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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A couple of new arrivals

First up is the Wildlife Wonders Okapi, which is from a friend

I bought this retired Schleich Wild Rabbit very cheaply from Amazon, with free postage.  Really cute model...
Now I have three rabbits in my collection;) 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

New addition, this time a real one!

Friday I went to a local garden centre where they had a pet section, for sale were rabbits nine weeks old and litter trained (they are house rabbits).  I'd been told about them and immediately wanted to go and see - I was just going to see them but I ended up bringing one home with me!!  It was impossible for me to resist!
So here she is, I named her Anouska which is a Russian name and means "Gracious" - I didn't choose the name because of what it meant, I just liked the sound of it.  We'll have to see whether she's gracious or not;)
So while my mum held her I took a few photos:

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

New additions

These three Schleich arrived this morning
The Jaguar which I've been umming and ahing over, I'm so glad I got him now:)

And I bought these very cheaply, they're the versions before the ones we have now.
Not great models, but they make my zebra herd larger and will look good in outside photos. 

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Anancus 1:30 scale

One of my last figurines for 2011, a Anancus prehistoric elephant in 1:30 scale.  This was my first prehistoric animal, he was really fun to make, I especially enjoyed doing the skin detail.
This chap arrived at his new home in Germany yesterday.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Gifts from Friends

Some friends of mine kindly gave me these wonderful figurines
The first is the Safari ltd Phoenix Cockerel (Rooster), which I've been hunting for ages for, but couldn't find one here in England.  Then a friend said he was going to America and asked whether there was anything I'd like, so here it is and it's even more gorgeous in real life than in photos.

Then I had a surprise package from a DTF friend, with this beautiful Japanese crested Ibis inside!  It's made by Kaiyodo. 

AND this wonderful Safari black bear came from another wonderful friend, I'd been looking for her to go with the cub I already had 

Schleich 2012 arrivals and some others...

Just a quick update on my collection.
The last additions for 2011 came in yesterday morning, I managed to get some 2012 Schleich before the new year, amazingly.
First up are the birds - other than the lovely snowy owl, I'm not 100% pleased with them all.
The Pelican is nice, but nothing new in it's pose, the same pose with the fish as all the other brands.
The Stock, the quality of the plastic isn't as nice as the usual Scheich figurines, it's very light.
The Peregrine Falcon I have to say was a big disappointment, the paintwork isn't nice in my opinion.  I think I'll try and repaint this guy.

Now for the sheep and goat
These are lovely sheep, although they have glittery coats, like the schleich Arctic fox had.

With all the Schleich sheep for comparison

Pygmy goat, very cute and with the old version... 

I also got some extras with this order, a couple of Papo
and Wild Boar