Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gettysburg is here!

Surprise surprise, Gettysburg has arrived! I wasn't drawn for him at first (but then got pulled from the waitlist), and managed to find one at cost from a kind Blabber. Here he is!

I really like this model! His color is really nice - I like how he isn't just gray all over, but has lighter areas in his mane and tail and lots of shading, and of course his white foot (though I personally would have liked to see a blaze or star, but that's just nitpicking).

I love the stripey, contrasting areas in his mane. He's beautiful! His dapples aren't as soft as some of the other models I've seen photos of, but I can live with that.

Too bad they weren't a bit more subtle, as they definitely have that chicken-wire look going on. Oh well. Here's his face!

His eyes are nicely detailed! He does look like he's got something going on with the tip of that left ear, but otherwise I didn't see anything wrong with his quality (other than the dapples, but that was a foregone conclusion). So, into the collection he goes! Or rather, he'll probably just go into a box, because we're moving again next month (we're buying a house! Yay!). I can't wait to see what web special we get next!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Our next special run is Sierra Rose!

The PAM special run is revealed - meet Sierra Rose!

From the blog:

Sierra Rose was named for the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains, where the Tevis Cup is held annually. The Tevis Cup is a 100-mile long endurance ride that lasts a full 24 hours and has been taking place annually since 1955. The riders in this competition traverse the Sierra Nevada Mountains in their quest to win this legendary endurance competition. Sierra Rose's beautiful rose grey coloring reminded us of the stunning sunsets in Sierra Nevadas.

I thought Breyer would use an older mold in the lineup, but I (and a lot of other people) didn't see the PAM coming. She's beautiful! And she actually has something to do with the theme (Endurance racing tends to favor Arabians)!

Alas, I ran out of shelf space and sold off the few PAMs I had a few years ago. So this pretty girl won't be joining my herd, but she sure looks nice. I wonder if they'll do a matte/glossy split on her?

Before the advent of Farah in 2015's Vintage Club, I would have been skeptical of ever seeing the PAM in anything other than a very limited release, due to the licensing issue with Hagen-Renaker. But as we've seen, Breyer has been using more and more old Love molds over the last few years, so clearly they've managed to get over the licensing hump. Probably just a case of sighing and paying the fee. And we get to see new releases on old molds out of it, so that's a good thing, right?

Monday, March 19, 2018

That's not a clue! That's a full-blown reveal!

Today's Breyerfest blog "hint" is a bit of a rarity...they're showing us the silhouette! It's a PAM!

Mystery Silo

I wonder what sort of special run she will be? The special run line itself, or perhaps a raffle model? And what color will she be? I hope we don't have to wait until Friday to find out - that's a long time! At least we don't have to spend the whole time hemming and hawing about what mold it might be.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Featured Model - 3/17/2018, Best in Show Arabian

Hello, readers, and welcome to another edition of Featured Model, the weekly blog event where I pick a model from my collection, give some stats on it and provide commentary about it. This week's model is the Classic Best in Show Arabian!

This model was introduced in 2009 as part of Breyer's Best in Show line, which featured Classic-sized models that sported mohair manes and tails and glass eyes, along with painted horseshoes and a little base to stand on. It was a regular run model (#901), and although IDYB doesn't have info on the sculptor, I seem to remember reading somewhere that it was sculpted by Kathleen Moody.

This was certainly an ambitious undertaking by Breyer (and not a particularly successful one, as we haven't seen any more models in this vein other than the do-it-yourself kits). Mohair has its fans, but hairing models mostly went out of fashion years ago. I can see why people wouldn't like the mohair: it looks like it'd be a pain to keep styled the way you want it, plus it'd be a huge dust magnet (and personally, I just think it's ugly. Same goes for flocky models: ugh). I've seen photos of people's haired models on shelves with plastic bags over them to keep the dust off, but that kind of setup makes me question why you'd even want a haired model. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

So why do I own this model if I don't like mohair manes and tails, you may wonder? Well, as I wrote about in a previous Featured Model, I only started collecting this mold last year after Marigold's debut, and yes, at first I had no plans on adding this particular one to my collection because of the mohair.  But then I started looking at prices on eBay, and well...the models in this series can be obtained pretty cheaply. So I bought one.

He really isn't that bad - his paint job is pretty nice, at least. He definitely has that '80s-style big hair - I named him Fluffy because of it! It'll be interesting to see how the mohair job ages, and his glass eyes are definitely, shall we say, "intense." But that just gives him more character, I guess.

I do like the mold, even if the regular plastic mane it would later be given makes me want to snap it off every time I see it (it just sticks out in a really enticing way). Hopefully we see a fun new release on the mold soon; the fact that it was used at Breyerfest last year gives me hope that we'll see it used for something else soon!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Stablemates are here!

Greetings, readers! In lieu of more exciting things to talk about this week, I'm going to talk about some of the new for 2018 Stablemate models. I've been trying to cut back on purchases lately, so the only 2018 releases I've gotten have been Stablemates. Behold!

I'm a bit short on time today, so I don't have very many photos of these. But they include a couple of the new Stablemates Single Assortment models, the stallion and foal from one of the new Mystery Foal sets, and the TWH, Cantering Warmblood, Django and Andalusian from the new blind bag assortment.

I think they're all really nice, but the standout here is, of course, the Django. His color is very metallic and attractive, and it makes everything else look dull by comparison (except maybe the buckskin Andalusian).

As usual, I wish Django's sculpt had been adapted to plastic a little better - he looks so stunning from either side that it's sad to see how narrow he is. Plus, he's just a tad out of scale compared to other Stablemates. Friesians are big, but not that big.

That said, I do like the color on the buckskin Andalusian as well - it's more of a buttermilk shade. And the perlino foal is so cute! The Icelandic is a little plain - I'd like to see some white on him, but that's a small nitpick. And the black pinto rearing Arabian is like a budget version of Oscar.

Sadly, I wasn't lucky enough to get a copper Django from the 8 blind bags I ordered, so I'm still on the hunt for him. Hopefully his price comes down eventually.

As for the quality on these, I didn't see anything majorly wrong with them, which was nice. I hope the Spirit Series 2 blind bags are as nice!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Featured Model - 3/10/2018, Quelle Surprise

Hello and welcome to another edition of Featured Model, the weekly blog event where I pick a model from my collection, give some stats on it and provide commentary about it. This week's model is...Quelle Surprise in perlino!

This model was one of the surprise models from Breyerfest 2015 (Vive la France!). As item #711220, he was the most desirable color from that year (easy to see why!) and was a run of 280 on the Lonesome Glory mold sculpted by Kitty Cantrell.

I remember when I found out who the volunteer model was - I was in the middle of volunteering during one of Morgen's sculpting classes when she announced it to the class. So I got to hear a chorus of little kids going, "Ooooooh!" when they found out the surprise. Definitely a fun moment! That was also the first year I was able to get the "hot" surprise color directly from the special run line. Too bad I couldn't get a glossy perlino too! Maybe someday I'll find one for a good price.

Sometimes I toy with the idea of selling my Lonesome Glory models, but the thought of selling this guy stops me every time. He's definitely my favorite of the LGs in my collection (I only have about 10). Other models I really like on this mold are the ones I don't have: Paparazzi, Goin' for Gold, the charcoal volunteer model, Mirror Image/Reflector, Mosaic, etc.

But Tinseltown and Woodland Splendor are fun models, too. Maybe someday I'll be able to add those rarer guys to my collection - in the meantime, I wonder why this mold has never been used for a web special? I mean, he's always been a popular mold, and he got a double JAH special run and two Connoisseur releases. Come on, Breyer!

I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up at this year's Breyerfest either, with the racing theme and all. Probably as a prize or something, since he was the surprise model so recently. I mean, I wouldn't say no to seeing him in the special run line - it just seems unlikely. But we'll have to wait and see! In the meantime, I'll enjoy looking at my perlino Quelle Surprise.

Friday, March 9, 2018

We have our elk!

The puzzle solution has been officially revealed - it's an elk! Meet Inari!

I like his name! And his color is nice, too. All the same, I don't collect animal molds, so I won't be buying him.

From the website:

Inari is named after the area in northern Finland where the Reindeer Racing Championships are held and have been taking place since 1959, though the races have been happening all over Finland since 1932. Competitors in this thrilling sport are pulled by these massive creatures while on skis - surely a sight to behold!

So, everyone that thought this was a reference to reindeer racing, give yourselves a pat on the back!

I wonder if they'll do a matte/glossy split on this guy? I bet he'd look really nice in gloss. Last year's cow, Diwali, was glossy, so there's precedent.

So, that's our mysterious animal mold unveiled. I can't wait to see what they show us next!