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New WeLoveFine My Little Pony T-shirt contest is for Friendship is Magic Bronies only?

So, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that MightyFine is having another My Little Pony T-shirt contest and the prizes are huge! Lots of money to be won and the pot gets bigger the more people enter so start designing!

Now for the bad news… it seems like this contest is for Bronies and Friendship is Magic fans only. Both of the judges are from Brony and Friendship is Magic fan sites. Couple this with the fact that they still haven’t added adult sizes for their Retro My Little Pony shirt and this doesn’t mean great things for vintage MLP fans. While they don’t specifically prohibit submitting vintage MLP designs, how can they possibly win if the judges are only fans of the new stuff?

I love the new show as much as anypony but I’m a little mystified why they’re excluding the original fandom in such a big way like this. As someone who loves ponies new and old, I want to celebrate all of ponydom, not just the new stuff. I know this is a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease because Friendship is Magic is getting a ton of press but I’m starting to get a little annoyed that it’s become an either/or thing. If MightyFine isn’t willing to make retro merchandise, can’t they at least sell that license to a company that is? It feels like squatting.

You can be a fan of both Friendship is Magic and the original MLP content. Or you can just be a fan of Friendship is Magic or just a fan of the vintage stuff. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to be an MLP fan. One isn’t better than the other, it’s just different. The fans “taking sides” is annoying enough but to have the companies holding the license to make merchandise taking sides seems like a new level of slight.

I don’t want this to deter anyone from submitting designs to the contest because I still want there to be awesome FiM designs out there and I want one of you to win that nice big prize. I just wish people weren’t trying to make this a fandom Civil War.

What do you guys think?

New My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic clothes from Mighty Fine & a T-Shirt Design contest

Well, that was fast!

Two big peices of news for you in this post. The first is that Mighty Fine just signed a licensing deal with Hasbro for My Little Pony and have debuted three new T-shirt designs starring Rarity, Applejack and Twilight Sparkle. We’ve got a look at these three designs below and you can order your own here.

The second exciting news is that they are also hosting a T-shirt contest. Submit your designs and you could win all sorts of cool prizes. In their words:

To celebrate the launch of our new My Little Pony line, we are offering our design-savvy customers as well as MLP fans across the web the chance to submit a design, and you could win up to $200 in FREE TEES!

Artists are welcome to submit as many designs as they like. Prizes will be as follows:

  • 1 Grand Prize Winner: $200 coupon for welovefine.com store credit
  • 4 Runners-Up: $25 coupon for welovefine.com store credit
  • In addition, all prize winners will have a chance of Mighty Fine purchasing your style outright for sale in our shop, on top of your prize credit. Artwork is due by Friday, July 1. Our customers will vote on the submissions on our website from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 8.

Send your designs to: contest@mightyfineinc.com
Submission emails require: Your image, a title for your design, your full name and your preferred email address.

Good luck!
– Team Mighty Fine

What a great opportunity to get your dream MLP shirt made for real! Visit the contest page here to submit any questions.