is inviting members to take an interview and share their story with fellow Schleich enthusiasts. I thought it would be fun - and now I'm reposting the interview here as well, in case you guys are curious.
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~General schleich horse questions~
Are you a schleich collector?
I'm a Schleich enthusiast in general, yes, and a Schleich horse collector in particular. I also collect other Schleich figures (like GSDs, wolves, foxes and specific fantasy figures or other figures I like), but by far my largest Schleich collection is definitely my horse herd.
If so, when did you start?
Although I did get some models in the 90s, I began systematically collecting Schleich horses only in 2000, and then in the course of the years I acquired some previous models too.
how many do you have?
Too many to count! I have all the horses from 1997 onwards, current models included, along with many variants and most exclusives/special editions. But I admit the herd also includes many horse models made by Papo and Safari ltd, as well as a few Bullyland figures.
Do you have a favourite model?
I'm very fond of the old palomino Shetland gelding and the big Shire gelding from 2001 – they hold lots of sentimental value. The first Camargue mare from the 90s used to be one of my faves back then. At the moment my favourite models are probably the new fjords, the Camargue horses and Shire foal from 2013, the Black Forest horses and the bay Clydesdale mare from the wagon set.
Any photos of your own you're proud of?
I'm happy when I can capture the beauty of these models and instill life in them. Said so, I haven't really uploaded anything particularly creative to my gallery – not yet. I'm still going through the process of properly classifying all the models and these ID pics are all against a neutral background, for fellow collectors' convenience.
Someone else's Schleich photography you favour?
Any schleich photographer you look up to?
Do you find collecting schleich horses childish?
Nope, I am a well-adjusted adult in my early 30s and this hobby only represents a fraction of my life interests. The reasons why I enjoy it is because it combines the educational value of the models themselves with appreciation for their beautiful handicraft, as well as creativity - and a satisfying outlet for my systemising inclination. One of my hobbies is creating elaborated dioramas, and these figures play a significant role in them. Also, believe it or not, my experience with horse models has even landed me an interesting professional collaboration once!
Your thoughts on customising?
Not my cup of tea. I don't like customs myself, but if you enjoy them, why not?
2013 schleich models?
I'm disappointed. Some models, like the Shire foal and Camargue horses or the Fell stallion are beautifully detailed and highly realistic, but I am not too keen on most of the others. Their proportions are all messed up, and many recent figures look too toy-like for my taste. Did I mention I'm not happy with the fancy hairdos either? It's unfortunate Schleich has decided to give a “Bayala” feel to their realistic model horses... especially now that their competitors are coming up with better and better models.
The quality of Schleich models surged in the early and mid-00s. Compared to that, earlier models are truly, well, unimpressive. If I hadn't bought them back then, I guess I wouldn't dream of buying them now. I only miss 3 or 4 Schleich model horses from the 90s, but even the idea of completing the collection isn't enough of an incentive to spend money on old models I don't really like. I have even considered selling my oldest models!
Schleich horse tack?
No thanks. FREEEEDOM!
Are you happy with this group?
Yes, definitely. It's fun.
Favourite thing about the group?
Lots of people who share the same hobby.
We need more members!
Would you change anything?
Nothing comes to mind right now...
Schleich horse photography competitions?
That would be fun!
Did you enjoy this quiz?
Sure I did.