This past weekend, I attended Whinny City Pony Con. In its second year, the convention is focused on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Now, while I have enjoyed the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since it made its debut on TV in 2010, I still think of My Little Pony, first and foremost, as a toy. Because of that, I may have misjudged the real theme of Whinny City Pony Con. I was hoping it would have a similar feel to the My Little Pony Fair (2015 coverage), which I’ve attended in years past. While both conventions had a panel of special guests, a family/kids room, panels and a vendor area, it was clear that this was not a convention for someone who was more interested in the toy line than the tv show.
Call me a spendthrift, but the vendor area is my favorite part of any convention I attend. (And true to form, I usually end up spending way more than my convention “allowance”!) I wasn’t in awe over the vendor area at Whinny City Pony Con. I had assumed it would be a room filled with vendors selling ponies. I had prepared myself for vendors selling G4 ponies, since they correlate to the Friendship is Magic theme, but literally, only one vendor had them for sale (and the selection was not very good). The 30 or so vendors were mostly artists selling prints or etched goods and other more crafty vendors, with cute My Little Pony themed accessories. Because I went in expecting to add a new pony or two to my collection, I wasn’t over the moon about the vendor area. The artists were all talented, but I wanted a real pony. You’d think that I would leave empty handed because of this, but, alas, I did end up buying two items. First was a Hasbro made Doctor Whooves bank and shortly after, I added a cool custom Manehattan pin to add to my pin collection.
Besides the vendor area, the convention did have a number of panels for attendees. None were very interesting to me, so I only ended up attending one: the Q and A panel with the voice actors. The panel was a little shaky due to technical difficulties, but entertaining, nonetheless. Guests included Cathy Weseluck (Spike), Rebecca Shoichet (Sunset Shimmer) and G.M Berrow (Writer), among others. It seemed like Cathy and Rebecca were the most popular of the guests, as most of the Q and A questions were directed to them.
I’ll be honest, that’s pretty much where my coverage of this show ends. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I had misjudged Whinny City Pony Con in assuming it would be similar to the My Little Pony Fair. (Which, by the way, looks like it won’t be returning to Illinois this year.) If I was a bigger fan of the cartoon, I’m sure I’d have found more things to do. The vast majority of attendees looked like they were having a blast. If you’re into the whole Friendship is Magic fandom, this might be a convention for you. Like Whinny City Pony Con on Facebook for updates on 2018’s event.
This past weekend was the My Little Pony Fair. Like last year, it was held in Schaumburg, IL. Being a My Little Pony collector, I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to attend! The My Little Pony Fair is a family friendly celebration of My Little Pony. Mostly centered around G1 ponies, it features a handful of high-profile guests, limited panel programming and, one of the most important elements of any convention, a vendors area!
To be honest, the convention could use some improvement. While it’s more organized than some of the conventions of its scale, it lacks a lot of quality panel programming. It would be great to see them expand on the panel programming for next year and add a little more variety to the mix. That being said, they have a great vendors area!
The vendors hall had a whole slew of My Little Pony sellers, the majority stocked full of G1 ponies. The room that held the vendors was a little small this year, which made it slightly cramped and hard to maneuver. We managed to find a lot of good finds, though! Care to know what they are? Here’s the goodies we came home with!
My main goal (pun intended) was to pick up some Big Brother/Clydesdale ponies. I’m happy to report that I found a few great examples of that kind of My Little Pony at the fair! While I couldn’t snag the Big Brother (series 2) Wigwam, I did buy Chief, a fireman themed pony with his hat and handkerchief. (The number of Big Brother’s missing their accessories was so sad! Half of their charm came from their hats, handkerchiefs, etc! I’m proud to say that both of my childhood My Little Ponies, Slugger and Tex, have their accessories.)
I also picked up the mail order only pony Coats n’ Tails (also known as Tux n’ Tails). He’s a blue Clydesdale with bow ties on his hip. Coats n’ Tails has been on my radar for a while, because he’s be the perfect companion for my Pony Bride!
The last adult Clydesdale I picked up was Daddy Sweet Celebrations. He was part of the Loving Family series that consisted of three (or four) like ponies (mom, dad, baby, sibling). I thought Sweet Celebrations would go well with my birthday themed ponies from the year 4 birthday set, so I picked him up.
The last of the Clydesdale’s that went home with me was Baby Drummer. Baby Drummer was just too cute to pass up with his dark coloring and freckles!
Also added to my My Little Pony family was a So Soft Cupcake and an Italian Peachy! Last, but no least, I picked up a print of concept art for the Pretty Mane series. Only two of the ponies on the poster were produced (both mail order ponies).
Usually, I come home with some OOAK My Little Ponies. This show had some very pretty OOAK ponies, but very few were in my price range. It wasn’t a total bust, though. I did come home with a beautiful Zorse from Sunshine’s My Little Pony Shoppe. She had a nice array of OOAK’s on display, a few of which I am still considering buying if they show up on the Etsy shop!
My smallest purchase was this cute little blind bag repaint by My Little Demon, dubbed a Petina Pony. I couldn’t pass it up!
My mom picked up a nice variety of ponies herself, mostly beddy bye eye ponies. She likes them and because they were only released for a year or so, it’s easy to collect them all. (See them in the video, linked above!) Overall, it was a fun day and resulted in a lot of great ponies being added to my collection!
I didn’t take a ton of photos at the show, but there are a few in my Flickr album. Check it out! Have you picked up a My Little Pony recently? Do you have any favorites of the ones we picked up? Let me know in the comment area!
It’s a little late, I know, but Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your dolly dreams came true this December 25th! I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of the items that were under my Christmas tree with you!
I received four My Little Ponies. Two were customs by Perfume Puff Princess. I picked up a few Perfume Puff Princess customs at the My Little Pony Fair, this year and now have a total of four! I love the wild hair these ponies have!
Also under the tree was a Kewpie doll themed around the 60’s. She’s groovy! I like her dark eyes. Her outfit, especially her fringe jacket and head band, are super cute.
Equally adorable were the three Hallmark Itty Bitty’s— Rainbow Brite, her Sprite and a fun C3P0 decked out in a Christmas scarf. I think I may need to pick up some more of Rainbow Brites friends now to try to complete the set.
With Star Wars in full swing, my C3P0 collection grew a lot! One of the coolest new C3P0 items was the Wind Up Tin C3P0. There was also a neat Star Tours bank that featured C3P0 and R2D2. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the huge light up art deco head! (See my C3PO collection here.)
This next item was actually a birthday gift– a straight leg Skipper with a sample head! Sample Skipper’s usually have a resin body with a wider stance than the vinyl bodies. This Skipper was either rebodied by a collector or possibly was boxed this way from the get go. It’s really hard to tell! She has very pretty light brown hair and a double row of bangs. Another interesting feature on this Sample Skipper is the length of her bangs– they’re shorter than your normal straight leg Skipper head.
I saved the best for last! My baby Sasha now has two new brothers– Trendon Gregor and Caleb. I knew about Caleb, but Gregor was a complete shock. I’m not sure about when exactly they were made, but each are different heights, which I find interesting!
Caleb is shorter than Gregor. My mom also pointed out that the Gregor has a shorter blue sweater on than some of the other sweater boys that were produced. What drew me to Caleb was his dark skin. There is a lighter skin Caleb, as well, but this guy has super dark skin. I like it, though I’m still figuring out how to photograph him properly.
My mother, Barbee0913 on YouTube, received a few nice dolly, if I do say so myself! She is now the proud owner of the Impression of China Kurhn, Maru from Maru and Friends and a Trendon Prince Gregor. She also got a few pink box Barbie’s.
Watch the video here:
What did Santa (and friends) bring you this holiday season? Let me know in the comment area! See you in 2016!
Hasbro had a table featuring the 2015 My Little Pony/Equestria Girls line at the My Little Pony Fair. Here are some of my favorite pieces on display.
Friendship Games, Equestria Girls:
Other Equestria Girls:
G4 My Little Pony:
Watch the trailer for My Little Pony: Equetria Girls- Friendship Games below.
For a few more photo’s, visit my Flickr page (click ‘right’ in the slideshow). Are you looking forward to any My Little Pony releases this year? Share your thoughts below.
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!