Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Arrivals: Saffron, Glossy Saffron and Kaalee

It's late, but I got a post written! Huzzah! More pretty ponies for your viewing pleasure! I'll start with matte Saffron:


I don't remember if I've mentioned it before, but this really is a nice color for the hunky Geronimo. I think it suits him very well! Although they could have also gone with a really yellow dun or bright yellow buckskin, with a name like Saffron. But, I digress.


I'm surprised this model wasn't more popular - word on the street was that Saffron was among only three (!) special run line items not to sell out, along with Kaalee and the cow.  I suspected this would happen ahead of time, since they made 1600 of him, but I had hoped that the matte/glossy split would make him more successful. Evidently not!


Ooh, I did not get the right angle for that photo. Quality-wise, the only things I could find wrong with this model were a bit of black fuzz behind his left ear (somewhat visible in the photo) as well as a slightly bent left ear tip. Otherwise, he was perfect! Too bad they can't all look like that.

Next: Glossy Saffron!


This guy is just as handsome as the matte, and shiny to boot! Whoo! I have to admit I didn't expect Breyer to do a matte/glossy split on more than one item. But I'm not complaining - the more the merrier!

 I think I mentioned in my previous post that I ended up with three matte Indu models at one point in my efforts to get a glossy. (4th time was the charm!) In contrast, it was easy to get a glossy Saffron - too easy. I ended up with two of them in two attempts. Glossy being more desirable than matte, it was very easy to find someone at the Clarion who'd trade a matte for a glossy, and my efforts in that department were complete!


Quality-wise, this guy is even better than the matte one - one or two pinpoint specks in the gloss, but otherwise I couldn't find anything wrong with him. Excellent!

And finally, Kaalee:


With all the unexpected glossies popping up, I wouldn't have protested at a glossy Kaalee, either, but that didn't happen. Oh well! I really like the color on this model, as well - she's flashy and beautiful and makes a good addition to my collection.


Some of the Kaalee models I've seen photos of have a rather abrupt transition from the white rabicano markings to the solid black, but mine looks pretty nice. The only issue I have with this mold is that she's so big it's going to be hard to get her to fit onto my shelves.


As for quality, this girl definitely wins - I couldn't see a thing wrong with her anywhere. She's perfect from top to bottom! Definitely a keeper!

That's all I have for today - yet again, I'll try to keep posting photos this week, but no promises. Until next time!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Arrivals: Indu, Glossy Indu and Marigold

The Breyerfest blues are still going full swing in this household. I can't believe we left for Breyerfest two weeks ago, and we've now been home for almost a week. Where does the time go? I guess time really does fly when you're having fun.

In happier news, I was fortunate enough to be drawn for Zion and Moab, so they'll be on their way here soon. In the meantime, I still haven't had a chance to dig out my camera's battery charger (darn work!), so I took some quick cell phone photos of some of my Breyerfest acqusitions. First up is Indu!


There has been a lot of variation within this run, which was to be expected. Some of the models have really obvious, chicken-wire looking dapples, while others (like this one) are more subtle. Shading variations also exist, with lighter and darker models reported.


I'm happy that I got a model with subtle dapples (I had 3 at one point in my quest for a glossy), but the quality isn't the best, unfortunately (and this seems to have been common throughout the run). Mine isn't too terrible, but does have some issues.


Somehow I didn't even notice that left eartip until I was taking these photos - ugh! Other than that he isn't too bad, he just has some little bits of debris embedded in his finish here and there and his shoes could have been painted a little better. Not anywhere near as bad as that silver splotch on my Acadia, though.  Next: Glossy Indu!

I always try to keep my expectations low for glossy models like this, since they're essentially just taking half the run and spraying some gloss on afterward, flaws or not. But other than his very prominent dapples, this guy actually isn't too bad - some lint in the gloss in a couple of spots and the edge of his left ear looks like it didn't get sanded down very well, but overall he isn't bad.

His shoes are also decently painted, if a little more sloppily than the matte Indu's were. But this model could have been much worse, so I'll take it. The Internets are saying this model was one of many that sold out on Sunday, so clearly he was popular with someone!

And lastly, Marigold!

I love the colors on this little guy, and it sounds like I wasn't the only one - he sold quite well from what I heard, though I don't know if he sold out or not. Even my husband liked him!

Quality-wise, this model is very, very nice. I don't see a thing wrong anywhere on him, despite all those big decals. Someone took their time with this one, and it shows! He's gorgeous.

That's all I have for today - I'll try to get some more photos of my other purchases up this week. Until next time!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Featured Model - 7/22/2017, Sundown

Hello and welcome to Featured Model, back this week after last week's Breyerfest hiatus! Featured Model is 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 a sentimental favorite, Sundown!


This model is on the Proud Arabian Stallion mold sculpted by Chris Hess. A regular run release, he ran from 1995-1996. It's hard to believe this model is already so old. He was one of my favorites growing up because of his unique color. He really does look nice for a 1990s release - maybe by 1995 Breyer had started working through their late '80s - early '90s growing pains. 

Sundown has always been special to me, because of his color (and the fact that I thought his tail looked like a french fry). He's got a cute little snip on his nose, too, and has a decent paint job for the time period (not that you'd really know now, because he's pretty beat up from being played with).

I used to have more examples of the PAS, but the dreaded shelf space shortage struck again a few years ago, so my other PAS models went down the road. Sundown stayed, though - it's not as hard to find shelf space for just one model. I always liked the PAS when I was younger because he looked like the quintessential Arabian to my mind, along with Sham. Of course, then I didn't know as much about anatomical faults and ABCs and conformation. Still, he makes a handsome model despite his problems.

The PAS is an old favorite with the vintage crowd - he was a Breyerfest raffle only a couple of years ago, and he gets an auction model every once in a while. Maybe he'll be next year's diorama contest prize? I don't think he has the build to be a racing Arabian, but we'll see. They'd just have to name him Flash and bam, he fits the theme. I guess we'll find out next year!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Zion and Moab!

Whoa, that was fast! Zion and Moab are already on the website!

 From the website:
In southern Utah, there is a fantasy land of strange and wonderful places, winding slot canyons, towers of rocks that stand like sentinels of the desert. High sandstone cliffs ripple with color. Hot desert sun reflects off rocks, while cool canyons offer relief. These magnificent parks are a delight to hikers and adventurers from around the globe. This rich western landscape inspired Zion and Moab, a striking bay dun overo mare and foal. The gentle nuzzling mare and her newborn have distinctive dun striping, wild pinto patterns, and the baby sports blue eyes. The mare is marked with Zion and Moab on her belly in gold.
 The colors are interesting, for sure. They're a very attractive set - I hope I get drawn for them! I wonder if they'll be metallic at all? Here's a quick photo I took of the set they had at Breyerfest:


It could be the lighting, but they look a bit redder there than in the promo photo. I hope they're closer to that color, honestly - I think it looks better. Good thing my room sales went so well this year, because their price is $195. Seems fair, since we're getting two models instead of one. Good luck to everyone entering for this pair - I have a feeling they'll be popular!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Breyerfest Blues

I got hit by the Breyerfest Blues as soon as I woke up Monday morning - the sad realization that Breyerfest was over for another year and there wouldn't be any room sales that evening. Sad times...but, at least I was there and got to experience it for another year. Breyerfest is my favorite event of the year, and I love being right in the middle of it and experiencing all that goes on!

So we packed up our things Monday morning and headed home. It's a 1,000-mile drive for us, so we didn't get home until last night - with just enough time to get some unpacking done before we hit the sack to go back to reality the next day.

Of course, now that Breyerfest is over we probably won't have fun daily reveals like the auction models, etc. Hopefully they get that fourth America the Beautiful web special put up soon, though - maybe next week? And as soon as August rolls around we should be seeing what the next Stablemate Club model is. I believe Duende is due out in August as well - and they'll probably throw the Breyerfest leftovers on the website sometime in August, too! So there are plenty of exciting things coming!

I'd post some photos and reviews of my Breyerfest models, but that'll probably have to wait until tomorrow - my good camera is locked in my husband's car and I can't get to it right now.

I could speculate about next year's Breyerfest, with the racing theme, but I'm not feeling a lot of inspiration about that. Clearly there'll be a few Premier Club molds in the special run lineup, which already means they aren't going to adhere to the theme very well, considering True North is a warmblood, Duende is an Iberian, and the prevailing thought is that the Eberl set coming up is a draft mare and foal. Who knows, though - it could be some type of sporthorse that might be able to be passed off as Thoroughbreds. We already have Giselle and Gilen though, so my bet is still on it being a draft mare and foal. So, that's three special run line items already that won't match the theme except for the names. As for the animal, the only thing I can think of for them to use would be a goat, since goats are frequently companion animals for racehorses. Is the Goat mold really big enough for that, though? I think it's more Classic-scale than Traditional. I guess we'll have to wait and see - only six more months until they reveal the Celebration model! Sigh....

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Breyerfest 2017 Day 3: It's All Over

Breyerfest is over for another year. Sigh...

Fortunately, we know when the next Breyerfest is - July 13-15, 2018 - and the theme is Off to the Races!

I don't have any fun photos for this post, sadly - those are all on my other camera. Also, I forgot to mention earlier that Featured Model is on hiatus this week due to, you know, Breyerfest stuff.

Anyway, more on next year's theme in a bit. In our last two ticket times, I managed to accomplish my only real goal - find a glossy Indu. I now have all of the models I wanted from the special run line! In retrospect, it's a good thing I only wanted three of them to start with - I haven't wanted that few models since back in 2012, and it was kind of refreshing not to need absolutely everything. And since I didn't need the surprise models, I was able to trade one of my glossies for the volunteer model! Handshakes all around.

I also did very well, sales-wise - I'm only down $100 from the spending money I brought, and I bought a lot of models...let's not dwell on that. This was a great Breyerfest, at least for me! I was a little iffy about the change to how the special run lines line up, but once everyone figured out what was going on it made sense. We may have issues fitting everything into the car, but since we had issues fitting everything into the car to leave, that's not going to be a new thing. And if nothing else we can just ship stuff home if we need to.

Quality-wise, most of the models I bought were pretty good (I think - I haven't taken a lot of time to really examine them closely), other than my glossy Indu having some kind of plastic residue in one of his ears. A lot of the Indu models looked like they had fish-scaley dapples, but I was expecting that. The celebration models, on the other hand...I haven't had a chance to look at them myself, but my husband looked through them and thought they were all terrible to various degrees. I've heard a little bit of rumbling about that in other places, so I wonder what happened with those.

As for next year's theme, I'm definitely excited about it! There will be a lot of fun possibilities for special runs - I'm wondering if they'll limit it to Thoroughbred racing or incorporate other types of racing as well? Not going to speculate on which molds they'll use for special runs, although we'll most likely see True North, Duende and the Eberl set as special runs. Maybe the Eberl set will be the mare and foal set? If that ends up being the case, it would be awkward if they were drafters, despite our desperate need for a new draft foal. But I suppose it wouldn't stop Breyer as long as they named them something along the lines of [Insert Famous Thoroughbred Mare Here] and [Insert Famous Thoroughbred Mare's Offspring Here].

Of course, talking about the theme begs the question of who the Celebration Horse will be. A Thoroughbred? Perhaps a Standardbred? Or they could mix things up a bit and find an Arabian racehorse. Don't they race Appaloosas, too? That would throw everyone for a loop. Personally, I think they should use a former racehorse that went on to have a successful second career, to throw a bone to the aftercare industry. We'll have to wait and see, I guess. Either way, I'm sure I'll enjoy it - Breyerfest is my favorite time of the year, and I can't wait to experience it again!

Only 52 more weeks until Breyerfest!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Breyerfest 2017 Day 2: Double Whew!

Breyerfest day 2 is over - what a long day! Fortunately, the heat and humidity weren't as terrible as they were yesterday - though we didn't get an afternoon thunderstorm either. Alas, I didn't get lucky in the raffle or in the early bird raffle. Better luck next time, I guess!  But I was able to pick up my celebration models, my single-day Stablemates and hit the collector club tent as well, so I'm happy. I also made it to most of the Celebration of Horses show, which I missed last year. In model news, I managed to obtain matte and glossies of Saffron, so now I just need a glossy Indu and my Breyerfest 2017 collection will be complete. Anyone want to trade a glossy for a matte? I have 3 of them....

Okay, well, let's get down to business. I'll go into the subjects of these photos in more detail later on, when I've had a chance to upload the photos from my real camera. In the meantime, here's a cell phone photo of Mirado from the collector club tent!


I really like this little guy!

Next, the new Stablemate-sized Brishen!

I like this one, but he fills me with dread.

Next we have the resin Duende, soon to be issued in plastic to Premier Club members!


I like this guy a little bit more every time I see him. I hope he becomes available to buy soon!

And lastly, a photo of the contestants in the "Who Wore It Best" contest that's currently being voted on.


None of these molds are anything I collect anymore, so I'm not going to vote in the contest. If I had to choose, though, I like the Croi the best.

It's getting late, so I'm going to end things there for now. Tomorrow is the last day of Breyerfest and we still have two more ticket times to get through, plus the Sunday raffle! Maybe I'll have more luck with that one.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Breyerfest 2017 Day 1: Whew!

It's been a long, hot, sweaty day, that's for sure. But that's just something you have to get used to when you're at Breyerfest. And we did get a nice rainstorm in the middle of the day, so that was something.

So many exciting reveals today! The Bollywood Surprise turned out to be on Latigo! Who would have thought? I was convinced it would be the Moody Andalusian, since this Breyerfest has an uncharacteristic lack of Moody molds. Oh well. Fortunately for me, I don't collect Latigo, so any surprise models I get can be sold or traded toward models I do want. And the volunteer model - a bloody shoulder Weather Girl! Sorry I don't have photos of any of these - I've been too busy with other things.

Here's a picture of one of the silent auction models, though. I'm not sure if he's OF or a custom.


Then there's the Collector Club tent, which we didn't get a chance to get into today. There are a lot of previews of upcoming releases there - a palomino Cleveland Bay is this year's second collector club model! (Don't need him either.) The last America the Beautiful release is on Susecion and Le Fire! (Le sigh...doubt I'll get drawn for those.) The Premier Club Stablemate for this year is inexplicably on a Stablemate-sized Brishen, which begs all kinds of questions for the future. (He stays with me.)

Here's another one of the silent auction models. So pretty!


Although I'd fully planned on attending the live auction this year, I was just too worn out from the heat and humidity (and having to hoof it around the horse park at full speed to get to places I needed to be at the right times). So, I decided to skip it and stay at the hotel instead so I could shop and sell out of our room! Fun stuff.

This last photo is of the silent auction glossy Rainier. Be still, my heart.

So many exciting things to talk about! I haven't even mentioned both Saffron and Indu being matte/glossy splits this year! Ack! That's going to make things complicated, since I'll need both finishes on both of them. All I managed to accomplish so far is a matte Indu and a Kaalee...although I also managed to pull two glossy Bollywood Surprises, so I really can't complain. Let's hope our next few special run tickets over Saturday and Sunday will yield matte and glossy Saffrons and a glossy Indu so my mission can be complete. I (well, my husband) was able to obtain Marigold and Navya as well, so we won't need to bother going through the pop-up tent for the rest of the weekend. So many things we had to get done today! We missed out on getting our celebration models, though, so we'll have to get that done tomorrow.

That's all I have for now - hopefully more exciting things will happen tomorrow! I haven't seen many blog readers stop by our room for a free Stablemate - come on! We still have plenty left. Don't miss out!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Artisan's Gallery Snapshots!

In lieu of skulking my way through the KHP visitor center today, I wandered through the Artisan's Gallery instead to see if I could get my eye on the special run models for Breyerfest. And, lo and behold...


In the above photo we see Indu, Vahana, Kaalee, Darjeeling and a little bit of Saffron.


And here we see more of the previous, plus Namaste and the rest of Saffron. These are the seven (horse) models that will be available in the special run line, minus the surprise model. I had hoped that if there's a matte/glossy split this year it would be revealed here, but all of the models had the expected finishes.

In this photo we see Diwali, the Official Breyerfest Cow (tm), as well as slightly different angles of Namaste and Saffron, plus the plush horse Lotus.


The Single-Day Stablemates are as cute as expected, though I didn't have the time to examine Tushar and see if he's as butt-high as he looks in photos. I'm still planning on getting Mishti and Vivaan, though. Hopefully we'll have time to get that done tomorrow.

In the above photo we can see the Celebration Model Nazruddin, the plushie elephant Jaipur, the regular elephant Holi and the Classic Marigold. Drool! Marigold must be mine, and I love Nazruddin's box despite my dislike of pink. I'm still not planning on buying a Holi; I don't collect the animal molds and I have reservations about how well-executed those decals will be.

And lastly we have Navya, the curiously attractive clear Stablemate. Gah! I need him. We're going to be getting up really early tomorrow in hopes of getting in line early enough to get our hands on him and Marigold - hopefully we're successful!

I'll close with that - good luck at Breyerfest tomorrow, everybody! Try not to keel over in line - I know I'll be doing my best.

Live Auction Lot 28 - Curiously Meh

The wait is almost over, people! Breyerfest 2017 is almost upon us! In a mere 13 or so hours, the gates at the Kentucky Horse Park will be opened and the ravening hordes will descend. In the meantime, though, we have one more auction lot to get through - and it's on Shannondell!


It's the non-plaited version of the mold! What a shock! He makes an excellent final entry in the live auction lots, though I'm personally rather ambivalent about him. I wasn't all that impressed by the mold when it came out, mostly because of his weird-looking hind leg, and the color doesn't really help. He looks super-detailed, though! I'm sure he'll be another high seller.

Also, the four hidden auction lots showed up on Instagram today, now that they're on display at the KHP's visitor center (thanks to whoever did that...I thought about skulking through the visitor center myself, but decided to stay at the hotel and sell instead). They are a dapple gray Yasmin, blue tiger Ruffian i.e. Padma, glossy black or dark bay PAM, and a chestnut (I think) pinto Roxy. Of those three, only Ruffian would have been in the running to be the surprise, so nothing's really changed in that department. But the mystery will be solved in about 14 hours - we just have to be patient!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Live Auction Lot 27 - Ripped Blue Jeans

Clearly I got confused about the auction lot numbers somewhere along the way...oh well. Live auction lot 27 is up on Breyer News, and he's another pretty one!


He's described as a blue roan sabino, and he makes me think of ripped blue jeans when I look at him. Pretty! And it's a Fighting Stallion, another popular mold. I bet this is another one that will go high! He's a beauty.  He actually reminds me a lot of this auction model from 2014, but without the prominent dapples.

In other news, we're now settled into our room at the Clarion. We're in room 409, and we still have plenty of things to sell! Feel free to stop by and see us. I'm also giving out one free (regular run) Stablemate to anyone who mentions the blog to me, so make sure to get one! I only have 40 or so, so I don't know how long they'll last. Don't miss out!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Live Auction Lot 24 - Nokota My Heart

We're in the homestretch, people! Only 4 more days until the main event, and some vendors are already at the Clarion selling! And we actually got to see an auction model today, what luck! (Can you tell I'm salty about the hidden lots? Grr.) Today's auction lot is...a Nokota!


Glossy goodness abounds! I love him. If I had the money, I'd try for him, but something tells me a certain Blabber will be bidding on him too! He's a beauty. Well, we already knew the Nokota wouldn't be the surprise, but this at least alleviates any fears about him being the volunteer model. I'm still predicting Croi for the volunteer! I hope tomorrow brings something just as exciting! We're getting on the road for Kentucky today and my husband is bringing his laptop, so hopefully blogging the rest of the week won't be as hair-pullingly annoying as it has been in the past. I'm hoping to be able to blog each day of Breyerfest as it happens, so stay tuned for exciting updates! 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Live Auction Lot 22 - AND THE CROWD GOES WILD

Stunning upset as Saturday's live auction lot is revealed to be on the polo pony version of Smarty Jones, a mold many had thought would be the surprise! What could Breyer possibly have up their sleeves next?!
Okay, maybe I'm being a little overly dramatic, but I certainly wasn't expecting an auction Smarty this late in the game. I stand by my original surprise prediction of the Moody Andalusian until I'm proven wrong, though!


There's a possibility that they're going to pull another 2011 and sneak a rare variation into the surprises, and throw one of them into the auction - but they haven't done that since, and we have no reason to expect that to happen now.

Another limited polo pony version of many are we up to now, three or four? His pattern is interesting - he looks like he's wearing his own white Sleazy Sleepwear or something. I wonder if he has an "eyehole" on the opposite side, too? We'll find out Friday, I guess.

Also, here's what the news post has to say about the model:

Saturdays are for Smartys!
Smarty Jones that is! Lot 23 is this eye-catching dapple chestnut manchado pinto on the ‘polo pony' version of the Smarty Jones mold. This is mold 586 and was first introduced in 2004. Susan Carlton Sifton sculpted this

Maybe my inner grammar nerd is just being crotchety, but...who's writing these things, the interns? At least bother to finish your sentence (and write something more inspired than that).  Bleh.

Featured Model - 7/8/2017, Stage Mom

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. We're two days from departure for Breyerfest, so I picked another Breyerfest special run model for this week: Stage Mom!


This pretty girl was produced for Breyerfest 2010, along with her foal Child Star on the Gilen mold. Both were sculpted by Brigitte Eberl, and a total of 1200 sets were produced. This was the first time either mold appeared in plastic after making their porcelain debuts as Connoisseur models. 

Giselle is one of those more understated models, like many of the Eberl sculpts. She doesn't have a crazy pose or wild hair like a Moody mold, nor is she galloping or doing anything else high-energy - rather, she trots along sedately, like a show horse. But I like her - she has a nice face, and sometimes it's good to have something understated to contrast all the wild and crazy molds.

Giselle hasn't been used terribly often since her 2010 debut - most recently she appeared as Chesapeake, the ticket model from the Chasing the Chesapeake collector event. Prior to that she was the Greek goddess Hera in 2014 and the live show prize Minnie Pearl in 2013 - all small runs. I should mention that she's been a part of the regular run line (GG Valentine and Heartbreaker) since 2011 - every time I think about that I'm surprised they haven't been retired yet, but they must be popular. Still, it wouldn't hurt to use her a few more times - I certainly wouldn't complain! Like if they made this auction model (or something similar) a collector club special run or something. Do it, Breyer!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Live Auction Lot 21 - Chump Change

Live Auction Lot 21 is now on the website, after yesterday's Lot 20, one of the Breyerfest Live prizes we'd already seen (ha! I was right). Lot 21 is on what I like to call a "chump change" mold, the Trakehner:

I call it "chump change" because the mold isn't in high demand, so I doubt it'll sell for much over $1000, if it even brings that much. The paint job is nice, though. The website describes it as a "Flaxen Dapple Liver Chestnut." That's a color I wouldn't mind seeing on a lot of other molds - and are his mane and tail pearly? Yum. The color looks vaguely like Brishen's, but executed better. Interestingly, the model has the updated tail they put on the Trakehner a while back, which looks way better than the original blah-looking tail; I wish they'd updated his mane while they were at it, though. I'm slightly irritated that they decided to photograph the horse's off side here, but they probably wanted to show off the mane.

Can't wait to see what they show us tomorrow! We only have one week left until Breyerfest is upon us!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Another New Test Color?

So I guess Breyer decided to try to squeeze one more person's purse dry before Breyerfest - there's another test lot available for entry on the website. Check him out:


I have a more-or-less complete collection of these guys, so I entered. The website calls him a "pearly slate grullo," but I'm not seeing a lot of pearly there. Maybe it's more apparent in person? I'm not the biggest fan of solid colors with no chrome, though - he needs some white to make that pearly sheen pop. It'd be fun if I got drawn - though scrounging up $850 right before Breyerfest would be painful. Oh well. Good luck to everyone who enters! I'll close with a view of his luxurious mane.

Live Auction Lot 19 - Yee-Haw!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th! After yet another hidden auction lot (grrrr....), we're back in action today with a Bobby Jo!

The website describes her as a silver grullo, but she looks gray to me. Actually, she reminds me of this auction Flash from last year (but less brownish), or this one from 2013. But she does have a super-luscious coat of gloss. I don't collect Bobby Jo, but she'd make a nice addition to anyone's collection.

Looking forward to tomorrow's auction lot - but something tells me it may be something we've already seen. Time will tell!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Breyerfest 2017 Digital Program is now available!

We're a bare 11 days out from Breyerfest, so they're cutting it close this year - but the digital version of the Breyerfest 2017 program is finally available! See it here.

So, the special run prices are as follows:

Special Run Line items:
Vahana (qty 1700): $65
Kaalee (qty 1600): $65
Diwali (qty 750): $50
Namaste (qty 800): $65
Saffron (qty 1600): $55
Indu (qty 1600): $60
Darjeeling (qty 1300): $60
Bollywood Surprise (qty 3800): $85

Store Specials:
Dally and Spanky (qty 750): $40
Repeat the Beat (qty 1000): $75

Breyer Bazaar:
Marigold (qty 1000): $30
Lotus (qty 750): $18
Holi (qty 1000): $45
Navya (qty 2000): $10
Madhuri (qty 750): $45
Jaipur (qty 750): $18

The prices are about in line with what I thought they'd be, though with the "meh" reaction Saffron got when he was first released, I suspect with those production numbers (1600) that they'll have leftovers of him for years to come. Same with Indu, surprisingly - I could see those dapples being poorly executed and people not wanting to sift through hundreds of him to find a good one, despite the mold's popularity.

Interestingly, it looks like the Dally and Spanky set will come with a little blanket for Spanky! They didn't put that in the original picture. I'm also happy to see the quantity on Repeat the Beat reduced slightly - last year's price and quantity hike on the store specials didn't seem to go over very well, as there were plenty of leftover Dag Dia and Diablo DC models left on Sunday afternoon.

On the pop-up store front, I'm a little disappointed to see Marigold priced at $30, but that is a pretty complicated paint job. I'm glad to see relatively healthy production numbers on Marigold and Navya - it shouldn't be too hard to get my hot little hands on them. I'm a little surprised at Holi's price too, but with all those decals it should have been expected.

Not a whole lot else to report from the program, except there are a larger number of guest horses than I expected - I don't think they announced Hwin, Cobra and PVF Peace of Mind were all attending this year? Maybe I missed that. There's no page for the live auction lots either, but I wasn't expecting that anyway after 2015's "oops" that revealed all of the remaining auction models ahead of time (hah!).

I'm counting down the days to Breyerfest - it'll only be another week and a half before we're all sweltering in the Kentucky heat! Huzzah!

Live Auction Lot 17 - More Glossy Goodness

Today's live auction model is another heartbreaker - a glossy red dun Giselle!


She's beautiful! And that color looks like something that could actually be mass-produced - maybe we'll see it on another model soon. Yummy!

I skipped blogging about yesterday's auction model because it's the Saturday raffle, which we've already seen. Looking forward to tomorrow's model! Hopefully it's something else incredible - these auction models have been really, really nice!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Featured Model - 7/1/2017, Gold Raven

Hello and welcome to yet 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. We're two weeks away from Breyerfest, people! If all goes well, two weeks from now I'll be sweltering in the mid-July heat and humidity, wondering why I thought going to Breyerfest again was a good idea. Ah, but who am I kidding...there's no place I'd rather be. But I digress. This week's model is....Gold Raven!


This lovely lady was produced in 2010 as a portrait of one of the competitors in that year's World Equestrian Games, which was taking place in the United States for the first time. Breyer produced lots of special runs for that event, but this was one of the ones I wanted the most. She's item #9112 on the controversial Make a Wish mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody, and a total of 500 models were produced.

I say "controversial" because, well, most of the Moody molds do have controversy around them - in this mold's case, that the head-down version has a double shoulder (true), and that her outstretched front leg looks flat (it does), or that she's a Moody sculpt which are rife with conformation issues (she is), but I like the mold anyway. Why? I'm not sure...though she does tend to have a lot more hair than the average Arabian. Especially the long-tail version!

I'm more of a fan of the head-down version of this mold (despite the double shoulder), for whatever reason. She just seems more personable or something. This is an interesting mold to analyze because we've seen so many mane, tail and head combinations - personally, I wish they'd use the tail on Gold Raven and Oasis a a bit more - the swish tail is okay but makes the models take up more space on the shelf, and the long tail is long (of course) but makes the model really long as well.

As for the mane options, I suppose the Gold Raven/Justadream/Furano one is my preference, because they actually attach it to the neck (or try to). The others are like Esprit's mane and don't touch the neck at all, which looks odd. Come to think of it, why haven't we seen Esprit with a different mane? I'm sure he's rigged up for that. Maybe someday they'll do the ol' switcheroo on him, too.

In the meantime, my Make a Wishes are a permanent part of my collection - now, if I can find the original Make a Wish (and perhaps Summer Love?) at Breyerfest this year, I'll be happy!

Live Auction Lot 15 - Blast from the Past

Today's auction model is on the Indian Pony! Take a look:


This one is a pretty solid "meh" for me, though. I'm not a fan of the mold and the paint job needs some mapping or something to make it look less like a regular run. I do like the pearly sheen and purple shimmer, though. This one was designed by Gretchen Oneail.

Hopefully tomorrow's model is something I like a little better!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Live Auction Lot 14 - AHHHHHHHHHH!

Today's auction lot is making me want to liquidate some stock or something! Gah!

Sadly, I'd probably need to sell $5000 worth of stock to afford this pair, and that's just not something I'm prepared to do right now (and there are so many more practical things to spend it on...). Sigh....wouldn't these make a web special to die for? Or they could be this year's holiday mare and foal set. Or some type of family set with the palomino Totilas from 2014? They'd go so well together! Come to think of it...Totilas is being done in a lighter shade of palomino as this year's Holiday Horse. Please, Breyer, release these two as the holiday mare and foal set to match, I'm begging you!

Have I mentioned that Breyer is knocking it out of the park with the auction models this year? I can't wait to see what else they have for us!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Live Auction Lot 13 - Carrick!

After yesterday's disappointing hidden lot (again, ugh), we got live auction lot #13 today! Behold!


He's certainly interesting-looking. The website claims he's a "creamy" (not sure where they got that from) buckskin pintaloosa, but that looks a lot more like bay roan to me (though his head isn't dark enough).  I'm a little iffy on him, although I like the Carrick mold - I think I'd like him more if he didn't have the spots. But that's just me - he seems to be getting a good reception on the Internets. Let's hope tomorrow's reveal is just as exciting!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kid's 4th of July Grab Bags Available!

Today's live auction lot is the live show prize model on the Cleveland Bay, and we've already seen him. So, July 4 grab bags it is!


I'm pretty ambivalent toward grab bags in general, but this probably isn't too bad of a deal if there's a lot of regular run stuff you haven't added to your collection yet (or if you need a 4th of July gift for your kid, natch). Looking at the fine print, this is actually a $105.89 value, not the $100 I was originally thinking. That's not too bad, really. If anyone buys one, I'll be curious to see what's in them!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Live Auction Lot 11: Diamonds and Pearls

We have a Newsworthy in the live auction lineup! Check him out!


He looks really nice, but cremello isn't one of my favorite horse colors, so I'm kind of meh on him despite his lovely pearly sheen. Don't get me wrong - I'd love to have him in my collection, but if he were palomino or a really light buttermilk buckskin with frosting (or even just pearly white, for that matter), I'd like him better. His right ear looks bent, too; you'd think they'd pick a better body or fix that first.

Oh well. Can't wait to see tomorrow's model!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Live Auction Lot 10: Lots of Spots!

Is it just me, or is Breyer really knocking it out of the park with the auction models this year? Look at this guy!


That is stunning, and I don't even like the mold! I bet this one goes high. Can't help but wonder what he'd look like glossed, though. For that matter, I wonder what he'd look like in that shade of gray, but solid-colored. Very nice! Hopefully we get something just as exciting tomorrow!