Friday, May 27, 2016

Gift Set: Special Run Stablemate Assortments – A New Generation

The JCPenney Stablemate collections were last seen in 1997, and the last special run Stablemate collection was issued by Sears in 1998. In 2004 the special run collections returned to the JCPenney Holiday Catalogue. The sets were now called "Parade of Breeds" and though there were only ten models instead of twelve, they did come with a poster.

The 2004 set was the only set released with G1 and G2 molds. The poster provided more detailed information about the models than previous sets; according to the poster, the models are:
  • "American Saddlebred, Red Roan" (G1 Saddlebred)
  • "American Saddlebred, Steel Grey with Blue and White Show Braids" (G2 American Saddlebred)
  • "Mustang, Bay Pinto" (G2 Rearing Arabian)
  • "Thoroughbred Mare, Dapple Grey" (G1 Thoroughbred Mare)
  • "Half-Arabian, Grullo Pinto" (G1 Arabian Mare)
  • "Pinto Sporthorse, Black and White Pinto" (G2 Thoroughbred)
  • "Appaloosa Sporthorse, Bay Leopard Spotted" (G2 Warmblood)
  • "Draft Horse, Bay Roan" (G1 Draft Horse)
  • "Arabian Stallion, Rose Grey" (G1 Arabian Stallion)
  • "Lusitano, Chestnut" (G2 Andalusian)

This group featured some beautiful colours, detailed patterns, and a range of facial markings. Many of these models could not have been pulled off before the introduction of the sticker masking.

While the 2004 set was the only set to be mixed G1/G2, the 2005 set was the only one to be exclusively G2. Like the 1998 Sears set, this collection included a pair of foals. All subsequent Parade of Breeds would follow this format - eight adults and two foals. This was the only time a G2 Mule would appear in a Parade of Breeds. According to the enclosed poster, the models were:
  • "Spotted Mule" (G2 Mule)
  • "Appaloosa, Chestnut" (G2 Scratching Foal)
  • "Appaloosa, Bay" (G2 Rearing Arabian)
  • "Paso Fino Cross, Buckskin Pinto" (G2 Paso Fino)
  • "Quarter Horse, Red Roan" (G2 Stock Horse)
  • "Appaloosa, Leopard" (G2 Frolicking Foal)
  • "Saddlebred, Black & White Pinto" (G2 American Saddlebred)
  • "Warmblood, Bay" (G2 Warmblood)
  • "Standardbred, Chestnut" (G2 Standardbred)
  • "Thoroughbred, Fleabitten Grey" (G2 Thoroughbred)

The colour palette for this set was quite dark and very heavy on the appaloosa patterns. The Standardbred was listed as a chestnut, but appears to be a very dark bay.

In 2006 the collections would again feature a mix of generations, this time G2 and G3.

No comments:

Post a Comment