Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wolfgang and True North are here!

My Wolfgang and True North models arrived last week/the week before, but got lost in the shuffle of Breyerfest news and the auction model countdown. Since there isn't an auction model reveal today (gotta do whatever they can to keep us from guessing the surprise), it seemed like a good time to share some photos of these guys. First, Wolfgang!

 


I don't have much to complain about with this guy. I like his color, he stands reasonably well, I didn't see anything particularly bad about his paint job...he's just nice all-around.

 

His gloss is nice and smooth, too. I guess if I did have any nitpicks, it would be that some of the peacock spots don't quite line up with their mapping. Not a big deal.

In short, I'm pretty happy with this release - he has a lot of detail for such a tiny model, and (this one, at least) was pulled off quite well. I hope the quality of the rest of the year's releases is up to the same standard!

Next, we have True North!

 

I was hoping to get this guy sold directly from Breyer so I wouldn't have to deal with him further, but fickle eBay buyers being fickle led me to having him shipped here. He'll be for sale at Breyerfest. The sculpt just doesn't appeal to me - I'm not sure why.



 

Quality-wise, he's okay - he doesn't have anything too majorly wrong with him, but he does have some booboos. Like silver horseshoe paint on his leg...

 

...whatever's going on with the inside of his left ear...

 

...questionable mapping on the edge of his mane....

 

...and this last thing, which I'm not sure is a flaw. Why does his body color go onto the bottom of his tail? I've never seen that before.

 

But, none of these would really be enough to make me want to exchange him, especially this close to Breyerfest. And they're all pretty minor, in the grand scheme of things.

Tune in tomorrow for another auction model reveal! I mean, presumably there will be one. They wouldn't skip two days in a row....or would they?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Live Auction Lot 5: Whoa!

So the fifth live auction lot was released today and...oh man.

 

She is to die for! Look at that luscious gloss. Look at her shading. Look at her PEARLY MANE AND TAIL OMG! I'm seriously considering trying to get my credit card paid off before we leave, I want her that much. Holy crap. 

The only disappointing thing about this model is that we'll never see it in this color for a web special or other special run. Boo! But she really is beautiful. Ugh, I want her so badly!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Live Auction Lot 4 - Totilas!

Mmm. Check this guy out:


 

He's gorgeous. Like Enchante's flashier brother!  I wasn't so much of a fan of last year's auction Totilas; not sure why. Something about that shade of chestnut. This guy, though...whoa.

This also removes Totilas from the list of possible surprise models, though it remains to be seen if a model on a stand will ever be used. Either way, if I had the money, I'd definitely be trying for this model. I bet he'll go high!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Live Auction Model #3 - Adios!

Check out this gorgeous hunk!


He's lot 3 in the Breyerfest auction! If he was mine, I'd probably name him some variation of Potato Chip or French Fry (because of his mane). That probably sounds weird. Oh well! Sundown was one of my favorite models as a child because I thought his tail looked like a French fry. Well, that and his stereotypical Arabian look. I bet this guy will go high, too, due to Adios's popularity.

This also eliminates Adios from contention for the surprise model, not that anyone was guessing it would be him. The list slowly grows shorter! I can't wait to see tomorrow's model!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Featured Model - 6/17/2017, Alborozo

Greetings, readers! Welcome to the latest 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 model, the myth, the legend...Alborozo!

 

Alborozo was, of course, the Breyerfest Celebration Model from 2008, and is most famous (or infamous) for his mold being destroyed after that appearance. He's item #711108, and was one of the first models Brigitte Eberl sculpted for Breyer. Approximately 6,000 Alborozo models were produced before the mold was destroyed.

Questions still swirl around Alborozo's unfortunate-but-planned demise. Why did they do it? Some sources say it was because of an  agreement between Breyer and the real horse's owner. Others say it was a gesture of good faith from Breyer toward Brigitte Eberl, because she had been burned by Stone in the past. Still others say it was just a publicity stunt. Word from Breyer itself seems to have been scarce, and I wasn't participating in the hobby at the time, so I can't provide any word-of-mouth knowledge of my own. The page on the mold's destruction from the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of JAH says only that, "Because BreyerFest is an event we work all year long to share with you, and because it is the greatest expression of our brand ... we really wanted to do something exciting and collectible - something we've never done before!"

So that wording tends to support the publicity stunt angle. I tend to think the reasoning may be a combination of all three of those possibilities, and maybe others as well. It probably seemed like a good way to drum up interest in Breyerfest at the time, though it is a disappointment that the mold they chose to destroy for Breyerfest was such a nice one. Unfortunately, we'll never get a regular run Alborozo, or a web special, or anything else other than a few auction models, perhaps another early bird special, or maybe a raffle model. Breyer did say they'd held back a few blanks to use as auction pieces (and the 2014 Early Bird Alegria), though we've only seen one since 2008 (in 2012). Maybe this year we'll get another auction Alborozo! It won't be long now until we find out.

As for me, I'm happy to have my Alborozo - he's an important piece of hobby history, and perhaps a good example of what not to do to sell Breyerfest tickets. It's unlikely I'll ever be able to get my hands on a glossy Alborozo or Alegria, so I'll cherish this guy forever.

Breyerfest Auction Lot 2 - It's the Show Jumper!

Lot 2 of the Breyerfest auction has been revealed, and as the post title suggested yesterday, it is in fact the Show Jumping Warmblood!

 

I was disappointed to see no one had fixed the extra apostrophe in the post title, "Saturday's are for Show Jumpers!" Better luck next time, I guess.

Interestingly, while the model is described as "a rich, dark Bay Roan" in the post, I originally took him for a grulla - and I wasn't the only one, because the actual photo link calls it a Grulla Warmblood.

Either way, the model looks really nice - though I prefer the loose mane and tail on this mold, I still really like the color. I wonder if he has any metallic in his paint job? Doesn't look like it in the photo, but we all know Breyer's photos can be misleading. I bet this guy will be a high seller all the same, though.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The 2017 Breyerfest Auction Countdown Has Begun!

Greetings, readers! Excellent news - the Breyerfest auction model countdown is now underway! Every day between now and the day before the first day of Breyerfest, Breyer will (if all goes well) post photos of auction models we'll see that Friday night (with the exception of one or two to keep us from guessing the surprise in suspense. Oddly enough, they're being posted in the Breyer News section of the website this year rather than the blog.

But, on with the show. The first auction model of the year is...on the Imperador mold!

 

He is described as a glossy dark dapple bay tobiano pinto on the website. Wow! He certainly looks luscious in all that gloss. He's so dark he almost looks black! His stripey mane is nice, too. I wanted to like the Imperador mold, but in the end I needed space and I couldn't get over his tiny size, squished look and toothpick front legs. Not sure what happened to this guy in the molding process, but it didn't do him any favors.

I'm guessing tomorrow's model is on the Show Jumping Warmblood - if you look at the sidebar on the Breyer News page, it has entries for future news posts that don't go anywhere. Tomorrow's reads, "Saturday's (sic) are for show jumpers!" So, if it is the SJW, that knocks him out of the running for the surprise model. Hope they don't waste too much time getting it posted tomorrow!

Also, if you're a Collector Club member attending Breyerfest this year, make sure you log into the website and register for a badge at the Collector Club tent (should be on your CC homepage). I can't imagine they'd keep you from going into the tent without registering ahead of time, but who knows.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Breyerfest 2017 App is now available!


...for iOS. Hopefully the Android one is available soon! There's lots of fun stuff to look at in the app, but my eye was immediately drawn toward the Silent Auction tab. Lots of things in there that we haven't seen before! Behold:

 


Sorry the images are so tiny. There's a lot to unpack there - namely, the Bird of Paradise test model (he's glossy!) and the glossy Rainier (grr...). But Lot 1 looks like it'll be interesting as well - presumably the test model will be on the Marwari. Can't wait to see that!

The Bird of Paradise is certainly interesting, Toucan Sam comparisons notwithstanding. I like that he's glossy. I wonder if he was a test for last year's Estrela do Carnaval? I'm kind of surprised they went with the design they did - usually they go for the least complicated paint job, and Bird of Paradise doesn't look anywhere near as complicated as Estrela, since he doesn't have all those decals. Not that I'm complaining - my only nitpick with Estrela was that the brown color could have been, like...metallic blue or purple or something and it would have looked a lot better.

As for the glossy Rainier...Grr, I say! That's the kind of thing I'd rather see randomly slipped out into the regular models being mailed - I'll never be able to afford that in the silent auction and I'm sure the mold's popularity will lead to a fistfight or two at closing time. Best to stay far away from that mess.

Here are some of the other silent auction lots:



I didn't look closely enough at first, but the Nugget and Lil' Ricky Rocker models in those gift baskets are glossy. Cool! And check out lot 10 - a glossy Nazruddin, fancy saddle blanket and....A SAFARI TRIP FOR TWO IN INDIA? Holy crap! Usually those gift baskets are just horse-related swag. I suppose you have to plan and pay for the actual trip to India yourself, though. Still, that's a pretty cool prize. There's also the usual things like the Design Your Own Breyer, the Breyerfest vendor pack, a full set of the Bollywood Surprise models, and Tikka and Masala (together!). Those will be spendy, I'm sure.

So it looks like there's going to be a ton of glossy stuff in the silent auction this year! I can't wait to see everything myself.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Breyerfest Predictions: ...Better Luck Next Time

The live show glossy prize models were revealed last week on the live show Yahoo group - they'll be Valegro and Banks Vanilla. Shucks...that means I'll have to try to find a glossy Valegro for a non-ridiculous price later (probably not going to happen). So, now that most of the special runs have been released, today I'm going to bring up my predictions from earlier in the year and discuss where I went wrong, and where I was correct! Let's start with the special run line models. These were my predictions:
Geronimo (already more-or-less revealed)
Yasmin
Shannondell
Elephant
Smarty Jones
Thoroughbred Mare/Nursing Foal
Brishen
Andalusian Stallion
And here's what we're actually getting:
Geronimo - yellow dun
Yasmin - black sabino
Shannondell - bay roan pinto
Holstein Cow - glossy alabaster w/blanket
Semi-Rearing Mustang - glossy bay extended blanket Appaloosa
Valegro - dapple gray
Rejoice - glossy light palomino with henna markings
And, of course, the surprise model, which hasn't been revealed yet.
So, lots of strikeouts there. But I'm going to count the Premier Club mold predictions as a win. Never mind that anyone could have predicted those! That's not the point here. Clearly I need to put more thought into my special run line predictions.

Now then, for the rest of the predictions. To make things easier to read, I'm going to list my original prediction, and then the result in bold. Here we go!

Raffle models - Show Jumping Warmblood, head-down Make a Wish
Actual raffle models: Desatado, True North

Diorama contest prize: Stud Spider
Actual diorama contest prize: El Pastor

Live show glossy prizes: Paint Me a Pepto, Hwin
Actual live show glossies: Valegro, Banks Vanilla

Live show reserve grand: Wyatt
Live show grand: Adios
Actual live show reserve grand: Gem Twist
Actual live show grand: Cleveland Bay


Custom contest grand prize: alternate color 2017 Premier model, probably True North
Custom contest runners-up Stablemates: alternate colors of 2017 Stablemate Club models
Actual custom contest grand prize: True North in bay
Actual custom contest runners-up Stablemate: bay mini Geronimo


Costume contest prize: glossy Nazruddin (not much mystery there)
Actual costume contest prize: yet to be seen, but I don't see any reason for it not to be glossy Nazruddin

1-Day Stablemates: Django, G4 Driving Horse, G2 Warmblood, G2 Thoroughbred
Actual 1-Day Stablemates: Cob Christmas Ornament, G4 Stock Horse, G2 Warmblood, G2 Thoroughbred

Volunteer Model: Croi, since they seem to be using her a lot lately
Actual volunteer model: Not revealed yet. Probably not Croi, since Banks Vanilla is a glossy prize.

Crystal horse: Carltonlima Emma
Actual crystal: Bobby Jo

Pop-up Tent Classic: Polo Pony
Actual Pop-up Tent Classic: Show Arabian

More-different (decorator) Pop-up Tent Classic: Harper
Actual more-different Pop-up Tent Classic: Is the Elephant Classic-sized? Does he count for this?

Pop-up Tent Stablemate: G2 Rearing Arabian
Actual Pop-up Tent Stablemate: Django

Well...at least I got two of the Stablemates right? And there are still a couple of things that haven't been revealed yet. We'll be able to narrow down the surprise horse a lot once they start showing auction models (probably on Friday). Clearly my crystal ball powers need a lot of work. Oh well; it's still fun to try to predict things. Maybe next year I'll do better!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Spirit Blind Bag Stablemates have arrived!

I'm happy to report that my blind bag Spirit Riding Free Stablemates have arrived! Behold!

 

They took a tiny bit longer to get here than I was expecting, but that was my fault - I preordered them in February before we sold our house, and then forgot to update my address on the order. Oh well!

They are definitely interesting - the reiner and the Thoroughbred have the exact same (weird-looking) pinto pattern, and all of them have eyebrows (naturally). I've seen a lot of controversy over the eyebrows; all I'm going to say on the matter is that these are based on cartoons, and cartoon animals almost always have eyebrows to help convey emotion.

So anyway. Quality-wise, they're a little sloppy, but that doesn't really surprise me - for $4 a pop they aren't going to put as much effort in as they would on, say, a Breyerfest Stablemate, or a Stablemate Club horse. They really aren't terrible - a ding in the paint here, a smudged eyebrow there. Nothing terribly outrageous.

As for the molds themselves, I selfishly wish they'd have used more molds I collect, as I'll only be keeping five of these. But, who knows - maybe there'll be more Stablemates from this series in the future. I have little to no interest in the rest of the releases Breyer put out for this show (which I haven't bothered to watch yet), so hopefully we get more Stablemates in the future.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Featured Model - 6/10/2017, Bats in the Belfry

Hello, readers! 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...Bats in the Belfry!



This dramatic model was produced in 2010 as a limited run of 2,500. He was the first Traditional-sized Halloween model since 2007, and was the last until 2014, when the Halloween Horse series returned. He was produced on the popular Nokota mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody.

There was a long gap of years prior to and post-release of this model - the reason given by Breyer was that they had "run out of ideas." I can accept that, since ol' Bats here is pretty much just Breyer taking another stab at Nosferatu's pattern. Since then, though, the Halloween Horses have been pretty unique. As for Bats himself, I really like the combination of colors used here, especially his head color. And the improvements in masking technology from 2002-2010 mean none of his bats are fuzzy! At least I think so - I'm not going to go climb up a stepstool to the top shelf to check.

The Nokota is another one of those controversial molds that seems to have been sculpted with more hair than sense. Don't get me wrong - I like him, or I wouldn't have 13 of them on my shelves - but the big strands of hair on his neck do seem like overkill. All the same, he's very animated and dramatic - this photo gets pretty close to my favorite angle of his.

Since his introduction in 2007, the Nokota has been a special run twice (three times if you count the half-year Collector's Choice model Cheveyo), and has been a Breyerfest special run twice  (three times if you count Honky Tonk). He's been a web special, he's been used at multiple Breyer collector events, he's been a raffle model twice, and most recently he was last year's flagship store special. Where will he pop up next? I bet he'll be an auction model - which reminds me: if my calculations are correct, we should start seeing auction models on the 16th - holy crap, that's next Friday! Hopefully they have some good ones this year! I can't wait to see them.

Friday, June 9, 2017

We have a crystal!

The Breyerfest crystal horse has been revealed! Meet Madhuri!

 

From the blog:

Madhuri is the BreyerFest Gateway to India crystal model and is based on the Working Cow Horse model (mold 731) originally sculpted by Morgen Kilbourn. Madhuri is named for a legendary Bollywood actress and dancer, Madhuri Dixit.

The technique for making the crystal models has definitely improved over the years - just compare Madhuri to something like Passion - but I won't be buying one all the same. The fewer breakable things in my house, the better.  Madhuri is definitely better-looking than a lot of the earlier crystal horses, though - I'll give them that.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mid-Year Releases have been revealed!

Good news, everyone! This year's mid-year releases are out, and I only need to buy one of them! Huzzah!

I'll start with this year's Halloween horse, Calavera. Behold!

 

I won't lie; I was a little taken aback when I saw this one. But then  I looked at it a little closer. While I still don't love it, I do like the mane and tail color and the color combinations on the (presumable) decals on the horse's body. I like the lower leg color too, though I wish there was more of it. The Day of the Dead theme is a nice touch; Breyer must be running out of Halloween ideas again by now. All things considered: he's not perfect, but I'll add him to the herd. Bonus: he was designed by the hobby's own Lauren Hoeffer!

Next - Slick by Design!





Interesting enough - I don't really follow barrel racing, so I don't hear much about famous barrel racing stallions. But now we have two successful barrel racers in the regular line, with Babyflo. This is definitely one color SCO hasn't been released in yet, so that's worth a few points. I don't collect SCO though, so won't be buying this one. 

Next: PVF Peace of Mind!




My reaction: ho-hum. Do we really need another bay Marabella? More importantly, why did they pick this mold to portray a successful performance horse when the mold itself has been said by the sculptor to be portraying your typical Morgan broodmare? I'm sure Breyer has other molds that could pass for Morgans that could have been used instead. A year ago I would have had to add this model to my buy list, but I recently culled all my Marabellas for shelf space - and so far I'm not regretting it. 

Next: Cosmus!


Ho-hum reaction to this one too. Yet another pegasus release on the Classic Lipizzan mold. Can't they find something else to slap a pair of wings on? Harper would look good with wings. Not buying this one either.

And last on our list - Cobra!

 

 This one would make a good companion with Padre - not one, but two dressage mustangs! Now that
I think about it though, there was another dressage mustang model back in the day - JB Andrew on the old Friesian mold! I wonder whatever happened to that horse. This model, though, looks nice and snappy with his four white feet and what looks like a nice dark bay color (similarities to the original Flash notwithstanding). That said, I don't collect Flashes, so this guy won't be coming home with me either. He has a really nice color, though.

Conclusion: I'm mostly just relieved by these, as I have pretty much no space left for any new purchases (hence the Marabella culling, along with the Big Bens, probably the Wixoms and maybe even the Henrys if I can convince myself to let go of Naughty and Nice). My pocketbook is relieved, too - money has been tight lately with the move, and it's not going to improve anytime soon. Anyway, let"s hope some of all of these beauties are available at Breyerfest - it'll be nice to see them in the flesh. And since most of them are portrait models, I wonder if any of the real horses will show up as last-minute guests?
 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Crystal Clear

The latest hint on the blog has me thinking it's probably for the crystal horse...but what is it?

For our next model we've been searching the Breyer crystal ball for some clues. Can anyone guess what we've seen?
Have we spotted a Polo pony or maybe a working horse? Is it another animal? Or maybe a friend for one of the models we've announced already?
Keep an eye on the Breyer Blog to see what the future has predicted!
 That's way too many possibilities. We still haven't seen a polo pony, so it could be that. A working horse? What kind of work? I don't think they'd do another animal since we already have a cow and an elephant. Friend for another announced model? Too many possibilities!

I doubt it's the Polo Pony...unless it's Smarty. But they haven't done a crystal horse that was on a base before. There's a lot of speculation that Polo Smarty will be the surprise, but they haven't used a horse on a base for the surprise (yet) either. I could see Polo Smarty showing up as the crystal before I could see it as the surprise, though. Seems like they'd be REALLY prone to breakage, though. I guess we'll have to wait (probably until Friday) to find out!

In other news, the Breyerfest 2017 merch is finally available on the website. I'm kind of surprised at how little there is this year. From what I've seen, though, that stuff doesn't seem to sell all that well; when all your money is tied up in plastic ponies, there isn't much to spare for anything else (at least in my experience). So I guess I shouldn't be surprised they don't have as much this year.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Acadia is here!

My Acadia model came today, after what seemed like an eternity of waiting....and he's beautiful! Check him out!





He sure is a beauty!



Valegro is one of my favorite new molds from the past few years - something about him is irresistible to me, and I'm not even a dressage fan. I basically want this mold in all the colors! I was really depressed last year when I didn't win Cinza. Better luck next time, I guess.

 

All in all, he's a very handsome boy. Quality-wise, though, he leaves a little to be desired. His dapples are ho-hum and he has a few booboos here and there. The worst issue was this:



Seriously? How does that even happen? Did the paintbrush slip and the painter thought, "Ehh, I have quotas to meet"? Actually, that probably is what happened. Bleh. Makes me wish I knew how to etch - it looks like you could just etch it off. Oh well. I'm not going to send him back, because I'd probably get a worse one in exchange - and I don't show anyway, so it's not like it matters if it's LSQ or not. Just disappointing. I didn't see a VIN anywhere on this guy either, so in all likelihood this failed paintjob came out of the NJ factory. Let's step up our efforts a little bit next time, huh?

This guy will still look nice next to my Valegro and Gold Valegro, though, and I'll definitely be aiming to get an Indu out of the tent at Breyerfest. Only 37 days to go!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Featured Model - 6/3/2017, Leah's Fancy Breyer

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. Last week's model was inadvertently a repeat mold, as I'd forgotten I already featured Esprit on the blog a few months ago. Oops! Oh well. Breyerfest is only 40 days away, people, so I picked a model from Breyerfest to feature this week. So without further ado...this week's model is...Leah's Fancy Breyer!

 

This cutie was produced as a special run for Breyerfest 2000 - wow, she's 17 years old this year! She was a portrait of the real Leah's Fancy Breyer, who was a Breyerfest guest along with her Celebration Horse dam, Leah's Fancy Chick. She's item #701600, produced on the Amber mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody, and a total of 2500 models were produced.

I really like this pretty filly's paint job. It would have been easy to paint it as a generic buckskin and call it a day, but her color is really nice. She has a lot of depth to her color - that's how it looks to me, anyway.

Amber is another one of those molds that tends to slip under the radar, probably because she isn't the new hotness anymore. The mold is 20 years old this year! Amazing. Kathleen Moody had a lot of molds debut in 1997 - Iron Metal Chief, Marabella and Amber/Ashley off the top of my head, and all those G2 Stablemates debuted in 1998. She was a busy lady!

I have about 9 Ambers in my collection - she doesn't get used much these days, or it would probably be more. Fortunately, most of her older releases are pretty easy to find cheaply. The only problem is sometimes she gets released without Ashley, and then I end up with uneven numbers of them! I think right now I have 9 Ambers and 8 Ashleys - I'll have to find another Ashley somewhere! I guess that's a pretty minor problem to have, though.

Some year, Breyer should do a year of foal web specials - seems like we hardly ever get any really special releases on the foal molds. They have enough Trad foals to do some kind of foal web special series, and it would be a pretty significant departure from the norm for them. Make it happen, Breyer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Also, Duende!

I was so busy with work and other things yesterday that it was all I could do to make a blog post about Wolfgang. The second Premier Club release of the year was revealed yesterday in the Club News!

 

Meet Duende, sculpted (and presumably painted) by Mindy Berg.

I have to admit I'm not completely wowed by him, but I need to see a photo of his other side, and maybe a few other angles. Hermosa and Corazon and a few other Premier Club molds took a while to grow on me, so I'm sure he'll get to stay with me. In the meantime, though, more photos would be nice. I'm definitely glad we're getting a new Iberian stallion, though!

Oh well. I'm sure we'll see him at Breyerfest, in the Collector Club tent. It's only six weeks away now! How does the time go by so fast? And he'll be released in August anyway, so it's not that long of a wait.

I'll note that there does seem to be some concern about this guy's paint job, and whether the painters in the factory can pull it off. I'm not sure what the big deal is - they've pulled off dapple grays in the past. Now, if he looked more like Wyatt, I'd be worried. Anyone remember that mess? ....Yeah. Duende is downright plain in comparison (not to knock Mindy's painting skills). I'm not going to worry about Duende's paint job until he's in my hands. My bigger concern is that I keep wanting to call him Duerte, due to a certain president of the Philippines who's been making headlines lately. Bleh! I may have to change this model's name if that keeps up.

Navya!

The pop-up tent Stablemate has been revealed - it's on Django! Meet Navya!

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I love him! Though I have to say I wasn't expecting a decorator. Not sure why, since the pop-up Stablemate has always been a decorator. I think he looks really nice, and the flowers on his hip are a nice touch. Here's a photo of his other side, from Breyer's Facebook page:

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I really, really like him, and purple and green together isn't usually one of my favorite color combinations. I think he'll look nice with the color of the bag, though! Looks like we're going to have to plan on making a trip through the Breyer Bazaar after all. We lucked out and didn't get any ticket times for first thing Friday, though (that never happens), so we should be able to make that work. Whoo!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wolfgang, Third 2017 Stablemate Club release!

Wow, they didn't waste any time with this one! The third Stablemate Club release for 2017 went up on the Breyer website this morning - meet Wolfgang!

 

I'm thrilled with this model, mostly because it's yet again on a mold I like! He'll make a welcome, if probably tippy, addition to the rest of my G3 Friesians. I think he looks like a mini-me of Triton, but at least his spots look less Sharpie'd than Triton's did. And he even has some peacock spots! It'll be interesting to see how they pull off that kind of detail on a model this small.

It's also interesting that all of the releases thus far have been glossy - not that I don't like gloss, but at this time last year, at least Primrose was matte. And I doubt the decorator and at least some of the gambler's choice won't be glossy, so it looks like we're in for a lot of gloss this year. I hope Breyer is up to the task!  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gee, That's Helpful

There's a new teaser on the blog, but someone at Breyer decided to give us a photo of the satin bag, instead of the actual model:

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I do like the color of the bag, despite my dislike for pink or anything resembling pink. One of my prom dresses was similar to that color, though, which is probably why I like it. Clearly this is the pop-up tent Stablemate, and the only clue we have is the name - "Navya." My Googling indicates that Navya is a short-lived Indian TV show, and apparently is also Hindi for "New?" Maybe? I'm a little unsure about that one. But something new would probably indicate Django for the mold. Otherwise, a reference to a TV drama would indicate something dramatic, also like Django or perhaps something rearing. My original guess for this model was the G2 Rearing Arabian, but that doesn't seem likely after he popped up as Zahrat. Since I like Django, and I'll already be going for Marigold, I'll stick with Django as my guess.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last-minute sneak peek!

So there's a sneak peek of the next Premier Club release on the Breyer website, only visible to PC members. Behold!

 

Good to see someone at Breyer figured out the difference between "peek" and "peak." 

So the model's name is Duende. Interesting - at first I thought it was the Premier Club Stablemate on Django, until I realized the blurb said it was by Mindy Berg. Looks nice - I hope we get the full photo soon. So I wonder if the PC Stablemate will be a mini-me of Duende on Django? That would be pretty cool, though I guess Django isn't quite the right type for a Spanish horse. Maybe they'll use the G2 Andalusian instead? I'd be down with that. Or the G3 Rearing Andalusian, although he was already used for the Vintage Club, so I don't know how likely that is.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Plot Thickens

So I got an email from Breyer yesterday. From its subject line, I thought it was just another generic "Buy more Breyerfest tickets!" sort of email. But then I saw the text - and the formatting from the email came with the text! Yay for the joys of copy and paste!

You’ve met only a few of the exciting models on offer in the BreyerFest Bazaar:

Holi, Lotus and Marigold

There are More Models to Reveal!

There are more exciting new introductions in your future!  Can you guess what they will be?  What iconic Indian animal have we missed?  What favorite Breyer materials might be molded into the next reveal?   Will we have a crystal release this year?

I hoped there would be more reveals this week, since we still haven't seen a Stablemate or a crystal for the pop-up tent. But this blurb of text just raises more questions. The only iconic Indian animal I can think of is a tiger, and Breyer doesn't have any tiger molds. Maybe they'll do something similar to Hear Me Roar for the Stablemate?  A mini-me of Padma on the the G3 Mustang to match his lion counterpart could be cool. (I'd suggest the Padma mini-me be on the G2 Thoroughbred, but it's already being used as a single-day Stablemate.) As for the next question..."What favorite Breyer materials might be molded into the next reveal?" What the heck is that supposed to mean? It suggests something molded from more than one material, which...isn't something Breyer generally does. Favorite materials? Breyer only molds things from cellulose acetate, styrene, resin, porcelain or crystal. Maybe it's a badly-worded reference to the crystal? Who knows.

In other news, I decided I want a Marigold after all. I managed to find two of the other releases on that mold for cheap on eBay, so now I have a Gemini gracing my entertainment center and an Onyx being held hostage by the post office. I haven't decided if I want to buy the actual Best in Show Arabian yet - I'm not a fan of haired models and the eyes look terrible. Maybe if I can find one cheaply enough I'll pull the trigger. I LOVE Marigold, though - and if the pop-up tent Stablemate is on a mold I collect, it'll definitely be worth going through the Breyer Bazaar line this year. Crossing my fingers!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Featured Model - 5/27/2017, Bayberry and Roses

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 taking a detour back to Traditional scale this week with...Bayberry and Roses!




This interesting fellow was the 2014 Holiday Horse. He was item #700117, produced on the popular Esprit mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody.

I think this particular release may have been an example of what happens when there's just too many things going on with one model. Here's a quick IDYB photo of what he looks like with all of his costume on.



So you've got the fake greenery. And the bayberries. Plus those weird red/gold wire ribbon things. Plus the roses on his feet. And the ribbons on his legs. But no bridle, inexplicably. I suppose he technically isn't wearing a saddle either, so it works out. At least his name is an appropriate descriptor?  He actually kind of looks like he's trying to take a bite out of the greenery around his neck, or maybe just pull it off. And on top of all that you have a crazily busy paint job. I'd think that kind of paint job, with all those layers and shading and different colors, would call for a more simple costume, but I could be wrong.

I do think this paint job looks better on Esprit than it did on the prize Lady Phase from Breyerfest 2015. Okay, it's not exactly the same, but it's pretty similar. Maybe it's just because I'm more of a fan of Esprit than Lady Phase; who knows. But, on the other hand, Esprit is another one of those molds where you go big or go home; maybe they decided that one of their most over-the-top molds called for an equally over-the-top paint job and costume to boot. It's not like I regret getting him for Christmas or anything - but there's no way that costume is ever going to go back on him! Ha!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pink Elephants On Parade

The second (!) Breyerfest plushie was revealed on the blog last night, and it's...an elephant?!



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From the blog:

Joining Holi is the adorable Jaipur! Jaipur is a friendly little pink elephant with embroidered details.

I don't think Breyer has ever done a second Breyerfest plushie before, have they? It's definitely cute, though not something I'm personally interested in.

So what do we have left to be revealed for the pop-up tent? I'm thinking the crystal, the Stablemate, and whatever tie-in merch they have planned? I don't think I'm forgetting anything else, unless they decide to throw a Polo Pony in there after all. Hopefully we get to see more things next week! 

Also, I can't believe I forgot to make a post about this, but True North is now available for purchase! Payment deadline is June 7, so we still have a bit of time to order him.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All's Well that Ends Well (and Lotus!)

The winners for Acadia were finally announced today, and I'm happy to say I was drawn! Can't wait to get him in hand. Meanwhile, over on the Breyerfest blog...

 

 The cuddle-y (sic) little Lotus has soft black fur with fun pink highlights in the mane and tail, embroidered flowers and a decorative collar as well as the distinctive BreyerFest Gateway to India logo.

I think you meant "cuddly" there, but I'll give you guys a pass since you haven't been having the best week. I'm kind of meh about this one - I liked last year's plush better (not that I'll buy it either way). I wonder what the pink one looks like? Probably the same as Lotus but with the black/pink reversed. I guess we'll see - hopefully tomorrow! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Uh...is this thing on?

So, I'm sure we're all wondering where Acadia is. The drawing was supposed to have happened today, and the 24-hour deadline passed at 5pm Eastern...
By 5pm EDT 5/22/17, three hundred fifty (350) entries plus a stand-by list will be randomly drawn (but not posted). Please do not call to see if you have been selected. We will contact those individuals who have been selected by email within 24 hours with instructions on how to complete their purchase.

Did Breyer have a website outage? Is something wrong with their software? Did the person in charge of hitting the button to draw the names call in sick or go on an unexpected vacation this week? I have no idea, because the only communication we've had on the issue is an intrepid Blabber calling customer service to be told the drawing hadn't taken place yet and they hoped to get it done this week. Really?

I usually tend to cut Breyer some slack on these types of issues, as I do with the usual snafus that happen at Breyerfest every year, because this is a small company and we all know they have enough on their plates as it is. I also feel we all (or at least I) have more important things to worry about day-to-day than whether we can buy our plastic horses on time. But the lack of communication on this issue is irritating. How hard would it be to post an update on Facebook and Twitter?  Surely they could spare someone for the few minutes it would take to type a couple of sentences and hit the "send" button.

At the end of the day, I'm beginning to wonder if Breyer has simply taken on too much here. Between managing the Premier Club and all the work that entails, developing and managing the Vintage Club, the second year of the Stablemate Club, and planning Breyerfest (it's got to be getting close to crunch time for Breyerfest-related issues), plus managing the regular run inventory, planning new molds and releases, managing web specials and special events, and all the traveling various employees do...it seems like someone may have bitten off more than they can chew here. Add that to the events manager job posting that's been listed on the website for the past few months and I can see how the workload can pile up. Perhaps it's time to hire a few more employees, Breyer? It might be worth looking into.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Breyerfest Fluffies!

The latest hint on the Breyerfest blog looks suspiciously stuffed-toy-like...


sneek

So I'm guessing this is the plushie for the pop-up store. Or perhaps two plushies? Interesting choice of colors there. I don't usually buy the plushies, but they're usually pretty cute - last year's was especially nice. I hope they reveal it sooner rather than later!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Featured Model - 5/20/17, Chrome

Happy Preakness Day, everyone! What an upset, right? I don't think anyone saw that coming. Okay, anyways...Welcome to 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...Chrome!


 

Chrome was one of the four single-day Stablemates from Breyerfest 2013. That was an interesting Breyerfest for Stablemate collectors - four new molds debuted as single-day Stablemates! The other three molds included Rivet, Indigo and Dungaree.  1,250 models were produced for each of these new molds, and Chrome himself was sculpted by Brigitte Eberl.

This is an interesting mold - he's basically a shrunken-down version of the (Breyer-produced) mini resin Andalusian, also sculpted by Brigitte Eberl, that I can't find a photo of right now. So was this one produced from that mold, or was it sculpted to be very similar?

I'm not sure what it is I like about this mold, but I have three of them, so I guess it's just one of those things. He doesn't have the ridiculous amounts of hair you might expect an Andalusian to have (although he does have plenty of mane, he's just a little lacking in the tail department), His left front leg is also a little weird-looking, but that might just be me. He's an interesting fellow for sure! I wonder where we'll see him next - maybe the Stablemate Club? Heh heh.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Big Solution to the Tiny Hint

The Breyerfest Live Show Champion and Reserve Champion prizes were revealed today, first through the show's Yahoo group and then on the blog (well, the grand prize, anyway. Desi will probably show up tomorrow). Here's the first one - Cassia, the Overall Grand prize:

 

Whew! It's not an Othello. Nice color, too! Next, the reserve prize, Desi!



 That's a handsome Gem Twist - he almost looks like they put the dark bay Appaloosa Quelle Surprise color on Gem Twist, with a few extra details. Fortunately, neither of these are anything I have to have. Excellent! And I can't help but notice somebody forgot to crop Desi's picture. That looks like my photo tent! Haha. 


Acadia - Third in the America the Beautiful series!

The third America the Beautiful web special has been unveiled, and it's on Valegro!

 

His name is Acadia! Here's his description:


Far north in Maine, in Acadia Park, 45 miles of carriage roads wind through pristine forest. Many visit during the lush summer months, and thousands more arrive when the nights turn crisp, to witness the spectacular autumn colors that appear like magic in this classic New England park. As fall fades into deepest winter, on rare nights, you can gaze upon the Northern Lights.
This bright, snappy Warmblood features a red chestnut coat with high white stockings, blaze, and a blue eye, that evokes the brilliant vibrance of this amazing national treasure! He is marked Acadia 2017 on his belly in gold.

I bet a lot of Maine-based hobbyists and Blabbers will be excited to see this one. I know I am - my entries are at the ready! I love this one - crossing my fingers that I win one!  He's a beauty! I'm looking forward to seeing his blue eye - it's not really visible in the photos. And he was designed by Sommer Prosser! She always does great work.

Looks like Breyer has settled on 350 for the run numbers for their web specials - it seems like too many to me, but if they aren't having trouble selling these models out, I suppose I can get used to it. I just have a lot of nostalgia for the days of web specials with run numbers like 150 or 222 (oddly enough) or 250. I suppose it's natural to want something to be SUPER RARE AND SPECIAL! I also miss the days when web specials were $135...but that's a whole different ball of wax.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Tiny Hint

Breyer posted another new hint - in the form of a riddle - on the blog today.

The next hunk of horse is quite the model. Unfortunately we can't give anymore hints now but there's more to our vague clue than meets the eye.

 I'm getting tired of all the hints and sneak peeks, yesterday's Marigold being one of the exceptions to that rule. Can't they just post the new item and be done with it? Sheesh.

As for the riddle, my first thought was the crystal horse for the tent, since yesterday's reveal said to watch the blog for more Breyer Bazaar items. But the paranoia-fueled part of me saw "hunk" in the riddle and thought...what if it's an Othello as one of the live show prizes? Gulp...I hope not. I'd have to enter the live show to even have any slim hope of getting one without it costing me an arm and a leg, and I've never shown before, so...that probably wouldn't end well (and wouldn't be a very realistic goal for never having shown before).

So, let's hope it's not that - and that they reveal the solution tomorrow!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marigold!

Breyer uploaded a gorgeous new special run on the blog today - Marigold!

 

According to the blog, he'll be available in the Breyer Bazaar, aka the pop-up tent, aka the Tent of Despair. I love almost everything about this model - the design, the colors, the nearly-white tail...everything except the mold it's on. And I almost like it enough to want to buy it anyway! He was designed by longtime Blabber Lauren Hoeffer.

 This mold has never really appealed to me before now, and I doubt I'll spend any time waiting in the pop-up tent's (shadeless, and usually terrible) line... but if these show up in the regular Breyer Store at the end of the weekend, I can't guarantee one won't come home with me. So pretty! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Better late than never, right?


Gah! I can't believe it's taken me this long to write about this. The second teaser Breyer put on the blog last week was finally revealed on Thursday (although the post in question is dated 5/13 for some reason). Meet Tikka!



Tikka is the second- and third-place prize for the Breyerfest Customs Contest. She has the same pattern as last year's Mini Geronimo, but in bay. She's a Mini Guerreiro!

It's good that they're adding runner-up prizes to the contest - more incentive for people to enter! I can't wait to see what fantastic things we see this year. Good luck to all the entrants!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Featured Model - 5/13/2017, Mini Mustang Lady

Hello and welcome to 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... Mini Mustang Lady!

 
This model is a portrait of the real Mustang Lady, the Breyerfest Celebration Horse from 1991. Item #711080, this model was issued on the G2 Appaloosa mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody. It was one of the models in the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Set, a run of 500 issued at Breyerfest 2009.
I love the little details on this model. The race number and freeze brand add a lot to what would otherwise be a nondescript gray paint job (although I don't think the freeze brand is positioned quite right). This mold was used for two other models in the 20th Anniversary Set (Bright Zip and Rugged Painted Lark), and they're both nicely detailed as well - as is the rest of the set. It makes me wish Breyer would have made a five-piece followup set for Breyerfest 2014 to depict subsequent Celebration Horses. Oh well; maybe they'll do it for Breyerfest 2019 for the 30th anniversary. I can dream, right?

The mold itself has plenty of personality as well; I like his prancy stance and swishy tail. Whatever he wants, he wants it NOW. He's been used quite a bit over the last 19 years - regular runs, Breyerfest, JC Penney, JAH and more. I may sound like a broken record at this point, but I'm hoping he shows up in this year's Stablemate Club. Especially since we now know he probably won't show up at Breyerfest! Fortunately, we don't have that long now until the next release is revealed. I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Custom Contest prize is...Masala!

As expected, the Breyerfest custom contest is...the new True North mold, in an alternate color to the True North release!

 

I never thought about it before, but this is the third time the custom contest prize has been a bay version of that year's first Premier Club model. So does this mean it'll be bay every year? Interesting. Still not something I'm interested in, but good luck to everyone who enters the contest!

In other news, Breyer is holding a vote (for Vintage Club members only) to see which of three Semi-Rearing Mustangs should be in the Vintage Club next year. Here they are (photo via Blab):



 

Good thing I'm not in the Vintage Club - I wouldn't want to buy any of them. If I had to choose, though, I'd probably go for the palomino. Interesting that they're reusing the Mustang - I would have thought they'd have plenty of unused vintage molds to go around. Oh well - that's one less release to try to guess at for next year! Still crossing my fingers for glossy alabaster Thoroughbred Mare/Nursing Foal, though.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Spirit Riding Free collection is now available!

Months behind schedule, the items Breyer is producing for the Netflix show Spirit Riding Free is finally available! Seriously, I thought this stuff would be available way back in February when I ordered a full box of the blind bag Stablemates. Better late than never, I guess!

Photos of the full collection are now on the Breyer website (were they before today? Guess I don't know...oh well.) There are too many photos to post here, but here's a quick list:

Traditionals: Spirit, Chica Linda, Boomerang

Gift Sets (similar to the Best in Show horses, I think?): Spirit and Lucky Gift Set, Chica Linda and Pru Gift Set, Boomerang and Abigail Gift Set

Classics (I think): Spirit and Lucky Small Set, Chica Linda and Pru Small Set, Boomerang and Abigail Small Set

Paint Kits: Spirit Paint Kit, Deluxe Spirit and Friends Paint Kit

Stablemate Paint Kits: Spirit Mini Paint Kit, Chica Linda Mini Paint Kit, Boomerang Mini Paint Kit, Spirit Paint and Play 3 Piece Assortment, Paint Spirit and His Stable (...okay then)

More Stablemates: Spirit Blind Bag

And then a bunch of kiddie stuff, plushies etc that I don't really care about. I'm a little surprised that they're making so much merch for this show - it seems like Breyer has scaled back the amount of tie-in items they make in recent years.

To be fair, most of this stuff is things I'm not interested in - I used to collect the Spirit mold, but they fell victim to another shelf purge. I was never that into Rain either, and Boomerang doesn't appeal to me. Neither do any of the gift set horses or the Classic-size ones (I think they're Classics? I'm not 100% on that.)

So, the only thing here that really interests me is the Stablemate Blind Bags. Here's some photos of the blind bag possibilities:

 
 Hmm, not interested in any of those. Let's see the next one!



There's a little more promise there. I'll need the G2 Thoroughbred and G2 Morgan. Interesting color on the Morgan, too. Next!

 

Ooh, look at that gold Andalusian! I need him too, along with the G2 Appaloosa and the G3 Cantering Warmblood. Kinda wish they'd used more molds I like, but I suppose if it's a kiddie show, you have to use the more kiddie Stablemate molds.

As I said earlier, I ordered a full Blind Bag box way back in February - hopefully that ships soon. I'll definitely keep the blog updated when they arrive!