Thanks, postsaurischian. I've seen the secret item only quite recently - I had my set preordered in June and already thought I'd never receive it. The secret item is very similar to the fleshed-out other side of the Humpback Whale Anatomy model, haven't decided if I need it or not.
BTW: Last night I ordered the Spider Set that you showed me in a link. Plus the secret item of that one, it's a Cobalt Blue Tarantula, Haplopelma lividum.
Uuuhhhh - cool! What does your wife say about the venomous spiders ;D?
We're not even married ... I think the problem is more how much the collection has grown so far ;D, spiders are no problem for her. My mother would have killed me, though, she's even afraid of photographs that show spiders. ;D
I've never seen the Safari Ltd. Monterey Bay Humpback Whale in person. Does anybody have a photo other than those from the catalogue?
No one? Doesn't matter, Libraraptor found one for me and gave me the link to the auction. It's larger and more slender than both the Papo and Schleich and it also has a more dynamic pose. This is how it looked from the seller's listing:
This is the result of what intense cleaning with ethanol could do with it:
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781); Humpback Whale. Safari Ltd. / Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection. Length 380 mm. Yes, it's the same figure!
I've also got these two:
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758; Sperm Whale. Safari Ltd. / Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection. Length 297 mm.
Pristis cf. pectinata Latham, 1794; Sawfish. Safari Ltd. / Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection. Length 287 mm.
Even being an entire look in my room, if you can spot them my Sperm Whale, Humpback Whale, Northern Californian Gray Whale and a Whale Shark can be seen on the right shelf There is also a Blue Shark on the left Workstation Case and a White Pointer on the Compaq S710 17" CRT Monitor on the far right:
All 6 are from Schleich and are @ scale 1:32, all the computers are in one Business Network
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2010 16:02:32 GMT by Tylosaurus
In some cases you'll have to be careful cleaning figures with ethanol - in the same lot I bought an old Schleich Whale Shark (the discontinued one, not the better one they are selling now) and the belly's light colour was rubbed away during cleaning... And not only the dirt, I felt the need to clean the figures because they were smelling like an ashtray - the same as in Libraraptor's Mastodonsaurus, they all come from the same lot. I'm still very happy with the buy, though. Oh, and Tylosaurus, I can't tell by the picture but is that the new or the old Whale Shark on your shelf?
Macropinna microstoma Chapman, 1939; Barreleye. Length 49 mm, scale approx. 1:1 - 1:3. This is a very strange species with a transparent dome covering the head. The delicate dome was unknown until quite recently (deep sea samples are mostly damaged) and earlier illustrations showed it with its narrow, pointed snout and telescope eyes uncovered.