I received my first Breyer on my fourth birthday, and by the time I was seven, I was an avid collector. I memorized the manuals that came with my models, and I knew that the Breyer donkey had been discontinued for several years. I also knew there was one for sale at the little gift shop inside the office at nearby Eaton Canyon Riding Club. With my birthday approaching, I made sure that my mom also aware of those facts.
"He's so rare," I told her. "They don't make him anymore. They haven't since 1974. This is probably the only chance I'll ever have to get one."
I must have been persuasive, because this is what I unwrapped on my eighth birthday.
And that's not all. I got a Brighty, too.
Here they are together in 1977...
and again in 2020.