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We promised that our fifth Nightmare Nights was going to be the biggest and most exciting yet, and so we are beyond proud to announce that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, will be attending Nightmare Nights 2017!

Lauren Faust was the showrunner for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, developing it and taking it to production, but has a long history in children’s animation before that. As an animator, she worked on Cats Don’t DanceThe Magic Sword: Quest for CamelotThe Iron Giant, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. She gave The Powerpuff Girls life as animation director, contributing to dozens of its episodes and making it a landmark animated series. After Friendship is Magic, Lauren helped to create Super Best Friends Forever, write and produce Wander Over Yonder, and design the characters behind the video game Them’s Fightin’ Herds. She’s currently working on DC Super Hero Girls, and is an inspiration to girls and young animators everywhere.

Lauren joins our array of wonderful guests for Nightmare Nights this year, and all that’s missing is you! Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! And don’t forget to consider our Sponsor badges, which get you great perks like reserved panel seating in the front. And our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night, but these badges are running low, so don’t wait to pick one up!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the convention, our volunteer application is open as well. We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV. For a few hours of work each day, it’s a great way to contribute back to the pony community, while also getting a free badge to attend!

Believe it or not, we still have more awesome announcements to come, so be sure to stay tuned to our TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!

It was another strong quarter for Hasbro, though not a strong enough quarter in the eyes of some investors. As a result, Hasbro’s stock price (NASDAQ:  HAS) fell $11.01 a share to $104.94/share. Hasbro’s stock had been at or near a record high the last few days.

Franchise brands were up 21% in Q2 with the growth coming from TransformersMagic: The GatheringNerf (consistent performer), and Monopoly. The hurt came from the Partner brands (i.e. Star Wars, Disney Princess, Trolls, etc). which was up just 1% and Emerging brands down 14%.

When it comes to MLP, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said it was “off just a bit for the quarter,” but remains highly optimistic that things will pick up considerable as the movie approaches in October. The official launch of merchandise is after Friendship Day on Sunday, July 30th, though Movie merchandise is already hitting stores such as Target and Wal-Mart as well as online where sales are very strong.

“The My Little Pony franchise is well positioned for the October 6 of My Little Pony: The Movie,” said Goldner as transcribed by Seeking Alpha.  “Consumer engagement with the franchise remains high and global retailers are providing cross category support for our innovative new line and expensive consumer products program.”

That may not be truly evident until the fourth quarter as it was noted that consumer products royalties from brands such as MLP and Transformers comes in the quarter after the sales occur. Meaning merchandise sold in August for example. may not be reflected until the fourth quarter presentation.

This is concurrent with the restart of Season Seven and all of the MLP action going on at Hascon in September. So everything looks to be towards the second half of the year for MLP and what a second half it will be.

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Discovery Family will resume showing new (to those who have managed to avoid spoilers) Season Seven episodes starting on Saturday, August 5th. That day will see both “Discordant Harmony” and “The Perfect Pear” air starting at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT. Other episodes airing in August are “Fame and Misfortune”, “Triple Threat”, and “Campfire Tales”. Synopses below:

  • Discordant Harmony premieres Saturday, August 5 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • When Discord invites Fluttershy to his realm for tea, he worries she won’t be comfortable and begins to change it and himself with disastrous results.
  • The Perfect Pear premieres Saturday, August 5 at 12/11c
  • The Apple Siblings learn about their parent’s love story and discover that they’re half Pear. Guest stars William Shatner and Felicia Day.
  • Fame and Misfortune premieres Saturday, August 12 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • Twilight Sparkle’s publishing of the friendship journal has unintended consequences when ponies start to argue over who wrote the best lessons.
  • Triple Threat premieres Saturday, August 19 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • Spike accidentally invites Ember and Thorax to Ponyville on the same day! Confident that the two new leaders will not get along, he does all he can to keep them apart and cover the fact that the other is there.
  • Campfire Tales premieres Saturday, August 26 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • When their big sister/little sister camping trip is ruined by Fly-ders, Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash tell Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo the stories of their favorite legends. Inspired by the tales, the girls make the most out of their new situation.

Of course, both “Discordant Harmony” and “The Perfect Pear”—which features William Shatner and Felicia Day—were aired in Australia in June on Boomerang. It is the policy to not release reviews of these episodes until their airings in the United States.

With BronyCon the next weekend, that means that “Fame and Misfortune” will air that weekend. It is unknown at this time as to whether there will be an official screening which would be a first for the Baltimore-based convention.

If the season continues to air weekly, and the finale is a two-parter, the projected finale date at this point would be October 28th (three weeks after the movie opens). It has already been revealed that a sneak peek of Season Eight will be unveiled at Hascon on September 9th at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center (Room 551 A/B) in Providence.

Of course, this weekend sees the My Little Pony panel this Friday at San Diego Comic Con with presumably both a preview of the Movie and the remainder of Season Seven.

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Episode Titles for 724, 725, & 726

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Zap2It has revealed the last few episode titles of season 7.

Episode 724 – Uncommon Bond

Episode 725 – Shadow Play Part 1

Episode 726 – Shadow Play Part 2

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Three new letters in the mailbag from our third party media relations firm group thing that has been passing on the press releases of Hasbro to us lately.  A movie poster, info on what Hasbro is doing at the San Diego Comic Con, and some sculpture.

MLP Movie Poster

Just as the busy San Diego Comic-Con show floors are about to open, Hasbro and Lionsgate have revealed a colorful and vibrant new movie poster for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ which will be galloping into theaters on October 6th! See below. The poster will be debuting exclusively at SDCC 2017 at Hasbro’s Booth, #3213.

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Be sure to check out the ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ social channels for more updates!

‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ features an all-star cast with Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana, including an original song performed by Sia.

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity) embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.


Things and stuff going on at the San Diego Comic Con.  Some of it might be a little old, as these letters got dropped off early in the week.

Hasbro to Showcase Its Top Entertainment & Fan-Favorite Brands at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International

Providing Captivating Experiences for Fans of All Ages Across Hasbro’s Iconic Brand Portfolio & Premier Partner Brands with Autograph Signings, Giveaways, Exclusives and Photo Opportunities

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is making its return to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, highlighting an exceptional portfolio of blockbuster brands and experiences spanning comics, movies, digital, action figures, and animation. Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, HANAZUKI, G.I. JOE, DROPMIX and WIZARDS OF THE COAST, its premier partner brands including Disney’s Tangled The Series, Descendant 2, STAR WARSMARVEL, as well as DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S TROLLS, BEYBLADE and more, will be showcased throughout the convention delivering unforgettable product exclusives, panels, signings, cosplay, and sneak peeks at upcoming entertainment. From sharing in the magic of friendship with MY LITTLE PONY to meeting some of the designers behind the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand, San Diego Comic Con attendees will have a chance to interact with their favorite Hasbro brands in new and engaging ways.

Drawn from Hasbro’s impressive brand portfolio, fans can expect products from TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, HASBRO UNIVERSE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partners, STAR WARS and MARVEL. These collector’s items will be available for purchase while supplies last at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth (#3329). Following San Diego Comic Con, a limited number of each item will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

The following highlights some of the activities for Hasbro’s brands and licensed properties happening within the Hasbro booth (#3213) and around the convention. San Diego Comic Con attendees are encouraged to check the schedule posted in Hasbro’s information booth each day for updates and follow @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram for the latest happenings within the booth.

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The MY LITTLE PONY brand is returning to Comic-Con this year with extra special activities for everypony as Hasbro anticipates the exciting premiere of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, which will be released by Lionsgate on October 6th. Making her premiere at the Hasbro booth will be a dazzling eight-foot tall statue of Songbird Serenade; fans can get up close to the new character, voiced by singer-songwriter Sia in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Fans can also dive into Seaquestria with a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity or get “Ponified” at the Hasbro booth at special “Ponification Stations” where make-up artists will apply Cutie Marks and “ponified” hair and nails for fans of all ages.

The MY LITTLE PONY panel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. will feature the cast and creatives behind MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE and will include a sneak peek at the upcoming film followed by a Q&A. Word around Equestria is that there may be a surprise guest! After the panel, fans can meet the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC voice talent for an autograph signing in the Hasbro booth.

Other exciting MY LITTLE PONY brand booth activities include giveaways each day, nail art demos featuring China Glaze’s new MY LITTLE PONY nail polish collection, autograph signings with voice talent, Little Brown authors and Enjoi Skateboarding artists, a live drawing session with IDW artists, and more.

 


Songbird Serenade Sculpture

SAN DIEGO - JULY 19: Hasbro returns to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California on July 19, 2017. The company's portfolio of brands represented in and around the convention include TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, HANAZUKI, BEYBLADE, DROPMIX, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST as well as partner brands including STAR WARS, MARVEL'S AVENGERS, DISNEY'S TANGLED, DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS, and more. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/AHP/Hasbro)

And here is Sia’s character, Songbird Serenade.  I have to be honest and say I have no clue what I’m looking at, beyond someone’s OC and obviously a character from the movie.  Maybe she’s been in the show, but I literally stopped watching at the 100th episode so I really do not have a clue what is going on anymore.  Good thing I’m the “Editor in Chief” of the oldest FiM media sites, the rest will follow by example.  Honestly though the movie looks at least fun, and we probably would have had some fun reporting about it around here at ye old Derpy News, back when there was actual people here, and not a virtual representation of Flint, Michigan (don’t drink the water).

That’s pretty much it for now, I’m sure with the SDCC and upcoming movie, that PR firm will toss some more kindling into the mailbag.  Oh yeah, there is also HASCON, which we were told you can use the promo code FANMILY to get $20 off adult tickets and $10 off children tickets until July 23rd.  They also invited us to be a part of the press, or at least attempt to register.  To the Derpymobile!

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IDW Solicitations for October 2017

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Solicitations are now available for the month of October. Check out the details after the break.

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“The Battle for Mewni”

Written by: Dominic Bisignano, Tyler Chen, Sabrina Cotugno, Casey Crowe, Madeleine Flores, Evon Freeman, Kristin Gish, Gina Gress, Aaron Hammersley, Jushtin Lee, Amelia Lorenz, Zach Marcus, Sarah Oleksyk, Brett Varon, Nicolette Wood, Cassie Zwart
Star returns to her home dimension of Mewni where she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom; Star must dig deep and challenge archnemesis Ludo in an effort to save her family and kingdom.

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