Before anypony jumps on the gift set or Twilight's balloon (that everypony seems to hijack at will), Target was selling the gift set for $14.99 and the balloon for $18.99 as of last Thursday.
I hate how the toys look nothing like the series. except for that gift set with Twilight, Spike, AJ, Pinkie and Celestia. Well, even there Celestia is PINK! But at least the four mane cast ponies look like they do in the series...
@Walter44 Twilight's a little off, but in an almost-good way. In the show, her mane and tail have fairly straight cuts, but the gift set Twilight has a more uneven cut.
Keep in mind, it's kind of a pain to style them.
@Walter44Yeah, so far the only MLP toys I have are that gift set.. but it also annoys me since that means I'm missing Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. Not to mention AJ doesn't have her hat! But besides Celestia being the wrong colors, that set is your best bet for show-accuracy thus far.
applejack, y u no have hat? *redditface*Oddly enough, I did see an Applejack with a hat in some set that was allegedly at a WalMart. It was also a navy blue fedora. Navy blue fedora.I'm guessing Hasbro is hoping that their main target audience for the toys isn't in it for the accuracy and just want ponies to play with, and thus doesn't care too much. That or the toy-design team and the show-design team are so far remove from each other, that the toy designers decided to alter the designs on their own, not thinking anyone actually watched the show anymore. And that's probably the most likely case, since the design for these things probably got submitted before the new show even aired. Oops.
Also, Celestia is pink because she is a Princess. Princess's are Pink. It is Law. This is probably also why they aren't adding a single Luna toy, because Luna is blue, but she's also a Princess, which means she needs to be pink. Since she can't be pink, they wont make a toy of her. "The kids wont understand if we have a blue-themed Princess! They'll freak out, or something!"
I've heard about the 'decorate your own pony' ponies but this is apparently the only place you can get them:http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/my-little-pony-decorate-your-own-pony?BR=704&ST=SO&PG=1It's a shame they don't seem to come in unicorn or pegasus versions -- they might also be G3 style .. not sure.I've also recently learned you can get special ink-jet decal material so you can create your own custom decals (not stickers - decals like the ones in model airplanes and stuff) -- Handy for eyes and cutie marks.
I do like the 'blank' pony that you can decorate as you like. You could make it into a Derpy pony or Doctor Whoof pony or whatever!And a lot of things are out of stock. I can't help but wonder if bronies are buying them out.