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
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