It has been a very busy month, with lots work and many great and amazing additions! Lets start with a wonderful package, that one of two times a year appears on my doorstep <3 Julie always knows what to pack inside the box <3 Look at all the goodies <3 I only show the animal part here, but many art and craft materials, Border Collie card set, food, nice erasers and a real sea star where also in this package <3
Package from Julie
In a previous package, Julie had sent me a orca puzzle figure. Such a lovely model! So when she told me she also found the humpback whale from that same series, I was so happy! It is a very stubborn little whale I must say! The humpback has problems balancing and needed a small rod to stand up for the photo. Luckily I have some tack that stays on good, so now he is in balance in my cabinet :)
She found some Club earth/AAA farm animals and took two calves for me! They had little stamps with hoof prints under their hooves, funny idea. But after a while, it bothered me a bit *hides*, so I took them of. Now they are standing, stamp-less with some other cows on the AAA shelf.
We stay with the AAA brand, as she included a AAA fur seal and a AAA chipmunk into the package. The pinniped immediately found his place among other of his kind in my sea mammal cabinet. The chipmunk hopped between the AAA shelf and the top of my white vitrines. i think he is now on my AAA shelf, nibbling on his berry <3
Dinosaurs! I have a small place for them, so I have to be very picky about what I want and what not. She included two dinosaurs on my request, but in the end I am keeping one of the two. I am such a picky person! The Jasman raptor will be going back to her. The one that I am keeping is the small Bullyland apatosaurus. *hides because she is such a derp*
Time for some mini's! Safari Good Luck Mini's! Julie included three new mini additions for my collection. The blue whale, the turtle hatchling and the dash-hound <3 I love those Safari GLM <3
Julie is fantastic at finding small and very interesting animals! <3 She always amazes me what she can find here in the Netherlands. And sometimes, I am lucky enough to get some of those little surprises <3 Here are three little interesting animal models: Little calico kitten, Safari Cottonmouth and a Nayab maned wolf.
Two huge animals also traveled with the others, keeping them safe from any danger. I mean, who wants to pick a fight with a Safari Wildlife Wonders lion and Comodo dragon!? The Comodo dragon is filled with some kind of cotton material I think, as the lion is a solid and very heavy model. Both have amazing detail and are very beautiful <3
Look at these two cuties! They are from Topps, baby series. I adore them both so much! Innocent looking faces <3 They are small and indeed fit the scale of baby animals from the species they present.
And the master among the model animals that where in the package, is this beauty! Julie found an ad on Marktplaats, containing several different animals. But she flipped out because she saw... two big K&M models! An adult sea otter, who belongs to her, and a adult ocelot.. Guess who has the ocelot now? <3 It is such a big, good quality model! Love her! I say her, because there is a baby ocelot too... Hope to find that baby ocelot soon!
She also tries to find WNF plushes for me, and when she does, she includes them in the package. I adore this little tiger cub key-chain so much! It is small, cute and has the right face. (I am all about proportions and faces when it comes to plushes. Oh and species, also different species are important for me.)
Last but not least are some books/magazines/cards that are very interesting! I like Natural Geographic these days. Their magazines are very interesting, their posters (more about that later) are amazing and they even made some interesting model animals! Julie included a big magazine with beautiful photos <3 I have two books of a series called Masters of Photography (part one and seven XD) and this magazine is something like that, I really like it <3 Next is a card that reminds me of those school-identify-your-insect/bird/mammal-kind-of-thing and this one is about shells! Very handy when I go on vacation later this year and we are going to the costal area of the Netherlands <3
Whaa, amazing package again! Seriously, I sometimes wonder how we manage to still find stuff that we can sent to each other XD Thank you sweets, thank you for this amazing package!
Package from Masoud
Again, a fantastic package arrived thanks to Masoud (msdmhd) from China. With fantastic animals in it! Some animals of a brand not very known here, and very rare also! Very, very pleased to be one of those lucky ones owning them now in my collection <3 Oke, so lets begin with some other animals first! Will show them, again, by group order. lets begin with some canines.
Masoud showed me some great canines and I choose a few. First up are my very first Noah Palls! Both canine couples with their cards <3 Black Labrador couple and the jackal couple. Both are, of course, in scale to each other. Hope to find more Noah Palls in the future, because they look so neat!
Next are some Safari LTD canines, a Vanishing Wild timber wolf pup and the old Safari LTD fox. Both look so beautiful and I am really happy to have them both. My fox group is growing so fast now, but I can not stop buying foxes! XD And now my little white VW wolf pup has a friend to play with <3
And my last two canines are a Kaiyodo happy Shiba dog from a pet series and a sitting white AAA wolf pup. The happy look of the Shiba is so contagious and he makes me smile every time I see him. I also got an other color variation of him in this package. But he still needs a base to stand on. Will make one soon if I have time to do so. The white AAA pup is such a cute little pup! Sitting curiously, watching siblings playing.
Of course I could not resist choosing some felines for in the package as well. And I got quite a bunch of them! Lets start with some lynxes, a little Terra by Battat lynx and the Safari LTD Authentic lynx. The Terra lynx is so small! Never expected that! But he is such an adorable looking lynx <3 The Safari LTD Authentic one has all the characteristics you would expect from a Safari LTD Authentic critter <3
Sometimes you find a perfect cat, that takes your heart away the moment you see it. I had that moment with this beautiful Re-Ment cat! She is just stunning! She has a lovey face and a very elegant sitting pose. She is a real queen and I am very happy to have her in my collection <3
Next is a group of 12 Wing Mau kittens! I discovered the fact that it where Wing Mau kittens, the moment I unpacked them. It was a huge surprise, as I did not know they where Wing Mau before. I could not see it from the shops photo. But I am so happy that I got all 12 of them, as there where a set of 6 too. My cat shelf got too full and I had to switch some animals around. Now the kittens share a shelf with some older cats (caretakers) and some dogs/puppy's too. I also got an adult Wing mau cat! A nice looking Persian.
Cetaceans and Pinnipeds
Also this time, in this parcel some great new cetaceans and pinnipeds arrived! Lets begin with the cetaceans. First up is a adorable figure! A mother and calf Pink River Dolphin. The base can be led, so the light shines trough the blue waves. But it is not a good idea to put batteries inside, because it would not be used and I do not want any leakage. The scene is so cute! Calf is staying very close to the mother for protection and stream-riding.
Look how small these two are! They originally belong with a rod and base, but where sold without any. Luckily the whole where the rod is suppose to go in, in on the underside of the figures. So not visible when in my vitrine <3 These two do great as calves for my Coloratas <3 And next to them is a cutie from an adorable Re-Ment set! This set contains super cute baby sea/arctic animals. The dolphin calf is one of four animals I have (will get) from this series <3
My little Yangzee Finless Porpoise family is complete! Got the male in this package and i am so happy with him! He looks so adorable, he has his little mouth open and he is all engaging into the swimming with his young one. This time, I got him inside his original packaging! And therefor I got three cards with him. These cards are full of information about the species and a 'thank you' for donating a certain amount of the purchasing money, which goes to the conservation of this species. The cards are very sturdy and the same material as credit cards, which is super nice. So happy I got this little family complete now! <3
Last are two pinnipeds I got in this package. The first one is from the same series as the little dolphin, the Re-Ment baby sea life series. It is a little white seal pup, who has a very cute pose. I will be getting two more pinnipeds form that series soon. The second one is a bottle-cap from one of the Kaiyodo aquarium series. A playful young sea lion in a very dynamic pose.
Two very special animals!
Masoud is a good animal model finder and he really knows how TaoBao works! He found a very nice brand (Which I forgot, I forgot the brand! >.<) which is rare and somewhat unknown. At least, I never heard of them before! He found two sets of this brand and showed them to me. I immediately fell in LOVE with two models from each series. (Still, do not know the name of the brand >.<) A Pallas cat and a Tibetan Sand fox! They are made from a very sturdy type of material, but they are not made from plastic. The details are very good and the pose of them is very nice also. They are bigger than the normal Asian animal models we see. I am very proud and happy to have these unusual species and models in my collection now <3
A very big thank you to Masoud, who helps me with TaoBao!
I am very grateful for his help, patience and friendship <3
As you all know, Marktplaats is a Dutch secondhand site where people sell their old and unwanted stuff. Model animals are also found on Marktplaats, al tough you really have to search for the most interesting lots. I came across this animal lot, with some very interesting animals between them. Here are my chose ones from that group. First an AAA cheetah in a bowing pose. There was a sitting one as well in the same group, he found a new home with Julie. AAA made several big cats, and several poses, sizes and ages from just one big cat specie. It is very hard to track them all, but we try our best for TAI. This one has a nice face and I like how he stretches himself out <3
I was lucky to find two really nice NewRay Sperm whales in this lot. A mother and her calf <3 Both had some serious cleaning needed and they still have some rough spots on them. Tried my best to clean them up as much as I could, but those teeth are hard to clean XD
Papo Polar bear <3 What a sweet face! I only had two Polar bears in my collection, the newer Schleich ones (mother and sitting cub). The fine build of this Papo Polar bear fits her well. She is a bit smaller than the Schleich one. Which surprises me a bit, because Papo tends to be bigger with their animals in comparison to Schleich. Really happy with this girl <3
Flea Markets and Local Secondhand Shops
Tijn and I also went to some flea markets and some local secondhand shops. I found quite a few interesting animals when looking around! We begin with a flea market that was pretty exciting this time. I got some really interesting animals. First this mysterious little Bullyland Jack Russel dog. I could not find it on TAI and therefore asked two STS members. Both Susanne (our Bullyland queen) and Deseo (our dog collector) did not know this Bullyland Jack Russel. Maybe it could be a special, not official color run?
At one of the first stands, there was a little plastic box full of model animals. I tried to look though them, but the box was to full. Luckily the seller allowed me to drop everything out of that box, so i could search easily. Glad I could, because otherwise, I would not have found this very nice wolf! It is a GI Joe wolf (thanks Julie for this info) and it is in very good condition.
In an other box, other stand, there where several plastic bags filled with all kinds of model animals. Most where not interesting nor a brand, but I kept looking until I looked at all the plastic bags in that box. And my search got rewarded, as I found two K&M animals in one bag! One euro, absolute a great price. There where two little K&M animals inside the plastic bag, including some random animals as well. A K&M Red Panda and a K&M Ibex <3 Both very welcome in my collection.
I also came across two collectors, who are standing there with their big Schleich stand. Two tables filled with all kinds of Schleich. I do not care much about the older Schleich anymore, so I was looking trough their little baskets filled with other brands. I found this nice looking Bullyland roe deer. The paint on his nose is a bit weird looking, hope I can fix that later. But otherwise, it is a nice looking animal.
Last but not least from this flea market, are two Bruder cows. A bull and a cow. Bruder is a brand who makes farm vehicles and with those vehicles goes some farm animals like horses and cows. Both cows needed some paint and after the photos where taken, I got them a much needed make-over.
I also found some cats, at random secondhand shops. The first ones are a ceramic cat family, with a mother cat holding one of her kittens in her mouth. I think most of them are Siamese cats. they looks very cute all together. The other one is a little sitting cat. Her face spoke to me and I had to take her with me <3
New 2017 Schleich
My local toyshop had some of the new 2017 Schleich available. I choose three new animals for my collection. The toucan, the red tabby cat and the black panther. The toucan looks really nice. I still prefer the older version, but Schleich tent to upgrade their animals more often, and so they did the toucan. Of course I could not leave the toyshop without the Schleich 2017 cat <3 And I preferred the black version of the panther over the colored one.
Also this time, I found and got a lot of books, magazines and posters to add to my ever growing collection XD Some are still from Christmas 2016, which I forgot to photograph into the last blog >.< Lets begin with them, so that is out of the way. I got a drawing book, animal themed. I got a Franciens Kattenkalender (I adore this artist so much! <3) and I got a book about Fantastic Beasts and where to find them! <3
I got some little children books, full of animal related drawings. Of course they are meant for children, but the art inside is way to beautiful to not take them home. These are from three different series and I hope to find more of them in the future <3
Bird guides and books are the most common guides you can find here in the Netherlands. We are a bird land and we have a great variety in bird life here. No wonder I find some great bird books! (The Oxford Book of Birds is filled with amazing colored bird plates <3)
A great and very complete insect book and a horse book also made it into my collection <3
I told you guys about National Geographic earlier in this blog. The magazine is very interesting, but I did not buy a single magazine in my life before, until Julie told me some of these had amazing posters in them! So when I found a whole crate of old NG magazines in a local secondhand shop, I immediately look trough them in the hope I could find some posters, and I did! I also took 3 interesting magazines with me, with topics about the evolution theory.
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