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Title: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Loa on April 18, 2021, 05:29:15 AM
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Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on April 18, 2021, 07:01:01 PM
Since there is no  Meijer, Paper Source or Cracker Barrel near me I gave up and bought the Posey set on Ebay. I did see a few of them listed on a few stores on Amazon, but they were just as much as Ebay and were not delivering until May (the ones I bought should arrive by the end of the week). I really hope Target does start selling them again. I did also check the other store the previous thread had a link to, but they are currently all sold out.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on April 18, 2021, 07:03:08 PM
Trying to keep everyone on the same page, MLPMerch is up to date (https://data.mlpmerch.com/g1-retro/).

We are expecting twinkle eyes next. Sky Rocket, Fizzy, Gingerbread, and Sweet Stuff.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on April 18, 2021, 07:35:47 PM
So they say, but just like with the last 2 promised sets,I'll believe it when people start finding them in stores. That's not to say I'm not grateful,  but I'm disappointed by the canceled flutter ponies,  and the lack of babies.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on April 19, 2021, 05:41:20 AM
So they say, but just like with the last 2 promised sets,I'll believe it when people start finding them in stores. That's not to say I'm not grateful,  but I'm disappointed by the canceled flutter ponies,  and the lack of babies.

I wonder if what's postponing the babies is difficulty in getting everything they come with. The earliest babies came with lots of accessories that could be hard to find. Maybe they decided to wait until later and do later babies that didn't come with so much stuff.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Lilja on April 19, 2021, 12:09:53 PM
I don't think we got any word on if the babies have been cancelled or not? We do know retailers rejected the flutters and any more playsets (or another version of the Pretty Parlor at least). It seems hard for Basic Fun to get any product out that don't follow the same template and pricepoint as the single adult ponies. The Twinkle Eyes will at least follow the same model. Although the selection of ponies is a bit out of the norm, with three earths and only one unicorn. I feel they must at least be considering a follow up set to add some more characters later.

I reeeeally want babies to be added to the line somehow! They're such an important part of G1 MLP! If it's not feasible to reproduce all their accessories, it's fine if they just do the ponies. If they can be sold at a lower price point than the adults, you'd think that would be very attractive to retailers.

It'd be really evil if they decided to sell the babies blind bagged. The newborn twins would be especially suitable for this. People would want to complete the twin pairs as well as trying to get the full set. :biggrin:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: serena-hime on April 19, 2021, 02:42:26 PM
I personally (sadly) think the entire line is being cancelled; for a Fall release, which is typically the biggest toy season in the industry, it's pretty odd for them to release four ponies that are only being stocked by two very small physical retailers (and potentially online, but I didn't see the Posey wave on Amazon so I'm not sure if they're even getting this wave) at least in the US.

I honestly wonder why they haven't explored the idea of an online selling platform exclusively for the Retro line? It seems to me that their current target demographic is the casual nostalgic consumer rather than collectors, but...if they had an online shop exclusively for MLP reproductions targeted at MLP fans and collectors, even with a slightly higher markup, that they would be selling extremely well, and the creation of an exclusive online shop would eliminate the ability for retail buyers to control what gets released because they wouldn't be depending on target/walmart/etc to buy stock.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Shimmer Mist on April 19, 2021, 04:43:29 PM
The idea of an exclusive online shop would be excellent. Or offer them to online retailers in general. There are plenty of places that would probably take them. I'm sutprised they aren't on Hasbro Pulse yet. They have/had? the "vingage" crossover ponies. They also carry weird things that Hasbro definitely licenses like graphic tees in the Transformers department.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Annichen on April 19, 2021, 08:18:50 PM
The line must be doing well, had to buy from Denmark, I'm in Norway, to get a few of my wants, missed out on two Rainbow ponies I wanted. Sold out everywhere. Guessing there won't be anymore releases...
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on April 19, 2021, 08:58:27 PM
I honestly wonder why they haven't explored the idea of an online selling platform exclusively for the Retro line? It seems to me that their current target demographic is the casual nostalgic consumer rather than collectors, but...if they had an online shop exclusively for MLP reproductions targeted at MLP fans and collectors, even with a slightly higher markup, that they would be selling extremely well, and the creation of an exclusive online shop would eliminate the ability for retail buyers to control what gets released because they wouldn't be depending on target/walmart/etc to buy stock.

I said this when they released the first set of rainbows--once we realized the collector set wasn't a one-off.  I still agree that if they had it available to purchase directly from Basic Fun then I would have the whole set already plus some doubles for customs I wanted to do.  I bought my Stranger Things AJ from Basic Fun on Amazon for a reasonable price and if they'd actually put the whole lines up instead of just one or two out of a set and not mark it up to more than double what I could get it for at Target, I'd be more willing to buy from there.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on April 19, 2021, 10:12:28 PM
I don't think it's cancelled but it might be a hiatus. Target only has so much space for retro toys, which tbh is more of a parental impulse than your typical toys directly aimed at kids with advertising in their favorite shows and YouTube channels. Impulse purchases in general have taken a hit thanks to the pandemic causing people who do shop in person to be in and out and more focused on what they need. I think if they do end up on hiatus they might bring them back for the 40th anniversary like they did for SSC. I just hope it won't just be glitter versions of the collector ponies because then I'd be sad.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on April 19, 2021, 10:34:41 PM
As long as I can get em on Amazon,  that'll make me happy. Depending on how they do the eyes as well. If they're just glued on, or they fall out, or they make them regular ponies forget it.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on April 20, 2021, 05:32:51 AM
I guess I'd settle for being able to buy them on Amazon if I had to, although it's not my first choice. I got my Stranger Things Applejack on Amazon and she was reasonably priced ($12 or so), but the box arrived damaged because they mailed her in a non-padded envelope.

There's just something to be said about being able to go in a store and pick out a pony from the shelf...makes me feel like an excited 8-year-old kid again. Wish Target would continue carrying the line.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: SilverLinedStars on April 21, 2021, 02:21:49 AM
As long as I can get em on Amazon,  that'll make me happy. Depending on how they do the eyes as well. If they're just glued on, or they fall out, or they make them regular ponies forget it.

I hope for the same! Amazon is pricey but I'm glad to find them there at all. Target no longer appears to be an option at all. Curious how the Twinkle Eyes will turn out. The quality has been pretty good so far so it makes me think we'll see something nice.

I do believe this is the end of the line (for a while anyway.) I noticed Strawberry Shortcake was back on the shelf. So maybe MLP might come back at some point. Either way, I'm happy that there were some nice releases. I do love my snowy white Gusty. :)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: serena-hime on April 21, 2021, 06:20:14 PM
Just popping in to let everyone know that The Toy Shoppe Northport (https://toyshoppeinc.com/products/retro-my-little-pony?variant=39373568311446) has restocked the Posey wave again!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on April 23, 2021, 01:07:48 AM
It'd be really evil if they decided to sell the babies blind bagged. The newborn twins would be especially suitable for this. People would want to complete the twin pairs as well as trying to get the full set. :biggrin:

That idea is absolutely evil...... don't give them any ideas.
On the bright side, the Posey set I bought on ebay (for way too much than I prefer) arrived early, are perfectly fine and are in the same 3 language box that everyone is seeing.

In regards to the question of "Why don't they have their own store, why not sell to collectors online, etc." the reality is Basic Fun is a toy company making products for kids. Despite the fact that we are enjoying buying them, the target market is kids (and for parents who have kids to remember having them and then wanting to buy them for their own kids).

There is a really good video (if your interested) that this particular YouTube channel has in regards to how to tell if toys are designed for kids or collectors and it also has a brief discussion of why certain products and not others are given retail space. The person that made this video worked for Mattel at one point and a lot of the videos on their channel give insights into the toy industry decision making processes. While they generally do talk about action figures, a lot of the same information applies to toys/toy brands in general.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV3hHVlXxMY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV3hHVlXxMY)


Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: serena-hime on April 23, 2021, 01:34:05 AM

 

In regards to the question of "Why don't they have their own store, why not sell to collectors online, etc." the reality is Basic Fun is a toy company making products for kids. Despite the fact that we are enjoying buying them, the target market is kids (and for parents who have kids to remember having them and then wanting to buy them for their own kids).

 

I actually spoke with Basic Fun about this a few days ago when I was thanking them for replacing a defective pony, and they explained that they just aren't 'set up' to create and run an online platform to exclusively sell their products- which is sad, but I think BF is a bit smaller than the bigger toy companies (MGA, Hasbro, Mattel etc) so that would explain why it's not on the table.

I don't think I'd agree that it's because the Retro line is entirely intended for kids; they frequently talk to collectors and acknowledge the requests of collectors for certain ponies, reveal which ones are coming next, etc so they definitely understand that both adult MLP collectors and the more casual, nostalgic adult customer is a primary driving force behind this line, so if they had the ability to sell them online I think they likely would.

In other news, they didn't confirm or deny that the line will be ending after the TE set; they basically just said it depends on whether or not retailers will pick up any other sets in the future- they also indicated that while Cracker Barrel and Meijer are the only major retailers picking them up, they do also have a distributor who sells to small specialty shops!

Since there are a few smaller shops carrying the Posey set, I hope they'll be getting the TE set as well.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on April 23, 2021, 10:41:36 PM
In fairness getting online retailers on board would probably be enough.

Over here knex imports them and that seems to be the case even with the trilingual boxes so I am hopeful...

Our small retailers have had the posey set.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Snapdragon on April 24, 2021, 08:16:05 AM
One thing that concerns me about the Basic Fun marketing for MLP is that their Instagram feed is nonstop Care Bears, with occasional breaks for Pound Puppies; there's almost no MLP, and there hasn't been for months now. I don't necessarily think that it's that instagrammers aren't posting about them, but that BF is choosing not to highlight those posts. There's also almost no Strawberry Shortcake, who's currently at my Target while MLP is not.

I really hope Target gets the line again, or we at least can get a standard place to find the latest releases online!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Magicharp on April 25, 2021, 12:24:04 AM
I've seen a lot of Care Bears in the toy section of my local Wal*Mart store I visited a few days ago to pick up some socks I ordered online. There should be MLP in the section as well. But alas, no MLPs found, but there are lots of Care Bears and Cave Club dolls on the shelves in the MLP/doll aisle.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on April 25, 2021, 11:06:38 PM
It is concerning that Target has dropped the line given its reach over there, but maybe the pandemic has made online sales more successful? It may be when things settle they might reach out to Target again.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Ponyfan on April 26, 2021, 08:23:42 PM
The MLP sections at my local Target and Walmart have only one or two MLP things in them and the rest of the aisle is full of other toys. 

I saw Surprise at Cracker Barrel last week and a few Strawberry Shortcake dolls there also.

My local Target didn't have any BF ponies.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: glitterball on April 30, 2021, 07:07:32 AM
Trying to keep everyone on the same page, MLPMerch is up to date (https://data.mlpmerch.com/g1-retro/).

We are expecting twinkle eyes next. Sky Rocket, Fizzy, Gingerbread, and Sweet Stuff.

Fizzy & a pristine Gingerbread will be on my wish-list!!  :cool:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on May 03, 2021, 03:12:34 AM
Checked my BF Surprise and sure enough she has a bit of yellow on her leg where her tail was connected with the rubber band.  It looks like someone drew a line on her with a highlighter.  Does anyone know if I can sunfade it out or will it burn the plastic?

Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on May 03, 2021, 10:56:59 PM
Heh, I told my sister which TEs were on the list and she was righteously disgusted at the selection. They're all ponies she has already ;) She wants Masquerade and Whizzer ;)

Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on May 03, 2021, 11:40:48 PM
Heh, I told my sister which TEs were on the list and she was righteously disgusted at the selection. They're all ponies she has already ;) She wants Masquerade and Whizzer ;)

I'd love to have Bright Eyes. :lovey:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on May 03, 2021, 11:47:38 PM
Heh, I told my sister which TEs were on the list and she was righteously disgusted at the selection. They're all ponies she has already ;) She wants Masquerade and Whizzer ;)

I'd love to have Bright Eyes. :lovey:

Ditto Bright Eyes! She's kind of a mini-grail on my list...I just can't seem to bring myself to spend $40+ on her, but she's the TE pony I want the most (after a certain green unicorn who costs 10× that much, of course!)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Tropical_Sunset on May 09, 2021, 12:48:44 AM
I don't have any of the TEs BF intends to release and the idea of crisp white Gingerbreads getting made is exciting!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on May 10, 2021, 08:31:56 AM
Checked my BF Surprise and sure enough she has a bit of yellow on her leg where her tail was connected with the rubber band.  It looks like someone drew a line on her with a highlighter.  Does anyone know if I can sunfade it out or will it burn the plastic?



I missed this before - I haven't tried to do anything with mine, because I'm worried about damaging that beautiful white. It's not too much of a bother, her being marked, it's just a bit of a shame that the yellow hair seeps in like that and that Surprise is a white pony. :/

If you do decide to sunfade, let us know how you get on.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Artemesia's Garden on May 10, 2021, 11:25:04 AM
Trying to keep everyone on the same page, MLPMerch is up to date (https://data.mlpmerch.com/g1-retro/).

We are expecting twinkle eyes next. Sky Rocket, Fizzy, Gingerbread, and Sweet Stuff.

I'm so excited for these! Really hoping we get them. I don't have Gingerbread and Sweet Stuff, due to thier plastic problems. I did own a minty Gingerbread for about a week but I sold her because she made me feel worried because she was 'too nice'. I did have my cousin's childhood Fizzy but I sent her off to be re-haired and she never returned. I don't happen to have Sky Rocket iether. So this release would be great for me. Happily (for me) I also love the Gingerbread pose! I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. I'd also have loved to see Whizzer because she is cute and so often has the head-body mismatch. Masquerade would also be lovely: THE HAIR! Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: glitterball on June 04, 2021, 06:39:43 PM
I caved & ordered Lickety Split today, she is due to be delivered sometime tonight....

So looking forward to the TE release! I am curious regarding how BF will construct the eyes - whether they will follow the existing design (the long peg-shaped insert thingy) or have some new way to "bling" those sockets!  :)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: TwilightStarshine on July 06, 2021, 12:22:55 AM
Hurray! The TEs are back!  :cheer:

I hope they will re-release all of them, especially Bright Eyes, Locket and..... Mimic!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Loa on July 06, 2021, 04:21:26 AM
Could you imagine the head-explodiness (tm) if Mimic came out?!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 06, 2021, 05:29:33 AM
Could you imagine the head-explodiness (tm) if Mimic came out?!

It might get pretty hairy out there, trying to acquire her. :shocked:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on July 06, 2021, 03:51:01 PM
If SDCC went on, I could see them making her an exclusive or something.
Why don't they license out TE for stuff?? Seriously, it's always rainbow ponies and such. Mimic is an icon now!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 06, 2021, 05:17:57 PM
If SDCC went on, I could see them making her an exclusive or something.
Why don't they license out TE for stuff?? Seriously, it's always rainbow ponies and such. Mimic is an icon now!


Because its better if she were made available to the general public. There's a pandemic still going on. Pony prices on eBay are getting expensive because of greedy  people. It would tick off the collector community. Scalpers would be flipping her for outrageous sums. It would hurt people's chances of acquiring her tremendously.

 Let's not wish for an outrageously expensive pony,  to be outrageously expensive and hard to acquire right off the bat.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on July 06, 2021, 06:43:41 PM
I think it would be better if they flooded the market with a Mimic remake.  Make one of the others the "rare" one in the set that was common on it's original release.  Then at first the scalpers would stock up on Mimic (belatedly realizing that it was going to be super common) and ignore the others so the collectors could get them all without issues.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 06, 2021, 06:49:03 PM
Let's not make any of  em rare.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on July 07, 2021, 01:34:58 PM
If SDCC went on, I could see them making her an exclusive or something.
Why don't they license out TE for stuff?? Seriously, it's always rainbow ponies and such. Mimic is an icon now!


Because its better if she were made available to the general public. There's a pandemic still going on. Pony prices on eBay are getting expensive because of greedy  people. It would tick off the collector community. Scalpers would be flipping her for outrageous sums. It would hurt people's chances of acquiring her tremendously.

 Let's not wish for an outrageously expensive pony,  to be outrageously expensive and hard to acquire right off the bat.

 :iconclap: Amen.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Luxrayx on July 07, 2021, 01:42:13 PM
Let's be real... They could make 1000 Mimics or 10, scalpers are gonna scalp them no matter what. :lol:

I'm so happy they're making more of these! I wonder if they might ever go back on the decision to cancel the flutter pony set? :lookround:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 07, 2021, 04:45:23 PM
How come Hasbro is not selling them? I would love to trip on over to Hasbro Pulse and buy me some pretty ponies.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on July 07, 2021, 05:55:14 PM
How come Hasbro is not selling them? I would love to trip on over to Hasbro Pulse and buy me some pretty ponies.

Don't expect them to start making sense now.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 07, 2021, 06:01:12 PM
How come Hasbro is not selling them? I would love to trip on over to Hasbro Pulse and buy me some pretty ponies.

Don't expect them to start making sense now.


Darn you're right!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: HollowZero on July 08, 2021, 04:11:39 PM
So... If ebay has them, where are they getting them from? Still only Meijer and Cracker Barrel? Do they even sell them anymore?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 09, 2021, 03:29:14 PM
How come Hasbro is not selling them? I would love to trip on over to Hasbro Pulse and buy me some pretty ponies.

It is interesting they haven't caved on that, considering they do seem more interested now than they did in retro.

On the Mimic front, I may sound like a broken record, but there's little chance that BF is going to make Mimic while the base material to create her is so expensive. Aside her having a pose that requires a brand new mould, and a complex colour scheme to get right, all the BF products so far have relied on them buying a few of the originals to work from. Mimic is a really expensive pony. We don't know BF's financial situation since COVID and with the issues with Chinese importations and tariffs, but one thing is for sure. It makes more economic sense to mass produce Fizzy for $10 a time if they can get a couple of original Fizzys for a handful of dollars...than to mass produce Mimic for $10 when they spent $200+ on ONE base (also taking that base out of the community).

Wishful thinking is fine but only if it stays in the realms of business reality.

On the other hand, a SDCC or another high end exclusive COULD be profitable from a rare pony like Mimic. But I don't see it happening. I don't think she's iconic enough, honestly. She's an expensive and sought after pony in collecting terms but in the bigger picture, there are others who are more iconic - and a lot cheaper to produce.

Not that I personally mind if Mimic is or isn't made. If she is, great. If she isn't, great. I just don't want people getting optimistic and then disappointed because I feel like it's really unlikely...

Mimic's price is also so high now because of 20 years+ of collector hype. I've watched it over the last two decades as people have paid and asked more and more for her :/

The only way to bring her value down is for all collectors to refuse to pay those prices or sell for those prices. That's probably just as unlikely as BF making a $10 one though...it's probably damage too deep to reverse now.

On topic with the last set of earths, they've all been available from amazon or online stores here. I went in Entertainer yesterday and they had Sunbeam, the last time a few weeks back they had Medley, so they're still stocking that wave (but apparently selling them as the pony had changed between visits). Entertainer is fond of keeping things on shelves till it finally sells, no matter how old it is, so that's probably not a good indication of anything...
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 09, 2021, 03:52:43 PM
Those are all good points Taffeta 
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on July 10, 2021, 09:42:09 AM
On the Mimic front, I may sound like a broken record, but there's little chance that BF is going to make Mimic while the base material to create her is so expensive. Aside her having a pose that requires a brand new mould, and a complex colour scheme to get right, all the BF products so far have relied on them buying a few of the originals to work from. Mimic is a really expensive pony. We don't know BF's financial situation since COVID and with the issues with Chinese importations and tariffs, but one thing is for sure. It makes more economic sense to mass produce Fizzy for $10 a time if they can get a couple of original Fizzys for a handful of dollars...than to mass produce Mimic for $10 when they spent $200+ on ONE base (also taking that base out of the community).

Isn't Milky Way in the same pose? She'd be a lot easier to obtain.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: ridi on July 10, 2021, 10:37:19 AM
Oh! I didn't realize that's how they made the repros. I never gave it much thought but I guess I just assumed they got the old molds from Hasbro. Whatever the case, I really hope this won't prevent them from making Mimic. I most certainly wouldn't mind if her colors won't be 100% correct  ^^;
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Carrehz on July 10, 2021, 02:59:02 PM
Yeah, I was thinking "couldn't they use someone ELSE in the Mimic pose to make her" but then I remembered, TEs were modified so the jewels could be placed in their eye sockets, right? (That sounds weird out of context...) I could see them needing an original Mimic to study how to attach the eyes.. if that makes sense...
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Luxrayx on July 10, 2021, 03:05:21 PM
I don't know about that. Surely the eye part of Mimic's mold can't be that different from any other TE?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 10, 2021, 04:17:31 PM
I don't know about that. Surely the eye part of Mimic's mold can't be that different from any other TE?


Its not that so much, as they also need a Mimic posed pony since they haven't done that pose yet.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Luxrayx on July 10, 2021, 05:07:16 PM
I don't know about that. Surely the eye part of Mimic's mold can't be that different from any other TE?


Its not that so much, as they also need a Mimic posed pony since they haven't done that pose yet.
Yes I know, I was responding to Carrehz's point specifically ;)
Yeah, I was thinking "couldn't they use someone ELSE in the Mimic pose to make her" but then I remembered, TEs were modified so the jewels could be placed in their eye sockets, right? (That sounds weird out of context...) I could see them needing an original Mimic to study how to attach the eyes.. if that makes sense...
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 10, 2021, 06:29:39 PM
Maybe because of the head angle?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on July 10, 2021, 07:32:11 PM
Maybe in the past that would have been difficult but now we have the ability to 3D scan things. Once it's scanned and turned into a 3D model, it wouldn't be that hard to copy and paste in the eyes from another twinkle eye.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Carrehz on July 10, 2021, 10:16:16 PM
Oh, I don't know, I was just trying to suggest a possible reason why they might have trouble making her. Maybe it would be that easy, idk.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Luxrayx on July 10, 2021, 11:20:48 PM
No worries, it's not like any of us here REALLY know what the whole repro-making process is like. :lol: It's just fun to speculate.

Even if making the mold isn't a problem, her expensiveness could very well still be a reason not to make her. They have to match the colors, hair color ratios etc. and that's always going to be easier if you have direct access to the original.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 11, 2021, 12:13:04 AM
Since we already know that BF do buy existing old ponies to use as their base research models, ideas of 3D printing are academic. We're talking about what they're doing, not what they could do.

On the subject of Milky Way - she is in the same pose, the head alone would be modified for the eyes, but! That isn't a solution for making Mimic. Why?

Reason One: Because they still have the cost of making a mould just for her. We know that won't happen. If we didn't get Powder and Skyflier, the chances are that was because reuse of the mould was not likely to be high compared to the ones they chose, which used moulds they already had. If they wouldn't do it for cheap bases like that, it won't happen for Mimic. Just doesn't make any logical sense.  On the flipside of that, admittedly, Fizzy is right now a sole pony in that pose in their projected lineup. BUT there is potential to produce Speedy (I literally just typed Sheepy, LOL) and Galaxy if they wanted to do a second wave, so it makes a little bit more sense. Fizzy is also cheaper as a base, and more iconic than Mimic.

Reason Two: Milky Way is obviously not Mimic. Since one of the reasons to obtain the originals seems to be to get the colours right, Milky Way can tell them absolutely nothing about any of Mimic's colours.

So all they'd have was the pose. But it would make more sense to make Milky Way from a Milky Way base...

So yeah.

I just feel like collectors should be realistic about what is possible, while being optimistic. And given what we've seen of BF thus far - right now I'd say Mimic is not realistic.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 11, 2021, 12:24:53 AM
Ahh Sheepy,  the long lost and holiest of TE Grails. Like seriously,  Mimic who? Truly a wonderful, one of a kind pony. Who could resist her spring palette of colors and adorable lamb symbol?


;)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 11, 2021, 12:30:10 AM
Ahh Sheepy,  the long lost and holiest of TE Grails. Like seriously,  Mimic who? Truly a wonderful, one of a kind pony. Who could resist her spring palette of colors and adorable lamb symbol?


;)

Yes. You understand.  :cry:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 11, 2021, 12:32:45 AM
Ahh Sheepy,  the long lost and holiest of TE Grails. Like seriously,  Mimic who? Truly a wonderful, one of a kind pony. Who could resist her spring palette of colors and adorable lamb symbol?


;)

Yes. You understand.  :cry:

:hug:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on July 11, 2021, 02:19:12 AM
Good point Taffeta about the specific poses. Interestingly enough though Powder is the Hallmark MLP retro ornament for this year. I'll just be happy if the TE's make it through production and into distribution. Now finding them once that happens will be a different dynamic.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: kid80 on July 11, 2021, 08:24:13 AM
If we didn't get Powder and Skyflier, the chances are that was because reuse of the mould was not likely to be high compared to the ones they chose, which used moulds they already had.

I still can't get over the exclusion of Powder and Skyflier :( but I came to the same conclusion as Taffeta. And a single sparkle pony, awesome though she may be, wasn't enough for BF to justify making the mould.

Although...couldn't the same be said for Seashell and Bubbles, at least in terms of US releases?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 11, 2021, 12:18:39 PM
If we didn't get Powder and Skyflier, the chances are that was because reuse of the mould was not likely to be high compared to the ones they chose, which used moulds they already had.

I still can't get over the exclusion of Powder and Skyflier :( but I came to the same conclusion as Taffeta. And a single sparkle pony, awesome though she may be, wasn't enough for BF to justify making the mould.

Although...couldn't the same be said for Seashell and Bubbles, at least in terms of US releases?

I think that Seashell and Bubbles would be considered more iconic - at least in the US market, if not everywhere. That said, the economics also changed a bit between their release and the unicorns and pegasus ponies. Frankly we don't know if they had an idea about Powder and Skyflier but a mixture of tariffs and COVID put paid to it. I've heard US collectors call the y2 earth pony set the memorable one after the collectors though. Here it's the one after (y3/Groom & Style) but I know Bubbles and Seashell are pretty fan popular. Probably more so than Powder and Skyflier when taken on their own.

But yeah, posewise the same can be said of Bubbles and Seashell in terms of the global mainstream release. The greek sitting ponies would count as Nirvana.

I'm still sad about Powder and Skyflier as they're the last two from the y2/3 pegasus and unicorns. Bearing in mind that Hasbro didn't release those here at all in the eighties, it's been nice to see them in stores here now. But not those two. Powder was always a favourite of mine as a kid, too.

If she's the hallmark ornament, though, I will probably try and get it. I've not bothered with any of the previous, because of import costs, but Powder and Snowflake are really nostalgic for me. I still have a christmas card from when I was a kid with Powder on and both Powder and Snowflake were always in the comic a lot around that time of year. I had Snowflake as a kid, but yeah, no Powder. It would be nice to put her on the tree at least :)

Edit: Reflecting on that, the fact Bubbles and Seashell saw a global release and Powder and Skyflier saw a patchy one outside of North America may have also been a factor but I kind of doubt it. I don't think BF care too much about releases in other places, else they wouldn't have made Majesty (possibly the most iconic pony in the UK, whether you like her or not) the SDCC pony - thus unavailable to people in the UK.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 11, 2021, 06:07:16 PM
Surely, a brand new Fizzy could not hurt to have.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on July 12, 2021, 09:52:06 PM
I'm still sad about Powder and Skyflier as they're the last two from the y2/3 pegasus and unicorns. Bearing in mind that Hasbro didn't release those here at all in the eighties, it's been nice to see them in stores here now. But not those two. Powder was always a favourite of mine as a kid, too.

If she's the hallmark ornament, though, I will probably try and get it. I've not bothered with any of the previous, because of import costs, but Powder and Snowflake are really nostalgic for me. I still have a christmas card from when I was a kid with Powder on and both Powder and Snowflake were always in the comic a lot around that time of year. I had Snowflake as a kid, but yeah, no Powder. It would be nice to put her on the tree at least :)

The Hallmark ornaments were just made available this last weekend, so she is out and available now (unlike some ornaments that are not released until later this year).
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 12, 2021, 11:38:58 PM
I'm still sad about Powder and Skyflier as they're the last two from the y2/3 pegasus and unicorns. Bearing in mind that Hasbro didn't release those here at all in the eighties, it's been nice to see them in stores here now. But not those two. Powder was always a favourite of mine as a kid, too.

If she's the hallmark ornament, though, I will probably try and get it. I've not bothered with any of the previous, because of import costs, but Powder and Snowflake are really nostalgic for me. I still have a christmas card from when I was a kid with Powder on and both Powder and Snowflake were always in the comic a lot around that time of year. I had Snowflake as a kid, but yeah, no Powder. It would be nice to put her on the tree at least :)

The Hallmark ornaments were just made available this last weekend, so she is out and available now (unlike some ornaments that are not released until later this year).

Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep my eyes open :D
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: promqueen on July 24, 2021, 06:04:26 AM
Are the twinkle eyes still happening ? Odd we haven't heard any official confirmation yet. Aren't they to be released next month?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: serena-hime on July 25, 2021, 06:27:44 PM
Are the twinkle eyes still happening ? Odd we haven't heard any official confirmation yet. Aren't they to be released next month?

It's been confirmed by them a couple of times through emails! I asked them for some photos a few weeks ago, but they won't be showing anything until the official launch date.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 25, 2021, 09:01:56 PM
Let's not forget that normally we have the toy fairs in Jan and Feb to showcase these, and those didn't really happen the same this year for obvious reasons. So that's a big part of why we don't have that promotional material IMO.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Bekuno on July 25, 2021, 10:15:03 PM
This may be old news but just wanted to say I saw an absolute ton of the pretty parlor repro sets in a JcPenney's toy section yesterday if anyone is looking.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: serena-hime on July 29, 2021, 04:35:22 PM
Looks like the TE set has been delayed until Spring (https://www.instagram.com/p/CR3V2kDH82x/), but there might be images coming soon according to this post?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on July 29, 2021, 04:53:37 PM
Well that sucks.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on July 29, 2021, 05:06:02 PM
That's a UK seller. What about the US?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on July 29, 2021, 10:06:28 PM
That's a UK seller. What about the US?

Best idea would be to ask them directly since they'll have more direct knowledge about their US distribution timeline than they might international ones. THe UK is sometimes a bit behind the US but there have been some sets we had first or at the same time, like the 2nd set rainbows, so I'd say worth asking BF directly. The y3 earths had wider distribution in the UK before they hit the US, and that's the most recent set...I don't know if that's any kind of precedent.

That specific toy store will probably have been notified of a shipment delay and that their order of product is being pushed back...which would suggest the whole line may have been, but if it's to do with international shipments, then it might be different.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: DreamvalleyMLP on August 13, 2021, 03:09:48 PM
Looks like the TE set has been delayed until Spring (https://www.instagram.com/p/CR3V2kDH82x/), but there might be images coming soon according to this post?


Yikes...

Either this means they are unsure about continuing the line, or production has been halted by the ongoing covid issues.

Or, they hope that Sunny et all will be all the rage by then and want to plug their new MLP set(s) into G5's popularity?

I wouldn't mind waiting, but I'd like at least a teaser pic :)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Mori_LeStrange on August 14, 2021, 11:12:56 PM
That's disappointing. I was really looking forward to the TE. They are my favorite G1 set.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: WingsOfMasquerade on August 16, 2021, 08:42:04 AM
With toys being non-essential items during corona AND all the crazy heat waves (That put out the power in the USA, Europe and also China) it's not a super big surprise that the TE gets delayed.
They're a more complicated pony (more complex than anything they did yet) with extra steps so any delay or problem would affect them more than others too.
I'm not shocked but it's still a little disappointing...BUT they're still coming!
It's just a delay!
Spring of 2022 will get here eventually and I will be lining up to grab them. Also, maybe this could help them line up more retailers or something? Did we ever find out where they were planning to sell them now that Target did whatever?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: kid80 on August 16, 2021, 10:41:50 PM
Just got an update on TE's from Basic Fun!

"
While Target has been our biggest supporter over the past few years, they have removed the line from their Retro area in toys for the time being.  We are working with them to reinstate in the future.

For Fall 2021 - we have the following planned for stores shipping now:

Fall 2021               35250    My Little Pony Retro Classic Rainbow Ponies
                              Wave 4

                35293    Sky Rocket
                35296    Fizzy
                35297    Sweet Stuff
                35298    Gingerbread
 
The following retailers have taken the above item:

1.) Blain Supply
2.) Cracker Barrel
3.) Meijer
4.) Toys R Us Canada

These above are Twinkle eyed & have twinkle gems as eyes – enjoy!!
"
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: StrawberryScoops on August 16, 2021, 11:37:30 PM
Toys R Us Canada 😍 is exciting as long as they actually show up! We’ve definitely missed some waves here in Canada at Toys R Us. But hopefully things are back on track as we did get the Posey and Surprise sets. Nice to have confirmation of the twinkle eyes too! I can’t wait to see these!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on August 17, 2021, 12:08:14 AM
What's Blain Supply?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on August 17, 2021, 01:18:25 AM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on August 17, 2021, 01:49:28 AM
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I'm glad they're trying to work with Target again but I recognize NONE of those retailers as being nearby.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on August 17, 2021, 02:37:43 AM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.


Ohhh.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on August 17, 2021, 08:37:32 AM
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I'm glad they're trying to work with Target again but I recognize NONE of those retailers as being nearby.

Agreed, hopefully they can get Target to pick them back up. Otherwise it means paying inflated prices on Ebay.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on August 17, 2021, 09:13:22 AM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.

Or they could be a distributor that smaller retailers work with.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Taffeta on August 17, 2021, 10:03:05 PM
Nothing there that would resonate to Europe either, so maybe the Spring date is more likely for us.

...I guess we'll see what happens. It's good to know there's an update though I think it would be better for the line to have Target on board.

Hoping for Amazon to pick them up as well.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: WingsOfMasquerade on August 18, 2021, 09:15:50 AM
Excellent news! Thank you for posting!
I remain SUPER excited for these despite the mixed signals. The only place I recognized was Crackerbarrel, so I checked them out and it seems they DO ship their 'gift shop' stuff which would include the ponies! So, no stupid ebay scalper prices if they'll ship em to you.

Were crackers EVER stored in a barrel? Why are they putting ponies in the grocery (Meijer) and in a restaurant (CB)? The whole thing seems odd.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: SunPony on August 18, 2021, 03:13:01 PM
Oh boy I'm excited to get Fizzy for sure!  Also thinking about Gingerbread because how else could I get a bright white one?  And Sky Rocket is really growing on me...

Were crackers EVER stored in a barrel? Why are they putting ponies in the grocery (Meijer) and in a restaurant (CB)? The whole thing seems odd.

Yes, crackers were sold in barrels long ago.  I think it was a "every old general store had a barrel of crackers" kind of thing at some point (maybe just a regional thing within the USA?).
I'm guessing they are putting them in CB for two reasons: kids who just want toys, and parents (my age) for whom G1 is nostalgic (possibly even grandparents who remember buying G1s for their kids and now want to get one for their grandkids?).  The CB gift shop area leans heavily toward nostalgia (at least it did when I used to frequent them).  As for Meijer, at least where I live it is less a grocery store and more a department store like Target or Walmart.  But maybe it's a regional thing and in other places it's just a grocery store?  Also maybe they are just desperate to sell them anywhere that will take them which makes me a bit sad :(
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on August 18, 2021, 03:55:24 PM
Well, my theory about Blaine Supply is incorrect. I spent the day in my hometown yesterday because I had an appointment, and I had a couple of child-free hours to do some running around. Drove past a Blain's Farm and Fleet, and it is spelled differently, so no connection.

Popped into a Meijer (which as Sunpony said, is more like a SuperTarget or Walmart; half is a grocery store and half general merchandise), and didn't see any Basic Fun ponies. They had G5 plushes though, and this huge 9-pony set of large (similar to fashion-style size) Pony Life figures, which I've never seen before on here or in a store (if anyone's interested, just ask and I'll post a photo of it in the 'Out Now and Coming Soon' thread, but I know not many here are interested in PL, and this thread is about the anniversary ponies, so I won't post it here).

But....while I was out and unencumbered with grabby children who are likely to decimate a gift shop, I stopped in the Cracker Barrel hoping to find the Posey/Lickety set, which they didn't, but look who I got!!
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 (https://postimg.cc/tsWw7VTz)
(Don't mind Mimic-to-be's severed head in the background of my dashboard...I took advantage of a sun-filled afternoon of driving around to get some sunfading time in for her!) The rainbow ponies were there for $12.99, so a little more than Target prices, but better than ebay scalper rates for a set that is getting increasingly hard to find.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on August 18, 2021, 06:57:28 PM
Excellent news! Thank you for posting!
I remain SUPER excited for these despite the mixed signals. The only place I recognized was Crackerbarrel, so I checked them out and it seems they DO ship their 'gift shop' stuff which would include the ponies! So, no stupid ebay scalper prices if they'll ship em to you.

Were crackers EVER stored in a barrel? Why are they putting ponies in the grocery (Meijer) and in a restaurant (CB)? The whole thing seems odd.

Crackerbarrel has a store in the restaurant.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: InkyMilk on August 18, 2021, 07:57:32 PM
I really hope we get some exact dates really soon. We don't have any of those stores around here, BUT I'll be visiting North Carolina for two days next month, and I'd be absolutely giddy if I could pop into Cracker Barrel and pick up some ponies in person :lol:
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on September 04, 2021, 03:40:30 PM
There IS a cracker barrel near me...there is hope yet for finding Lickety Split and finishing off the set!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: littletulula on September 14, 2021, 06:42:57 PM
With toys being non-essential items during corona AND all the crazy heat waves (That put out the power in the USA, Europe and also China) it's not a super big surprise that the TE gets delayed.
They're a more complicated pony (more complex than anything they did yet) with extra steps so any delay or problem would affect them more than others too.
I'm not shocked but it's still a little disappointing...BUT they're still coming!
It's just a delay!
Spring of 2022 will get here eventually and I will be lining up to grab them. Also, maybe this could help them line up more retailers or something? Did we ever find out where they were planning to sell them now that Target did whatever?

Meh. My boyfriend collects Transformers and they're absolutely popping off. Always a new toy coming out, and they're definitely more complex than TE ponies. I wish Hasbro would put as much care into marketing and selling the g1 ponies as they put into Transformers. I guess MLP just isn't as popular as Transformers.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on September 20, 2021, 02:51:05 AM
With toys being non-essential items during corona AND all the crazy heat waves (That put out the power in the USA, Europe and also China) it's not a super big surprise that the TE gets delayed.
They're a more complicated pony (more complex than anything they did yet) with extra steps so any delay or problem would affect them more than others too.
I'm not shocked but it's still a little disappointing...BUT they're still coming!
It's just a delay!
Spring of 2022 will get here eventually and I will be lining up to grab them. Also, maybe this could help them line up more retailers or something? Did we ever find out where they were planning to sell them now that Target did whatever?

Meh. My boyfriend collects Transformers and they're absolutely popping off. Always a new toy coming out, and they're definitely more complex than TE ponies. I wish Hasbro would put as much care into marketing and selling the g1 ponies as they put into Transformers. I guess MLP just isn't as popular as Transformers.

My husband has a massive Transformers collection. So I hear you on the constant releases. That being said though, there are big differences between what is going on with Transformers verses G1 MLP.

1) Hasbro actually did not invent Transformers. The Japanese toy company Takara did. Takara originally was (and still is) the producer of Transformers in Japan, and they design much of the engineering for Transformers toys. Hasbro imported these products to the US back in the 80's and rebranded them as "Transformers".  Hasbro over the years has continued to import these products made by Takara to the US as "Transformers" branded toys and the two companies have been working together since then. There have been many Transformer toys over the years that were only released by Takara in Japan because Hasbro did not agree to import them into the US or other markets.

2) Hasbro is NOT making the Retro G1 MLP. The toy company Basic Fun is. Hasbro is licensing the ability to use the image/namesake/mold shape/etc to the Basic Fun toy company. Ultimately, it is up to Basic Fun to decide what gets made, what does not and when it comes out.

3)Hasbro is a large toy company with some very established toy lines and has a heavy presence in physical retail stores, various online stores and has their own online store "Hasbro Pulse" (for sales and pre-orders of certain product lines). This allows a wide variety of distribution and product sales opportunities. Basic Fun on the other hand is known as a smaller toy company that makes novelty and retro toys. (It may also be worth mentioning that the toy company "Basic Fun" has come out of multiple mergers of smaller toy companies over the years). From their own home page they state: "We are leaders in toy production and distribution with a focus on collectibles, small dolls, retro toys, pre-school, vehicles, youth electronics, science toys and construction."

Why bring that last part up? Because it matters in regards to product availability and distribution. Less pathways for distribution = less product created. Losing Target is a big hit. Target was the only national retailer that was carrying the MLP Retro line. They are either going to have to find another national retailer to pick up that gap, or try to re-negotiate with Target. Personally, I think they should utilize their Amazon store, but for some reason they don't with the retro MLP.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Rainribbon31 on September 29, 2021, 11:49:18 PM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.

Hi everybody, LadyAmalthea seems to be right. I've been watching their website.

https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1371385-my-little-pony-retro-classic-rainbow-pony-assortment.html

Coming Soon could be either Oct. 1 or Spring 2022, but either way, if you have a Farm & Fleet near you it's worth popping in!

Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: SunPony on September 30, 2021, 05:20:42 AM
Every time I look at these, Skyrocket looks more and more appealing to me, even though I've never really been interested in her before.  Is anyone else feeling this?

Also I kind of want to get a Gingerbread just for customization purposes, is that wrong...?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: LadyAmalthea on October 04, 2021, 11:25:03 PM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.

Hi everybody, LadyAmalthea seems to be right. I've been watching their website.

https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1371385-my-little-pony-retro-classic-rainbow-pony-assortment.html

Coming Soon could be either Oct. 1 or Spring 2022, but either way, if you have a Farm & Fleet near you it's worth popping in!

Oh, cool!! I was thinking that lead was a bust and had felt kind of dumb for posting it back when I did...maybe Blain Supply is a parent company or something. I'm excited that Farm & Fleet might carry them!
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on October 05, 2021, 09:31:46 PM
What's Blain Supply?

I wonder if it's some connection to Blaine's Farm and Fleet. We have those here. I'm not sure if they carry toys year-round, but they have a really awesome holiday toy department that opens up around Thanksgiving. It's the kind of thing they would carry, I think; they carry a lot of stuff that isn't available anywhere else.

Hi everybody, LadyAmalthea seems to be right. I've been watching their website.

https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1371385-my-little-pony-retro-classic-rainbow-pony-assortment.html

Coming Soon could be either Oct. 1 or Spring 2022, but either way, if you have a Farm & Fleet near you it's worth popping in!

Oh, cool!! I was thinking that lead was a bust and had felt kind of dumb for posting it back when I did...maybe Blain Supply is a parent company or something. I'm excited that Farm & Fleet might carry them!

Could have also been a misspelling. That does sometimes happen.

EDIT:
Apparently some UK toy store is having a giveaway.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CVKzkoUoaYg/
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Carrehz on October 20, 2021, 12:55:43 AM
Huh, Wigwam Toys, never heard of them. Neat! Good to see the TEs are out somewhere.
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Post by: Taffeta on October 25, 2021, 09:06:49 PM
Sounds like they're not out but they have some advance product.

It would be that one they show, with that annoying name. Oh well...

Nice to think they are coming here at least. :)
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: SunPony on October 28, 2021, 01:18:12 AM
I had to run some errands today and I passed a Cracker Barrel so I went in real quick to look for ponies...no new twinkle eye ponies, just Sparkler and Gusty.  The wait continues.  Meanwhile local Meijers still have lots of the Posey set.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: achab1984 on October 28, 2021, 02:28:26 AM
I had the full set but sold them all off! I thought they were done making these!
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Post by: JazzMatazz on November 10, 2021, 02:01:09 AM
I checked Cracker Barrel & Farm & Fleet today, still nada but I did see the basic fun care bears and strawberry shortcakes have been stocked so perhaps soon?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Rainribbon31 on November 10, 2021, 02:28:30 PM
A family member spoke with an employee at Farm & Fleet yesterday and was told the TEs aren't showing up in their warehouse inventory, which means they're sitting on a ship somewhere. According to this F&F person, many of their Christmas toys are still out there and might not arrive until March. I also called a F&F and was basically told the same thing.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Wardah on November 10, 2021, 08:38:34 PM
A family member spoke with an employee at Farm & Fleet yesterday and was told the TEs aren't showing up in their warehouse inventory, which means they're sitting on a ship somewhere. According to this F&F person, many of their Christmas toys are still out there and might not arrive until March. I also called a F&F and was basically told the same thing.

What I wonder is, if I remember correctly, F&F only carry toys for the Christmas shopping season (since I don't live near one at all.) What happens if they can't get them in time for Christmas? Do they put them into a warehouse until next year, send them back to Basic Fun, or do they get unloaded onto discount retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshall's?
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: Leave a Whisper on November 11, 2021, 11:04:33 PM
I hope they pop up on Amazon. The distribution is bull pucky.
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: SunPony on November 13, 2021, 09:31:23 PM
I went to the Meijer closest to me and they had not only the twinkle eye set but also multiples of the Posey set, and a whole bunch of the G5 toys.  It was a huge pony jackpot!  Wow, those TE's look great in person  :cool:  If anyone wants me to try picking up any of these Basic Fun ponies for you send me a PM. 
Title: Re: 35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV
Post by: toyjunky on November 23, 2021, 07:31:26 PM
Apparently the online store The Toy Shoppe Northport has two of them in stock (Sweet Stuff & Skyrocket). I've never ordered from them, but the prices + shipping are probably going to be better options than Ebay for anyone who does not live near any Cracker Barrels or Meijers.

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