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Old 8th December 2011, 10:10 AM
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Default Mojo Fun beaver: the best beaver figurine at the market?

James Connolly was very kind to send me three Mojo Fun figures I like the most. Here are they:


You may say Iím repeating myself, but once again I dare to say that Mojo beaver is the best beaver figurine available at the market today.
Here is it in my European display (this pic looks like the photographer was sitting in ambush in shrubbery near water and snapshot the beaver coming out of a pond):


To back my conclusion with arguments Iíll try to make a concise review of beaver figurines by major brands. Sergey has already started such a comparison here, and Iíd like to systematize the topic a bit.
I must admit that Iíve been judging by photos and feedback from our forum members, Ďcause the only beavers I held in my hands are the retired Schleich model and my Mojo newcomer. So Iíll be glad if those who have got other beavers complement (or discard) the summaries that Iíve formulated.

Mojo Fun 2011 beaver
Pros:
+ Good scale
+ Good paintwork
+ Body proportions
+ Pose
+ Matt finish
Contras:
- Painting of the teeth

Scale is a real advantage of Mojo beaver in my eyes Ė all other beaver figures are too large for my display :) Look at him next to Schleich lynx, for example:


Papo 2010 beaver

Pros:
+ Unusual pose
Cons:
- Mediocre paintwork
- Large size

CollectA 2010 beaver

Pros:
+ Size
Cons:
- Strange-looking pose
- Strange-looking paws :)

Wild Safari Forest Beaver

Pros:
+ That twig in the mouth adds ďzestĒ to this figure
Cons:
- Size (itís not as large as Papo, but still Iíd prefer a smaller figure)
- Glossy finish?

Schleich beaver (retired, but present in many collections)

Pros:
+ Good old Schleich style (not everyone will take it as advantage, but there are quite many collectors who will)
Cons:
- Large size
- Glossy finish

Do you agree, friends?

P.S.: Iíd like to finalize the comparison with this excellent photo by Sergey:
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Old 8th December 2011, 07:33 PM
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I agree with all your critics. I agree the Safari ltd beaver's paint is very boring (just brown with black ears and eyes; bleah ), but the wooden stick in its mouth adds lots of life to the fig . Even if I don't mind the beaver figurines being big, I admit the Mojo one looks the best, with the retired Schleich's in second place.
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Old 8th December 2011, 07:40 PM
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Oh! You didn't say anything about the retired BULLYLAND beaver; I personnally think it's a good replica:

http://multimedia.collectorsquest.co...300.jpg?130656
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I agree with all your critics. I agree the Safari ltd beaver's paint is very boring (just brown with black ears and eyes; bleah ), but the wooden stick in its mouth adds lots of life to the fig . Even if I don't mind the beaver figurines being big, I admit the Mojo one looks the best, with the retired Schleich's in second place.
Well, if it helps, there are variations--we have both browner and yellower ones in our museum store.
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