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Identify Your Breyer Update - I Can Finally Share This Good News!

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Identify Your Breyer Update - I Can Finally Share This Good News!

We are happy to announce that Identify Your Breyer (and its sister sites) are being updated!  Janice, who started IDYB, passed away unexpectedly in 2021.  Going forward, there will be three curators working together to manage the sites. We have been working with her family to carefully transfer all of the websites and set up things behind-the-scenes, and now that everything is finalized and we’ve been able to bring IDYB up-to-date, we’re pleased to announce this formally.  The curator group consists of three collectors:  Stephanie Michel of Minnesota,  Stephanie Van Horne of Quebec, Canada, and myself:  Eleda Towle of Maine. ...

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Safari Ltd – One Family Teaching the World About Nature

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Safari Ltd – One Family Teaching the World About Nature
Did you know Safari is family-owned?  Learn more about their inspiration and mission to protect animals as Eleda talks with Safari owner Alex Pariente about animals, conservation, and Earth-friendly packaging.

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Emotional Support Collections

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Emotional Support Collections

Nearly all collectors feel an emotional attachment to their collections.  They've been built lovingly over a lifetime.  Some people (non-collectors) consider it weird to care for "items" this way, and some collectors are pressured to sell their collections by those who don't understand, so I'm here to throw some light on the subject:  Emotional attachments to our herds are a wonderful thing!  I call it Pony Therapy.  But why do we feel so strongly about our models?  Everyone is different, but there are a couple of reasons that generally underlie most collectors' love of their herds. First, most of us...

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Toys That Care About the Earth

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Toys That Care About the Earth

Safari is a family-owned company that was created to help bring awareness and love for our planet to all generations, by letting people hold model representations of endangered wild animals.  They have expanded their lines now to include horses, farm animals, famous people, and even magical creatures, but their philosophy remains the same.  We love supporting - and collecting - Safari, and we know many of you do, too.  I think you'll love them even more after reading this!  The following is excerpted from Safari Ltd's blog article, and is reprinted here with permission:   Showing Some Love to Our...

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Destroying Models (and How To Avoid Doing So)

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Destroying Models (and How To Avoid Doing So)

There are lots of ways models can get damaged, so even though this article may be painful to look at, we hope it will help prevent your models from suffering a similar fate.  From stains, to breaks, to vinegar syndrome, we'll show you how to protect your models.   1.  Don't leave tack on your horses.   Some Breyer models come with tack or costumes.  Other times, we make or buy tack for them.  It's fun to dress them up to display or show them.  However, if you leave tack on them for long periods, you're asking for trouble. Take...

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