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Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:25:35 PM »
So a friend of mine and I went out and about today.  Like always, we stopped into Hot Topic in the mall to check out the t-shirts and pony stuff.  Usually the pony kiosk there is full of nothing but t-shirts and hoodies, but today we found:
Rainbow Dash vinyl figures
Overpriced surprise bags
Doctor Whooves belt
3- pack of ankle socks socks (that, I kid you not, were officially licensed and had the word "brony" on them)
Rainbow Dash lounge trousers
3-pack of women's cotton briefs (officially licensed)
"Brony" wallet
"Brony" wristband
Rainbow Dash toe socks (again, officially licensed)

And, of course, a metric crap-tonne of WeLoveFine tees.

I don't mind that Hasbro is cashing in on its adult fanbase, but why does everything have to scream "brony"?  I almost bought the pack of ankle socks until I saw that a pair said "brony".  I made it out of there with just the vinyl figure.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 09:48:37 PM »
At my local HT, they had a 5 pack of anklet socks, and only one pair said Bronies on it. I was quite pleased. :3

I really wish there were more variety with the wrist bands, however. I'd dig a Ditzy Doo one.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 09:58:45 PM »
I got the socks and a Rainbow Dash figure today. I don't refer to myself as a brony, but it was one pair out of 5, so I don't really care. Also, my Hot Topic was having a 25% off everything sale, and the free papercraft for a pony purchase of $25 or more.

The had one :muffin: Pony figure left, but the box was smashed, so I didn't get it. I'll have to check back again.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 10:08:31 PM »
I don't mind that Hasbro is cashing in on its adult fanbase, but why does everything have to scream "brony"?

ehh. It's a case of marketers thinking the straight white male's dollar is worth just a bit more than everyone else's. Regardless of how many of those terms actually apply to someone in the fanbase. But it's a very sought after demographic.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 10:15:54 PM »
I agree that it does bother me. I don't consider myself a part of the "brony" fandom not only because I don't associate myself with all the negative aspects of their community, but also because I'm a huge fan of all gens and grew up on the 80's ponies. But it gets annoying as the other adults in my family who support my pony habit don't really get it, and seeing all these crazy things with brony on it have them assuming I call myself a brony, which...just...ugh. No. I don't. But if I try to argue then I look even more like a dork so I just have to shut up and deal with it. I do like this Rainbow Dash lounge pants though.

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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 10:19:34 PM »
It's kind of cool that they're acknowledging the fan-base directly by putting "brony" on things, but yeah, not all fans are bronies either, so it's a little frustrating. But that's where the money is...
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 11:32:10 PM »
I think Elisto is right. Personally...its nice to get some adult merch but I wouldn't complain if there could be a little more geared towards women, lighter, more [sorry for using the world :P but yes] feminine colours [I think I am just bored with everything seeming to be on dark backgrounds but that's a personal thing nothing else] and even less of the generic branding of everything under the same banner.

Unfortunately marketeers have clearly found a market that is making them money and thats the path merchandise in general in G4 seems to be heading down.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2012, 11:35:07 PM »
This is a reminder to keep this on topic, and not to bash or name call. The first sign of any bashing, name calling or anything of the sorts will get this thread locked. Thanks!

I agree that Hasbro is doing it to make money, as any profit driven company would. I think the word brony is going to be around a while, and so will brony merchandise as it does seem to be all the hype at the moment.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2012, 12:38:02 AM »
Pony socks?

GIVEMEGIVEMEGIVEME!!!
I saw on another website Hot Topic :muffin: Pony socks with the word "muffins" on them. I want those so bad, too.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2012, 01:09:40 AM »
I am deeply troubled by MLP underwear.  That just is so, so wrong.
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2012, 01:18:45 AM »
I am deeply troubled by MLP underwear.  That just is so, so wrong.
I feel the same. :(

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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2012, 01:25:16 AM »
I actually met a pony fan at HT today! :) I saw the pony display on my way by and literally ran toward it squealing, "PONIES!!!" There was a girl there also looking at the display and debating what to buy. Of course, we got to talking. She was excited about season 3 starting soon. :P I was just excited to see pony merchandise! (And getting a chance to talk to someone else who 'gets it.') The closest Hot Topic is a three hour drive for me, so I didn't even know about it! It was an awesome surprise for me!   :biggrin:

BTW, I didn't see any undies or lounge pants. Lounge pants would have been very cool and I totally would have bought them, but I'm with you girls... the undies just seem.... wrong! :P
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2012, 01:30:00 AM »
I am deeply troubled by MLP underwear.  That just is so, so wrong.
I feel the same. :(

They don't have it on their site, but one pair had Fluttershy (I think she was saying "Yay"; I don't remember), one had Ditzy Doo saying "Muffins", and one just had Rainbow's symbol on it.

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BTW, I didn't see any undies or lounge pants. Lounge pants would have been very cool and I totally would have bought them, but I'm with you girls... the undies just seem.... wrong! :P

The lounge pants are awesome~  They're black and have Rainbow Dash on them.  I may have put them on my Christmas list. ^^'

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http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/PopCulture/MyLittlePony//My+Little+Pony+Rainbow+Dash+Lounge+Pants-170672.jsp Pants!
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2012, 01:32:09 AM »
I dare not to step even one foot in hot topic... never have and never will. Not worried about missing any pony stuff there xD
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Re: Hot Topic finds: Not sure how to feel
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2012, 01:32:32 AM »
 LOL  I guess I did not know there is negative stuff linked to bronies , I call myself one  but I'm neither white or young ,I do not collect plushies or blind bags or merch with Brony on it .
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