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PostSubject: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyThu Apr 15, 2021 10:41 pm

I've ticked some more Mojo Fun models off my wishlist this week, look in this exciting box!

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They came from Mojo themselves via ebay, this is the cheapest and best way to buy them for UK collectors, and the customer service is perfection so I'd really recommend buying direct if you're wondering where you can get these from over here!

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I've wanted the fjord for ages, yeeeears, but never managed to get round to ordering it for various reasons (no-one selling them in this country, then infuriating stockist who ignored me for months over various orders til I refuse to buy from them again, then sold out elsewhere every time I looked, then forgot when doing an order from Germany and couldn't afford a second postage fee for one item Embarassed  Laughing  )

So it was about time I added one to my herd, and it was really worth the wait!

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I think my favourite thing about the whole sculpt is the little 'break' in the mane where the spiky upright hair follows the bend in the neck. The colour's really subtle, a lot of model fjords are either very bright yellow or don't have much shading, but I love the paler dun here

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The Dutch warmblood, another crisp and accurate sculpt with good slim legs and nice conformation. The colour's a bit plain (especially compared to my recent WIA warmblood, but maybe it's not fair to make him stand next to that one Laughing ), but I like how the white socks have crooked tops, when so many models are painted with less attention to marking shapes; or worse, airbrushed ones!

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The suffolk mare, a rare breed we don't really have that many representations of in model form, and this one's really nice, with her kind expression and good chunky build. Nicely toned chestnut, rather than overly orange or too brown!

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And she HAD to bring her foal along too, a really sweet little sculpt

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Here's how they look together, the scale is just right together

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The thoroughbred, like the dutch warmblood, is another model which really showcases how Mojo get long-legged athletic breeds right - so many TB or sport horse moulds in the toy-type brands like Schleich or Bullyland have such squat chunky legs they look like heavy warmbloods or draft crosses, even the previously wonderful CollectA are giving everything thick legs now. So even though the Mojo TB is a bit on the sturdy side (I'd imagine him as a chaser or eventer, rather than a flat-bred horse), it's just nice to see slim legs at all Laughing

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The Hanoverian came in two colour options, black with white socks, or this bay, which I decided to go for cos colours show mould detail and countours better than black in photos, and because they used dark shading over a soft brown plastic, it looks plenty different enough to the other two bays in the parcel, which use a redder plastic

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Another angle, doesn't she have a kind face. I think she's quite a petite-looking horse, maybe because her plaits are quite big giving her the look of a pony rather than a huge dressage warmblood, I might not keep her breed allocated as Hanoverian in my herd but really do like her

And finally, a new zebra for the collection!

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Another adorable mould, which seems the ideal mix of realism and cuteness - the CollectA zebra looks very serious, this one's somehow happier and more relaxed? I picture her as a tame zebra in a safari park who comes to the gate for snacks and likes a good scratch from a keeper Laughing

And look!

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I just couldn't resist adding the foal to my order too, they needed to arrive together Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyThu Apr 15, 2021 11:26 pm

Wonderful, I really love all of them!
Let me start with this iconic Fjord and tell you how much STS blood you got.
This Fjord horse, was sculpted by Anna Dobrowolska-Oczko, one of hte starting members on forum [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], that cooperates with Mojö Fun for a long time and which connection was worked through STS once Mojö«'s manager was also a member here. The figure is modeled after a Fjord mare called Izzy that belonged to Kristie, a STS member. Laughing By the way, I think all these models you presented were sculpted by the same Artist, Anna. Wink As a collector of wildlife, obviously my focus go to the zebra pair, Mojö's 3rd generation of zebras and their best. That foal is unbelievable with these delicate and long legs! Shocked All horses are really wonderful but I think my favorite is the Suffolk Punch, what a piece of art! affraid
i also love all your pictures and I want to congratulate you for giving atention to this brand, I think despite the short life, the legacy is already precious.

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyThu Apr 15, 2021 11:59 pm

Oh, that's fascinating the way the connections come round in circles like that. Very nice work, Anna - thank you for giving us these lovely horses to own!

I've got the donkey pair as well, the shire & foal, the piebald cob mare, and the shetland ponies. Oh, and in my post a few days ago, the palomino welsh pony was my first Mojo repaint.

When I've got a bit more time tomorrow I'll get a post written up on my blog, I always like to promote the brands which deserve it, and Mojo is a lot less well known among the UK horse collectors than Schleich, which are crazily widespread and the one name most people know over here.
Even Breyer aren't so well known cos there's not many places selling them, they're more a hobbyist thing. And Mojo are even less visible to the general public - it's only people who go looking for them who'd happen to discover what a great little range they are.
Schleich have great big displays in every department store, toyshop, and model shop, and on stalls at every horse show, where Mojo are online only, not many stockists and often an overpriced limited choice aside from the direct ebay shop. They really deserve the attention as a replacement for Schleich, which had a rapid downhill slide out of favour with the adult model collectors once the anatomical accuracy went out the window.

I'm just glad us collectors HAVE got such nice alternatives to turn to, with CollectA and Mojo and WIA giving us good accurate and artistic sculpts for the same price!

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 12:20 am

Ana does splendid work for Mojo as she does everything! Supremely excellent choices, and I suffer from the same affliction as you, strangely putting off buying specific models until later despite wanting them so badly. Wink I love the thoroughbred most but they are all just excellent!

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 12:35 am

Okay, so, I'm an absolute stranger to this brand (along with most everything else in the hobby haha) until I looked at these pictures and what a shame because they're lovely! That fjord! What a beauty. That mane break is such a cool detail. Fjords are one creature I've tried to look for specifically even when not collecting, but I certainly have never seen this one.

It is interesting to hear you talk about the width of legs because even as a very casual shopper/admirer of plastic animals, I've always felt put-off by the chunky legs on a lot of the horses (among other things), which is one reason I've stuck with Breyer so long probably. These really have a lot of the same attention to detail, in what I imagine is perhaps a more affordable package.  

That zebra mare's face from the front looks so lively. :) And I LOVE that they included the baby fuzz on the foal's back!!
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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 1:18 am

I think the chunky leg issue is partly a side effect of them being made and marketed mainly as toys - they have to stand up to being bounced round the carpet or back yard by rough children, more likely for any individual toy figure than ending up in the hands of teenagers and adults who want to collect and display them.

There's also a materials aspect to it - Schleich, Mojo, CollectA, Papo and Bullyland horses are softer more pliable plastic than the brittle, non-flexible plastic of Breyer or Stone. Their legs can bend or warp much more easily, so they're designed chunkier for strength in supporting their weight, where Breyer can afford slim legs cos they know their lighter harder plastic can take it.

For pricing, just to compare to a brand you know the prices of over there, a regular run Breyer Trad costs us about £45 to £50 in the UK now, a Classic around £20, where a Mojo horse is between £7 and £9 depending on the breed size. So they're much more affordable!

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 2:01 am

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I think the chunky leg issue is partly a side effect of them being made and marketed mainly as toys - they have to stand up to being bounced round the carpet or back yard by rough children, more likely for any individual toy figure than ending up in the hands of teenagers and adults who want to collect and display them.

There's also a materials aspect to it - Schleich, Mojo, CollectA, Papo and Bullyland horses are softer more pliable plastic than the brittle, non-flexible plastic of Breyer or Stone. Their legs can bend or warp much more easily, so they're designed chunkier for strength in supporting their weight, where Breyer can afford slim legs cos they know their lighter harder plastic can take it.
That's fair, I broke off more than my fair share of thick, sturdy legs as a child.

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For pricing, just to compare to a brand you know the prices of over there, a regular run Breyer Trad costs us about £45 to £50 in the UK now, a Classic around £20, where a Mojo horse is between £7 and £9 depending on the breed size. So they're much more affordable!
Oh, much easier on the wallet for sure!!
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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 11:45 am

These additions are wonderful, Mojo horses are always beautifully sculpted and I loved reading about al the STS connections- wow, that really is amazing! cheers A big thank you to Anna for these beauties, sculpted to perfection! Very Happy I love your photos as usual, the zebras are gorgeous, and so sweet as a pair! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 12:35 pm

It makes me happy seeing the Mojo horses out there Very Happy
And even happier to see that you enjoy them cheers
Great photos too, so you use a computer screen for the background? I've recently tried this technique too and I like the effects Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptyFri Apr 16, 2021 3:42 pm

No, not a computer screen - the inside photo from a Breyer box Laughing They're printed on nice strong card so I just cut up the boxes and keep all the scenery for photo backgrounds.


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No, not a computer screen - the inside photo from a Breyer box Laughing They're printed on nice strong card so I just cut up the boxes and keep all the scenery for photo backgrounds.

Oh, I see! That's a great use for those boxes! Awesome Very Happy

By the way, about the Hanoverian model, I've heard that some collectors consider it a good representation of German Riding Pony, so maybe that's a good new breed assignment? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A boxful of Mojo Fun   A boxful of Mojo Fun EmptySat Apr 17, 2021 5:49 pm

It also means I have a lot of pictures to suit different types of horse. Native pony, rough countryside. Posh horse, smart field and fencing. I can even match them by country, like my Icelandics all pose in front of bits of Iceland landscape, and the Iberian horses can have an olive tree backdrop Laughing

Ooh, yes, that would be a good breed for her! I was thinking some form of show pony or riding pony, German makes it a proper breed allocation rather than a rough idea or partbred. Thanks!

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Wonderful new figures George, I have yet to get some of these beauties Very Happy

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