Lets see. My birthday was last week, my hobbyroom is 99% finished and I got a lot of new additions!
So lets begin with my hobbyroom. Now, I can't tell you much about how it looks and I don't have any photos (yet) to show here. Reason why, is because Julie is coming over this weekend and I want it to be a surprise XD So photos, and maybe even a video, coming up next week! I can tell you that the animals are doing fine. No broken ones, as I was really careful with them during the whole move! Such a nerveracking experience with over 850 animal to move o.0 They all have their own place to stand now, so that part is done a 100%.
The third of November is my birthday. The day before we went to a restaurant with some family. I got some presents there and the food was delicious :3 The day of my birthday was quiet, not a problem as I could spend some time in my hobbyroom then. Saturday a friend came by and spend the evening here :3 Before all of my birthday presents, Tijn and I went to an local antique store. I never ever have been there before, first time! The things in there made me drool so bad XD But I had to contain myself, because the prices where high. But when I saw this beauty, I had to have him! But Tijn was first and bought it as a BD present <3
The friend on Saturday also bought some presents for me. I love presents :3 And she has a good taste, let me tell you that! She knows me good ans therefor the presents where spot on <3 I got a TY black cat named Shadow with a pumpkin, Halloween kitty! A Pusheen stationary set <3 And a National Geographic photo book form a series. I have now two books from that series <3 Thank you sweets <3
Julie also had sent a wonderful package my way and it arrived on my BD. Again, she knows stuff that I like or that I can use in other hobby projects as well <3 Shall show the animals one by one, as they are really great. Especially one figure, who made my heart stopped for a moment when I unwrapped it. She misses it already. (I take good care of it, I promise!) But she found it would be better suited in my collection. You are such a sweetheart!! <3 This package also contained two pluches, a McDonald snow leopard and a WNF monkey. A very nice owl card for on my pin board. A leaf apron that I can use for hobby projects and a bag of small whale erasers (I love me some small and cute animal erasers <3) And look at the Border Collie card! Thank you Julie!!
Lets begin with the biggest treasure out of the package; the Invicta blue whale. The company made a line of Dinosaurs for a British Museum. But also made this blue whale for the same line. Some models are painted, others are not. I got the unpainted version and I LOVE it! Classic solid whale figure. <3
Next one is a Schleich! One of their full breed cats, they made a series of full breed cats back in 1997. It is the white lying Persian kitty <3 Now I have 4 cats from that series. Not collecting them all, just the ones I really like. Now my Papo Persian has a friend :3
Bullyland is not a brand that I have many from in my collection. But sometimes there are some cute animals that I can't say no to. That goes for this little black sheep. Love the horns and the details in the wool. (No, you don't see a little pink piece of sponge near his behind from cleaning him, that I forgot to take of during the photo-shoot :'))
My reptile shelf got a new addition with this Safari LTD alligator. Never expected it to be so good. So I was very happy to hold him in my own hands and see what beauty it is. Love the golden eyes and the colors of his scales. Also his striking pose fits this model very well.
Chap Mei made some really awesome play sets with wild life and dinosaurs. (Still need to adjust my WL on STS with some Chap Mei figures.) And recently some dinosaurs made it into my collection. (For the ones not knowing me, I can be very picky with my animals... very picky.) So I was very happy to see an other Chap Mei dinosaur in this package. Triceratops are one of my favorite dinosaurs, so that is an extra win! <3
Giggled when I saw this little fur seal from Yowies as I did not knew it was a real puzzle animal. Little harder to set than Kaiyodo ones, but when finally assembles, it looks very cute!It can rotate his head, and by doing so his from flippers move along XD He is standing on my desk, watching over my pens ans such.
The last one from this package is a very cute little tiger with no brand known. I think I will repaint it, although I really like it as it is now. So that was all that was in the package <3 Julie is a great fan of small and cute animals and slowly but surely she gets me over the line of also collecting those cute little figures, like Fereno Natoons and others. So I am planning to search for a small cabinet with lots of places to put all the cute and cartoon like critters in. So that my big collection stays realistic, but still can collect cuties like Ferero Natoons and Animals In My Pocket.
Many new AAA animals have arrived!
So many that I seriously don't have the energy nor the inspiration to talk about them all individually. These many AAA additions come from several big packages bought on Marktplaats from 3 or 4 different sellers. People who just bulk up a big lot of plastic animals and sell then all at once. Leaving me with choosing out the ones I want to keep and sell the rest again when the packages arrives. It is a lot of fun to buy such a big plastic animal lot and see what they are when they arrive. Most of the time I can see a few interesting animals that makes the lot worth a buy, on the photos on Marktplaats the sellers use to advertise the plastic animal lots. But some photos are blurry or taken from to far away to clearly see what the content is. So it is a bit of a surprise for me to open up such a package. Not only did I found many good AAA animals, also a PV jaguar, two Chap Mei dinosaurs, a Safari LTD cobra and sheep, four small dinosaurs on a base from Sega Sunrise (Dinosaur King) and a random Triceratops skeleton. I even found a very old Schleich cat in one of the big lots <3
Store bought and some internet findings now:
I also found some other interesting animals during trips to second hand shops and searching online. First one is a cute little Bullyland brown chicken on a nest with some eggs. I love the scenery and decided to take it home with me.
On Marktplaats I saw the old Papo deer family! Could not resist the temptation and bought the three deer. The stag has such a proud and majestic appearance and the female and fawn look like twins. Now they are one of the biggest deer I have in my collection <3
In a nice toyshop in Heerenveen I found a very cute little AAA dinosaur. This little one was the only one of its kind left in the box. His little open mouth made a sound in my head, little cute screaks. I felt so sorry for it (Yeah, i am weird like that...) and picked it up. Did not matter if it had a brand or not, this one was coming home with me. Such a cute little AAA dinosaur <3
Facebook has many opportunities for collectors. Groups, posts, likes, adding photos, posting links to this blog, etc. I am a member of several groups for collectors. But also for trading and selling random stuff in your own city kind of groups. I got an idea to post a search post on one of those groups, and I got lucky with a trade! A nice girl had some model horses that she did not collect, she wanted to trade them for some paprika ships. It was a deal! I got three horses, I kept one and took the other two for trading purposes. The one I kept is a very beautiful Papo lying horse <3
I a nice toyshop in Groningen I found two Papo models. One was the ring-tailed lemur with baby on back. Gosh, wat a cute pair! I always enjoy watching ring-tailed lemurs and their offspring when I am in zoos where they have them running loose in their enclosures. Papo did a very good job on this one <3
The second one was a Papo roaring lion. Now I already have this model on my shelf, but this one was different. It looked darker and had other details and such. So I took the gamble and bought it. When I was home, I immediately took it to my collection to compare the two with each other. And the new one was different, and how! It had indeed a darker skin and mane color and it had some changes in his face and tail position. I am very happy that I bought him, as store bought variations are hard to find.
Last additions for this blog entry! Recently there is a new store in Groningen called: Terrarium Imaginarium. It has many insects, stones and minerals, old scientific plates, shells, everything taxidermy and curiosity actually. I really wanted to go there, but the first time I went it was closed. Luckily the second time it was open and I got all 'ooh' and 'aah' in that store XD I did not left empty handed of course... Got the fantastic anatomical model of an orca (I already had the dolphin from the same series.) and I got an fantastic book about Albertus Seba and his curiosa cabinet of natural history and taxidermy <3
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