My Little Pony Applejack automata

OK, nobody tell my kid about ~renegadecow's "Applejack's Apple Harvest" My Little Pony automata. Nine days left on eBay, bids open at $200:

No pony appreciates a good days work more than Applejack. She loves the hard-earned life so much that she doesn't even look like she's working at all! Of course, not everybody is gifted with the talent for apple bucking. It's also an untold mystery as to how she can send each and every single apple into a bushel with nary a one touching the ground. But I think her ever faithful, canine companion Winona has rooted that secret out. That or she's on the lookout for bad apples.

The figures, stand, tree and bushel are carved out of Philippine mahogany while the gears and apples are made out of Narra hardwood. They're painted in enamel and protected by clear flat lacquer. Applejack stands at 5 1/8" tall (with her hat down) while the entire complete piece measures 11 3/4" high, 9 1/2" long, and 3 1/2" wide. It took 161 hours to complete.

Applejack's Apple Harvest (via Neatorama)


  1. That is a beautifully done little machine! The Border collie in the basement is what makes this a total win for me.

    I was so pleased to see that the figures are wood.  I know how hard it is to give wood a “plastic like” finish.

    1. You mean a “parent”, right? Not everyone who watches the show is a “Brony”, ya know. Some just watch it because their children watch it. Others are just normal people who happen to enjoy a lighthearted cartoon.

      It’s so strange observing the whole Anti-Brony phenomenon from an external position. It’s sort of bizzare to think that some people base their opinions of others so substantially on whether or not they watch a colorful cartoon about fantasy and friendship. Yet, I’ve observed it over and over again, and I still can’t figure out what motivates such odd judgemental thinking.

      1. “It’s so strange observing the whole Anti-Brony phenomenon”

        Although still less strange than the phenomenon itself!

        What motivates judging people for their activities? I dunno, do we need motivation? It’s a pretty human characteristic. If we can tease people for being ironic, wearing Fedoras, or voting Republican, then we can certainly tease them for mild-obsession with a children’s cartoon about fucking ponies.

        1. Nobody (well, no fellow nerds) flips their shit about grown-ass men watching Batman or Transformers cartoons. I’ve yet to see an argument against MLP that doesn’t boil down to “it’s for *girls*” (sexist much?) or “it’s for *kids*” (I’m sorry, is that Optimus Prime on your desk?)

          Edit: It’s worth distinguishing between “your interest is kinda silly” and “your interest is disgusting and morally repulsive and probably means you’re a pedophile.” Lots of odd nerd habits get the first one, but MLP gets the second for no really good reason.

          1. I don’t think anyone takes issue with the mere activity of watching My Little Pony, and yea, to be honest, I’d also think it weird for a group of grown men to role play exclusively as transformers and hang out on transformer forums and watch transformers regularly – and I like transformers, they’re fucking awesome.

            That doesn’t mean Brony’s should stop being Brony’s, on the contrary, Brony away – if it makes you happy then Brone to your hearts content. But that doesn’t mean that the masses aren’t allowed to think it’s weird – ’cause let’s face it, it’s a bit weird.

          2. I think we should get together and try to see past our differences, and instead focus on what we share, what we have in common:
            Hasbro owns us. Totally.

    1. Nah, they’re actually pretty cool with fan creations. So long as it doesn’t approach the level of attention of an official product (Fighting is Magic), they’ll leave it be and enjoy the free community.

    1. 1. It’s made of wood. Reading is fundamental.
      2. Your impotent rage says more about you than anything else.

    2. Two thoughts:

      I would love to discuss your rage. I would also like to discuss things you do that make others rage.


      Who’s a silly pony? / You’re a silly pony! / Who is? / You is! / Applejack

  2. You know, I haven’t really watched My Little Pony, but this thing is pretty fun and cute.  Very cleverly done.  I found myself carefully watching the video to see how those apples slid neatly into the basket, instead of disappearing behind it.  $200 does sound a bit low for a handcrafted piece; if it was a generic horse wearing a cowboy hat, I could see this thing going for $500 at a high-end craft fair.

  3. Am I the only one that’s noticed that it’s horribly out of sync? Also the lack of animation principles (in this case it’s sorely lacking any anticipation and ease) – it’s VERY nicely crafted and a beautiful item – I love this kind of thing, but the perfectionist in me would chuck it across the room within a minute.

    1. I get what you are saying, but I feel like the separate elements work together well, and it’s still pretty impressive for the hand-cranked wooden gears.  How could you get it to consistently sync every time, and not risk the mechanism jamming up or the string of apples breaking shortly after purchase?  I’m not being accusatory, I just thought up a couple of different solutions and each of them didn’t work in the long term.

      1. Now that’s a question I can’t answer – but it’s of course possible, maybe just too much effort and requiring precision that’s not practical for such an item.

        It was more the reason I couldn’t own it though – I appreciate the effort that’s gone into it, and it’s still a lovely item.

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