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A silent auction for rare or customized models and model horse related accessories is also held. Several more recent decorator models have scenes and images painted on them, especially those done in the Halloween line, and a few have been cast in a translucent form of cellulose acetate to look like blown glass, known as "clearware". The original four decorator colors were produced in the s: Markings and color patterns are usually obtained by using a stencil known as a mask, although most older models were airbrushed by hand, with markings such as undefined socks or a bald face merely left unpainted.
For instance, there is a commonly used mold referred to as the Family Arabian Stallion so popular that it is known as "FAS" to collectors.
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Each BreyerFest has a unique theme, upon which many or all of the special-run models are designed. Unlike some collectible toys, Breyer horse packaging does not generally affect the model's value.
In a collectability class, an entrant's goal is to have the rarest model. Breyer also releases models in more unrealistic colors - "decorator models". A woodgrain finish was also produced. A model can be defined as rare if it was released for a short time period a long while back, so there are not many left in circulation, or if it was released in very limited numbers.
The Breyer Animal Collector's Guide by Felicia Browell and others, in the later editions is essentially a price guide featuring photographs of most of the models released by Breyer as well as values for them based on average selling prices. New molds are often introduced, and old ones are sometimes "retired"—not created anymore—or even accidentally broken or lost.
The reason for variations is rarely known. Depending on how well the customizing was done, how well-known the artist is, and how attractive the results are, these special, one-of-a-kind models can sometimes sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars. These special, rare models are considered variations of the Dapple Grey PAS model and are very valuable compared to the regular model, which is quite common.
Model horse shows[ edit ] Model horse shows are a way for collectors to show off their models. Customizing[ edit ] Another branch of the model horse hobby is customizing, in which a single model is remade in some way, making it unique.
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InReeves International acquired Breyer Animal Creations and spent the next 20 years completing its transformation from toy distribution to manufacturing. Therefore, the standards of condition and realistic appearance are not quite as high. PSQ is less demanding, since both horse and tack can be seen from only one side in the photo and close examination is not possible.
Included in the purchase price of a 3-day ticket is a Traditional-scale "Celebration" model, and 1-day ticket holders receive a Stablemate-scale model.
In a live show, the model is judged from all sides. They were later determined to be their own unique colorway, and not a variation.
Some flaws from the factory are considered variations and are sought after by collectors as rare oddities. Unfortunately, there have been some issues with pres packaging, in which if a model is left in the box for an extended period of time, the box can actually cause harm to the horse's finish due to rubbing of the horse's paint on the sides of the box or on the plastic ties binding it to the packaging, therefore diminishing the model's value.
For many years it was produced by Breyer with a dappled gray coat and a gray mane, tail and hooves.
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Sometimes models are simply repainted or have patterns etched in their existing paint appaloosa or paint horse markings, for instancewhile other models are repositioned by being heated and then shaped.
Special guests of honor, usually renowned trainers and famous horses, are also present and perform for the attendees. Most detailing, such as eye-whites common on s and s models and is now enjoying a resurgence in modern modelsbrands, or other individual markings are painstakingly hand-painted.
Production processes[ edit ] Each horse is cast in a two to three piece mold.