Hasbro 2015 Line Display from My Little Pony Fair

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Friendship Games, Equestria Girls:

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Here’s a close up of Flash and Twilight. I am looking forward to this!My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

Other Equestria Girls:

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

G4 My Little Pony:

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

July 4, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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!)

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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!

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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!

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

I quite liked walking around the retrospective room.  Displayed in small glass IKEA cases were ponies grouped together in chronological order.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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 Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

My favorite things in the room, however, had to be the prototypes that were painted to look like real ponies.  They were adorable.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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:

MLP Fair Goodies
Magic Star– I picked this pony up because I love her unique pose. Now to find a rearing pony stand for her!

MLP Fair Goodies
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.

MLP Fair Goodies
Bouncy– I didn’t have Bouncy’s name on a wish list, but couldn’t pass up this cutie.

Twinkle Eye Ponies:

MLP Fair Goodies
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.

MLP Fair Goodies
Sky Rocket– I just thought Sky Rocket was cute and she was priced right.

Customs:

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by Perfume Puff Princess

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by Oat Couture

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by PandaBear

MLP Fair Goodies
Custom by GotBunny

All of the above customs called out to me. In fact, the GotBunny custom was my first purchase of the day.

Other:
MLP Fair Goodies
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.

MLP Fair Goodies
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.

MLP Fair Goodies
Christmas Baby Pony (fan name Baby Stockings)– I love Christmas dolls. This was a must purchase.

MLP Fair Goodies
Baby Cuddles- I liked this little baby pony because of her three freckles.

MLP Fair Goodies
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:
MLP Fair Goodies
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.

My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015 (Illinois)

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!

Video Posts:

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!

July 3, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: My Little Pony Express Subscription Box (April)

Late April, my My Little Pony Express subscription box arrived. (To see past box openings, visit here.)   What was in my April mystery box?  Here’s the reveal!

Italian Seashell

Italian Seashell

I received an Italian Seashell with a collector pose head that has no freckles or blaze.  This pony is in the sitting position, which is my favorite pose.  I think this is a very pretty pony!

Italian Seashell

Italian Seashell

I just so happen to own the US version of this pony.  Here’s a few shots of them together.  You’ll notice a few differences. As I mentioned before, the Italian pony has a collector pose head, as opposed to the head Bubbles uses, which curls in more. Italian Seashell looks straight ahead with no tilt of the head. Besides the Italian Seashell not having freckles or a blaze, it seems her cutie mark coloring and hair are a darker shade of green when compared to her US counterpart, as well.

US (left) Italian (right)

US (left) Italian (right)

And then, there are the blue eyes, which seem to be a staple when it comes to Italian My Little Ponies.  Similar to my other Italian ponies, the blue eyes seem to have been painted on quickly and aren’t perfect.

US (left) Italian (right)

US (left) Italian (right)

Besides Seashell, I also received a number of other fun accessories!  Like last month, I got a Dolly Mix pony, comb, seapony pin, Firefly sticker, seapony coloring sheet and, finally, a bandana from Oat Couture (seen on my US Seashell).

The entire box

The entire box

Did you receive a My Little Pony Express box in April?  Who did you receive? Let me know in the comment area!  And of course, don’t forget to check out My Little Pony Express on Facebook!

May 7, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Dolly Review: My Little Pony Express (March)

It’s time again for a new My Little Pony Express box opening post!  As you know, Ruth over on Etsy runs something called ‘My Little Pony Express‘.  It’s a subscription box service based around the first generation of My Little Ponies. Since writing about this program a few months back, it has changed slightly.  The three and six month subscription packages are gone, meaning the boxes have to be ordered month to month. As of yesterday, the April subscription boxes were sold out.  (They sold out very quickly from the looks of it!) I recommend ‘liking’ the My Little Pony Express facebook page for instant updates on the program.

January brought me Bubbles.  February brought me an Italian Posey. Here’s what was in my March subscription box!

My Little Pony Express March

My Little Pony Express March

This month brought me an Italian Applejack with curly hair!  The Italian Applejack differs from the US Applejack in a few ways.  The green eyes of the US pony are instead blue in this Italian release.  The coloring on the cutie marks differ slightly, as well.

Italian Applejack

Italian Applejack

Italian Applejack

Italian Applejack

Here’s the Italian Applejack compared to the US Applejack.

Italian Applejack vs US Applejack

Italian Applejack vs US Applejack

March boxes featured a number of items from all over the internet including: Dolly Mix Ponies, pony buttons by The Orange Artist and vintage stickers and trading cards.  Select boxes included: ponywear, crayons by WhoaKitten Crayons, Bandanas and Bridles by Oat Couture and bows by Perfume Puff Princess.

Complete Box

Complete Box

My box included a Dolly Mix Shady, trading cards, a button and ponywear fashion City Kids (being modeled by my US Applejack).

Italian Applejack

Italian Applejack

Just like January and February, I love my My Little Pony Express Box this month!  Did you receive a My Little Pony Express box this month? What was inside? Share your thoughts below.

March 27, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Dolly Review: My Little Pony Express (February)

This week, I received the second of three My Little Pony Express subscription boxes.  They were gifted to me for my birthday.  For more information on the service, check out my January Box post.  I’m jumping straight to the fun stuff in this box opening post!

MLP Express

MLP Express

Here’s the big video reveal!

 

Italian Posey

Italian Posey

I received an Italian Posey this month!  She’s so cute.  Posey has a yellow body and light pink hair. Her cutie mark features six tulips in a light purple.

Italian Posey

Italian Posey

This Posey is unique to the US version because of her blue eyes. The US version has green eyes.  In Italy, this pony was also known as Penelope.  You can tell a pony is Italian by looking at their hooves– one hoof will have Italy carved into it.

Italian Posey (notice the blue eyes)

Italian Posey (notice the blue eyes)

Italian Posey

Italian Posey

Apparently, Fluttershy from Friendship is Magic was originally based off this pony, but due to rights issues, her design had to be tweaked.  You’ll notice both ponies share the same color scheme.

Italian Posey

Italian Posey

Also in my My Little Pony Express box was a pony bow crafted by Perfume Puff Princess, the Hearts and Candy ponywear set (hat and shoes included), a comb and Blossom sticker.

Bow by Perfume Puff Princess

Bow by Perfume Puff Princess

I still need to dig out a pony to wear this.  My ponies will be so excited– they haven’t had new clothing in at least 20 years!

Candy and Hearts

Candy and Hearts

I’m very happy with my pony and think Posey is a great addition to my collection!

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What do you think of Posey?  Did you subscribe to My Little Pony Express recently? Who did you receive?  Share your thoughts below!

February 28, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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