Category Archives: Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color Summer 2014 Release

Westland Giftware has announced the release of the Summer 2014 Horse of a Different Color. Due to ship in July 2014 are four new figurines comprising the 10th herd of Horse of a Different Color.

Included in this release are:

American Glory

Bejeweled

Native Regalia

Wings of Hope

We expect these new additions to the series to be available to ship at the end of July. Preorders are now being taken on our website.

Horse of a Different Color, Summer 2014 Herd

Horse of a Different Color, Summer 2014 Herd

Winter 2014 Denver Mart Show, part 4 – Using Your Senses

One of the opportunities that a trade show gives us is the ability to catch up on the news about our popular product lines and see previews of what print advertising is promising. Astonishing as it may sound, news from manufacturers can be hard to come by and trade shows are a great opportunity to corner product representatives and get some up to date gossip.

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd

We mentioned in a previous blog that we saw the new set of Horse of a Different Color at the WESA show in January and at the Denver Mart show we had the opportunity to see these pieces again, ahead of their official release in March. Retailers and shopkeepers are very much like consumers. We’ll get a glossy flyer from the manufacturer or, these days, a matte digital photograph in e-mail, and we are left wondering “what does that thing really look like?” Until you actually hold the piece in your hand, you don’t know what it really feels like, what the true colors are and rotating the piece to face the other way provides a completely different perspective.

Advertising images lack general sensory input. We’ve had customers complain because a piece they bought was not colored the same way as the one shown in the advertising. It does not happen often, but sometimes a manufacturing decision is made to change the color of an element in a figurine and the final product does not have the same look as the original. Bells or beads attached to a figurine make sound and create a completely different sensation than a picture. Even touch is a significant factor as the texture of the figurines varies widely, from gloss to smooth to rippled to textured. We have seen the surface of a figurine be the deciding factor in a purchasing decision. And there is smell. There are paints and glues that make items far less desirable until they have had a chance to fully air out. And then there are general differences in pieces that no one has any control over. Remember, while the figurines are all machine molded, they are also all hand finished. Fine detail may vary. The placement of accessories may be just a touch different. Even things like feathers or flare may be oriented differently, based on how they were attached, how much glue was applied and how the piece was set down to dry.

In the age of internet shopping, we understand consumer concerns about making a purchase. We always talk about judging a book by its cover, but in reality an element of the purchase is the deep desire to flip the cover open and read a few lines.

Trade shows provide us an opportunity to see new releases ahead of their official street date and gives us a chance to more clearly speak to what our customers are interested in purchasing. In a way, this is an opportunity for the retailers to do a little window shopping and develop a sense for the products they intend to carry.

Things That Stood Out

It goes without saying that there is common merchandise that one would walk by and merchandise that makes you take a couple of steps back to get a better look.  We live in the west and our store is in the west, but no one here at a Snaggy diMe is by any means a cowboy or a cowgirl.  A wall of lassos is an unusual site.  A wall of multi-colored lassos that form a rainbow visible from across the show hall requires a second look.

A wall of hats is fairly normal.  A wall of Stetsons and assorted multi-colored hat carrying cases is somewhat out of the ordinary, especially when those cases aren’t cylinder shaped like regular hat boxes, but have a vague Stetson shape to them.  We’ve all seen weather protective covers for cars and barbecue sets, but weather sheaths for horses and dogs tend to stand out and make no mistake, there were tons of life-size dog and horse displays modeling all sorts of accessories that your animal may be interested in wearing!  We’ll be honest.  We’re city slickers, somewhat out of our element.  None of us has ever seen a horse wearing spandex.

Horse Covers

Horse Covers

Trail of the Painted Ponies, Winter 2014

Trail of the Painted Ponies, Winter 2014

The WESA Market was a surprising opportunity for us to see and touch the new releases for Enesco’s Trail of Painted Ponies and Westland Giftware’s Horse of a Different Color.  Both sets are about six weeks away from official release, but they were present here as a preview of things to come.

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd

 

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled at the opportunity to touch and see the new release early and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of these ponies!

Horse of a Different Color Winter 2014 Release

Westland Giftware has announced the release of the Winter 2014 Horse of a Different Color. Due to ship on February 28, 2014 are six new figurines comprising the 9th herd of Horse of a Different Color.

Included in this release are:

          Rhinestone Mustang

          Western Mustang

          Mardi Gras Mustang

          Chieftan Train Mustang

          Run Thoroughbred Horse

          Wolf Princess Mustang

We expect these new additions to the series to be available to ship in early March. Preorders are now being taken on our website.

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd

Horse of a Different Color, Winter 2014 Herd