Saturday, February 19, 2011

2011 Treasure Hunt?

I think the frenzy surrounding the 2011 Treasure Hunt mold has the potential for ending very, very badly.

Normally I’m all for speculating on new releases, but I’ve seen this particular movie before. People start throwing out all these crazy ideas. A few of them really, really catch on, sometimes with no rhyme or reason (remember the nonsense about the White Moose?) Some people enter the discussion half way through, convinced that they missed something important, and start asking the same unanswered questions that were posed at the beginning. This generates several pages more of content-free commentary.

Lacking anything better to say, someone tries to be cute and throws in some "clever" innuendo about a horse’s reproductive anatomy, or references to a private joke that no one else either understands, or wants to. The conversation usually ends in a flurry of exclamation points, typos, and random bits of punctuation.

When the rumored release appears, disappointment always ensues. Doesn’t matter if it was a concept that was "all that" a couple of years ago, it’s not what The Herd WANTS NOW. After the initial rush of excitement, the mold is declared unworthy, and is followed by the unnecessary random bashing of previous mold releases. (Though in the absence of a model to pick on, they seem to have gotten a jumpstart on that part, already.)

Sorry for the crankiness: I went through twenty aggravating pages of discussion about it on Blab, wherein I discovered that the "ignore" function doesn’t work all that well, since everyone is almost obsessively quoting the one and only person I want to ignore.

(Yep, just one person. I didn’t want to do it in the first place; even the most obnoxious, wrong-headed person in the world can make some worthwhile input. But not this one. Look, this hobby is my happy place - I have enough difficult and high maintenance people to deal with everyday in the "ordinary world." )

(BTW, all you guys here are golden.)

I have nothing to contribute to the Treasure Hunt discussion, itself. The thought of another Eberl mold puts a smile on my face, but I’m not going to have a tantrum if it isn’t. If it is a new mold, of course I’ll get myself one - more, if they’re to my liking - but I don’t know if it’ll be enough for me to participate in the actual Treasure Hunt itself. You know, it's the whole "no money" thing getting in the way again.

As for what I’m spending my teeny hobby budget on nowadays, that’s up next.


Anonymous said...

Guess that's why they call it BLAB. Sometimes a little bit of Blab goes a long way ... I can relate. I usually have to stop reading because it starts getting a bit ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

One problem with Blab is, there are too many "experts". Just don't disagree with what the "elite" say...

Anonymous said...

The obnoxious kids, amateur comedians, and elitists really do wear on the nerves. But there's enough awesome people and posts to make it worth sticking around.

Anonymous said...

No matter what the release, there will be an onslaught of negativity until the next "hot" thing comes around...
"Eww. It's glossy. I don't like glossy."

Trust me, we know. So, don't buy it!

"It's a Moody. You all are inferior for not seeing the anatomical faults."

Yep, tell me something I haven't heard (as I stroke my Esprit's beautiful tail.)

"It was only available (on Shopatron, by mail order, by calling in, by carrier pigeon) and I missed out! It's just so unfair!"

We get it. You're entitled to your horse and feel slighted in some way. Breyer hates you.

And my favorite:

"And now there's one up on (eBay, MH$P, Model Exchange, etc.!) Someone took MY spot and bought one to make a profit! How dare they!"

I couldn't agree more with your post. Thank you!

ANDREA said...

Yeah, it's not the inane chatter than bothers me, it's the predictability of that chatter.

(I cringe every time someone brings up metallic finishes, because y'all know what that means...)

I'm beginning to think some regular posters are little more than autorespond scripts.

All in all, Blab sure beats the mostly empty echo chamber Haynet has become.

Christine said...

Hey, I liked the white moose idea and I'd buy it!


Julie said...

It is true, far to much nag nag nag, they should make the models "I" want.....etc...
Personally it makes me laugh to hear adults whine and complain like spoiled children.
I am excited about the TH, but I'm not going to go in to the hype when so far nothing has been shown [to my knowledge] and it's just wishful thinking. Some very wishful thinking.

Christine said...

Nothing wrong with wishful thinking and dreaming. I went and read the thread (missed it and not a TH nut anyway) and thought some of the ideas were kind of fun. I could agree with some (like a new draft foal, I have been "whining" for one since the 70's) and others are fun to imagine. Eh, it'll be what it will be if at all. Why not have fun with it?

Rio said...

Excited about a new mold. Don't really matter who it's by as long as it looks like a horse, lol.

I have to admit, I had a bit of wishful thinking and posted what I thought the colours could be, going by the supposed name of the model, Weather girl.

Hopefully it won't be long until we find out :)

BreyerRose said...

Someone sent me this "great quote of the day" in an email yesterday. I don't know who said it, but I think it says everything I would say about this discussion:

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

BreyerRose said...

Andrea, I read your blog with great delight, THANK YOU! The only other ongoing horsey discourse I follow is the Moody Madness yahoo group. That said, I do love pearly and metallic finishes, so now you know what bin to put me in. Thanks for brightening my day!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I deleted my account on the Blab. Way to many people who whine and cry about the littlest thing about a model. Gheesh even a real horse has faults. And yes Haynet is getting pretty bad nowadays. Faults or no faults, I will always love my Breyers. This isn't a perfect world. As for Moody horses, I think they are great. but of course that is my opinion.

plastiqueponi said...

And..... Let the Whining Begin!

Photos have been found a posted to Blab/FB, and already people are kvetching. "I wanted them all deco!" "That shoulder looks funky"....

Holy crap, what can you tell about her except color and that it's and Eberl from those tiny photos????