Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Blue Horse

A reasonable facsimile of my celebratory dance in honor of Franz:

via GIPHY

You may think I am joking, but anyone who has seen me dance knows that this is not that far off from reality. (Note: this is why I don’t dance in public.)

Anyway, at last, a dream I’ve had since college has finally come true, and we now have a Breyer model based on the work of Franz Marc:

The Traditional Spirit is excellent mold choice, by the way. I was thinking they’d go with something more realistic, but props to them following through and selecting one of the more “artistic” molds instead. 

It gives me hope that the cringe level inherent in this theme could be kept to a minimal level, though I am already mentally preparing myself for the inevitable legions of Lederhosen-wearing Diorama Brighties. But if they have an actual Kraftwerk-inspired Special Run planned, I will dance in public at BreyerFest.

I have purchased a number of Traditional Spirit Models over the years, but none of them stuck around long: some were pickups, but most were secondhand purchases bought for resale. I do have a neat idea for a custom, but it’ll be a while before I get around to it, so I won’t be in the market for a body anytime soon.

I almost bought the 2020 Halloween Horse Apparition – aka “the Scooby-Doo Horse” – but the ones I found locally had some condition issues, and by the time I got around to shopping for one online, the prices were higher than I was comfortable paying. 

While he is not high on my Want List, if I do happen to find a decent, out-of-box one at a not-terrible price at BreyerFest, I am definitely snapping it up. (Worth noting: I am also trying to avoid buying anything online between now and then.)

Spirit’s cartoony-ness has never really bothered me other than his eyes. Because of their size in relation to the rest of his head, they can look kind of creepy and bug-like if they are not “detailed out” properly with eyewhites and pupils. (I’m looking at you looking at me, Padre!) Thankfully, that’s not an issue here.

The color turned out really nice, too, and I hope that means we get to see more of it in the future on other releases. Not sure what I’d call the color itself: Blue Point Wedgewood, maybe? 

10 comments:

Adah R. said...

Not a fan of this guy at all, but good for you! Hope you can find one for a reasonable price. BTW, I think I would be dancing like that over a Brighty in Lederhosen lol!

timaru star ii said...

Black point Wedgewood? Blue Bay? Bay Wedgewood? there, I like that one. But the black-point dapple greys of the 80s are called that (black point). I concede.

timaru star ii said...

Apologies, I hadn't realized he really is BLUE-pointed... Dark blue. Navy point.

Carrie said...

Navy-point Wedgewood? Blue Bay? Whatever, I think he's just Smurfy!

Anonymous said...

Padre is definitely a demon horse. Those eyes...

Kaivala said...

Blueskin blue(Buckskin)? I like the sprit mold tbh and if it's available to all access pass maybe I can try for him imagine a pinto or gloss variation

Vajarra said...

I'll definitely grab him if I can. I think the spirit mold really fits him. And I love blue!

Suzanne said...

I didn't care for Spirit, but now I realize it was just those silly eyebrows that I couldn't stand. He does look fine in this color, I love his long tapered hooves.

Corky said...

Breyer did a great job with this one -- and I'm so glad your long-held dream has come true!

Boulder Sheep said...

Blucifer, Blucifer, Blu-ci-fer!