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MLP Season Eight Preview: 8 Simple Rules

For those of us who prefer not to have been spoiled by the leaks, here is the Season Eight preview. From the start, there is a new theme and the Mane Six are opening up a school for the creatures from Equestria and beyond. So here are eight simple rules for following this season:

1. NO SPOILERS! NO EXCEPTIONS!! – It remains the policy of DerpyNews to not officially review episodes of the show until after they have been seen on Discovery Family. So the first review will be sometime after Saturday’s two-parter.

2. We did “Explore Equestria” already, so let’s build a school!: “Explore Equestria” was so Season Five. With the world of MLP much expanded since then (including the Movie), it’s time to give the Mane Six a new challenge.

3. After learning for the better part of seven seasons, it’s time to become teachers for real: Many speculated that the Mane Six (and now Starlight Glimmer) would become teachers in due time in the series after Season Four. With the theme of the School of Friendship, it appears that the time has come.

4. The Movie is canon: It was hinted that there would be hippogriffs this season. Indeed, the synopsis for one of the episodes has Twilight and the CMC heading to Mount Aris.

5. It won’t be all about school: Remember when we thought all of Season Four would be about the keys? Most fans and Pepperidge Farm do, but there needs to be time away from the school and the third and fourth episodes sound pretty interesting!

6. Good things come in sixes: We have six new characters that will be part of the focus and the Mane Six remains front and center. There’s a good chance that the Six Pillars will make an appearance as well.

7. Twilight has always wanted to be a teacher: Although it is not explicitly stated in the show, you have gotten the feeling that Twilight would have dedicated herself to being a teacher. Clues are littered throughout the series on that one.

8. Season Eight is not the end: Season Eight is not the end of the road for the series. A ninth season is confirmed which will likely propel the series past the 200-episode mark. Season Eight will take the series episode tally to 195.

Enjoy the season!

StatManDan

New Episodes of Steven starting April 9th

I really liked it when shows aired on a weekly basis, but that doesn’t even seem to be a thing anymore, not even the regular crap like Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers.  Here’s maybe a few episodes, oh now its the holidays.  Here’s a holiday episode, now its super ball time.  Then Trophy February.  Either way, thankfully Steven has four episodes coming up, starting on April 9th.  The order of the episodes is unknown, and since its basically become tradition for the airing of new episodes I would probably guess a Steven Bomb.

Here are the upcoming episode synopsis.  Airing order unknown.

513 – Your Mother and Mine: Steven takes Garnet to meet his new friends.  (To note this is listed as airing on April 9th via Wikipedia’s episode list).

514 – Pool Hopping: Steven and Garnet explore the most unlikely timelines in Beach City.

515 – Letters to Lars: Steven writes letters to Lars about all the latest news in Beach City.

516 – The Big Show: Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.

New LPS Series to Debut in April

Littlest Pet Shop will get yet another reboot with a new show on Discovery Family debuting on April 14th at noon ET/11am CT after My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic. LPS had a show on Discovery Family (neé The Hub) from 2012 to 2016 lasting 104 episodes (also following MLP on the channel), but could not match the popularity of its fellow brand.

At Toy Fair NYC, it was announced by Hasbro that LPS was reassigned at a Emerging Brand while Baby Alive became the seventh franchise brand. LPS had been a franchise brand for a decade.

Back to the show, there will be no humans this time and the pet shop is central to a pet town called “Paw-tucket” (sharing its name with the home of Hasbro’s headquarters).

According to the press release from Discovery Family:

LITTLEST PET SHOP: A WORLD OF OUR OWN follows the many adventures of six cool and very different friends: Roxie, a lovable, supremely optimistic Boston Terrier; Jade, a Bombay short-hair with tons of catitude; Trip, a sweet-spirited hamster macho goofball; Quincy, an anxiety-prone, risk-averse fainting pygmy goat; Edie, a parakeet whose personality is a reflection of the 14-year-old drama-queen girl she lives with, and Bev, a cheerful, positive and supportive box turtle with a proclivity for self-improvement – she wants to be the best Bev she can be!

Fifty-two episodes have been ordered and will premiere with back-to-back episodes on April 14th. A collection of digital shorts appeared on YouTube previewing the show last year featuring Bev taking viewers on a tour of Paw-Tucket.

StatManDan


Editor’s Note: In case our one reader is wondering, we’ve been without access to the back end of the site for the past month due to some server errors.  Considering we’re basically a ghost town now a days, doubt many noticed, and it wasn’t exactly high on our priority list.  Wish it was different, but “blog news” sites have been slowly strangled by social media, or you know the fact we went from posting 4 things a day to 4 things a month, if even that.  Its been fun, and we still plan on crawling along like a zombie missing its lower half, but do not be surprised if you tune into the site one day to find an archive dedicated to Derpy Hooves (our original intent when we started in 2010).  Other than that, we’ll still be doing that other thing we’ve always done, you know, Spazz’s special cookies.

MLP Season Eight Starts March 24th

The eighth season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will commence on Saturday, March 24th, at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family. The channel released its highlights for the month of March and continuing with the tradition of all two-parters since “A Canterlot Wedding”, both parts will air on March 24th.

Without revealing too much, there will be many new characters, a certain pony’s parents, a new theme for the year, and introduction of elements first seen in the Movie.

Prior to the season premiere, There will be another “Pony Palooza” which will start at 6am ET/5am CT on March 17th and will continue with every episode right up until the Season Eight Premiere.

Below is the press release related to MLP. If you do not wish to be spoiled any further, look away now.

THE SCHOOL OF FRIENDSHIP IS OFFICIALLY OPEN! SEASON EIGHT OF MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC PREMIERES SATURDAY, MARCH 24 ON DISCOVERY FAMILY – Season Eight of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ” Picks Up Following the Events of “My Little Pony: The Movie” with New Characters and Songs Throughout 26 Magical Episodes Beginning Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c –

(MIAMI, FL ) – Calling everypony (and creature) in Equestria Twilight Sparkle’s School of Friendship is in session! On Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c , Discovery Family premieres the eighth season of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC with 26 half hour episodes complete with seven original songs, new characters and tons of friendship! New episodes of the Hasbro Studios’ produced animated series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app.

Following the events of “My Little Pony: The Movie,” in the back – to – back season premiere episodes titled “School Daze Part 1” and “School Daze Part 2,” the Mane 6 discovers that the Friendship Map has expanded to show the world outside Equestria. Through two exciting original songs, Twilight Sparkle learns that friendship needs to spread beyond the limits of the kingdom and decides to open her very own School of Friendship. But things come to a head when the new non – pony students ditch c lass on Friends and Family day, putting the entire school in jeopardy!

This season, viewers will witness major milestones featuring the introduction of Starlight Glimmer’s parents and Princess Celestia’s big acting debut . Additionally, the Mane 6’s Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are accompanied by six new creatures including Ocellus the Changeling , Silverstream the Hippogriff/Seapony , Smolder the Dragon, Gallus the Griffin , Yona the Yak and Sand bar the Pony , joining them on epic adventures throughout new and familiar lands such as Mount Aris, Everfree Forest , Las Pegasus and more . Fan – favorite characters Maud Pie , Spike, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Queen Chrysalis and Discord return with exciting storylines and a whole lot of magic!

StatManDan

Inside the Numbers: Hasbro’s Q4 and 2017 Earnings

No matter what you thought of the My Little Pony movie, Hasbro has been satisfied with the revenues coming from MLP. Revenues went up for the fourth quarter and for the year as a whole.

Franchise brands were up 11% in the quarter thanks to growth from Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering, and Monopoly. For the year, Franchise brands were up 10% with Transformers, MLP, Nerf, and Monopoly up for the year. It was Parter Brands that declined 21% in the quarter and 10% for the year in large part due to disappointing Star Wars sales which offset the growth in other brands such as Sesame Street, Marvel, and Disney Descendants.

Both Gaming and Emerging Brands were down for the quarter (-4% and -5%, respectively) and up for the year (10% and 2%, respectively).

Revenue for the company as a whole was off slightly for the quarter and a $296.5M charge as a result of the tax overhaul led to a net loss of $5.3M for the quarter. However, for the first time since 1993, Hasbro had higher sales for the year than Mattel.

Another note of significance was that business slowed in November and December of 2017 thanks in large part to the bankruptcy of Toys R Us.

Little was mentioned about MLP during the conference call apart from this nugget from Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner as it relates to the future of the franchise.

“We obviously have great plans in store over the next number of years to continue My Little Pony’s march in growth and to engage consumers across all elements in the [brand] blueprint,” said Goldner.

This is usually the prelude before Toy Fair NYC where much more about MLP’s future will be described in detail. Hasbro’s Toy Fair Presentation will be on February 16th and while there was no mention of the leaks in the call on Wednesday morning, we’ll see if there is anything more regarding Season Eight, Equestria Girls, and maybe even a second movie.

StatManDan

IDW Solicitations for April 2018

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Solicitations for April are now available. Check out the details for what’s coming after the break.

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IDW Solicitations for March 2018

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Solicitations for the month of March are now available. Check out what IDW is bringing after the break.

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