Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring is Spring!

I’ve been having some ongoing technical and scheduling difficulties that have limited my Internet time this week. Much to my mental benefit, I think.

I suppose everyone else is carping about the insufficient awesomeness of the Sunshine Celebration models? I caught a brief glimpse of the discussion last night, while trying to catch up on my usual rounds.

I didn’t get very far: after I saw the second or third person calling the Nokota Horse "Nakota," on Breyer’s Facebook page, and decided to call it quits right then and there. (Which was what, about 5 or 6 posts in? Gah, that annoys me no end!)

Alas, I really think we’re getting to the point where attendees will expect nothing less than certificates for custom test colors. (I am still allowed to say that, right?)

(Regarding that minor dustup in the comments: look, I have no desire to turn this into a politically-minded blog. If anyone wants to talk about class warfare with me, there are far better places for that, than here.)

The funky spelling error in the Spring Has Sprung e-mail did provide me some much-needed amusement. "Spring Has Spring" - doesn’t it sound like cheesy ad copy from a trying-way-too-hard-to-be-clever fashion magazine? If I get one, he totally deserves some sort supermodel-style moniker: something clever, fashionable - and pretentious! (Why does Zoolander suddenly come to mind?)

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not a huge fan of the Clock Saddlebred mold - he seems a little too stiff and "posed" for my taste, generally. But his color is rather fascinating: a semi-Decoratorish lavender roan blanket Appaloosa? I’m kinda digging it. We’ve seen Reeves experimenting with the more exotic shades of roan in their BreyerFest auction test pieces, and it’s nice to see them finally start implementing them in actual production runs.

As to whether or not I will be getting him, I’m not so sure at this point. I’m pretty much caught up on my bills and payments and stuff, so I could spare a small extravagance, but the set up they have for ordering and distribution this time is pretty wacky. We get 24 hours to e-mail our "entry" to them, and then they draw a list of names, and Reeves gets 24 hours to call us if we’re on the list. If you can't be reached - no horsie for you!


Funny, I was just talking to a couple of people at work the other day about some of the nonsensical procedures we have - most of them implemented because something went horribly wrong at least once before. This crazy "don’t call us, we’ll call you" ordering setup for Spring Has Sprung is a consequence of all other Web Special ordering procedures failing.

Is this setup fair? For me: no, it isn’t. I’m one of those rare souls who chooses not to be tethered to a cell phone. Aside from being somewhat telephone-phobic, I’m not keen on being reachable on a 24-hour basis. Since my work days right now are so variable, a system where I have to wait for someone to call me isn’t going to work so well.

I might still give it a shot and see what happens. Who knows? This system might actually work.

Until it doesn’t.


Anonymous said...

Even the text on Breyer's own homepage reads,"For the Nakota fans - Everglades, limited to 52 pieces, your alligator boots will wish they looked this good!"

The misspelling got me wondering about what the mold is really named. A quick search of the US Copyright Office led me to find the true name of this mold is "Spanish Mustang," not "Nokota."
Interesting stuff! Cut and paste the link below.,19&SL=B&DATE=2006&DTBL=R&DATE2=2008&PID=xo23g0Hrt8fkAXXmYFSplnrSVSb&SEQ=20110318223222&SID=2

Anonymous said...

Crud, my link didn't work. Try this:

Search for: reeves international spanish mustang

Search by: keyword

Anonymous said...

I believe the email window for the Spring has Sprung model is only 12 hours (12 am till 11:59 pm), sure wouldn't want any collectors missing out!

If I get it, cool, if not perhaps I could enjoy seeing it in one of my friend's collection.

If all of Breyer's choices have sold-out a particular run, then it is a successful system, for Breyer. Not so much the collector.
It seems the number available is way, way lower than the number of those collectors that would like to purchase said model.

It's always been my thought, the collector has way more influence that Breyer would ever give us credit for...look at the big picture, Breyer is actually collector driven.

Well, of my soapbox...thanks for stirring the pot Andrea!

Anonymous said...

Opps...that was off my soapbox!

Anonymous said...

to the poster above -
Um, 12:00am to 11:59pm is 24 hours. From Midnight (12a.m.) to one minute before midnight (11:59 p.m.) If it was midnight to noon, it would be 11:59 A.M.

And, I believe you have 24 hours to call them back if they leave you a message on your home, work or cell phone (whichever you provide) and certainly you can enlist the aid of a friend to call them back with your information if you are unable to talk on the phone yourself.

The "oh, no, it's not fair" thing has already started. No matter what they do, someone is going to call it unfair.
The fact they provided their improper email address in their original email is funny to me.

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Anonymous said...

Seeing as how can't even get the spelling of THEIR REGISTERED TRADEMARK right throughout their website, I find it pretty low to be slamming collectors on misspelling the breed name.