Northwest Horse Fair and Expo / BreyerWest 2018

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo / BreyerWest 2018

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2018

We have been busily preparing for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo. This is a 3 day event held in Albany, Oregon. The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo runs March 23 – 25th. BreyerWest 2018 will be held during the expo and has a wonderful lineup of demonstrations, workshops and of course model horse shows! BreyerWest is held in the Santiam building. This year, we have a bigger booth and are moving to the Willamette building to accommodate the increased size. We are booth number S28 – S30 in the Willamette building which is next to the door exiting towards the Santiam building.

We will have a huge variety of  new and retired Breyer, Collecta and Copperfox Model Horses, tack, dolls, barns, trailers and accessories. There will be a model horse to fit every budget! We will have Breyer paint kits, plushies and the Breyer Spirit Riding Free Series! We will have some very special Breyer Custom Steampunk Creations by Elayne Watrus available as well as some other custom finish model horses.

We will also be bringing a variety of toys, some of which have nothing to do with horses <gasp>. A small sampling of the toys that we will be bringing include: Surprizamals stuffed animals, dinosaurs, science kits, Tangle Creations fidget toys, Fat Brain toys, a variety of board and card games, brain teaser puzzles, squishies, slime and much more!

If you are attending the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, please stop by our booth and say hi. We would love to meet some new faces and to chat with old friends 🙂

Aidan’s Toy Trove retail store will be closed from March 21st – 26th. Our eBay Store will be put in vacation mode on Monday evening and purchases will be blocked until Monday, March 26th.  Our Website Store will be processing orders but orders will not ship out until March 26th.

Introducing the Sixth Release in the America the Beautiful Series – Gettysburg!

Introducing the Sixth Release in the America the Beautiful Series – Gettysburg!

Breyer Gettysburg 712252

Quick, hold on to your pocket book, Breyer has released another web special run, Gettysburg! Gettysburg is the Goffert mold in a pretty medium to dark dapple grey. Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club members may enter once a day until March 11th 2018 for a chance to purchase Gettysburg. His run will be limited to 350 pieces. The price is $175 plus shipping which I anticipate to be $17.50 for domestic shipping. Breyer seems to have moved away from weight based shipping and on to value based shipping. It will be interesting to see the actual shipping cost of Gettysburg. Interestingly, Gettysburg is $10 cheaper than Kaibab who seemed to have a higher base cost. I wonder why?

Breyer Gettysburg 712252

Breyer uses UPS Surepost for domestic shipping. This service is a collaboration between UPS and the post office to deliver packages at a reduced cost. FedEx offers a similar option which is called FedEx Smartpost. FedEx Surepost recently saw a huge increase in cost due to packages now shipping by dimensional weight. A 12 x 12 x 12 package that once cost around $10 to ship now costs over $30 to ship via FedEx Smartpost from the west to the east coast.  Both services are available for commercial use only, meaning that you cannot walk into a shipping store and use UPS Surepost or FedEx Smartpost. I wouldn’t be surprised to see UPS raise their rates as well (Priority Mail is also rising in cost). We no longer ship FedEx Surepost (or UPS Smartpost for that matter.)

Make sure that you are logged into your Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club account and follow this link to see and enter for a chance at Gettysburg! Here is what Breyer has to say about Gettysburg:

In 2018, Breyer’s America the Beautiful Series celebrates special places of beauty and wonder – our National Parks & Forests! From deep, dry canyons to soaring snowcapped mountains, to rolling hills and plunging waterfalls, these beautiful horses honor our country’s diverse landscape. Varied like our nation’s scenery, the horses in this series will delight your imagination and encourage you to explore!

Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 1863, the park was the site of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address. The park today is home to approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials, and the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The park’s near 4,000 acres encompass everything from woodlands to open battlefields and farmland.

Gettysburg’s dark dapple grey coat pays homage to the many hues of grey present in Gettysburg National Military Park: from the stone monuments and memorials, to the iron artillery. His belly is marked with “Gettysburg 2018,” and he comes with a clear base.

Entries must be made by 11:59pm EDT March 11, 2018

Breyer Kaibab 712251

I’m surprised by the back to back release of Kaibab and Gettysburg. Kaibab was also part of Breyer’s America the Beautiful series and was released in February. I passed on Kaibab but after seeing in person pictures of him, wish that I had tried for a chance at him. Kaibab turned out just lovely! Here is a link to our blog post on Kaibab.

The Goffert mold has seen little use lately and I can’t help but wonder if it is due to his size and weight (which directly correlates to an increased shipping cost.) The Breyer BHR Bryant’s Jake 1764 was an absolute stunning model on the Wixom mold but had a very short production run from 2016 – 2017. His mid year release was pushed back due to production problems which made his availability window even smaller. He is now retired, make sure to grab yourself a BHR Bryants Jake if you don’t yet have one!

Breyer BHR Bryant's Jake 1764

Breyer BHR Bryant’s Jake 1764 $42.95

I personally loved (and still love!) Jake and feel that again shipping may have been cost prohibitive for such a large mold. The majority of our New In Box Breyers ship at a rate of 2 pounds. The Breyer BHR Bryant’s Jake ships at 3 pounds and we’re pretty darn good about making packaging as light as can be! 2 pounds just isn’t feasible 🙁

 

Breyer Kohana – First 2018 Stablemate Club Horse

Breyer Kohana – First 2018 Stablemate Club Horse

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Kohana, the first release in the Breyer 2018 Stablemate Club was released earlier this month. I just now got around to purchasing my personal (and only) copy. He is the Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang mold with sculpted on feathers in his mane. He is a beautiful bay roan pinto with yellow and red ribbons.

Breyer Kohana 712145

 

He comes packaged in a minature Breyer box which I will be sure to take pictures of when he arrives. Kohana’s color was designed by Franceyn Dare. I am a big  fan of Franceyn’s work and I own a number of Breyer Custom Horses which were made by her. For fun, here are 2 of my customs by Franceyn:

Kohana’s cost from Breyer is $15 (plus a $5 credit from the membership fee.) Domestic shipping is $5.95 which brings the total cost to $25.95. If you are a Breyer Stablemate Club Member and haven’t ordered your Kohana yet, you have until February 28th. For members, her is the link to Kohana. This is what Breyer has to say about Kohana:

The First Release in the 2018 Stablemates Club

The American Indian name “Kohana” means swift, and this mustang certainly looks like he’s living up to his name! Designed by Franceyn Dare, Kohana has a flashy bay roan pinto coat that’s enhanced by mapped markings. Exclusively designed for 2018 Club members, he also has a new feature never before seen on this mold: beautifully-detailed molded feathers adorning his mane! Kohana comes in a miniature Traditional-style window box.

Complete your order by 11:59pm EST on 2/28/18

 

Dead Heat – BreyerFest 2018 Special Run

Dead Heat – BreyerFest 2018 Special Run

Breyer Dead Heat 711286 BreyerFest 2018 Special Run

 

Dead Heat is a BreyerFest 2018 Special Run, presumably a Tent Special  Run. Of note, the Breyer Tent location will be moved away from the Breyer Store this year. I’m curious to see what the configuration will look like! Dead Heat is the Ruffian mold in a pretty chestnut blanket appaloosa. Dead Heat is the term used when 2 competitors finish a race at the exact same moment. I really like the color on this one but I’m not sure what to think about the appaloosa coloring going along with the Off to the Races BreyerFest theme. I haven’t heard of an appaloosa colored Thoroughbred but I know that there are pintos and other fun colors! That might be a fun little something to research during some down time 🙂

Dead Heat appears to have the longer tail unlilke the shortened tail of the Breyer 1757 American Pharoah.

Breyer American Pharoah 1757

Prior releases on the Ruffian mold also had the longer tail. American Pharoah was the first on the mold to have the shortened tail.

Breyer Ruffian 597

Breyer 597 Ruffian

Breyer 715505 Black Caviar

And just for fun, here is one of the lovely Custom Breyer Ruffians that passed through here:

Breyer Custom Ruffian Unknown Artist

And here is a Custom Breyer Steampunk Ruffian by Elayne Watrus:

Breyer Custom Steampunk Ruffian by Elayne Watrus

And speaking of racehorses, we have the lovely Breyer 2018 California Chrome in stock and available for immediate shipment 🙂

Breyer California Chrome 1792

Breyer 1792 California Chrome

Here is what the BreyerFest 2018 Blog has to say about Dead Heat:

Dead Heat is on Susan Carlton Sifton’s Ruffian mold, #597, and has been painted a bright, rich chestnut snowcap blanket appaloosa and is sure to dazzle on your shelf!

Dead Heat is the second in our BreyerFest Off to the Races Special Run line-up and was named after that rare moment in racing when two or more competitors finish a race exactly evenly.

Keep an eye on the BreyerFest blog as we continue the countdown to BreyerFest with a lot more models!

Breyer Dead Heat 711286 BreyerFest 2018 Special Run

 

 

Introducing the Fifth Release in the America the Beautiful Series – Kaibab!

Introducing the Fifth Release in the America the Beautiful Series – Kaibab!

Breyer Kaibab 712251Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club Members rejoice, the newest web special run was released this morning (or afternoon depending on where you live)! His name is Kaibab and his product number 711251. He is the old Chris Hess Show Stance Morgan who I refer to as the Stretch Morgan. Kaibab is a gorgeous glossy silver dapple tobiano pinto. Current 2018 Breyer Collector’s Club Members may enter once per day through February 11th, 2018 for the chance to purchase Kaibab. He is priced at $185 and I anticipate his postage will be the standard $17.50 for UPS Smart Post (domestic only, International postage is more.) Make sure that you are logged in to your Breyer Collector’s Club account and follow this link to see Kaibab.

Speaking of the Stretch Morgan mold, did you see the wonderful Woodgrain Morgan that just sold on eBay? This was not my auction but I wish it was! I wonder who the lucky high bidder was?

Breyer Woodgrain Stretch Morgan

https://www.ebay.com/112786366978

Kaibabi is part of the America the Beautiful Series. My personal favorite in the series is still Rainier.

Breyer Rainier 712220 America the Beautiful

I’m not sure if I will be entering for Kaibab or not. Money is tight right now and I’m not sure that he makes me want to whip out my wallet to the tune of $202.50. Hrrmmmm. I just received a mystery box from Breyer yesterday that appears to be a backorder but is rather crushed and I need to examine the contents. I’ll have to think about Kaibab and check that the mystery horse I received is in good condition. Thinking thinking…

Breyer Kaibab 712251

Here is what Breyer has to say about Kaibab:

Kaibab – The Fifth Release In The America the Beautiful Series!

In 2018, Breyer’s America the Beautiful Series celebrates special places of beauty and wonder – our National Parks & Forests! From deep, dry canyons to soaring snowcapped mountains, to rolling hills and plunging waterfalls, these beautiful horses honor our country’s diverse landscape. Varied like our nation’s scenery, the horses in this series will delight your imagination and encourage you to explore!

The Kaibab National Forest is located in northern Arizona. Stretching 1.6 million acres, it borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. It features dramatic scenery such as evergreen forests, jagged and sparse plateaus, and places like the Sycamore Canyon Falls, where the cliffs plunge towards the river – changing color from an earthy brown-red to a silver grey.

Kaibab’s silver dapple tobiano coat evokes the colors of the richly-hued rocks, and the rugged natural texture of the wind- and river-carved plateaus. He features detailed eyes, and has a high gloss finish that really highlights his gorgeous shading! His belly is marked with “Kaibab 2018.”

Entries must be made by 11:59pm EST February 11, 2018

Breyer Kaibab 712251

 

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