|October 2, 2018||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Kehinde – The Newest Web Special Run
Kehinde is Breyer’s newest Web Special Run and is product number 712255. He is part of the new Wild Animal Series which is open to a broader range of patterns than the Big Cat Series. Kehinde is based on the Clock Horse or the American Saddlebred Stallion mold sculpted by Kathleen Moody. He is painted to resemble a wild okapi. At first glance, I didn’t particularly care for Kehinde but I’m starting to warm up to him and will be entering for a chance at purchasing him. Kehinde is open to Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club Members who may enter enter the lottery once a day through October 7’th for a chance at purchasing him. Winners will be notified on October 8th. Kehinde is priced at $175 plus postage. Breyer recently recalculated their shipping costs (as well as their entire website!) and I’m unsure how much shipping will cost. Historically, shipping for the Web Special Runs cost around $17.50 for domestic shipping. Current Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club Members may click this link to see Kehinde’s listing on Breyer’s website. Here is what Breyer has to say about Kehinde:
Our world is home to many fascinating creatures. With landscapes from deserts to rainforests, savannas to mountains, and everything in between, it’s no surprise that the world’s animals are as diverse as the landscape! Our new Wild Animal Series is a celebration of wildlife everywhere.
The first release in Wild Animal Series is Kehinde, and he’s inspired by the enchanting and elusive okapi. Artist Karen Williams designed this piece, and gave him an incredibly realistic coat. Just like the okapi, Kehinde has zebra-like striping on his legs and hindquarters. His richly-shaded coat has a velvety appearance, fading into his dusky face. With his alert appearance and expression, Kehinde truly evokes the look of the okapi! Kehinde has “Wild Animal Series” printed on his belly.
|July 30, 2018||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
BreyerFest 2018 Dark Horse Surprise Run Numbers
Breyer posted the BreyerFest 2018 Dark Horse Surprise run numbers. Here is the information on the BreyerFest Blog with the official numbers:
We did promise to unveil the numbers behind Dark Horse Surprise so here you go…
The most common colorway was the Splash Palomino at 1050 matte models and 175 glossed models. Next was the Appy with 850 matte models and 175 glossed. Closely following was the Bay Pinto with 575 matte horses and 175 glossed. Next up was the snazzy Decorator with 425 matte models and 175 glossed.
Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly given the hint in the name) the Black model was the most rare with only 225 matte models and 175 glossed.
What model did you get? And do you have a favorite amongst the ten different variations?
|July 21, 2018||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Copperfox Model Horses Closing Their Doors
We were greatly saddened to hear that Copperfox Model Horses will be closing their doors on August 14, 2018. We were very excited about the impending release of Winston the Shire and Scamp the Pony. Copperfox’s announcement created a rush of people purchasing the last of Copperfox’s stock directly from their website and on other venues. The mini resin Welsh Cob and Connemara are sold out. At the time of this post, the mini resin Exmoor, Irish Sport Horse and Scamp are still available through Suenta.
The Winston resin was only available in the UK and will not be produced by Suenta 🙁
We had a very limited number of Copperfox Model Horses listed for sale on our website and sold through most of what was listed almost over night. We do have more Copperfox Model Horses than are currently listed and will have a nice variety to offer. We have some First Quality Welsh Cobs and Connemara Ponies. We have Seconds of the Welsh Cobs, a small number of Connemaras and a small number of Irish Sport Horses. Off the top of my head, we have Percival (First and Second Quality), a small number of Lakeview Knight (First Quality), Tiger Woods (First and Second Quality), Bertie (First and Second Quality), Prince Cavalier (Second Quality), Gibson (Second Quality), Superman (Second Quality) and Cadbury (Second Quality).
Here is the official announcement made by Copperfox
Regretfully, Copperfox Model Horses will be shutting it’s stable door on the 14th August 2018.
We set out to create a range of model horses of British Native breeds for horse lovers worldwide to cherish and with your help and support through many challenges, we achieved this goal. Your encouragement and belief helped us achieve what many thought was the impossible, so a truly heartfelt thank you for making it all a reality.
Our journey now though has sadly come to an end for a number of reasons. We have had a turbulent few months trying to negotiate with our factory and in short, the factory does not want to produce our models, at the quality we know our customers would expect, for a reasonable price. The factory find the models very labour intensive and therefore want to increase the price considerably, which obviously we cannot accept as it’s unsustainable. Despite our ceaseless efforts we have been unable to find an alternative factory in China nor an alternative plan of how we can continue production of the plastic models. The paint team at the factory have already been disbanded as the factory are adamant that they do not want to produce the models. This has added to the ever increasing costs of plastic and shipping, exchange rates, tooling costs and their maintenance, as well as a never ending list of production obstacles.
This difficult time has had to made us review the business in-depth. Since it’s formation, it has put us both under an immense about of pressure taking an extreme toil on our health, well being, family and finances. Bedtimes and family commitments have been missed due to us trying to make it work, together with countless sleepless nights as we were both utterly committed to making Copperfox Model Horses a success. With sadness, we have made the decision that the time has come for us to step away from the model horse world, a community which has changed so much during the 20 years we have been a part of it.
This news means that there will be no more plastic Copperfox Model Horses, even though we were on the verge of a next production run. The samples were confirmed but the production never finalised during our negotiations so no models were created.
We shall be re-homing all our remaining stock from our warehouse over the next few weeks. Both our new models, Winston and Scamp are available, whilst stocks last, in resin as originally planned but there will be no plastic versions of these models.
We would like to thank all you, once again, our Copperfox Ambassadors, Fans and Followers for your continued support and helping us make it all possible. Thank you for joining us on this fabulous journey and giving our models wonderful forever homes.
– Becky and Sharon
Copperfox Model Horses
Our heart goes out to Becky and Sharon for all the sweat and tears that they have endured to get the company off the ground. Farewell Copperfox!
|July 19, 2018||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Sanibel – New America the Beautiful Web Special Run
Breyer released the next Web Special Run, Sanibel. He is product number 712254. Sanibel was on display in the Collector’s Club Tent at BreyerFest 2018 and in my opinion, looked better in person than he does in Breyer’s pictures. He is the Breyer Huckleberry Bey mold in a pearly white dapple grey. In person, the pearl to his coat was not at all overwhelming. The pearl seemed to be a bit much on the BreyerFest 2018 Tent Special Run Dead Heat in the palomino appaloosas color. The Huckleberry Bey mold comes with the dreaded clear plastic disc stand which I highly recommend replacing with a resin stand. Sanibel is limited to 350 pieces and is priced at $135. I assume that the shipping cost will be $17.50.
The last horse released in the America Beautiful Series was Rialto. He was the Totilas mold in a gorgeous glossy black leopard appaloosa. I was lucky enough to be drawn for Rialto but haven’t had the chance to open him yet, eek. Breyer really did a spectacular job on his finish work. I do still think that my favorite horse in the America the Beautiful Series was Rainier (which we do have 1 available of, I’m keeping the other!)
Current Breyer 2018 Collector’s Club Member may enter once a day through July 22nd, 2018 for a chance to purchase Sanibel. Make sure you are logged in to your Collector’s Club account and click this link to go directly to Sanibel’s page.
The Eighth 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 J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on Florida’s Sanibel Island. This barrier island is home to many migratory birds and mangrove trees. Encompassing over 6,000 acres, visitors to the refuge can see Roseate spoonbills year-round. These wading birds have a stunning pink coloring that intensifies as they age. Sanibel Island is also known for its incredible shell-covered beaches.
Breyer’s Sanibel is a pearly dapple rose grey – a nod to the natural beauty found on the island. With his mane and tail blowing in the breeze, you can just imagine him prancing along the surf at sunset! Sanibel comes with a clear removable base, and his belly is marked “Sanibel 2018.”
Your Price: $135.00
Limited Edition: 350 pieces
|July 18, 2018||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Mid Year Shipments
Our Breyer Mid Year Horses arrived at our store after we left for BreyerFest. We are located on the opposite end of the country from Breyer and it takes a few extra days for shipments to reach us. The Breyer Mid Year Releases that we had at BreyerFest were shipped directly to our hotel. Due to flight delays, I returned home from BreyerFest a day behind schedule on Tuesday, July 17th. The Mid Year Releases were waiting for me 🙂 I will begin processing orders tonight and aim to have everything shipped by the end of the week. Please note that it’s just me working the store and shipping orders this week. Hubby, Aidan and the BreyerFest Horses are still on their way home. Thank you to all that preordered through us, please watch for your shipment notification. Thank you everyone!