Sunday, January 7, 2018
REVIEW: 35th Anniversary My Little Pony
Well, Mom hit our local Target this morning and came up with nothing, but I trekked out to the farther Target with Raye del Sol and JACKPOT.
Not everything is known about these, but here's what we do know.
These still have Hasbro on them, but they were actually produced by The Bridge Direct.
They cost $9.99 each. Target is currently having a 20% off MLP sale, but these did not ring up as part of that. There was a kid in line behind me, so I wasn't going to argue about it, but someone may be able to get the sale to apply to these.
Supposedly, each store is only getting one set. I'm not sure if this is one set forever or one set to start with. It seems more likely the latter, because the former makes zero sense. Although with the reordering ability of some stores, it may as well be the former one.
What we don't know for sure is if these are Target exclusives or not.
I'm leaning towards yes, because they also have the Care Bears, but I could easily be wrong.
The characters included are the original six My Little Pony characters from 1983. These six were originally released as "flatfoot" ponies, but then came out with the concave hooves most people know best. These repros have said concave hooves. Each pony comes with a comb in the original vintage style and a tail ribbon.
Snuzzle is gray with pink hair and a heart symbol.
Cotton Candy is pink with pink hair. Her symbol is a bunch of white polka dots.
Butterscotch is...well, butterscotch-colored. Her hair is exactly the shade of those old-fashioned butterscotch hard candies. Her symbol is butterflies. Why? I don't know. Most of these symbols don't make sense as they eventually did.
Minty is mint green with white hair and shamrock symbols.
Blue Belle is a soft blue with lavender hair and star symbols.
Blossom is purple with purple hair and white flower symbols.
All of the ponies have blue eyes except Blossom and Butterscotch, whose eyes match their color schemes.
Quality-wise, these are very nice. They're a less squishy plastic than my original Minty, but it feels sturdy and quality.
Their hair is not quite as nice as the vintage ponies. Some of them have this amazing hair that just feels so silky when you wash it. These new repros don't have that, but their hair did wash up nicely. It was creased from how they were packaged, but those straightened out well. The manes are nice and pretty full. The tails are gorgeous and required no work.
On the left here is my original concave Minty. On the right is the new repro.
As you can see, the new ones are quite a bit shorter. I wish I had a flatfoot to compare height, but I don't anymore.
The bodies are basically the same shape with a few tweaks.
Again, basically the same. The biggest difference is size and, of course, color.
I love these little repro ponies and I had such happy flashbacks to childhood, holding their chubby little bodies and brushing their manes. I love all the versions of MLP, but nothing will ever come close to vintage for me, so these repros are just fantastic. I skipped the 25th Anniversary repros, but I heard those were poor quality. These are not.
If you see them in your Target and you have a favorite, get her. She may not reappear. Or if you're a pony fan like me and you can afford it, get them all!
I wish they'd do a second set with some of the next characters. I'd love to see Applejack and Bowtie, Bubbles and Seashell, and most importantly, Moondancer and Glory! Those last two were my first two ponies.
Which ponies would you like to see reproduced like these?
PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.