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35 Anniversary ponies - Mark IV

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InkyMilk:
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:

tailrustedtealeaf:
There IS a cracker barrel near me...there is hope yet for finding Lickety Split and finishing off the set!

littletulula:

--- Quote from: 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?

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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.

toyjunky:

--- Quote from: littletulula on September 14, 2021, 06:42:57 PM ---
--- Quote from: 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?

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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.

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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.

Rainribbon31:

--- Quote from: LadyAmalthea on August 17, 2021, 01:18:25 AM ---
--- Quote from: Leave a Whisper on August 17, 2021, 12:08:14 AM ---What's Blain Supply?

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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.

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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!

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