Friday, September 28, 2012
Maybe it was just that the generation I'm in now finally said "Enough!" and somehow we got into power. Now you see anime, cartoon, video games, you name it, on t-shirts, belts, purses, toys, hats, jewelry...whatever. They're like badges of honor. I see them on tattoos and in people who wear cosplay outside of conventions.
Would I have imagined myself Cosplaying a unicorn when I first headed into college 15 years ago? Well...maybe for Halloween. I remember my first unicorn costume was ridiculed. I found a horn at a costume shop and made up ears and the costume... I don't have pictures, thank goodness. ^_^; But things have changed quite a bit and with the aid of a few purchased items, and a new wardrobe too... There you go, Twilight Sparkle. I think I look younger than I am when I'm wearing it, which is okay since I feel young. Maybe everyone feels younger than they really are since they don't change too much once you get to a certain age. Unless you want to.
Today's new project was painting Pumpkin Butt. She's the pony that looks a lot like Golden Harvest, but I repainted a Pinkie Pie to make her. I really probably should have repainted an Apple Jack, but I wanted her to look different.
So there's my handmade collection: Derpy, Mitsuki, Punkin' (for short) and Vinyl Scratch (I like that nickname better).
Recently my pony collection has been updated, I just picked up Lyra Heartstrings. Also got more of the blind bags to include a few of the glow-in-the-dark versions, and a few of the others in Wave 3. Have a few more to pick up, but it's not too important to me at the moment. Right now I'm wishing I could win a limited edition pony from HotTopic... You know the 'unnamed' derpy pony. ^_^
Back to what I was saying earlier, just 15 years ago it probably would have been odd to see hundreds of people with huge pony collections. There'd be a few odd older women, maybe a few girls, and that's about it. Now these collections are actually owned by guys. I'm very envious of the dozens of them who own Derpy ponies. *sob* I got sad this morning, yes, I'm eccentric, I just thought that maybe I could win one. Actually, I know better, I don't win things. The last thing I won? Two tickets for Matchbox Twenty (in the rafters) and then my brother won tickets at the show to go backstage. I think we used up our luck then. ^_^
I may have some of my hand painted ponies with me at Tsubasacon in a few weeks. I'll be there with my Twilight Sparkle on and planning on having a pretty good time. ^_^
Thursday, September 6, 2012
So, when it comes to these fads lately, I'm sort of surprised at myself, because I've been checking TRU every week since they announced the newest MLP:FIM toys were coming out in August. Oh, there are the sets that first started showing up at Target too, like the Apple family pictured above, the set with Princess Cadence and Shining Armor, and then the Cloudsdale set. I did a mad search for those, and now I have seen the sets at Target, TRU, and even Kohl's...
So...as I said, kind of surprised at myself that I went so far with searching for the Favorites collection this last month. Seriously, I'm a 30-something with no kids and I'm searching, calling, and even going through unopened boxes in the back aisle at TRU in order to dig out that elusive pony.
I'm a stinkin' manager at a retail store for cryin' out loud, and here I'm getting flutters in my chest for a set of TOYS!
I digress... I do so love these little buggers which is so odd because it's become a perfectly acceptable (if sometimes creepy) fandom that just a couple of years ago would have sent me into the 'creepy lady playing with kid's toys' category.
But... it's hard to do that, especially when the collection as been growing.
In a nutshell (I'm a nut, afterall) about two weeks ago I started my TRU hunt. Nothing for a good week, then the very next week I happened into TRU right after they'd received a truck and all of the pallets were sitting in the back aisle. With heart pounding, I happened to dig out a Zecora and took it home with me. As you can see, she's still in the package, and a week later the rest of the box still happens to be at that TRU, still, amazingly, unsold.
When I returned, on a whim, just yesterday, I happened to find the Favorites collection (and there were three more left!) and whipped it into my arms and went home with it too. ^_^
So, for now, except for the fact that I'd like to get my hands on some of the blind bags that are roaming around out there, my hunt has ended. I still have a few ponies here and there I'd like to get my hands on in order to do some customizations, but otherwise I'm satisfied. I'm also crazy, but I'm perfectly fine with that.
And it's funny because no one looks at me weird when I know about ponies. In fact, today at work I was ringing up a customer who was buying some things for a costume for her daughter. "What are you making?" I asked. To which she replied, "I My Little Pony costume." I looked at what she was buying and replied, "Rainbow Dash?" She looked genuinely surprised and said, "Yes, she said she wanted to be the 'hero pony' and I said, Rainbow Dash you mean? And she said yes and said I could be Pinkie Pie." I smiled and told her that I was dressing up as Twilight Sparkle and she just nodded. Never once did I say I had a kid telling me I had to dress up too...it was just accepted. ^_^ I don't even think she was a brony, just a mother trying to go along with her young daughter's wishes. It made me feel happy because I wasn't looked at like I was a crazy.
I also have a wig, horn and ears to wear, as well as some nice sparkly jewelry to round out the whole thing. I'll be wearing this particular costume for the Masquerade ball that we're holding at Tsubasacon this year, so I'm looking forward to dressing up all pretty like in an actual dress.
And it's cosplay.
And it's My Little Pony...
And I'm kind of crazy.