Archive for the ‘Breyer’ Category

The recent backlash over GoldieBlox’s Breyer sponsored video really hit a nerve. It’s been bothering me for days. I’ve wanted to respond somehow, and I’ve written and rewritten this post nearly a dozen times, trying to get my point across while still remaining tactful. It’s not exactly working.

Maybe it just comes down to this: Haters are gonna hate. Yes, it’s unfortunate. It’s sad. It’s embarrassing. It doesn’t represent the hobby, or adult Breyer collectors for that matter, very well at all.

And thinking on that made me realize that nothing I say could change anyone’s mind. What I can do, and maybe what the rest of us can do, is choose to be the bigger person, to be a voice of kindness and not add fuel to the fire. Re-reading the hurtful comments makes me angry all over again but the positive, kind ones are standing out a lot.

Personally, I don’t know if I would still be in this hobby if it weren’t for the older hobbyists who were kind, welcoming, patient and encouraging when I was younger. I want to be that person too. I’m not perfect but I want to try.

I really liked Goldieblox’s video. It’s lighthearted, positive and fun. I don’t know much about her channel, but I have heard of her before from other Youtubers. (there was one craft she made, a neck pillow/hoodie combo, which I thought was brilliant 😄) The Breyer ideas are unique and something I have never seen before. Well, I have seen ribbon pillows BUT it’s nice to see an easy no sew method. Sewing slippery material like satin is tough! I liked the bowl too. (I want one in silver)

I definitely wanted to give one of her projects a try, and as soon as she mentioned the Snowman-sized ribbons, I knew that was it. Miniaturizing stuff is what I do, and this is one way I can try and show support.

I was so intensely focused on these that I failed to get any in-progress pictures at all. I tried to cram as much detail into them as I could. They’re just under two inches tall in size.

Are they Snowman (well, in this case, Ravel) approved? I hope so!

GoldieBlox – thank you for encouraging young girls to get into science, engineering and to think outside the box! Keep up the good work! 👍

The full video can be seen here:

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Dundee

I had a feeling I should join the Premier Club this year. I ignored it. I regret it.

But thanks to another hobbyist I was able to add the second, Dundee, to the herd! ❤

Photos of this horse have been everywhere lately, so, sorrynotsorry for adding a few more. 😉

I really, really love this mold. Performance friendly horses are my favorites. (I’m still waiting for a performance Arab that’s not trotting, but cantering or walking without his head in the clouds)

My copy certainly isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with him anyway. His mapping is different from what I’ve seen on other mapped models. It looks like there is grey shading underneath it. A nice experiment, but I think I like the way they mapped previous models better. 🙂

Premier brothers:

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When I first got into Breyers I really, really wanted the Traditional Spirit and Rain models. I did have one of the Walmart sets which were very loved. They were the leaders of the Walmart Mustang Carpet Herd. (it was full of drama)

I remember getting SO excited to see both Traditionals available in a local tack shop, for a whopping $35 a piece. I was going to save up and buy them both, but I’m not sure why I never did? I think I got distracted with the more realistic non-eyebrowed models, as well as discovering the hobby in general.

Spirit was generously PIF’d/gifted to me several years later:

I’ve been trying to find a Rain for a reasonable price ever since. (yes I have kicked myself for never buying them in the tack shop) The prices on both these horses, in any condition, have skyrocketed. I think it’s calmed down some now, but NIB horses are still reaching around $100 a piece.

Patience pays off though – a minty-ish one came up for sale with a BIN price I was willing to pay. Childhood grail achieved!!

Spirit is no longer forever alone. ❤ I thought I would try something different and put these edited photos together for fun.

My animation-loving heart still adores the movie and it’s soundtrack. ❤ (it's Hans Zimmer what's not to like about it?!)

14 year old me is very happy too. 😀

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