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Old 06-24-2013, 06:01 PM
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Re: Fantasia Color Pencils

Bumping this yet again due to a purchase today.

I've had a set of 36 Fantasia colored pencils, and for the price, they're very nice. Not as good as my higher end stuff, but they work well.

I went over to A.C. Moore to buy a replacement set, and while I was there, I also picked up a set of 36 Reeves colored pencils, because their quality looked pretty good for the price as well. Yay! With the daily coupon, I got 72 colors for around $30.

Or so I thought.

I got them back to the studio and started stocking and making swatches (love the brainless task of playing with and organizing colors ).

I was seeing similarity between the alike colors from both sets, and started looking closer.

Reeves and Fantasia are the same thing. Different casings and packaging (Reeves uses cedar, Fantasia uses some generic whitish wood and lacquers it over), but the leads are identical in both color and consistency. I started digging, they're both made in Indonesia, most likely at the same place.

That's not a bad thing, they're still nice, but I was expecting more variety between two sets of competing brands. I'm taking them both back because there's no point in having the Reeve's, and the Fantasia's had a bunch of furry white mold/mildew near the tips. I wiped them down with a damp cloth and they look better, but they still stink.

I don't know if they're all made by one of the other companies mentioned above since I don't have the others to compare against, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

I also have sets of the Reeve's and Fantasia watercolor pencils. Looking into those proves the same thing. I never noticed it before because my Reeves watercolor set is only 24. Once I mapped the two brands together, skipping the missing Reeves, and they're also identical aside from the same casing differences.

It's funny how marketing and packaging will skew your perception. I've always though of Fantasia as being a little higher end, they come in a nice tin and have a nice look and better information stamped on each pencil.
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Re: Fantasia Color Pencils

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Has anybody seen these http://www.fineartstore.com/Catalog/...ost%2cUnitCost pencils? The color range suggests that they may be made by Faber-Castell in Indonesia or Brazil, as they look about the same as a Penol set that definitely was made by FC (it just couldn't be a coincidence), but I may be wrong.

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I just got my first Fantasia colored pencils in the 36 ct set. I love them, they rival prisma colors in the way they go down on paper and blend and they are much harder leads. It seems weird to me that the leads can be so hard and hold such a sharp tip when using them for so long but still the colors are so buttery and rich. I highly recommend them to anyone and although they are much cheaper than the prismacolors they are a much better pencil. Only thing is I wish they come in a larger set!
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Re: Fantasia Color Pencils

They are wax based and incredible pencils...just wish they come in a larger set. I love them, super hard pencils but buttery rich and extremely easy to blend very high pigment!
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They are wax based and incredible pencils...just wish they come in a larger set. I love them, super hard pencils but buttery rich and extremely easy to blend very high pigment!

Really... hmmm... very interesting, so I guess they last a long time
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Re: Fantasia Color Pencils

Heikki, as it happens, I do have a set of these pencils - bought them in the US - and yes, they are made by Faber Castell. Where, I can't say.
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Re: Fantasia Color Pencils

That's interesting! The link in my first post doesn't work anymore but this is a copy of a download:



The colour scale looked very Faberish then, and they might be made in Brazil for the Fantasia brand - I haven't the slightest idea whose brand it is. This is by no means the first instance of A making pencils for B: Blick Studios and WHSmiths come from Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth, Bruynzeel Design Aquarels and Jolly Art & Designs used Stabilo's pigments in the prehistoric times, Derwent Lakelands are made by Faber-Castell's Indonesian branch as were some 1990s Penols, some Lyras and Eberhard Fabers come from Staedtler, and early Lyra Rembrandt Polycolors were Faber-Castell Polycolors in disguise - that was in the early 1990s and they have a thinner lead than current Lyra Polys.

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