Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Vinegar syndrome victims

The subject of Breyer shrinkies and oozies is going round on Facebook again, and I thought it might be handy to post a list of models identified as prone to vinegar syndrome. Before I do so, here is a quick refresher on what vinegar syndrome is and its symptoms:

1) So far, only models made from about 1987-1992 seem to be affected. Not all models made between those years have gone bad. Presumably, some will remain unaffected.

2) Models affected by vinegar syndrome (VS) shrink and slowly warp inward. VS models that are kept wrapped up usually ooze a liquid that smells strongly of vinegar. Models kept in the open, such as on a shelf, are less likely to ooze, but they will sometimes smell of vinegar. Some will just shrink and will not develop the smell. Models that are not outwardly oozing are still doing so inside. Shrinkies and oozies are therefore two names for the same problem.

3) Many VS models develop a chalk-like film on their surface as they start to shrink.

4) The paint on most VS models usually begins to fade and white areas become yellowed. The areas that tend to fade first are thick areas where liquid can pool, such as where the legs meet the body.

5) Vinegar syndrome in Breyers does NOT appear to be contagious despite early reports to that effect. Many collectors have normal models that have been shelved or stored with VS models for years that are completely unaffected. If it were contagious, this would not be the case.

And below is a list of models that have been identified as shrinkies/oozies. Not all copies of these models are affected, but some are. I am listing them by mold followed by specifics regarding which model(s) of that mold have been documented as affected. The years listed here do not always represent the full run, but rather only production in the known shrinky years. I will update this list periodically. (Last update: 7/25/17)

Action Stock Horse Foal (#225 Buckskin, 1987-1988)
Action Stock Horse Foal (#238 Grey Appaloosa, circa 1987-1988)
Adios (1987 JCP Chestnut Appaloosa)
Adios (1987 BHR SR Dapple Grey)
Adios (1987 BHR SR Palomino)
Adios (#51 Yellow Mount, produced in 1987)
Adios (#830 Black Roan, produced in 1990)
Appaloosa Performance Horse (1990 Sears SR Black Appy)
Azteca (#85 original release)
Belgian (1987 Mail Order SR Bay)
Black Stallion (#401 original release)
Black Stallion (1988 JCP SR Bay)
Black Stallion (#811 Leopard Appy, 1988
Buckshot (#416 Chestnut Pinto Spanish Barb, 1988-1989)
Clydesdale Foal (#826 Light Bay, 1990-1991)
Clydesdale Mare (#825 Light Bay, 1990-1991)
Clydesdale Stallion (#824 Light Bay, 1990-1991)
El Pastor (#116 Precipitado Sin Par aka Cips, 1987)

Family Arabian Foal (#816 Light Bay, 1989-1990)

Family Arabian Mare
(#815 Light Bay, 1989-1990)
Family Arabian Stallion (#814 Light Bay, 1989-1990)
Family Arabian Stallion (#4 Palomino, purchased in 1988)
Fighting Stallion (#709 Leopard Appy, 1988-1990)
Foundation Stallion (1987 JCP SR Liver Chestnut)
Five-Gaiter (#109 Dapple Grey, 1987-1988)

Five-Gaiter (#117 Project Universe, 1987-1989)
Halla (1989 JCP SR Fleabit)
Hanoverian (1987 Your Horse Source SR Alabaster)
Hanoverian (1987 Your Horse Source SR Bay)
Hanoverian (1987 Your Horse Source SR Black)
Hanoverian (1987 Your Horse Source SR Chestnut)
Indian Pony (1987 BHR SR Bay)
Indian Pony (1987 BHR SR Dapple Grey)
Indian Pony (1987 BHR SR Grey Appaloosa)
Indian Pony (1987 BHR SR Leopard Appaloosa)
Indian Pony (1988 JCP SR Red Dun)
Justin Morgan (1988 JCP SR Chestnut)
Lady Phase (#711 Breezing Dixie, 1988)
Lady Phase (1990 JCP SR Dapple Grey) 
Man O' War (1990 Sears SR Glossy)
Mustang (#118 Chestnut, 1987-1989)
Mustang (1988 SR Ruby)

Pacer (#819 Dan Patch, 1990)
Phar Lap (1988 Your Horse Source SR Red Bay)
Pony of the Americas (#821 Rocky, 1990-1992)

Proud Arab Foal (#806 Rose Grey, 1989-1990)
Proud Arab Mare (#840 Chestnut, 1991-1992)Proud Arab Stallion (#213 Dapple Grey)
Proud Arab Stallion (1987 BHR SR Bay)
Proud Arab Stallion (1987 BHR SR Black)
Proud Arab Stallion (1987 BHR SR Light Chestnut)
Quarter Horse Yearling (#103 Bay Apploosa, 1987-1988)

Running Foal (1987 Sears SR Dapple Grey)
Running Mare (1987 Sears SR Dapple Grey) 
San Domingo (#67 original release, purchased 1987)
San Domingo (1987 JCP SR Bay)
San Domingo (#703 Grey Appaloosa, 1988-1989)
Secretariat (1990 Sears SR Glossy)
(1990 Sears SR Glossy)
Sham (#411 Fleabit Grey, 1988-1989)
Sham (#812 Palomino, 1989-1991)

Sherman Morgan (#430 original release, 1987-1990)
Shetland Pony (#3066 Black Pinto from Our First Pony set, purchased in 1987)
Stock Horse Mare (#230 Bay Overo, 1987-1988)
Stock Horse Mare (#222 Buckskin, 1987-1988)
Stock Horse Stallion (#221 Buckskin, 1987-1988)
Stretch Morgan (#48 Black, produced in 1987)
Stretch Morgan (#702 Buckskin variation, 1988-1989)

Stud Spider (1990 Sears SR Blue Roan Appy)
Stud Spider (#823 Chestnut Appy, 1990-1991)
Touch of Class (#original release, 1986-1988)

Classic Arabian Family (1987-1988 UK SR Dapple Grey)
Classic King of the Wind Set (1990-1992)

Classic Arabian Foal
(#3066 Bay Pinto from Our First Pony set, purchased in 1987)
Classic Merrylegs (#3040 Black Beauty set, circa 1987-1992)
Classic Mustang Foal
(#3066 Black Pinto from Our First Pony set, purchased in 1987)

SM G1 Arabian Stallion (Alabaster)
SM G1 Arabian Stallion (Bay)
SM G1 Drafter
Many of the 1989-1992 SR SM models from the Sears sets
Black Angus (circa 1987-1992)
Brahma Bull (circa 1987-1992)
Deer Family