Ongoing Retro Mane 6 Pack Review and Comparison (Pic Heavy)

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Welcome to my Retro Mane 6 Pack review and comparison thread. In it I'm going to talk about my thoughts on these girls. I'm going to do them one at a time because I don't have G3 Rarity yet and there's too many pictures for a single post. (Plus I don't feel like waking Obsidi to borrow some of her G4s at this hour.) So look out for updates.

The box is big and has nice artwork.
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Without further ado, let's look at the first pony.

Rainbowdash:
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There are obvious seams, the plastic is hard and has no slight squish to it. The hair is a bit thin, but silky to the point of being slippery and doesn't want to lie down. Her hair distribution is more like a G3's, thicker in the mane, thinner in the tail. But not quite as thin a tail as a G4's. Unfortunately it's still coming out of her butthole. She can rear but has a hard time balancing on non-flat surfaces.
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The eyes seem to be a different shape then G1, G3 and G4, have no socket sculpting and while a little big, they no longer take up most of the pony's face. The ears are more cat-like and not as sharp as a G1's. She's about the size of a G4. The back of the skull is a little rounder then it ought to be. Kinda eminds me of the G3 Minty pose head. She can turn her head all the way around like the demon girl from The Exorcist, and turning her head does help her balance better.
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Her symbol is very different from G4 Rainbowdash. Someone on the Arena compared it to Lightning's symbol. The legs and joints are a lot nicer. Instead of G4 or G3 wings, she's got G1 wings and they're too big for her, unlike a G1 baby's. They're also too low, connecting to the legs instead of the shoulders.
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Here's a comparison to a G1. I always saw her as a relative to Whizzer. When you put Retro RD down, she can balance on all fours easily. Giving you 2 display options for the Pegasi and Unipeg. The body and joints seem thicker and more G1-like on the Pegasus in this set.
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An ear comparison.

Here she is with G3 Rainbowdash, she's a darker blue then her predecessor and matte instead of pearly.
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Here is a head comparison. The ears and eyes aren't as detailed as a G3's, and the skull is a bit flatter in places. Her eyes are dark pink instead of multi-colored.
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Here she is with G4 RD. G4 is actually a paler blue. The ears and eyes are smaller, the face is defined, not bulbous at all and horse like. The body is thicker and the joints more defined. The eyes aren't as round. She's more proportionate all around.
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The symbols can't be properly compared since Magical Scenery Dash's is very different from other toys. Gives me a bit of variety in my small RD army.
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And here's a group shot.

Hope you enjoyed the first look. Next time I'll be reviewing Fluttershy.
 
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I’ve seen others review these but I’m only just now realizing how small these retro ponies are. I honestly thought they were much bigger, like G3 sized. I don’t know that I will be purchasing this set. :/ (Been stalking it on Amazon and waiting for it to go down in price as so many things do off and on lol.)
 

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I’ve seen others review these but I’m only just now realizing how small these retro ponies are. I honestly thought they were much bigger, like G3 sized. I don’t know that I will be purchasing this set. :/ (Been stalking it on Amazon and waiting for it to go down in price as so many things do off and on lol.)

I thought so too, until I saw Sunset's review. I got mine for $16 +SnH on Amazon since the box was described as a little messed up. The small size doesn't bother me much. I wouldn't mind seeing other ponies made like this, though I won't hold my breath on Hasbro doing toys like Lyra, Luna, Celestia, Derpy, Sunset, Big Mac, CMC etc.

The two pegasus are definitely my fave.
 

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This review won't have as many pictures since she's on the same mould.

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Here is Fluttershy. Her hair is nice and silky and her symbol, unlike our previous pony hasn't been changed much. The wing obscures the symbol. Or it cuts off. Not sure but probably the latter.
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Here she is with Dancing Butterflies. DB is a richer, golden yellow and the expression on the retro is more peppy, instead of demure.
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I don't have G3 Fluttershy, so I'm showing her off with G3 Aurora Mist. On all fours, her leg positions aren't exactly the same as I first thought. The mouth is more open then Aurora's. The pink is a different shade. I'm not sure what you'd call it? Dusty Rose Pink? Rose Quartz Pink? Is it the same pink as G3 Fluttershy's streak?
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I don't have a standard Pegasus G4 Fluttershy to compare her too. So pearly Mer will do. You can see that Mer-Flutter's body is a bright lemony yellow, compared to Retro's who is very, very pale. Her hair is paler too, instead of the bright, bubblegum pink. I dunno if you can see it, but Retro's eyes are more green-blue. Its a very charming shade.
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Aaand groupshot!

I think I'll review either AJ or Pinkie next. Who would you like to see?
 
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Before I commence, I wanna thank @Obsidianleaf for letting me borrow the four I was missing.

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Here's Applejack. Her body is a much lighter, creamier orange and the apples on her symbol are a darker red. Her hair is nice and pale. And her eyes are more green and less yellow-green. You can see that her legs are longer and the Retro Earthies have the most G3ish limbs of the whole pack. The head seems a bit flatter and less defined and the eyes are a little more slanted. Almost hieroglyphic-like. She doesn't stand well on non-flat surfaces.
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I don't have G1 AJ so I've chosen Trickles to show her off with, as I want moving poses. The head is tossed higher then on the Posey pose, the front leg bent more. Mouth wide open. In fact, it looks like she's gonna bite her on the nose. Don't do that!

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Here she is with G3 Applejack. The hair is lighter on G3 AJ's. I'd say Retro is light yellow-blonde. While the Rainbowdash pose has more in common with the Posey pose, its still a good choice to see just how long and G3-ish the limbs truly are here.
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Here she is with G4 Applejack. You can really see the difference in body color, and G4's apples have a slight orange tint to them and are brighter. Other then the extra apples, the symbol hasn't changed drastically.
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The blonde hair seems a tad paler on the G4 then the Retro, and the neck on Retro is odd and off-putting. I like AJ better then Pinkie, but neither of the Earthies are my favorites.

Smile girls your on candid camera!
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Next time, I'll review Twilight Sparkle.
 
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Here is Twilight Sparkle. She is probably the only one I'll ever willingly keep as I just kept getting rid of all the pack-ins, and customized another. Her hair is the thickest in the pack, but there's a weird knot I gotta brush out. She's actually lavender instead of pinky-purple, which I appreciate. Her head is a little weird, but I can deal. Her horn is a nice length and she balances a little better then the pegasus. Her symbol has been drastically changed and is reminiscent of G3 Starsong. I actually wish they hadn't done this because it makes her symbol more generic and I did like the stylized star.
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Here she is with G1 Twilight to show off the wings. You can see the differences in the head and eyes, though the eyes aren't quite as slanted on mishmash TS.
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I don't have G3 Twilight Twinkle, so I used Sunrise Song instead and you can see that the horn on mishmash is most like a G3's horn. Shorter then a G1's, but nowhere near as nubby as a G4's. It also has more swirls.
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Here she is with G4 Twilight Sparkle, you can see that the purple on pearly girly is warmer and pinker. The hair on mishmash is blue-violet. The pink stripe is roughly the same, its just thinner and moved back from the front. You can also see the drastic change in symbols.
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Strike a pose!

Pinkie is next by default.
 
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Here is Pinkie Pie. She's Pinkie Pie. There's not much that's changed in her appearance. I will say that her hair seems the most malleable and will probably be tamed down far easier then the others.

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I don't have Up Up and Away, so here she is next to Mirror Mirror. Like AJ, she's far more G3ish then most of the set.

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Especially evident here next to G3 Sun Shimmer. Sorry, but I don't own G3 Pinkie. The leg positioning is nearly identical. The back hoof on Sun Shimmer is angled more, while Mishmash Pinkie's is almost flat on the ground.

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G4 Pinkie is a smidge darker then Mishmash Pie, the hair seems a tad duller. The eye color seems the same.
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Her butt symbol has acquired a few more balloons, which means more helium to make her infamous chipmunk war cry and they are also smaller then G4's.

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Haha! I commented that Applejack's orange looked kinda like velveeta cheese but less orangey and sang the Yankee Doodle song.

@Obsidianleaf Called her Velveeta-Jack. :lolpony:
 
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I thought about getting this set but I just really want Rarity so prob wont happen. I am looking forward to see her review.
 

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I thought about getting this set but I just really want Rarity so prob wont happen. I am looking forward to see her review.

I'm sure she'll pop up second hand eventually. :satisfied:
 
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What great reviews, thank you! I'm not thrilled they're as small as they are, but after 'seeing' them I think I still will buy them when I find 'em cheap enough. You sold me!
 

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What great reviews, thank you! I'm not thrilled they're as small as they are, but after 'seeing' them I think I still will buy them when I find 'em cheap enough. You sold me!
Your welcome. :)
 
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