MY LITTLE PONY® GALLOPS TO AURORA WITH 24 NEW PLUSH STYLES
“Our mid year product releases encompass new plush products that feature a variety of styles, a fresh approach to two of Hasbro’s classic brands, as well as innovative designs and attractive fabrics across the board,” says Michael Kessler, Aurora’s SVP of sales and marketing. Aurora mid-year product releases include:
MY LITTLE PONY: Four plush styles for each of six characters — TWILIGHT SPARKLE, PINKIE PIE, RAINBOW DASH, APPLEJACK, RARITY and FLUTTERSHY — highlight Aurora’s new MY LITTLE PONY line based on the MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC animated series, produced by Hasbro Studios and airing on the HUB Network in the US. “Our team did a great job with these elegant and stylish ponies; the line includes 24 different styles. They look just like the animation,” says Kessler. Aurora’s innovative and completely new Pony Tail Carriers (5” x 6.5”) include a plush pony (6.5”) and both have long sculpted hair and use various fabrics (SRP: $17). Standalone plush ponies are available in two sizes (6.5” and 10”; SRP: $7 and $20 respectively) while the line also includes Aurora’s two-piece Fancy Pals™ style: a plush pony (6.5”) with personalized, matching carrier (6”); SRP: $17.
While there have been jokes about My Little Pony on a variety of shows, there’s been no MLP cameo more prominent than Princess Sparkle‘s turn on the television show The O. C.
Featured in three episodes over seasons 1 and 2, Princess Sparkle was not just seen in the background but was a plot point in her appearances. (The O. C. Wiki can give you a better overview of the episodes she starred in if you care deeply about how she related to the plot.)
But what did this high profile TV cameo do to the collectability of this member of G1 royalty? Princess Ponies were already pretty collectible to begin with and Princess Sparkle’s suddenly stardom rocketed her value up higher than it had ever been before as fans of the television show started competing with collectors for this vintage pony star. At one point she was selling for over $100 dollars!
As The O. C. has been off the air for several years now, Princess Sparkle’s value has gone down from the wild highs it once reached in the 2000’s but she is still one of the higher value Princess Ponies thanks to her brief stint with TV stardom. But now that the market has cooled, you can usually snag one at a more normal price if you’re willing to wait for it.
Where you lucky enough to snag your Princess Sparkle before the great inflation? What’s your favorite MLP television cameo? Do you totally still ship her with Captain Oats?
At the 2008 My Little Pony Fair, some of the MLP team were kind enough to talk to us about some of the details that go into making any MLP toy a reality. At the time, collectors were concerned why some G3 ponies had changed names between waves of the toys and the discussion of this lead to some interesting insights into how My Little Pony toys get their names. I’m going to try to recap this info as best as I can but someone may have a video of this discussion up on YouTube somewhere if you want the whole thing from the source. Continue reading How My Little Pony toys are named & how Hasbro snuck the name Waterfire in under the radar→
If there was an award for Most Commonly Mistaken for My Little Pony, the Cabbage Patch Kids Ponies would win it, hooves down. You can’t blame people for getting confused! After all, they ARE ponies (albeit, larger ponies then a standard My Little Pony) and the ARE branded as being made by Hasbro.
CPK Ponies aren’t fakies either, though many collectors group them that way for simplicity’s sake. While fakies are knock-off MLP toys, CPK ponies are their own entirely separate toy line. CPK ponies came in small, MLP-like, sizes and also a larger size big enough for a Cabbage Patch Kid doll to ride.
While finding a CPK pony when you’re looking for a My Little Pony can be disappointing, there are actually some very nice ponies in that set so you may want to consider starting to collect them as well. They have a chubbier look but there is definitely something cute about them.
Their awards are actual early G3 ponies spray painted gold! (Are they only picking ponies with pink hair to spray paint or are they re-rooting the manes and tails? These are the things I wonder when I see something like this.)