215b – “Trickstar”
Written by: Jushtin Lee, Sarah Oleksyk
“Star seeks to make magician-for-hire Preston Change-O’s true command of magic known to the public.“
Hasbro continues to be buoyed by Partner Brands such as Star Wars, Disney Princess, Disney’s Frozen, and DreamWorks’ Trolls. Hasbro was up 11% in Q4 compared to this time last year while revenues were up 13% for the year and topped $5 billion for the first time in company history.
Nerf continued its winning streak in Q4 and the year as a whole among franchise brands. Transformers experienced ‘double-digit growth’ in the second half the year according to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and is set up nicely for their next movie coming out in June. For the quarter, Transformers, Nerf, and Monopoly grew. For the year as a whole, it was Nerf, Play-Doh, and Magic: The Gathering.
As for My Little Pony, it was down for the year domestically, but up internationally.
My Little Pony revenues declined last year, but grew in the International segment,” said Goldner in the Earnings Conference Call as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. Brand engagement continues to build through multi-screen storytelling, and we have an innovative and robust line with new characters and worlds. Retailers and consumer products licensees are significantly supporting both [Transformers and MLP] films. The MLP movie comes out in October.
We are going to know a lot more about MLP around February 18th when Toy Fair NYC begins. It has been a main source for upcoming MLP projects in the past and with the movie and Season 7 coming up, things should be no different. This year was a bit of an off year for the MLP franchise, but Hasbro is expected to pick things up with the ponies this year.
Star Vs. The Forces of Evil returns to the airwaves this Monday, February 6th at 7am EST. The show like so many others usually take an extended hiatus during the holiday season, and usually ending right after the Superbowl. Star returns with a little force. While the new episodes will be airing in the wee hours of the morning, they will be airing new episodes four days a week for the next three weeks. This is accomplished by splitting the timeslot in half, as the show up until now has aired as two 11 minute episodes packaged together in a 22 minute time slot. Either way, lots of Star this month, as the train takes off with episode 215 on the 6th and concludes at 222 on the 27th.
New episodes of Star Vs, Monday – Thursday @ 7am EST. February Schedule Below.
02/06/17 – 215a: Raid the Cave
02/07/17 – 215b: Trickstar
02/08/17 – 216a: Baby
02/09/17 – 216b: Running with Scissors
02/13/17 – 217a: Mathmagic
02/14/17 – 217b: The Bounce Lounge
02/15/17 – 218a: Crystal Clear
02/16/17 – 218b: The Hard Way
02/20/17 – 219a: Heinous
02/21/17 – 219b: All Belts are Off
02/22/17 – 220a: Collateral Damage
02/23/17 – 220b: Just Friends
02/27/17 – 221: Face the Music
02/27/17 – 222: Starcrushed
If anyone is interested in writing reviews or something for Star Vs, now is the time to join the gears.
In this fifth and final part of the arc, Steven and Greg are taken to a a group of amethysts which include Amethyst and a jasper and a carnelian. Everything’s cool and they’ll help Steven and Greg break free. Meanwhile, Blue Diamond has arrived and goes to a room of quartzes that have been bubbled when Yellow Diamond makes a visit. Yellow wants Blue to shatter the gems, but Blue is hesitant since the gems are still representative of Pink Diamond.
We get our first villain song where Yellow misses her too, but wants Blue to move on. It’s a setup for perhaps the remainder of the season. However, that part of the story will have to wait as we still need to get Steven and Greg back home. Blue Agate ultimately discovers the ruse, but is stopped from doing anything by fusion again Garnet and Pearl who tells “Holly Blue” to keep her mouth shut as the Diamonds probably wouldn’t go for rebel gems infiltrating a facility and escaping with a pair of humans.
So, what to think here? We get some midseason world building (we’re still in the middle of Season Four) with the introduction of Blue Diamond and what she is all about. She seems to be a bit more merciful if not still mourning the loss of Pink Diamond. We are certain to know more about this as the season progresses. Steven will still probably seek some answers into the story behind his Mom shattering Pink Diamond. To me, all of this is midseason setup for what is to come the rest of this season.
Overall, the arc as a whole was good, though it really doesn’t do anything more than to set up the remainder of the season and beyond and to introduce Blue Diamond. Steven is returning to a weekly schedule at least for the rest of this month on Friday nights at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.
Pluses and Minuses:
“While Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond argue over their diverging ways of coping with Pink Diamond’s death, Steven, Greg and the Crystal Gems attempt to escape the space station before they are discovered.“