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!
Barbee0913 and I went to The Chicago Toy Show again late October. It was a strange show this time around. There were very few sixties play dolls (like Little Miss No Name, Giggles and Swingy) and antique composition dolls. The room was filled with Barbie’s, more recent play dolls and, surprisingly, Sasha dolls! The doll room itself was kind of small. The showrunners decided to dedicate a large part of the space to dining with a food stand and tables, which makes me think they had less doll vendors than usual. Enough of the negative, though, here’s what I picked up at the show! To see what my mom bought, be sure to watch the show video we did.
Madame Alexander Teen Maggie Face:
This was my largest purchase of the show. I have gathered a nice sized collection of hard plastic Madame Alexander’s over the years, most of whom are Margaret faces. This is my second Maggie face Madame Alexander. She’s 14″ tall and is wearing her stock outfit. Maggie’s hair is still styled well, even though she’s over 50 years old.
Homecoming Queen Skipper:
I’ve recently talked about the AA versions of this Skipper. (If you didn’t see that post, I recommend checking it out!) This white version seems to be the second release, judging by the light pink roses on her dress. At $5.00, she was a steal!
My Little Ponies:
Twinkle Eyed Locket (year 5), Magic Message Floater (year 6) and Firefly’s Adventure VHS Firefly (year 9) were well priced at one of the booths, so they came home with me. Just prior to me finding the booth, there was a girl who purchased all the Sea Ponies, which I would have gladly taken home with me, but alas, that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. (I don’t have any Sea Ponies.) These three, however, caught my eye and at buy 2, get one free, I was sold. (Now, if I could only find an inexpensive Mimic to join my Year 5 Twinkle Eyed Ponies.)
It’s not very common I buy Skipper outfits, because the prices are always insane. I was light on cash during this show, so I decided to dive into some of the outfit boxes that offered played with/not mint pieces at affordable prices. They may not be perfect, but I’m not one who needs an outfit to be 100% complete to buy it. I ended up buying these three Skipper outfits, Skinny Stripes (first photo), Wooly PJ’s (middle photo) and Red Sensation (third photo).
Also worth mentioning are some of the smaller pieces I bought. I picked up this cute little Corolle outfit. I recently received a Corolle– you’ll see her soon– and wanted a new outfit for her to wear. And last, but not least, I bought a handful of Disney pins, which I proudly display on my American Girl Grin Pin Holder.
My mother picked up a few nice items, as well, including some Kathe Kruse dolls. To see her picks, you’ll have to watch the video, linked earlier in this post. Overall, it was a fun show. I may not have had a lot of money to play with, but I like what I picked up.
Have you found anything fun at a show recently? Share your thoughts below!
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.