People enjoy having replicas of “real” things. This post describes and shows 7 California condor figurines.
These figurines are not museum or scientific models. Some are for children and some for adults. All play a role in connecting people and the California condor. Those with accompanying information also serve to educate people about the condor.
The figurines below are ordered by size, from smallest to largest.
This ceramic figurine, glued to a paper card, is less than an inch high:
The card identifies the maker as LittleCritterz and gives this particular condor’s name as “Fast Eddy”:
A slightly larger, plastic replica is from Yowie:
Here is the accompanying explanatory information:
I believe that this ceramic figurine, with a “K” on the bottom of one foot, is by Klima:
This plastic bird is perched on a rock:
All of the accompanying materials are in Japanese:
Here is a condor accurately posed for flight (this would look best hanging from a thread):
The wingspan is not quite 6 inches so this “flying” figurine is about 1/20 life size. This is the accompanying label:
DeAgostini produced a figurine made from the kind of rubbery material that I associate with Halloween decorations:
Here is the rather dramatic package:
And this is a portion of the “mini poster” that accompanies the collectible:
These are excerpts from the poster’s text:
This is a splendid, if SINISTER bird….
The California condor is one of the rarest birds of prey in the world and is at risk of EXTINCTION….
The California condor is a very CLEAN animal: it bathes often … But on very hot days, it’s less choosy about how it cools off: it SPRAYS faeces and urine on its legs!
Finally, this largest of the figurines is the product of the Franklin Mint:
The realistic ceramic is about 9 inches wide and is dated 1988. The accompanying label concludes:
Perhaps, if we are lucky, the coming years will see this wonderful creature restored to the blue skies that are rightfully his. If not, we have lost something both rare and majestic.
All the figurines above demonstrate that children and adults around the world value the California condor.
A previous post showed Stuffed toys.