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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2020 12:07 p.m. PST

I want to get a few animals to add some excitement to some darkest Africa type gaming. Plastic preferred. Any out there that match 28mm figures?

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2020 2:19 p.m. PST

Figures in the Safari Ltd. Toobs come in all sorts of scales, as do Mojo figures. In addition, somebody sells individual figures in big plastic containers. These are usually quite inexpensive, but I don't know where to direct you. I found them at the local Zeezo's Magic Castle, which closed last fall.
I do have a couple crocodiles (or maybe they are alligators) from Mojo that are close in size to the Ral Partha crocs I bought years ago, and two polar bears and some small dinosaurs from the big plastic bin people. The trouble is that, unless you buy individual figures, you get whatever else is in the container, which can be all sorts of scales. You need to have children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces to give the unwanted figures to.
I think U.S Toy sells big bunches in a clear plastic cannister. The may sell them individually in stores.
You might try visiting the local teaching supply store: 350 animals for $50 USD are great for handing out as rewards to kids, and they might be selling them individually for a quarter or so. Cake decorating stores may also sell them individually.
My experience has been that these are semi-painted--usable as is, or capable of being improved, say by painting black noses on your polar bears.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2020 5:04 p.m. PST

Thanks. I think basically I need to hit the local Dollar Stores with a mini to gauge size.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2020 9:10 p.m. PST

Dollar Stores, Hobby Lobby, and Jo-Anns are all good bets, with the obligatory sample mini for size.

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Umpapa09 Nov 2020 8:06 a.m. PST

For 1:72 I am using "HO 1:75 1:87 animals white unpainted".
I would look for "O 1:50 animals white unpainted" on Ali/Ebay.

Striker09 Nov 2020 11:22 a.m. PST

The craft and dollar stores are my source. Just be prepared to toss some that will be out of scale. Having a kid around who will take them really helps.

Zephyr109 Nov 2020 9:00 p.m. PST

Dollar store for elephants, they're usually pretty big enough… ;-)

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