CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 20
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Twenty ~ Released Holiday 2011
This holiday herd blew in on the hot summer wind and then promptly blew right back out. Perhaps being released in July is not the wisest course of action
for the Trail Christmas ponies. Series twenty has two rearing ponies, an altered standing mold and a cantering mold as well. All of the pieces are resin,
which is a real shame as there is nothing like a shiny Christmas pony. The artists of this herd are all wonderfully talented women but despite that, this is
one of the more lackluster offerings to leave the gate in a while.
- 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. This is correct.
- 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
Appy Holidays is too busy for my taste. The rearing mold used for this pony is well suited for the design and the appaloosa base coloring is nicely done.
The edges of the white blanket on the rump and hindquarters are jagged and somewhat feathered. The spots are too symetrical but that's to be expected in a
mass produced model. The flat black and white work to the advantage of Appy. Each leg has a white sock with a feathered band and all four hooves are light
tan. The mane and tail are black with some subtle blue/black shading. The face features a bold white blaze and a cute pink muzzle, with too round bicolored
eyes. Now those embellishments. Some are raised resin on the piece and some are sculpted resin on the base. The string of multi-colored lights are made
of string and plastic. It starts out dangling from the pony's mouth on the dominant side then continues out the other side of the mouth, circles the neck
then trails down the back side shoulder and across the back to the front side again. It then dangles down the barrel and under the belly, around the back
leg, then is brought up to the top of the tail and strung through an inset ring. It continues from there down the fore side hind leg, around the ankle and
ends by being attached to the base. A large raised resin, textured green wreath encirlces the model's neck. It is adorned with brass colored bells and
small red balls. A resin red and white Santa hat sits on the top of the head and covers both ears and the forelock. The base is black and has a fairly
large tapered Christmas tree rising under the rearing front hooves. The tree is, of course, green and is actually wonderfully detailed with textured
foliage. It has multicolored resin lights, red balls and a large gold star on the top. Colorfully wrapped packages are stacked on one side, a single gift
on the other and a lone gift close to the back by the tail. The brass nameplate is in it's place on the front of the base. As stated, this pony is too
busy for my taste but I do appreciate the artistry of it. A few issues may present themselves, such as the string of lights breaking or coming undone. I
can also see some breakage occurring with the tree on the base. Handle this piece carefully. Displays best under lights.
Still in production
Victorian Christmas is a charming piece that is badly colored. The base color for the model is an unattractive flea bitten gray that frankly looks like
she has four dirty knees. This is one of the worst paint efforts by Enesco I've seen to date. As stated all four knees are banded in dark splotches of an
ugly gray as is the chest of the piece. The mane and tail are gray and white blotched, the forelock is gray as are the inside of the ears. The face is
actually colored fairly well with a softening of the speckles over it, the eyes are surrounded with an even softer gray as is the muzzle. The eyes are
bicolored and have a sweet expression. The embellishments are raised resin for the most part. The models wears an old fashioned saddle pad in a leather
brown with a dark cranberry colored underlay that is edged in a dark pink. The front side features a golden Christmas horn adorned with boughs of holly
and pink roses. It is strapped to the front of the saddle pad. The flip side has a golden ornate harp with sheet music, more boughs of holly and another
pair of pink roses attached to the front of the saddle. A third set of holly and roses sits on the rump of the model. The bridle is in the dark cranberry
with ruffled looking pink trim on the side and nose piece. The reins are a single loop of dark red ribbon that are attached at the bit. The over the top
embellishment is the pink rose and holly that sits at the top of the mane just behind the pony's ears. Just...no. The lower legs are almost white and the
hooves are pink and gray splotched. The base is dark green with the brass nameplate in place on the front. Occassionally the rein ribbon will need to be
reattached but otherwise no known issues. Display under indirect lighting to downplay those offending dirty knees.
Still in Production
This is a cute piece and will surely bring back fond memories for those of us who fervently wished for a Christmas pony. It's on an altered standing
mold. The base color of the pony is a pretty brown and white paint with lovely markings. And what does this pony sport? The sweetest child's saddle ever,
of course. The raised resin detailing on this saddle is amazing. The saddle blanket is a bright Christmas red with showy braided fringes at the back
corner. The saddle itself is predominantly black with silver conchos around the edges of the stirrups, fenders and back skirt. The seat is brown as are
the insides of the stirrups. The webbed girth strap is white. A black breast collar with silver conchos and an ornate center silver ring leads down to
a black and white tie down. The bridle is again in black with the conchos and has a dangling leather strap that touches the base. The long textured,
flowing tail is jet black while the mane is pure white with the exception of a black strip in the middle. The forelock is black and quite thick. A pretty
blaze travels down the face to an all white muzzle with a pinkish nose. The eyes are almost solid with just the tiniest hint of a white speck. I must
note that this piece has absolutely the sweetest expression on her face. A pretty red ribbon encircles the neck with a big red bow on the back side and
attached to that ribbon is big green tag inscribed with "From: Santa". Thelegs of the model are brown, darkening into near black before transitioning to
four feathered white socks. The four hooves are gray. The base is black and is adorned with a wrapped package in green paper with a red bow. Resting
next to the gift is a smart pair of red cowgirl boots with her hat perched on top. The brass nameplate is in place. Surprise presents with no problems.
Display under direct lighting. Be sure and use this piece in your table top Christmas displays.
I must thank a dear friend for pointing out the obvious with this pony. It's a gift.
Song of Angels
Still in Production
Song of Angels is another striking folk art piece from Fab Leydecker. It's a tradtional piece in non-traditional colors which makes it a stand out in
this line up. The base color of the running mold used is a matte finish, dark, night sky blue. The dominant side features a pair of folk art angels in
raised resin. The shoulder angel is wearing a dark wine colored robe with golden stars and cream banding with taupe colored sleeves. She has thin
golden outlined wings and halo. Her face is detailed with eyes, mouth and rosey cheeks. The second angel has on a light colored robe with deep green stars
and crimson sleeves. Her halo and wings are again fashioned of the very thinnest, golden lines. In the tiny hands of the second angel are golden lines
leading to a pretty heart. Another heart rests between the two angels. The flip side of the pony has another pair of floating angels. The first, on the
shoulder, is dressed in robes of taupe and green with crimson sleeves. A small heart is etched on the front of her gown. The second angel is robed in
deepest crimson with small gold dots and bands with light colored sleeves detailed in green. Both of their halos and wings are outlined in thinnest golden
lines. The angel on the body of the piece holds a small, dangling heart shaped piece in her small hands. Scattered golden dots and larger stars appear
randomly on the model. Swirling tendrils of more gold travel down the front foreleg and across the body of the back side. The halter piece is made of
more of the small, golden dots with a center line addition to it. The eyes are the same dots of the halter. The mane and tail are the same dark blue of
the pony with golden points along the tops and nice feathering downward. The front legs have near knee topping white socks while the back legs have gold
banding on the lower legs and blue fetlocks. All four hooves are gold. The base is a snowy textured white with a hint of sparkle to it. The outline of
the base is dark blue and the brass nameplate is in place. Song presents with no problems. Display under direct lighting.
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