Sometimes you just happen to stumble across something that catches your eye. In my case it was this odd Trickles that had monocolored hair. I immediately thought that this must be a well made custom but I just could not be sure.
Examining her I discovered that she was beautifully rooted (just like the factory ones) and that her tail was held in with a metal clip and washer. Her symbols show the same patterns and colors that most of my Trickle-ponies over the years have done.
At the same time I know that there are some very skilled customizers out there so I will have to seek advice from other collectors and hope that someone either confirms her to be a legitimate variation or that her creator steps forward.

Sometimes when you have acquired a new addition to your collection you just can’t wait to add it to your herd.
Maybe it’s the pony you always wanted, or the one that completes a set.
That feeling is great but…

Do not forget to clean your ponies thoroughly!

In my previous post there was a picture of ponies I had purchased.
Some were in great condition, others were not. Most of them looked great on the outside.
During cleaning I opened some of them only to find their insides govered in black goo. Some smelled of old basement and some were rusty inside.
What you pay for isn’t always what you get.
More often than not you have to put some work into your ponies if you want them  to last longer.

 

Also, if you don’t do it already, make sure to go over your ponies every now and then to check for any changes.
These are, after all, old toys.

I made the sad discovery that two of the rainbow ponies I took most pride in owning in great condition had started their regrind while organizing shelves today.  And I checked them only two months ago.

 

Since shipping has gotten ever so expensive and our dear postal services have started to take out unreasonable fees (while still failing to deliver) I have learned to buy and ship to whatever address I will be staying at when visiting the US.

I got lucky with kind sellers, Target, and thrift shops.
September sure was a good pony month.
Hoping to get them all cleaned up and displayable during October.

Went to ToyCon in Malmö, Sweden and was able to meet some nice fellow collectors and get a couple of good deals!
So pleased right now, and looking forward to cleaning them up.