Post by horseplaytoys on Sept 17, 2019 16:09:16 GMT
Thanks for letting me in!
Just in time it seems... I've kind of accidentally come in touch with MLP maybe 2-3 years ago, then discovered the fandom. The rest is history. I make inflatable animals/toys in my free time (with the help of talented artists). Inevitably, I had to make some ponies too... probably not the last ones either, no matter whether the show goes on or not I finally decided to go to a con after I missed Galacon in Germany (where I am from), so it'll be UK Ponycon - hooray! I suppose you'll easily recognise me next month by the massively inflated best princess that I'll be bringing along (hope there'll be no objections to that)...
Post by horseplaytoys on Sept 18, 2019 20:09:12 GMT
This is a very good question. I think it was a combination of the urge to do something different, opportunity and the fact that I discovered "pooltoy art" on the internet (a furry thing). Opportunity as in: there was then a relatively new thing (for me) called Alibaba, which is a portal that let's you access Chinese manufacturers directly. I just took a risk (with hindsight), got lucky, made some horses that came out pretty well (I think). Initially, I just wanted to make them for myself, but because it is an "industrial" product, you can't just make one or two... you need to make several hundred at least. So I needed a market and store too. Then, because I was in the equine field to begin with, I also discovered MLP (as in: MLP for adults), hooked up with pony artists, one of whom drew the princess floats... and that led to some products that until a few years ago I didn't even know existed, like inflatable pillows (which I discovered in Japan) and dakimakura with pony prints (all those have more mature themes, obviously, for which I have a separate webstore). So, basically, a hobby that got out of hand. Very slightly.