My Collection Year 6
Not much to do with these guys, except to decide what to do with Salty's hair. It's partially cut, but not very short. Trim it to match? Re-hair? Curling it so it doesn't show sounds like a good idea.
I got Pretty Vision super cheap at a pony meet and couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Her body was in such great condition, what could possibly make her value go down so much? I just couldn't figure it out.
Anyone see it? Anyone? Anyone? :)
I can be a little dense at times.
I got Curly Locks for $1 as a "bait". Just . . . no.
I got Squeezer super cheap in a "bait" lot. Aside from the stupid name, this is another example of how silly it can be to label a pony as a bait. The only things wrong with her were that she needed her hair re-pinked, she was rusty inside, and someone had done a real hack job taking her head off.
Re-pinking hair and removing body rust are easy enough. When her head is on you can see that her neck seam isn't smooth, but it's not terrible. I think it's fair for that to decrease her value, but to deam her scrappable? With a little effort I now have a really nice pony.
I had to completely re-paint CloudDreamer's symbols. I looked them up on MLP Wiki, you can find up close photos of just about every pony's symbols there. I painted the cloud with white acrylic paint then drew the detail on with a fine point marker of similar color.
The results are better than having no symbols. The castle looks WAY better than the dragon, he's a bit of a mess. On the shelf where you can't see too much detail she actually looks really good. I guess I could always take the symbols off and do it over, so no harm in trying!
Mirror Mirror had very scratched symbols. I only painted the mirror for her, not it's reflection. I think hers are too detailed and I'd only mess them up. MayCrestMom told me recently that a lot of collectors are having luck drawing symbols with watercolor pencils. I want to try that with her to see if the lines are finer and they're easier to draw with.
I don't think it's OxiClean that these girls are sensitive to, I think it's the temperature of the water. I'm not sure though. If they don't have the clear film over their symbols then they are also very sensitive to Magic Erasers and any scrubbing so be very careful with them!
I don't think I could love the newborn twins more! So cute, so much fun to do their hair, and don't even get me started on how wonderful their accessories are!
Baby Rabbit (Noddins), and Baby Dragon (Ribs) are originals from my sister and I's childhood. They're brother and sister and their family is quite large with lots of other siblings, mom, dad, aunts, and cousins.
Baby Rabbit has always been one of my favorite ponies. She likes doing a lot of the things I liked doing as a kid. She likes to garden, plays soccer with the boys, her favorite color is purple and she loves elephants. She also collects purple rabbits, but that's her own special hobby. She also hates wearing a ribbon in her tail, but her mom makes her.
Baby Sweet Stuff and Baby Snippy are best friends. Baby Sweet Stuff collects dolls. Special dolls, but I don't want to give too much away. Check out my dioramas to see.
Don't have any! I might get some, but they're not a huge priority.
Don't have any of these either! I actually don't like them much but will probably end up getting some.
Unlike the Flutter Ponies I remembered that you can't put these girls in hot water. Their bodies were cleaned with a magic eraser and their hair washed, conditioned, and curled. You have to be very gentle around their wings. I don't have a solution for bent wings yet.
I love this set and I had so much fun working on them! They were especially rusty inside. That surprised me because it doesn't seem like a set that kids would play with in water. My husband says it has to do with the metals used in the washers, depending on what they were made with some will be more prone to rust. The secret to removing stubborn pony heads? Get a nice hubby who takes them off for you. :)
I used Benzoyl Peroxide on the blue spots on Swirly Whirly, mostly out of curiosity. It didn't seem to have any effect at all. That was frustrating, but they already looked faded and I bought her from another collector so I wonder if someone has already tried to fade them. I'm also NOT happy about the pen marks on Banana Surprise. However, there's a good chance that I deliberately bought her cheap, intending to fix her up, then forgot. I think these will need to be sun-faded so it might be awhile before I have pictures of her.
The thing that was really fun about fixing up this set was touching up their symbols. They all needed it and they looked so nice once it was finished. I looked up their symbols on MLP Wiki to get the colors right, used craft acrylics, and sealed them with a gloss glaze. I think they look great!
Less than a day of sunfading and Banana Surprise is a near-mint pony!
This set is in pretty good shape. Blueberry Baskets has a pen mark on her that I don't remember being here. I hope it didn't rub off of Banana Surprise as the two sets are right next to each other on the shelf. I guess it's another sun-fade, "sighs". Cherry Treats is a good example of where peroxide sun soaks don't work. She has pink pen marks all over her that the peroxide soak didn't touch. Unlike sun-fading it didn't burn her though. Her hair faded, but red hair is prone to that. I brightened it up with Rit.
Yum Yum's hair was already re-pinked before I took the "before" photo.
Munchy and Merryweather (Rainbows) are originals. I could never decide what to name Munchy as a kid. I though the green things on her symbols were peas, which don't fit in with hot dogs and french fries at all. I'm still not sure what those are. I kept calling her "Hot Dog" but never liked the name. It was a relief as an adult to learn her real name, Munchy fits her so well.
It's kind of weird for me to wash the hair on the originals. Most of their hair has hung the same way for years and years so it's strange to see it hang differently after being washed.
Don't have any! Just not very into the baby sea ponies.
Blueberry Baskets turned yellow everywhere the aluminum foil touched her during sun-fading. I had to follow up with a peroxide/sun soak to get rid of the yellow. In the future I'll only cover a pony with paper towel for sun-fading.