Monday, February 11, 2013

Made of Broken Parts

Shuffling boxes and papers seemed to help both my state of mind and my state of office. I even found those three missing quilt projects that have been bothering me for months. (Not that I have any time to do anything with them right now, but No Longer Missing, yay!) I was also surprised to see how many spare Breyer parts I had lying around the basement:

I already know what some of you are thinking: sorry, none of them are for sale. They're all a part of my restoration/spare parts graveyard. I may not need them now, but I will. Or I might. Actually, the Hobo stand does belong to someone; I've just been too busy and/or distracted to hook them up since I got it.

I bought a body box lot years ago that had a kinda rare variation of the Classic Hobo - most have solid legs with sort of grayish points, but this fellow had four actual (white) stockings! Alas, the base he came with was nonfunctional. (What kind of ninny starts customizing a Hobo by messing with the base? Sheesh.) I managed to find the above base at the bottom of someone’s free box at BreyerFest last year, and I snagged that sucker so fast you could see sparks flying off the carpet.

I’d show you a picture of that oddity, but since he was base-free until recently, he’s still hidden somewhere in storage. (And bugging the crud out of me almost as much as those three quilting projects did.) I was going to make a base for him at one point, but that went the way of so many other good ideas. (Nowhere.)

Here’s my more "ordinary" Hobo who, I hope you can see from the picture, is not altogether ordinary himself.

Poor Classic Hobo can’t get no respect. He hasn’t even had a production release since 2001, in a something-that-was-supposed-to-be Dun for the Pony Express Gift Set. He might make an interesting - and somewhat appropriate - release for this year’s BreyerFest theme, but somehow I’m doubting it, considering the lackluster enthusiasm expressed over Brother Polo Pony’s 2008 Special Run Patagonia. (Though I think it was mostly the photographs that did that little one in.)

In the right color or finish, though, I’d definitely consider him. (Indian Pony-style chestnut pinto? Though I’d take almost anything in that color, frankly.)

The Jumping Horse Wall also kinda-sorta belongs to someone; it’s my backup for my test color/cull White Jumping Horse. He looks better/dressier with it on the shelf, but if I were ever to show him, I’d go with the unpainted Wall he came with. (He’s also in storage, mostly because Jumping Horses take up an insane amount of shelf space.)

The next couple of days are going to be a bit crazy, schedule-wise, which will totally kill this lovely forward motion thing I had going. I probably shouldn't even be here now, come to think of it.


bubbasmom said...

Ugh! I decided to pull out all my cattle and display them in the china cabinet a couple of weeks ago. I find I'm still missing the traditional Hereford bull and the Mesquite SR from Bfest. After going through masses of boxes, they're still missing...sigh...and I'm not finished going through boxes, either...

I love the polo pony. So does my husband, who used to play polo. He thinks it's very accurate. I have a Patagonia, and he's very pretty in person. I also have the original bay.

Anonymous said...

I love both the Polo Pony and the Hobo mold! IMO what dooms them is the detachable base, rather than the molds themselves.
Salinero and Huck Bey have those discs, yet manage to be extremely popular though. But they are still easier to gallop around in play than Hobo and the Polo Pony.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting you refer to the Polo Pony (Classics size) as "brother." The Classic size Polo Pony has no male parts. To me, everything about her says "mare."