Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Pony Shopping Spree: Target Edition

Yesterday, Target had all toys 25% off and I went a little nuts on buying up the My Little Pony the Movie Collection. I've been holding out for a good sale, and aside from the 40% off that Toys R Us runs every so often, this was the next best thing. I'm still missing the Seaquestria Playset (which I really hope shows up for a good price on Black Friday somewhere) and a few other items, but I'm sure they'll make it into my shopping cart soon. Now onto the part where I catalogue and photograph.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Pop of Pony Color: ColourPop My Little Pony Collection Review

My Little Pony did a fun collaboration with ColourPop and the results are magical! I purchased the whole collection which came with a cute old school tote, My Little Pony make up brushes, a sticker sheet, and metallic makeup bag embellished with the My Little Pony Logo.

I was so excited when my box arrived and couldn't wait to tear into it! ColourPop packaged their items very well with plenty of packing foam in a sturdy package to be sure everything arrived intact.

The My Little Pony product packaging is gorgeous and features retro ponies which speak directly to my collector heart! Inside, each product continues with the Pony theme with outlines of pony characters, and artwork. The eyeshadow pallet is my personal favorite, decorated with popular ponies from the past.

Each product shade is cleverly named to pay homage to the line with shades like Dream Castle, Flutter Valley, and Minty among others.

While, some of the shades are a little bright and bold for my personal taste, there is definitely something for every preference in this collection.

My only complaint with this collection would have to be that the color shade names seem to have been randomly assigned. It would make far more sense for the color shade to share an attribute with its namesake, Pony.

Here's a quick photo of my post Pony-Product make up session, because I couldn't resist playing with this stuff! (Don't mind my messy hair.)

I'll be gifting some ColorPop My Little Pony lip gloss on the My Little Pony Fair Facebook page. Just find the contest post and comment the secret words: Pony Pucker. I will be randomly choosing a couple of winners later this week.

Good luck and Happy Pony Collecting!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bottled 80s Pony Scent? Yes, Please!

I've heard that this Coconut Mint Drop lotion smells like 80's My Little Ponies. Challenge accepted. Items ordered. I will report on my finding when they arrive.
Update 11.8.17: My box from Bath and Body Works arrived. They were having a Buy 2 get 1 Free promotion with free shipping.  You know I ordered 3, because value.  As for my report on this item and whether it smells like 80s ponies, my short answer is no it does not smell like all 80s ponies. However, there is a silver lining in that it does smell exactly like one particular 80s pony, Mint Dreams! My personal collection Mint Dreams was one of the last G1 My Little Ponies I bought in stores and I was able to open her brand new. Since I was nearing the end of the time when I actually played with ponies and was more focused on collecting them, Mint Dreams remains in amazing condition and still retains her original scent.  This Coconut Mint Drop lotion smells exactly like her and that makes me all kinds of happy. 

For those of you taking part in the MLPFair giveaway contest, the secret word is: Candy Cane. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Lil Pony Tale

Wow! Where does the time go?! It seems like I just blinked and almost a year has flown by since my last post. I have had SO many PONY adventures and I really need to share with you all. I have literally traveled around the world because of MY LITTLE PONY this past year. It has been kind of amazing! Alas, that is the focus of another day and post. Today, I have really exciting news!!

I've been helping Bonnie Zacherle with her new book, My Lil Pony Tale, and I just received the proof copies yesterday. Bonnie wrote and illustrated this book herself and it tells the story of how she came up with the idea of MY LITTLE PONY. It will soon be available through Amazon.

 In the meantime, I have just listed Bonnie's book on the MY LITTLE PONY Fair Store. It is listed for the same price as Amazon and  we'll be offering Free Shipping on all preorders. Books will ship out on August 17th. Bonnie will receive a bigger royalty % from orders placed through the Fair Store than  on Amazon since Amazon takes a cut of the profits, so if you are thinking about purchasing, consider purchasing through the Fair Store. 

I'm so happy to be able to finally get Bonnie's story to you all. She is an amazing lady and she is really excited about her book. I'd love for her to get some love from collectors and maybe a nice royalty check too. Here's the link to reserve your copy! 

"Bonnie Zacherle tells the story of her creation of one of the most beloved and iconic toys through her own drawings. Perfect for collectors and Pony fans alike, this charming book gives the reader a history lesson in a fun way suitable for all ages! 8.5"x 8.5" 30 full color pages. This item is pre-order and will ship August 17th. Free shipping eligible for preorder."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My Little Brony: A Book Review

It seems the Brony craze is alive and well as its culture continues to fascinate and puzzle. It permeates art, music, films, and now fiction with the book, My Little Brony An Unofficial Novel about Finding the Magic of Friendship, written by K.M. Hayes (no relation). The novel, which is written from the perspective of a high school boy struggling with social acceptance, brings the reader into the world of Bronies. The writer successfully gives a brief history of the movement while also portraying gender stereotypes and how they negatively influence the central character in both his family and social spheres. With the help of a quirky female classmate, the main character learns to embrace his love of My Little Pony ultimately resulting in a newfound self-confidence and positive outlook.

 I feel that this book would be best suited for Young Adult readers and that it may speak to those who may have encountered similar struggles in their own lives and perhaps provide them with encouragement. In fact, shortly after completing this book, I sent my copy to a friend’s son to enjoy. My only criticism, is the use of strong language in one passage of the book. While, I understand the author’s choice to convey emotion, I feel that the book could have benefited from a wider audience without utilizing words that can be polarizing and would then have been an excellent candidate for school libraries or anti-bullying curriculum. Still, this novel was an enjoyable read and I feel that Bronies will appreciate the fictionalization of their shared experience.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fair 2015- Thank You!!

The 12th annual MY LITTLE PONY Fair took place over the weekend and I'm still attempting to catch my breath. We couldn't have imagined that we'd have such a successful year with a total of over 2,200 individual people in attendance. In 2014, we hit just over 1,200 attendees, so this was quite an increase over the previous year's numbers. I was pleasantly surprised that we had such a large crowd, but proud to say that the Fair Staff handled the influx without any hiccups. I seriously couldn't have run this event without so many awesome helpers.

The following people deserve Special Shout-Outs and my endless gratitude:

Mary and Jenny- You both helped out so much this year with things before and during the event. Without you two, the T-shirts would have been the wrong colors, the trivia participants would have had to navigate through the outdated question bank, our Vendor Hall would have been a chaotic mess, and the Fair Staff may well have starved.

Amber- Thank you for communicating with all of the program advertisers, this helped take a piece off of my plate and regain some of my sanity when things were getting wild. Also, the gallery was able to come together due to your mad case-building skills. UKPonyCon, here we come.

Matt and Steve- Thank you for being awesome PONY husbands. Seriously, how Mary and I managed to get you both involved AND have a good time is beyond me, but I'm happy you keep coming back. From Game Show Hosts, to Registration Gurus, to band members, to general fix-it guys, you both probably wear the most hats of the crew and it wouldn't be a Pony Fair without you!

Jewel- Your videos are always amazing, but this year you truly outdid yourself. I can't wait to see the footage from this year's Fair as part of your new projects!

Rose- You were amazing in your role as the Game and Volunteer Coordinator! Seriously, I cannot thank you enough for managing and scheduling all of the game volunteers. It is such an involved job and you handled it so well, even finding time to put your own twist on the volunteer badges. Your attention to detail is admirable and irreplaceable.

Autumn and Renee- Wow! You were a terrific tag team in Sugar Cube Corner and beyond. You happily accepted every new "challenge" that was thrown your way and were super hard workers. I'm so glad that you both were able to join the Staff this year!

Kevin and Michael- THANK YOU for willingly dealing with this craziness year after year when you have nothing to do with PONY other than me. :) You both are amazing friends and I'm so glad that you are able o share in my adventure each year.

Renae and Jen- Amazing job on the schedules this year! You took something I dread doing each year and made it fun and easy for attendees to use. I'm so happy that we were able to expand to an online schedule this year and get PONY Fair more tech savvy this year. Thank you both!

Cayci- Thank you for making our special guest feel at home during our event. You have a way with people and I'm so glad you choose you share your talents with us!

Karen H.- Thank you for sharing your photography skills with us. You and your husband were so enthusiastic about our event and I'm so glad that you were able to capture the convention!

Vanessa (and family!)- You all were SO helpful! It was such a terrific surprise getting so much help with everything from unloading, to game set-up, to running the gallery, and always with smiles on your faces!!

Sarah, Ashley, and Jeff- Thank you for stepping up and making the gallery your own when we needed a little extra coverage. You all are absolutely lovely and I look forward to seeing you all back again next year in 2016!!

Sharon- You are super creative and I'm so glad that you chose to share your talents with us this year through your panels, discussions, and participation in our events!

Toni (and Jenn)- Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our collector focused event. You work so hard to make sure that we can be the best we can be.

Bonnie and Susanne- Thanks for allowing us a glimpse into PONY's past, and letting us get to know the people behind the ponies. You'll always be welcome at PONY Fair!

Andrea- Thank you for coming to experience the other side of the PONY fandom. You were gracious and a true joy to be around!

Jenn B.(and Alex and Susanne) - So happy to have you back for a second year to share your art and style with our attendees. You add so much! Also, thank you for stepping in to "guard" the Hasbro table. ;)

Andy and Karen- Thank you for being our Fair Dinner hosts. It helped us so much to be able to step back and actually enjoy the dinner for once.

Angie and Steve- Thank you for covering things as needed, especially the run to drop Matt off at the U-Haul!

Alicia and Deborah (and Jen)- Thanks for stepping in and covering our "royal" bases. You helped make the event extra special this year.

NY PonyCon Peeps- Thank you for throwing so many panels and presentations in my lap. You really helped round out our offerings this year! Thanks to everyone for your help especially with the Costume Contest( Molly), running the Crafts (Stephanie), being an impromptu DJ (Keith), filming events (Bill), and being all around lovely (Karen).

Our Corporate Sponsors and Supporters- Thank You!! You allow us to put on the best PONY Fair experience for our attendees by showcasing your terrific products each year and we feel so fortunate to be able to work with each of you.

Monday, March 16, 2015

MY LITTLE PONY Fair 2015 Updates!

Tickets for the 12th annual MY LITTLE PONY Fair went on sale last Tuesday and we had record sales for our opening week. Several of our ticket packages sold out within hours of being released. It was craziness! I felt like I was selling tickets to a rock concert! We still have plenty of general admission and children's tickets available, so don't fear if you didn't get your tickets right away.

Today, I've been busy answering emails... so many emails! I think we may need to add a FAQ section to the website this year. I'll be right on that after I get all the game, event, presentation, and contest information moved over from the old website. Speaking of which, if you haven't had a chance to check out the new and improved head over and give it a look. I really like the way it turned out.

I'm doing much better delegating Fair duties this year, or at least I'm on the way to being much better. We have an official Game Coordinator (RuthAnn), Advertising Program Manager and Contest Coordinator (Amber), Program Designer (Jenn), Digital Events App Developer (Renae), and then the amazing, Mary is awesome at taking the reins and helping out whenever I get underwater and things get crazy. We're also adding the fabulous Jenny to staff this year, but she doesn't yet have a fancy title.

2015 is on track to be the biggest and best Fair ever and I couldn't do it without the help of these wonderful people!