Monday, October 27, 2014

Passing Through: Talking Nightmare Moon (My Little Pony)

In the box.
Last week I mentioned that I was considering  picking up one of the new My Little Pony figures, and it didn't take me long to do it, because today Nightmare Moon arrived.  I was looking forward to opening this one up and giving her some study, but even in-box I quickly realized that while she's a nice-looking toy, she's just not my thing (my co-worker's daughter will be thrilled with her though, so that's where she'll be heading).

This particular figure is the large (just under 9 inches) Toys R Us version.  She "talks" when a button on the rump is pressed, saying things like "You can brush my fabulous hair!" and "I will light up the night!".  The wings are the only jointed piece and they light up when the pony is talking.
The back of the box.

I've never seen the Friendship is Magic TV series (or at least not a whole episode - I've seen a few minutes of it here and there), so I'm not familiar with the character, but I've always found this particular pony to be appealing when I've seen other versions of her in people's collections.  I quite like the colours - the blue and purple on black is quite a bit more dramatic than the more pastel ponies, which I've always liked.  And the photo-edited version on the box art looks fantastic - dramatic and regal.

All that said, I wasn't impressed with the toy itself - the figure is a hard plastic, which means it doesn't have the warmth of the soft vinyl figures, and it's surprisingly light for a toy that includes batteries, lights, and speakers.  The voice button is also a little awkward-looking, and (having not seen the show) the tone of the voice surprised me.  I was also a little concerned about the potential for the (fairly heavy) wings to be damaged.

On the inner board, without the outer box.
This is as close to unboxed as I decided to go.
Still, while this turned out to not be to my tastes, I'm sure the speaking feature would be great fun for kids (and just for fans of the show), and I think the long hair and accessories are solid play features.

Size comparison with
G1 Snuzzle


8 comments:

  1. I recommend for you the Funko My Little Pony Dr. Whooves. The Funko Ponies are a good deal larger then the hasbro versions and you cant go wrong with a pony time lord.

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    1. Those sound like something I'd be into - I'll watch out for them, thanks!

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    2. Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO6fwU9BUSE
      That gives you a real good idea how large they are. I was really surprised how big he was when i got him in the mail.

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    3. Thanks - that's very cool!

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  2. Again, I'm not up on MLP lore so I did a YouTube search so I could hear the voice you were talking about. I don't know if that horse is fashioned after her, but it totally sounds like Queen Beryl from Sailor Moon. Same affect, laugh and everything. Is this horse a bad guy?

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    1. I think so - from the summary it sounds like she's the evil alter-ego of one of the princesses, so it sounds like this particular version is from one of her villain moments.

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  3. She's very cute! Seconding the funko pony recommendation up there. I don't have Doctor Whooves, but I do have Rainbow Dash and she's very cute.

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    1. Nice! I'll be watching for that Doctor Whooves! :)

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