Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lesson 10: My Little Pony G3's Animated Features

Previous Lesson: Lesson 9: My Little Pony G3, toy line.

My Little Pony G3 is a series of Direct-to-DVD movies, specials, and shorts released throughout the turn of the millenium. There were eleven of them in all.

Lesson 9: My Little Pony G3, toy line

Previous Lesson: Lesson 8: My Little Pony G2'a PC Raising Sim Game: Friendship Gardens.

MLP G3 began in 2003, and much like previous gens, Hasbro only released Earth Ponies early on, later adding pegasi and unicorns by 2006. The line lasted for 6 years, ending in 2009, at which point G3.5 began. The toy line was the second incarnation to set the ponies in Ponyvile (the first being My Little Pony Tales), which was also home to Celebration Castle.

Pictured Above:
Celebration Castle, the playset that made Dream Castle look freaking butch!

Lesson 8: My Little Pony G2's PC Raising Sim Game: Friendship Gardens

Previous Lesson: Lesson 7: My Little Pony G2, toy line.

My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens is a video game for the PC in Europe.

It was released during the Generation 2 era (1997-2003), it's a Raising Sim game—you raise and care for your own Little Pony.

Not to be confused with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which is the G4 cartoon.

More after the jump!

Lesson 7: My Little Pony G2, toy line.

My Little Pony G2 was first released in late 1997. It ran up until 2003 when it ended and G3 began. G2 was released worldwide initially, but it was discontinued after about two years in the U.S. and Canada due to poor sales. The toy line would live on in Europe, where it was actually quite popular. Despite this, G2 managed to design and develop a whooping 200 different models of pony in the seven years it ran.
They also had other merchandise, such as bean chairs and other things.
The setting for G2, in the U.S., was called Friendship Gardens, but retained it's previous name, Ponyland, overseas, for reasons I don't think even Hasbro understands.

Get more details after the jump.

Recommended Reading, part Deux

There's a site called My Little Pony Lexicon, which while mostly dedicated to posting fanfictions, does have an interesting section, called Canon, in which long time pony fan Lady Moondancer (and former site admin of the long passed but not forgotten site, Moondancer's Dream), posts scans of MLP coloring books, comic books, and more, that have been issued by Hasbro, for any generation.

Especially interesting are the scans of the European comic books, such as Baby Ponies Comes From Mirrors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Minor Correction

It seems the original photos I had of the first six Little ponies ever made weren't of vintage ponies. Tulagirl, of MLP Arena, and Nonnavlis were kind enough to make me aware of this, and offered up an image of the actual original ponies. These images belong to Faerie-Star.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Recommended Reading

If you want a complete rundown of G1 Pony toys, look no further than Dream Valley - A Collector's Guide to My Little Pony. It also has a list of accessories and links to other useful sites. So if you're a MLP toy enthusiast, then that's the place for you.