Friday, 15 July 2016

Custom Contest Entry 2016

Another Fair is in the books!  And now that the excitement has finished I'm showing off my Hasbro-inspired contest entry.  I don't think these two need much of an introduction.
Megan is a G1 Megan doll, with brand new clothes (thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that I don't have to sew my own clothes!  It would not be pretty!).  She's been dressed in her Rescue at Midnight Castle outfit.  Her clothes were all hand sewn (never again!) and her boots are cut down and repainted Barbie boots.
TJ started out as a bait Mirror Mirror.  I chose this pose because she is a more or less mirror image of the original Sundance toy.  She's been fully repainted to match her Rescue at Midnight Castle self and sealed.  Her hair is a blend of DH Buttercream and Virgin Snow.
In RaMC, TJ is shown as having round, white dapples on her rump.  I decided to add a heart-shaped dapple to my custom, as a reminder that, when Macau/Italian Jenny was first "discovered" by collectors, she was thought to have been Megan's pony, TJ.  TJ didn't have a bridle in the movie, but I've made her one that is similar to Sundance's.
Now Megan can have adventures with both of her special ponies!
If you'd like to see my other Fair pictures, you can find them here. I had a great time, as always.  Can't wait for next year!

Elf

Friday, 1 July 2016

Still Panicking

The 2016 Fair is almost upon us!  So many questions are still to be answered.  What does the poster look like?  What does the pin look like?  Who will win the contests?
And most importantly (to me), how on earth will I ever get everything ready in time!?!?!?!
Somehow, it always happens.  Or, at least, we get enough of it ready that it looks like we were on top of everything.  *shifty eyes*
I went into the Geek Cave the other night and found more things that should be coming with us this year.  They're just going to have to wait for next year now.  I haven't got time to deal with anything else that's not already on the to-do list.
Somehow it always gets done.  The most important thing once we get in there is, pause, take a deep breath, have fun.
It's gonna be great.
Elf

Friday, 17 June 2016

Ponies, ponies, ponies

Less than a month to go until the 2016 Fair.

Progress is being made.  Ponies are being prepared.  Panic is scheduled for Tuesday next.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at some of my booth decorations and a look inside the guest room closet (also known as Elf's Fair staging area.

Elf

Friday, 27 May 2016

Another Re-Org in the Geek Cave Part 2

Last weekend was the first really nice weather we've had this spring in my area.  So naturally, I spent a full day in the Geek Cave reorganizing things!
It went well.  I didn't get things completely moved around, but I did get the majority of what I wanted done, done.
As you can see, the G4s and G3s have switched locations, which I think works pretty well (until the next giant G4 castle, anyway).  All the convention exclusives are better placed now.
I organized the G3s generally by theme (food ponies, celestial ponies, tropical ponies, etc).  The G4 ponies don't have a dedicated display space now (i.e., groups of ponies displayed together in rows), but they are so small and their playsets so large that it works better to display them interacting in the playsets.
What didn't get done is the reorg of the plushies that live in the closet (non-pony stuff needs to come out of the cave), and clean up of the display area.  I've also decided to reorganize my G4 accessories.  Rather than keeping them in sets (as I do for the other gens) I'm going to store them in themes (food, clothes, etc).  There are so many recolours and reuses of accessories for that gen, I just feel it works better that way).  I will have photos of all the ponies with the accessories they came with, if I ever need to sort them out by set again later (and I'm behind on that project, too).
In any case, the majority of the work in the Cave has been done, so now the focus shifts to MLP Fair prep!

Elf

Friday, 20 May 2016

Another Re-Org in the Geek Cave

A collector's work is never done, especially where making display space is involved.

For awhile now, I've been toying with the idea of switching the G3 and G4 displays in the Cave.  The G4s are currently in the closet, while the G3s are on shelves to the right.  So far, this has worked well, as the G4s don't take up a lot of space.

That is, until another giant castle showed up.
Giant Castle.  One inch too tall for the closet space
I love the castle, I think it's one of the prettiest playsets Hasbro has done in awhile.  But that sucker is HUGE!  In fact, it's so huge, it's too tall to fit in the closet.  So Canterlot has forced my hand, and if I ever want to have a different playset on my display table, I've got to make the G3-G4 switch now.  And I think it makes sense to move the G3s into a more confined space, since that line is complete and I only have a few more pieces I want to add (only ponies, not playsets, thankfully)

I've spent the last couple of months getting ready for this.  I finished cleaning all my G3s so I won't have to keep track of who's left to do when I'm shifting them.  I've cleared a path so I can relocate everything with the least amount of angst.  And I've blocked off time on the first long weekend of summer to get this done (who says I don't know how to have a good time on a long weekend?)

Also, I really want to get this done before the Fair.  The Fair is where I do 90% of my collection shopping for the year.  Naturally, this means that there is going to be a large influx of new ponies and accessories in July.  Rather than trying to deal with both new and old collection pieces, I want to get the existing collection sorted out ahead of time.  It means more of a crunch before the Fair, but I think it will be well worth the work afterward.

Updates will be forthcoming in the next blog post.  Until then, here are the "before" pictures.
G3s live here
The blending of G3 and G4
G4s in the closet, with Canterlot in the foreground
Wish me luck,

Elf

Friday, 13 May 2016

Fair Prep 2016

We're less than two months out from this year's MLP Fair, and I've been in prep mode since January.  I've been needing to do a clean out of the collection, and I'm hoping to do that this year (while also adding new pieces, of course).  I've also been picking up ponies second hand as I come across them, and I've got quite a few to release back into the collector community.  (I think Roomy likes the second hand hunt even more than I do!)  Here's a sneak peek at *some* of what I'm bringing this year...
What do you call that many Pinkie Pies?  Is it a Party of Pinkies?
G1s!  They've got strips of paper towel around their necks to keep their hair from going crazy
About a third of the G3s I'm bringing - apparently orange ponies were popular with kids in this Gen
In the meantime, I've been doing almost nothing in the way of customizing.  I'll have some older customs with me again this year, and I do have another set I'm working on currently, but I haven't started on a contest entry yet (let alone come up with an idea for one).  So we'll see how that goes.

I've got one more large pony-related project to undertake before the Fair, too, but more on that next time.

Elf

Friday, 29 April 2016

The Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor.  This was a custom that was nearly impossible to give up.  I will definitely need to make one for myself.
The Fourth Doctor was a Golden Delicious blind bag base.  His hat, scarf, and bag of jelly babies were sculpted with Apoxy Clay and painted.  His eyes and symbol were also repainted.  He was sold to a friend and is one of my favourite customs of recent memory.

Elf