CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 22
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Twenty Two ~ Released Fall 2011
Herd twenty two limped onto the scene on three legs, notably missing a fourth pony. With three new ponies and a rerun this herd short changed collectors
despite the debut of the new Regal mold to the Trail's stable. And about that new mold, it's either a love it or hate it with very little middle ground.
The three newcomers did not garner much enthusiasm either. We've got a rearing dollar bill, a cantering pinup pony and a purple piece. The rerun was a
Dillard's exclusive that tanked. None of them are stand outs and not one piece in the entire herd exhibits an iota of Native American artistry.
What a shame.
- 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 2011 on all except Swan, which is stamped 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
This rearing model is an interesting idea and it's definitely different. The entire piece is wrapped in the artist's interpretation of the American
dollar bill. The face and tail are covered in the darker green of the back of the bill while the body and legs sport the lighter green of the front side.
The details are a blend of etched and raised resin. The eyes are bi-color, all forelegs are white and the hooves are all light beige with faint, darker
beige detailed lines. The face of George Washington that rests on the frontside barrel of the pony is oddly shaped and a bit
sinister looking. The base is flat black. Buckskin presents with no known problems. Displays best under natural lighting.
Still in production
Cowgirls Rule is a western pinup horse on the running mold.
The piece is divided into quarters by a lariat, each one featuring a different woman. The front side withers
is a starry night sky with a red head sitting on a fence. A yellow moon is in the background. Daisies are scattered down the front leg. The rump on this
side has a light blue background with a busty brunette wearing red on it. "Cowgirls" is printed above her head. The back side front quarter has a sky
blue background with a buxom blonde sporting a red bandana resting on the withers. More daisies are scattered around this panel as well as up the neck and
across the chest. The backside is another starry night sky with a dark haired woman in the sitting position just, well hanging there. The end of the
lariat loops here. The tail is black with stars, the legs are, for the most part, the same color as their panel and the face is sky blue with a partial
black swath running across the forehead and down the front side of the face. The scattered daisies as well as the lariat are raised resin. All four legs
end in red cowgirl boots with black soles and tops as well as daisy stitching on them. The eyes are black. The base is a scene of green with cactus, a
couple of swaths of light green and light beige topped by a blue sky filled with white clouds. A pair of black and red cowgirl boots with daisies
sprouting from the tops rests just behind the front legs of the pony. Cowgirls Rule presents with few problems, notably cracked or chipped boots. Display
this piece under direct lighting because of the flat texture of the paint.
Lauren Reeser and Rod Barker (TOPP)
Still in Production
Storm Rider makes his appearance on the new mold, newly christened Regal. The mold itself is odd, with a daunting muscular body topped with a small, tucked in
head. Hopefully future use of this mold will entail some redesigning of the mane and tail. The base color of this piece is a light lavender with darker
purple shading along the muscular lines of the lower body, legs and neck. Etched jagged, white lightning lines fork down the body from the head to the rump.
The upper part of the legs are also marked with lightning, tapering to an end at the knee. The lower legs are all plain, deep purple as are the hooves.
The head and face have the jagged markings on the side and around the eyes. The muzzle is the plain dark purple. The eyes are bi-color. The underside of
the piece is again the plain, deep purple coloring. The mane and tail are windswept with an off white under color that is deeply shaded with purple. The
tail itself swirls all the way to the base where it is attached. The forelock has the look of being blown forward between the ears. A white, rough edged
glitter material runs from the forelock and mane, down the middle of the back and ends at the tip of the tail. Unfortunately, the glitter on the back gives
the appearance of a skunk stripe. The base is flat black with a swirly, glittery design between the hooves. Known issues are that glittery crap, it's
applied rather heavily on some and sketchily on others. This cannot be considered a flaw but is something to consider when purchasing. Display Storm
Rider under indirect lighting.
The Magical Swan
Still in Production
The Magical Swan started it's run as a Dillard's exclusive but almost immediately the store announced they would no longer carry the Trail of Painted
Ponies. So, the leftovers wound up in this release. This piece is such a deviation from Maria Ryan's usual lovely work. The base color of this running
mold pony is a metallic silver with a somewhat flat finish. Silver, glittery stars are scattered along the neck, chest and rump. A large white/silvery
gray swan of raised resin rests on the side and lower neck. The wing feathers are etched and detailed as are the tail feathers. The top of the wings
spread across the back nearly to the spine on each side. The curving neck flows with the neck of the pony with the head of the swan sitting midway. The
black facial mask and orange beak of the bird are stark and ugly. The back side of the pony is exactly like the front. The mail and tail are plain silver
as are the legs and hooves. The face is white with tricolored eyes, black nostrils, slightly pink muzzle and a glittery star in the middle of the forehead.
The base is white textured resin to appear like snow. It is rough finished with dripping sides along the edges of the base. Oddly enough, an oval mirror
is inset in the middle of the base directly under the pony. Issues will be missing or badly applied glitter. Display Swan under indirect lighting to
avoid a harsh glare off of the silver base coat.
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