Saturday, 22 July 2017

New Additions

Summer always means a slow down on Geek Cave development, since it gets hot in there.  I have SOOOOOOO many G4 accessories to go through and organize, but I am nearly done with photographing the G4s (at least the ones that are out of their packages).
I have also added some new G1s over the last few months, so of course they get cleaned and photographed and added to the collection.  I'm most excited by my Macau Jenny - the first addition to the Snuzzle/Peachy army in a different colour scheme - and my Argentina pink Pretty Parlour.

Much of the work that needs to be done right now involves organizing and figuring out where things will go in the new(er) Cave.  It's not the most exciting stuff to be doing with a collection, but it will lead to having more room to play in there later on.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Neopolitan Lickety-Split Rehair

I haven't been doing much customizing work lately, since we're getting some work done in the house and my art space has been packed up.  However, I did do an alternate rehair recently.
Neopolitan Lickety-Split has been rehaired in DH Virgin Snow, Chocolate Pudding, and Pussycat (I think).  Her body was in quite good shape, but her hair was faded, dry, and cut.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Pony Census - What colour?

This is my favourite graph to come out of the pony census.

It will come as a surprise to no one that white, pink, and purple are the most populous ponies in my collection, as these have long been the favourite colours of Hasbro.  Blue and yellow are the next most popular colours for ponies.  Orange, green, and "other" colours, including peach, grey, and black, are the least popular.  The "other" category is well represented here due to the Peachy/Snuzzle army.
And that's the end of my 2017 Pony Census.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Pony Census - Pony Types

Ponies have been counted, but I decided to have a little more fun with my pony census.

It is probably not surprising that Earth Ponies are the most populous in my collection.  They accounted for the majority of types of ponies made in at least the first 3 generations (especially in the G3 era).

The next most populous category are the unicorns, followed closely by the pegasi.  Unicorns have always been my favourite mythical creature, and if Hasbro had made more of them, I would have more in my collection.

A collection of "other" types of ponies comes in next.  This group is made up of sea, flutter, and winger ponies, as well as breezies.

Finally, the alicorn category is the smallest group in the collection, buoyed up mostly by the Twilight Sparkle army.
One more census entry to come.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Pony Census 2017 - Pony Head Count

Who doesn't love a good census?  ...What?

I've recently finished up the cleaning and photographing of the individual G4 ponies (meaning all of the G4s except the army ponies).

I thought that now was as good a time as any to do a head count of the collection.  Then I thought, what the heck, let's have some fun with this and do a Pony Census.

The first portion of the census, as graphed out below, is just the head count.  The breakdown looks something like this:  The G1s are the most populous, with 324 ponies.  G3s are next with 297 ponies.  G4s are just ahead of the G2s, with 79 and 44, respectively.

Normally when I do a pony head count, these are the only ponies I count, because they are the main focus of my collection.  However, this time I decided to include the other, secondary parts of my collection.  Here we have 25 plush (mostly from Build-A-Bear), 41 Large Figures (including 2 My Pretty Ponies, G4 Fashion styles, Talking Celestia Ponies, and recent convention exclusives), 6 Equestria Girls Minis, 171 miniatures (mostly blind bags, but also mommy charms, G1 and G2 McDonalds Happy Meal toys, and a few G3 Ponyvilles), and 2 fakies (a Takara fakie baby and a Princess Luna fakie in the Celestia pose).

For the first time I also counted the Other Creatures that are part of my MLP collection.  These included dragons, bushwoolies, Megan, Discord, and the various pets and other small animals that have come with the ponies.  All of these together came up to 64 creatures.

The final portion of the collection that I counted was the buildings.  Of 34 buildings, 9 are castles.  So many castles...

More to come.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Random Pony Thoughts About...Rainbow Ponies!

I have two particularly great weaknesses when it comes to ponies.  One is castles (seriously, Hasbro, please slow down on the castles).  The other is rainbow ponies.  Official rainbow ponies, ponies with rainbows on them, ponies suggestive of rainbows.  I'm a sucker for all of these.
The rainbow has always been a major element of the MLP story line.  In G1, the Rainbow of Light was the ultimate magic that the ponies turned to when they were attacked by Tirek.  In G4, when the Mane Six utilize the Elements of Harmony to defeat Nightmare Moon, there is a definite throwback to the Rainbow of Light.  Later, the Mane Six harness the power of the rainbow itself.  At various times, the rainbow has featured prominently in MLP packaging and promotion.
The original Rainbow Ponies were some of my favourites when I was a kid, especially Windy and Moonstone (unicorns being my third great weakness).  I envisioned them living among the clouds and the rainbow above Dream Valley, visiting with the other ponies, but a separate species like the Sea Ponies or Flutter Ponies.
The G3s might have been guilty of having too many new releases at a time, but they certainly provided plenty of rainbow-themed ponies.  This was most welcome after G2, who were sadly lacking in rainbow hair.
The Rainbow Power era of G4 is when I began my Twilight Sparkle army, basically because Hasbro made too many pretty rainbow variations and I couldn't decide which one to keep.  At least I managed not to get rainbow variations of all the Mane Six.
The original Rainbow Ponies were inducted into the My Little Pony Hall of Fame in 2014, and rightly so.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Geek Cave, Version 2.0

We moved!

Well, no, we didn't move, but the Geek Cave did. We've switched it into a larger room!  It's exciting!

We made the move over a couple of weekends in February.  First, shifting everything between rooms, then actually arranging everything in the new Cave.  How would you like a tour?

When you walk in first, on your right, you will see the G1s in their new home.  They have slightly more space than in the previous room.  Beside them, the G2s occupy the same space they had before (they'll always be the smallest generation in the Cave).  At the far end of the room, the G3s have several shelves.  The one element of G4 on this side of the room are the Build-A-Bear plush on top of the shelves.

In the middle of the room is Roomy's MOTUC table.  We will be adding shelving underneath this for further display space (Roomy has a lot of Bonhommes to display).  Roomy's vintage She-Ra collection now has space on one of the shelving units and is looking very shiny.

Continuing down the other side of the room, the rest of the G3s are over here.  The G4s are taking up quite a bit of room, further along (dear Hasbro, please stop making awesome giant castles every year).  Since we were working on the room move on the same weekend as NY Toy Fair, I've tried to leave space for the next giant castle (no, really, please stop).

Finally, we get to the newest additions to the Cave, the Strawberry Shortcakes.  The other plush have moved into shelves in the closet (the rest of which is being used as storage).  And in front of the closet is my display table (currently covered in stuff waiting to be organized).

Of course, we're not quite done.  As I've said before, a collector's collection room is always a work in progress, and there's always more to do.  But we've got room to do it in, now.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.