So as it turns out, I am not the only collector in the Cope household.
My four-year-old daughter, Allie, is big time into My Little Pony. I mean BIG time. The picture accompanying this blog shows just a portion of her ever growing collection.
I have to admit, it’s been a lot fun watching her find something that she really loves and gets excited about. And a little bit scary as she seems to possess her Daddy’s level of obsession when it comes to collecting. Her collection has already grown since this picture was taken back in December.
Not only does she have her Ponies (in both regular, Ponyville and the in-between McDonald’s Happy Meal toy sizes), but she has DVDs, books, coloring books, posters, shirts, and even odd assorted items like undies and Band-Aids. She knows who all the characters are, and even has the entire story from one of her book & records memorized…cover to cover verbatim! She loves to get on the official MLP website and watch videos and play games.
The whole thing started when my wife found an old box of some of her toys from when she was little. In it were a few of the first generation My Little Pony toys from the ’80s. She gave them to Allie to play with and that was it. Allie was hooked, and an obsession was born!
One of the first MLP DVDs we got for her was of some of the original cartoons from the 80s. My word, they were weird and pretty creepy for a cartoon aimed at little girls. One of the stories had a deranged zebra that was stealing the shadows from the ponies, turning them into shambling zombies moaning, "Give us back our shadows!". Really weird stuff. Thankfully, the more recent animated stuff is pretty much the ponies having tea parties, birthday parties, and costume parties. Much more appropriate, content-wise.
My Little Ponies, just like girls, just wanna have fun.
Of course, being surrounded by and talking about My Little Pony every day has filled my noggin with all their names and stories and whatnot. So, not only do I know my Superman from my Wolverine, and my Gorn from my Mugato but I know a Pinkie Pie from a Scootaloo, too.
Trips to Target, TRU and Wal-Mart are no longer limited to the action figure aisle…but I now venture (whether Allie is with me or not) down the Pony aisle looking for the latest and greatest items in the MLP world. Sadly, it seems Hasbro made a decision last year to focus on seven core characters in the MLP Universe so the basic product line has been pretty much repaints of those same seven characters. Much to my daughter’s disappointment we, for the most part, don’t rebuy the same characters over and over again (yeah, yeah, I know. It doesn’t stop Daddy from getting black & grey Batman, blue & grey Batman, etc) but the line is getting a makeover later this year. MLP product shown at Toy Fair showed the main line redesigned with a look more in line with their more diminutive Ponyville counterparts.
It appears there are still plenty of Ponies in our future, and I know one little girl who is ecstatic about that!