And there goes September! What a month! Many things happened and it went all so fast, or slow, depends on what it was XD Keeping it short, because I have much to show! First, our vacation, begin September. We had such a good time <3 Found many wonderful things, made wonderful memories <3 And then, rebuilding our house! Or actually, how we end up not doing that at all... We had planned to rebuild our living room/kitchen area, but it got canceled... But, instead of focusing on being sad and all, we did my hobbyroom <3 I got new shelves!! The big white cabinet moved downstairs and I got fresh new shelves, with a lot of extra room to add even more model animals XD Tijn did all of the shelf making and such <3 And last but not least, I am sick... Well, doing better now. But I had a big cold and I was not feeling like typing my blog at all. So there will be no September 2017 blog-entry... But an October 2018 one instead!
Lets begin with the new additions! Oh, just one little note. Books will come at the end. I always try to include them, but I somehow forget or do not take the right photographs of them to include them. I did take good photographs of them now, so they are in this blog-entry for sure <3
Our vacation <3
We started in Schinnen, a place in Limburg. It was a long drive from our home, but it was worth it <3 We where standing on a beautiful campsite. Just 150 meters away from a beautiful forest. I have walked multiple times, alone, with my camera and model animals there. We visited Aachen, a city in Germany. Where I found some nice Bullyland animals <3 I do not come across this brand very often, so it was nice to search from a broad collection in their shops.
We also went to a flea market in Schinnen. I found some books, that will be shown further down in this blog-entry. And I found a nice little Bullyland Mammoth. We also visited Valkenburg, where we walked trough the city center and had some coffee and cake <3 There I saw this beautiful Border Collie statue, from Leonardo Collection <3 It was a tricolor, stalking Border Collie <3 Sadly, the store was closed.
We only had one week of vacation and we decided to move to Epe, in Gelderland. There we stood on a campsite in the middle of a big forest. Wild rabbits roamed free on the campsite and in the evening, wild boars would sniff alongside the fence, looking for food. There we went to different second hand shops, in the small cities and villages around Epe. I found, again, some nice books <3 I also found a Safari ltd Authentic polar bear. And.... I found something I would never though I would find there! The stalking, tricolor Border Collie. I was in shock XD How did I manage to find, a statue in a second hand store, two hours driving from Valkenburg?! He stood between many other statues, on a shelf. And the best thing was: he was only 5 euros! <3 I took him with me of course! <3
Next is a wonderful Buddy Box from Julie! <3 I love the fact we are still doing this, after 3 years or so. It is always such an exciting feeling, when the postman delivers a Buddy Box <3 This one was filled with so many beautiful things, again <3 Just look at this complete photo <3
Lets start with the bigger animals! <3 Julie managed to find two CollectA sea dinosaurs. A Tylosaurus and a Lioplurodon. Thanks to her, I now have a small and a big Lioplurodon <3 CollectA makes such good animals and dinosaurs, that is not hard to imagine they are great in their paint job, details and size.
We stay with the dinosaurs for some bit, as Julie had two Safari ltd Authentic dinosaurs that where looking fr a new home. I could not say no to them, so she packed them in her Buddy Box. The previous owner, not Julie herself, had stabbed two pins right trough the poor critters. The pins where heated, before they where just stabbed in the dinosaurs back. My heart breaks when I see such molestation to old and precious models like these. Luckily Tijn could remove the pins, with no problem. The only thing remaining, is a little puncture point and some burned plastic around it. They are safe and in a loving new home now <3
Next are some crazy, cute and tiny dinosaurs! <3 Julie has a group of K&M mini dinosaurs and she had some of them double and offered those to me. Of course I could not say no to that! I mean, tiny dinosaurs! <3 They are so cute! And so small, I am in love with them. There are more from this series and I hope to find more of them in the future <3 Like the little saber tooth and the Ichthyosaur <3
Last dinosaur from this Buddy Box is a bit of a weird one with an unknown brand/series. It has long, thin legs (Which makes it looks so funny XD) and it has one color. (With some darker shades here and there.) I do not know where it is from, if it has a series or a brand. I suspect is it from some kind of blind bag series, as I have two other dinosaurs that have the same sculptural features and also have one color with some darker shades. I hope to find some more information about them in the future.
One thing I envy Julie about, is that Naturalis (Natural Historic Museum in Leiden) is so close to her, that she can visit the gift shop whenever she wants. The museum is closed now, due to renovations and rebuilding the place, but I really want to go there sometimes <3 She found this lovely creature in their gift shop. A Wild Republic gila monster <3 It is made from a softer material that most model animals, a bit rubbery. But I do not mind that at all with this critter. It has nice details and the spots are nicely done.
A couple of weeks ago, I found out that ELC made different frogs/toads. I already had a toad in my collection, but not a frog. Luckily for me, Julie found a ELC frog for me <3 It is such a nice ELC type frog! Now they both are standing with the rest of my forest ELC group <3 I really love that series from ELC <3
I have a weak spot for heavy horses. I do not know exactly why, but I do <3 I am happy that I can welcome yet an other heavy horse into my collection. This time it is the Papo lying shire foal in black and white. It is such a nice foal model <3 Papo might not be the go-to brand when it comes to horses, but I honestly think they have the most horses with the most interesting poses! <3 Like this laying foal <3
As I try to keep my collection as realistic as possible, sometimes the cute and unusual slip trough my heart and reach the wooden self-made shelves that are for the cute critters and fandom stuff <3 As did these four little critters. The two dogs are absolutely adorable and can swing their heads around when you move them, little bobble-heads <3 The wolf is a figure from the Disney film Jungle Book. The squirrel is... from... I do not know exactly XD It looks like a Disney critter, like the ones from Snow White maybe?
Next one is a canine from CollectA, a red fox. It has a very sweet face and a simple paint job. CollectA has been renewing their animals, starting with the lions and tigers. Maybe they will redo some forest critters as well? I would not mind having a new fox from CollectA in my collection <3
The last one is a mystery cetacean! It is a dolphin, but I have no idea from which brand it is or what species it exactly is. It is the same size as tube figures, or Play Vision dolphins. But I never saw this dolphin before. It has no mark, no 'made in China', nothing on his belly or side. The spots and the pink belly are not something you see everyday on a cetacean model. It is a very nice figure, with nice flukes, fins and rostrum. Happy to have him in my collection now <3
Thank you so much Julie, for yet an other beautiful Buddy Box. <3
Next is a very lovely package from Nardien. We decided to do a trade and she ordered some animals for me from Modellpferdeversand <3 All are new releases from major brands from 2017 <3 Especially Papo, Safari ltd and CollectA did an amazing job on their new 2017 animals.
Lets start with the first one, the Papo fennec fox! I was so looking forward to this one! What a sweet looking canine! Legs are long, but that does not batter and it fits this animal well. The face is sweet looking and it has those characteristic big ears <3 I am very pleased with this canine, Papo did a good job on it <3
Next is a second Papo animal, an arctic hare. Now I have two arctic hares, one by Papo and one by Schleich. I really like the style of Papo better, than the Schleich version of the arctic hare. I really like the face of this one and the fact that it is not a solid white coated animal. I looks like it is ready to jump away.
2017 is the year of the dingo. After the addition of the beautiful Southland Replica's dingo male, I also have the Safari ltd dingo now <3 And ohmygoodness, what a stunning figure! I am so happy that they released it in normal size and not as a Wildlife Wonder. It has the Safari ltd style and it fits him so well <3 He has a normal standing pose, but it is a very nice looking dingo and you can see that at once. Very happy to have this beauty in my collection now <3
Second animal from Safari ltd that I got in this package, is the harpy eagle! What a majestic bird! It fits the series and style very well, first harpy eagle in my collection <3 The details on the feathers and the wings are great. And it has those typical feathers on his head. Very happy to have this bird in my collection <3
Next are two CollectA animals, first one is an antelope that I personally would not even imagine in figure form, the saiga antelope <3 Talking about a weird animal, this antelope has a trunk like snout. CollectA dares to make the weird and the wonderful in the animal kingdom and I love them for doing that! So now this beautiful antelope is standing in my collection and I love it! Must have for every collector <3
And last but not least, an other CollectA animal. The ivory-billed woodpecker <3 On a tree! The bird has many details and the tree is also nicely made. Only minus is, for my collection, is that the tree is to high. So he does not fit between the two glass shelves where he belongs.... So he is standing, all alone, on one of my deer shelves.... Oh well, it is still a beautiful sculpted animal <3 So he can stay there <3
Thank you so much for this wonderful trade Nardien <3 These new additions are amazing!
If I can help a friend, I am more than willing to help them <3 WhiteLightningWolf has some sales up on eBay, due to personal reasons she is selling some animal models and plushes. She posted some photos of them on her Instagram account, and there it was: a little Hagen-Renaker cat <3 I was in love <3 I asked if she had more little critters like the HR cat. She showed me all she had. I bought all of them XD The others are Little Critterz and they are absolutely adorable! When the package arrived, she even included a gift! A beautiful Kaiyodo black Main Coon cat! I love all of them and I am extremely happy to own some Little Critterz now. They are ceramic, which not many collectors collect. But they are detailed and they have many interesting species <3 I love them to bits <3 Thank you so much Fallon!! <3
After me overspending on a group I bought from Instagram, I would never buy an model animal there again (customs and repaints not included). I did not say a thing about trading XD I made a trade with Lokidaemonium. A very nice person who was interested in some animals I had up for trade. And luckily for me, he had some animals that would fit nicely into my collection. A Procon baby dinosaur and a Bullyland iguana. I really liking both. The Bullyland iguana has a place on my desk and the baby dinosaur is standing safe and sound with the rest of my dinosaurs <3 Thank you for this trade! Sparky says hello <3
We stay with the Bullyland animals, as I found two reptiles in a toy store in Leeuwarden last month. A chameleon and an albino python. These Bullyland reptiles are bigger than any in my vitrine, and they do not fit in anymore. So they have a nice little spot with my plants and some boxes on my desk. It looks very neat with the green colors and their size. I really love it <3
The last figure of this blog-entry is a small Safari ltd Authentics horse I found on Marktplaats. I adore this series from safari ltd so much, and I am very happy to include this little fella into my collection <3 He is photographed with the Safari ltd Authentics polar bear I found on our vacation <3
Books from our vacation:
Books from local second hand shops:
New bought books from a book store in Almere:
Books from Julie's Buddy Box:
Thank you for visiting and reading this blog-entry. i already have half of my desk full of new animals to show you in my next blog-entry. Who will not be as late as this one, I hope. See you in the next one! <3
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