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If other Tales Characters had been made?
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:39:18 PM »
What poses and colors would they use? Despite them being juveniles, the Tales girls were all on adult poses. So I guess the boys would be too.

Lancer-I think the Truly pose would suit him very well. A nice, dark blue body. But would his hair be Sugarberry, Baby Stockings red or Firebird?  I think it would look better in Baby Stockings red.

Teddy-I imagine him in Barnacle colors on the Gingerbread pose. I guess we'd hafta put up with him being mohawked, but I wouldn't say no to him having normal hair.

Ace-He'd look great on the Sugarberry pose. Light yellow plastic, white hair.

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Miss Hackney-Tootsie pose could be cute. Plastic wise she'd be colored like Clover, but with light purple hair.

Jing a ling and Ting a ling. Would they be on baby pony or newborn poses? Gray plastic with purple hair would look so pretty!

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 03:42:44 PM »
I'd personally prefer Jing-A-Ling and Ting-A-Ling in baby pony moulds. The Tales show (and also several of the UK comics they featured in) seem to depict them as being approximately the same age as the babies we see in MLP and Friends (3-6), so it would probably be a more accurate call.

Yeah, it's a colossal shame that Hasbro never capitalized on the Tales show all that much. It leaves me to wonder if they would have done so more had G1 not imploded around the time of its original airdate, but then again, they had the 1994 line to do so but never did, instead filling it with weird experimental stuff like the nurse ponies and the Majestyism heresy known as the Surprise Twins pony (which is weird considering that many of the show's secondaries, particular the boys and Miss Hackney, were given major exposure as if the writers intended Hasbro to produce them; similar with the Schoolhouse, the clubhouse and the ice cream shop (which was given a name in the comics, further reinforcing this)). A few prototypes of maybe the potential playsets might have been planned, but unfortunately never saw the light of day. I admit that I did email Bridge Direct/Basic Fun about producing the Tales girls and Teddy, Ace and Lancer (even attaching JPGs of them as models to consult) but I never received a reply. Ah well. I live in hope.

Also, I assumed you've heard about the funky colouration of the boys and Miss Hackney in the UK comics (obviously a product of an age where the web was still a government curiosity)? Now a green Ace with a red mane and a playing card symbol, that would create one interesting toy.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 03:54:54 PM »
No I haven't. That would be a very interesting color combo for Ace.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 04:32:10 PM »
Here are a few photos of my own examples from 2013 uploaded onto my old website:
https://everythingdreamer.wordpress.com/my-little-pony-g1-comics/g1-comic-photos/
Green/playing card-symbolled Ace is on Heck Yeah Pony Scans somewhere. I actually own the issue now, but LM's scans are far better quality than my own could ever hope to be.

Interestingly, I also recall one issue (I thiiink MLP and Friends 45) featured a story with JAL and TAL where Ting-A-Ling with renamed Ding-A-Ling and confirmed to be male. Weren't they both female in the show? It's not as if their gender is overtly shown, but their voices sound pretty feminine to me.
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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 04:38:01 PM »
Jing a ling on the Baby Blossom pose
Ting a ling on the Baby Fifi pose
Rosy on the Posey Pose

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Here are a few photos of my own examples from 2013 uploaded onto my old website:
https://everythingdreamer.wordpress.com/my-little-pony-g1-comics/g1-comic-photos/
Green/playing card-symbolled Ace is on Heck Yeah Pony Scans somewhere. I actually own the issue now, but LM's scans are far better quality than my own could ever hope to be.

Interestingly, I also recall one issue (I thiiink MLP and Friends 45) featured a story with JAL and TAL where Ting-A-Ling with renamed Ding-A-Ling and confirmed to be male. Weren't they both female in the show? It's not as if their gender is overtly shown, but their voices sound pretty feminine to me.

I really like Ace and Teddy in those colors! Umm Jing and Ting are girls. I notice they can't speak properly either.

Dazzle-Sea Breeze's orange body with Gusty's green hair and Truly's pose.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 05:45:27 PM »
http://heckyeahponyscans.tumblr.com/post/142375942955
Comic Ace! I like both designs.. man can you imagine his show colours with the comic symbol? That'd be so cute..
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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 06:38:38 PM »
I did a custom of Ace a while back from a Lucky that had permanent marker stains and his hair cut clean off.

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Since the Tales characters aren't technically adults but not technically babies it would have been interesting to see the girls done in the Sweetheart Sisters poses and maybe have the boys done in the Party Time pose or else a whole new "teen boy" pose to go along with the Sweetheart sisters.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 07:06:22 PM »
I did a custom of Ace a while back from a Lucky that had permanent marker stains and his hair cut clean off.

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Since the Tales characters aren't technically adults but not technically babies it would have been interesting to see the girls done in the Sweetheart Sisters poses and maybe have the boys done in the Party Time pose or else a whole new "teen boy" pose to go along with the Sweetheart sisters.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 09:00:10 PM »
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Since the Tales characters aren't technically adults but not technically babies it would have been interesting to see the girls done in the Sweetheart Sisters poses and maybe have the boys done in the Party Time pose or else a whole new "teen boy" pose to go along with the Sweetheart sisters.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 09:17:30 PM »
The Tales ponies are meant to be 10 years old...which bothers me in a lot of ways given that they act older than ten years old quite often.

Unless it's horse years.

I actually think they all should have been made at Flutter Pony size. But anyway.

If we're talking about any pose possible, I'd like them to have boy poses :P But I don't mind the Shady pose being used for guys. That seems to work. I can't see the Taffy pose for a guy though. I dunno about the rearing one, it might work. I think Ace for Shady's pose because it looks about to kick a football...

The UK pony comics did occasionally produce some interesting recolourings of a lot of ponies over the years. :)

In production - I think that there's a lot of questions around the whole Tales line. But MLP was not on the way out in 1993, when the toys came out here. It was not on the way out in 1992, either. I wonder if it was really on the way out in 1994 because of the invention of a few new poses in this line. That doesn't sound like a line about to end. But I know that with Jem the whole series ended abruptly and a lot of planned toys for the 1988 year stopped dead in production or before. I think about a thousand Rockin Romance Jems got out and then prototypes exist of many other characters but they didn't get into production. It's more than possible that could have happened...

I don't actually think it did, though.

I think Ace, Lancer and Teddy were created characters to bolster the show. I don't think they were ever going to be produced. I think this was Hasbro's start into a core seven, albeit tentatively. 1994 had no boy ponies, no schoolhouse, and postdated the comic so none of them appeared. It makes it hard to know whether there was a deviation from toy line and story :/ A lot of the line from 1993 did appear in the comics.

Schoolhouse was designed for the schooltime and playschool baby ponies. It has accessories which are clearly for both adult and baby size ponies, and this makes the most sense as it is a very much earlier playset. MLP Tales just coopted it but the ponies themselves are too large to use some of the functions they are shown using in the cartoon - the slide is for baby ponies, so it isn't for them.

And I think it was a lot more likely that there would be Lady Lessons made for the school, not Miss Hackney. She didn't happen, for whatever reason, but I strongly suspect she was projected rather than Miss Hackney. The glasses in the schoolhouse seem to be her lasting legacy as she wore them in the comics.

Names of places or properties or such in the comics mean little. There are a lot of those in the comic which never got made or even thought of.

I think MLP Tales was what it was, an introduction to characters which were going to spearhead the future of MLP and then everything changed and they didn't do that. But I don't think they were going to make the support characters. I think they were always going to be animated only.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2018, 09:35:32 PM »
I did a custom of Ace a while back from a Lucky that had permanent marker stains and his hair cut clean off.

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Since the Tales characters aren't technically adults but not technically babies it would have been interesting to see the girls done in the Sweetheart Sisters poses and maybe have the boys done in the Party Time pose or else a whole new "teen boy" pose to go along with the Sweetheart sisters.

You did a great job!  :iconclap:

Thanks.  I sold him on eBay and I think someone on here actually ended up winning him.

ohhh he's gorgeous!!! I love him!

Since the Tales characters aren't technically adults but not technically babies it would have been interesting to see the girls done in the Sweetheart Sisters poses and maybe have the boys done in the Party Time pose or else a whole new "teen boy" pose to go along with the Sweetheart sisters.

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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2018, 09:51:26 PM »
The Tales ponies are meant to be 10 years old...which bothers me in a lot of ways given that they act older than ten years old quite often.

Unless it's horse years.

I actually think they all should have been made at Flutter Pony size. But anyway.

If we're talking about any pose possible, I'd like them to have boy poses :P But I don't mind the Shady pose being used for guys. That seems to work. I can't see the Taffy pose for a guy though. I dunno about the rearing one, it might work. I think Ace for Shady's pose because it looks about to kick a football...

The UK pony comics did occasionally produce some interesting recolourings of a lot of ponies over the years. :)

In production - I think that there's a lot of questions around the whole Tales line. But MLP was not on the way out in 1993, when the toys came out here. It was not on the way out in 1992, either. I wonder if it was really on the way out in 1994 because of the invention of a few new poses in this line. That doesn't sound like a line about to end. But I know that with Jem the whole series ended abruptly and a lot of planned toys for the 1988 year stopped dead in production or before. I think about a thousand Rockin Romance Jems got out and then prototypes exist of many other characters but they didn't get into production. It's more than possible that could have happened...

I don't actually think it did, though.

I think Ace, Lancer and Teddy were created characters to bolster the show. I don't think they were ever going to be produced. I think this was Hasbro's start into a core seven, albeit tentatively. 1994 had no boy ponies, no schoolhouse, and postdated the comic so none of them appeared. It makes it hard to know whether there was a deviation from toy line and story :/ A lot of the line from 1993 did appear in the comics.

Schoolhouse was designed for the schooltime and playschool baby ponies. It has accessories which are clearly for both adult and baby size ponies, and this makes the most sense as it is a very much earlier playset. MLP Tales just coopted it but the ponies themselves are too large to use some of the functions they are shown using in the cartoon - the slide is for baby ponies, so it isn't for them.

And I think it was a lot more likely that there would be Lady Lessons made for the school, not Miss Hackney. She didn't happen, for whatever reason, but I strongly suspect she was projected rather than Miss Hackney. The glasses in the schoolhouse seem to be her lasting legacy as she wore them in the comics.

Names of places or properties or such in the comics mean little. There are a lot of those in the comic which never got made or even thought of.

I think MLP Tales was what it was, an introduction to characters which were going to spearhead the future of MLP and then everything changed and they didn't do that. But I don't think they were going to make the support characters. I think they were always going to be animated only.

Horse years would put them closer to middle age. :p
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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2018, 10:05:30 PM »
You joke about it, but at least one of the US pony G1 cassettes says that Megan is older than everyone present, including mother Sundance, although Baby Sundance is there. So that must be horse years, right? :P
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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2018, 01:32:50 AM »
You joke about it, but at least one of the US pony G1 cassettes says that Megan is older than everyone present, including mother Sundance, although Baby Sundance is there. So that must be horse years, right? :P

Well I was serious. Since horses live up to 30 years if well cared for. But Hasbro doesn't seem to know much about horses and magical, talking rainbow ones probably age differently.
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Re: If other Tales Characters had been made?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2018, 09:31:07 AM »
You joke about it, but at least one of the US pony G1 cassettes says that Megan is older than everyone present, including mother Sundance, although Baby Sundance is there. So that must be horse years, right? :P

Well I was serious. Since horses live up to 30 years if well cared for. But Hasbro doesn't seem to know much about horses and magical, talking rainbow ones probably age differently.

Well, I thought so too, until I heard the story on that US tape. It seems that US Hasbro in books and tapes went for a far more real world type ponyland as well, since Glory wanted to escape it to a world of more magic. Whereas in the UK that world was ponyland...and so it was also in the US animation :/

But then of course Tales brought it back to the non-magical again. So who knows.
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