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HASCON Schedule Finalized

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Hasbro has finalized the schedule for HASCON which takes place September 8-10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The schedule for the whole convention can be seen at https://hascon.hasbro.com/schedule.

Specifically for My Little Pony, here are the following events:

Friday, September 8th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, HASCON Main Stage, 3:30pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

From Ponyville to Canterlot High — The History of Equestria Girls, HASCON Main Stage, 4:30pm

Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares the inspiration behind Equestria Girls and gives a peek at what adventures the Equestria Girls are going on next. Be the first to see the new product line and hear first hand from the Equestria designers as they share how they bring to life our Mane 7 ‘s unique personalities!

My Little Pony Designer Q & A, FANmily Stage Room, 5:30pm

Join members of the My Little Pony design team as they take you on a journey through four generations of pony product. Designers will answer questions, giving a behindthe- scenes look at how they have made their (cutie) mark on My Little Pony and proving that you’re never too old to play with ponies.

MY LITTLE PONY Mane Event6:30pm, Omni Hotel (*VIP or Add -On Ticket Purchase Required; Price $200.00)

Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.

Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Saturday, September 9th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 10:00am – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie, HASCON Main Stage, 11:00am – Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares her experience in creating the first feature film for My Little Pony. Find out how the Mane 6 inspired her to discover the importance of teamwork and friendship along the way. Includes an exclusive sneak preview of the film!

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, FANmily Stage Room, 12:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

My Little Pony Voice Talent Autograph Session, My Little Pony Brand Area, 1:00pm

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Sunday, September 10th:

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, Discovery Family Stage, 11:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

IDW – My Little Pony: Comics are Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 12:00pm – IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby Curnow, MY LITTLE PONY series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new MY LITTLE PONY: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck will represent the show at HASCON while Bobby Curnow, Andy Price, and Brenda Hickey will represent the comics. Former story editor of Friendship is Magic and current Hasbro VP of Storyteller Meghan McCarthy will also be a guest as well MLP historian and collector Summer Hayes.

MLP has the second most panels at HASCON at nine excluding Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: the Gathering gaming sessions and VIP events behind Transformers which has 15 panels.

For you Littlest Pet Shop fans, a sneak preview of the new series set to debut in 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at 11:00am in the FANmily Stage Room.

Each brand will have a brand experience area. Below are the ones for MLP and LPS:

MY LITTLE PONY:

Welcome, everypony! Discover the magic of friendship with a behind-the-scenes look at the latest pony adventures in entertainment (can you say NEW MOVIE? Oh yeah!), character meet-and-greets, a ponification experience and much more!

Highlights include:

• Meet and mingle with the Mane 6 and Spike costumed characters
• Photo-ops with life-size movie ponies and scenes from My Little Pony: The Movie
• Get ponified like your favorite character at the Ponification Station
• Explore Equestria and take snaps, selfies, and pony pics
• Play the most pony-riffic My Little Pony apps and games
• Get a sneak peek of the latest MLP toys, along with rare treasures from the Hasbro Vault
• Visit Pinkie Pie’s Sugarcube Corner, an exclusive MLP-themed cafe

Plus, enjoy these My Little Pony panels and VIP/add-on experiences, including:

• The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Meghan McCarthy
• The Voices of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
• First Look at My Little Pony Season 8
• My Little Pony Designer Q&A
• My Little Pony Mane Event: Dinner (add-on or VIP ticket purchase required)

LITTLEST PET SHOP:

Visit the Littlest Pet Shop Brand Area for a purrfectly wonderful, pet-lovin’ good time!

• Get a sneak peek at Paw-Tucket, the brand new Littlest Pet Shop animated show

Selfie-time! Take some totally fun pix with loads of paw-some photo ops for you and your friends

• Check out the human-size hamster wheel
• Add your personal touch to the cool LPS Graffiti Wall
• Visit the Designer’s Den to design a pet of your own. We supply a white-model pet and you do the rest. Sign-up in the booth as space is   limited.

Times:

FRIDAY11:30am1:00pm2:30pm4:00pm5:30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY9:30am11:00am12:30pm2pm3:30pm5:00pm

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The MLP After Show Show Miniseries, Ponify Now A Word & The HASCON MLP Experience

Despite the rumors of the olden days, our site has had very little contact with anyone official (in terms off news). People used to whisper that sites like this (and EqD) had the eye of Hasbro upon them, though given our “baked goods” section here, I doubt Hasbro has never even noticed us, though the President of The Hub did once.  Anyways with the movie and Hasbro’s first official convention coming up, seems the third party PR firm that found us has been churning out a fair share of news packets.

Ponychat: The After Show Show

First up on the block is a new “after show” show dubbed PonyChat, not to be confused with ye old Ponychat.net, a fan built IRC network that looks to be dead now.  The show is hosted by kids and will feature behind the scenes opportunities with storywriters, fans and parents to discuss important themes, friendship lessons and character development.  It will run as a 6 episode mini-series.

For fans of the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series, Hasbro is introducing PonyChat, the official, kid-hosted My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic aftershow. As one of the newest kid-focused after shows on the market, PonyChat will give My Little Pony fans a behind the scenes opportunity with storywriters, fans and parents to discuss important themes, friendship lessons and character developments throughout the Friendship Is Magic series. PonyChat will consist of a 6 episode mini-series, each hosted by the ultimate fans, 6-10 year old boys and girls, which will be hosted on My Little Pony’s official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Today, the first episode of PonyChat went up! You can view the video at the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOjf0mCpJ9g

The first episode gives a look back at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 7: Not Asking for Trouble. In this episode, the two hosts reenact scenes, have an ice cream social and use pony magic to meet up with some special friends!

Following the first episode, fans can look forward to new episodes of PonyChat coming soon on the My Little Pony site, YouTube and Facebook pages.


Ponify Now An Open Source Word.

Then someone decided to add “ponify” to the open source version of the Webster Dictionary.  Yay, I guess.

The English language is constantly growing with new words, giving people more and more options to spice up their vocabulary… We’re excited to announce that today, “ponify” has officially been added to the open source Webster dictionary! You can search the word at the link here:

http://nws.merriam-webster.com/opendictionary/newword_search.php

You can find Webster’s definition of “ponify” below, and the word is exactly what you would think of based on the hit animated TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

ponify (verb) : to bestow the harmonious qualities relating to the magic of friendship (such as loyalty, generosity, kindness, laughter, and honesty) as featured in Hasbro’s animated show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, upon a person, creature, fictional figure, or inanimate object by converting into the likeness of an animated My Little Pony character

Alice ponified her best friend Sarah and now she looks like one of the Mane 6 from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


The HASCON MLP Experience List

And then last we have information about the upcoming HASCON and the brand experience activities that will be available to con-goers. Beyond ponies this also includes Transformers, Nerf, Magic: TG, D&D, GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel and Play-Doh.  Here is the snippet for MLP.

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MLP Panels Announced for Hascon

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The schedule for Hascon in Providence, RI, on September 8-10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. My Little Pony will be omnipresent not just for the upcoming Movie, but also an unexpected sneak preview of Season Eight. Below are the MLP panels and presentations listed so far:

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Libman, Weseluck, McCarthy to be Part of Hascon

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A lot more detail has been given about Hascon, Hasbro’s “FANmily” event taking place September 8-10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. From My Little Pony, Andrea Libman (Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy) and Cathy Weseluck (Spike) will be guests along with current Hasbro Head of Storytelling Meghan McCarthy.

From the Transformers side, Peter Culler and Frank Welker, the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, will also appear. Comic book legend Stan Lee is also scheduled to appear in Providence.

In an article in the Hollywood Reporter, The show will, according to Hasbro, bring its most iconic brands — which also include Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, Play-Doh and Nerf — “to life like never before,” with exclusive product reveals and panels centering around specific properties. Additionally, there will be a number of interactive experiences based on Hasbro properties and those of Hasbro’s partners, including Disney, Marvel and Star Wars, as well as exhibitions featuring props and costumes from Hasbro-related movies.

Tickets for a single day are $60 for adults and $30 for youth ages 3-15 (youth 2 and under are free). A three-day ticket for adults will go for $165 and $75 for youth. There are also $600 VIP tickets for the “Superfans” and VIP tickets specifically themed for Magic: The Gathering (which is celebrating its 25th year) and Dungeons and Dragons.

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Official Press Release:

HASBRO OPENS TICKET SALES FOR FIRST-EVER HASCON FANMILY™ EVENT

Three Day Convention Will Include Panels, Larger-than-Life Brand Experiences, Games Events, Auditions for Hasbro TV Commercials and Shows, Meet & Greets and Appearances from Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dude Perfect and top
MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS Talent

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — May 22, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily™ event, which will take place inProvidence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors.

Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017.  Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including DUDE PERFECT, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE:Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE, and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.

Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as PIE FACE and TOILET TROUBLE from HASBRO GAMING, photo opportunities with SESAME STREET and TROLLS costumed characters, epic BEYBLADE battles, a PLAY-DOH creation zone and the MY LITTLE PONY magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from DUDE PERFECT.  HASCON will also host MAGIC: THE GATHERING gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set.  Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive* Hasbro toys and merchandise including new TRANSFORMERS products.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more.  We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”

HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

HASCON Announced for September 2017

HasCon LogoHasbro has announced the creation of HASCON, it’s official “fan and family convention” for September 8-10, 2017, at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The three-day event is billed “featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.” In addition to My Little Pony, other Hasbro brands such as Transformers, G. I. Joe, Magic:  The Gathering, Nerf, Play-Doh, and Monopoly will also be featured in stage performances, previews of movies and TV shows, panels, meet-and-greets, and other interactive experiences.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands, in the press release. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

As of now, HASCON is the same weekend as Equestria LA is scheduled to return. This year, both BronyCon in Baltimore and the Hasbro-sponsored My Little Pony Fair in Schaumburg, IL were held on the same weekend this past July, but the effect that had for either conventions attendance is questionable given other factors such as renovation of the Baltimore Convention Center scheduled in August and attendance at MLP Fair was capped this year after both conventions experienced record crowds in 2015. MLP Fair is expected to occur in 2017, but reportedly with attendance capped at 1,000.

Transformers had their own Hasbro-sponsored convention in the form of Botcon which ran from 1994 to 2016. However, it was announced at Botcon 2016 in Louisville that it would be the last “in its current format,” possible an indication of HASCON at the time.

It will be fascinating to see what happens in 2017 with this new venture from Hasbro as there are also upcoming movies for both MLP and TF as well as big projects for the rest of their franchise brands in the future. There will still be plenty of Brony conventions in 2017, including a new one in Las Vegas set for the weekend of the MLP Movie release.

Whatever way you look at things, the year 2017 promises to be an interesting one for MLP and the rest of Hasbro’s franchise brands.

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