Friday, 26 August 2016

Sparkle So-Softs 1

They're sparkly!  They're fuzzy!  What more can I say about these customs?
SS Angel
SS Crumpet
All of these are McDonalds ponies whose manes have been sculpted.  They were all fully repainted and sealed to match existing G1 So-Soft ponies.  I then slowly began to apply the sparkle flocking to each pony, beginning with the symbols and working my way around the body.

SS Lickety-Split
SS Ribbon
It is difficult to apply the flocking evenly.  A few of these are not as fully covered as I would have liked.  The yellow in particular looks patchy, but I'm quite happy with how the others have turned out.

More So-Softs coming next blog!

Elf

Friday, 12 August 2016

*Those* Collectors

I've become one of those collectors.

You know them.  Maybe you are one.  The collectors who see what the rest don't.  The ones who compare eye colour, hair length, and hoof stamps.  The ones who have two of each pony - or more!

The Variant Collectors!
Don't get me wrong here - I'm not judging anybody's collection preferences.  But for myself, I never really saw the need to have two Glorys because one was marked "China" while the other was marked "Hong Kong" - it just wasn't an aspect of collecting that interested me.  Indeed, for years I was determined to have only one version of each character in my collection (the Geek Cave, sadly, is not like the TARDIS with near-infinite space).

But then I began collecting my army ponies.  At first, I planned only to get those ponies who looked significantly different than the 'regular' release - Italian Polly and Macau Jenny, for example.  Why did I need an Italian Pesca when she had the same colour scheme as North American Peachy?  There's not enough difference between them - they're essentially the same.
Then I actually *saw* an Italian Pesca in person.  Yes, she does bear a strong resemblance to her North American cousin, but there are also subtle differences.  Her symbol is a little different in colour and shape.  The shade of her body and hair is slightly changed.  Her eyes (I have the stamped version) and her lack of forelock give her a different expression.

It was at this point that I knew I was in trouble.

So now I'm the proud owner of Italian, Greek, Brazilian, and a Factory Sample Peachy, all somewhat similar looking.  But there are subtle differences, and they're none of them the same version.  OK, I thought, I'm into Nirvana ponies, but that doesn't mean I need to have multiples of the same version of the same pony.  I'm happy with my stamped-eye Pesca, I don't need an airbrushed-eye Pesca too.  One of each version for me.
Then I got a second North American Peachy.

She was a second of a pony I already had, so she went into the sales box.  But I kept looking at her.  Something's different about this one, I thought.  Is she foreign?  No, regular Hong Kong version.  Is she altered in some way?  No, looks factory.  Hmm.

Finally I drove myself far enough to distraction to actually put her side by side with my collection Peachy (I don't know why I hadn't done this in the first place, it's usually my first move).  Then, to my everlasting shock, I discovered that my collection Peachy was terribly discoloured.  I mean really.  She's practically orange!  Her hearts are almost white!  Her hair is pale!  How did I not see this before?!?!  Well, time to do a switch, obviously.
Except...what to do with discoloured Peachy?  Sell her for a dollar?  Hardly seems worth the effort.  Customize her?  She's discoloured, sure, but otherwise in good shape, not really what I'd consider bait.  Well, I already have an army, she can hang out with them.  I'll use her when I do presentations on discolouration at cons.  Problem solved.
Then I noticed that Snuzzle was also faded.  And here was a friend with a nice mint one for sale.  Time for another switch.  Except...faded Snuzzle was a gift from my best friends.  Also one of the early ponies I got when I started collecting as an adult.  Well, she can hang out with discoloured Peachy.  Problem solved.

Then I found another Peachy in a thrift store.  Got her home, cleaned her up, checked her against my collection Peachy.  They have different symbol paint (one is pink, one is peach).  Checked the feet, one is stamped in 4 feet, one is stamped in only 2.  Ah, that explains it, different factories.  But which one to keep?  They're both cute.  They're both in excellent shape.  They're both...
It was at this point that I knew I was doomed.
Well, they're army ponies.  I'm still standing firm on my One Pony Policy for the rest of the collection.  There have to be limits (Geek Cave =/= a TARDIS).  But there's an awful lot of Peachys and Snuzzles out there...
...Let's not even go there.

Elf

Friday, 29 July 2016

An alteration: Rainbow Posey

I recently got a Posey with practically no hair and extremely faded symbols.  She has a few random marks on her body as well, but I didn't want to completely bait her, so I opted to make a variant Posey instead.
Rainbow Posey has been rehaired with 7 colours of DH: Dusty Rose, Apricot, Lemonade, Spring Meadow, Arctic Frost, Pacific Ocean, and Mulberry Crush.  Her eyes and symbols were repainted as well.  She's a simple variant, but I think she's got a great look to her.  I hope you like her.

Elf

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