CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 17
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Seventeen ~ Released Fall 2010
This is a solid herd, but again, with one glaring exception. Two rearing models, a walking girl and lo and behold a ceramic finally puts in an appearance
and in the beloved standing mold too. This herd marks the long awaited return of Olena Kalayda, the artist of Crystal in the series 8 ponies. This herd
exhibits a variety not seen for a while now but even this doesn't save it from being a middle of the road offering. The long shipping delays of the
ceramic and then some quality issues as well made this herd less than memorable.
- All of these figurines will have a brass name plate on the front of the base.
- All ponies will have the artist's name stamped on the base. The Trail's designation is Inc.
- All of these ponies will have their edition numbers as well as "Handcrafted in China" stamped on their base.
- The Enesco logo is stamped on as well.
- The copyright date is 2010.
- These ponies will all come in a crimson box with a picture of the pony on the front and a write-up by the Trail on the back.
- None of these ponies have been made into life size models.
- All of these ponies are still in production.
Still in Production
We'll start with the favorite of the herd. Warrior Brothers on the rearing mold is a handsome piece. The pony itself is a black and white appaloosa,
perhaps the most beautiful of the breed. The front side features a warrior dressed in crimson and wearing a full feather headdress. The warrior's face is
painted a stark white with the black eye mask. The feather headdress is a work of art on this piece, the raised resin details of the feathers is superb.
The white of the feather blends into a dark brown/black color that blends into black tips. The shading on the warrior's clothing is subtle and quite
nicely done. The back side of the model is nearly identical with the warrior featured on the barrel, except for the coloring. This warrior is dressed in
dark shaded blue clothing. His face paint is crimson and white striped with a full black eye mask. The mane and tail of the pony are black with subtle
shading. The tail has two feathers attached at the top of the tail. The mane has two feathers attached behind the ears. The front side of the pony's face
is painted to match the warrior with stark white on the lower half, muzzle and jawline. The eye is black masked with crimson above the eye to the middle
of the forehead, below the ear and to the bottom of the jaw. The opposite side is crimson and white stiped from just below the eye down over the muzzle and
extending back all the way to the jaw line. A feather is attached under the jaw along with a string rein on each side that attaches to the warrior's fist
on the neck of the pony. The string then travels down to the other fist and trails under the piece. The model has four white socks and four striped hooves.
The base is black with the brass nameplate in place. My only quibble with Warrior Brothers are those reins. They are tight and make the warrior appear to
be fighting the pony. This is not the artist's intent as evidenced by her embellished piece. The only problems that may be encountered are feathers being
detached and perhaps a broken string rein. This bad boy displays well pretty much anywhere but I advise keeping him behind glass to protect the feathers
Karlynn Keyes & Bryn Wilkins Lawson - TOPP
Still in production
Next up, the worst of the lot. It's the hat, seriously. The pony itself is colored nicely as a flashy black and white paint on the rearing mold which is
a complete waste on this model. The sides are exactly the same. A dark red saddle with silver conchos on the back housing, skirt, fenders and stirrups sits
over most of the pony as it is too big. However, it should be noted that many parade saddles, especially the elaborate ones of the 50's and 60's were huge.
The cantle is covered with silver conchos and the initials "HB" are on both fenders and the seat of the saddle. Wouldn't that be uncomfortable to sit on?
A white fringe runs down both side and the back of the saddle. The saddle has two red girth straps. The stirrups aren't really true stirrups, more like
hanging leather flaps that won't support a boot. The breast collar is red with a white fringe and again, the "HB" initals in the front. The bridle is red
with the silver conchos and silver stars at the bit. The circular, one piece reins are a tomato red that does not match the red of the ensemble. It is
made of vinyl I think. And then there is the hat...that silly hat. It's a resin pointy party hat in red and white with multicolored polka dots, a red ball
on the top and a ruffled edge. And again, the "HB" initials are on it...twice. Three legs and hooves are black, the fourth is white as is the hoof. The
long flowing tail is black and white striped with a funny black oval blob on the bend of the tail. The mane is solid black. The face is solid black with
bicolor eyes. The base is the same dark red with an astonishing two layer cake on a cake stand attached to it. The cake rests under the rearing hooves of
the piece. The molded resin stand is white, the cake is yellow, blue and red with horse shoe decorations and "Happy Birthday" sketched on the top layer.
Alternating silver and red chevrons circle the base. The nameplate on this piece is not brass but silver colored. This piece is hard to display due to
it's height, again it's the hat. I suggest placing it and leaving it alone so as not to risk whanging that hat on anything.
Manuel Salas, Jr.
Retired July 2012
Last Model #
Mystic is a striking piece that does not photograph well. It's a glossy ceramic on the original standing mold. The bold vibrant colors and
really make the pony pop. The sides are exactly the same for the most part with the exception of the legs. The dominant color is red with sharp black, blue
and green lines. The shapes on the withers appears almost three dimensional. The barrel has a small symbol in the center with dots surrounding it as well
as swirling lines that run through it and around it. A bold black curved line with black dots rests at the bottom of barrel on both sides. The backside
designs are somewhat softer with straight line edges followed by circular blotches on the rump. Yes, it looks like he is wearing pants. The black mane has
jagged edges on both sides with a fringed forelock between black ears. A purple line runs down the top of the mane. The head is red with a purple muzzle
that sports an orange ring around it just above the nostrils. The eyes are bicolored triangles. The tail is solid black. The legs are all colored
differently with the front side foreleg being light green with a purple strip, black and red rings around the ankle and an orange hoof. The front side
back leg is dark green with yellow and red shapes running down to a pink and purple ankle and yellow hoof. The back side front leg is orange with a purple
strip, purple, blue and red ankle rings and a light blue hoof. The final back leg is light blue with red, yellow and pink designs, a black ankle ring and a
bright red hoof. Whew, lots of colors on these legs! The base is glossy black. The brass nameplate is on the front. Presents with no problems.
Display this piece under indirect lighting to try and avoid glare.
Still in Production
Rounding out this herd is a real Sweetheart. Another offering from Olena Kalayda that far outshines her first pony, Crystal, from series eight. This
elegant piece on the walking mold is a testament to the longevity of the Ukranian style of painting that is appreciated for its delicacy and complexity. The
base color of the pony is a flat black. The raised golden resin overlay of intricate swirls of leaves, tiny flowers, & trailing tendrils surround hearts of
several different sizes. The hearts are tri-colored reds, pinks and whites. Delicate red vines twine throughout the lacey patterns. The overlay covers
both sides, extends up the neck of the off side of the pony and down just a tad on each leg. It does not cover the bottom of the barrel or the chest. A
graceful golden resin chain connects the lace blanket across the chest and has a small red heart inset in the middle. The forelock is solid gold as is the
flowing mane and tail. The four hooves are all golden with small raised red hearts on the front of each one. The base is black. Resting in the center of
the base is a gold feathery design with curling tendrils that encircles a tiny red chain and heart. The brass nameplate is in place. Sweetheart presents
with no problems. Display this piece under indirect lighting.
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