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My little pony for beginners

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UntamedShrew Fri 21-Oct-16 18:50:43

DD has requested a pony but they are a new thing for her so she wasn't very specific, and when I've looked on Amazon there are so many - are any better than others, is there any real difference?
Thanks in advance

linandleo Fri 21-Oct-16 19:11:21

My daughter has only recently started getting into them too and I am slowly learning about them. Yey.

Rainbow Dash (the blue one with rainbow hair) is very popular and one of the 'main' characters. She can fly and is sporty and competitive. The other main ones are Pinkie Pie (my daughter's favourite; a pink, irritating party planner that sounds like she's on speed), Apple Jack the apple farmer, Rarity the vain one, Fluttershy (is shy and can fly) and Midnight Sparkle who is the sort of focus of the whole thing.

There are many, many others who sort of merge into one sea of pastel plastic to me I'm afraid.

Do you have Netflix? The series is on there and you could let her watch an episode and see which one she likes best.

UntamedShrew Fri 21-Oct-16 19:14:31

Yes we have Netflix and I think that's where it has started. Applejack rings a bell, I think I had one of those myself about a million years ago! Although it looked rather different to the current one...
Thank you!

Reallywhataday Fri 21-Oct-16 21:05:57

I live in a My Little Pony house so here goes:

Princess Twilight Sparkle is an allicorn (unicorn and flies). She's purple and the sort of group leader.
Rainbowdash - pale blue with rainbow coloured main (daughters favourite)
Pinkie Pie - pink (daughters 2nd favourite)
Rarity - white with purple mane
Fluttershy - yellow with pale pink mane
Apple Jack - yellow with and orange main.

Those are the main characters and if starting out then the ones to go for. You get small ponies with a brush for about £4-5. Maybe start with them and that way if she doesn't stick with it it's no loss.

Really the main difference between them will be the accessories. These are usually tiny and a pain in the butt and horrendous to stand on (imagine standing on Lego).

I've attached a link to John Lewis site to give you an idea of the ones I mean but Asda and Tesco regularly have them in stock too.

SideOrderofChip Fri 21-Oct-16 21:51:47

You also have the equstria girls from the films. These are like monster high dolls.

This is from where sunset shimmer steals twilights crown and takes it through the magic portal that opens once a moon cycle. Then twilight when through and found Canterlot high and that she was humanoid

This spawned 4 films and loads of dolls. The dolls are cheap on the entertainer

OhtoblazeswithElvira Fri 21-Oct-16 23:54:27

linandleo they all sound like they're on speed grin My little pony is by far the most hideous thing I've seen on children's TV.

DD has been pestering me to buy her bloody Rainbows Dash and Pinky Pie but It Is Not Going To Happen. If I repeat it often enough she'll just forget about it, right? grin

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Sat 22-Oct-16 00:00:02

Honestly, on the scale of things kids could be watching on TV, I quite like MLP.

Every story is a bit moralistic, the writing is witty and the animation/music is of good quality.

Monster High is banned in our house because the production values are so poor, the storylines are vapid or make little or no sense and it's all centred around looking cool/boys/relationships etc. Yuck.

Moogletea Sat 22-Oct-16 00:06:19

Top tip - don't buy the talking Pinkie Pie. You will want to KILL someone after its has screeched how many times it wants to go to party.

TheDuckSaysMoo Sat 22-Oct-16 00:06:22

You could buy something like this:

My daughter chose this - it has all the characters mentioned above and she plays with them endlessly. She's 4 and doesn't have a favourite yet.

AppleMagic Sat 22-Oct-16 00:13:11

I quite like MLP. It is obviously a bit pink and glittery but all the main characters are female and they actually have distinct personalities and have proper adventures.

I agree that the plastic ponies with brushable hair are good play value. Dd got the "mane 6" last Christmas and still plays with them almost every day.

SideOrderofChip Sat 22-Oct-16 08:21:23

i love MLP but i collect the old ones as well.

Timeforabiscuit Sat 22-Oct-16 08:31:53

MLP is the only glittery programme i can watch without stabbing my eyes out, i have been known to watch it willingly while ill grin

It is accessory crazy, H&M used to have tops and pjs (novelty pjs always go down well for christmas).

Almostthere15 Sat 22-Oct-16 08:38:58

B and m bargains have a nice set of bath toys with the main characters. I think about £8. That with a couple of the proper ponys would be a good start.

Agree that there is loads of accessories. H and M are a good source, and primark has the odd (not entirely vile) t shirt. I loved mlp growing up. Didn't everyone have the stable with cotton candy. I felt very lucky to have the dream house, but also was madly in love with my friends nursery. We had so much fun with them. They do look different now, ours were much more horse like but the tshow isn't totally terrible!

InYourHonour Sat 22-Oct-16 08:43:05

My four year old likes MLP but prefers the older style toys and movies so I buy her old ones from ebay and check their names on this great website

imnotalpharius Sat 22-Oct-16 08:44:28

There's a mlp busy book, it has the Mane 6 and several others, including Princess Celestia and Cadence (no Luna though) Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

mamabluestar Sat 22-Oct-16 08:56:14

Argos have rainbow dash playdoh reduced at the moment. I'm considering it for my daughter

MiaowTheCat Sat 22-Oct-16 09:06:27

Don't bother with the playdough one - it's shite and has been used about once this year by my 3 and 4 year old.

Biggest Christmas hit last year in this house was the flipping Rainbow Dash - push the legs down and she did a back flip. Irritating as fuck though listening to it!

And stop dissing Pinkie Pie - she's my joint favourite (along with Applejack for nostalgia reasons). Basically the only survivors from the original ponies for various trademark type reasons are Applejack and Spike.

Hate hate hate Rarity with a passion though.

If you ever had them as a child - do not google resale values of the originals - it'll make you cry with how much you could have had if you hung onto them!

UntamedShrew Sat 22-Oct-16 13:02:41

Loving all the MLP knowledge, thank you! I didn't know there was such a complex story surrounding the ponies... grin

HubbleBubbles Sat 22-Oct-16 13:10:49

Love this thread, and how expert some of you are grin DD (6) has got really into the Equestria girls , she watches episodes on Youtube, although she still loves the pony version as well. I'm just vaguely starting to get the hang of it all grin. Have just bought a Rainbow Dash equestria doll in the Entertainer for about £7 & DD spied a hat & gloves set in Asda £8 which she was hankering after!,

1stTimeMama Sat 22-Oct-16 13:36:47

My daughter is 7 and has loved MLP for about 3 years now. We have SO many of them! I think it's Smyths that are selling the basic Mane 6 for £2.99 at the moment. The larger electronic ponies are nice, Celestia and Cadence. The castles can be a bit flimsy, but we have Twilight Sparkles set and Cadence & Shining Armoura wedding castle which get a lot of play.

SpringerS Sat 22-Oct-16 13:59:12

My son is a big Equestria Girls fan. But not so much the third movie as there are no ponies in it. The second movie, Rainbow Rocks is his favourite because of all the music, which is actually very catchy, all the Siren songs are pretty great. We've just finished cleaning the kitchen while singing Battle of the Bands.

Princess Twilight Sparkle is his very favourite as she is the leader. He also loves Spike but prefers him in dragon form than dog.

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