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.
Elf

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.

Elf

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Random Pony Thoughts About...Twilight Sparkle

One of my army ponies.  Twi has a lot of my favourite elements about MLP.  She's a unicorn, she's magical, her symbol is celestial-based, and she lives surrounded by books.  What's not to like?
That episode was called "Too Many Twilights", right?
Twilight Sparkle (as everyone knows by now) was originally based on G1 Twilight, one of the first magic users in MLP cartoon history.  She's the Princess of Friendship and one of the most powerful magic users in the G4 canon.
Interestingly, unlike the rest of the Mane 6, Twilight Sparkle did not have a G3 version.  The closest G3 version is Twilight Twinkle, a pony who had no significant story line presence, much like Applejack and Fluttershy.
Has anyone else noticed that Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer share basically the same name?  They are extremely similar characters with extremely similar looks too, two sides of the same coin, you could say. Will this become a plot point later on, or is Hasbro just really bad at coming up with original names?  (Don't answer that.)

Elf

Friday, 10 March 2017

My Little Robot

This tiny custom was a recent gift for a friend who collects robots.
She was a G3 Ponyville Pinkie Pie, fully repainted in metallic paint, with joints and gears painted on.

Elf

Friday, 24 February 2017

Constantine

In October, my cousin (while dressed as DC's John Constantine) mentioned that he thought I should make a Constantine pony.  In December, he unwrapped one as a Christmas gift.
Constantine started out as a Fluttershy without wings.  His hair, trenchcoat, shirt, tie, shoes, and cigarette butt were sculpted from apoxy sculpt.  He was then fully repainted and sealed.



I love how the sculpting on him turned out.
Elf

Friday, 10 February 2017

Morning Glory Custom

This pony was a Christmas gift for my mom this year. ❥
Morning Glory was a Scoops, fully repainted a sage green.  She was rehaired in DH Pacific Ocean, Forget-Me-Not, and Brambleberry.

It's been awhile since I've done a realistic flower symbol, and I really like doing them.  I'm thinking there might be a birth flower custom series in my future.

Elf

Friday, 27 January 2017

G1-G4 Ringlets

A tiny little G1 to G4 custom: Ringlets.
Ringlets was a blind bag Fluttershy, with hair, eyes, and wings/symbols repainted and sealed.  She was recently sold.
Elf