Country/State : Tennessee, USA
Age : 68
Joined : 2013-02-14
Posts : 126
|Subject: Lana Toys/Mr.Z Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:15 am|| |
I saw an unfamiliar horse model on amazon.com. It's very intriguing; a 1:6 scale Arabian with "real" mane and tail. There's several different colors (black, brown, pinto, red/chestnut, and white) and you can chose to get one with or without harness (English tack); without is cheaper than with. I'm mystified; I tried to look up the company on toy animal wiki, but there's no listing. Does anyone know of Lana Toys?
Country/State : Germany
Age : 45
Joined : 2010-12-30
Posts : 37931
|Subject: Re: Lana Toys/Mr.Z Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:08 pm|| |
Mr. Z are resin figures i believe
Country/State : England
Age : 38
Joined : 2021-04-05
Posts : 459
|Subject: Re: Lana Toys/Mr.Z Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:42 pm|| |
If you look on ebay.com and search 'mr z horse' you'll see there's quite a few different moulds, not just the arabian. Some are better than others, I think they've improved over the years as I remember being less impressed when I first checked them out years ago, while the newer moulds have a much better take on breeds' conformation, and less areas of odd anatomy. The running Mongolian is my favourite and the shetland pony is lovely!
Though I've never handled one to know the weight and solidity, they seem to be reasonably well made, without horrible seam lines or moulding flaws, mostly very decent sculpts which would compete with artist resins, and they have some unusual detailing - a fine hair texture in the moulding which catches the light and makes a proper summer-coat healthy sheen, and looks different from different angles, and of course the soft hair which you could style neat or ragged or windblown to suit your scene.
The tack, though, is rather basic and not very well made, studs and bad stitching rather than buckles and keepers, bright nylon badly hemmed, some dodgy decisions on how and where to attach straps - closer to Breyer catalogue than anything a hobbyist maker would be happy to produce and sell.
At that scale they must be your best option if you're setting up a doll diorama that needs a horse : a hundred times better than Barbie horse shaped objects, an aesthetic and anatomical improvement on Action Man horses, more detail and quality than Marx. And they look serious and sensible enough to come out of 'toy' category and be used in military modelling, these wouldn't look remotely out of place in a museum-quality diorama.
But they're not brilliant
for the price they're asking, upwards of $170 each for the horse-sized models. Some of the colours look fairly flat in the production runs rather than the lovely artist-finished prototypes they use for the catalogue pictures (like those mongolian horses I linked), and lack shading and realistic detailing to the faces and hooves. Even regular run Breyers outshine them in terms of paintwork, which is such a shame when they've got the very best moulds at that bigger scale, but let them down by such lacklustre painting.
In short, I like
them, but not enough to want to spend all that (plus shipping and £25+ import/handling fees) to get
Country/State : Portugal
Age : 46
Joined : 2010-08-20
Posts : 29124
|Subject: Re: Lana Toys/Mr.Z Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:33 pm|| |
I don't have too much to add, just quoting MR.Z FB profile:
"Welcome to MR.Z workshop, I make real series 1/6th scale of dogs and horses. Looking forward to making new friends with my work.Hope you like them."
Lana Toys seems to be a shop, not a brand. Maybe Lana is short for Svetlana.
Country/State : Utrecht/NL
Age : 34
Joined : 2010-04-01
Posts : 10422
|Subject: Re: Lana Toys/Mr.Z Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:49 pm|| |
One time I had a chance to hold a Mr. Z Shire horse model. It's really huge, the size of a (real) Jack Russel terrier
Also it's full cast so it's heavy
Great details, nice paintwork.
I would say the quality of MR Z models is really nice! As for Lana, I've never heard of them before.
Horse and Bird
Winter Fun Photoshow
|Subject: Re: Lana Toys/Mr.Z || |