Live From the Fair... MLP Fair Pics and Experiences

SoSoftClaire

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Hey Guys!

I'm here at the fair (well, technically 11 miles away in the La Quinta Inn.) I had a great (albeit tiring) day at the fair! It's so great to meet everyone, and I got some great deals, got my books signed, and overall just had a blast forgetting about work and the everyday, and just immersed myself in the ponies!

Ok, so here's a thread where everyone can post pics and little notes about the fair for those who did not get to go.

First of all, a little note on the Hasbro Q&A Session:

Some good news! The current G3.5s (or whatever we're calling the current line) will soon give way to an awesome new line involving ponies from different generations (not sure about G2) and they are saying that this line will be geared towards older girls (yes!) and also that it will involve 40 characters (no more Bore 7!) AND it all begins with the TV show on The Hub in October.

Ok, so as the episodes come out on TV, new characters will be released in stores, in Spring 2011. (You know that cartoon done by the Powerpuff Girl animator? That's what we're talking about here...)

Ok, here's more news:

There is no plan to change the G3 pony pose that is used for the Fair, Comicon, and Art ponies, so we will still have that pose.

There are no plans for more G1 vintage releases, as that was more for a special 25th Anniversary.

There are, however, vintage Ts on 80stees.com that Hasbro license.

Dollymix ponies were brought up, and the US marketing team of Hasbro didn't know anything about them, but would look into it.

Like I said before (but it bears repeating) Core 7 will end and the new line will take over (think the new Applejack and Pinkie pie). There will be new and different ponies, as well as old favorites... Hasbro apparently referrs to the rooted hair ponies of this size as the "OPP Assortment." There will be 40 characters released... no more same old 7!

Ponywear, boys, and seaponies are not really going to be done ...at this time. I don't think they have any plans for it at all... but the mermaid ponyville are their answers to sea ponies, as little girls who they tested products on did not understand what sea ponies were.

They may take a survey of collectors to see what color they will make the new blank pony... but it may be a while.

There are not any more giant plushies in the works right now, as it was so expensive to make those.

Also, no more charity ponies at this time... but if another anniversary comes up they will consider it.

They asked for ideas on the new fair pony, and I suggested a sparkle, scented unicorn!

The TV show will be on The Hub (an old Discovery Kids channel) and will begin in October. No plans for DVD yet. Better DV-R it!

Promo ponies used for pamphlets and stuff are donated.... so it is conceivable collectors would get their hands on them at some points.

And now to the pictures!





The Design A Pony Contest Winner is...


The Winner!


A Hasbro rep demonstrating how she brings designs to life... these may not be real ponies to come...




The paint she prefers


Merpony sculpts



















 
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I did a really bad job of getting pictures, sorry guys! I'm sure others got photos too. Hasbro did bring some product samples of the new toys from the cartoon series. In person, I have to say I like the molded hair better. They will be releasing both, I'm hoping someone got a picture they can post for us.

These pictures were taken on my blackberry, so I'm sorry about the poor quality.

Here's a picture of my booth with my mom before the fair opened:



And here is my pony haul for the day! This is not including the handful of baits and swap ponies I also purchased:



I will try to remember to grab some pictures tomorrow, especially of the contest entries! It was wonderful to meet everyone today, and if I didn't say hi today, please come by my booth tomorrow!
 

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I walk around so many times today. Lol. I was the one with the green stroller. I have some pictures but they aren't on my phone. I got a few ponies I hope there will be some good price cuts I want one of the plushies so bad! I entered two ponies in the contest and orange fairy pony and starbbys persona. We won the first round of bingo which was kinda exciting. I got deb to sign my pony book. But really haven't meet anyone.
 

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*Dies of happy on the inside*

I'm one of the scarce fans of the G3.5s, but the G4s (Can we call them that now? >.>) I'm not sure how I feel about yet.
The ears...
Can anyone confirm or deny if they have flat or molded eyes?


I'm both drooling and crying over the pony swag right now.
 

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FANTASTIC

thanks for posting the pictures they look amazing.

I just have to ask what are those little round "hockey puck" looking things on the table?
 

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Hey guys,

I'll check on the eyes for you.

Hasbro actually said they weren't sure whether it was G3 or G4, and said that we pretty much dictated that. What do you all say?

About the round things, those are pads of paper, like sticky notes. :)

Forgot to say.... the new ponies will come with a little animal friend that will accompany them on adventures in the TV episodes.

Also, any ideas that go through Hasbro usually take 2 years before they are on shelves.
 
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I'm not a big fan of the new ponies - I like that they are bringing out new characters but the ears.... they are way out of proportion.
I have pictures and am uploading them now but they are too big and will have to shrink them before I can post any.
 

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It would be great if you could find that out! *wags tail* Flat painted on eyes are a little bit of a pet peeve of mine, I like molded eyes.

Whoever made those stained glass ponies is awesome!!!!
 
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Those stained glass pony's are amazing.

plus i like the idea of using the mc donalds pony's as momentous

do i see a custom pony with a bucket of kfc on her back?

can someone tell me what all those big plushes were for? were they for sale?

sorry for all the questions but i am on fair picture overload
 

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Those stained glass pony's are amazing.

plus i like the idea of using the mc donalds pony's as momentous

do i see a custom pony with a bucket of kfc on her back?

can someone tell me what all those big plushes were for? were they for sale?

sorry for all the questions but i am on fair picture overload
I think those big super huge ponies were sold in Australia?
 

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I know I shouted it out at the panel but I think we either should call them G3.75s or G5s. It seems wrong to call them G4s since the gap in the line is no different than G3s to G3.5s. But then we'd kind of have to backtrack and call the G3.5s G4s :/

Being a pony collector is a hard life :p

I'm also down for G3.6s XD
 

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G3 3/4ths? G3.5 V2?

With the new show possibly not being in ponyville and the new artist, I'm going to go ahead and write them down as G4 in my book.

Another thing to note is between G3 and G3.5 is that the Ponyvilles were in the same style the whole time. And the Newborn so-softs were done the same way (Rarity and Skywishes) as the Core 7. (basically 3 and 3.5 are slightly intermixed with each other)

Good enough for a new generation for me :)

I'm also totally down for going back and declaring 3.5 as G4 and this bunch as G5.


Oh did anyone ask why Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie sprout wings in the show?
 
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who made the stained glass ponies? i really want one!
 

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Nice to see there are going to be new different ponies and some older ponies coming back. Even though I don't care much for the look either. I will probably buy those. Didn't care for those core 7 releases. I did buy a few of the core 7's though. I consider them just g3, like g3 ponyville or g3 mermaid. Like g1 gem eye.
 
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