Vault Tales Run the Set 100 The FaunaFiguresFishes!

Welcome to post 100! A milestone number! And I thought I should do something different, and kind of special–so I will go over all of the figures from my original line of fish figures, made for my store! The FaunaFiguresFishes were sculpted and cast for by a sculptor named Brandon DeMoss. The first of the […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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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Vault Tales 121 Colorata Dolphinfish

As always, Colorata does a great job capturing the life appearance of their fish This post is going to look at another figure from the Saltwater Fishes box produced by Colorata. This will be the Dolphinfish, AKA Mahi-Mahi, number in the original set. It’s interesting that, given that I have hundreds of Colorata figures (they’re […]


Vault Tales 120 ToyTrio Vauxia, Reef Manta, Paradisefish

Here we have another ToyTrio, with a chance to revisit a figure from an earlier, revisit a set I mentioned once, and visit a set I’m very fond of for the first time! Safari Cambrian toob Vauxia These photos probably look very similar to the ones from my Porifera clades post. There’s not really much […]

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Vault Tales 119 Kinto/Favorite Pewter Plesiosaurus

It’s like a trophy or something, complete with wooden stand! For today we’re going to look at one of those odd ones in my collection–a well known company in an unusual style. As the photos give it away, it is a special release pewter version of their Plesiosaurus, but not the one familiar now. For […]


Vault Tales 118 ToyTrio Nimravid, Iberian Lynx, Ichthyosaur

Time for another Toy Trio, a model I use to look quickly at a few figures that were picked by the Random Number Generator, but might not warrant a full on post on their own. It’s also a chance to work through the list a little faster…I’m not going to run through it anytime soon, […]

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Vault Tales 117 Safari Ltd Nigersaurus

Who remembers when this species was first announced? It was so odd and goofy looking, compared to what we normally thought of as sauropods or ‘longnecks’ Today’s post is about the Safari Ltd. Nigersaurus from what is now their Prehistoric World line, item number 286329–but at the time was referred to as the Dinos & […]

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Vault Tales 116 Famemaster 4D Clown Triggerfish

Up close the spaces are pretty visible between the puzzle pieces It has been a while since I discussed a puzzle figure from the FameMaster company, and I think this is the first marine animal one! As with those other ones, these figures are notable for their fairly high attention to detail, sculpt, and paint […]

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Vault Tales Run the Set 115 Safari Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle

This post will be short because, in all honesty, I don’t have much to say about it! It is one of the Life Cycles made by Safari Ltd as part of their Safariology line–toys and models meant to act as educational guides as well as toys. This one features a pretty well-known cycle, that of […]


Vault Tales 114 ToyTrio Liopleurodon, Water Monitor, Rhino Iguana

This one is a new Toy Trio, a model I’ve used only once before. A chance to look quickly at a few figures that were picked by the Random Number Generator, but might not warrant a full on post on their own. It’s also a chance to work through the list a little faster…there’s about […]

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Vault Tales Run the Set 113 Safari Trees TOOB

It’s the whole set of trees! Evenly split between angiosperms and gymnosperms if you’re curious. With a Safari Ltd mini bison. Back with another Run the Set! This time I’m going to go over the entire Safari Treess toob, set 684304. I talked about one of the figures…or two of them, because of different colours, […]

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