3 But recently, also Nardien joint the Buddy Box fun and she sent me one this month! And ohmygoodness, I can say I was blown away with all the goodies that where in the BB <3 Look!
So many beautiful and useful things <3 I will only show the model animals, as the rest of the photos I took are... Well, not really sharp... So no book and no stuffed animal. But the WNF puma plush will be showed in the next blog-entry, after our vacation is over <3 Lets begin with the model animals <3
Note: photos in this blog are not from the best quality, sorry about that.
Nardien is a person who already knows what I like, so her choices are perfect <3 She checks my Wish List frequently it seems XD I have a soft spot for marine dinosaurs. I do not know why, but I find them fascinating and very cool! Due to limited space, I can not have them all. But because many are really big, I tent to keep it small. But for some, I make an exception. For example the Papo Plesiosaur <3 I fell in love with this animal, the moment I saw it in Nardiens new additions topic. But I could never imagine that I would get that exact Plesiosaur! <3 I love his face so much XD It has a really sneaky grin <3
Next animal is one that has been on my Wish List for a long time. The Safari LTD Smilodon <3 When Nardien texted me, if I could remove the Smilodon from my Wish List (So I would not get any doubles.) I was very curious and enthusiastic! When the package arrived, I was so happy to see it in my own hands. Surely one of my favorite saber-tooth/Smilodon figures out there. Hope to find her cub one day as well <3
Next one was a big surprise, as I had never seen this model before. A Safari LTD salmon! I knew Safari LTD make very beautiful fishes. As I have seen some of them and I own one beautiful Safari LTD fish. This salmon is just gorgeous! Nice size with many details and great colors <3 Happy to have this one in my collection now <3
Nardien also included a Southland Replica in her Buddy Box! The standing red kangaroo! What a beast! These animals are very big and can fight like boxers, this model really represents their tougher side! It is tall, 16cm high! It has many great details and it makes a great photo-model <3 Really happy to have yet an other SR animal in my collection now <3
Next are two cute little kittens, Papo playing kittens <3 These two are so adorable! They made friends with my Schleich kittens already. Nice addition to my kitten and puppy shelf <3
The last animal from Nardiens Buddy Box is a very special one <3 Sometimes Nardien posts repaints that her mother makes, on her Instagram page. Mainly horses, but also other animals. I asked if she did commissions, not really getting into details, but a Border Collie would be nice. Nardien included a little cute tin in the Buddy Box, with... a repainted Border Collie inside! His name is Plato <3 And Nardiens mother repainted it for me! <3 So sweet!! Now I have three repainted 'Made in China' Border Collies. One I did, one Julie did and now one from Nardiens mother <3 Plato has beautiful golden eyes and a blue merle spotted coat <3 Thank you so much, Nardiens mother! <3
And thank you so much, Nardien, for sending me this awesome Buddy Box!
Next group, is a group I bought on Instagram. But thanks to this person, I will never buy model animals from Instagram again. Only repaints/customs from people I know or being recommended to me. He contacted me, if I was interested in his model animals. After some talking, discussing and being a kind person, I bought some of his model animals. I overpaid, big time. The only two models that are worth the trouble; are two big K&M animals <3 The rest... I could have bought from MPV, for a much lower price and better condition. I noticed this little detail, after I paid him...
Well, sometimes you have to take the gamble, I guess. The model animals are not to blame and I still like them. Lets see what we have here... First one is the Safari LTD warthog. Very nice and alert pose! He is bigger than the Schleich ones I have in my collection. I like his light browns colors. <3
Next one is one of the animals, other than the big K&M animals, that I fell in love with. The cute Safari LTD Clydesdale foal <3 His face, his colors, his pose, I love him <3 I am happy he is now, safe and sound, in my collection. Safe in a big and loving horse herd. <3
And here are the two big K&M animals <3 I love this series from K&M! A platypus and a red wolf cub <3 Extremely happy to have these two in my collection now. Wondering if the platypus has a baby, or an adult that goes with it. And I hope to have at least the adult red wolf in my collection one day <3
Luckily, you can never go wrong on flea markets and second hand shops <3 Have been to the Drafbaan in Wolvega this month. Big outdoor flea marked <3 Found some very nice little animals. Made a group photo of them. Sadly, the camera wouldn't focus on the animals on the sides... I found two mini Jurassic Park dinos. A rat that has no markings on it, but it still looks good! Two gray bunnies, I think these are from some kind of play-set. And a little Safari LTD Good Luck Mini elephant <3
Last but not least for this blog is, a group of small animals that I found in a bag that I got from Marktplaats. A big bag, full of model animals! There was only one photo in the advertisement, so I could only see what was on top of the pile of model animals XD I saw some nice looking old Schleich animals and decided to bid. I was able to buy the bag <3 I only found some animals for my collection. But luckily, I could make Julie and Nardien happy with some of the content <3 This little group contains: Schleich old Arabian foal. Two Natoon animal, a arctic fox and a polar bear <3 Very old Schleich sitting back cat. A standing blak cat, that I think is some kind of advertisement item. Bullyland micro rat <3 Troetels seal <3 And a Schleich little pink pig, that is from a series of 5/6 little pink piggies in different poses.
I hope I will find some nice new animals, when we are on vacation. Then I will make a special vacation blog when we are back home <3 Thanks for watching and reading <3
I just realize that this blog is an year old!
Happy one year anniversary, my dear blog!
I would never have imagine maintaining such a blog of so long! Hope for many more years, with many more new additions, stories and photos to share with you all! I know that all of you are silent readers, or just watching the photos, but I would like to know if you enjoy watching and reading my blog :) You could comment on my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/nightlioness_collections/
Talking about my Instagram page! I reached 650 followers there! I never would have guessed that my hobby, collection model animals, is so welcomed by so many people! THANK YOU ALL! Of course my hobby is my own, and I do it most of the time for myself XD But sharing gives it an other dimension! Helping young collectors, giving info about animal models and brands, sharing experiences and giving reviews, it all makes it so much more than just a hobby <3
Oke, enough about the other stuff XD Lest show my new additions!
First up are trades and sales from members of STS. I asked Masoud if he could find me some animals, and he did! So this is a small order from Masoud. I was looking for some Bandai animals pairs. The ones I immediately fell in love with, are two red panda's and a deer family. These animals are so small! And so adorable! The details are very nice, they are painted very nice as well, for their small size. The minus was, that the deer family had trouble standing. This due to cramped packaging from the seller (not Masoud!) to me. They have such thin legs, that they get warped very quickly. I had them on a edge of a cardboard box, so the legs would mold into that shape. It had some good effect on the male and female deer. But the fawn still has trouble standing on her own. Luckily she has her family to support her <3
Masoud was so kind, when we began trading/selling to each other, to give me some shops from TaoBao. I sometimes search trough them, to look if there are interesting things between them. Of course, I don't do this often, as there are many interesting animal models on there XD This time I saw a unknown lioness and her cub. I still do not know the brand... But they are small and so cute!
The last one was a bit of a surprise XD I asked Masoud to kindly look for a second pair of Takara Tony orcas (mother and calf), because the last one I got, missed her calf. He found a pair and he ordered one I had the idea of trading the extra adult. When the package arrived, I got one orca adult and... two orca calves! XD So I will keep one calf, and will trade the extra pair XD
That was the small order, I had ordered more animals, but some went to good friends <3
Thank you Masoud, for helping me yet again <3
The next two are two single animals that I got from two different trades. One from Balaenoptera (the Safari LTD Pecheron gelding) and one from Bowhead Whale (Safari LTD African Wild Dog). Very happy with both animals! Thank you so much ladies <3
Last trade I made trough STS, is one with my dear Sauroid <3 I was very happy that we could trade again, as it was some time ago that we did one. The animals I got from him, are awesome! The first one I will show you all is the Colorata Coelacanth! It is bigger than I thought it would be, but that is not a problem <3 The blue color with his markings are gorgeous! I really love this fish! <3
The second one is the Colorata Pirarucu. It is also bigger than I thought! Love the red spots and his prehistoric appearance! I really like these ancient looking fish! <3 Very happy to have these two awesome fish in my collection now <3
Next one is also a Colorata, a Boa Constrictor. I had my eyes on this snake for a while now. And I was very happy to hear from Sauroid that he got one double! <3 I really love this snake! His patterns and colors are amazing! I wish that more brands could make a more patterned Boa or Python!
Next one is a Yujin Leopard Gecko! Love these reptiles! They are beautiful and I am very happy to own one more in my collection (I already have two color variations from Kaiyodo in my collection). Together with the two Kaiyodo ones, it forms a nice little group. And what i am happy about the most is, they are all differently colored! <3 It is the same mold as the Play Vision one, but with a more nicer paint job.
Last one from this little, but awesome trade is a Yujin frog! (I totally forgot which species it is!) I already had some Yujin frogs, also from Sauroid <3 So I am very happy that I could include this one in my collection as well! And it is not that big, very handy if you have not much space left XD
Thank you so, so much dear Sauroid! <3
In a previous blog-entry, you could see three new repaints that I got. Well, I got two more! <3 They are from a person that I follow on Instagram, named Milkaar. Her horses are, ohmygoodness! <3 I decided to do a commission from her, and well, it is addicting! I got one commission horse and one horse that she already made and decided to sell it. Lets introduce them! Because photos say a lot more than words!
Original mold: Schleich 2017 Tinker stallion
Repainted by Milkaar
Original mold: Lipizanner foal
Repainted by Milkaar
I am absolutely in love with these two horses! Thank you so much Milkaar! Eventually, all my repainted and customized animals will get their own page in the 'menu' in the right upper corner of my blog. Because they all have their own personality and story. I think I will call it 'specials' or something like that XD I am also planning a separate page for my Border Collie collection as well <3 With individual photos of the dogs and their information and names.
An other purchase I did from Instagram are some CollectA horses <3 Schleichgirl2006 was selling some horses and after I asked if she had other brands, she showed me these three very nice horses that I was interested in <3 First one is the Arabian mare! Her graceful appearance makes her a real Arabian horse! Second one is the Clydesdale stallion. He is huge! A stunning horse, love the pose and the movement of the main and tail. Last one is my very first CollectA foal! A Fjord foal, he is so cute! Thank you Schleichgirl2006!
I also did a purchase from Marktplaats. A very well know collector is done with collecting and is selling his collection on Marktplaats. (He has over 7000 individual models!) He places small amounts of animal at a time. He is on my Favorite list, so I can see when he posts new things on MP. So when I saw he posted the two K&M Red Panda's on MP, I immediately sent him a message. I also asked if he had more K&M animals for sale, of course he did. After I looked trough his list, I choose the big K&M tiger to. Because I was already buying from him, I looked at the rest of his animal on MP once again, and decided that the Monterey Bay Aquarium gray whales, mother and calf, had to come to. I am so happy that more K&M animals are a part of my collection now <3 They are so nicely made <3
I also placed an order at www.spielzeug-guenstig.de/ They had new Mojo Fun 2017 and Southlands Replicas! Southland is a new brand, started this year with some amazing Australian animals! I have seen many photos on STS and on Instagram and really wanted them in my collection! So I ordered some for me, and some for Julie <3 Let me introduce you to them!
First up, is the male dingo! I was so excited when I saw him! He is so beautiful and the best dingo on the market! (With the new Safari LTD 2017 dingo as second <3) Now what surprises me and got me al hyped up, is the fact that his card literally says, male dingo. While the other two I bought, have no sex on it. So... Could it be that there will come a female dingo also?! And if I am already dreaming, maybe some cute pups! SR is already a pro at making the unusual, like the standing red male kangaroo, or the hopping gray kangaroo. Lets hope I am right, because, I want pups!! XD
Second Southland Replica is the platypus! I already have two platypuses in my collection. But this one i could NOT resist, it is way to cute! <3 It is so small, yet so detailed. He makes me smile every time I see it <3 Their models have a great paint job and are made from very good material!
Last Southlands is a thylacine! Oooh, this one is stunning! I knew that Thylacines could open their mouth so wide, and this one really shows that. Paint job is fantastic. It has a rustic kind of feel to it, I love it! <3
I see a bright future for Southlands! They are still working on new animals, and I really hope to have more of these little beauties in my collection! <3
Next one is a new 2017 Mojo Fun that I wanted so bad since the day I saw it. The new color version of their black/white cat, a red tabby cat <3 He is so pretty! Love his stripes, very nicely done! Now my black/white one has a sibling <3 I also got an other Mojo Fun that I wanted for some time now, the Orlov Trotter horse! Horse and Bird studios, sculpted the original version and called hers Snegir. I am a lucky person and could buy one of her Snegir horses <3 Ad now I have the toy version also! XD Last Mojo Fun from this package is the stoat in winter coat XD I already had the brown version, but the one is his winter coat is just as nice as the brown one <3
I also got two howling wolves from Safari LTD. I do not have that many space left for wolves to enter my collection. But these two I could not resist. Especially the gray version is beautiful! They have that good Safari LTD style, that I adore. Very happy with these two, now in my collection <3
Next one from this package, is an cetacean that surprised me! It is a common dolphin from Maia & Borges! M&B made the Made in Portugal, old sea life molds for Schleich. (Also used by Papo and Mojo Fun now.) I have all the whales in my collection, with their babies. But Schleich, nor Papo or Mojo fun, used this dolphin. I do not know why tho. Maybe it is because the dolphin was made later on, to complete the line for M&B? Anyhow, M&B still sells it under their name, and I am very happy they do! because it is absolutely gorgeous! <3 The coloring is so nice! And I love the mold <3 Very happy with this one! <3
Last animal from this package, is an other Safari LTD canine, the Best in Show husky! He is beautiful and really charming! He is the fifth husky in my collection now <3 Love his simple paint job and his alert pose. Such a wonderful figure <3 Really happy with this one to <3
I also went to one of my favorite shops in Leeuwarden this month. Spellekijn. They have Schleich and some Bullyland dinosaurs and figures for sale. I could not walk out empty handed XD I found the new 2017 Schleich sloth! My oh my, what a cute figure! Very nice model <3 And I brought two Schleich dogs with me, the German Shepherd and the Dalmatian dog. The newer dogs are smaller, to be is scale with the farm and horse world they have created. Collector wise, very handy if you do not have enough space.
I also found some very neat books!
This was my blog-entry for this month! Next time I have more new additions to show you all, including a new Buddy Box, from Nardien this time! <3 If you want to stay updated on my newest additions, and see overviews from my collection, make sure to follow me on my Instagram account!
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