I used to have a whole handful of turtles that I carried around with my in middle school. They were painted resin turtles, which I got at a fairly local souvenir shop or two. They were painted to look like real turtles--as much as a 1-inch resin turtle can look like a real turtle, that is--and I had some fun researching what types they were.
I also gave them all names. Like "Gerdle" and "Murble." I actually can't recall all their names now (there were close to ten of them), but I suppose it's not really a bad thing.
From there I ended up with a small collection of other turtle figurines, made from all sorts of materials and purchased from all sorts of places. Luckily they've always fit in just one box. Unlike my collection of china rabbits. But that's another story.