Thursday, 27 September 2012

The final two Julips!

We're at the end already !

The penultimate Julip mould is the WORKING HUNTER.  This is a more recent addition to the range. It is taken from the plastic Horse Of The Year model.
The model above was a "spare" (one off) from the Julip website.

Last of all is the YEARLING.  There have been two versions of this model. The first one had been around for many years, from sometime in the 1960s up until about 1990.
The second version appeared later in the 1990s and is a much nicer model.
This mould is still available to order from Julip.

Next time, I'll be introducing you to some of latest acquisitions!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Hello! I'm back from a short break and ready to continue with the Julip A-Z.

We next have the WELSH MOUNTAIN PONY, which has seen two mould variations.
The first version looks like this:
This is a small pony and my example is from the 1960s.  The second version appeared in the later 1970s.
Mostly the same shape but a little taller and a nicer head.

Next is the WELSH PONY. This is a little bigger than the pony above and represents Section B (for those who know anything about Welsh ponies!).  This model has also had two versions. The first is from the 1950s-1960s.
Above is a poorly skewbald pony with legs that went gooey and then set solid afterwards.The second version was a nicer looking pony altogether.
This model is from the early 1980s.  This mould ceased being made sometime in the late 1990s and the "new" Welsh Pony is now what used to be called the Pony Mare!

Final part next time !!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Julips W's

First off is the WELSH ARAB, which is one of the few I don't have an example of !  It's a pony-sized model which was discontinued sometime in the 1970s and which doesn't seem to appear very often on ebay or in collector's sales.  I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled and my bank balance in the black and hope that one day, I'll be able to snap one up!

On then to the WELSH COB. This is one of the relatively recent moulds, introduced in 1989. He has been used quite a few times as various catalogue models and is still available to order.
More Welshies next time!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Taffy and Thoroughbreds

Julip's TAFFY THE PIT PONY is the only Shetland they currently make. He was introduced in 1989 and was only available in one colourway - skewbald.  The mould is now just "Pit Pony" and can be ordered in any colour you like.
Above is an original Taffy model from the early 1990s.

The THOROUGHBRED has been on Julip's price list for most of the time, in one guise or another.  My earliest example is the bald and slightly green-looking horse introduced in my first blog.  Here are examples of two other Thoroughbred moulds.
This is a rather skinny TB from 1974. This mould was used up until the mid 1970s.  The next version appeared around the early 1980s and was a much more handsome specimen.
The model above was a Christmas present from 1981.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

More Julip "S"

Julip made a SHOW HUNTER in the 1950s and 60s. This was a tall, upstanding horse that was one of the largest Julip made.
This mould was discontinued during the 1970s. The model above is showing the really old style dapples!

Next up, we have the SHOW COB. This is a much more recent mould, being introduced during the 2000's. At first glance, it is very similar to the Cob Stallion, but if viewed side by side, the two moulds are different enough to tell them apart easily.
This mould is still available to order.

Another fairly recent addition to the Julip range is the SPORT HORSE. Again, you can still order this mould.
It is based on the Horse Of The Year plastic "Moondance".
This particular model was found on ebay a few years ago.

The last model in "S" is the STANDING HORSE. Sadly, I don't have an example of this. They are really old, from the early 1950s, and I have yet to see one in the flesh.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Shetland Pony

Julip seems to have had a SHETLAND in their range for ever.  Since the 1950s it has had pretty much the same basic shape and size, with a few mould tweaks here and there.  The earliest example I have is from the early 1960s and is actually not mine, but he lives here on permanent loan from an old friend.
This next one is from 1974 and he came to me via a collector back in the 1980s.
This looks a little more compact than the earlier version and the head is not so tucked in.  The next one doesn't have a date letter, so I'm guessing he must be from the 1990s.
This mould isn't used any longer, but a Shetland does live on in the price list in the form of Taffy the Pit Pony (see T!).

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

More Ponies

Julip's PONY MARE has had two versions over the years. The first version is from the 1950s and 60s.
The pony above is a 1960s model and as you can see, is a little threadbare!  I don't re-hair my older models as some collectors do. I like to keep my Julips as original as possible, even though some look a little sad.
The second version of the pony Mare was introduced in the 1970s and is still around today - confusingly now known as a Welsh pony. More on that when we get to W!

The pony above dates from 1979.

Monday, 10 September 2012


On into 'P' ! We start with the Julip POLO PONY, which was in the catalogues until sometime in the 1970s. This is one of the more rare moulds as it's not often seen on ebay. Collectors tend to hang on to them!
Next is the PONY HUNTER. This is another of the rarer ones and I was lucky to acquire this one from someone else's collection in the 1990s before Julip prices rocketed.

This one was made in 1973.  The mould was discontinued in the mid 1970s.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

New Forest Pony

The NEW FOREST PONY is one of the nine native breeds of Britain.  Julip have had two versions of this model. The first, from the 1950s and 60s, wasn't the prettiest looking pony by any means!
I bought this model from a fellow collector back in the 1990s.
The second version was produced in the 1970s and is a much better looking specimen.  This mould is still being used today.
The model above is from 1978. The one below is much more recent.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Julip M's

We start off the M's with the MOORLAND. This was a small pony which was around in the 1960s and discontinued some time in the 1970s.
Unfortunately, the model above can't be dated as its mouth has seized shut!

Next is the MULE. This is a very recent addition, only being made in the last couple of years. In fact, it's mainly a Welsh Cob mould with modified ears, but counts as a mould in its own right.
And lastly for M is the MUSTANG. This model is based on the Horse Of The Year's range plastic Family Pony and first came out as a latex model in the 1990s.
Above is one of the earlier ones. Later Mustangs have their mouths filled so they are closed.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Jumping Horse

The Julip JUMPING HORSE is the largest model they have made to date. It was made in a jumping pose so it was rather limited in its uses!  However, it was in the catalogue for many years, being discontinued in 1984.
The model above was made in 1975 and is wearing Julip's leather tack.

The LIPIZZANER horse has had two different moulds. The first version was introduced in 1975 together with a rider dressed as a member of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
This mould carried on until sometime in the 1990s.  The second version was introduced around 2006 and is still available.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Julip Iceland Pony & the Irish ones

The ICELAND pony was a small strange model which was only available in the 1960s. Sadly, I don't have an example - it's one of my "Most Wanted" !  So no pic yet, but maybe one day ...

Next on the list is the IRISH. This was a pony model which was around in the 1950s & 60s and was discontinued sometime during the 1970s.
This model was bought from ebay, back in the days when they were half-reasonably priced!

The Julip IRISH DRAUGHT is a more recent addition, being introduced around 2007.  He is still available today.  This mould is affectionately known as "the spooking cob"!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

More Julip H - horses

Next up is the HORSE IN ACTION, a generic horse not too unlike the Heavy Hunter.  This model had been around since the 1950s and was discontinued about 1983.
This model is from 1981 and he came to me new from Julip as a Christmas present.

The Horse Of The Year series of plastic Julips first mould was of an Arab. Eventually the mould was used to create a latex version, which goes by the title of HOTY ARAB.  This is still available today.
And finally in H is the HUNTER.  This has been around for many years and is still going! Below is my first Hunter model, which was actually the very first Julip I had new, back in 1979.
He has yellowed a bit with age. This is something that can't be helped if your models live out on shelves as mine do. Keeping them rugged does prevent the body discolouring, but grey horses are prone to this!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Heavy Hunter & Highland

The HEAVY HUNTER is one of the rarer moulds from the 1950s & early 1960s. I was very lucky to pick one up off ebay a couple of years ago - I've only ever seen one other.  Although he cost me in excess of £100, he's worth it to fill a gap in my collection.
He looks his age, though fortunately the latex has gone solid as a rock, which means he won't melt, but it also means I can't straighten his legs out!

The HIGHLAND Pony was on Julip's price list for a long time. Earlier versions appeared to be mares, whilst later ones were unmistakably male!  He was available up until the early 1990s but hasn't been seen since, which is a shame, as it's one of their better moulds.
The model above was purchased new from Julip in 1982.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

The Hack & Handy Hunter

A HACK is a horse used for riding, rather than for sport. In the show ring, a hack is an elegant animal, finely built and the picture of sophistication.  The Julip Hack does not fir that picture very well !!  He's quite a plain horse, poor thing.
This mould was discontinued in the 1970s. The model above has undergone extensive surgery since this picture was taken. You can see his front legs were going underneath his body. This was due to the dreaded melt-down.  I sent him to a very good Julip resotorer who re-modelled his legs and stopped the rot.  At least now he can stand up!

Julip made many pony models of breeds and generic types - like the next on the list, the HANDY HUNTER.  Handy hunter is a class at gymkhanas where ponies and riders do a series of tasks to prove how versatile they are.
This mould was also discontinued in the 1970s.  As you can see, this model's forelegs are a bit strange. This is due to the wires which allow you to bend the legs have broken, so there is no solid support for them any more. Fortunately she still stands up ok.