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Pony Corral / Re: Can Anyone tell me why G1 is hard to find?
« on: February 20, 2024, 09:55:49 AM »
Wise pony once said: Diamonds are harder to find than granite.

I'd say one issue is most regular non-ponypeople don't know what they're looking at. So even if you went to a toy convention most people can't ID a real MLP from a fakie and if you're talking accessories it's probably even more difficult.

Lets put it this way, my dad has lived around MLP since I started collecting back in 1983-4ish. He can't identify a real MLP from a fakie.

Then you get into the people who think they know about ponies and want to charge you $50 for a common pony who's got a hair cut. Places like ebay and other online buying sites similar are you fighting against however many people on the planet are wanting to buy the same item. So prices can be crazy because it's those who know and those who know nothing both buying and selling.

You'd be better off hunting within the community of collectors and/or going to MLP toy collecting centered events/meet/convention. You're usually going to get a better price and deal than trying to buy off places like ebay/mercari.

And as others point out, you're gonna have to dig when looking for accessories. There have been a number of times at flea markets and yard sales where I've seen MLP items sold with other toys or believed to belong in another toy line or put in a ziplock with other toys that have nothing to do with MLP.

You're also dealing with a treasure hunt that is 30+ years since the items were actually in a retail store. I hate to say it but a lot of ponies and especially accessories probably got thrown away by parents. I know folks who they're parents didn't even go through the process of reselling their childs toys, they just junked there is no telling how many MLP items are somewhere lost in a landfill somewhere.

Pony Corral / Re: Nearly Non Existent Pony Section
« on: January 31, 2024, 01:51:57 PM »
I think one of the differences in G1 compared to the toy line now is Hasbro from the beginning seemed to look at the G1 toy line as a 'collectable'. Some folks not familiar with MLP marketing back in the 80's probably don't know this but Basic Fun and hasbro didn't start calling the first 6 MLP collector ponies in the last 10/20 years. They were calling them collector ponies as early as 1986. I've got a letter I received back in the 80's from the mail order programing documenting Hasbro already calling those ponies 'collector ponies'

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Even way back then they were looking at MLP toy line as something more than just toys a 3 year old kid was going to tear up and loose interest in once they grew out of it. They must have seen by the interest and even looked at how 'kids' and adults treated the ponies back then. I remember when I bought my first 2 ponies (Moondancer and Firefly) my cousin had also purchased a pony and both of us (Me around 11/12 I think and my cousin around 8/9 - we both wanted to collect ALL the ponies). Hasbro probably could tell by the mail order program that the reaction to MLP back then was that people were actually buying them to put on a shelf and admire.

I think as a creator of toys IF you're looking at your toy line as something more valuable than toys then I feel like you'd put more effort and attention to detail into it; instead of now it feels like the G5 and even going by to the G4, it was just get something out quick and as cheaply as possible.

I also wish they'd have waited a couple years and then revamped the whole MLP line to something completely different. While it's so close to G4 I think that G5 sort of suffers when I think it could have been way different if they'd given it not only a cooling off period, but been given more time to develop the idea away from G4.

Pony Corral / Re: A question about generation 1 Dream Beauties
« on: January 30, 2024, 03:33:26 PM »
I can assure you they are My Little Pony. And my memory while not perfect I do seem to remember them being advertised as My little Ponies 'Grown up'.

I didn't have any confusion when they came out in stores, I didn't feel any differently about them than say how I felt about Sea Ponies, flutter ponies or sweetheart sisters, etc.

I guess a person had to be there to really understand G1 but, since the styles of ponies for G1 is quite varied I don't remember thinking any less of them compared to other ponies. In fact I find them quite elegant looking, especially the ones with the big wings.

I actually back then decided to call them the guardian ponies, who protected ponyland. LOL.

Pony Corral / Re: Collector’s Guilt?
« on: January 23, 2024, 02:28:56 PM »
The only collector guilt I have is realizing I should have bought more ponies back in the 80's.

Random strangers opinions on my collecting habits count for ZERO on making me feel any emotions other than contempt and disinterest.

Pony Corral / Re: Nearly Non Existent Pony Section
« on: January 20, 2024, 10:32:48 AM »
The toys for MLP they're producing right now are, well...I can't be the only one who things they're gaudy and ugly. Sorry if it offends anyone who likes them but they just look so non-pony like to me. The shape of the head, the way the body meets with the neck/head, the weird shape and just overall aesthetic. The colors are very harsh and, some of the color combos are terrible together. I'm not sure when they're going to stop putting orange and harsh pink together but I hope it's soon.

The horrible unhuggable hard plastic and frankenstein mish mash of body parts that do weird functions is just off putting for me as an adult, I'm not sure what it is for little kids. I have no children to know if kids like these ponies. I guess the small barely visible section is stores gives a hint to that.

Ponies were supposed to be lovable, cuddly and cute. If I wanted to hug a clunky looking robot I'd buy a transformer...


Pony Corral / Re: What am I?
« on: January 20, 2024, 10:23:51 AM »
The return of Demon Donkey: Donkey Twilights Revenge?

Pony Corral / Re: What did you get for Christmas?!
« on: January 06, 2024, 04:30:56 AM »
Pony related my dad was able to understand pony enough to get me the basic fun sdcc majesty. Needless to say it made me very happy.

Pony Corral / Re: I'm loving generation 5
« on: January 06, 2024, 04:28:06 AM »
One g5 toy managed to get in my house, I keep it separate from all the other ponies so it doesn’t give them any weird ideas…

Pony Corral / Re: Why didn't Generation 2 have an animated series?
« on: January 06, 2024, 04:22:38 AM »
I would imagine it was cheaper to do direct to video for g3 than to invest in getting a tv channel back then to air your cartoon. I don’t know if it had as much to do with tv standards as it would have had to do with the investment to get a cartoon on a network or cable channel. If you could throw together your own product and sell it on video, it was probably a way more economic choice IMO.

I never saw where hasbro lost the copyright for mlp…I don’t know if that’s accurate. Heck we are just seeing now a lot of online discussion about Disney losing copywriter to the original Mickey Mouse…and that’s been decades…

As far as g2 goes it has already been stated, it didn’t last long enough to gain the popularity of g1 to create a cartoon.

Off Topic / Re: Anime?
« on: December 28, 2023, 12:02:29 PM »
I've been watching the apothecary diaries. It's annoying waiting week by week for an episode though.

I love Apothecary Diaries show and manga. I love Jinshi and MaoMao!!

Also I've recently gotten into Sugar Apple Fairy Tale; at first I thought it was gonna be meh...but I found myself liking it enough that I bought the light novel vol 4 so I could continue reading the story.

Pony Corral / Re: Core Groups?
« on: July 01, 2023, 07:05:48 AM »
I don't know that I think of ponies in terms of 'core groups'. And maybe it's just a term thing, but I think my mind more goes towards the term 'sets'. As in, these are the new sets of ponies this year. Usually in the beginning each set was around 4-6 ponies.

But I really have never though of it as THIS is the main set of ponies, it was more like this is this years NEW sets of ponies.

So it's probably more a G1 frame of mind/ toy collecting mindset. Where no individual group of ponies is meant to outshine all the other ponies. It's more these are organized into year release or grouped in 'types' of ponies VS, these are the most awesome of all the ponies, etc.

Pony Corral / Re: Pony Convention Questions
« on: November 25, 2022, 04:33:36 PM »

I know that on the netfix series (Toys that made us - I think that's the name) episode about ponies, I think I remember it said the first year of actual MLP they said in the show $80 million PLUS in sales. Most ponies back then in the USA were like $2.99-$3.99...I'd say that's a lot of ponies.

Edit addition: I just rewatched the netflix toys that made us episode and one of the creators said they were doing $100+ million in sales for most of the 80's. And they were actually at one point struggling to keep up with demand and coming up with new ideas, etc. Not sure if that's the reason it sort of abruptly ended, but it may have factored into why they stopped sorta suddenly.

Pony Corral / Re: Weird my little pony Commercial parody
« on: November 23, 2022, 10:34:34 AM »
The names of each pony at the end is priceless...

Rainbow Cheeseloaf
Captain Chunkles
Princess Starfudge
Lady Buttersmile

and best pony: Cotton Sassy

The Dollhouse / Re: Rainbow High?
« on: October 11, 2022, 08:53:29 AM »
OY! Taff...welcome to the club (LOL).

My addiction is bad, but I did manage to get the costume ball Fairy, I want the cat/werewolf whatever she is...cause honestly at this point I can't keep up with the names. I also want to get the vampirish one as well but didn't see either of them. I did see the girl with the spiderweb dress at the same walmart I purchased the 'Fairy', however though I did like her, she looks very similar to one of the slumber party dolls. I'm sorta more interested if they're really different from the other dolls.

I managed to buy a few at yard sales/flea markets as well. So I have a few that need fixing up. Right now, most of mine are still in box, not necessarily because I want them to be but because I just don't have time right now to open them. Though, like for example the fairy, the box is so nice for display in how it's made I'm a bit hesitant to remove her. I almost feel like I can keep her in box and potentially later I'll find one out of box for a much cheaper price, even though it might be played with or even in a lot of other dolls. So I do think some of them I may keep in box, especially some of the special editions that the box plays into the whole design.

I actually like the holiday doll, but haven't seen her in person, but I really like the white on white design sooo, I will probably get her. I think maybe what they could have done to make her more interesting was to make the dress an actually rainbow fabric of some kind, but I kinda see what they were going for with the design.

I really like the fact that they are willing to try different things with rainbow high, and the idea of a fashion doll coming with extra fashion came from bratz but at least this company get's the idea of a 'fashion doll'.

Like the grayscale design dolls (shadow high). I mean, who would have thought a gray doll would be interesting...

The Dollhouse / Re: Disney Animator Dolls
« on: October 04, 2022, 01:04:42 PM »
Disney Animator dolls are awesome. As explained by toyjunky they have a much more expressive face and are rather unique compared to the standard Disney toddler dolls sold at other stores.

There are also special editions of the animator dolls like Ursula and uber special Princess ones that have lights and more elaborate outfits.

And then there are the customs people make of these dolls that are sooo beautiful...

Originally Disney store was the only place you could get them; however, I did notice in a Target recently that they carry the animator dolls. But I think this target was unique as I haven't noticed the special 'disney' section in every target. This Target had a special Disney section adjacent to the toy section that was all 'disney'. So it was sort of like a mini Disney store inside of Target.

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