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.