July solicitations are here, thanks to PREVIEWSworld! What new adventures await our favorite ponies and pets? See below to find out.
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:
Two hundred and eighty-five days will have passed since Kallisti III when on May 3 at noon EDT (4 p.m. UTC) we launch the fourth of our art and charity livestreams on events.yoursiblings.org.
The 24-hour livestream—organized by Bronies for Good and GalaCon with the help of Ponyville Live—will allow you to watch famous fandom artists draw your art requests while you listen to live interviews with the talent working on Friendship is Magic. With a little luck, you’ll even be able to pose your own questions to them.
The interview guests. We’ve reached out to many potential guests and already have several confirmed and more interested, among them a writer, a voice actor, and a certain composer you will know. Below the confirmed guests so far.
- Anneli Heed: The Swedish Spike, Sweetie Belle, Cheerilee, Spitfire, Photo Finish, singing voice of Rainbow Dash, and many more
- Cindy Morrow: The writer of “Winter Wrap Up,” “Sisterhooves Social,” “Read It and Weep,” “Hurricane Fluttershy,” and many more
- Jennifer Weiß: The German voice of Pinkie Pie
- Nicole Oliver: The voice of Princess Celestia, Cheerilee, and many more
- Tara Strong: The speaking voice of Princess Twilight Sparkle
The artists. So far, Adlynh, ChuckyBB, DeathPwny, DerpTime, Feyrah, futzi, James Corck, Sketchy, St-Timid, Suikuzu, Tsitra360, XTailsDudex, and Yooyfull, have signed up to draw on the stream. However, we’re still looking for more artist guests. If you can draw well, you have experience streaming your work, and you are interested in doing so for Kallisti IV, please contact us and link us your art portfolio. We’ll also need your Skype handle.
The cause. The donations are again split fifty-fifty between GalaCon—who support us with their charity auction and other charity programming—and Your Siblings’ support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.
The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.
Now bookmark events.yoursiblings.org and set an alarm for May 3, so you can’t miss it!
The synopsis according to Luna: “[Twilight’s] mission on this adventure is to resturbulish minibathilism clardun pact about different bluble fighting with sterol into numerous times and making stample great pacturdons of changes into and from within different complex alfalfa mainframe and eventually to save the world!”
Written by Jenny Nicholson and Griffin Lewis
Jenny Nicholson – every voice, except;
Griffin Lewis – Princess Celestia
Flash Sentry – Wild Card
Princess Candace – Morgan Lea
edited by Griffin Lewis
Logo and additional editing by Dinnerjoe www.dinnerjoe.com
Additional sound mixing Fillium Shakesmare
Pinkie’s Brew Orchestra – Tsyolin
Journeyman – Amon Tobin