A little over half a month after the first Equestria Girls concept art leaked, the New York Times published a first peek at the official designs today.
If some of you consider this a spoiler of sorts, I can move it behind the break. Just leave a comment.
From the article:
Hasbro has used its multiplatform, multigenerational strategy as a template for other brands, including My Little Pony, a 30-year-old property for girls ages 3 and up. In 2010, the company revamped the brand with a television series called “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.”
The series attracted legions of adult fans to the My Little Pony franchise. They obsessed about the characters in fan-generated fiction, artwork and videos. Adult male fans, who call themselves Bronies, even bought ad time on the Hub, a cable television channel co-owned by Hasbro, to thank the company for producing the show.
In response, Hasbro expanded My Little Pony as a lifestyle brand, with 200 licenses in 15 categories, including publishing, apparel, bedding and digital gaming. To celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary this year, the company plans to introduce a new extension this fall called Equestria Girls.
But adult fans have also pushed to take more control of the brand, creating unauthorized digital games and plush toys that company executives eventually quashed.
“They don’t mind having this fan base, but they can’t forget their core market,” said Jim Silver, editor in chief of timetoplaymag.com, which covers the toy industry. “These are waters you have to navigate very carefully.”
Welp, I believe in DHX I guess. (And Natasha Levinger maybe?) I hope they can pull this off without forfeiting a good chunk of feminist values. (If it was even done by DHX; see comments.)
Many thanks to InC, Jordan, and Jayden for alerting me!
By the way, according to the whois, equestriagirls.com has officially been transferred to Hasbro now. See also our previous article.
Update 12:40Z: I found a larger version of the image and swapped it in. It’s not directly linked in the article, so it’s probably the largest version out there for now.
Update 2012-03-08 09:24Z: Another version of the image includes what may be an Equestria Girls logo. (Via Kaylee and Equestria Daily.)
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