IDW Solicitations for May and June 2017

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IDW solicitations are now here! Check out what’s coming in the month of May and some June paperbacks after the break.

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The Toy Fair Report

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On Friday, Hasbro made their annual presentation at Toy Fair NYC for investors and shareholders. In regards to My Little Pony, apart from the new toys coming,  it’s all about the movie for 2017. The movie, due to be released on October 6th, is billed to be a “whole new entry point” for people who are not already familiar to the franchise in its current form. According to MLP franchise lead, Tyla Bucher, the promotion of the movie will begin with Friendship Day sometime in July and then a product launch in August. Promotional partners are expected to take the brand to “unexpected places.”

Hasbro’s Head of Storytelling Meghan McCarthy was on hand to give a brief description of the new characters to be introduced in the movie:
• Capper – Con Artist Cat, turned hero  (Taye Diggs)
• Tempest – A Unicorn Who’s broken horn speaks to a troubled past (Emily Blunt)
• Songbird Serenade – The Hottest musical act in Equestria (Sia)
• Grubber – Hilarious bumbling side kick to The Storm King (Michael Peña)
• The Storm King – Big Bad Villain of the Movie (Liev Schreiber)
• Captain Caelano – Dynamic Leader of the Parrot Pirate Crew (Zoe Saldana)
• Qyeen Novo – Regal Ruler of the Sea Ponies (Uzo Aduba)
• Skystar – Energetic Daughter of Queen Novo (Kristen Chenoweth)

In addition, Blunt, Sia, Chenoweth, and Diggs will take part in five of the seven songs for the movie.

Perhaps the bigger story was a slide indicating that “The Magic Continues” in 2018. Many will speculate that means an eighth season of Friendship is Magic. We shall see for certain as Season Seven is set to begin this Spring. Whatever way you look at it, My Little Pony is not going anywhere soon and the movie is billed as “just the beginning” as it enters a new phase (not necessarily a new generation).

There was a brief mention of the reboot of Littlest Pet Shop during the presentation which is said to be in its early stages. LPS fans can expect digital  shorts in the Fall and a new animated series set for 2018.

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In an episode listing of new DVD being distributed by Shout! Factory, 2 new episode titles have been revealed, very likely from the new season. The inclusion of the titles are tentative and may change, as with The Fault in our Cutie Marks was removed on the “Soarin Over Equestria” DVD.

The new episode titles are “Celestial Advice” and “All Bottled Up.” The DVD is scheduled to release on May 30th, 2017.

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Bronies for Good Charity Album Release: Seeds of Kindness: A Change of Heart

Online Release Party and Fundraiser

Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC)

on Ponyville Live

Each year, musicians, artists, and brony media organizers come together from all across the fandom to make sure Bronies for Good’s annual Seeds of Kindness drive kicks off with a bang.

In just a few days, our seventh charity album drops. With 14 songs, over an hour of music, and genres spanning from orchestral, to folk, to several different subgenres of EDM, A Change of Heart is the culmination of months of work from talented, and diverse musicians, all united in their dedication to making the world a better place.

After that, it’s up to you. The Seeds of Kindness fundraisers have been an enormous success, thanks to the altruism and generosity of you, the fandom.

Come join us in celebration as we kick off another fundraising season with our release party for Seeds of Kindness: A Change of Heart! Stream and group chat enabled by Ponyville Live!

On Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC), Ponyville Live will host an online fundraiser, complete with a stream of the album, and a public group chat with musicians.

When you donate, you can download A Change of Heart, and all of Bronies for Good’s previous albums! You can already donate, and you’ll be able to download all past albums right away as well as A Change of Heart upon the start of the release party.

The Theme

A Change of Heart continues to promote the theme of last year’s album: global empathy. The concept of global empathy is oft misunderstood because it is a very dry term for a profoundly personal and emotional process. Humans are instinctively compassionate; upon witnessing the suffering of sentient beings, we are motivated with a desire to help alleviate said suffering. Regardless of race, background, or country, we care and seek to do our best to help those in need.

However, everyone’s awareness has limitations. The modern world is fast-paced, and the suffering of others can all too often seem abstract, especially when it is very far away. It takes work to both remain aware, and to keep one’s heart from becoming jaded.

A Change of Heart is all about overcoming those obstacles, as individuals, and as a people.

The Charity

It is important for any charitable enterprise to back a trustworthy and effective cause. Seeds of Kindness benefits the Against Malaria Foundation – an organization that saves thousands of lives by helping to improve health conditions in less-developed nations.

GiveWell has rated it one of the best charities in the world.

Over 200 million people contract malaria every year, and many who survive are locked in poverty due to expensive treatments. It is a permanent catastrophe.

It is also easily preventable.

The Against Malaria Foundation stands out because of its strong track record and commitment to efficiency, program monitoring, and transparency. As malaria-infected mosquitoes mostly bite at night, it can be prevented with cheap, long-lasting insecticidal nets. As little as $3 buys a net that will protect two people for two or three years and contribute to the permanent elimination of the disease.

And now for some My Little Pony Movie related information.

Meghan McCarthy, writer and co-executive producer for the upcoming theatrical MLP movie hinted on Thursday of some upcoming news.  That news was the reveal of six new characters that will be appearing in the movie via the voice actor & actresses Twitter accounts on Friday.  Unfortunately as the one who is writing this article, I have to admit I really do not have a clue what is going on with the movie, or who these characters are.  Further more, as someone who cares little about the entertainment business, I had to research into who exactly these people are.

Liev Schreiber is an actor, director, screenwriter and producer rising to general fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s with such movies as Random, Phantoms, Scream, and X-Men Origins as Sabretooth.

Kristin Chenoweth is an actress and singer with credits in the musical theater, film and telvision, and a Tony Award winner for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  She has also done various voice work in such films as Tinker Bell (as Rosetta), Rio 2, BoJack Horseman and American Dad.

Taye Diggs, another actor singer with a career more on the stage than in the films, known for his roles in Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his role on on the television series Private Practice, and his film role in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Emily Blunt is a British-American film and stage actress who has had plenty of stage and film work, and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gideon’s Daughter, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

Zoe Saldana is an actress and dancer who is best known for her work as Nyota Uhura of the recent Star Trek movies, Neytiri in Avatar, and Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Uzo Aduba is an American actress and singer, currently best known for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, in which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, along with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and two Screen Actors Guld Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy  Series.  She is only one of two actors to win Emmy Awards for both comedy and drama.

And of course if you want to learn more, just go visit Wikipedia such as I just did.

The general feeling around the fandom/community has mainly been about the new character designs, such as Capper aka Catman.  The phrase of the day has been of course, Original Characters Donut Steel.  Unfortunately for those people, they’re canon, unless we plan on breaking the movie away much like people did with the comic, creating some sort of weird cartoon multiverse.

Since the clock is ticking down towards the movie, and a new season of ponies, we will be attempting to keep you informed.  All three of ya.
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Friendship is Magic #51 Preview

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We have a preview for issue #51 of Friendship is magic, which starts a new 3 part arc and is currently listed to be released on the 22nd. Check it out after the break.

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Hasbro continues to be buoyed by Partner Brands such as Star Wars, Disney Princess, Disney’s Frozen, and DreamWorks’ Trolls. Hasbro was up 11% in Q4 compared to this time last year while revenues were up 13% for the year and topped $5 billion for the first time in company history.

Nerf continued its winning streak in Q4 and the year as a whole among franchise brands. Transformers experienced ‘double-digit growth’ in the second half the year according to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and is set up nicely for their next movie coming out in June. For the quarter, Transformers, Nerf, and Monopoly grew. For the year as a whole, it was Nerf, Play-Doh, and Magic: The Gathering.

As for My Little Pony, it was down for the year domestically, but up internationally.

My Little Pony revenues declined last year, but grew in the International segment,” said Goldner in the Earnings Conference Call as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. Brand engagement continues to build through multi-screen storytelling, and we have an innovative and robust line with new characters and worlds. Retailers and consumer products licensees are significantly supporting both [Transformers and MLP] films. The MLP movie comes out in October.

We are going to know a lot more about MLP around February 18th when Toy Fair NYC begins. It has been a main source for upcoming MLP projects in the past and with the movie and Season 7 coming up, things should be no different. This year was a bit of an off year for the MLP franchise, but Hasbro is expected to pick things up with the ponies this year.

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