On Monday, Hasbro released their second quarter Earnings. While the revenues were up, they missed Street estimates which are the numbers forecasted by securities analysts. Profits were also off compared to the second quarter of last year. However, while it’s not all roses for Hasbro, they are apparently not mostly fallow as Mattel’s numbers came out to be where most of its categories were down. 

This earnings call also served as a reminder that while My Little Pony is still one of Hasbro’s major players, Transformers is part of Hasbro’s biggest business which are Boys’ toys. Revenues of the Boys department seems to correlate with whether or not there’s a Transformers movie. Since there is one, it serves as mo surprise that sales grew 32%. In fact, the second biggest department in terms of revenue is Games where revenues were off from last year at this time (-12%).

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Fillies and gentlecolts, Nightmare Nights Dallas is pleased to announce the magnificent Amy Keating Rogers as our next Guest of Honor for this year’s celebration of the Dark Princess, Nightmare Nights Dallas. Amy joins us here in Addison, Texas for a weekend of fun, frights and a glimpse into the creative writing mind that brought us episodes such as Bridle Gossip, The Last Roundup, Filli Vanilli, and many more. Come join Amy on panels where she can answer your questions like, what was the cut Rarity scene from Applebuck Season, why does Zecora talk in rhymes, what songs does she likes to lip sync to, and why is Raincloud best pony?

Amy is also known for her writing and story work in Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and many, many more of our favorite childhood cartoons. She joins our other Guests of Honor, Tabitha St. Germain, and Britt McKillip.

Nightmare Nights Dallas is Texas’s largest My Little Pony fan based convention. Come join us this October 24-26 in a celebration of not only the Nightmare Moon but all things MLP. Please visit us online at NightmareNights.net, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Nightmare Nights Dallas 2014 memberships can be purchased here

Till Her return, bide…

Friends Forever #7 Extended Preview

Cover by Amy Mebberson

Cover by Amy Mebberson

An extended preview is out thanks to Comic Book Resources. Be sure to see the comedic duo of Pinkie and Luna this Wednesday, and to check out this preview after the break.

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5-Day MLP Mega Mare-A-Thon

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It appears that The Hub is doing its own edition of Pony Rewind with a whopping 5-day Mega Mare-A-Thon airing all 91 episodes while answering questions from fans, kicking off on Monday, August 4th. Watch the promo after the break. Bumps and fan questions that are aired during the mare-a-thon will be posted on DN once available.

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The 2015 edition of the Brony Thank You Fund Calendar is now available. Previous editions of the calendar have been wildly popular, helping thousands of bronies figure out what day it is, while enjoying high-quality pony art. This year’s theme is “A Year of Charity”, and features the fund’s mascot as drawn by some of the best-known artists in the fandom, and show staff as well! As you might expect from previous calendars, the artists include such names such as Toxic Mario, egophilliac, John Joseco, PixelKitties (and Mr. Kitties!), as well as the fund’s in-house artist, Mackenzie Fields (the creator of Charity.) In addition, Dana Simpson (“Heavenly Nostrils”), Sabrina “Sibsy” Alberghetti (MLP:FiM Storyboard Artist at DHX Media), Justine Pulles (MLP:FiM Color Artists at DHX Media) and Katie Cook (Writer for IDW’s MLP:FiM Comic) have also pitched in with calendar pages.

The calendar is available as a premium for a $10 donation, with an additional shipping charge depending on location. They will also be available at BronyCon at the Thank You Fund booth, no shipping charge needed. To donate online, use this link:

https://www.bronythankyoufund.org/ocart/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50

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Another 2 weeks of this Pony drought has come and gone, sure we had Everfree Northwest and Fiesta Equestria both happen, but WE NEED MORE PONY!!!

“Stay Brony My Friends” hears your call and brings you the good stuff! This week we brought in Charlotte Fullerton, writer of such classic episodes as “Look Before you Sleep”, “Suited for Success”, “May the Best Pet Win”, and “Power Ponies”

We had a delightful time talking about all her work from Power Rangers, Ben 10, and other huge IP’s out there. Then the chat room had their chance to ask all kinds of questions, She was very impressed with us as a fandom so way to go out there Bronies!

We broke 1100 bits for Maddy Peter’s charity last time! This put the show over 40,000 bits raised across all charities, thank you so much for all your help in the past, but there is still more good work to do!

Charlotte has picked the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for her charity, she grew up with a good friend by the name of Lydia Mayo who in their 30′s contracted this horrible disease.

Multiple Sclerosis is a terrible disease that causes its sufferers’ immune systems to attack their own central nervous systems, causing paralysis, chronic pain and blindness.Two million people around the world are affected, and that’s two million too many. The good news is that good progress is being made in understanding its causes, and there are treatments being developed which slow the progress of the disease once diagnosed, but that’s far from victory. There is no cure (yet), and no way to restore the damage (yet). And that’s where we come in, fellow bronies.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is leading the fight, and we’re going to support them, every step of the way. Your donations will go directly to research and to assisting people with this lifelong burden. As always, your donations will be matched one-for-five (up to a hundred in matching funds) by Caerdwyn, so let’s stretch those dollars!

So head over to http://www.manliestbrony.com/blog/?p=1187 and send a few bits their way, I’ve set aside some awesome prizes as usual and you get a chance at them for anything given. If we break 500 bits, I have a series 2 foil Derpy card to give away as well as signed script covers by Charlotte from all her pony episodes.

And if we get lucky, Charlotte is trying to get a SDCC MANEiac and HumDrum collectable that she will sign! Stay tuned to http://www.manliestbrony.com/blog/ for details on this development in the coming days.

And once again thank you all for your continued support for our ongoing charity drives!

Dustykatt & Screwball

 

Friendship is Magic #24 Cover by Amy Mebberson

Friendship is Magic #24 Cover by Brenda Hickey

Solicitations are here once again thanks to PREVIEWS world. And the month of October looks particularly good for Fluttershy fans. Learn why that is and what to expect after the break.

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