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!

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