This is where you can find my sale and trade lists, links to my feedback, photos of my collection, and anything else not directly related to the Preservation Project. It's also where I discuss my own philosophies about the restoration and customization of ponies.
Hi! My name's FarDreamer. I'm the little pony from Firefly's Adventure. You know, the one who never talks. I can't help it, I'm shy! I'm really good friends with Twinkle's the cat, she doesn't talk much either.
I've been collecting all generations of My Little Ponies, playsets, and accessories, as well as Fahion Star Fillies and similar horses, since 1999. I'm also lucky to still have all my childhood ponies.
Call me paranoid, but I worry about the enormous number of ponies I see labeled as "bait" that really don't seem that bad. These suckers are almost 30 years old, what do people expect?
I've also seen people customize ponies in very good condition just because they already had that one. I saw this one poor princess pony who really didn't have anything wrong with her get her symbol cut out. Oh, it was painful to watch!
As for rare ponies, I've seen a customized Mimic as well. It was NOT a good custom either. I won't post any pictures of bad customs on this site, out of respect for their makers and so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. I have seen some doozies though.
I know people need to practice and learn how to do it, but when I see a pony that someone may have wanted turned into something hideous, it really bothers me. I am also rare in the customs that I do like. I pretty much only think they're good if you can't tell the difference between the hand made ones and a factory produced pony. Globby acrylic paint smattering a vinyl body just doesn't look pretty to me.
There are some really good customizers out there, who produce all sorts of ponies that look like they could have been originals. Even with the good ones, I worry about what will happen as our beloved ponies age and more and more of them show it. There might seem to be an endless supply of Peachy's now, but what about in the future? I might be paranoid, but most ponies aren't being made anymore and they are a non-renewable resource. I understand the position that if you own the pony you have the right to do what you want with it, but that attitude seems selfish to me. I would love it if we were all more concerned with making sure everyone who doesn't have a certain pony gets one. I know that's utopian, but a girl can dream.
You can see a thread here: An Idea that might make me very unpopular . . . where quite awhile ago I asked others their opinion on customizing. My own ideas and plans for this site have changed quite a bit over the years, which is largely why the MLP Preservation Project is not a "stop the customizing campaign". People had a lot of interesting things to say on the topic.
Since I started this website, things have gotten a lot better. I feel like there's more agreement in the pony community about what flaws make a pony bait. I've been warming up to customs and restorations seem to have really caught on. I've even done a couple of customs myself now. There are posts on the boards about restorations all the time and there is a Facebook group all about it.
I can't say if my humble little website has had anything to do with this trend, but I'm definitely happy to see it happen!
Trouble . . .
I collect MLP merchandise from all four generations as well as Fashion Star Fillies and a few items from other toy lines. Click Here
When I was in high school, my MLP collection won reserve champion at the 2000 and 2001 Wabash County 4-H Fair.
That's like second place. It's pretty good, there were a lot of collections entered. The first year I Iost to a guy who collected John Deere merchandise. I was ok with that, the judge had a really hard time deciding between us, and his collection was unique and very well displayed. More than ten years later and I'm still bitter about 2001. I lost to a girl who collected Beanie Babies. They were just thrown in a basket, and that's not a very unique collection, especially back then. I think the staying power of MLP as a collectible proves my argument. You can't hardly give beanie babies away anymore.
Someday I'll find a collection competition adults can enter, and I WILL win!!!
The photo is of my 2001 display.
Ok, I admit it. If I had my way, we would restore almost everything MLP related and restores would be valued almost as much as mint condition ponies.
I'm one of the senior behavior and training specialists at a large animal shelter and have earned the CPDT-KSA certification. I'm also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and am certified in pet first aid. My job is to assist the public with behavior problems in both dogs and cats to find solutions other than surrendering their pet to a shelter. I do phone and in-person behavior consults and teach a lot of group classes like basic manners, puppy classes, building confidence, tricks, and more!
Currently we have fifty some small pets and 4 loosely trained but well behaved dogs. Tulip has her CGC. She and PipSqueak enjoy dabbling in tricks, agility, and really any dog sport we try together. Nodi has started agility and is doing really well. If I ever get over my fear of being out in front of people, I might compete with her. If I ever find the time I think Tulip would make a great therapy dog. Trouble is a bit of a nervous nelly and prefers to stay home, but he's tried treiball and agility. You can see PipSqueak in a tricks show here: Go Dog Go. Nothing fancy, but we had fun!
PipSqueak is a model!
Yup, we're crazy! Meet number 4, Nodi. She's much bigger than this now.
This was printed in the February 2017 edition of Antique Week!