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ChickYuet Synthetoceras 1

Vault tales 57 Chick Yuet Synthetoceras

Who makes it? A Chinese toy company called Chick Yuet, part of a set of mid-sized vinyl prehistoric mammals When did it come out? I got it in 2006 or 2007. So around then maybe? Not bad for a dollar store toy…with terrifying red eyes for some reason Still available? Sadly no. They appear to […]

Colorata RL Stag beetle 2

Vault tales 56 Colorata Red-Legged Stag Beetle

Who makes it? Colorata, in their Stag Beetles Real Figure Box. It’s number 1 in the set. Yes, it’s a little dusty. It’s on my son’s shelves…and even behind glass… When did it come out? Not sure. At least 2004 although there may have been revisions in that time (it’s true of many of the […]

Safari toob Kronos 2

Vault tales 55 Safari toob Kronosaurus

Who makes it? Safari Ltd, part of their Carnivorous Dinos toob. And yes, it’s one of the 4 not-dinosaurs in the dinos toob…but it is carnivorous! The toob number is 699004. When did it come out? I want to say around 2003. There have been a few adjustments to things like the paint schemes, rarely […]

Epoch spot gard eel 3

Vault tales 54 Epoch Spotted Garden Eel

Who makes it? One of the figures in the Epoch “Life Account of the Trip” series of gashapon figures, the Marine Fish set. Item number 05. When did it come out? It’s hard to say. Probably around early to mid-2000s. Despite being only a few centimetres long, the face is very detailed–right down to the […]

Safari Henodus 2

Vault tales 53 Safari toob Henodus

Who makes it? Safari Ltd as part of their Prehistoric Sea Life Toob, item number 682404. It’s a set that I’ve previously talked about before. When did it come out? The toob was released in 2009 Still available? I still thought it was…even though it was discussed by me before! I think I’m in denial. […]

Yujin NHK Apatos 3

Vault tales 52 Yujin NHK Apatosaurus

Who makes it? Produced by Yujin in conjunction with a NHK-Canada Film Board production called ‘Miracle Planet’. Part of a series of 14+3 secrets capsule set. In it’s display form, on a fancy plinth! When did it come out? Same time as the series, around 2004 Still available? Only in auctions and peer-to-peer. As with […]

Collecta mini deinothere 1

Vault tales 51 CollectA Deinotherium (mini)

Who makes it? CollectA, as part of their Prehistoric Mammal mini box set, item number 89A1100 When did it come out? 2019 Still available? It hasn’t been out for a year yet…it had better be! (It is) Somehow, for such a small figure, it can still appear large! Where can it be found in my […]

Elastolin pike 2

Vault tales 50 Elastolin Northern Pike

Who makes it? This northern pike figure is from Elastolin, part of their Aquatic Animals line When did it come out? It is apparently from the 70s. Although I obtained it much more recently. The fish does not come with a base, but it also doesn’t really stand well. A little modelling wax and a […]

Yowies mastiff bat 1

Vault tales 49 Yowies Northern Mastiff Bat

Who makes it? Yowies, as part of their first series of animal figures. When did it come out? The series came out in 1997 This is a very smiley bat. But it really doesn’t feel like it’s really capturing the face of the real thing. Still available? Each series was short-lived, probably lasting about a […]

Arizona AU dinos 1

Vault tales 48-Group Profile-Arizona Silver Dinosaurs

What is this? Some figures that get picked are not really much to talk about…so I’ll speak to them as a group. In this case, it’s a group of pewter prehistoric animals from a company called Arizona Silver. I don’t know a tonne about them, but I do have a story behind them. The whole […]

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