Dinotales Anomaolcaris 4

Vault Tales 96 Kaiyodo Dinotales Anomalocaris

The first superpredator? Maybe. This may be the most glorious version out there. This post is going to go back to the Kaiyodo Dinotales, a series that I’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing. Hardly surprising, since I have at least one of every model…and there are a lot of models! This Anomalocaris is […]

Kaiyodo futabusaurus 4

Vault tales 91 Kaiyodo National Museum Futabasaurus & Skeleton

(Side note–I’ve been doing this for almost a year, and have decided to change up the format. I’ll say about the same things, but I’m just going to go with paragraphs now!) A pretty purple plesiosaur perfectly perched…precariously? The alliteration got away from me, it’s actually on an acrylic peg of course. Today’s figure (well, […]

Kaiyodo Arsinoithere 1

Vault tales 90 Kaiyodo Dinotales Arsinoitherium

Who makes it? More Kaiyodo Dinotales! From Series 7, just like the previously discussed Dinotales Elasmosaurus. It is 116A, meaning that it is also among the A-line variants like that Elasmosaurus. Again, I only picked up one variety of each animal. When did it come out? I haven’t discovered a different date since last time…so […]

Kaiyodo chuanjies 2

Vault tales 84 Kaiyodo Dino Expo 2004 Chuanjiesaurus

Who makes it? This is a special issue figure from Kaiyodo as part of an exclusive set for the Dino Expo 2004 in Japan. It has been an annual tradition for most of the last 20 years at least, trying to find out what was coming–and many were from Kaiyodo. When did it come out? […]

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Vault tales 82 Medicom Megalodon

Who makes it? Part of a series of ‘Mystery’ or Cryptid models from Japanese company Medicom, this ‘Ancient Shark’ is part of their Mystery Museum series 2. It is referred to a ‘Ancient Shark’ officially, but given the size (there is a yacht-like boat in the base) it is most likely referring to Carcharocles megalodon, […]

Safari Sarcoprion 2

Vault tales 79 Safari toob Sarcoprion

Who makes it? Safari Ltd as part of the Prehistoric Sharks toob. The toob item number is 679904. When did it come out? I think 2010…that sounds about right. Not the whorl-tooth shark we usually hear about–this one is much pointier! Still available? Sadly, no. Like other great toobs from Safari, this one has been […]

Eofauna Palaeoloxodon 3

Vault tales 72 EoFauna Straight-Tusked Elephant Palaeoloxodon

Who makes it? A small but excellent company called EoFauna. This is literally their second figure ever. When did it come out? It was released in 2018. Here it is! Too large to get a proper photo with a full background… Still available? It hasn’t been out that long, and yes, they are. Where can […]

Safari TA Yonahlossee 2

Vault tales 68 Safari Ltd Tennessee Aquarium Yonahlossee Salamander

Who makes it? This is a classic from Safari Ltd, part of the small Tennessee Aquarium salamanders set. This one is item number 2104. When did it come out? Apparently 1995! Still available? Sadly, no. The whole series ended in the early 2000s or so, but could still be found into the mid-2000s. Good luck […]

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Vault Tales 98 Yowies UK Frilled Lizard

It’s pretty rough, but there aren’t many other animals it could be! It seems like we just visited the Yowies a couple days ago and here we are with another classic version. This time, it is a figure made by Cadbury for Yowies in the UK. Although they still came with chocolate, the UK figures […]

LK Yowies Tasmanisaurus 2

Vault Tales 97 Yowies Lost Kingdoms Tasmaniosaurus

It’s a not-crocodile but kind of reptile! There’s actually quite a bit of story on its taxonomic status… It’s been a while since we visited the Yowies figures and oddly enough, this will be my first look at one of the prehistoric models from the Lost Kingdoms series. Specifically, this is the Tasmaniosaurus from Lost […]

Kaiyodo Bronze whaler 1

Vault Tales 95 Kaiyodo Capsule Aquarium Bronze Whaler Shark

There are not enough shark figures. Of most species. Like this one. I am once again revisiting a figure from Kaiyodo (a company that has come up in this blog many times already), but I think this is the first one from the Capsule Aquarium series (I did discuss the tiger shark before, but it’s […]

Colorata SW J Pilchard 2

Vault Tales 94 Colorata Japanese Pilchard

It’s a wee little fishy! This post is going to go back to the Colorata figures well (I do have a lot of them). This time, it’s another figure from the Saltwater Fishes box set, a Japanese Pilchard. Clearly this was a set that was influenced by species commonly encountered in some way–for the pilchard […]

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Vault Tales 93 Shapeways Kosmoceratops

A highly detailed 3D printing For this post we’re going to look at another figure produced through Shapeways. This time it is a Kosmoceratops sculpted by noted artist David Krentz. I don’t know if he has added more, but for a while he was putting up small 1:72 dinosaur models, and since no one at […]

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Vault tales 92 Customized Replica Toy Fish Amur Pike

The original northern pike (left) with the Amur pike repaint Today’s figure is another fish from the defunct Replica Toy Fish Company, but more than that, it is another custom paint job of one of the RTF figures. Last time I turned a brook trout into a bull trout, this time I turned a northern […]

GroovyTubes Myth Beast 01 book

Vault tales Run the Set 89 Innovative Kids Groovy Tubes Mythical Beasts

What is this? Another Run the Set already!? Exciting! This is a bit of a weird departure. I don’t often discuss fantasy or mythical animals here, as I don’t generally collect them much now–but I would take advantage of unique sets when they appear. For example, as you can see from the photo of the […]

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