My Little Pony Celebrates 35 Years!

My Little Pony is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year! To mark the occasion, Hasbro is putting out six collectible reproduction My Little Ponies. Made to look like the original Year 1 ponies from 1983, the ponies include Snuzzle, Cotton Candy, Blue Belle, Butterscotch, Blossom and Minty. If this seems familiar, it would be because these ponies were also released for the 25th anniversary of the line.

While Hasbro may have more in the works, if this is it, I am disappointed. We’ve seen these re-releases before and they weren’t done all that well the first time around for the 25th anniversary. I requested photos from Hasbro’s My Little Pony PR team, but so far they have ignored my request. If I get photos, I will add them to this post. In the meantime, you can see photos here.

365 Toy Project- Day 8- My Little Pony Family Portrait

Were I in charge of creating cool products to commemorate 35 years of My Little Pony, I wouldn’t have chosen to just re-release the first six ponies again. By now, Hasbro should know that My Little Pony collectors tend to be completists and probably were around for the 25th anniversary. What would I have liked to see? Give me a reproduction Megan and Sundance set or Molly and Baby Sundance. Or, why not give us a reproduction Flutter Pony? Another idea would be to offer a gift set that included the same pony, but made in all the different generations. Like, for example, a Bowtie made in the form of a G1, sea pony, G2, G3, G4 and so on. And, if it wasn’t too expensive, give me a re-release of Paradise Estate. I never received that as a kid and would love to have one. It’s way too hard to find at an affordable price in good condition.

While this may not have been intentional, the Equestria Girls received a makeover for 2018 and now look drastically different. The redesign will come as a shock to people who like the look of the original Equestria Girl dolls. In this reboot, the Equestria Girls have grown a few inches taller, have more human-like bodies and have a very different face design.

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

MLP Equestria Girls Re-Launch

I’m not crazy about their new look. Most of these dolls look a little–weird. I haven’t seen Fluttershy or Rarity yet, but of the four I’ve seen (Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle) the one I like most would probably be Rainbow Dash. The others, especially Twilight Sparkle, missed the mark, in my opinion.

Also, in related news, the My Little Pony Fair has been redubbed Pony Con and will be held June 16th and 17th in Orlando, Florida. Floridians won’t want to miss this! It’s a ton of fun and they have the best dealers hall (or they did when it was in Chicago, read coverage here on the blog: 2015, 2016). For more information, visit their website.

What do you think of Hasbro’s 35th anniversary releases so far and the recent Equestria Girls relaunch? What would you like to see Hasbro release for the 35th anniversary? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

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January 15, 2018. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Whinny City Pony Con Recap

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.

April 3, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

My Little Pony Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

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.)

MLP Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

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.

MLP Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

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).

MLP Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

My smallest purchase was this cute little blind bag repaint by My Little Demon, dubbed a Petina Pony. I couldn’t pass it up!

MLP Fair 2016

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!

MLP Fair 2016

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!

July 14, 2016. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

NYTF16: Hasbro’s Showroom

Last year, I wasn’t allowed to attend Hasbro’s Toy Fair events. They don’t officially participate in New York Toy Fair, but set up a private showroom and host various events. This year, I was excited to be formally invited to one of these events.  It was hosted on the coldest day NYC had seen for years, literally. After standing outside in the cold for about 10 minutes, they finally let us in and sat us in the theater. There, we were introduced to some of the brand new products in popular lines, such as Transformers, Star Wars and My Little Pony. A good portion of the event attendees were male, which shocked me, but if you look at Hasbro’s catalog, many of their tops brands are aimed at the male market (however much it pains me to use gender terms when it comes to toys).

Of course, I got a huge kick out of the My Little Pony presentation, where we were shown a clip from the upcoming season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and heard a few words from the Executive Producer, Meghan McCarthy. (I was a little star struck.) We weren’t allowed to film any of this, but honestly, most of the brands they spoke about weren’t my cup of tea.

I saw so much at Hasbro that this post could easily become a book! For that reason, I highly recommend you check out the videos I shot during the event and take a peek at the flickr album I set up with pictures. We’ll start with My Little Pony. My Little Pony is still flying high at Hasbro. On display were mini figures, G4 ponies, Equestria Girls and mini Equestria Girls. They also had a new interactive plush they demo’d.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

These ponies have a hole in their cutie mark that allows you to see a scene when you look through it, as I understand it! Also on display were articulated ponies.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

This Guardians of Harmony line of adventure/fantasy themed figures is super cool.They’re totally worth displaying and have a unique look to them. I usually don’t take notice of G4 releases, but this one definitely caught my eye.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

These miniature figures were adorable. They had a whole diorama set up with them! They’re going to be releasing big pieces for this series, too, like Twilight’s library and Pinkie Pie’s dessert shop.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

The Equestria Girls were on display, but what caught my eye were the Mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable. They remind me of Pinky ST figures in a weird way.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

How cute is Fluttershy in this set?!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

This was the biggest playset on display for them. It’s a party themed set that comes with a tripod for your camera, so the party has its very own photobooth. It even includes props for the Equestria Girls to hold!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

And then there’s the normal Equestria Girls. These tie in with a new movie we’ll be seeing later this year. I’m still very proud that Hasbro switched out the peg feet for normal legs and shoes. They earned a gold star for that move. This line wouldn’t be around if they hadn’t rethought the design.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

They had a large amount of toys on display that were tie in’s for the new Trolls movie. You can see those in the video tours. Moving ahead, one of my favorite pieces in the entire Hasbro Showroom was Torch, the Baby Dragon from FurReal. He’s adorable and I want him. You have to see him in action in the demo video. He “breathes fire” and will toast his own marshmallow. Seriously, we all need a pet dragon like him.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Baby Alive is still going strong, as well. There were a number of them on display. I recorded the demo’s for you to watch.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Elena of Avalor is going to be a huge property in 2016 and beyond. It’s a spin-off of Sofia the First, an adorable show on Disney Junior. Most of the companies with toys had a strict no photo’s policy, but Hasbro had theirs on display.

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

And the Disney Princesses weren’t left out of the fun, either!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Due to the weird scheduling of the event, I didn’t have time to talk to the Disney Princess rep about the line’s specific’s for 2016, but it looks like they have a ton planned. You’ll be seeing more on the Princesses later and of course, you can learn about Disney toys on my About.com page!

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

I did run over and chat with the Descendants rep who showed me some super cute editions that we’ll be seeing in 2016. They’re taking inspiration from the animated shorts, Descendants: Wicked World. There are new villains like Captain Hooks daughter, CJ, and Dr. Facilier’s daughter, Freddie. (Dr. Facilier is the shadow man in Princess and the Frog.) They’re also introducing Jordan, the daughter of Genie and Ally, the daughter of Alice. (See promo photos on Disney Toys on About)

NYTF16: Hasbro Showroom

Mal and Evie are getting a cool release. Themed around the Neon Lights dance, these dolls have light up elements sewn into their outfits, which you’ll see demo’d in the videos linked at the bottom of this post. I think they’re styling is done rather well, too. There are other dolls in this line, but they don’t have the light up elements, just very bright, fluorescent outfits. Also on display was a ‘Genie Chic‘ line which features many of the new characters.

So there you have it, some highlights from the Hasbro showroom. You can see more pictures on my flickr. I invite you all to watch the video presentations I recorded while talking to the reps. You’ll see other items I didn’t cover in this post.

Do you see anything that you’ll be picking up in 2016? Share it in the comment area!

February 27, 2016. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: 6″ My Little Pony Fair/SDCC Exclusive Chicken Pinkie Pie

I showed you a sneak peek of Chicken Pinkie Pie in my My Little Pony Fair recap and now, for you today, I have a more detailed post about this exclusive figure from Hasbro. There’s not a lot to say about this pony, to be honest.  The idea for this was inspired by a season 2 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic called Luna Eclipsed.  The episode followed Pinkie Pie as she and the other ponies celebrated a Halloween like holiday.

Chicken Pinkie Pie

Chicken Pinkie Pie came packaged in a box that mimicked carry out chicken. While cool, it was a bit obnoxious to carry around with me. Thank goodness we had a car nearby.

Chicken Pinkie Pie

She has ‘Derpy’ style eyes, which mean her decal eyes are in different positions.

Chicken Pinkie Pie

Her chicken outfit is removable. It has a beak, held on with see-through elastic, yellow tights that cover her hind legs and a soft white chicken suit to finish the look. Her head moves left and right, but her legs are not jointed.

Chicken Pinkie Pie

Chicken Pinkie Pie

I’m not a collector of G4 ponies. They’re too small and too similar line after line for my tastes, however, these 6″ ponies are something I keep an eye on. I had to google the reference, but I like her uniqueness, which I don’t see a lot in the current G4 line.

Chicken Pinkie Pie

Chicken Pinkie Pie retailed at $50.00, which is the absolute max I would pay for this exclusive. While neat, paying any more than that would be over paying for her, I think, so be careful if you’re trying to buy her second hand.  In my opinion, triple digit prices, like the one’s currently on eBay, are much too high.

Video Review Below:

What do you think of Chicken Pinkie Pie? Is she worthy of being an SDCC/MLP Fair exclusive? Share your thoughts below.

July 10, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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