I've collected Breyers and other model horses since the 50s. I read Misty of Chincoteague and other Marguerite Henry books as a kid. We went to the islands first in 1972, the last year Misty was alive, and living on Chincoteague. I got my Misty model at the little stable on Chincoteague where she was living....and it was utterly wrong. I repainted the original model to match photos of the real pony, and for fifty years, Breyer screwed up the pattern. They based the head pattern on a mis-interpretation of the fabulous Wesley Dennis art on the book cover; that shows a palomino pinto foal, in typical near white foal coat, the underlying dark palomino beginning to show around the eye as she sheds out. Dennis knew his equines. Breyer usually does, but boy did they screw this up big time. FIFTY YEARS!FINALLY, this Phantom and Misty set was based on actual photos of the actual ponies (not book descriptions or the film which have Phantom different). The models are repainted versions of the old Misty and Stormy models (Breyer did always get Stormy correct). Phantom and Misty is fabulous, correct, and a great addition to any collection no matter the age of the collector (I played with mine as a kid, and they hold up). It is the 75th anniversary of the book's publication, fifty years after the original Misty model, and fifty years since Misty passed on. This is a great set honoring a pony who put a tiny obscure island (Chincoteague) on the map, helped preserve a wild island (Assateague) for future generations, and helped rebuild the Chincoteague herds after the storm made famous in Stormy, Misty's Foal. A nice legacy for the pony breed, the islands, and Marguerite Henry and Wesley Dennis who inspired us as kids.The picture shows the original Misty and Stormy models (my repainted Misty) in Misty's hoofprints in front of the Island Theater.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]