Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Breyerfest 2018 Volunteer Applications

Hello, readers! It's only January, but that doesn't mean Breyerfest isn't on all our minds! And it's never too early to think about volunteering! Applications are now being accepted and can be found here.

I've been a volunteer three times now and have never failed to enjoy it! From workshops to seminars to the Craft and Activity tent, it's always (well, mostly) been a really fun time! I'll admit volunteering in the craft tent and anyplace else outdoors is hard due to the heat and humidity, but the volunteer model is well worth it. And it's fun to be an official part of Breyerfest in our own special way, since I doubt I'll ever work for Breyer. This is as close as I'll ever come to being a Breyer employee, and that's really special to me!

Applications are due in to Robin Briscoe by 3/1, so we have plenty of time to get our applications in. Last year I didn't apply to give myself a break (and because I was pregnant) but this year I'm definitely in, if they'll let me! I wonder what this year's volunteer model will be? Perhaps a nice Ruffian in dapple gray or palomino? Ooh, that would be awesome!

Monday, January 15, 2018

First Breyerfest sneak peek of the year!

Hello, readers! It looks like we have our first teaser photo for Breyerfest 2018, and here it is!

Well, that definitely looks like a chestnut Duende to me. And he looks glossy, too. That could definitely be a must-have; he's being revealed later this week, so we won't have to wait too long to see it. I was really hoping they wouldn't make us wait an ungodly amount of time before they started showing us the SRs - it really irks me how they drag things out so much. So I'm excited to see this guy!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Featured Model - 1/13/2018, Geronimo

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...Geronimo!

Geronimo was the first release in the 2016 Premier Club. Sculpted by Kitty Cantrell, around 750 of this model were produced (as far as we know).

This mold is a bit of a departure for me. After I ended up selling or trading Wyatt, Bobby Jo and all of the other stock molds I owned from childhood, I finally realized why: stock horses just aren't my thing. I'm not that into Quarter Horses or other stock breeds in real life, either; this is probably because stock breeds are all you see around here.

So it's a bit odd that Geronimo is in my collection, being of a stock type, but I suppose there has to be an exception to every rule. I just find him really handsome! Well, most of him. There's something about his head I don't quite like. I think I've read that his eyes aren't quite placed where they should be on his head, and that might have something to do with it. In any case, it's not an issue that's enough to make me consider selling my Geronimos. The color on this model is really nice, too, although I think Breyer needs to give grulla a rest - it's been on everything lately, or so it seems.

Geronimo got a lot of use last year, as the TSC special run Jacy, Bandera (and later, glossy Bandera) and the matte and glossy Saffron special run models at Breyerfest. He's also been a raffle model and contest prize at Breyerfest (in 2016). So I wouldn't expect to see a lot of him this year, other than maybe popping up as a web special at some point. But hey, I wouldn't say no to that!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas Bouncers are here!

I can't believe it's taken me this long to post about it, Christmas Bouncers are here!

Okay, two of them have been here for almost a week, but the third didn't arrive until yesterday. I bought one on each of our three accounts, and was lucky enough to at least get a Sapphire and an Amethyst, but the wayward third box revealed...another Amethyst. Sigh. But I was able to find someone to trade an Emerald for my extra Amethyst. Success!

I should be biased toward Sapphire, since blue is my favorite color, but I can't decide which one of them I like the best. They're all so pretty!

I was pleased to see that the eyes are painted, even if they are plain black. Way better than Bandera's creepy unpainted eyes! And they were all quite nice in the quality department - I didn't see anything really wrong with any of them. While I think this was a bit of a weird idea for a Christmas release, I'm pretty sure no one was expecting jewel-tone clearware Bouncers for a holiday release. Breyer thinking outside the box once again! Clearly we needed to move away from the red/green model (though I still want to see a candy cane zebra someday). I can't wait to see what crazy thing they come up with for Christmas next year!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Live Show Benefit Model - Vulcan! someone at Breyer a Star Trek fan? One can only wonder. Meet this year's Live Show Benefit model, Vulcan!

Although the Running Stallion isn't my favorite mold - I had a few of them, but sold them off long ago (this has happened with a lot of molds...) - that color is really nice. It's very similar to 2016's Chesapeake or glossy Spring. Definitely a color Breyer needs to be using more often!

As a reminder, only around 30 of these models are produced and then raffled off at qualifying live shows. If participating shows have a children's division, they also receive a glossy version of the previous year's Classics Horse of the Year model (this year, Bella) to raffle off or sell as they see fit, to benefit the show. Live Show Benefit Program rules can be found here.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Featured Model - 1/6/2018, Moody Andalusian JCP Unicorn

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...the JC Penney Andalusian Unicorn!

This model was produced in 2011 as a special run for JC Penney. It was the first (and so far only) time this mold, the Andalusian Stallion sculpted by Kathleen Moody, has appeared as a unicorn. This was the final year of JC Penney special runs, and no production numbers were ever provided for this release.

Woo! More unicorns! I remember when this model was first revealed - I had to have him! I miss JC Penney special runs...but there are so many special runs these days that I'm sure something else picked up the slack. The exciting thing about this guy (other than his horn) was when they all went on sale for $17 each! I'm not sure what made them suddenly decide to dump all these guys at such a low price (it was before Christmas that year, if I remember correctly), but I was ecstatic! I was on a much tighter budget in those days, so any opportunity to save money was greatly welcomed! And it was a unicorn, so of course I had to buy it.

As for this guy's color, he at least looks somewhat realistic other than the purple shimmer, and while he's close to the typical "white unicorn" look, he does have a lot of shading and dapples to set him off. I wonder what he'll look like next to Zena? Other than tiny, of course; that mold tends to dwarf just about anything you set next to it.

All in all, the Moody Andalusian makes a great unicorn - maybe he'll pop up again sometime. I wouldn't mind seeing a whole web special series of just unicorns, but that would probably make the realists in the hobby community complain. Think of the possibilities, though? Black unicorns (glossy, of course), rainbow unicorns, chartreuse unicorns...okay, maybe not that last one. But it would be fun!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mini True North is here!

Greetings, readers! Exciting news - my Premier Club freebie, Mini True North, came in the mail today! Observe:

As most people were probably aware, this year's Premier Club Stablemate freebie is a Stablemate-sized version of the Traditional Brishen mold. I'm surprised (and impressed) that Breyer went to the expense of shrinking down and then creating an all-new Stablemate mold from a Trad mold just for a Premier Club freebie, but I suppose all the funds they get from a year's set of subscriptions (almost $400,000 a year if the subscription numbers are the same as in the past) can probably pay for a new Stablemate mold as well as the other three new molds.

Here's his other side!

I was surprised to discover that this model is molded from ABS/styrene, not cellulose acetate. I would have thought they'd have used good old CA for a new mold, but evidently not. This year's Stablemate Club release on this mold should be molded from it, though.

And here's a view of his head!

Quality-wise, this model is excellent - I didn't see any major flaws aside from the paint looking weird around the bottom tendril of his mane on the right side - like the masking for the mane was too big and covered part of his withers as well. Otherwise, he's painted very well!

Interestingly, the parts of his mane that stick out on the Trad release appear to have been flattened down onto the rest of him to make sure they don't stick out - maybe they'd hang up in the mold if not fixed. It's interesting to see how things change in the shrinking process. I wonder if that will preclude certain other Trads from ever being converted to Stablemate size? Which one will get shrunk next. if any? I'm still not sure how excited I am at the prospect, but I wouldn't say no to a Stablemate Othello...

Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for the Stablemate Club release of this mold - I want to compare them!