|Happy New Years with Ponies~|
No lies, I have been a fan of My Little Pony since the early 80s as a very young girl, and have a multi-hundred collection spanning all generations except Generation 2, which wasn't my fave.2 So when the new series came out, I was very pleased with the quality of the cartoon and the characters, and Pinkie Pie--who was one of my faves from Generation 3 and I call Pinkie for short-- became one of my new faves with her bouncy personality and fun loving party ways. No, I'm not a "brony" or "pegasister." I can't begin to rant on why bronies suck or we will never get to the nice pictures.3
The cycle of the Chinese Zodiac goes every twelve years (and with the five elements, rotates so that there's an sixty year cycle; the new cycle started in 1984). This year is the Year of the (Wood) Horse. People born in the Year of the Horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic, and love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence. and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty.
Well, if that's not Pinkie Pie in a nutshell. I'm glad they picked her for this.
To take advantage of this year during the height of their Gen 4 popularity, Hasbro released a special edition large sized Pinkie Pie in Chinese "wear", a Toys R Us exclusive for $25. So I jumped all over that, preordered her, and she arrived last month right before Giftmas. But I decided not to open or debut her until today. I have a way of doing things, sometimes.
|Happy Chinese New Year with Pinkie Pie!|
|In the box.|
|Chinese writing in yellow lanterns.|
|Mystery Pony Peri Winkle!|
|Top cut out.|
All in all, a beautiful box. But I never display in box, so out she comes. I'm keeping the box, though. Two little cuts on the side with my box knife and it opened easy.
|Pony on back display.|
|A twist and a detape.|
|Cutie Mark and Swirls.|
|Lower Leg Glitter.|
|The symbol proves the truth!|
|Gimme down to there hair.|
|Size comparison, vol. 1.|
|Size comparison, Vol 2.|
|One last cutie shot of Pinkie.|
To conclude, have two pictures of the Mane Six in qipao as displayed in China:
Left to Right: Rarity, Spike, Twilight Sparkle (no wings) , and Fluttershy.
And Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie.
Happy Chinese New Year!
1 Thank you, Rhymer, for lending me part of that name!
2 For those not in the know, starting with the release of the 2003 ponies, the pony fandom at the time collectively decided that they would start referring to ponies by generation instead of just the "old" (1982-1992) and the "new" (1997-2003) since there was a new set coming out. So Gen 1 are the 80s ones, Gen 2 are the late 90s ones, Gen 3 are the 2003 to 2009, and Gen 4 is from 2010 to present. There is also Gen 3.5 from late 2009 to 2010 that were much like Gen 3 in characters but were so drastically different in shape and focus that collectors count them as a half step. Learn more at My Little Wiki.
3 Long rant short: You asinine white boy, fedora smearing, reddit and 4-chan blogging motherfuckers, you are not breaking boundaries by watching a show about colorful horses and shitting on the other gens, then trying to act like you're super manly for it while at the same time being racist, misogynist, homophobic, utter asshats. I was so hopeful that ponies were expanding to be for all and that boys could start to really be part of my fandom, and then you had to shit all over that good will and try to turn the show into all about you and your gross needs. Your day is coming. Get out of my fucking fandom, I was here before you even knew what the fuck a butt mark was. Fake ass pony boys, can you even tell me what a Flutter Wing or SS or TaF or regrind is? Get the fuck out of here--and her name is Bubblecup.
4 Alicorns, who have wings and horns, are princesses. The only four alicorn princesses canonically are Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance of the Crystal Kingdom, and Princess Twilight Sparkle.
5 Before Gen 3, marks on pony butts had no special name--and before Gen 4 they had no special purpose. They generally related to a pony's name--sometimes very loosely--but they didn't indicate any sort of special talent. Bowtie wasn't especially good at tying ribbons, she just wore them. Fun fact? Applejack has been in every Gen but Gen 2, and I have at least one of her from every Gen.
6 Other Pony collections in G4 include the Rarity Fashion Squad, The MotherBucking Apple Family Reunion, the Pretty Pretty Princess Twily Pack, Their Royal Majesties, the Fluttershy Pep Rally, and the Super Awesome Rainbow Dashies.