Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tailing Off on the FAF

Wrapping up/prepping up the last few pieces I intend to sell for the next couple of months, outside of stray relist items. There’s a slim chance I might purchase another collection soon - newer stuff, no Special Runs - but even if that comes to pass, I won’t have the time to prep and sell until at least March.

I have just about run out of all my accumulated packing materials anyway. (Empty space in the garage, hurray!)

I have been picking up a few pieces here and there, mostly via the local network of Salvation Army stores. Last Wednesday was a particularly memorable day - dealer promo cars, Elastolins, old German model train supplies and Aurora model kits from the 1960s! - but earlier in the week I was also very pleased to find this little fellow:

As soon as I saw his broken tail, I was positive that he was a "B Mold Mark" Era Foal, and he was:

The Cellulose Acetate variant that they went with during that era was a bit less flexible than the standard CA, and tail breaks are a common consequence of that.

I bought him because he was cheap, I felt sorry for him, and for research. From what I’ve been seeing online, it looks like I need to restart my Family Arabian Foal research program, and get all those mold variations straightened out. Not just for my sanity, but also to help satisfy the curiosity of my fellow hobbyists.

That he has the B mark helps fix his date - ca. 1979-1982/3 - and the state of the mold at that time. So he's going to stick around a while, as I make my way through all my FAFs again, point by point.

I’m somewhat less interested in retooling that occurred after that because it’s less necessary. The release dates for later (post-Palomino) releases are well-known, and any mold changes we’d find there would just be corroboration. I imagine there might be interest in discovering if there were any changes during the brief runs of the late 1980s/1990s Family Foals, but I already have enough on my plate as it is. I have to draw the line somewhere.

And there aren’t mold changes since 1997 that we know about, since FAF mold’s last release was the #995 Dark Chestnut Julian, during the brief "Bi-eye" Era.

The Mare has been missing since then too, but the Stallion still makes appearances. The most recent ones have been the Gold Charm Pinto Web SR back in 2009, the Chestnut Azhar in 2008-2009, and the recent Warehouse Reissue of Azhar.

While neither the Mare nor the Foal have the same fan base as the Stallion, with all the Reissues and Vintage-style releases that have been coming out lately, it’d be nice to see the whole family released together again one more time. Something either Glossy or Decoratory would be nice.


Anonymous said...

I heard that there is another Cloud (the Pryor mustang stallion) set to be released in 2015. Any sneak peeks/info in the JAH? :)

Anonymous said...

Yes there is a new cloud set coming out. There is a sneak peek in the free calendar Breyer is giving away with orders over $50. If you go to their site you should be able to see them. It's the front cover :)

Anonymous said...

Oh awesome-thank you! :) I never would have thought to look there!

Denise said...

I have a matte gray appy FAF with B stamp, in fact two of them. Actually I have a matching mare and stallion as well with B stamps. They look almost identical to the late '60's early '70's matte appies. I purchased these second hand from someone who had purchased these off of Ebay. Not sure what the story is with these guys since they are definitely not from the '60's or '70's! I also have a matte charcoal FAS with a B stamp as well. Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

60's Aurora models? Any Batman ones? (I am a big Bat-fan.):)

Sandy said...

I have an alabaster foal with the B mark, which I picked up with an alabaster mare that does not. Is it me or do the models made from this variant cellulose acetate seem just a tad bit lighter? I also noticed the bottom of their hoofs have a etched glass like texture.