So March, sorry, but I totally forgot about you, maybe next year XD
Hello everyone! Good being back here, typing, reading. I, again, have a lot to show you guys! Trades with Masoud are going fast! o.0 I need to slow down a bit! This will be my last one in a while, because, well, I order to much for my back account to keep up, ahem... But that does not mean that I do not like what I have ordered this time <3 (His package will be shipped this week, hopefully, if everything is going to plan! Nope, it did not...) At the end of this week we, Tijn, Gaell and I, will be going away for a long weekend <3 We NEED that so much, really looking forward to some rest and nature! (We have been gone there already, when I post this. Things happened and I could not post this blog-entry before the weekend, sorry!)
Lets go and look at my newest additions, starting with Masoud package!
This time, I went a little nuts... Because I had the hand on the shops and I myself could choose animals from those shops. Never a good idea to do that with me XD But! I made a fine selection to enter my collection.
Lets begin with some cute babies! Spring is here and I already saw my first lambs <3 My collection looks like it is also in a Spring mood, giving 'birth' to some really cute baby animals! Some of my AAA adult animals got babies! A gnu calf, a bison calf, a puma cub and a zebra foal entered my collection. I am so happy that I found some young ones for my AAA adults, as AAA is good at making families <3
Next are a few animals that I wanted for a long time! I have been eying on some Takara Tomy movable animals for a while now. And I got very lucky in this package, as Masoud found the ones I was looking for <3 Sea mammals, with their young! Seals, sea lions, a dolphin and an orca. (Sadly, the orca misses her calf, who was not included :() But that does not mean that I do not love them, to bits! The movements go smooth and are really fun! The two baby pinnipeds can not move, but are utterly cute.
Next is a Safari LTD Vanishing Wild animal that I was searching for a while to complete the family, the lion cub! I was so happy when I found it in a very good shop! The cub is a lot smaller than his parents, but I adore him to bits! His playful pose makes me smile. He is in a very good condition, which is always a good thing with Safari LTD VW animals, as they are old animal models.
Last babies are two from the Re-Ment set I bought two animals from in the previous package (dolphin and white seal pup). This time I bought the gray seal pup and the sea lion pup. My seal shelf is already beginning to get crowded, but these two cute pinnipeds are fitting right in! Their faces are perfect, as are their colors.
That where all the baby animals in this package! Next are some adult animals <3 Masoud added a little surprise for me in this package, a little Wing Mau Scottish Fold cat! Oooh <3 The colors, the pose, his face, I can not explain how this little cat is captivating me so much. I can look at him for hours!
Papo has many great cows in their range, but this one must be one of my favorites, the Zebu! Such a neat looking Bovid, with the hump on his neck/shoulders and the floppy ears. He looks very sweet, easy going and very calm looking <3 (Yeah, his hind leg has some bending-issues. That will be fixed with hot/cold water treatment soon.)
Next up are some birds! I saw so many lovely birds, that Ioverdid it a bit... Could not help myself XD Lets begin with one bird, that I almost canceled (Masoud already bought it and I am happy he did!) The Kitan Club Albatross. What a stunning figure! The details are perfect, even in the water are some nice color changes visible (waves). He is big, and that was one of the reasons I wanted to cancel him. I was afraid he would not fit the shelf where my other shore birds are on. But he did, he fitted right in <3 So happy!
I am always looking for new Kaiyodos to enter my collections, and there are still so many that I want. I found three new birds that I did not have yet. The Kaiyodo Long-tailed tit, the Kaiyodo Painted Snipe (female) and the Kaiyodo Rufous Turtle Dove. All have their own personality and details. <3
Next is a small group of birds that I was very interested in. One of the birds was a little gift from one of the sellers, they do that sometimes :3 So the ELC Robin and the little Frigatebird, who is a pencil-topper, where known. But the little Sea World Black-footed Penguin was a little surprise <3
Last birds are two Nayab ones, at least, I think they are Nayab. They have the same feel to them as other Nayab birds. They are nicely made and full with good feather details. Always looking for more birds-of-prey species and these two are more then welcome into my collection <3
It is time for some canines! Of course, as usual, this package also contains some canines. But this time they are very special to me. The first two canines are two wolves, a Sol90 wolf and a Hongshao wolf! Both are beautiful in their own way <3 The Sol90 wolf is a slender, tall wolf with a greenish hue in her fur. The Hongshao wolf is small but more realistic than the Sol90 one. But both are very beautiful <3
People who know me, know that I like color variations. These type of models are a bit tricky, because they consume a lot of room where you already have one animal of that kind, but in a different color. But... I like the fact that different models come in different colors! So I was very, very happy to see four (!) color variations of canines for my collection. Of course they where a bit more expensive then their 'original' counterparts. But I could not let this chance go by. So here are four new color variations! Honshu wolf, European wolf, Shiba Inu and the husky <3 Such a pretty group together.
Next is a cetacean! It is a finless porpoise, a model from a Kaiyodo Aquarium series. His pose is adorable, very curious and agile. He comes with a nice, simple blue base. He stands nice together with my CBIOV finless porpoise family <3 Never have thought that I would own four animals of this species.
This is the last model that I got in this package! Hehehe... It is an insect *hides*. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it! It looks so real! It is an Yujin beetle. My very first beetle in my collection. But I am so happy with it. Even the wood he is on, looks so real! Hope to find more beetles from that series <3
So this was my package from Masoud! I will plan a bit of a stop on big packages for a while, just to be sure I saved up some money to do so again later this year. (Do not forget my yearly big-end-of-the-year-package from MPV with all the new and highly wanted 2017 animals!) Thank you again Masoud, for helping me and for the great service! Thanks to you, I own so many amazing animals in my collection now <3
Next are Marktplaats findings. Found some great model animals these weeks. I often look and hope to find some great finds, this time I did good! Lets start with some Bullyland horses :)
I found a Bullyland Fjord and his foal, the little Icelandic foal came as a little gift. They need some pastels and maybe some paint to be in good condition again. Mainly the tails, the hooves and the noses. Not that I am good with horses. But I shall give it a try one day. I really like the pose of the gelding. The foals are both very cute! Maybe I find the Bullyland Fjord mare one day!
Next is a group with various animals in it. But I kept only the ones I really liked for my collection. The ones I kept are some New-ray birds (mallard, geese and a wood duck) and a Safari LTD fox! Very happy with all of them. The birds are simple, yet very nice and good quality material. The Safari LTD fox is of course a very welcome canine in my collection. He also needs a bit of black paint on ears and nose.
Next is a small group of three animals that I really liked, there was also a Hyena with that group, but he will go to Julie in her next package <3 Surprisingly I did not have the little Papo lion cub. I have him in a white color, but not the normal color. glad to have them both now <3 The Safari LTD crocodile is a rally nice crocodile! And the Play Vision sea turtle, was not sure if it was a Play Vision until I had him in my hands to see the mark. Very happy with this little group, all got a good place into my collection <3
Sometimes I come across a big group of animals with such vague photos that I have to guess what is in the group. But if the price is nice and I can pick it up and make it a fantastic day, than I take the guess! The people who sold this lot, lived near Julie. So in all randomness, we visited Julie as well <3 The lot was big, with so many different animals! I only managed to pick out a few nice animals and sold the rest back on Marktplaats XD So here are the animals that i picked out from that lot. First one is a tiny Schleich Mini bat, he is so cute! I am lucky Tijn did not see him yet, otherwise I would have one less bat in my collection XD
The next one is a bit of a weird one, as I thought it was an AAA... Until I saw he had no AAA mark on its belly but only Made in China and he is made of a good sturdy material. It is a goat kid, at least, I think it is... But something about this animal keeps me interested. His nose looks weird also, as if the molding procedure went wrong. In normal circumstances he would already be in the pile of 'needs to be sold/gifted/etc', but there is something that holds me back on doing that. He stands on my AAA shelf, waiting for... For a friend, or family I guess.
I try to collect dinosaurs as well, but in most cases I get very picky due to space problems. I already moved the few sea dinosaurs I have to a shelf in my sea animal cabinet. So the rest of the dinosaurs have more space on top of that same cabinet. In the big lot there where a few dinosaurs that I really liked, luckily for me, they are small and still fit into the rest of the group. A few Sega/Sunrise dinosaurs found a new place among the one I already had. The double ones go to Julie in her next package. The little Safari LTD triceratops baby was a big surprise, as I could not see it in the photo of the group on Marktplaats. Such a cute little dinosaur <3 He has a place among other triceratops.
A little mysterious bear cub was found in the group. Later I found out it is a Chap Mei bear cub! He is standing on my desk, waiting for his nose to get a bit of black paint. He has such a a sweet face and the fur details are very good. One of my favorite Chap Mei figures <3
I mostly collect animals with a brand on them. Just to be sure I know the quality, I support a brands name and I know they fit right into my collection. But recently I let things go a little and let non-branded animals into my collection. Not to that many tho! I am a strange person and very,very picky about the animals that I like or not. I have a white thing, hanging on my wall, where non-branded but cute and nice animals and things go that I want to keep <3 Also non-animal figures are welcome there. But for some non-brand animals I make an exception and let them into my collection. I do not know how or why these animals are chosen and in my collection, instead of being on that white hanging thing. These three made it into my collection. A crab, a crocodile and a sea dinosaur. I have absolutely no idea if any of these have a brand or not. But the look good and they have their own place in my collection now <3
Last one from this Marktplaats group is a big one! i was very amused with how big he is! XD I almost had some trouble fitting him into my collection! But he has found his place, on top of one of the white vitrines. This AAA eel is huge! More that 30cm long. he has some rubs here and there, especially on his face. Luckily, his teeth are all still intact!
As I said above, after we picked up the package, we went to Julies house/room. She expected us, so no surprise visit XD Again, we had a very good time! Spending time at her place, in Deventer city and we had dinner at a good restaurant <3 In Deventer, we came across some animals as well. First one was bought by Julie, as a little gift for me <3 The little Safari LTD Good Luck Mini sea lion! In a swimming pose <3 In an other shop we came across a plastic container filled with little dinosaurs. Non-branded I think. I chose two of them and gifted one to Julie (her choice out of the container). The ichthyosaur will be repainted, the other one (still do not know what king of dinosaur this is), is with his new green friend in my sea animal cabinet. And last, we came across a snugly old toy shop, full with antique toys, We found some Britain's in front of the store and both picked the little springbok to come home with us. I also found some book, in a very good secondhand shop, but those will be shown at the end of this blog-entry. Julie, these we-randomly-coming-to-visit-you-days are fun and I hope more of these will come into the future! <3
My last Marktplaats finding is a very nice one! I found two Invicta dinosaurs for a good price, I grabbed them immediately. Seller was fast and within a week or so, I had them already at home! The Plesiosaur is going to Julie but the Pilosaur is staying with me <3 He was not on TAI yet, so added him into the list. (Always a cool thing to do <3) Both are is superb condition also! Found a new love, sea dinosaurs <3
It seems that no month goes by, without a trade or two. I have traded with two friends at STS this month, Taos and Nardien. I shall begin with Nardiens part of her trade with me. As always, she was very generous with her gifts *blushes*. She had a new UFT topic and I could not resist taking a look. A little shark caught my eye, it was a K&M tiger shark with a fish in his mouth. It is a tiger shark from one of the K&M tubes. We made a trade and i was very surprise to see the many lovely animals as a gift in the package. Three Safari LTD toob animals and a S&N Bandicoot <3 The Safari LTD animals will get a bit of a make-over before they enter my collection. But the S&N bandicoot immediately got a place into my collection <3 Thank you so, so much for this fun little trade Nardien <3
Next trade is with Taos. He always has interesting animals to trade, so when he said he had some AAA/ELC animals UFT, I was very happy! We traded two times within a a few weeks. All are AAA/ELC animals. First up is a big white lop-eared ELC bunny. It has big brown eyes and looks really sweet. I also got an AAA rabbit, he is smaller and looks more like a wild rabbit than a tame bunny. I also got an ELC lamb and an AAA ram. Funny how those brands work, as molds have been used both by ELC and AAA. The ELC bull needs some love with some pastels and paint, hope to do that soon. The last one is a AAA foal! It says pony on the belly, but it looks more like a foal to me XD My AAA/ELC collection is growing fast, I really like it <3 Thank you Taos! You can always PM me if you want to trade again! <3
I also look around in toy stores <3 I found animals in three different stores, on three different shopping moments. In Groningen there is a toy shop called: Asbran. It is a really good toy store, with Papo, Schleich and some Safari LTD and CollectA animals as well. I found some nice animals that I took home with me that evening. First one is a CollectA dinosaur! A small and cute looking critter <3 I immediately fell inn love the moment I saw him <3 The next one is the Papo barn owl. I already have some barn owls in my collection (WNF Albert Heijn and Kaiyodo), but the Papo one is really nice! He is a bit big, but that is not a problem when you see his face <3 And last are two butterflies. I threw out the no-collecting-bugs-rule out XD A CollectA and a Safari LTD butterfly are now on my new insect shelf <3
In a small miniature train and car shop I found my very first two Preiser Elastolin animals! I saw the lioness in a vitrine and asked the seller what brand it was. I was happy to hear it was Preiser! I fell in love with the lioness. Then, he showed me the zebra too! Two Preiser animals?! The brand is not easy to find here in the Netherlands, so that was one of the reasons I was so happy to find them. But the price... 0.o Eventually, after some thinking and looking around, I decided to buy them (also because Tijn was oke with me buying them). 30 euros for two Preiser animals... But, I am happy that I bought them! <3 They are so beautiful!! <3
Last store that I found some model animals, was a secondhand shop that we randomly came across. I had a feeling when we walked by and dragged Tijn into the shop to investigate XD Poor boyfriend XD My feeling was right! On one shelf, there where six AAA animals! An elephant with a baby, she is missing one tusk (it was broken of). I do not mind that, as in the happens in the wild too. A zebra with a foal and a donkey with a foal. Best AAA find ever! I grabbed them all from the shelf and walked with my arms full of AAA toward the register. The look on that ladies face made my laugh internally, a grownup walking towards her with her arms full of kids toys. I love them all to bits <3
I have a feeling my blog-entries are betting longer and longer evert month... maybe I need to split them up a bit XD But this was it for this blog-entry! Next week it is Kingsday! A national celebration day where kids are allowed to sell their stuff in the city, on a blanked or rug. Always a very good time for us collectors to see it there is anything interesting to be found <3 I only hope the weather will be nice and dry, as no one will sit in the rain to sell their stuff...
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