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New Molds 2020: Breyer 70th Anniversary Stablemates

I've been looking forward to the new line of "mini me" Stablemate molds, but because I decided to support local toy stores and tack shops by shopping here in Michigan so it took me a little while to find them all.

Mini Connemara Mare with slight customization

There are seven new molds, increasing the total number of Stablemates to 82:
  • Mini Smart Chic Olena inspired by "Smart and Shiney" sculpted by Susan Carlton Sifton
  • Mini Connemara Mare, or "Croi," inspired by "Bramble" sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig
  • Mini Fell Pony inspired by "Black-Eyed Susan" sculpted by Kathleen Moody
  • Mini Missouri Fox Trotter in shaded fleabitten grey also by Moody
  • Mini Indian Pony in vintage-style chestnut tovero sculpted by Chris Hess
  • Mini Fighting Stallion in vintage-style glossy charcoal also by Hess
  • Mini Clydesdale Stallion in vintage-style woodgrain also by Hess

2020 Breyer 70th Anniversary Smart Chic Olena Stablemate

The first little guy in my hot little hands is Smart Chic Olena. This mold has a lovely long tail with lots of details, a handsome head, and nice muscling in both the hindquarters and left shoulder. His chest is detailed and not marred by seams. His overall body shape fits his breed with a nice hip and deep girth. Viewed from the top, his left ribs look more "sprung" than his right, but he isn't as lopsided as the new standing Warmblood. His hooves aren't carved and lack detail, but have a little more to them than the new walking thoroughbred mold.

The mane is much like Alborozo's in that it's long and plastered to his neck and shoulder with the "wind" blowing it forward. The forelock wraps around one ear (also like Alborozo's, but not as much). His right ear seems to be flipped the wrong way (curving away instead of in). Both ears seem small to me, even for a Quarter Horse. His front legs appear to be two different lengths, something I hadn't noticed on the traditional model. On my model, the left leg broke on me, so maybe my model wasn't quite right.

Smart and Shiney chopped up.

I have to admit, the Connemara Mare mold didn't catch my eye in Traditional scale. But as a mini, she has me completely converted! I liken her to the mini Brichen/Vanner who is also much cuter when small.

Connemara Mare "Croi" sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Bruenig

This mare is jam-packed with details that add up to her spunky personality. Even in this small scale, Sarah's sculpting shines. From clearly defined joints and tendons to a pooky lip, this mare is special.

She can be a little tricky to prep because she has many tight spots. But if you have a small piece of fine sandpaper (400) and a tiny round file, you'll be able to reach those tricky spots and deal with any feathering that may not have come across well on your particular model. Her windblown mane and swishing tail will be fun to paint and her playful pose will be fun to modify.

The third model I have is the Clydesdale Stallion. He is Chris Hess blast from the past! I've owned several of the Traditional-scale ones over the years. He looks awesome in mini-scale woodgrain and I'll be keeping an OF of this model for sure.

He is a mini of the retooled, muscle-y version. The bobs in his mane and bow in his forelock and tail are nice touches, his legs and hooves are substantial enough to withstand modification. The later are do not have frogs. His feathering has some detail and doesn't overwhelm. His ears and nostrils are nicely shaped and carved out. His eyes are large and kind, although he still looks a little stressed around the mouth after all these years.

Mini Clydesdale Stallion by Chris Hess

Artists are going to love having another heavy draft mold--even though this guy is small when compared to other Stablemates. For example, his overall proportions resemble this stocky Percheron. The docked tail can easily be resculpted to a braided one to reflect the changing laws in Europe and some States that now ban the practice.

The model's pose is static, but that might work out well—he could be moved into a more dramatic pose or moved to standing poses. It will be fun to see what artists create with this old boy.

Also, I’m having that issue where a pale gold color is seeping through the primer. Perhaps it is the wood grain color showing up again.

Mini Clydesdale Custom in progress

Percheron Gelding custom from Mini Clydesdale Stallion

The Indian Pony mold has all the nostalgia of the original. With her easy gait, turned head and smooth lines she'll be a great starting point for customs. I think she'd turn into a great mule.
2020 Breyer 70th Indian Pony Stablemate

Keep in mind that an artist might address her downhill build, her hind legs that are all cannon bone, her boxy feet, and her face that is wide at the eyes and narrows at the nostrils. Her mane is on both sides, but easy enough to sand off if a new one is planned. The tail will take a little more sanding as it is attached both low on the hindquarters and at the hock.
Size wise, the Indian pony is not scaled to be a pony. He stands taller than the Clydesdale and MFT as about the same height as Django at the hip.
2020 Breyer 70th Fell Pony Stablemate
Cute alert! The Fell Pony is petite and packed with adorable. He is having an amazing hair day from his windblown forelock that takes over his face, to his feathers that move with his step, to his long mane and tail. He even has a little beard under his chin.

Look for little neck wrinkles and nicely sculpted muscles in the one shoulder, legs, and hindquarters. His ears are also nicely done, not 100% buried in the mane like other pony molds. 

While not as versatile as other molds because of the forelock on his face, I'm sure he'll make a wonderful simple custom.

Small but mighty, the Fell Pony stands a smidge taller than the Shetland.

A Dales Pony Mare on the Stablemate Fell Pony mold.

Another Kathleen Moody in Mini, the MFT
I'm excited about working with the Missouri Fox Trotter in Stablemate Scale. His beautiful head and light-breed build will be a wonderful addition to any mini customizer's body box. His long mane blows back in the wind after a generous bridle path. And her whimsical tails curls up behind him. Legs are long and clean and hooves are small but nicely shaped (not carved). Twitching ears need a touch of reshaping. I can't wait to see the customs from this mold.
Switching up the tail!

Mini Fighting Stallion Stablemate

Last but not least is the mini Fighting Stallion. Again, he not an overly versatile mold because of his pose. From Mustangs to Lippizaners, I can picture a handful of customizing options in the hands of artists.

Trying on a new tail an ready for a new mane,

I'm looking forward to seeing these models customized. Have you created one? Please feel free to share.


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