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Groovy Tubes Magic Creat 17 Book set

Vault Tales Run the Set 131 Innovative Kids Groovy Tubes Magical Creatures

The Magical Creatures box set, with the figures spread out. On first appearance, definitely more…pastel…than the Mythical Beasts. I’m sure that’s coincidence. Because this is the one with the horse-like animals… Well what do you know? Another Groovy Tubes set from Innovative Kids. And just like the last one, this set is going to look […]

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Vault Tales 130 Starlux Edaphosaurus

Starlux is such a classic company for figures like these. This one took quite a while for me to track down too. One of the earliest Edaphosaurus figures, definitely one of my oldest ones. Today’s post I am going to look at a figure that was one of my personal grails…and I was happy to […]

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Vault Tales 129 ToyTrio Housecat, Brachiosaurus & Mammoth pair

A ToyTrio today and it’s…diverse. Again. Which is probably an accurate reflection of the animal figures in the house to be honest. I’m going to just jump right in. CollectA Mini Box Dinosaurs 2 Brachiosaurus The mini Brachiosaurus is a decent little figure, although I think every maker struggles with how, exactly, to pose them […]

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Vault tales 128 – Clades – Monotremes

Back again with another Clades post! Earlier this week we looked at a group of so-called primitive fish. This time around, it will be some so-called primitive mammals, the monotremes. As a group, they are (probably? maybe?) the most basal living group of mammals. At the very least, they are united by some shared characteristics–like […]

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Vault tales 127 – Clades – Chondrostei

I am back with another Clades post. This one is exciting because it features one of my favorite fish groups! It’s also daunting because I have a lot of representatives of this group (unlike most of the ones I’ve done) which means more to say. And also trying to sort out photo presentation… As it […]


Vault Tales 126 ToyTrio Megalictis, Dromedary, Helicoprion

Sometimes a Toy Trio has a theme, something that links them together. Maybe it’s a taxonomic theme, or a geographic theme, or maybe their respective companies have something in common. And sometimes, the only connection is ‘animal figure that is in my collection’. This trio is one of those latter ones. These are seriously all […]

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Vault Tales 125 Mattel Jurassic World Gallimimus

Gallimimus in all of its two-tone glory. But the figure itself is pretty active looking overall Surprisingly, after all of this, I don’t think I’ve covered much from the various Jurassic Park/Jurassic World toy lines. Part of this might be that I don’t have a tonne of them; shocking, I know, but I wasn’t really […]

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Vault Tales Run the Set 124 Safari Dinosaur Skulls TOOB

A bunch of dinosaur heads! Note the range in size–because there is no way these are all to scale! Instead of trying to find appropriate human figures I’m leaning into it with our Jurassic World trio checking them out in the garden. We’re back with yet another Run the Set, this time the Safari Ltd […]


Vault Tales 123 ToyTrio Doedicurus, Tarsier, Daspletosaurus

Today is another Toy Trio, this time featuring a really…really…weird assortment. I suppose if we want to connect them, they all have a Japanese origin of some kind? Let’s go with that. Kaiyodo Dinotales S6 Doedicurus One of the classic ‘Ice Age’ animals–a mammal that found out about ankylosaurs and said, “I can do that” […]

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Vault Tales 122 Schleich Smilodon

The view from the front of the figure is not its best angle… Ah, Schleich. For a company that was so integral to my collecting, for so long, you’d think it would have come up more. Alas, it has not–possibly because I have found new homes for the vast majority of what I once had. […]

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