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Toph
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
I'm just a guy who likes animation and toys.
If you want to know more, browse around and look at the things that I create!

You can also find me on Twitter... OtakuSquirrel
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Most of you who follow me do so because of my show accurate MLP mane and tail sculps- what I fondly refer to as my "Pony Project".  As many of you have noticed, I've been on an extended break.  When I started my "Pony Project" over two years ago, I never expected it to get anywhere near as big as it did.  We're now almost a quarter of the way into 2014, and I figured it might be time to open up a little bit about what's been going on, why nothing has been going on, and where I'm hoping to take things from here.

About a year ago I pretty much dropped all work on this and gave little explanation as to why.  On the surface, it was because I took on large commission, the incentive ponies for the BronyDoc group's additional material DVD campaign.  This was indeed one of the reasons I dropped the "Pony Project" rather suddenly, but even if I hadn't accepted that commission, I probably would have dropped things anyway.  On a side note- for those that contributed to the BronyDoc, I very much hope that you're happy with those little ponies.  I had lots of fun (but also suffered many hardships) piecing them together and making something I could be proud of.  (I still need to post some pictures of the finished BronyDoc ponies up here on my dA account)  

The main reason I was having difficulty with my "Pony Project" is because I go through bouts of minor depression.  I say minor, but those of you who have suffered from depression know that even a little bout of depression can cripple aspects of your life.  For me, when depression hits, one of the biggest challenges I face is that I am completely unable to make decisions.  There were times when I would be driving down a road, and when I'd ask myself if I wanted to go to store A or store B first, I found myself unable to make any choice at all.  I'd just continue to drive down the road until something in my brain would finally snap and I'd turn around, usually just to go home.  When you apply that sort of indecision to all aspects of your life, it's pretty debilitating.  

The problem with the "Pony Project" was that I had LOTS of decisions to make.  One of my biggest difficulties with it was that my original sculpts and my molds were all breaking down.  I was at a point where I could not repair these any longer and I was taking it very personally that I wasn't able to keep up with demand, and felt like I was letting everyone down.  I spent weeks trying to figure out how I could salvage things and find a long-term solution- and the longer I thought about it, the more depressed I became because there really was no long-term solution.  When the BronyDoc project was offered to me, I jumped on it because it offered me an alternative to facing my "Pony Project" problems...

Its now one year later, and the BronyDoc project is finished and behind me.  I went through some ups and down on the project, but the big thing is that I finished it.  Finishing something feels good, and left me in a better spot than I was before.  So being in this enlightened (i.e. not crippled) state, I reviewed my short list of half-assed, probably-wouldn't-work solutions that I brainstormed a year ago, and decided that I still want to be an active contributing member of this fandom.  I was supposed to look at this list and decide if any of my hair-brained ideas could push the project forward once again, but hey, finding the resolve to say that I wanted to continue come hell-or-highwater was a good start...  A year also made a huge difference in one of the options I had been considering- and between that and my new-found resolve, I made a decision.

On Monday I purchased two very expensive toys:  A 3D Scanner and a 3D Printer.  My hope is to digitize as much of my old work as I can, as best as I can, thus preserving it.  But better yet, if all goes well, I should be able to print out copies.  If I can print out copies, I can sell kits and ponies again, and THEN...  maybe then all you insatiable rabid followers will stop bugging me and making me feel bad for not offering anything for so long!  ;)

All of this is very dependent on many things- and by no means does this mean that I'm suddenly going to be taking orders for kits and ponies any time soon.  I don't even have a tracking number for my new toys yet, and it's probably not going to be as easy as scanning a mane/tail kit and printing out a perfect duplicate...  The important thing here is that I have found the resolve to push things forward, and I've taken a huge leap to at least attempt to overcome the hurdles that last year I found so insurmountable.  

And if it all goes well- please stay tuned for a Muffin Kit.  Derpy gets priority.
  • Listening to: Babymetal (they're Japanese)
  • Drinking: Chocolate Milk

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:icontwilightismagic:
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Student General Artist
:iconprincesscelestiaplz::iconsaysplz:A very good day to you, human. I come to you on your day of birth with greetings... and thanks.
:iconcelestia-plz::iconsaysplz:My good subject Pinkie Pie told me she had taken to congratulating some humans on their birthdays, but even she has her limits. So she asked us for a bit of assistance... and for such friends of ponykind, we feel it right to provide it.
:iconhappycelestiaplz::iconsaysplz:It is thanks to people like you that our land of Equestria, our very world, exists like it does. It is your friendship with us that gave us life. For that, we will forever be grateful and cherish you.
:iconcelestiapleasedplz::iconsaysplz:And so, allow me to wish you happiness, peace, prosperity and fulfillment! My hope goes with you that you suffer no hardship in the year ahead, but should a challenge befall you, I am certain your courage and skill will see you rise to conquer it!
:iconcelestiaorlyplz::iconsaysplz:Now... where is she...
:iconlunawaveplz::iconsaysplz:Here, sister!
:iconcelestiahappyplz::iconsaysplz:Fashionably late, I see! But just in time for the greetings to be given.
:iconlunashappyplz::iconsaysplz:Right! I'm ready. Three, two, one...
:iconcelestiawubplz::iconsaysplz:Happy Birthday!:iconsays2plz::iconlunahaplz:
:icondatcelestiaplz::iconsaysplz:And now... let us commence the royal party.
:iconcelestiadatassplz::iconlunadatassplz:
:iconsendhertothemoonplz::iconprincesslunadanceplz:
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:iconanimecitizen:
AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
:cake: :star:
you inspired me to be more creative and think outside the box. Here's how.
Project Elements of Unity Phaze 2 by AnimeCitizen
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:icontwilightismagic:
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Student General Artist
:iconpartypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Haaaaaaappy happy birthday to our good friend today!
:iconpinkiestarryeyesplz::iconsaysplz:Here's a little birthday song with something I must say!
:iconpinkieishappyplz::iconsaysplz:On this day we celebrate having you with us!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Throw a party here for you I'll make sure is a blast!
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:I wish you only happiness, that your life's full of smiles!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:That you and your friends will prevail in any troubling times!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Most of all, I wish for you that you'll have lots of fun!
:iconpinkiegalaplz::iconsaysplz:And share it with all close to you, spread happiness around!
:iconhotbloodedpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:OR ELSE!
:iconpinkiewinkplz:
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:So let's get down to business now, there'll be no more delays!
:iconpinkiepiecakeplz::iconsaysplz:On to the birthday party, celebrate this joyous daaaaay!
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:iconanimecitizen:
AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
HAPPY :cake: , man! You're my inspiration to custom pony figures. have a nice life!
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:icontwilightismagic:
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Yay! We're here, everypony!
:iconhappytsplz::iconsaysplz:Phew, that wasn't long. I told you we could easily make it on hoof!
:iconstyle1plz::iconsaysplz:Speak for yourself, Twi, you didn't have to carry this cake! It's heavy, you know!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Thank you for helping out, Dashie! I couldn't have settled for anything less, after all!
:iconfluttershy-plz::iconsaysplz:Hi... We're here to... wish you a happy birthday.
:iconpinkiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:You said it! Happy birthday!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And what better way to say "happy birthday" than with a cake? :iconcakepinkplz:
:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
:iconderpyhappyplz::iconsaysplz:With a muffin! Yay! :iconmlpmuffinplz:
:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:What makes them meaningful are our wishes for you!
:iconpinkiesmile2plz::iconsaysplz:Exactly! And we wish for you to have a perfect birthday and a great year ahead of you!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't fear any challenges you might face! No matter how bad it may seem, have faith in yourself and keep on being awesome!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:And while at it, keep a level head and don't lose sight of what's important! Keep the magic of friendship alive in yourself!
:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
:iconspikethinkingplz::iconsaysplz:We hope that you'll find all you seek and be the best you can be!
:iconrarityjoyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget to respect yourself! You're the best at being you, so stay true to what you really are!
:iconflutterpweezeplz::iconsaysplz:And we hope that you'll be at peace with yourself, too... and that the year ahead will be peaceful for you.
:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
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