It is 2017 already?! Time flies when you are having fun! XD We spend the Christmas days with family, and New Year at home (Gaell and the cats are afraid of the fireworks, so we stayed home to watch them. They did fine, scared, but fine.) I have a lot to show you all! I will begin with an fantastic trade I made with a new member on STS forum. His name is msdmhd. I must admit that I had canceled this trade in the beginning. Why? Because I am a person who gets worried very fast and due to trust issues (I blame my stupid past for this), I can get very negative in the beginning. Luckily for me, I am also a very stubborn person to myself and I got a second chance, for which I am very grateful for. Not only did I get many beautiful animals, I also got a new friend :3 <3 Thank you msdmhd, thank you for this trade! Hope my package to you arrives safe and sound!
Let’s get to the animals I got in the trade with msdmhd!
I will take photos for TAI soon, as many are not yet on Kaiyodo TAI.
First up are two new coloration's from the Kaiyodo cockatiels. A normal colored one and a gray spotted one. Now I have all the three coloration's of this lovely cockatiel in my collection.
Next is the amazing snowy owl from the Kaiyodo Zoorasia series. So many wonderful details, both on the bird as on the rock she is flying from. Really nice model, so happy to have this one now. (in the photo, she looks a bit weird, but she is really nice in real life <3)
A tufted puffin and a new specie of kingfisher (Alcedinidae) entered my collection, thanks to this trade. The tufted puffin looks amazing with those tufts. The new kingfisher is a secret figure from the Kaiyodo Takara ChocoQ 8 series. Really happy to have more interesting birds in my collection.
Waterfowl is one of my favorite bird groups, so I was more than excited when I saw the whooper swan and the mandarin duck between the birds that where for trade. I already had one whooper swan from Kaiyodo, but this one is from the egg series. And the mandarin duck is just... wow!! <3
The last birds are some of a totally new brand for my collection: Kabaya birds. Little birds made from poly-stone type material. They are nicely detailed and very beautiful. I kept them in their packages for photographing, because I like the background that comes with them. These two are the first Kabaya birds, but maybe more from this brand will follow?
Cetaceans! (dolphins, whales and porpoises)
Haha, I am almost addicted to cetacean figures. As msdmhd collects in scale, the smaller animals from big species have no purpose in his collection. I was more than happy to discover many beautiful cetacean figures among his trade animals. And I finally got some most wanted cetaceans in this trade <3
First is a group photo of many cetaceans.
F.L.T.R: Orca head, Humpback whale, Finless porpoise, Pilot whale, Boto, Bryde's whale and a Right whale.
Next is a very beautiful and delicate narwal figure. My third narwal in my collection <3 Love his elegant pose and the colors/spots on this little fella. He is so cute!
I got this Kaiyodo Red Data series Bowhead Whale as a gift <3 (I got several great gifts in the package <3) He is very beautiful, dynamic pose and not a very common whale specie in figure form.
The last cetaceans from this package, made my hart jump with joy! The CBOIV finless porpoises, mother and calf are finally in my collection! I had my eye on them for a while... But I knew it would be a lucky shot if I ever could have them in my collection one day. And now i have them!! <3 They are gorgeous! I have a soft spot for porpoises, and these are wonderful <3 There is a father also, hope to get him as well in the future.
Pinnipeds! (seals, sealions, walrusses)
As a sea mammal enthusiast, pinnipeds are also very welcome in my collection. The more species, the better. The ribbon seal is a new specie in my collection, very happy with that. The little sea lion is a welcome addition too, as he looks like a young and not many young pinnipeds are made.
Felines and canines
No big trade would be complete without some felines or canines in it <3 A very nice Kaiyodo walking white and orange tabby cat entered my collection. Real, big tomcat <3 Boss of the block obviously! And a second coloration of the Kaiyodo Scottish Fold cat. I already had the calico, but now I have my favorite cat coloration as well <3
It almost looks like a statue! This Kaiyodo Zoorasia series tiger head with walking panther. I am in love with it! Had a little problem placing it in my collection, as it has two different felines in it. But it is standing with the tigers now. Behind and above the tiger should be a rock with a black panther on it. But I do not mind it missing that, as it is beautiful as it is now too <3
Look at these three <3 All Kaiyodo: Raccoon dog, Honshu wolf and Irriomote cat. All are very welcome in my collection. I already have several Irriomote cats and Raccoon dogs, but I do not mind extra of them <3
I try to add more tropical fishes into my collection. Most of the Kaiyodo fishes are stunning and very colorful. My collection can use some color for sure! First two fishes are blue and very nicely made. A Kaiyodo whale shark and a Coelacanth. My very first coelacanth in my collection, and hopefully more soon in the future! Love those ancient fish <3
*hides* I broke my own darn rule! "I do not collect insects." Why? There are so many insects and I have no space to display them all in the right orders they are in. But.... well... I have a weakness with... praying mantises. Yes, the insects that eat their males head during mating. (Not the reason why I like them so much, to be clear XD) I saw my first real, in the wild living, mantis when I was on a trainee-ship in Spain. And I saved a second one from a dogs water bowl a few days after seeing my first one. They are incredible little hunters and they look so awesome! So when I saw this Kaiyodo Orchid Praying Mantis between his animals, I had to have him! His colors are so soothing <3 Next to him is my last coloration I needed to complete the three Discus fishes from Kaiyodo.
Kitan Club rabbits!! At least four of them that is <3 I adore these Kitan Club key-chain rabbits for a long time now, but they are not easy to find. But thanks to this awesome trade, I have four of them now. I love every color variation, which comes with different paw and inner-ear color. The rabbit on the far right is a Kaiyodo, which has a red color variation also (that I do not own).
Next are some small critters, rodents and small predators entering my collection. All are from Kaiyodo. Weasel, Guinea pig, Meerkat and a Flying squirrel. Four little critters <3
The last two of this amazing trade are two Kaiyodo reptiles. A Veiled Chameleon and a Mamushi Pit Viper. Both very detailed and the chameleon has beautiful colors <3
~Thank you so much msdmhd, for this chance and this amazing trade!~
We stay with STS additions, as I got again a wonderful package from Brett. This years first Brett package was filled with a lot of beautiful animals. Thank you Brett, as always, for the package is great and so is the service, packing, shipping and contact <3
Lets show the animals!
Eikoh made a 10th set with marine animals and I had to order at least some of them. It is not a surprise that I choose some sea mammals as well <3 Let me introduce you to my new Eikoh sea animals. From left, to right: Sperm whale, Dugong, Orca, Sea turtle.
I love jumping spiders. I think of them as the most cutest spider on this planet. So I was delighted when Kaiyodo made an bug series. One where you could put a sticky putty underneath each bugs belly to stick in anywhere you want. I do not use this sticky putty, as he is standing on his own with the rest of my spiders. He is very detailed and looks great with the other spiders in my collection.
Brett has his own sale sometimes, items from his own inventory. I love sales, so I always look at the photos he mails. And this time, there where some awesome sea mammals and an owl in his inventory that I bought. The sea mammals are stunning, one by one. All are Kaiyodo but from different series. I can not say which one I like the most, they are all so beautiful! <3
The Kaiyodo owl has a bit of a background story, as I originally got two the same owls this month. This owl I bought from Brett, but I also got one from the trade with msdmhd. It was my mistake and forgot I had bought the one from Brett already, when I traded the owl from msdmhd. It is not a big problem, as Julie is willing to take the double owl into her own collection.
Last one from Brett package is a sugar glider from Kaiyodo! It was the only sugar glider is a set of hedgehogs. I already have hedgehogs in my collection, all wild versions. But a sugar glider is a new species in my collection! It looks so detailed, I love it <3
Thank you so much Brett, for yet an other awesome package. Can not wait for the next purchases <3
We stay with STS additions, as I made some other trades and bought some other animals as well. People know where to find me I guess haha! And I do not mind that at all. Always open for trades or purchases <3
A great friend and member on forum; Stardust, saw the K&M hyena I had for trade. She offered me something really special in return: the lying (nursing) AAA lioness with her three cubs! I was in awe when I saw this AAA lioness on her 'new additions' topic and I could not say no when she offered me the lioness for this trade. It is custom (not necessary) to include a note/postcard and/or little gift in a trade package you sent to each other. I do not expect a gift in every trade I make. But I do appreciate it, a lot (!), when someone does. And Stardust did gift a little figure inside the trade: a beautiful Yowie clouded leopard! I was so surprised by both felines <3 Thank you so, so much dear Stardust!
Made a third trade last month on STS. Admin Susanne was asking some questions about the Safari LTD pig I had for trade, it was a version she did not had yet. But now she has <3 She offered me the CollectA giraffes (female and calf), which I was searching for a while. Happy that I made this trade <3 The giraffes arrived very fast and look what came with them: a Papo horse with tack. I am not really a tack person, but this tack set has something that I do like. The colors and the bags beside the saddle, looks like they can go on a little trip, which sounds like such a nice thing to do with your horse! <3 Thank you so much dear Susanne, for this trade!!!
And a fourth trade! Haha, I am a trade master XD Look what Taos found for me!? Border Collies!! I did not have the little Breyer SM black and white version yet <3 And the big, brown guy, well... Do not know the brand, nor am I a 100% sure it is a BC. But in my head, it looks like one! It has the fluff on legs/tail/head/breast and the ears are right. The details in the eyes and fur make me think it must be a part of a line-up. Hope to find more information about this lovely guy soon. Thank you Taos! More Border Collies are always welcome <3
Last animals I got trough STS is a fantastic one! I bought it from the same person from who I bought the sitting Safari LTD Vanishing Wild sitting tiger cub. This time it is another feline: the snow leopard male from Safari LTD Vanishing Wild <3 I was so, so happy when she contacted me again about this beautiful big wild cat <3 Smaller than the lions I have, but still very detailed and such a cutie!
So, that where my additions from STS. Next are some additions I found on Marktplaats and in local secondhand shops. I regularly go to a secondhand shop called: Mijn Tafel (My Table). You can hire a table, with some extra space above the table as well, for an amount of time and sell your old stuff there. There are around 40 tables or so, most of them are full all the time. I find good stuff there, from books to model animals. My recent findings: a 4D Master Lion fish puzzle and a little bag with cats. Very happy with them!
In an other secondhand shop I found 4 amazing little critters: Safari LTD Authentic animals! There was a box, filled with 'random' plastic animals and other small stuff. I always LOVE digging trough these 'plastic boxes filled with random plastic animals' a lot! I means that whatever is in the box, it has no reall 'value' to the seller. They just trow some random small stuff into a box and make a nice little price at the end of you finding stuff between it. At least, most of the time, some people just want the big money for the little things >.< Just like this box (10 cent each), there where many non interesting critters. But I kept dinging and found four Safari LTD Authentics <3
I also found something interesting on the internet, Marktplaats. A little Border Collie dog! I do not know from which brand or set he belongs. But he sure is a little BC, although he could have had more white on his belly and neck. He was accompanied by a little white cat, from Lego Scala. Cute little kitten that now stands with some other felines on a white shelf-thing. Happy with both of them <3
Last but not least is a little Christmas gift from Tijn. As I said above, we spend Christmas with his parents and family. We try to do packages every year, so this year is was again a big tree with lots and lots of presents for everyone (6 in total, for everyone). One of my little presents came from Tijn, who knew I was hyper about something he got in a subscription box he, got a few weeks before Christmas. He found the same thing on Marktplaats and bought it for me. Look what he gave me <3
Isn't he cute!! It is a little Okami wolf cub <3 Never played the game, but I adore this art so much! So when Tijn got his, I went nuts XD Luckily, he is a very sweet BF, so he got one for me also <3
That is it! I got some new books to show you, but that will be for a next blog-entry.
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