Friday, June 24, 2011

BreyerFest Resins

Found a little surprise at the local Salvation Army today, on the way home from work:

Another Kay Finch Bunny! I already had one, but this one is in better condition - even with the broken ear. I don’t go out of my way to collect Kay Finch, but if the opportunity arises, I’ll go for it. I think I have four, maybe five pieces total?

I consider them more a part of the d├ęcor than part of the herd, along with all the crazy bird figurines that have mysteriously followed me home somehow. Hence, the fuzziness on the numbers.

I probably won’t be going out of my way to pick up any of the "Surprise" Resin Specials, either - unless the opportunity presents itself. I just have too much to do this year at BreyerFest to be loitering around the NPOD all day, stalking the movements of sweaty, stressed-out interns.

(Ahem, you know what I mean.)

I especially like the little one, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice; he sort of reminds me a bit of a Daniel Mueller Carousel Horse, minus the trappings. The other two are nice, too, but nothing stampede-worthy, for me. I might change my mind once I get to see them - like I did with the Radar, last year - but again, not worth worrying about.

If it comes down to choosing between a Sorcerer’s Apprentice, or a WEG Chestnut Esprit, though, I’m going for the Esprit. It has nothing to do with quality or potential resale value, I’m just going to go with what I naturally prefer.

(FYI: I have no idea if there will be Chestnut Esprits in the NPOD. I just picked something comparably rare and/or desirable for illustration value.)

Contrary to what some people might think, I don’t have anything against resins, per se. I have some Nonplastics in my collection - not a lot, but more than you’d imagine. I’m just not too fond of some of the attitudes that seem to come with the topic. Especially the one that assumes that Breyers are merely a stepping stone towards these "better" product.

That line of thinking doesn’t wash with me. First, there are a lot of less-than-quality resins out there that give lie to that. And second, quality - however you define it - isn’t, and shouldn’t be the primary factor for collectors of any stripe. It’s only one of many.

If you’re going to collect, you should collect something because you like it, not because other people like it, or say you should. I like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, so I might get one. It's not a stepping stone to anything but a bigger Breyer collection. End of story.


Julie said...

AMEN!!!! That's how I feel about collecting. I have a few Stones, Resins, but most are Breyers. Why? Because I like them. No other reason then that. That's why I try not to listen to all blubbery...or should I say blabery? ;) All kidding aside I enjoy hearing what's new for model horses, but I don't want to hear how much so-an-so hates it, or thinks it's the best thing ever...Anyways, I hope to see you at Breyerfest.

Anonymous said...

"If you’re going to collect, you should collect something because you like it, not because other people like it, or say you should."

Amen to that! People's constant negative comments about Stones bum me out. In fact, there were negative comments on Blab about the exact horse that I bought from the last Webcast. :( It's not very fun reading bad things about your new addition to the herd. But I'm going to love my new horse so that's all that matters. :)

BreyerRose said...

I collect a group that most people hate and I just love, the PEARLY & METALLICS. Not the subtle "pearlies" that are valuable to collectors, but the whitest brightest pearl finishes & super metallics. Not a lot of competition for those fortunately.

Anonymous said...

About all the complaining and whining on Blab: A very wise person once told me, "Whining is just Anger coming out of a Very Small Opening."

There seem to be a lot of angry people on Blab. Maybe they need less talking and more exercise. Works for me.