Saturday, December 16, 2017

Featured Model - 12/16/2017, Oasis

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...Oasis!



This model was produced in 2009 as the last Connoisseur release of the year. Sheesh, this is the third time I've done a Featured Model post on some iteration of this mold, isn't it? Oh well. Oasis was issued on the Arabian Mare/Make a Wish mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody. She was a run of 350 and is item #90151.

I really like the color on this model. I remember seeing some discussion on her back when I rejoined the hobby in 2010, and it seemed like the prevailing opinion was that she was "boring" because she was a solid color. Remember, people, the reason Breyer does so many pinto and Appaloosa patterns is because people would complain if they didn't. Keep that in mind next time you're wondering why there's yet another pinto or Appaloosa in the Premier Club!

Anyway, I think the color on this girl is really nice - it's very rich and chocolatey, almost like a matte Ganache (though I think he's a little darker). And she has the flip tail! I wish they'd use this one again. Like I said in a previous post, they should definitely use this mold for the surprise at Breyerfest next year - there'd be plenty of mix-and-match options. Although currently I'm thinking Desatado for next year's surprise, because why not? It's not like they pick molds that adhere to the theme.

As for the mold itself, I think I've made my opinions known before - but I hope she gets used again for something next year. She's too pretty to sit dormant!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Hopes and Dreams

It's that time of year again - time for me to write about things I'd like to see next year. And I still have time to do it, because Breyer is taking their sweet time unveiling next year's models! In last year's post I talked about Club-related things I wanted to see, but this year I'm going to talk about specific models I'd like to see.

Traditionals:

New draft foal in the Premier Club (maybe this will be the year)
Othello in buttermilk buckskin
Bouncer in any color
Duende in a nice red bay
Carina and Selene in any color
Ashquar as a RR, any color
Bluegrass Bandit in palomino sabino
Nokota in red roan

Classics:
 Some type of new release on the Shire A, Shire B and/or the Show Arabian. The other molds I like are already in the regular run line, so I doubt we'll see much from them.

Stablemates:
New shadowbox set with any of the following molds: G4 Icelandic, G4 Andalusian (Chrome), G3 TWH, G3 Rearing Andalusian, G3 Standing Foal, G2 Morgan, G2 Andalusian, G3 Belgian, G3 Cantering Warmblood, G3 Peruvian Paso, Django or Mirado. And if they aren't used for a shadowbox set, I'd like to see those molds as singles releases or possibly in some new four-piece sets. Colors aren't terribly important to me for these, since Stablemates are usually cheap enough to justify buying them no matter what they look like.

I'd also like to see a continuation of the America the Beautiful web special series, though that seems unlikely.

Another idea I had is for a new Classics series release like the Blossoms and Zodiacs: Holidays. Think about it - almost every month of the year has some kind of holiday. Here's how it could go down:

January: New Year's Day (or Chinese New Year)
February: Valentine's Day (or Groundhog Day or Mardi Gras)
March: St. Patrick's Day (or Purim)
April: April Fool's Day (or Easter or Earth Day)
May: Cinco de Mayo (or May Day)
June: Father's Day (or Juneteenth)
July: 4th of July (or Canada Day for Breyer's Canadian collectors)
August: National Watermelon Day? Not a lot of August holidays.
September: Labor Day (or Rosh Hashanah)
October: Halloween (or Make a Difference Day?)
November: Thanksgiving (or Day of the Dead)
December: Christmas (or Kwanzaa)

Okay, it's not the greatest theme ever. But I think it could work!

That's about all I can think of for now - hopefully Breyer unveils the new releases soon.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 Kid's Club memberships are now available!

Hello, readers! Just a small update today to tell you that Breyer is now selling memberships for the 2018 Kid's Club! Check out these goodies!


Those are the goodies you (or your kid) will receive with your (deluxe) membership! Let's take a closer look at the horse.



It's the Classic Morgan Mare in...buckskin? I think that's how you'd describe that color. She's pretty, although nothing I need to buy (luckily). She is a special run for the club, so if you want her you'll have to buy a membership. More information here!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mirado is here!

Greetings, readers! My first (of two) Mirado models has arrived! Behold:



I've seen a few photos of other people's Mirado models, and it looked like some of them had front legs with a weird bend at the knee that I wasn't a big fan of - but mine seems to be okay in that department, although his hind legs seem to be warped inward slightly. No big deal, though.



I like him in general, though! I'm a little iffy about the crest on his neck; it looks a little odd from the right side, but the left side looks fine. But I like his color, and his long mane, and his pinto pattern.



His eyes are incredible! I can't get over them. I have no idea how they painted eyes so tiny, but both of mine look pretty nice. Some of the blue eyes I've seen looked really weird (and I've heard rumors of some Mirado models with two brown eyes), but I don't see any issues with mine.

Quality-wise, he's mostly okay - he's got some debris in his paint on the right flank area and a couple of pinpoint black spots, but otherwise I don't see anything wrong with him.



I still have one more Mirado coming in the mail, so we'll see what that one looks like - maybe he'll be better than this one or have two brown eyes or something. I guess we'll find out when he gets here! Overall, though, I'm happy to add him to my collection.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Featured Model - 12/9/2017, Fleabitten Gray G2 Thoroughbred

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 fleabitten gray G2 Thoroughbred!


This model was part of the Parade of Breeds II set, item #410185, which was sold through JCPenney in 2005. She was issued on the G2 Thoroughbred sculpted by Kathleen Moody.

I'll admit fleabitten gray isn't usually my favorite horse color, on models or in real life, (although I do like a good contrast between the horse's body and mane/tail, with nice dark fleabites) but I like this model. I think the color looks nice on her. I wish the Parade of Breeds sets were still a thing! I love big Stablemate sets and they hardly exist anymore other than the shadowbox set. I hope we get a new shadowbox set for the new year!

As for the mold itself, it's a decent representation of a Thoroughbred, and I like that it's in the phase of the gallop it's in without looking like the horse's hind end is paralyzed and about to collapse (the Copperfox ISH looks this way to me). I have a lot of models on this mold in my collection, and I'd be happy to add more! Let's hope we get something new when the 2018 releases are revealed!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Breyerwest 2018 and Stablemate Club raffle!

First things first - Breyerwest 2018 is officially happening!



Breyerwest is like a mini version of Breyerfest, but without any special runs (since it was restarted last year). There's a model horse show, workshops and Stablemate painting (of course!). And since it takes place at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, there'll be plenty of live horses on hand! Sign up here. I'd like to attend Breyerwest someday, but I don't show, and the lack of special runs and the distance (Albany, OR is about a 25-hour drive away from us) means we'll probably never get there. Maybe someday!

In other news, we've been informed of exactly what the Stablemate Club raffle is this year - and it's a doozy! It's a full set of the Fylkir gambler's choice models - but all of them are glossy!



Be still, my heart. Now that's a raffle worth winning! But shouldn't the smoky black one be matte? Oh well. They all look really snappy in gloss - I hope we win! Although honestly, with the number of people in the club, they could really give away 5 of these sets and they'd still be worth a ton of money. Not that I'd sell them if I won - they'd go with my other Icelandics! I'll be crossing my fingers. The drawing takes place the last week of December, so don't forget to order your Mirado! I believe the order deadline is the 18th. Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

We finally know the Mustang popularity contest winner!

You may remember that earlier this year, Breyer held a vote for Vintage Club members to choose which of three Semi-Rearing Mustangs would be used in next year's Vintage Club - more about that here.

Well, the winner of the poll has been revealed! Meet Tanner!



According to Breyer, he's a "freehand pinto." ...Does that mean they're all going to have freehand markings? You could get some gnarly variations that way; just saying.

But anyway, evidently the club is almost full! If you have to have this guy, don't waste any time signing up - the deadline is 12/31, and who knows how many spots are left. Fortunately. this is the optional model for next year's club, so he's not a required purchase - which means I won't have to bother with buying him, since I joined the club for the first time. I'm just in it for the Weather Girl, folks!