This post is brought to you by a most extraordinary creature: a Charcoal Buffalo.
|Photo by Breyer Molding Co|
Buffalo Conga It gives all the collector details for my first 9 (and much else).
Since then I've added 2, which in itself kind of tells what the long-term expectations are for this herd. Both my new ones happened to be from Heather Wells' disbursement of Karen Grimm's BHR (Black Horse Ranch). The lightest brown one is an O.F., a variation to delight the heart of a collector and one of the first pieces I ever got from the BHR. Greymantle is a genuine Karen repaint, and is signed BHR in gold between his hindlegs. (Anyone getting the ElfQuest reference?)(Sorry, that's Greymung, my mistake)
When I saw Waban, it was the old story. I felt I was the perfect customer, just what Breyer wanted... but the cost, the awful cost! Is this inflation or Breyer taking advantage of/ trying to control a collector's market? By entering am I sending a message I'll regret? We'll never know how many people applied for him. Whichever way this falls, there will be consequences!! to quote Hiccup (of How to Train Your Dragon).
If I win, my BreyerFest fund will be set back; out of that comes their own ticket price, as well as nearly every other BreyerFest item; this fund grows slowly and unpredictably. Breyer will have every excuse to do this again (!). I am seriously considering an extension to my NaMoTackMo plans if I win. Two sets of Akhal Teke tack instead of one; or even (gasp) make only one and sell it! Are you serious?! Since when did a buffalo weigh more than a set of Akhal Teke tack for your beloved Brasenose? Or Emerson, it might well be... !!
|Photographer / repainter unkn; from ?eBay?|
I thought I'd add this shot, which shows how different and striking Taima, the translucent Buffalo, is:
Here are all my Browns lined up. The leftmost is the bi-eyed from 1997-1998. The next 4, counting from the left, are No. 76s. Taima is on the end right. Next to him is Choc, the BFest Special Run from 2002. (Issue of 850 if you're wondering.)
This facing shot shows how light the lightest-brown buffalo, the one from Karen, really is. I'd never seen one like it.
The conga collector has to make choices. Waban had me trembling on the brink, falling a bit faster than I should have and slowly coming to the conclusion that I'd be okay if I lost him. I still don't know whether I've won... but at least I know how I feel about him.
1903.20 (March 20)
Note from the future: I was not drawn.