Breyer has been working hard to keep us mini collectors happy. In the Chasing Rainbows Mystery Unicorn Surprise Series 2 is a new mold known as Prince Charming. Although, she might need a new name because she's a mare. Some collectors caught a glimpse of this model as a chase piece in 2020.
|Prince Charming Breyer Stablemate Unicorn|
I love this mold. She has wonderful detail throughout—including her lower legs and hooves. The hooves on the left side are connected, but they are easy to separate with a small saw and a little bit of heat if you desire. She is trotting which will make her useful for performance and give her a lively look in breed classes. She has lovely large ears that are pricked forward and easy to work with. Her mane and tail have tons of texture and are very fun to paint. Her hooves are not carved, and this is easy to change in three of them--the fourth being too tight for me.
As for things to look out for when customizing her, her forelock isn't as detailed as her mane and tail. It wraps around both ears (a pet peeve of mine because it's hard to remove). Also, there's a place where her neck meets her chest that is missing a little bit of muscle on the right side.
|See the connected hooves here.|
|Prince Charming is nicely scaled to fit in the Stablemate line. (Pictured with Rivet.)|
Most importantly—and by this, I mean important to my collection—is that she is a light breed! I have more than my fair share of ponies, sport breeds, and draft horses in my show string. I am looking forward to adding some light breed customs with this mare as a starting point.
I've painted a few of these in different colors. The mold is bound to look good in all of them!
|Charm Bracelet a Araloosa owned by Karen Prescott.|
|Gold Charm a Pintaloosa owned by Pam Storey.|
|Silver Charm owned by Teal O'Fee.|
Another 2020 model that I am just now seeing is Cassidy. She was part of the Stablemates Club and is sometimes called a Stock Horse Mare. Cassidy was sculpted by Maggie Bennett, the sculptor who gave us Mirado.
|Breyer Stablemate Cassidy|
Cassidy is a chunky little cutie I'd love to adopt and raise in my backyard. She is walking with her head down in a relaxed pose with her ears twitching. Her mane is long and on the left side only. She is a beautiful sculpture with details everywhere. Her tail hangs free so her hocks and hindquarters are unhindered. Her legs are detailed all the way down to her hooves. Her chest, neck, and shoulder muscles are clearly defined. Her hooves are not carved and her ear tips are a bit round, but both are easy to alter for a custom.
She reminds me of the Haflinger Mare by Brigitte Eberl. And, like the classic pony, I think she will make lovely pony customs. I'm excited to see what artists will do with this mold. Performance anyone?
|Stablemate Cassidy compared to the Classic Haflinger Mare--Cassidy is a little longer.|
|While she has pony proportions, Cassidy is similar in size to many horse-sized Stablemates. (Pictured with Rivet for comparison.)|