My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has become a popular show in our house. My daughter loves watching it, and I was happily surprised at what an empowering show for girls it is.
While in many superficial ways it seem to embody some of the worst aspects of a brand targeted to girls, the TV series is a wonderfully vibrant and feminist show.
The world of Equestria – and especially the characters – offer such a rich resources for Imaginative play, that these toys – despite again appearing stereotypically girly – enable a child to act out themes and scenarios inspired by the show.
We were sent an assortment of toys to review – a blind bag, Twilight Sparkle’s Ice Cream Stand, and a Mrs Dazzle Cake figure and accessories.
Twilight Sparkle’s Ice Cream Stand
With her love of books and knowledge, Twilight Sparkle is one of my favourite characters on the show.
However, instead of a library here she is running an Ice Cream stand. Not sure of the relevance to the character, but hey – most of us like a good ice cream. In the set you get a Twilight figure, the ice cream stand, and a couple of what seem to be ice cream cakes.
It’s simple, and the best thing about it is that it’s Twilight Sparkle.
Twilight Sparkle’s Ice Cream Stand has an RRP of £9.99
Mrs Dazzle Cake
I was confused about who Mrs Dazzle Cake was, until I realised she is the character Mrs. Cup Cake. With her husband Mr. Carrot Cake, she runs Ponyville’s Sugarcane Corner bakery and sweet shop.
This set comes with a hint of that shop – a counter, cupcakes in a baking tray, and a fully decorated cake, to accompany Mrs. ‘Dazzle’ Cake. It’s part of a collection related to the pony Pinkie Pie, who works for Mrs. Cake.
There’s not much to this, but it’s a perfectly fine addition to any existing collection.
Mrs. Dazzle Cake has an RRP of £4.99
My Little Pony Blind Bags
Be careful. These blind bags are a potential money pit.
For those who don’t know, the concept is you can buy a series of collectable toys individually. However, instead of being able to choose which toy of the set you buy, your purchase is ‘blind’, in a sealed packet until you open it after purchase.
So while a collector may want just a few of these, you have to keep buying them blind until you get the ones you want. Same if you want the whole set. You may end up spending a lot of cash doing this.
Of course, there are also trades to be made – something that is a lot easier in this digital age than swapping Star Wars cards in the playground as I did when I was a kid.
The figure is compatible with the other figures, so again they make a decent addition to a collection.
My Little Pony blind bags have an RRP of £1.99 each.
Disclosure: We received all these toys from Hasbro for the purposes of this review.