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Originally published July 3, 2015

Singles Assortment: The Second Generation - What Pony is This?

When subscribers to the Breyer magazine, Just About Horses began to pour over the New For 1998 list in the 1998 Jan/Feb issue, they noticed the list was unusually long for the Stablemate scale. At first the offerings seemed fairly standard: Thoroughbred - Blood Bay, Arabian - Shaded Steel Grey, Shire - Black (well, okay it's possible Breyer's stretching a point with the G1 Draft Horse...), Pinto Saddlebred - Chestnut and White, Shetland Pony - Red Ro...wait a minute, Shetland Pony? Breyer doesn't have anything that could pass for a Shetland Pony! NEW MOLDS!!

The 1998 July/Aug issue featured images of the full 1998 Singles Assortment, as well as announcing an exciting special run. The full-colour picture showed not just a handful of new molds but twelve dynamic molds (including the three additional ones from the special run set) in a variety of breeds by the talented and popular Kathleen Moody!

While the G1 molds had names which were uniformly used, the G2 names could vary a bit, especially in the early days of the mold when there was a certain amount of anarchy when it came to the mold names. Eventually the hobby came to an informal majority agreement, though a few name variations are still in use. The most commonly used mold names are as follows:

  • American Saddlebred - also Saddlebred or Saddlebred Mare
  • Andalusian
  • Clydesdale
  • Mule
  • Paso Fino
  • Prancing Morgan - also Morgan (Prancing) or Park Morgan
  • Rearing Arabian - also Arabian (Rearing)
  • Standardbred - also Pacer
  • Stock Horse - also Appaloosa
  • Shetland Pony - also Pony
  • Thoroughbred
  • Warmblood

It took quite a while for the new assortment to hit the stores - I stalked my local shop without any luck until December 17, 1998; my JAH special run set appeared on my doorstep less than a week later.

The #5901 Assortment released in 1998 only featured nine of the new molds, plus three G1 molds - these were marked * A Hagen-Renaker design. In addition to the Assortment number, each individual model in the collection had its own unique number - this was not carried on with later collections.

  • #5601 Appaloosa - buckskin blanket appaloosa (G2 Stock Horse)
  • #5602 Thoroughbred - chestnut (G2 Thoroughbred)
  • #5603 Arabian - white grey (G2 Rearing Arabian)
  • #5604 Clydesdale - bay (G2 Clydesdale)
  • #5605Pinto Pony - black tobiano (G2 Shetland)
  • #5606 Andalusian - dapple grey (G2 Andalusian)
  • #5607 Warmblood - bay (G2 Warmblood)
  • #5608 Saddlebred - palomino with painted braids(G2 American Saddlebred)
  • #5609 Mule - varnish leopard appaloosa (G2 Mule)

In 1999 the G1 models were replaced with the three previously unreleased G2 molds:

  • #5002 Pinto Saddlebred - chestnut tobiano (G1 Saddlebred)
  • #5901 Paint - Grey Frame (G1 Quarter Horse Stallion)
  • #5011 Arabian - Chestnut roan (G1 Arabian Mare)
  • #5610 Paso Fino - Bay (G2 Paso Fino)
  • #5611 Standardbred - Chestnut roan (G2 Standardbred)
  • #5612 Morgan - Flaxen liver chestnut (G2 Prancing Morgan)

This 100% G2 assortment was available through 2002 when it was replaced the next year by a new assortment.

The #5904 Assortment consisted mainly of G2 molds with one lonely G1 Saddlebred in black tobiano. The rest of the assortment contained:

  • Liver Chestnut Saddlebred - G2 American Saddlebred
  • Dun Appaloosa Warmblood - G2 Warmblood
  • Dapple Grey Standardbred - G2 Standardbred
  • Black Arabian - G2 Rearing Arabian
  • Dapple Grey Paso Fino - G2 Paso Fino
  • Light Grey Shire - G2 Clydesdale
  • Dark Chestnut Quarter Horse - G2 Stock Horse
  • Dark Bay Andalusian - G2 Andalusian
  • Palomino Morgan - G2 Prancing Morgan
  • Chestnut Paint - G2 Thoroughbred
  • Palomino Pony - G2 Shetland Pony

Around the end of 2005 the G1 Black & White Pinto Saddlebred was replaced by the G2 American Saddlebred in the same colour.

The #5904 Assortment was available until the end of 2006.

Originally published July 1, 2016

Singles Assortment: The Third Generation - It's Sneaky!

By 2006 collectors were beginning to get a bit bored, the last assortment had been released in 2003 and were getting rather stale. At the time, the main sources for hobby information was Blab and a few email lists, so not everyone was expecting the new collection, especially a collection of new molds, which was released in the middle of 2006.

The new collection of twelve molds were sculpted by Jane Lunger.

  • Belgian
  • Cantering Warmblood
  • Friesian
  • Highland Pony
  • Mustang
  • Peruvian Paso
  • Rearing Andalusian (Andalusian)
  • Standing Stock Horse (Stock Horse)
  • Standing Thoroughbred (Thoroughbred)
  • Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Walking Arabian (also Arabian - Walking, Arabian)
  • Warmblood Jumper (also Jumper, Jumping Horse)

#5906 was the first official release of the G3 molds, though a special run would follow soon after. The following assortment was available from the summer of 2006 through 2008.

  • Warmblood Jumper: Appaloosa Jumper on Base - Black and White Leopard
  • Tennessee Walking Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse - Grey and White Sabino Pinto
  • Belgian: Belgian - Sorrel
  • Rearing Andalusian: Andalusian - Rose Grey
  • Friesian: Friesian - Black
  • Walking Arabian: Arabian - Bay
  • Peruvian Paso: Peruvian Paso - Red Roan
  • Standing Thoroughbred: Thoroughbred - Mahogany Bay
  • Mustang: Mustang - Chestnut Overo Pinto
  • Highland Pony: Highland Pony - Dun
  • Standing Stock Horse: Paint Horse - Bay Pinto
  • Cantering Warmblood: Warmblood - Flea-bitten Grey

After the #5906 assortment was discontinued, the #5907 assortment replaced it in early 2009. This collection had a rather dark colour palette and came with small, double-sided trading cards. The assortment consisted of the following:

  • Rearing Andalusian: Mustang - Olive grulla
  • Tennessee Walking Horse: Tennessee Walker - Dapple grey
  • Belgian: American Spotted Draft - Bay Pinto
  • Warmblood Jumper: Dutch Warmblood - Chestnut (called "palomino" in 2009 catalogue)
  • Standing Stock Horse: American Quarter Horse - Red roan
  • Friesian: Friesian - Black
  • Standing Thoroughbred: Hanoverian - Sorrel
  • Walking Arabian: Arabian - Liver chestnut
  • Cantering Warmblood: Sport Horse - Bay blanket appaloosa
  • Peruvian Paso: Peruvian Paso - Light grey
  • Highland Pony: Highland Pony - Blue roan
  • Mustang: Appaloosa - Black

This assortment was produced until the end of 2011.

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