Almost 2018! Time flies, collections grow and I can look back on a very good year for my collection <3 On the third of November it was my birthday. Turned 27 this year, the 30 getting closer now... I still feel like a child at heart tho, especially with my collections <3 I got an amazing Birthday BB from Julie! <3 Even tho I already got an BB last month or so from her, she insisted on giving me something for my birthday. Even if I said no, she still would sent me one XD She also visited us the week after my birthday, we had such great time! <3 One day I will be visiting you! <3
First I want to note that I forgot to photograph some figures that where in the box and that we found when she was here. I reorganized my wooden shelves with all my 'other' figures and I already put some from that box on the shelves. I always keep the models aside for photographing, before they go into my collection, and this is exactly the reason why: otherwise I would forget them and they do not show in my blog. The frog from the ball, the Natoons black panther cub and some others. Thanks to my fizzy brain...
First to be shown are the Safari LTD Authentic dinosaurs! <3 They have so much character, I love them. A brachiosaur, a brontosaur, a triceratops, a stegosaur and a tyrannosaurus <3 Such a nice group together.
We stay with the dinosaurs for a bit, as there where also two triceratops in the package. A Jurassic Park baby triceratops and a small Schleich copy. The copy was intended to be a repaint model, but I have a soft spot for small dinosaurs and it looks good the way it is <3
As mentioned above, Julie stayed with us a few days after my birthday. She came in Friday and left Monday morning. We went to our nearby forest together, taking photos of our model animals. (With some hail along the way back. Dahm, those things hurt!) We went to some second hand shops and just had a good time together <3 She even got closer with my little girl Chii! What practically is very hard to do, as Chii is stubborn and clings to me. Yet, Chii loved the attention she was getting from Julie <3 Such a precious moment. Lets see what we found in the second hand shops! (Yup, half of it is not in the photos!)
We went to Groningen, as I really wanted to show Julie an amazing little toy store called Asbran. My favorite toy store in Groningen. They sell Papo and Schleich, but if you are lucky you will find Safari LTD and some CollectA as well! I bought two Papo animals, a little gray mouse and the reindeer. I want to add more reindeer into my collection, so the Papo one is a good start. I also want the white mouse now XD
Second shop I really wanted to show Julie is Terrarium Imaginarium. A shop full of shells, dried insects, taxidermy, books about that matter, some plants, just a shop for nature lovers <3 I found a 4D Master Scorpion that looked really nice! So it came home with me <3 It was a bit of a hassle to put the puzzle together, with all those legs! XD But he is done and he looks so nice! <3
We also found some bouncing balls in Asbran and some other shops too I believe. Julie was so kind to gift me one, with a little triceratops in it <3 I love these bouncing ball figures! So small, yet very detailed and in many species! We would hang around the internet for several hours, just to find more and more series of awesome animals in bouncing balls! <3 Now I want the ducks/swans series and the one with the cats <3
After a walk through the centrum and a bit to eat, Tijn was so sweet to drive around and go shopping through second hand shops with us. We visited around 4 or 5 second hand shops I think? We did not find things in some and others where a little goldmine. Again, I forgot to photograph some animals that I found or got as a gift from Julie <3 Actually, the only photo I see of those additions is a little red Border Collie figure that I do not know the brand of. I seriously forgot to photograph the rest? Uuhhg....
I had an absolute great time together with Julie <3 I really hope I can visit her place sometimes!
Thank you sweets for the awesome weekend! <3
Next are things I bought from STS members. First one is a little group of three very small kitties that I bought from Gwaine (STS name). She had a bunch of these for sale and these three caught my eyes <3 They are made of a somewhat rubbery plastic material. They are about the size of a Lego block and perfect for miniature photography <3
Next is an Invicta Ichthyosaur that I bought from 75senta75 (STS name). Now I have three Invictas in my collection <3 The Ichthyosaur is a very nice model with details in the face for his eyes and mouth. Really happy to have this sea dinosaur in my collection now <3
Thank you both so much Gwaine and 75senta75!
We, Tijn and I, visited Amsterdam again! <3 One of my favorite locations to go shopping <3 Of course we visited Gone With The Wind! A toy store with very friendly owners. There I found two booklets from CollectA and Schleich and I found this beautiful CollectA bowhead whale <3 CollectA are updating their older models to fit their current standard, which is absolutely great! In 2018 some whales will get an new update, which is absolute perfect for a cetacean lover like me! <3 The sperm whale, blue whale and the gray whale will be updated. But before they are going to update, if they ever will do that, the bowhead whale, I wanted the 2014 version in my collection. (I do not have any of the older whales from CollectA in my collection, with the reason they are not my taste as they are now. The new updated 2018 versions will enter in my collection for sure!) I love cetaceans <3
After some shopping, it was time to go home. But before we went home, we came across a toy store we never entered before. Usually we go the other way when we enter the city center. The Game Keeper it is called. Most of their inventory consist of board and card games and some toys/stuffed animals. But in the back was a little clear cabinet with lots of spaces filled with small toys and stuff. My eyes caught the little Bullyland minis right away and I started to search though them. These little Bullyland minis are hard to find these days! I found three prehistoric critters that I liked. A triceratops, a T-Rex and a mammoth <3
That was our trip to Amsterdam <3 We also visited some flea markets, one was in Leeuwarden. It seems that most of the stand holders are there on a regular basis, so you kinda know which ones you can expect in there. I bought a older Papo deer fawn from a stand who has two lovely owners and a lot of Schleich XD They usually sell the non-Schleich animal for a low price, as their main goal is selling Schleich animals. I always look trough those little baskets and this time i found the little Papo fawn <3
An other stand, that also sells mostly Schleich had also a box with non-Schleich animals in it. I found some very nice animals in there <3 Two Play Vision sea turtles, two Kinder Toyz stegosaurs (original molds from Bullyland) and some others that went to friends of in my UFT box. I am very happy with the two PV sea turtles <3 And the Kinder Toys are a nice addition to my small dinosaur herd <3
Next additions are from Marktplaats. I found two good looking lots this month. One was a smaller lot, but had interesting animal in it. I kept three from that lot and gave some to Julie <3 Two Safari ltd Authentic panther and armadillo and a Jeol waterbuck. My first ever Jeol animal! It has some scratches here and there, but I do not mind that, nothing major is damaged.
Second lot that I found was a big one! Yet, I kept just a few and sold the rest XD In the lot was a group of PV hoofed animals! An okapi, kudu, bongo and a duiker. Also a K&M AWD and spitting cobra and a PV hyena <3 I also got some AAA animals from that lot, a frog, standing white tiger, llama foal and a hyena <3 Great group together! <3
Groningen second hand shops:
Other second hand shops (Sneek and Leeuwarden):
And that was my last blog-entry for 2017! Next one will be an 2018 one! XD I want to wish my readers a fantastic 2018, filled with joy, happiness, friendship, luck and good health! And for the collectors: filled with lots of goodies <3 Thank you for the readers who read my blog-entries when they come out! <3
See you next year!!
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