Europe tends to be in this weird area where they get a lot of cool exclusives but miss out on a lot of the basic things American fans get. This time, the EU gets some really nice looking plushies thanks to Famosa.
The spanish toy maker is working with Hasbro to make MLP, Transformers and Mr. Potato Head plushies for Europe. First quarter 2014 will have Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Twilight, with other characters coming out later in the year. Transformers will be coming out in the summer.
The partnership originally was just Furby plushies, but Hasbro was happy enough with the product and sales to expand the deal to other IPs.
[Source: Toy News]
Once again, Build-A-Bear’s website has pictures of the upcoming plushies.
This time there’s a full-size Rarity with gorgeous hair and smaller Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo. Read more →
It’s toy fair season, so Hasbro is starting to send out some press kits on what you’ll be seeing there. In the realm of pony, there’s 3 things they’re pushing: Rainbow Rocks Equestria Girl toys, the Rainbow Dash that does backflips and a new toy, the Rainbow Kingdom Playset.
Slated for fall 2014, the PR says that kids can “discover the newest royal empire” with this playset. A key can be used to unlock various things in the playset, which was a popular mechanic for toys in the ’90s. There’s a “cloud car” and the slide as well.
The picture shows a Princess Luna toy, but no word on if she comes with the set or not. There’s also been no mention of some sort of rainbow kingdom in any of the MLP merchandise or media so far, so this might be pointing towards something in the show towards the end of season 4.
More info on this and all the other toy fair toys will come out when we get closer to the NYC Toy Fair in February.
Edit: Another blurb came out, this time about an Equestria Girls doll line.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls That Rock: Ages 5 and up, Spring 2014
Fans of the My Little Pony Equestria Girls characters will love to sing alongside their favorite characters with the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls That Rock collection. Kids can make the Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, or Adagio Dazzle dolls high five and each doll will “come to life”, singing the My Little Pony Equestria Girls song. Fans can also high-five their dolls and sing along.
Pictures of the Twilight and Pinkie Pie have been out and about for awhile, but Adagio Dazzle is a new one. “Dazzle” is a common last name that Hasbro has been tacking on to show character names in order to make them trademarked merchandise. Adagio, being a music term, fits into the story of the Equestria Girls having a battle of the bands-type thing. No pictures are up, but we’ll keep an eye out for this!
This is a first finding McDonald’s toys on Taobao in the realm of G4. Vinyl Scratch has a molded main and a rooted tail made out of cheap hair with colors that don’t really match her mane, so it definitely fits what we’ve seen before.
2011 and 2012 had McDonald’s toys, while 2013 only had them at Burger Kings overseas. It’s very possible that they’ll make toys again for 2014, as MLP is still a very popular show and it’ll get kids asking parents to go to store. Not to mention all the adult collectors who’ll just buy the toys out-right and probably buy some burgers and shakes, too.
Hot Topic is now selling the next batch of Funko vinyl figures. This time it’s alicorn Twilight and Trixie, complete with hat and cape. Like before, there’s a 1 in 24 chance that the one you get will be the sparkly, translucent variant.
The latest release in the MLP Chapter Book series by G. M. Berrow, Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare, came out today. If you want the paper back version, you can find it on Amazon here; it’s also available on Google Play (Preview here).
The rest of the series:
Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo
Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Ponypalooza Party!
The Fluttershy entry in the series has yet to be announced.
An Amazon listing for a Shout! Factory DVD, A Dash of Awesome recently showed up. No word on what episodes are going to be in it, but judging from the title, it’s likely to be a collection of Rainbow Dash-focused episodes. It’s currently about $10 for preorder, and will release on March 25th.
Update 2013-12-05 18:40Z: As Equestria Daily reports, Shout Factory has published a description of the DVD. This description neither belies nor corroborates Equestria Daily’s assertion that the DVD will contain an upcoming episode with the title “Rainbow Falls.” The title, however, is accurate. Below this rather generic description from Shout Factory.
Since arriving in Ponyville, Twilight has learned Princess Celestia’s most valuable lesson — the meaning of true friendship. But with every new adventure comes a new lesson and if anyone is up for more learning, it’s the studious Twilight Sparkle! Join Twilight and her best friends for five wild adventures through Equestria that are bound to further demonstrate what every pony already knows—that friendship is magic!
This episode may be related to a background image that we reported on in early November as well as the book Welcome to Rainbow Falls that we mentioned in the same post.
While we’re on the topic of pegasi, Ed Valentine is the author of “Flight to the Finish.” Follow away!
A long, long time ago, when G4 first started, Hasbro showed off some “crystal” keychains of Pinkie, Rainbow, Rarity and Applejack at the NYC Toy Fair. RD and PP had a very limited release in stores, with AJ and Rarity never making it to stores.
Now all four keychains are available as part of the Rainbow Power selection of toys. They’re found on shelves in places like Toys R Us, with the older ones for sale at resell stores like 5 Below.
Thanks to Adventures in Ponyville for sending this in.