Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Applejack's Apple Harvest and the rise of the Brotomata subgenre

Photo of Applejack's Apple Harvest

With three well-made examples in existence, and the power vested in me as keeper of The Autoamta Blog, I declare a new sub-genre in the world of contemporary automata. Having made this declaration, I suppose I get to throw out the first name. I propose these My Little Pony themed pieces to be Brotomata. In case you missed them, the other two in this series feature Twilight Sparkle reading and Fluttershy's leading a choir of bird.

From the automaton description:
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.

I admit that I am still a little thrown off by the combination of the plastic figure and the wooden base and mechanism. But so what? There's no denying that this and the other examples of My Little Pony automata are well conceived and very well made. I also appreciate the number of hours being tracked and listed. These things take a long time to make! That's one thing that distinguishes them from wooden toys.

Here is where you can learn more about this automaton, titled Applejack's Apple Harvest.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the origin of the new name? Brotomata? I don't understand.

February 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you think "Philippine mahogany" and "Narra hardwood" are plastic do you? Read your own quote. Wood, paint, and skill. Also, one person's awesome creations ( morisato54 on youtube ) don't really create a new sub-genre that requires being dubbed as you have. Automata are obscure enough without an odd portmanteau to confuse the matter.

August 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Not plastic? My mistake! As for the sub-genre name, well...yeah..that was was just for fun.

August 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM  

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