Friday, 18 January 2019

Aragorn

"Elendil!" he cried. "I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dunadan, the heir of Isildur, Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!"
One of my favourite things, apart from the contents of the Geek Cave, is the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  This love is shared  by one of my friends, who received Aragorn here for Christmas this past year.
Aragorn was made from a Sorin base.  He's kept his original base colour, with some shading added and eyes repainted.  His mane, tail, crown, and armour were sculpted with Apoxie Sculpt and painted with acrylics.  And of course, he's wearing the green jewel given to him by Galadriel.  His crown and armour were based on the look used in the movie version, while his symbol was based on one of my favourite passages from the novel:
"There flowered a White Tree, and that was for Gondor; but Seven Stars were about it, and a high crown above it, the signs of Elendil that no lord had borne for years beyond count. And the stars flamed in the sunlight, for they were wrought of gems by Arwen daughter of Elrond; and the crown was bright in the morning, for it was wrought of mithril and gold.
Thus came Aragorn son of Arathorn, Elessar, Isildur's heir, out of the Paths of the Dead, borne upon a wind from the Sea to the kingdom of Gondor..."

Elf

Friday, 4 January 2019

2018 - A Year in the Life of a Collection or Three

Happy New Year, Readers!

2018 was quite an epic year in the Geek Cave.  Ponies, and Shortcakes, and She-Ra, oh my!
To begin with, I took an unexpected break from the blog for a few months early this year.  This wasn't intentional or planned, it just fell by the wayside for a few months.  But in June I got back on the pony (bad pun, you're welcome) and started writing again.
Roomy and I went to two Pony conventions this year, the MLP Fair in Orlando, and the Canadian Extravaganza in Montreal.  I loved both cons, of course.  As always, it was great to see old friends and new at these cons, and also to have a chance to visit two fun cities, as well as a few interesting stops along the way.
I also added quite a lot to my collection at the two conventions this year.  Many, many, many ponies came home with me this year (as well as a few Shortcakes that Roomy picked up for my xmas gifts).  I won't lie, I had great fun splurging this year.
In the second half of the year, Roomy and I started the re-org of the Geek Cave.  We moved everything around so that we now have a Vintage side and a Modern side in the room.  We also added more shelving, but there's still plenty to do next year.
Roomy also got to enjoy the first major reboot of her favourite franchise, She-Ra, this year.  So far there has only been the new cartoon (which I highly recommend), but we are waiting with great excitement to see if a new toy line will be coming out!
And finally, at almost the end of the year, I doomed us with a giant Kijiji purchase.  I regret nothing!

Thank you for reading the blog.  Sometimes preparing this has felt a little like I'm talking to myself, but the feedback, comments, and conversations some of you have provided have been most appreciated.  I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog and will continue to do so into the future.
Here's to a 2019 full of collection fun for us all!

Elf

Friday, 21 December 2018

Happy Holidays 2018 - A Yule Market

Happy Holidays!  Here's my MLP / SSC Yule Card to you all.

It's the Holiday season and the Yule Market is in full swing.  There are all manner of lovely baked goods, preserves, and other wonderful gifts.  Strawberry Shortcake has been busy preparing for this for quite awhile and Morning Glory and Cool Breeze are going to take advantage.
For the florally inclined, there are many plants, topiaries, and arrangements.  Amorzinho Perefito is an enthusiastic seller, while Cravinho prefers to let the plants speak for themselves.
If you're looking for something pretty to wear to a party, there are all kinds of ribbons, hair accessories, and jewelry on offer at Peachy Pretty Parlour's stall.
And of course, there's the toy stall, with many lovely things on offer.  Lickety-Split is doing some quick Yule shopping while the triplets are busy admiring the tree.
Over in the other food stall, Cupcake is supposed to be helping Pretzel run the booth.  However, she keeps getting distracted by her favourite display.  It doesn't seem likely that Pretzel will have to take any cupcakes home at the end of the day.
Peach Blush is trying to pick out some fruit for her holiday baking, but Plum Pudding isn't being much help - she's just spotted the candy display!  Some of her friends are already picking out what they want.


Of course there are sleigh rides through the market, for anyone who wants to take part.  Tornado is having as much fun as the babies enjoying the ride.

After all the shopping, it's time for a snack.  There's the popcorn cart for a tasty mouse-sized snack and the tea table serving hot chocolate and tea to warm up some chilly unicorns.

And of course, here's a look at the whole package.







Happy Holidays!
Elf

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Happy Holidays from the Great Rebellion

Roomy has taken over the blog this week to show off her vintage She-Ra Holiday display. Tune in tomorrow for the MLP / SSC display post.
Adora: Oh no, I'll decorate for my own birthday. Even though I'm the best dressed. No biggie. It's fine.

Spinnerella Face-Off

"No, Kowl, I tell you, my heart throbs for Adora, not for you.  Well..."

"My wings are shiny. Shinier than your tail. Plus, I don't get freaky visions. And I'm from outer space. HA! So, I should get the last slice of cake."

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Glimmer. Chest. Nuts. Stop looking at Bow."

"I know you can have legs. Get off the bed and help with the dishes, you lazy arse." 


"It's not that nobody appreciates your work, Frosta. It's just that they didn't make a winter fashion style line, so we're all sorta cold." 

"Wait. Is that Adora down there?" 

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Friday, 14 December 2018

We're doomed

Last week I committed Kijiji.

I...um...yes...

It's huge.  It's just enormous.  It's half the size of my 6-seater dining table.  We had to turn it sideways to get through the Geek Cave door.  I honestly don't know where I'm going to keep it.

And it's beautiful.  It's detailed.  It's well designed.  It's interesting to look at from all angles.  It's got a dollhouse inside the dollhouse!  It's going to be a gorgeous display space.  It makes me want to lie on the floor and play with my Shortcakes like I was 7 years old again.

These are some of the great moments as a collector - the moments when you find something local, that you never thought you'd have, and suddenly it's yours.  And you can't wait to share it with your collector friends.

But where on earth am I going to put it?

Elf

Friday, 30 November 2018

Even Further Adventures in the Geek Cave

Time is running out before the Cave needs to be viewing ready for our upcoming Holiday Party and my annual Holiday Diorama (which I've had planned for almost a year, for a change).  Which means the Geek Cave Reorg needs to finish up soon (or at least become presentable).
I've been having some fun recently rearranging the G1s and making use of that new shelf.  Read: ignoring other things that I should be doing in the Cave.  But it's great fun deciding who goes where and how best to use that new space.  By moving things around I also get a new perspective on the G1s, and can highlight some different parts of the collection.
The new display space is also in place now, and much of what was taking up floor space is now stowed in the cubes.  This does not mean that any of it is organized or properly placed yet, but at least it looks halfway decent and gives us some room to maneuver.
The Shortcakes have also inherited some additional space, with the CD rack that used to house ponies moving over to their area.  Eventually, I'll have things sorted out so that the shelves look full again, but everyone will have a little more room to breathe.

Elf

Friday, 16 November 2018

Further Adventures in the Geek Cave

Several times before I've thought that we've fit as many shelving units as was possible into the Geek Cave, and each time I've been proved wrong.  And so, we've squeezed one more Billy bookshelf into the room, on the vintage side.
Shelf space!
I also managed to get the table that was my display space out of the room and the two cube shelves that are becoming my new display space into the room (a task made more difficult by 4 cats trying to help and get into the 'forbidden room', as well as the pile of stuff on the floor).
Not quite in the right location, but in the right room!
The cubes will help with one of the problem areas I identified last week, namely the floor.  Much of the pile of stuff on the floor is made up of boxes holding pony wear and accessories that I only display when I have dioramas set up.  These will now have a more accessible place to live in the eight cubes under the display space.

We also changed out the blackout curtains in this room for a lighter colour curtain.  The pictures really don't do this change justice, but it brightens up the room tremendously.  You can really appreciate just how enormous Greyskull is now.

Elf