Category: My Little Pony

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A.K. Yearling retiring? Not on Rainbow Dash’s watch! She and Pinkie Pie travel to A.K.’s home to find out what is going on. What is going on is that Daring Do is getting a negative rap in a village of Somnambula Southern Equestria where she is accused of wrecking a statue of Somnambula among other things while on her adventures.

The three travel to try and clear her name and come across a hooded figure (read: Dr. Caballeron) who is spreading the story of Daring Do’s supposed recklessness. We get to hear the Legend of Somnambula and how she defeated a sphinx through hope (Subliminal message**Read Legends of Magic #5**end subliminal message).

When Rainbow confronts the hooded figure at the statue, Caballeron reveals himself and takes Dash to the temple “thanking her” for breaking Daring Do’s spirit. Just as Rainbow is about to sink into a pit of slime (because TV-Y), Pinkie reminds Daring Do that she would never let anything happen to Rainbow and they use the steam vents below to rescue Rainbow Dash.

Caballeron’s plan was to defame Daring Do so he could carry out his deeds uninterrupted such as pilfering the village of its glowpaz. Caballeron is chased off and A.K. Yearling will not be retiring after all.

The moral is supposed to be to never lose hope as was the case with Somnambula in the legend when things don’t go as intended. It’s a good lesson, but the episode is bit too predictable in its setup. You could tell it was Caballeron under the hood. The episode is still enjoyable, but it suffers from predictability if you have seen the previous episodes with Daring Do.

GRADE: B

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717 – “Daring Done?”

Written by: Gillian M. Berrow
When Rainbow Dash’s favorite author, A.K. Yearling, announces her retirement, Dash convinces Pinkie Pie to go on a quest to find out if the book on Daring Do really will be closed forever.

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719 – “To Change a Changeling”

Written by: Kevin Lappin
Starlight Glimmer and Trixie try to get Thorax’s brother Pharynx to accept the new way by sharing love and transforming so he doesn’t undermine Thorax’s leadership, and that the hive will ultimately accept him.

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If you haven’t heard the news, Nightmare Nights is coming to an end after 2017. So for our grand finale, we’ve got something special to share, coming to our Charity Auction.

Project: Harmonize is an 11×14 hardcover sketchbook featuring artists with all sorts of skill levels and personal styles, both fan-artists and seasoned professionals. This truly one of a kind item involves fantastic creators from all over the world creating something special together! What will be auctioned is the sketchbook itself, containing many original drawings. Not reproductions or reprints, but the originals, making this a truly priceless piece of My Little Pony fandom. And there are over 60 sketches already in the book, with more being added.

Project: Harmonize is being led by the artist and comic illustrator LeekFish, one of our 2016 Guests of Honor, and will be auctioned off at the Nightmare Nights Charity Auction. Our benefactor, for the fifth year in a row, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. benefitting children suffering from catastrophic illness and their families. We’ve raised over $40,000 for St. Jude since 2013, and we’re hoping to raise a whole lot more this year. More details for Project: Harmonize will be coming out over the next few weeks on social media, so check out the Twitter and Tumblr for the project!

We’ll have plenty of other items at our Charity Auction, which you can find out more information about on our Charity page. On site charity auction item donations can be made before noon on Saturday at Dealer Ops. Don’t forget to pick up your badge at a discounted rate until the convention to attend our Charity Auction, and reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount. You can also volunteer to help a few hours each day in exchange for a free badge. And lastly, our panel submissions are still open for just one more week, until September 9th, so get those panels in before we lock down the schedule!

Thank you to all of our fans and attendees for being the best fans and attendees ever! We’re excited to send off Nightmare Nights with all of you. The con is less than two months away, so stay tuned for more information, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications) for more updates!

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Hasbro has finalized the schedule for HASCON which takes place September 8-10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The schedule for the whole convention can be seen at https://hascon.hasbro.com/schedule.

Specifically for My Little Pony, here are the following events:

Friday, September 8th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, HASCON Main Stage, 3:30pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

From Ponyville to Canterlot High — The History of Equestria Girls, HASCON Main Stage, 4:30pm

Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares the inspiration behind Equestria Girls and gives a peek at what adventures the Equestria Girls are going on next. Be the first to see the new product line and hear first hand from the Equestria designers as they share how they bring to life our Mane 7 ‘s unique personalities!

My Little Pony Designer Q & A, FANmily Stage Room, 5:30pm

Join members of the My Little Pony design team as they take you on a journey through four generations of pony product. Designers will answer questions, giving a behindthe- scenes look at how they have made their (cutie) mark on My Little Pony and proving that you’re never too old to play with ponies.

MY LITTLE PONY Mane Event6:30pm, Omni Hotel (*VIP or Add -On Ticket Purchase Required; Price $200.00)

Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.

Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Saturday, September 9th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 10:00am – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie, HASCON Main Stage, 11:00am – Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares her experience in creating the first feature film for My Little Pony. Find out how the Mane 6 inspired her to discover the importance of teamwork and friendship along the way. Includes an exclusive sneak preview of the film!

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, FANmily Stage Room, 12:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

My Little Pony Voice Talent Autograph Session, My Little Pony Brand Area, 1:00pm

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Sunday, September 10th:

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, Discovery Family Stage, 11:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

IDW – My Little Pony: Comics are Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 12:00pm – IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby Curnow, MY LITTLE PONY series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new MY LITTLE PONY: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck will represent the show at HASCON while Bobby Curnow, Andy Price, and Brenda Hickey will represent the comics. Former story editor of Friendship is Magic and current Hasbro VP of Storyteller Meghan McCarthy will also be a guest as well MLP historian and collector Summer Hayes.

MLP has the second most panels at HASCON at nine excluding Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: the Gathering gaming sessions and VIP events behind Transformers which has 15 panels.

For you Littlest Pet Shop fans, a sneak preview of the new series set to debut in 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at 11:00am in the FANmily Stage Room.

Each brand will have a brand experience area. Below are the ones for MLP and LPS:

MY LITTLE PONY:

Welcome, everypony! Discover the magic of friendship with a behind-the-scenes look at the latest pony adventures in entertainment (can you say NEW MOVIE? Oh yeah!), character meet-and-greets, a ponification experience and much more!

Highlights include:

• Meet and mingle with the Mane 6 and Spike costumed characters
• Photo-ops with life-size movie ponies and scenes from My Little Pony: The Movie
• Get ponified like your favorite character at the Ponification Station
• Explore Equestria and take snaps, selfies, and pony pics
• Play the most pony-riffic My Little Pony apps and games
• Get a sneak peek of the latest MLP toys, along with rare treasures from the Hasbro Vault
• Visit Pinkie Pie’s Sugarcube Corner, an exclusive MLP-themed cafe

Plus, enjoy these My Little Pony panels and VIP/add-on experiences, including:

• The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Meghan McCarthy
• The Voices of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
• First Look at My Little Pony Season 8
• My Little Pony Designer Q&A
• My Little Pony Mane Event: Dinner (add-on or VIP ticket purchase required)

LITTLEST PET SHOP:

Visit the Littlest Pet Shop Brand Area for a purrfectly wonderful, pet-lovin’ good time!

• Get a sneak peek at Paw-Tucket, the brand new Littlest Pet Shop animated show

Selfie-time! Take some totally fun pix with loads of paw-some photo ops for you and your friends

• Check out the human-size hamster wheel
• Add your personal touch to the cool LPS Graffiti Wall
• Visit the Designer’s Den to design a pet of your own. We supply a white-model pet and you do the rest. Sign-up in the booth as space is   limited.

Times:

FRIDAY11:30am1:00pm2:30pm4:00pm5:30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY9:30am11:00am12:30pm2pm3:30pm5:00pm

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In this episode, Starlight and Trixie pay a surprise visit to Thorax in the Changeling Kingdom. However, the “welcoming committee” is Pharnyx bagging them to brother Thorax. Pharnyx has yet to fully reform preferring the old ways of the hive. Most of the other changelings have reformed (thanks to a more assertive Thorax with advice from Ember), but Pharnyx is the last holdout.

Starlight and Trixie try to reform him, but the former starts to think it’s a lost cause and that Thorax will eventually have to chase him out of the hive since no one else likes him. Starlight then impulsively alters a trail of leaves to lure a maulwurf so the hive can see Pharnyx’s good side in his role as a protector like he was for Thorax at an early age. However, Pharnyx apparently has left and the maulwurf is on his way.

Thorax, Starlight, and Trixie go after Pharnyx to see him battling the maulwurf, but is overpowered. Two changelings and two magical ponies is not enough either. The rest of the hive, initially unmoved by Starlight’s speech, is almost there. Ultimately, Pharnyx comes up with the solution by getting the maulwurf to keep hitting itself and retreating. Pharnyx ultimately transforms and is welcomed back into the hive.

This was a very good episode. You have a complicated character in Pharnyx who yearns for the old changeling ways, but yet is still interested in the hive’s safety. Thorax is really good here in not just converting the kingdom into something out of “The Office” in terms of activities, but in admonishing Starlight for altering the trail. It did work ultimately, but it is another impulsive move that could have backfired horribly. And then there’s the dynamic between Starlight and Trixie which is very solid.

Trixie is her usually hammy self while Starlight has to play the straight pony. This has become quite the partnership as the show has progressed and I wouldn’t mind more of this.

So overall, this was a very good episode thanks to the humor and the dynamics between the changeling brothers and between Starlight and Trixie.

GRADE: A-

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