Friday, October 11, 2013

Conga! - G1 Arabian Mare

The original ceramic Hagen-Renaker mold, #46 Mini Arab Mare1, was sculpted by Maureen Love Calvert, and leased from the company by Breyer for production in plastic. The Arabian Mare mold was released in 1975 and was discontinued along with the other Generation One molds in 2005. During this time, Breyer released ten regular runs and eleven special runs on this mold, making her one of the top four most used G1 molds.

Regular Run Releases
Models listed below left to right

Top Row
  • Stablemate Assortment #5011 Arabian Mare 1975-76
  • Stablemate Assortment #5014 Arabian Mare 1975-88
  • Stablemate Assortment #5017 Arabian Mare 1975-87
  • Stablemate Assortment #5130 Arabian Mare 1989-94 (1992-94, new plastic)

Middle Row
  • Gift Set #5650 Saddle Club Collection 1994-95
  • Stablemate Assortment #5182 Arabian Mare 1995-97
  • Gift Set #5650 Saddle Club Collection II 1996-97

Bottom Row
  • Gift Set #59972 Pinto Mare and Foal 1997-99
  • Stablemate Assortment #5011 Arabian 1998
  • Gift Set #10303 Hidalgo Stablemates Arabian Adventure Play Set 2004

Special Run Releases
Models are listed below from left to right

Top Row
  • Sears Special Run #495600 Stablemate Assortment 1989
  • Missing: Sears Special Run #495601 Stablemate Assortment II 1990
  • Sears Special Run #495091 Stablemate Assortment III 1991
  • Sears Special Run #495092 Stablemate Assortment IV 1992

Middle Row
  • JCPenney Special Run #711094 Twelve-Piece Stablemates Set 1994
  • JCPenney Special Run #710695 Set of 12 Miniatures 1995
  • Götz Doll Boutique Special Run Butterscotch 1996
  • JCPenney Special Run #711096 12-Piece Stablemates Set 1996

Bottom Row
  • BreyerFest Special Run #711098 Stablemate Keychain 1998
  • JCPenney Special Run #706698 Stablemate Barn 1998
  • JCPenney Special Run #410174 Stablemates Parade of Breeds - Half-Arabian, Grullo Pinto 2004

Missing from the Special Run line-up above is the Arabian mare from the second Sears special run assortment, released in 1990.

Model and picture owned by Sharon Walbridge and used here by permission

In addition to the eleven special runs we've covered, there is one release which is rarely listed outside the footnotes in collector guides: the 1975 Sears release. I don't list her above with the other models as she is simply a repackaged regular run and doesn't seem to be considered a special run by the hobby.

Breyer has a long history of offering a few regular run models or sets with the special runs in the holiday catalogues. These often have store-issued numbers and come in breyer shipping boxes rather than display boxes.

During the first year of the release of the Stablemates line, Sears carried a few of the new models in their holiday catalogue. These were packaged in white cardboard boxes with a line drawing of the model contained within. Though the models were given "Sears" numbers, their regular run numbers were also listed on the packaging4. One of these models was the dapple grey Arabian Mare. As you can see, in addition to her picture, the front of the box also included the Sears number, model name, and company name and address. The side flaps read: Sears No. 2257 (Breyer No. 5011)4.
Model and picture owned by Deb Walsmith and used here by permission

For more detailed information regarding the models shown here, check out some of our past history posts and keep your eye out for more in the months to follow. In December, look for our next Conga! post, this time featuring the G1 Arabian Stallion.

Many thanks to Sharon Walbridge and Deb Walsmith for generously contributing pictures from their collections to help complete our line-up. It would have been awful to have gaps in our first Conga! post.

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