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PostSubject: Misterious mold number: solved!   Thu May 19, 2011 4:59 pm

Hey guys!

I know the meaning of the numbers that some Schleich models have! I wrote to Schleich asking for this, and I got a very fast answer:

"Dear Silvia,

Thank you very much for your mail and attention. The secret of this little numbers is not a real one.
We can produce with on injection in on mold more than one figure. Sometimes 2 pieces, sometimes 4 pieces.
To find out with which cavity the figure is made, they have this little numbers 1, 2, 3, 4.
This is needed if, for excample anything on a figure is not OK and we have to revise the mold. By the help of this little number, the moldmaker knows, which cavity he had to check.

We wish you furthermore fun with our figures."


So the mistery is solved ^

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Thu May 19, 2011 8:12 pm

cheers
That's really interesting!

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Thu May 19, 2011 9:14 pm

Yeppeee !!!!

Great, marvellous, mystery solved cheers

Like all good mysteries it is SO obvious, - when first we know Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Splendid initiative, Sylvia !!!!! sunny
And thank you also to the associate of Schleich who is so friendly and fast flower
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Thu May 19, 2011 10:23 pm

Thanks! Poor moldmakers, putting the nose in the wrong cavity! Sad What a Face affraid
Hurray for the numbers!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Thu May 19, 2011 10:52 pm

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And thank you also to the associate of Schleich who is so friendly and fast flower

Sure!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri May 20, 2011 7:52 am

Wow, I was completely wrong about this... Embarassed Great detective work, Sylvia, and a big thank you for clearing up this mystery once and for all... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri May 20, 2011 4:52 pm

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Wow, I was completely wrong about this... Embarassed Great detective work, Sylvia, and a big thank you for clearing up this mystery once and for all... cheers

Hehe thank you ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Tue May 24, 2011 6:00 pm

Great info. Thanks for finding out.
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Tue May 24, 2011 10:42 pm

You´re welcome ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Tue May 24, 2011 11:50 pm

Hello I am being a little thick and slow. Can someone please explain what numbers we are talking about and what Schleich's response means? I dont understand, help! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Wed May 25, 2011 8:13 am

I can`t find the place where it was discussed now, but some - both old and new - Schleich has a little number moulded , like 1, 2 or 3 somewhere.
Like here the old croc has a 2:

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Wed May 25, 2011 3:51 pm

The answer I received means that the number indicates with which holethe figurine was made, because some times the same mold has 2 or 4 holes to do 2 or 4 figurines at the same time. If the figurine doesn´t have a number, the mold was only for a single figurine I supose :)

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:19 pm

This topic is so great, I am happy to have found it again after having searched for a long time cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:04 pm

With all due respect, I think this is misinformation from Schleich (you know, the same people who continue to insist that only a few hundred special pintos were ever made - baloney!).

Check your early classics, or later regular issue figurines which were in production for a long time, and follow the progression of "numerals" from variant to variant. I guarantee that you will come to a different understanding than what the Schleich rep has asserted.

According to Schleich, none of their figurines has any different value than others, regardless of the relative scarcity of them or their consistent auction prices on eBay. They might as well tell us that the moon is made of green cheese and that there is a wee old fellow who inhabits it... Wink Laughing

If they are correct about this, I truly look forward to acquiring a special beagle for the 5-10 euros I can get one of the non-special ones for.....
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:19 pm

I don´t really understand you schleich61... do you mean numbers tell us which variant is the figurine?

About the special editions and their numbers I think it´s possible, they are "normal" molds with different painting, so they could fit the explanation :)

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:58 pm

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I don´t really understand you schleich61... do you mean numbers tell us which variant is the figurine?

About the special editions and their numbers I think it´s possible, they are "normal" molds with different painting, so they could fit the explanation :)

Yes, that's exactly what I mean. I'm not sure what you mean by "special editions" - are you referring to the sonderedition stuff like the Mueller Drogerie figurines? If not, then I assume you mean that they use different molds in different years, sequentially numbered, with some being painted differently, and others not. If so, then I think you may well be absolutely correct about that... :)
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:00 pm

I meant sondereditions :) What I think is that molds are not eternal, and I supose they have to be re-done after being used x times; in that case I think letters may vary (for example, the text shown in the horses barrel is longer and with smaller letters than older molds, even in "new" models that in fact are old molds with different painting)

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:17 pm

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I meant sondereditions :) What I think is that molds are not eternal, and I supose they have to be re-done after being used x times; in that case I think letters may vary (for example, the text shown in the horses barrel is longer and with smaller letters than older molds, even in "new" models that in fact are old molds with different painting)

Oh, okay, I understand now. Thanks for explaining it to me. Yes, I'm sure the molds have a limited life and must be redone every so often, especially with figurines that have been in production a very long time. You're absolutely correct about the subtle changes in the writing on the undersides of some models over time.
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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:35 am

My first thought was, when i read this tread, that it was real news we saw here...
After a few seconds i realised that it was bulls#hit what Schleic hwas telling again, as Phil said before... Rolling Eyes
Schleich will never open their secrets to us!
The numbers under the previous models are only related to the several versions of a model IMHO!
And when you compare the models with the different numbers, you can see that there is always difference in them or in the painting, or even in the mould!

The story with the rare pinto is a different story, as collectors brought this story in the world that there are only 200 made of them...
When this was the real case, they wouldn't pop up so much on e-bay, and the price would be in the thousands for one of them i guess... Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Misterious mold number: solved!   Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:47 am

I certainly agree with you about the pinto !
Several years ago the "talk of town" was, that there were 5000, then later 2000, then last year suddenly 500 and then 200.
I think we had a funny thread about how many pintoes critters and kids could eat, and there would still be a lot left of the 5000 Laughing


About the numbers, you have not convinced me. Wink scratch

For instance my wolverine has a no 5, and the pinto mare has a no 1, even if both were launced this year.

Some of the ones where I suppose they did not expect to sell very many don`t have numbers, - like my yak and okapi, they don`t scratch
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