The My Little Pony Fair and Convention, a traveling annual event, stopped in Schaumburg this past weekend. Being a My Little Pony fan since birth, I couldn’t pass up the chance to attend this show.
Tagging along was my mother, who isn’t a pony fan herself, but thought it would be a good place to buy future holiday gifts for, well, yours truly. (She came home with a few mystery bags, so you and I will have to wait until December to see everything she may have picked up!)
2015 marked the 12th annual My Little Pony Fair and Convention. It was our first year attending. It will probably be our only year attending, actually, as I don’t plan on traveling around for it.
Let me give you a feel for the convention before I go into what we (mostly I) bought. Unlike the large fan gathering feeling of Puddle, the My Little Pony Fair was more ‘convention-like’. It had a small amount of panels and encompassed more than one room. On top of that, they expected to get at least 1,200 attendees through the doors during the two day show.
One room held about 50 vendors selling pretty much anything Pony related. There were tables filled with G1’s, G2’s, G3’s and G4’s in various conditions, fantastic custom pieces, neat My Little Pony playsets, plush, and more. One vendor even sold kitchen towels and oven mitts!
The programming was limited and repeated throughout the weekend, in many cases. While there were a few panels I would have liked to attend, it turned out nearly all of them were at the same time. We caught the tail end of the Hasbro Q and A panel, in which the two Hasbro reps read a scripted Q and A. The panel ran fast, so we missed most of the questions. From what we gathered, there was a lot of ‘great question, we can’t answer that right now, but stay tuned’ sort of answers.
The second panel we attended was much more entertaining. It was a Q and A with voice actor Andrea Libman. She voices Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as countless other characters. Fun fact, she voiced Madeline in the old cartoon. I caught some of the fan Q and A on camera, so I’ll post that to my YouTube channel shortly for you to enjoy. She said her favorite episode to date is probably Party of One, in which Pinkie Pie freaks out a little when her friends all decline to attend one of her parties.
One room was dedicated to carnival type games. Each attendee received a play voucher to play six games in the room for a chance to win small prizes. That room was very hot and crowded. Lines took forever to get through. In the end, I only got to play two games and won a notepad and a sticker. It didn’t help matters that the room wasn’t open all day, just short spurts. Good effort, but I don’t think this room worked out how they imagined it would.
Two other special guests are worth mentioning. In attendance were two designers who had a hand in crafting the original G1 line– Bonnie Zacherle and Susanne Riette-Keith. I didn’t actually get to speak to either of these influential ladies, because, I’ll be honest, walking up to people sitting at autograph booths makes me totally nervous (especially when I am not planning on paying for an autograph or photo). I know you’re allowed to say hello to guests if they have no line, but it’s totally awkward feeling to me. The scheduled panels with the two guests didn’t exactly work with our schedule, either. Not to mention, most were ticked events and again, I wasn’t going to pay to attend a panel after spending $40 to get in the door. Still, it was neat being able to look at them from a far and the artwork Susanne brought in was gorgeous!
Speaking of artwork, this convention introduced me to the wonderful artwork of Sarah Keefer. She’s an artist who brought in fantastic examples of her My Little Pony watercolors. She also made the convention bookmarks, which were stunning.
I quite liked walking around the retrospective room. Displayed in small glass IKEA cases were ponies grouped together in chronological order.
It was really interesting to see G1 ponies from every year together. The change from the first line to the last was vast and noticable.
My favorite things in the room, however, had to be the prototypes that were painted to look like real ponies. They were adorable.
What did I buy, you ask? Well, the real question is what didn’t I buy. I spent more than expected at the show, but to be fair, I rarely spend money on my pony collection, so it was about time to put some effort (and money) into it. I went in wanting to pick up So Soft’s, Twinkle Eye’s and customs. I ended up achieving all three of those goals.
So Soft Ponies:
Magic Star– I picked this pony up because I love her unique pose. Now to find a rearing pony stand for her!
Gusty– I love Gusty. My goal was to come home with the so soft and non so soft, but that wasn’t meant to be. I am very happy with this so soft version of her, though! Now, to try to snag the Italian Gusty, Gustavo.
Bouncy– I didn’t have Bouncy’s name on a wish list, but couldn’t pass up this cutie.
Twinkle Eye Ponies:
Bright Eyes– This isn’t the most flashy pony on the block, but I think she’s very pretty! For some reason, she was super expensive at the show– priced between $45-$60 at most booths. I found this one for $12. It’s not minty fresh, but the condition is fine for me and the price was right.
Sky Rocket– I just thought Sky Rocket was cute and she was priced right.
Custom by Perfume Puff Princess
Custom by Oat Couture
Custom by PandaBear
Custom by GotBunny
All of the above customs called out to me. In fact, the GotBunny custom was my first purchase of the day.
Tootsie– Tootise has great coloring and was on my pony wishlist. I’d also like to one day pick up the Italian version (blue hair) of this pony, known as Titti.
Big Brother Barnacle– My goal was to leave with more Big Brothers, but the prices at the show were very high for them, especially those that had all their accessories. I had really wanted to find a Wig Wam, but left with Barnacle, instead. Again, the price was right. One day, I’ll hit up eBay to find his hat.
Christmas Baby Pony (fan name Baby Stockings)– I love Christmas dolls. This was a must purchase.
Baby Cuddles- I liked this little baby pony because of her three freckles.
Baby Bow Tie– This baby pony was on my wishlist. I am a huge fan of Bow Tie in all sizes. Baby Bow Tie was exclusive to the UK market. There are some interesting Columbian variants I may want to find one day and there is a very pretty French Bow Tie with white hair that would be neat to own.
I also picked up a Baby Heart Throb, but her picture will have to wait until her visit to the beauty parlor. Last, but not least, an animation cel from the original cartoon and a pretty watercolor by Sarah Keefer also found their way into my bag.
The Show Exclusive:
6″ Chicken Pinkie Pie- The My Little Pony Fair and Convention exclusive is also the San Diego Comic Con Exclusive! When I tweeted the convention about the price of the exclusive, I was taken aback. $50.00 for a G4 pony? Well, it turns out, this wasn’t a tiny G4 pony, but a 6″ Chicken Pinkie Pie. The price suddenly made a lot of sense. Chicken Pinkie Pie made an appearance in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon back in season 2 in a Halloween themed episode where Pinkie Pie donned, you guessed it, a chicken outfit. It’s ironic that this would be the SDCC exclusive, as well, as I have more My Little Pony SDCC items than any other brand.
While I don’t plan on traveling around the US to attend, I’m very happy this convention came to Illinois. My pony collection grew tremendously. I may not have found myself a Mimic, but I found plenty of other amazing ponies!
For more pictures, visit my flickr page! Keep track of the My Little Pony Fair online via facebook. Have you attended a convention or picked up a new My Little Pony recently? Share your thoughts below!
Not only do I collect dolls, but I, also, collect My Little Ponies. Some of my favorite pieces in my collection are custom ponies I picked up from anime conventions and the internet. I thought I’d spotlight those customs today!
You’ll notice many of the custom ponies in this post are G1’s. Why? Simply put, they’re my favorite generation of My Little Ponies. I love their size and overall look. I think they have more personality than the current My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic line, though some of the customs are nice. (They’re still too small for me, though!)
Many of my customs are from the same artist, because I bought the majority of these at Anime Central a few years back. So, without further ado, here’s my small collection of My Little Pony customs.
I love my Kyo pony, based on the hot headed character from Fruits Basket. He was one of my first My Little Pony customs. He was customized by Marienoire and picked up at ACEN.
This Fruits Basket pony was gifted to me from a friend who was going through her collection. There was no way I was going to pass up this cutie. Her body has zodiac animals painted all over it, to represent the characters in Fruits Basket. The onigiri represents the main character, Tohru. This custom was made by Marienoire and picked up at ACEN.
Playdate is a custom pony I picked up off eBay a few years ago. The artist is unknown, as eBay won’t go back far enough for me to find their name. I was drawn to this pony because of her fun hair!
These Hello Kitty custom ponies, again created by Marienoire, were gifts. Unlike the first few featured here in the post, they’re G3 ponies. They make a cute family, don’t they?
Gargoyles is one of my favorite cartoons. It’s up there with Jem and the Holograms and Avatar: The Last Airbender. (That makes me think– how awesome would an Avatar: The Last Airbender pony collection be?!) This pony is Demona themed and looks super cool. She was painted by Marienoire and picked up at ACEN.
This pony wasn’t created to be Katniss, but when I saw it, I thought it really spoke to the feisty character in The Hunger Games trilogy. She’s a G3 pony, customized by an unknown artist. Katniss was purchased on eBay.
I love this zebra! She’s so cute. My favorite part of this custom is the spiky mane. Purchased at ACEN, this custom was, also, created by Marienoire.
If you’ve seen Naruto, you know who these two cuties are– Naruto and Sakura. I can hear you asking, what about Sasuke? Sorry, I didn’t like Sasuke as much as these two. These baby ponies were customized by AnimeAmy and picked up (again) at ACEN. One of the neatest elements on these guys are the headbands made of sculpey. I, also, like that Naruto’s cutie mark is ramen noodles.
I couldn’t pass up this adorable custom when I saw it on eBay this past month. Created by Emerring, this pony is appropriately named Polka Dot. She’s a G3 pony covered in glow in the dark dots. Pretty much everything about this pony spoke to me– the colors, the dots. This was a great buy.
If I had to choose a favorite custom, it would be this one, Vash, from the Trigun series. Full disclosure, I’ve never actually watched Trigun, but I have always loved the look of Vash. This pony, with his spiky hair, glasses and bright red body is as eye catching as the anime character. Another thing I like about this custom is the use of a sitting pony body. Vash was customized by Marienoire and purchased at ACEN.
Do you have any custom ponies? Do you have a favorite from my top ten? Do you have a favorite pony artist? Share your thoughts below!
I’m in a My Little Pony mood. This usually happens about once a year of so. I’ll think of a Pony related thing (anything, really!) and then before you know it, I’m looking My Little Pony up on ebay, revisiting out Pony sites in my bookmarks, or in this case, writing about them! My Little Pony is a quintessential toy-line that helped define the 80’s and being a child of that decade, it’s safe to say that the awesome toy line had a positive effect on my childhood!
My Little Pony, the brain child of designer Bonnie Zacherle, debuted in 1982, a year before I was born! Produced by Hasbro, the line began with six Earth Ponies: Cotton Candy, Blossom, Blue Belle, Butterscotch, Minty, and Snuzzle. Unlike ponies on the market before, My Little Ponies had colorful, candy colored bodies and hair and each had a unique picture on their hip that usually symbolized their name.
While these original six would eventually be reproduced over the years, you can recognize the 1982 line because the bottoms of their feet are flat and not concave like most of the Ponies on the market. The bodies differ slightly, too. They’re legs are slightly shorter and their head is more forward than ponies found the second year and on.
That original 1982 line spawned another 9 years of My Little Pony products. The basic earth pony paved the way for unicorns, pegasi, flutter ponies, baby ponies and even sea ponies! Playsets were created and cool ponywear was sold so your ponies could be fashion forward. Personally, I am still looking for Dream Castle and Paradise Estate. One day, rest assured, they’ll be mine!!!!
A variety of My Little Ponies hit the store shelves through their 10 year run. There were Rainbow ponies, ponies with rainbowy hair and hip marks. So Soft ponies, a favorite of mine, were ponies with bodies that were flocked from head to hoof (so to speak!).
Twinkle Eye ponies were adorable ponies with gem-like eyes. Oh, and let’s not forget Flutter ponies, the ones that are the hardest to find mint because of their fragile wings!
My Little Ponies popularity soared most during 1985 and 1986 (years 4 and 5). This is when the vast majority of new, unique ponies made their debut. Lines like the before mentioned So Soft ponies and Twinkle Eye ponies hit shelves for the first time during this ‘heyday’. For me, most of my childhood ponies (and favorites) are from years 4 and 5.
As the years passed, hip marks become more embellished and colors became brighter. A new lean body type was introduced with the Sweetheart Sisters in 1988 (year 7) and was used occasionally throughout the rest of the run.
The later years of the My Little Pony lines had their bright spots. The Perfume Puff ponies, for example, are one of my favorite lines (year 7). Perfume Puff ponies were very stylish, with wild, poofy hair that was scented. I’m also a fan of the Rockin’ Beat ponies from 1990 (year 9). These ponies were decked out for the rock stage with bright colors, cool make up and guitars!
The My Little Pony line was discontinued in 1992. With a ten year run behind it, it seemed like My Little Pony was going the way of Strawberry Shortcake or Carebears, but as it turns out, fate had other plans for our favorite little ponies…
My Favorite G1 My Little Ponies:
Megan and Sundance: You don’t know how long I waited to get Megan and Sundance. Seriously, it took nearly 20 years for Santa to put one under the tree.
Bow Tie: I believe Bow Tie was my first My Little Pony. I have such an affection for this girl that I eventually purchased the Italian version of her and want to collect other foreign versions. I just love her freckles!
Rosedust, Flutter Pony: I received Rosedust just before walking down the aisle as a flower girl for a family members wedding. Of course, she’s wingless now, but still a favorite of mine!
Molly and Baby Sundance: I was (and still am!) jealous of both Megan and Molly! I mean, they talk to ponies for goodness sake!
Daisy Sweet, Perfume Puff pony : Her hair may be wild and uncontrollable, but I love this pony. Daisy Sweet‘s hair still smells like perfume.
Sea Shell: I purchased Sea Shell at a doll show. I’m a huge fan of the sitting pose, even if she can’t wear Pony wear! I hope to pick up the Italian version of this girl one day because I love her freckles!
Slugger and Tex, Big Brother Ponies: The big brother ponies are unique because of their size and their molded feet. Plus, they had some really neat accessories. Slugger and Tex are just two of the awesome Big Brother ponies. I am on the hunt for Salty, Chief, and Wigwam.
Cherries Jubilee: This is the Italian version of Cherries, but I also own the US version. What I like about this pony is her coloring. I’m glad they chose this adorable peach over bright red.
Baby Ember: Ember is one of the first baby ponies made. This girl came with a cassette tape called ‘Embers Dream’. Unlike the three mail order ponies, this Ember has a ‘star’ for her hip mark and is light purple.
Baby Tic Tac Toe: This baby version of Tic Tac Toe is one of my favorites because of her bright coloring. Because she was a ‘first tooth’ pony, she has a tiny little tooth sticking out of her mouth.
Year 1 Carrying Case and Baby Bonnet School of Dance: This case isn’t actually my original case. I did own this, but it broke when I was a kid. I picked this case up at a doll show a few years back. The graphics are really nice! The Baby Bonnet School of Dance, however, is my original. These are the only two playsets I own. I may have owned the nursery, too, but I have a feeling it broke long, long ago.
I’m always on the look out for the Dream Castle and Paradise Estate play sets. Check out the awesome Paradise Estate commercial below.
You can watch a slideshow with various G1 My Little Pony commercials on Youtube by visiting this link.
Interesting, it seems the My Little Pony line was ‘re-imagined’ in Japan during the mid 80’s. Take a peek at the commercial below to see the Takara made ‘My Little Pony’… They’re cute and totally Japan!
Check back soon for part two of my My Little Pony ‘series’! In the meantime, share your My Little Pony memories below! Do you have a favorite G1 pony? Do you remember your first My Little Pony? What do you think makes these Ponies so special that they’ve literally been popular for nearly 30 years? Is there a My Little Pony ‘grail’ item you’re searching high and low for? Share your thoughts below!
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