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So, to kick off our "Lala-Pony-Palooza Month" here at Never Grow Up, I thought I'd review the "Midnight in Canterlot Pony Collection" set I mentioned earlier, currently in Costco stores. Yes, I caved. I had some birthday money leftover, so I decided this would be one of my birthday presents. :)
I thought this would be a good set to start with because the stock at Costco tends to fly off the shelves fairly quickly, especially as the Christmas season approaches. Also, since it's pretty new on the market, I figured there probably aren't too many reviews of the set out yet.
Here it is! I love how the packaging looks like Canterlot Castle. :) The playset retails for $28.99 and (as far as I know) is only available in Costco stores.
The My Little Pony Friendship is Magic logo on the corner of the box.
The set includes Dewdrop Dazzle...
...Rarity and Spike...
...and (squeal) Minty!! :)
See, even Hasbro is excited! ;)
Those of you who are not pony enthusiasts may wonder why this "Minty" pony is such a big deal. Basically, she was a popular pony from the G3 (or Generation 3) ponies (the line before the "Friendship is Magic" line) and this is the first time she has been released as a G4 (current pony line) pony, aside from a limited release on a secondary market website from China. I always thought Minty was a cute pony, so I was very excited to add her to my G4 collection.
[Side note here: one of the posts I have planned for this month is a very basic explanation/comparison post of all four generations of My Little Pony...stay tuned!] ;)
A few more pictures of the box front details:
Here's the back of the box (you can click on the picture to make it larger, although I've also taken closer pics which follow.
There's a rather...um...interesting summary of the basic idea behind the playset. Honestly, it sounds like Hasbro decided to come up with a "nice" version of the events of the upcoming season that wouldn't scare the little kiddos that get the set for Christmas. Because according to THIS sneak peak of Season Four from Comic Con (watch 'til the end for the part with Princess Luna), it doesn't seem like Princess Luna is just interested in "celebrating the magic of the stars". What do you think? ;)
Here's a closer look at all of the character artwork on the back of the box:
And other box details:
The box opens easily, and the ponies are all attached to an inner box that slides out nicely.
And here are all of the ponies and accessories, free from the box.
My Minty had a few small smudge marks, one on her hoof...
...and one on her face. Thankfully, they came right off with a Lysol wipe.
Dewdrop Dazzle had a few facial smudges that also came right off. I've run into this issue pretty regularly with my newer sets. It's not a huge deal since the marks are easily removable, but I do find it interesting that it's becoming such a frequent occurrence.
The book accessory that comes with the set.
A mirror that looks similar to the one from the Equestria Girls movie.
Spike appears to be the same mold that has been released in most of the other previous sets.
A closer look at the individual deboxed ponies:
The trunk that came with the set.
It looks like it opens and closes, but I decided to leave it open for now.
Here is Nightmare Moon, the evil alter-ego of Princess Luna. Somehow, I don't really see her as the type that would wear a frilly, sparkly skirt... :}
Her facial paint is very detailed and looks a lot like the cartoon.
Her cutie mark is a sparkly moon.
While I think Nightmare Moon is very well done, she will be finding a new home. I prefer Princess Luna to Nightmare, and Little Gal is really scared of her. Sleeping for the next couple of months is more important than a plastic pony. ;)
MINTY!!! She's just so adorable. :) She was one of the main reasons I really wanted this set. I love her coloring and her sweet little face.
As you can see, the spot came off of her front hoof quite nicely.
Princess Celestia, all sparkly and princessy. Don't let that fool you...there's more to her than sparkles and appearances. ;) She's actually a very wise ruler.
Here she is sans glitter skirt.
I'm absolutely thrilled with this set. It's great for any pony fan or collector. :)
What do you think? Will any of you be adding this set to your collection?
Later this week, I'll be doing a comparison between the two different versions of Princess Celestia that have been released this year (this one and the one that came in a set with Pinkie Pie), so check back soon for more MLP fun! :)