OK, This started on the How do you show Breyers thread. Silly Pat gets the idea that we should have a COTH Special Run model horse from the Peter Stone Company. For the unaware, Peter Stone CO. makes plastic model horses similar to Breyers. One can actually commision a Special Run from them, and below is the e-mail I got from them about how to have it done.
[SIZE=2]Thank you for your interest in Stone Horses. We would be happy to work with
you on a project like this. Here is a quick rundown on doing a special run:
1. You submit a painted sample, pictures, or even a good verbal desciption
of the horse, and the date you would like to have the run by. We will
review it and see if it is too difficult to produce, or too similar to
another item we have produced. If we accept the run, we will need a $500
nonrefundable prototype deposit to create a sample.
2. We send you a painted prototype (or email pictures) and a special run
contract. We make any adjustments based on your review. When you approve
the prototype you send the prototype and contract back to us.
3. We determine the price based on your approved sample. If the price is
acceptable, we ask for 50% down to schedule production. We then credit you
for the $500 prototype deposit, and the balance is due prior to shipping.
We do require a 100 piece minimum order. Any of our current large or medium
scale models are available, although there are minor limitations. If you
are interested in pursuing this further, I will put you in contact with
Kellie, who handles our special runs, and she will be able to give you more
particulars. If you have any questions, please let me know. You are also
welcome to call us at 866-581-1370 (toll free).
We hope to work with you soon.
The Peter Stone Company
Ok, are we interested? As you can see, we must be willing to buy 100 of the critters. As well as raise the $500 deposit for the prototype. This *could* be raised as a pre-sale deposit from the interested parties, I guess. I'll have to ask around to see how others who have done this handled it. Hey, If I had $500 laying about doing nothing it wouldn't matter to me.
I will also have to inquire further as to the actual price of the sucker, but it will not be a $20 peice of junk. Expect the purchase price to be around $40- $50. Stones do generally cost more than Breyers, and it is a special run.
And an additional note for the non-collectors. YES, this is a collectable. Yes, it will for the most part be a one of a kind. Yes, it is likely to, but not necessarily, increase in value.
It was suggested by goeslikestink that proceeds go to an equine charity. I don't know exactly how to go about this, but I will start looking into that too.
Now we will have "creative control" over the appearance of the model. It does not have to be a particular horse, and even if we offer a real horse as the example, it will not be an exact duplicate of said horse. These are hand painted, but it is a factory.
Now, that all said, I would like to suggest a particular horse, er pony, we all know and love, Reynard Ridge's $700 Pony. Stone does have a pony mold. Oh, and of course, with RR's permission, of course.
SOOOO? Are we interested?
Last edited by Pat; Jun. 29, 2006 at 11:53 PM.
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While the $700 pony is a good idea, I submit that, if there is any one horse that best represents COTH it is Coreene's Willem. He not only kept us laughing and crying with his wit and wisdom while he was alive, but he raised the awareness of many many people to the dangers of Cushings with his passing.
Originally Posted by Alagirl
We just love to shame poor people...when in reality, we are all just peasants.
i'm not really 'into' the model horse thing, but even i would HAPPILY pay for a model of Willem..... and then put him somewhere prominent to remind me of all the laughs and learning i have gotten from reading his posts in the favorites section!!!
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I think Willem would be a fine representative for COTH.
I would def. check copy right if The $700 Pony is chosen.
Would the "Jingles" model be available with a curb chain? Some of us have been remiss in remembering to purchase one when placing orders. Perhaps instructions on turning said curb chain into a wearable charm bracelet also included?
I love the idea of the proceeds going toward an equine charity or (Cushing's) research. Perhaps one of the many CANTER horses adopted by COTHers can serve as a model should that org. be chosen.
Member: "Collector of Quirky Equines", "Incredible Invisibles", "Proud to be a Mushroom Head", and "Addicted to Howrse" cliques.
If Another Chance 4 Horses is chosen, Embrace Reality would be happy to serve as spokeshorse and, if desired, model- and I would buy copies for all his friends! His story is quite interesting and recent, if anyone is interested in using him.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
Gosh, that's so sweet! Pat, I am truly touched (but you knew that already, didn't you?).
But without having read all of the replys yet (I've got some loose chickens I need to go catch) I would also cast a vote for Willem. He embodies the spirit of this board.
More later after I get the gol darned chickens rounded up.
LATER: OK, chickens rounded up.
The majority here are correct. The $700 Pony could not be reproduced or used in any way without the publishers permission. It is unlikely they would give it (for some very good reasons that are not worth going into here), so consider the Pony off the list of possibilities.
I vote Willem!!
Last edited by Reynard Ridge; Jun. 23, 2006 at 08:04 AM.
What a cool idea! But as much as I loved Willem, I think - and this is just my opinion mind you - that there is no ONE special COTH horse. I can think of dozens of heart warming stories that have been posted about various "COTH" horses. How on earth could we pick just one? How about if we combines the traits of many, and named him Jingles, as Little Indian sugessted?
I like the Jingles idea. Although I can't think of a good physical representation for him, I think Freebird is right, there are a lot of special horses on here. Maybe we should take a week to get all good ideas in, then set up a vote thread with say the top 5 that people seem to like, and have the vote thread run for a week or two?
I stopped collecting Breyers years ago but I'd buy this one, especially if proceeds go to Canter or anotehr good organization.