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How does G4 do in your area? How is the stock?

G4s are very popular here and we always have the newest releases!
1 (2.2%)
G4s sell well here and things are updated often.
5 (11.1%)
G4s use to sell well here, but things have slowed down.
28 (62.2%)
G4s are shelf warmers! Rarity, Capper, and Cheese Sandwich will survive the apocalypse!
10 (22.2%)
Other?
1 (2.2%)

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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2019, 03:20:41 AM »

For me it's a complete fallacy that the kids want the mane six on reboot. I think it's fine to release a few of each character over the course of things to attract the new kids watching, but ten or so releases every year is too much and that is reflected by the fact you can see the shelves here picked clean of anything not mane 6, with the mane 6 characters left here to rot. Yes, mane 6 do sell, because otherwise they wouldn't do it. But it's impossible to say that kids prefer this system as they get so little chance to buy other characters. I've watched the kids go through the whole rack to find the particular non mane 6 character they want, and I've seen a girl get super excited to see Soarin in among all the Rainbow Dashes.

I agree. As a kid I wasn't big on repeats, and the ones I had came in sets of other ponies. I think they should keep Mane6 in production and on shelves for whoever's new to the series and wants their favourite character, but it's redundant to have the same ponies over and over for a decade. If I grew up with MLP today, I wouldn't have any interest in collecting them like I did with G2s and G3s. I say that as someone who focuses on toys, if I was a kid I don't think would've had access to watch FiM, so I would have no attachment to the characters.

Hasbro got a new head of the Girls Department or the MLP Department a few years ago (I can't remember which) and I think that is the reason for the new direction with the molds.  I don't think there's any "conspiracy", I think the new lady just looked at the line and said "Why the heck are all these ponies in the same standing-there pose?"  (And I mean . . . fair.  I'd been asking that for years, lol.)

Hasbro would never try to purposely drive down toy sales to have an "excuse" to reboot.  They don't need an excuse, they can reboot whenever they want.  There've been, like, three Transformers reboots during MLP FIM's lifespan.

I didn't say they purposely made things bad just so they could reboot it. I meant it like, judging purely from how ponies do here, that maybe G4 wasn't doing well already. It was during this time the stores quit carrying anything new. I guess the movie was the right time to reboot, but it still doesn't make sense to me when they could've continued to use the same old 2010 standing pose. I didn't know there was someone new in charge, maybe she really is the reason behind everything!
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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2019, 09:01:57 AM »
We really do not get much in the way of variety, especially with regards to characters in SA. It is mostly the Mane 6, with just a VERY FEW extras, and they are not in brushable form: mainly to be found in the blind bags. So, funnily enough, they are just sitting there and warming those shelves.

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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2019, 09:18:17 AM »
G4 started off really strong here. I remember Target and Toys r Us (rip) had whole aisles for my little pony it’s a lot of product and variety. I still remember the first couple years of FiM very fondly because it was so exciting! I’m not sure when things started to stagnate, but by now ponies only have a tiny shelf presence at stores near me.

I noticed the movie toys sitting for an exceptionally long time. Target FINALLY did a reset after the holidays this year, but prior to that I never saw the best gift ever sets or the glitter symbol lines. And I actually wanted glitter Trixie!

I can definitely feel that this is the end, but I think all things considered G4 actually had a pretty solid run. The fact that he line lasted for nearly 10 years with almost no variety is....something. I have a bad feeling the next line is going to be core character based again since it really did work the first run. I mean, even non toy stores like Hot Topic had full fledged my little pony sections for a while, it was a big deal!

A little off topic, but I’m pleased to see the retro lines seem to be doing well! When I go to Target the retro ponies always seem to be moving, and now that more companies are picking up on the retro trend, I’m hoping I’ll have those to be excited about for a while! :) The main line being this dead makes it very easy to decide where to spend my money!

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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2019, 03:02:24 PM »
G4 started off really strong here. I remember Target and Toys r Us (rip) had whole aisles for my little pony it’s a lot of product and variety. I still remember the first couple years of FiM very fondly because it was so exciting! I’m not sure when things started to stagnate, but by now ponies only have a tiny shelf presence at stores near me.

I noticed the movie toys sitting for an exceptionally long time. Target FINALLY did a reset after the holidays this year, but prior to that I never saw the best gift ever sets or the glitter symbol lines. And I actually wanted glitter Trixie!

I can definitely feel that this is the end, but I think all things considered G4 actually had a pretty solid run. The fact that he line lasted for nearly 10 years with almost no variety is....something. I have a bad feeling the next line is going to be core character based again since it really did work the first run. I mean, even non toy stores like Hot Topic had full fledged my little pony sections for a while, it was a big deal!

A little off topic, but I’m pleased to see the retro lines seem to be doing well! When I go to Target the retro ponies always seem to be moving, and now that more companies are picking up on the retro trend, I’m hoping I’ll have those to be excited about for a while! :) The main line being this dead makes it very easy to decide where to spend my money!

I’d say all of that is true in my area, also.  G4 was really big for a while but has been shrinking for the past couple of years.  And non of my stores got in the best gift ever or the school or the two packs with the two new characters I actually wanted  :huh:  Here’s hoping that when the Hasbro website comes back up that they will have some of that stuff listed so that I can get Sandbar.

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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2019, 04:56:05 PM »
Cant say G4 was huge hit in Norway.
My nieces are far more intrested in my G1 collection.
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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2019, 06:52:59 PM »
It started off pretty well. But the lack of new characters made it uninteresting for me.

Show-wise: yeah, pretty cool :)
Toy-wise: No...I've seen the same ponies on the shelves for months. So I have the feeling that it wasn't doing as well as the other gens.
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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2019, 07:52:45 PM »
G4S are still selling here, but many stores have shrunken their selection as they aren't selling as well was they used to. We still get new releases, but very few. My Target still hasn't gotten the glittery Celestia and Luna. The only new things I've seen there were the Mane 6 singles and wave three of the Cutie Mark Crew.

In 2010-2013, before I even began collecting, I could tell that ponies were popular everytime I entered the toy isles. There was a large selection and many times they'd sold out. Things have certainly slowed down since then.

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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2019, 09:25:32 PM »
I think it was hugely successful. As for now: I don't get out to stores like Walmart that often, but compared to a couple years ago, the selection is limited, and it seems like it's the same stuff every time. I've stopped buying brushables myself because of how the G4.5's look, but if I see the older ones that WM sold in bags laying around I buy them for possible future customs.
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Re: In Your Opinion, How Successful Was G4 During Its Run?
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2019, 11:39:21 PM »
I collected a few G4s before but I lost interest in them and gave them up. They not the type of MLP series I'm most accustomed to. I prefer G1. Nothing else.
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