Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Little Pony Obsession

I'm addicted to watching those Strange Addiction/Obsession shows on TLC. It amazes me that there is nothing people won't do or collect...from 5,000 Cabbage Patch Kids whom are considered real children, to consumption of urine. I love grossing myself and being weirded out by my fellow Americans.
With that in mind, I must confess one of my own addictions...I say "one" because I have collected many little things, like Disney pins, gundam model kits or Hello Kitty items...but those are for other blog posts. Today I decided to bust out my vintage collection of generation 1 My Little Pony figures (abbreviated as "G1" MLPs).

I have collected about 92 vintage ponies, either from childhood, thrift stores, or through the online My Little Pony communities like My Little Pony Trading Post. I'm merely a beginner compared to most of the people you find there. I also have the later generations, even the ugly Bratz-looking G3.5...let's not even get into how many G3 I have, it's ridiculous.
There are so many different

Skinny ones
Fuzzy ones
Glitter ones, be it on their symbol or entire body
Winged ones
Simple ones with a repeated symbol on their hips
Twinkle-eyed ones
Some with symbols all around their body
Rainbow haired ones, some with hair that can be "grown"
Babies and newborns
Holiday ponies, male ponies, ones with moveable limbs, ponies available in certain countries, seaponies, color changing symbols or hair, scented ponies, animal friends, or ones with 3D symbols.

Different MLP collectors have different reasons for collecting these pony figures. Some put hours into customizing them into pop culture characters or entirely new figures. Others like to restore their hair and paint to its original state. Some just like vintage while others may only focus on the newer generations. A few like to collect only certain colors or want to obtain an army of all the variants of a certain pony from different countries or rereleases, like Lemondrop. There are also ponies that were only made and sold in certain countries. Some can run up to $500 for just one highly sought after pony. I'm personally hoping to find my grail pony, twinkle-eyed Mimic, at a secondhand shop without shelling out $124 for her online.

Steering away from the vintage, I gotta add how cool these art ponies are; some were sold at fairs or San Diego Comic Con (my favorite is the purple one designed by Junko Mizuno)
It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my equestrian obsession. There are tons of people out there who spend way more for them and make my collection look pathetically small. People of all ages have something they love about MLP, be it for artistic, nostalgia or hoarding reasons. And it's not just women. The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show has brought in a slew of male fans who call themselves "bronies"; the 4chan boards are filled with MLP:FiM memes. The show itself is pretty comical and has some tongue in cheek moments. The new line of toys based on the cartoon has brought back the spirit of the classic MLP toys and has renewed the collecting bug in me. There's just something about those colorful plastic ponies.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Things I Love: Doctor Who

I haven't exactly been very good at keeping up with my's much too young for me to give up on now. I just don't know what to talk think as a motivation, I shall try to write a post a day on different things I'm obsessed with. Today's topic: Doctor Who.

My love of this British sci-fi show began as a kid, when my brother insisted I watched his VHS recordings of some PBS show he thought was pretty cool. I have always thought everything my brother liked was pretty epic, so I gave it a shot...and I fell in love. A time and space traveling alien with an unknown name (he goes by the Doctor; it's been said that his name cannot be pronounced) who regenerates, attempts to solve the problems of different races and usually saves the day (with a some losses here and there...there isn't one episode that doesn't have somebody dying.) And he always has at least one companion who is supposed to be an assistant of sorts...pfft some were more of a hindrance than others..not naming names...

In the beginning, the first actor to play the Doctor had to be recast because he was an older man with some troubles remembering his lines because he was suffering from early stages of the writers came up with the idea that the Doctor regenerated to different forms when his older form was worn out or seriously hurt. That alone is what I think made the show last for sooooo many years. It was always freshening companions, new adventures and each actor brought their own personalities to the table. And it helps that there was action and mystery in every episode. Almost every episode. It's campy, I'll admit. But that's where most of its charm resides.

This is my Doctor: Sylvester McCoy aka the Seventh Doctor. He was kooky, curious and comical, but then would hint at a darker, calculating and manipulative side. His era was one that was on the edge of revealing more and more of this mysterious enigma...and then it got ripped off the air by a bunch of bafoons. Well, there's more behind the reasons for cancellation, but I'm not gonna get into that right now. That's a whole 'nother Oprah.

With the cancellation of the series, it would leave my wild imagination open to all of the possibilities of who this alien was, and the story would always continue in the fan fiction of my misadventures with my Doctor. And then my last year of high school came 'round, and when I realized that my favorite sci-fi show from my childhood would be returning to the small screen I could not believe it. I was concerned with how well it would do; I don't think I could bear it if they ripped it away from me again because it was too obscure to gain ratings. Could an old, campy, family-oriented sci-fi show generate enough fans become a hit again? Fast forward to today and the answer is most certainly yes. And not even just in Europe, but it's become a hit here in America. It was like getting an old friend back.

That leaves two different sets of the fans: the old school die hard ones and the 2005 newbs...I embrace both. Even the annoying Tennant fans who love to troll polls/forums. I could not be any happier that there is even a bandwagon for this far as I'm concerned there's more than enough room for everyone. I'll never understand why there are the hipster fans who're so set on hating on the new people should be so glad that your favorite show is doing well and getting the attention it deserves! Get over yourselves! *climbs down soap box*

Anyways...this show is awesome. It makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you really wanna know more about the Doctor and just what the fuck his actual name is. I'm not going to go into deep details, that's your guys' homework. This wikipedia page gives a nice run through on the history of Who. I would recommend starting from the new series of 2005 and work your way up to Matt Smith (is it me or are these actors just getting dreamier and dreamier?) If you start with the old ones, I'm afraid you might get discouraged, what with our generation's current high standards of HD 3D Blu-Ray blah blah blah and all. If you're still skeptical, I'd suggest giving the episode Blink a try first, that one is a favorite of mine.

Not gonna lie, the fact that there's even a Weeping Angel on my page kinda frightens me.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My 2012 New Year's Resolution : Accomplished

Welp. This was it. I've finally started blogging again, which was my New Year's resolution. Many have laughed, but I laugh at you as you struggle to attain your impossible goals, like sky diving with David Bowie. Fools.

But I deter. This blog will pretty much consist of things I can't manage to fit in 140 characters. Maybe no one will read it, but as Oprah has said, "Writing feels good." Or something like that. I know she was quoted saying something about how liberating writing is to the human soul, I'm just too lazy to Google her exact words.

This blog will also be just about things that I, comic books, video games, tv,sci-fi/fantasy, books, food, ponies, nail polish, action figures. Nerdy stuff, girly stuff. Sarcastic, crude humor. I might post up a picture or two about my day, or some boob shots. Cuz boobs are cool, right?

I bet Oprah totally uses this as a bookshelf. She would.

Ummm...I'm gonna go back to watching Sex and the City and organizing my Magic the Gathering cards. And not talking about Oprah. Talk to **you guys soon.

**you guys = probably a lone stranger stumbling to my page after searching for Justin Bieber noodz.