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Originally published June 20, 2016 during Birthday Week

Arts N Crafts - Ornament Kits

Arts and crafts activity sets have been a part of the Breyer line since the early 1970s, but in the early 2000s Breyer kicked it up a notch. Included in this increase in craftiness were several Stablemate-scale offerings.

On the right is the Holiday Special #700202 Holiday Ornament Craft Kit (2002) which included a G2 American Saddlebred, G2 Rearing Arabian, and a G1 Thoroughbred Standing Foal.

The set on the left is the Holiday Special Run #700703 Holiday Ornament Craft Kit (2003) with a G2 Prancing Morgan, G2 Warmblood, and G2 Trotting Foal.

The models in both sets are prepared with white primer and gold-coloured rings in their backs, and come with paint, brushes, and an assortment of crafty accessories for turning the models into ornaments.

The Holiday Special Run #700675 Holiday Ornament Craft Kit (2005) includes a G2 Andalusian, G2 Shetland Pony, and G2 Cantering foal, all in white primer with gold-coloured rings for hanging. The usual craft paraphernalia is included.

Many thanks to Sharon Walbridge for providing pictures for this post!

Originally published August 12, 2016

Play Sets: Arts N Crafts - Activity Sets

Play sets were on the increase around the time the G3 molds were released. Activity sets were similar to the standard play set in that they contained a model or models with some accessories, but they also came with a colour and activity book produced by Scholastic. These sets came in a yellow cardboard box shaped a bit like a gift bag.

#20011 Patch Play & Activity Set (2006-07) included a G2 Stock Horse and a G2 Thoroughbred. Both models are primered white, but the G2 Stock Horse has a stencilled tobiano pattern to guide a budding artist. Rounding out the set is a set of paints in brown, black, white, and tan, paint brushes, and an activity book.

#20010 Penny Play and Activity Set (2006) has the most accessories of the three sets with a princess, tree, and play mat in addition to the activity book. The model is a palomino G3 Highland Pony with four socks.

#20012 Starlight Color and Activity Set (2006-07) is light on the accessories - a folding paper barn and an activity book is all that comes with the black G2 Prancing Morgan and G2 Frolicking Foal. These models have a subtle blue sparkle and a slightly rough feel to their coats.

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