Ahead of the New York Toy Fair this weekend, Hasbro released pictures of a bunch of toys based on the movie coming in October. Shown above is a "Kingdom of Seaquestria" set, which comes with Queen Novo and Spike the Pufferfish. (?!) More toys announced can be found below.
The one in the middle just saw the convention’s bank account.
(Editor's note: This article is an op-ed from a source that divulged this information to us on a condition of anonymity)
By now, we’ve all come to realize that the Golden Era of Pony is long behind us. The community’s interest in the fandom (and the show) has been slowly dwindling down for years, and we’re settling into a quieter long-term existence like the fandoms before us. In the beginning, bronies would travel halfway across the planet to attend a convention, but you can only hit up so many conventions before you run out of new things to do, new show staff and community guests to meet, and most importantly, the money to get there. With less money in play, the dozens of conventions that once peppered the globe are approaching the single digits, and many conventions have already held their last events ever.
Similar to other events that have occurred over the past few months, the doom-saying that preceded Hasbro's 2016 full year investor update turned out to be wildly incorrect. 2016 was Hasbro's best year ever, which can only mean good things for Hasbro's properties, including MLP, going forward.
Sound the "Slow Death of the Fandom" alarms, we've received an email suggesting that BronyCon is no longer a Pony Convention, at least not in the conventional sense. This Email, forwarded to us by an ex-staff member on the condition of Anonymity, confirms that the largest pony convention is no longer pony-exclusive. They plan on becoming a "Geek Culture Convention" and this year may be diluted by Pokemon and gaming.
We've included the contents of the Email below.
What does this say for the state of the fandom? What does it mean for the future of conventions?
How will Bronycon be much different from other general pop-culture conventions that have pony events and guests?
In what was supposed to be the "thrilling" conclusion to another "this character but evil" story by IDW, that glorious bastard Andy Price threw some major shade on all that waifu Sunset Shimmer and re-ignited the on-going Glimmer-Shimmer War. What started out as a background gag turned into full scale melt downs across the fandom, and the fires have been smoldering since the comic's release.