117 - “Lion 2: The Movie”
Written by Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu
“Steven and Connie try to ride Lion to a movie theater, but Lion has other ideas. “
A new book by G.M. Berrow has surfaced, Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair. It is to be released in January 2015.
Fluttershy is shocked to discover that her pet bunny, Angel, wants to enter the annual Fine Furry Friends Fair herding contest! Who’s ever heard of a bunny herding cows and sheep? Fluttershy agrees to train him, but their first practice is a disaster. Fluttershy is too afraid of failure to continue, until all her friends bring something special to help out.
- ISBN: 9780316277198
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- On Sale: Jan. 6, 2015
- Format: trade paperback
- Edition: N/A
- Price: $5.99 ($6.99 in Canada)
- Category: Juvenile Fiction
- Territories: US, territories, dependencies, Philippines and Canada
- Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-5/8″
- Pages: 160
Since the start of the community many fans had hoped Hasbro Studio and MLP would release albums of the music from the show. Apparently the people were heard and Hasbro released “My Little Pony – Songs of Friendship and Magic” on iTunes. It seems yesterday they released a second album entitles MLP – Songs of Ponyville, an 11 track album that features tracks from the first three seasons. The album is available for $9.99 usd.
Here’s a look inside the numbers for Hasbro’s First Quarter Earnings Call and how it relates to My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop in particular.
MLP continues to be positive contributor in Hasbro’s numbers. The Girls’ category went up 21% in revenues in comparison to the same quarter in 2013 with MLP, Equestria Girls, and the Nerf Rebelle line mentioned in particular as the driving forces behind that. That Equestria Girls is enjoying success is encouraging when compared to declining sales of Barbie (-14%) and modest gains from American Girl (+5%) and slower sales of Monster High (part of the Other Girls category) over at Mattel. USA Today’s headline of Hasbro ‘riding’ MLP to profitability is not too far fetched.
Most of the focus of the call was for the upcoming Transformers movie set to come out in June. The brand itself was down from this time last year., but again, expect that to turn around with an upcoming mover. The Boys category grew at 2% overall.
Transformers and LPS were the two franchise brands that experienced drops in revenues compared to the first quarter of last year. There are no particulars available when it comes to brands, but as a whole, the seven franchise brands (MLP, LPS, Transformers, Nerf, Monopoly, Magic: The Gathering, and Play-Doh) grew by 15% in revenue.
With Littlest Pet Shop it was already mentioned back the International Toy Fair in February that the brand is undergoing a re-invention. The show has declined in viewership on the Hub, though the second 13 episodes of Season Two grew slightly compared to the first 13 episodes of the season. The show is all but confirmed for a third season and it will be interesting to see where they go with Blythe and the pets after their success at the International Pet Fashion Expo. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said during the call that he looks forward to getting LPS ‘launched’ again.
Speaking of the Hub Network, the channel 50% owned by Hasbro turned a profit of $1.3M in the quarter compared to a $1.1M loss in the quarter from 2013. Hasbro Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer Deborah Thomas said that the Hub remains on track to achieve its plan of pretax profitability in 2014.
Below is a link to the basics of Hasbro’s first quarter earnings as report by Seeking Alpha: