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.

Elf

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.

Elf

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.
Elf

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

Friday, 13 January 2017

2016, A Look Back

2016 was a momentous year in the Geek Cave.  I've FINALLY finished cataloguing and photographing both the G3 and G1 ponies! I'm amazed that I've finally gotten this far on this project.  I've also reorganized most of the room so that it's actually...organized.  How novel.

I had an amazing time at the Fair again this year, although the weekend went by way too quickly.  It was fantastic seeing everyone again, as well as engaging in some pony commerce.
I've added to both my armies this year, too.

At the end of 2016 I finished paying off my debt.  I won't be increasing my pony budget much, but I still plan to treat myself to a special pony to celebrate.

2017, here we come.

Elf